The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Scholastic Press, 409 Pages
Source: Bought the audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Recommended for: someone looking for something different
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.
Maggie Stiefvater, how do you continue to outdo yourself? You one-up each of your books every time a new one is published.
I’m not really sure what I thought this book was about – birds? Psychics? Without bothering to even read the synopsis, I jumped right into the world of Blue Sargent and her raven boys.
This book is unique in so many different ways – the characters, the setting, the plot – all of it. I can’t begin the describe the type of rapture I was in while listening to this audiobook, which was narrated by Will Patton (Remember the Titans!). Side note: he was such an amazing voice actor and the perfect person to bring this book to life. I think his interpretation of the characters and the book made it feel more real than just reading the book would have done. His voice is dark and creepy, but at the same time, it’s not. I’m not sure how to explain it.
Back to the actual story part of this – this is the first book in a four book set and so there is so much mystery surrounding the overall quest that I’m interested to see how Maggie opens the mystery slowly to allow some information to trickle out without giving me the whole thing. Often times, I don’t like figuring these out before they’re revealed to me, and I think this In The Dark feeling is one that is integral to the success of this series.
I was so happy that I picked up a galley of the next installment, The Dream Thieves, at BEA because I just had to know what was going to happen next – THAT LAST LINE! Maggie’s writing is beautiful and haunting, and everything that I loved about the Wolves of Mercy Falls is found here – plus more.
Cool art by Maggie Stiefvater below: