So I had very luckily won a signed ARC of this book and was so hoping I would have it read and reviewed before it released. Clearly this didn’t happen but I did finish it! 🙂
“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.
First, let me start out by saying I did enjoy this book, BUT it is nothing like Maggie’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series. This book did not leave me wanting to create, rather it gave me chills, made me miss my old group of friends, and made me long for adventure.
Maggie has created another wonderful world where although it is set in contemporary time and space it is still a world of magic (making a reader wonder if there is such magic here in our own world). I really loved the story created not just that we are reading but of the tale of the Raven King, having this quest set out for the characters was thrilling and chilling.
As with most stories, for me the characters are key. Maggie has provided us with a lovely set Blue, Adam, Gansey, Noah, and Ronan. Also Blue’s crazy “family” was well crafted to fit together and mold the story. I found that Blue and her group of boys really made me miss my old group of boys back in 11th grade, those friendships and the adventures we went on were so vivid after reading The Raven Boys. I believe it is a special kind of friendship and Maggie captured it to perfection. Not only were the relationships between the characters well done and important to the story but each and every character has such personality. Much like Andrea Cremer, I find that Maggie has also captured the art of making a whole cast of characters more than just supporting roles, but actually, people that I feel like I know personally. For me, this skill is very special and makes the story really come to life.
Unfortunately, with this book, I felt like the ending was rushed. I know that this will be a series (although while reading it I thought it was a standalone book). Really I think that with a little more flesh to the end I would have given it 5 stars, but having that ending feel so abrupt nagged at me. I’m not sure how many books in the series there will be but honestly, I thought there would be only one, which is not a good thing. If the book is going to be a series I feel like there needs to be a resolution at the end of each book with the overall plot not ending until the last book, and though I see where this was attempted…it felt like an attempt and not a completion. I plan on reading the next book, and hoping that will feel complete and less rushed at the end for me, but for book one it is a 4 out of 5 stars.