Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Press on 18 September 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
“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 is a fantastic mystical tale of Blue and three boys from the Aglionby academy in Henrietta. The quest for the ley-line and its opening had me at the edge of my seat, and kept me wondering why it has taken me so long to read this book!
My The Raven Boys review:
Dark and mysterious, The Raven Boys grabbed me from the first line, and kept me entertained for the whole story! Blue is a great main character, and I loved that she was so sensible, even if she also managed to show that she does have a wild streak, too. The Aglionby boys were so different, but somehow they still had a unity to them, and I really loved that. The story itself took me to the town of Henrietta, where the energy is different. Everybody in Blue’s family have psychic abilities, apart from Blue, but she’s like a mega-phone, making their abilities stronger when she’s nearby.
Most of my fellow bloggers have already read The Raven Boys, and I understand why! The world-building is well done, slowly but surely, I got to know that there are several ley-lines in Henrietta, even if nobody knows exactly why. The characters are well done, and fleshed out for the readers’ enjoyment. Even the minor characters who lived with Blue had distinguishing features, and that is one of the things I look for in a good story. Blue, as well as Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah all had their character development, which made the complex story truly amazing.
If you enjoy magic, mystery, a story in which the romance is not the main focus, and great characters, I’m sure you have either already read and loved The Raven Boys, or that you will love it once you find the time to delve in.
Some of my favorite The Raven Boys quotes:
Maura had decided sometime before Blue’s birth that it was barbaric to order children about, and so Blue had grown up surrounded by imperative question marks.
Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys, because boys were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.
Blue never grew tired of feeling particularly needed, but sometimes she wished needed felt less like a synonym for useful.
Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: