PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
DATE PUBLISHED: 18th September 2012
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.
A lyrical page turner with one of the best bookish squads I have read. Beautiful prose, detailed plot and a lovely friendship add to this dark magical realism novel. The way this novel is constructed has left me curious for the future of these characters and confused as to who my ship is… I want to ship Blue but don’t know who with.
I was invested in the lives of each of these characters. I wanted each of them to have happy go lucky lives… but knew that this of course would not happen. I love Blue as a character. She is truly a wonderful character who is her own person that I want all the best for. The Raven Boys are also fabulous and intricate characters that each have their own specific characteristics.
This is a slow burn novel with the plot slowly unravelling until your reach the heart stopping conclusion. I usually don’t like slow burn novels, but this one just works for me. It might be because I listened to it on audiobook.
Overall, a magical gem of a novel with characters that I am fully invested in now after just one book in this series. I will absolutely be finishing this series.
Keep Calm and Read On,