Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past.  Blue ever sees them-until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, and he's 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.  (taken from the inside cover)

Honestly, I cannot imagine how this book slipped past my attention when it was released.  I'm an avid reader, pretty active in the book world, and most of my friends are the same way.  I cannot imagine  how no one brought this to my attention.  I have the second book, sitting here ready for me to read it, and I didn't even know the first book existed!  Some of you have really let me down!

This was such an exquisite story!  Full of magic and mystery and wonder and dirty, gritty reality!  I suppose I'd say it's a young adult book, but it certainly held my attention and wasn't childish in the least. 

As characters, we find such a mish mosh of peoples.  They all have different darknesses and lights and as some of them are revealed, you find yourself surprised and saddened.  The town itself has the same theatrical feeling to it.  Each second, you don't know whether you're about to touch the light or the dark, and you have to try to be prepared for both.  This was definitely an active read for me!  No, I wasn't jumping hurdles or anything like that, but I was so involved with the characters that I was flinching and tearing up, and grinning and feeling those little romance pangs deep inside.  Such an emotional rollercoaster!

As for the storytelling, I don't remember the last author I read that had such a natural talent for telling a story.  It's fluid and earthy.  Instead of reading a book, you feel like you're being pulled into this wonderful visual story to sit and watch.  It's almost an other-worldly experience.

If you enjoy the paranormal, thrills, mysteries, soap operas, this is the type of book for you.  I don't promise it'll be a quick read, but I do promise it'll be a worthy one.

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