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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
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.
To be honest it took me a while to get into this book. For one I think I was in a reading slump, two I had a hard time connecting to the characters at first and lastly, the blurb was nothing like the story I was reading. It is a bit misleading.
All that having been said I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought at first I would. Somewhere along the 50% mark I really started to get the character as we learned more about them and there motives and most importantly for me their backgrounds. Though this is one book I wish would not have so many POVs , which made it a bit more confusing than it already was at some parts.
The more I understood the world building the more I liked it but I think it is by far not all and we will see a lot more and new things in future books.
The story seemed dark and mysterious and sometimes sad. Really we don’t find out much by the end of the book if anything we are left hanging with even more questions than we started but somehow I really enjoyed that and it kept me clued to the pages/ (once I reached a certain point).
I can’t wait to finds out more about Blue, her family, including her father and the boys. I’m really curious to see what all will be uncovered in the next book.
I’m giving this book 3★ but only because I had a hard time getting it to it but I think the next book might be easier and therefore faster to read for me and I might enjoy it more.
I had a great time tonight at the Maggie Stiefvater book signing hosted by the Ocean City Public Library! Rather than taking the time to write a detailed report, I'm just going to post a few pictures while basking in the afterglow.
I knew I was in the right place when I saw this in the parking lot:
Maggie is an entertaining storyteller in person. I highly recommend trying to go to a signing if she is anywhere in your vicinity.
I ended up spending more money than I intended, and in addition to bringing home a signed copy of The Raven King, as I planned, I brought home a Tarot deck that I may or may not ever use.
I'm looking forward to reading All the Crooked Saints when it comes out in the fall. I'm cautiously optimistic about the promise of more books about Ronan and the Lynch family, and a bit apprehensive about the idea of The Raven Boys as a TV series (it's been optioned, but who knows where it will go from there).