I thought now would be the perfect time to write and review the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series since I’m just about finished with the second one! I read The Raven Boys in the latter half of 2014 and I enjoyed it very much. The story is about a girl named Blue who comes from a long line of psychics but does not possess the power herself. Her presence has the ability to “make things louder” for other psychics when they’re conducting readings and ever since she was little she’s been told that if she kisses her first love it will kill him. Blue joins her aunt in their annual visit to the ley line in Henrietta and for the first time ever, she interacts with a spirit directly. She later learns that the boy is around her age and he attends the fancy prep school near her.
Blue becomes involved with this particular Raven boy, Gansey, and his three best friends, Ronan, Adam and Noah in their quest to find this King, Glendower. If I were Blue, I would absolutely want to be involved in unraveling the mystery that the boys have been after for so long. And I particularly love Gansey. He’s so eloquent in his delivery and he really truly means well even if it doesn’t always come across in his actions. I also loved reading about the women who live with Blue. Each of them is psychic so the household is one of the more interesting ones I’ve read about.
What makes The Raven Boys SO good is that Maggie Stiefvater is excellent at crafting and telling a story. There are so many elements to this story and while a lot of them were explored in the first book, I can definitely see why more books are on the horizon. The original plot and the magic of it all are really what drew me in and kept me furiously turning the pages throughout the book. I love how as fantastical as the world in the novel is, it still manages to seem realistic and as if it could be occurring in a small town somewhere as we speak.
If you’re the kind of reader who doesn’t like waiting for things to come together, I would urge you to power through the beginning of the book because, trust me, the payoff is WORTH IT. I’m so excited to be starting the second book and I think I may even look up this Scottish King Glendower so I can appreciate some more of the mystery surrounding him.
“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.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (via Goodreads)