Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys  (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel (Rated PG-13)
(Four and a half Amazing Hearts)

Book 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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
My Review
I admit I waited a while to read this book. Although, I love this author’s word and how she uses them, I was weary based on the ending of the Shiver series to invest myself again. The way the author writes transcends storytelling. She paints a canvas with each sentence like a brush stroke so effortlessly. Many YA writers today could use a lesson taught by her.
Her imagination also transcends space and time. It’s innovative and entertaining. Beautifully crafted with a balance of paranormal, fantasy and romance, which makes you feel like you aren’t lacking in any area.
So why not five stars. Well, only because I guessed at what seemed like many surprises. But I’m not quite sure she didn’t want the reader to know early on, so I’ll round up everywhere I cannot give half stars.
I’m trusting this author one more time. And with the disappointments I’ve had this year, I’m really hoping that she delivers a stellar ending with no open maws gaps at the series end.
I’d say go ahead and pick this one up.
Audio Review
Will Patton did an awesome job with narration. While I didn’t know his name, when I heard his voice, I knew the actor.
My book boyfriend Gansey.

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