The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater
Publication date: Sept. 18, 2012
Scholastic Press, 408 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Maggie Stiefvater is one of my all-time favorite writers. Her settings come always alive in my imagination, her word choice is beautifully poetic, and her stories always tug on my heartstrings.
The Raven Boys, though I would say I enjoyed it overall, was a slightly different experience. The writing was much less lyrical than in some of her past works, which took a bit of getting used to and didn’t seem very “Maggie Stiefvaterish.” And at parts I was a little confused as to what was happening, in all honesty. I have to admit that made it a bit of a mixed bag for me.
Still, I applaud her for trying something new. And I adored that this series is more of a magical mystery. The characters were crazy and endearing, and I’m eager to follow them into the unknown.