(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Raven Boys #1
Published by Blurb, Incorporated on September 18th 2012
“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.
“’Gansy. That’s all there is.’”
The Raven Boys is a title that I’ve heard and read about so many times, I find it hard to believe that this is the first time I’m hearing the story. I listened to the audiobook and have decided that all of Stiefvater’s words deserve to be read out loud. You’re doing yourself an injustice if you don’t bother to read a paragraph and relish in the wonderful way she weaves words together. I was looking for excuses to drive somewhere so I wouldn’t feel guilty about spending my time listening to the audiobook. Can I have all of her books on audio, please?
Gansy. Why aren’t more people named Gansy? I love that name. It rolls off your tongue and stays in your mind. When a book is told in third person, it sometimes isn’t as easy to connect with the characters, almost as if some of their thoughts are still hidden from the reader, even if the author is telling all. However, in this book, the mystery and the unknown is what makes it so wonderful. I learned the most about Gansy when other people watched him, seeing the varying sides to the uber rich boy that was obsessed with Welsh kings. I wanted to crawl inside the story and watch him myself, but the way Stiefvater describes him and the way others follow him is enigmatic and addictive. Gansy. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget a name like Gansy.
Blue was ordinary, a word that doesn’t fit in a house full of psychics. She didn’t have a lot of friends, and the only place that she should have been able to fit, well, she didn’t. Blue only made things louder. Making things louder did not translate to be a good thing 100% of the time. Being normal and making things in the psychic realm scream were not what made her so interesting. Blue’s strange female relatives had all warned her that she would kiss and kill the boy she fell in love with. Hello? Sign me up for that! Especially when you throw Adam Parish into the mix, a Raven Boy that didn’t fit the mold of your stereotypical Raven Boy. I’m not sure who I love more: Gansy or Adam. They’re both completely different and unique, starting with the frayed Aglionby sweater that Adam wears versus the brand new one Gansy sports. (He’s rich—he can’t help that he doesn’t understand).
These books could easily become an obsession. You have to keep reading or listening, if you listen to the audiobook like I did. My mind was spinning the entire time. I would bust out in laughter at random moments because Stiefvater has an unique sense of humor. Her writing is glorious, and if you don’t give yourself a chance to discover it, you’re not doing yourself justice.