The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Oct 14, 2012

Blue knows that once she kisses her true love, he will die soon afterwards. With a family full of psychics, warnings like this do not go ignored. Blue has always kept a distance from the opposite sex, especially the cocky and stuck-up Raven Boys who frequent the restaurant where she works.  Then, shortly after walking down the Corpse Road with her Aunt Neeve on St. Marks Eve to greet the souls that will be lost within a year, Blue gets a glimpse of a boy who is destined to die—a boy, Gansey, whose appearance means either he is her true love or she will be the cause of his death. While dealing with these emotions Blue is surprised when Gansey shows up at her family psychic home in search of a mystical king who has been hidden from the world, and she is even more shocked to realize that he is a Raven Boy. Blue quickly becomes caught up in the Raven Boys’ quest to find Glendower and learns that people are not always who they appear to be.

Each chapter takes on a different point of view, so readers are able to really understand the motivations and actions of each character. While Blue and Gansey take on the protagonist roles, it is the supporting characters like Ronan and Adam who really steal the limelight.  These characters have flaws and rare emotions that immediately grab the attention of the reader and make them characters that readers desperately want to learn more about.

I love Maggie Stiefvater's unique writing style, and fans of hers will not be disappointed. All of the characters are extremely believable, and I was so upset at the ending because I wanted it to continue. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment to see where Blue and the Raven Boys will end up next.

Reviewed by Jennifer R.
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