The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle)
Maggie Stiefvater (Author
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.
This is a young adult book with a seemingly obvious sickly sweet romance plot, but please allow me to assure you that this is anything but the case. I really liked the maturity with which Ms. Steifvater displays the young adults in the book. The writing style is respectful of the teens Stiefvater writes about, as well as those who might be reading, while still appealing to me as an adult.
A superb book, the first in a series of four. Ms. Stiefvater’s soft, undulating prose and quick wit capture the reader and holds them close the entire ride; and what a ride. Worth a reread to see how she’s intricately woven the story throughout all the books. Insanely well done. Incredible.