The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you are looking for another seductively written book by Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys, is it! I fell in love with Blue’s world of fortune tellers living in Henrietta, VA. Blue Sargent is a prickly strong female protagonist in this adventure into psychics (Blue’s family), the prep school world of Aglionby Academy (Blue hates these privileged boys, calling them the Raven Boys) and family (all the good and the bad). Blue is sixteen and has been told her whole life by her mother, she will kiss the boy she loves and he will die, and it is at an annual spirit hunt, she meets the ghost called Gansey. What a wonder that Gansey and his strange crew of Aglionby friends arrives at her home for a tarot reading. Gansey and his friends, Adam, Ronan, and Noah believe in the power of ley lines and have traversed the world in a frenzied belief that they can locate the Ancient Welsh King Glendower, raise him up and be granted a wish of unprecedented worth. I could not put this book down, I was sucked into Blue’s world as she becomes friends with these boys she grew up loathing; accompanying them on searches for ley lines and spirits. You learn about the boys, their behavior at school, their family dysfunctions and their total commitment to each other and it is these characters and their personalities (annoying and troubled) that keep the pages turning, especially the runes, séances, ghosts, all providing a thrilling, mesmerizing read. I can’t wait for the next book!
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