Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is a young adult novel full of magic and suspense. The story is set in a small town where sixteen-year-old Blue has lived all her life. She has been told by the many clairvoyant women in her family that if she kisses her true love he will die. She never really cared until April 24, Saint Mark’s eve, a night during which each year she and her mother watch the spirits of the soon-to-be dead file by in the local graveyard. That night she sees the spirit of a young boy with a raven emblem on his vest. That sight changes the course of her life and the lives of a group of students from Aglionby, a rich private school in the town. Among the students there is a group known as the Raven Boys: Ronan, tough and angry; Adam, a scholarship student; Noah, the watcher; and Gansey, a peacemaker. The Raven boys appear to have it all, or so Blue thinks until through a serious of events she is pulled into their world. By all means possible, she tries to avoid being kissed.

Blue has a strange psychic gift, and with her help the Raven Boys go on a quest to find the mythical King Glendower. They are not the only ones looking for his treasure, and someone has already been murdered because of it. The searchers have to decide if their obsession with walking the ley lines, special lines of energy that can connect the present with the past, will be worth risking their friendship and lives for.

These five teenagers are pushed beyond their limits while jumping headlong into a mystical adventure. The book is well written and fast paced, and I wanted the characters to slay both their inner and outer demons. The Raven Boys has many layers, and these teenagers deal with a lot of issues, such as death and physical abuse. I highly recommend this book.

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