Today I’m going to be reviewing ”The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater which was kindly sent to me for review by Scholastic.
“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.”
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.
The book is about a girl named Blue, who lives with an entire family of psychics. So it’s safe to say that Blue is used to weird stuff happening, and takes what they say seriously. So when she was told that she would kill her true love when she kisses him, she made a vow not to kiss any boy, just in case, cause y’know that would be prettty bad.
Blue falls in with a friendship group from the nearby private school, Aglionby. Blue has pretty much hated the Aglionby boys her whole life, but Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah are a little bit different than the usual suspects who wear the school raven covered crest. These particular raven boys are treasure hunters, who seek a mystical line of power which supposedly runs through her town.
Blue is able to help them on their quest using a special power of her own, and she finds it exciting to spend time with the boys. She is drawn to them because she can see the real people when the Aglionby masks slip. In their quest to uncover the ley line they discover some weird stuff and it all gets a little spooky! Which usually I’m totally against but I loved it here! I also adored the inclusion of all the ravens… they are great birds, and Ronan’s pet raven was super cute.
I’ve always heard mixed things about Maggie’s work but I’m definitely wanting to read the next book!