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Review: "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: “The Raven Boys”


Author: Maggie Stiefvater


Genre: YA contemporary, fantasy, fairy tales retold, AWESOME


Publication Date: September 18, 2012 (Scholastic – North America)


Source: Publisher-provided ARC


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.


☆: 4.5/5 stars – another hit from Stiefvater!


Review: You guys know I loved Stiefvater’s last effort, “The Scorpio Races”, and so of course when I heard about “The Raven Boys”, I just had to read it. I mean, I HAD to. Would it get my heart racing the same way it did for the last book? In a way, it did, and in a way, it didn’t – this book is a quieter, sneakier book than the fast-paced horse race that is “Scorpio Races”, but that doesn’t make it any less good. If you love epic bromances, pompous names, and obscure mythology retold into a new tale, you simply must read “The Raven Boys”.


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