Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - A Review

The Raven Boys is a paranormal mystery with a twist.  I loved this book!  I couldn’t put it down once I started reading; I think I finished it in record time.  It was a bit confusing at the very beginning when the characters were being introduced but that only added to the surprises that happened later in the book.  I loved the characters, they all had such depth.  I hope this is a series because I want to read more about them.  The story focuses around Blue, who is the daughter of a psychic.  The Raven Boys opens with Blue and Neeve, a friend of Blue’s Mom’s.  They are sitting in a church graveyard waiting for something.  The reader finds out that they are waiting for the spirits of the people who will be dead within the next year to appear. 

Blue doesn’t usually see the dead, but this time is different.  She sees a boy about her age.  This is the first time she has ever seen a spirit in the many years she’s been coming to the graveyard.  The boy goes to a private school in her home town and usually those boys are rich snobs.  The locals call those boys The Raven Boys, hence the name of the book.  Blue is intrigued by the fact that she was able to see the boy and Neeve tells her that the only reason she would be able to see him would be that she would be the one who kills him, or he’s her true love.  Then of course Blue meets the mystery boy and his friends and learns that he is searching for something and has been for a very long time. He’s looking for a king who was supposedly buried someplace near the town and is obsessed with finding him for his own reasons.  There’s a tiny little bit of romance in this one but not enough to make those who don’t like that kind of stuff squirm.  I have to rate this one a 5 star book. 

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