Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
By grounding this new series in what might be called everyday weirdness a rich teenager's obsession with legend and glory, a shabby household of female psychics with a pay-per-minute hotline Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) avoids the burden of building a seamless alternate world, instead saturating our reality with magic. Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront: Blue, an outsider in her own home because she isn't clairvoyant; Gansey and his posse of misfits, who lack any sense of home and seek meaning elsewhere; and Barrington Whelk, a Latin teacher with a secret. Gansey and his fellow "raven boys" attend exclusive Aglionby Academy itself out of place in working-class Henrietta, Va. and Blue's goal is to avoid them at any cost. She can't, of course, but Stiefvater doesn't rush this inevitability. Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It's a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater's people live in the reader's imagination that makes this such a memorable read. Ages 13 up.
Captivating & sets your heart on fire
This book made me more of a dreamer.
It made me explore the world around me more and ask odd questions.
A book about adventure, love, magic, and secrets seems like the ultimate teen book in my opinion.
I finished this, almost 1,000 pages, in around 2-3 days simply because I could not put it down.
It's got a lot of depth to each character and to the plot.
You don't just follow a story line, you follow the lives of Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Blue.
If you want a book where you're simply following one simple plot, this isn't for you.
Maggie captured the big picture but didn't forget even the smallest details.
I am now enveloped into the world of Henrietta, Virginia and the characters in it.
My favorite book
This book is amazing!! Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author, and this is my favorite of her books. The characters are complex, the writing poetic, and the plot original. My favorite thing about this book is the emotions. It doesn't just tell you the character is happy; it makes you feel happy in a way that no YA writer whose books i have read have achieved. I highly suggest any of Maggie Stiefvaters books!!!
This story was soooooo slooooow to start.
Then it was rapid, but confusing.
And that ending…..what was THAT about?!!