Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #1.
Source: My friend Christina, an early birthday present!
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.
This book shines when it comes to characters. We have a colorful cast and I appreciate how interesting the secondary characters are. I have a feeling everyone is playing a role and they aren’t ‘just’ there. I think that my favourite secondary character is Persephone. She has a whimsical, innocent and almost fairytale-like personality.
The Raven Boys are a fascinating group of boys, consisting of Gansey (the leader), Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue is later added to that mix, because her special gift might come in handy and she has caught Adam’s attention. These two are incredibly sweet together and Adam was probably the raven boy I felt most connection with. Not because I’ve been in the same situation, but his actions, emotions and reactions felt very realistic to me. I have a soft spot for him. Gansey grew on me, but I don’t feel I know him well enough. I hope he shows more of his personality in The dream thieves.
Blue heard the same over and over again. You are going to kill your true love with a kiss. When she finally sees a ghost, it belongs to Gansey – and this means he will die soon. Their fates are connected and it’s one of the reasons she offers her help to him. Gansey is obsessed with finding the ley line, because once activated, he can find Glendower. There is a story that Glendower was buried, but he can be awakened and he will bestow you with a gift.
But The Raven Boys aren’t the only one looking for the ley line and it’s starting to get dangerous. You already know who the ‘villain’ is, but it didn’t make him less creepy. This is a person who is willing to sacrifice anyone and anything to get what he wants. The plot around the ley line and Glendower was good. I liked how we slowly figure out why Gansey needs to find it and the ending makes me very excited to see what is going to happen in The dream thieves.