The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
First published September 18th, 2012
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.
I freaking loved this book SO much! Why did it take me so long to get to it! It’s just so much my style! I absolutely loved everything about it!
This is a unique story about a girl named Blue. She lives with her mom and two friends of hers and they couldn’t be more peculiar, because, guess what?! They are all psychics! Well, except Blue… She doesn’t have any psychic powers. What she does have tho is a way of amplifying spirits, for them to be able to be felt or heard by her family, who helps them and their families. Blue would love to be able to see the spirits like her family does, but for all she tries, she can’t… Until the night she is able to see one.
I love supernatural/paranormal books but I’ve never read any like this! This was so different and well developed! It was mysterious and suspenseful. I liked that although I was excited and anxious about what the characters would do next, I was never expecting it. It’s not the easiest book to get into, but once you do it’s incredible!
One of the best things about this book were the characters! They were so incredibly amazing and developed!
Meet the Raven Boys: Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah were all so different and interesting! (Well, in the beginning, it was quite difficult to distinguish them, but after some time, you get to know them and that changes). They were different from any character I ever read about, but they were also really different from each other, and yet they were so connected! They felt realistic and I just wanted to be part of the group so bad!
Gansey is a natural leader and a very misunderstood person. Ronan is a person full of anger trapped inside him. Adam has suffered more than any of them, due to his family. And Noah carries a secret that will make you gasp! They all go to a very privileged school, from where Blue tries to stay away from. She thinks all raven boys are the same -rich, full of themselves and insensible to all the world around them – plus she also tries to avoid any boys really, due to a prophecy her mother has told her since birth. But Blue’s path inevitably crosses with some of the Raven Boys.
All the characters in this book surprised the crap out of me every 5 seconds and I just love them all! But Gansey and Ronan did have the biggest impact on me! I freaking love them so much. Blue was not a particularly special character but I loved how simple and independent she is! I also really liked her relationship with her family. They trust each other, protect each other and I don’t know… Their house just gave me a nice warm feeling, you know?
Another thing that this book had loads of? Twists! And they were AMAZING. I just never saw any of it coming! It just keeps surprising from start to finish, both the plot and the characters! There’s so much magic in this book! And it’s all very distinct and that’s one of the things that gripped me the most. I love magic, but what we have here is not the type of magic we normally see. It’s something more… more complex, more interesting, more fantastic, … More everything.
This is a very different story and it’s also written in a very different way. It took me a bit to get into the writing, but it’s so beautiful and it made it all feel just like a daydream! It’s poetic without being too much – which is not my style, it just added something more. It’s complex, full of mystery and magic and I couldn’t recommend it any more than I already do!
This story is about to get wild! I can just feel it.
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