Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre/s: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 416 pages
“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”
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.
My only problem is that it feels like something is missing. When I finished the book, I felt like things were only just getting started. Which, of course, they are in the terms of the overall story. But the novel itself felt unfinished. It spent a lot of time in the beginning allowing us to get comfortable with the characters and preparing us for the next books that by the time the story started getting really good and I wanted more, it just ended.
I loved pretty much all of the characters since they all bring something to the table. Gansey, the driven and motivated leader of the group, who has only one purpose, to follow an old myth about a sleeping king named Glendower and wake him up. Noah’s entire storyline is outstanding, very well written and executed. Ronan’s sharp tone along with his dark and mysterious personality made for a great character. And as for Adam, I appreciated his drive, his determination to excel and achieve everything the other raven boys have had given to them on a silver platter. Each of them were amazing. Blue is probably my favorite, though. She’s equal parts humorous, intriguing, unique and refreshing. The adoration Blue has for her family and the life they live is both wonderful and comforting.
The Raven Boys left me want for more and I cannot wait to start the second book The Dream Thieves, especially after the last line. I’m hopeful that the series will only improve with each book.