The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published 2012 by Scholastic
Source: the publisher + purchased a copy
Rating: 5 stars
From the blurb: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
I loved this book! I read the first two chapters when they were released online back in April and ever since then I’d been waiting to read the rest. Like many readers, I thought this book was going to be purely about Blue's fears of kissing and therefore killing her true love, but there was so much more to this story and it all worked together well.
I liked Blue from the beginning – she’s intelligent, creative and kind. She’s had to grow up surrounded by women with physic abilities yet she always feels a bit left out as she’s the only one who cannot see the future. And as for the boys, I loved all four of them. Gansey because he’s so sure of himself (most of the time), Adam for being so sweet and proud, Noah for being so quiet and enthralled by Blue, and Ronan, though it took me some time to warm to him. These boys have such an amazing bond and watching Blue get to know them was heart warming. Despite being a close group, Maggie managed to create a bunch of wonderful and distinguishable characters.
I found the pacing perfect, I was immediately intrigued by Blue’s true love problem as well as Gansey’s need to find the ley line and Glendower. The setting was so vivid, I could picture the town, their homes, and the countryside so clearly.
I really can’t fault this book, though I do have many unanswered questions due to the events of the ending, but it’s not enough to reduce my love of this book.
The Raven Boys is an intriguing blend of contemporary fiction with a paranormal and historical element, filled with unique and lovable characters. I now want to rush off and join Blue and boys on the rest of their adventure.
Thanks to the fantastic people at Scholastic Australia for my review copy.
The covers for this series are beautiful and Scholastic should win an award for being a publisher that sticks with the cover design theme for the entire series, well done, guys!
I used a base of white nail polish and acrylic paint for the ravens.