Friday, August 2, 2013

Honorary BIW review of The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

“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.

Let us get a few things straight before this review gets underway. I love muscle cars. I love creepy black birds. I took a class on anthropology, and history is like, my thing. Bad boys who drive BMW’s, well who doesn’t love 'em.
From the first sentence of the prologue, you get hooked; “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” Um, exsqueaze me?!?! I want to know who she kills!! I want to know who she loves!!

Blue Sargent is one of the most interesting protags I’ve ever read. While the books story telling tends to center on the boys, Blue and her family do an amazing job of standing out. She’s quirky and different, and gets along with the guys in such a way, that is seamless.
Enter The Raven Boys. Richard Gansey III. Facking love him. He is the guy that every guy wants to be friends with and that every girl wants to fall in love with. His story is one of the most endearing and heartfelt, that I’ve ever read. He is so passionate and you find yourself wanting to love the things he loves.
Ronan Lynch. So smexy. He has a chip on his shoulder, a beautiful BMW, a bird named Chainsaw, and a dangerous attitude.
Adam Parrish. The sweet, beautiful, wrong side of the track boy on a scholarship. and Noah Czerny. Noah will remain a mystery.
If history, psychics, beautiful boys, and incredibly imagery gets you excited, then this book is a perfect fit. Its easily in my top 5 favorites. I loved it so much that I’m buying the paperback when it comes out.
*Dream Thieves (Book numero 2) comes out September 17th and I totes plan on starting and finishing it that day.

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