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The Raven Boys

Review

The Raven Boys

Nothing surprises Blue Sargent anymore. Being the daughter of a psychic will do that to you. Still, that doesn’t mean that Blue doesn’t take caution. This certainly holds true for the one prediction that Blue has heard her entire life: If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die. Therefore Blue has guarded her heart against anything remotely related to love, and this especially holds true for any Raven Boys. Raven Boys are boys that attend the rich private school in town, Aglionby Academy, and they only mean trouble. So Blue has shut the Raven Boys, and any boys for that matter, out of her life.

"The intriguing storylines constantly fold in on one another as a sense of magical realism permeates throughout. Maggie Stiefvater is one the best young adult authors on the market today, and you’ll be clamoring for the next book in this series."

Blue herself doesn’t have any psychic powers, but her mother tells her that she enhances the powers of others. So Blue is always dragged along to the old rundown church along corpse road on St. Mark’s Eve to watch the spirits of the people who will die within the next year pass by. Blue can’t see or speak to the spirits, of course, but she writes down their names as her mother recites them. Only this year’s St. Mark’s Eve is different. First of all, her mother’s half-sister Neeve is with Blue this year. Second, and most alarmingly, Blue is able to see a spirit. He’s young, about Blue’s age, and she finds out his name is Gansey. 

Neeve tells Blue there are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either Blue is Gansey’s true love --- or Blue killed him.

So is this it? Is this Blue’s greatest fear come true? Against her strict rules, Blue soon becomes involved in the lives of four young Raven Boys. There’s Adam, the scholarship student who’s had to work hard for everything in his life but doesn’t want the pity of others.  Ronan is the hard and brittle boy who can snap at any moment. Noah is quiet, thoughtful and seems to see more than is really there. Finally, there’s the living Gansey, who is obsessed with resurrecting an ancient king.

Gansey manages to corral the others into searching for King Glendower, despite the strange happenings that occur during their search. Ever-present is the prediction from corpse road and Blue’s knowledge that Gansey will be dead within a year, but she doesn’t know how to tell him or the others. Especially as Blue has decided she’s going to do everything in her power to stop Gansey’s death from happening.

To put it quite simply, there is good young adult fiction and there is great young adult fiction. THE RAVEN BOYS is certainly the latter. The characters, everyone from the different personalities of the Raven Boys to the numerous psychic women that inhabit Blue’s home, are all wonderfully unique and memorable. The intriguing storylines constantly fold in on one another as a sense of magical realism permeates throughout. Maggie Stiefvater is one the best young adult authors on the market today, and you’ll be clamoring for the next book in this series. If you loved her Printz Honor Award winning SCORPIO RACES, then you will definitely not want to miss this one.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on May 31, 2012

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545424925
  • ISBN-13: 9780545424929