The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Book #1 in the Raven Cycle
“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.”
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.
The Raven Boys fulfilled the prompt of ‘A Friends Favourite Book’ to achieve an Acceptable in Potions for the N.E.W.T.S readathon, which is what ultimately led to me picking it up.
In ‘The Raven Boys’ we follow Blue who is the daughter of a fortune teller who cannot personally see the future or make predictions, but she does have the ability to make other magic stronger. She is also cursed with knowing that when she kisses someone they will die. When Blue sits with other seers and see the ghost of a boy she is not meant to see its clear things are not as they seem and they are about to get even weirder.
Blue’s descriptions and demeaner throughout the story give the reader the feel of an airy girl who is quiet and even tempered. As we progress through the story however, Blue’s determination to do things her own way and work out the mysteries of her down becomes more and more clear with Blue becoming a stronger character along each step.
The town of Henrietta gives the reader a feel for the deep south in the USA in what feels like the 90’s. I honestly on’t know why I pictured that specific era, I think its the cars and the lazy vibe of the town. The detail in the description makes it so easy to see a vivid picture of where the characters are.
‘The Raven Boys’ is a book that I had been putting off reading for so long and I really wish I hadn’t! I honestly could not of enjoyed it more and cannot wait to continue with the series.
Ease of reading: 6.5/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10