The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1), Maggie Stiefvater (2012)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
I had high hopes going into this book and it is safe to say that I LOVED IT! When I was younger I read a lot of books about girls in boarding schools, usually the kind written by Enid Blyton, so when a book about boys at a school and magic came into my hands I had to devour it from corner to corner. I have to say though, that the blurb on this book is rubbish and doesn’t do it any justice and makes it look like it will be a sloppy romance, which it is not.
Blue is our main character alongside Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue is the daughter of a physic and lives with a whole bunch of them, her family dynamic is very different and it’s awesome. Her mum and her are very relaxed with each other and you can see it is a learning curve for both of them as Blue gets older and her mum is doing this all for the first time. Her house sounds totally bizarre, living with so many psychics and being in that kind of an environment is a really interesting setting to read about and I would love to explore her home!
Gansey is a rich boy on a mission to find the grave of Glendower and is obsessed with all things supernatural. His friends Adam, Ronan and Noah are helping him on his quest and Blue somehow gets pulled into the mix. The blurb makes it sound like this book will be about Blue’s first kiss and how the person she kisses is meant to die, and whilst this is mentioned a lot, it is a total sideline to the rest of the story (a reason I think the blurb is happily misleading). I’m assuming it will take more of a place in the later books in the series, once we’re even more attached to them all!
I love the unique relationships Blue forms with each of the boys and how we get an insight to what she thinks of them. Each boy is truly different and I’m sure we all pick our favourites, which makes the story development even more gripping. I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how these relationships change and develop.
The magic in this book was different to any I had read before, focusing more on energy and ley lines. Fun fact, I live on a ley line and have always frequented Avebury (similar to Stonehenge), which is known to be a very spiritual place because it is on a ley line. The white horses they mention in the book in the UK are all around where I live! Back to the book, I really enjoyed the strange occurrences we saw happening because of the energy around the characters, it was really interesting and different.
Fans of the strange and unusual should pick up this book and delve into the world of the Raven Boys!