A YA Contemporary Fantasy that plays with typical genre elements and makes it's own unique mix.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio (2012) / Length: 11 hrs 8 min
This is Book #1 of 4 in the "The Raven Cycle." All four books have been published and are available on audio.
I've owned this book for several years and never got around to listening to it (I wasn't very fond of Shiver). The positive responses to the final book pushed me into finally giving it and chance, and I really liked it. If not for the frequent swearing & the love triangle, this would have been 4.5*.
I am never a fan of love triangles, but this one seemed more than usually unnecessary considering that the situation with the prophecy provides plenty of tension and that friendship is such a strong theme. There were a few cute moments between Blue & Adam and she & Gansey seemed to work well together in their one outing alone together, but I wasn't able to invest strongly in either relationship because of the setup.
I do especially like the way the book takes typical character stereotypes (the psychic's daughter with the special ability, the rich boy, the bad boy, etc) and makes them so much more. As well as the way things swing between normal teenage issues & supernatural weirdness.