The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Goodreads Summary: “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.
Review: This book was my second read by Maggie Stiefvater. Almost immediately after starting it I knew that I was really going to like it. Blue was so unique and interesting as well as her mom, aunt and the other women who lived with them. Psychics and tarot have always fascinated me. I could picture there house so vividly in my mind. Then meeting the Raven boys… I couldn’t decide which of them I liked the best. They were all unique and had really interesting personalities. I’ve heard of things like ley lines before but it was cool to see them in this context. It was great to see someone like Gansey devote so much time and effort into finding the particular one he was looking for. When the did find the ley line, the descriptions of what they were seeing were so clear and really helped me to visualize it. Beautiful writing. There were a few twists that really sucked me even more into the book. I am dying to get my hands on book two in the series.