The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
First let me say this. If you have read Shiver and you expect this book to be like it, don't, because you'll be dissapointed. This book is nothing like The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. The writing is not as beautiful, but this book is something else. It is very good in it's own way. I truly enjoyed it!
It was slow in the beggining, the intro in the story was very long, but it was never borring. Since Blue was young, her family told her that she will kill her true love with a kiss. Almost everyone in her family was psychic, her mom, her auts, her cousins, everyone except her. So when she sees a spirit of a young boy on St. Mark's Eve, it is because he's either her true love or she killed him.
It takes a while until she finaly meets the Raven Boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan & Noah. She joins them on their mission, to find the Glendower.
Even though I can see the triangle forming, I was glad there wasn't much romance elements in this book. We know that Gansey is supposed to be her true love, but there's nothing romantic between them yet. Than there's Adam. He like's Blue and she kinda likes him back, but there's nothing happening yet. I'm pretty confused in which way will Stiefvater take it in the next book. But I must say, even though a lot of people like Adam more, he doesn't do it for me. I like Gansey better. I always like cocky, bad boys better.
The plot is rather complicated, but I didn't find it hard to keep up with it. In the second half of the book, there's a lot going on, and you always want to know what will happen next. Even now, I'm wondering what will happen in the next book.
To sum it up, you don't want to miss this exciting new world Stiefvater has created.