Monday, November 12, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review

“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 theShiver 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.

“If you ever kiss your true love, he will die.”

Blue Sargent has been told repeatedly that she will the death of her true love, and being the daughter of a psychic, this she doesn’t doubt.

Gansey a rich private school student is on a quest to find a long lost welsh king, and with the help of his friends Ronan, Adam and Noah, he is closer than ever.

But the path ahead is dangerous, Blue has seen Gansey’s spirit on St Mark’s day, which means within a year he will be dead, and Blue will have a part to play in his demise.

With Maggie’s distinct style, The Raven Boys is not only typically Stiefvater, but Stiefvater at her best. It’s a love story, without being a love story, as the journey of the characters take predominance over any romantic endeavours. And yet love hangs in every scene, niggling in the readers’ mind, while at the same time, the threat of death and mystery has you so transfixed that you can’t put the book down.

The varied vantage point focus on the characters means that when reading, you feel one step ahead of the characters, and yet you’re not. Maggie is still able to include many twists and turns that will leave your head in a spin, as you’re not quite ahead as you may have thought. Which means absolutely anything can happen, and that is one thrilling possibility.

With another two books on the way, there’s plenty more for Blue and The Raven Boys, and I for one am already on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out what will happen next.

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