Before I even get into the review, I just want to give a shout out to this cover art, how gorgeous is that! I am officially obsessed with the cover of this novel. Recently, I have heard a lot about this novel, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, so when it was sent to me by Scholastic, I was beyond excited. I love that this book follows more than one perspective, because you can really get a sense of the characters, what’s going on in their lives, and also you get a taste of the story from each side of the fence.
First there is Blue, whose mother is a psychic professionally and just for her own enjoyment. This is cause for frustration with Blue, because she has no ability to be seen. Then one night, while out with her aunt, Blue happens to see an apparition. This apparition is the soul of a boy who is going to die with in a year. That boy is Gansey, one of the Raven boys from the prep school Aglionby Academy. The type of boy that Blue can’t stand. She is confused when she sees his soul, but her aunt explains that there are only two reasons that a regular person would see an apparation, either it’s the love of her life, or she is going to kill him. This proves a little bit confusing to Blue, especially when her mother has told her since she was born that if she ever met her true love, she would kill him with her kiss. That fact has made Blue very wary of kissing anyone. But, when she finally meets the Raven boys, there is something about Gansey that keeps her enthralled. When he asks her to help him find a ley line, which is a line of energy that can connect different parts of time, she hesitantly agrees.
Gansey lives with his friends, and they all pretty much come from money. Though, he is more interested in the paranormal, ley lines, and time shifts. Gansey needs to find this specific ley line, so that he can connect with something that he has been searching for, for a long long time. When he meets Blue, it’s an added bonus because he thinks that maybe she will be able to help the boys find this infamous ley line. Though Blue is terrified, of both falling for Gansey, and she’s afraid when the ley line proves to be dangerous, she feels like the journey’s positives outweigh the negatives.
The Raven Boys was the first Maggie Stiefvater book that I have ever read. The writing is so beautiful, that she doesn’t just tell a story, she immerses you into the world of the story. I fell in love with the characters in this book, they are so richly written that I feel like I am one of them. I enjoyed this book a lot, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.