She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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.
The Raven Cycle is another series that is talked about all over. Like most of the books I read because of people’s recommendation I didn’t really look much into it, I prefer to just dive in based on the person’s feeling regarding the book.
That’s how I got to this one. The Raven Boys follows Blue Sargent, who is a grumpy, punky teen and the daughter of a psychic, living with several other psychics, at 300 Fox Way. Blue, has no clairvoyant abilities, but she is something of a psychic energy magnifier, bolstering any magic generated near her – which, in Henrietta, isn’t that uncommon. After a curse and a prophecy, Blue is thrown in the path of four boys from the local private school, Aglionby Academy: Noah Czerny, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, and their leader, Richard Campbell Gansey III. Gansey has spent years obsessively following the path of Henrietta’s ley line – a magical alignment running through town – in the hopes of discovering and awakening the mythical fifteenth century Welsh king, Owen Glendower.
I absolutely LOVE mythology. Whichever mythology. Throw that at me and I will be easily entertained. I had never read about Welsh mythology though so that was a lot of fun. The plot is really interesting even if is not an action-packed thrilling mystery, I actually found that to be incredibly enriching in the way that the story is more weighted towards its characters. And those characters have a refreshing uniqueness, especially because of how different they are compared to the collection of stereotypes often created in YA books.
I really liked Blue’s character and loved the fact that she is part of a family of psychics. I had never read a book with a family like this in it so it was really entertaining. I also loved how her relationship with the raven boys grows throughout the story without things ever feeling forced. I loved the scenes in which they are all together and couldn’t wait to get more of those. I also really enjoyed Gamsey. There are so many different sides to him, he is so complex and you can see that throughout the story. He really cares about the people closest to him but doesn’t really show that in the best of ways. He understand that he can annoy or hurt people’s feelings and tries to stop himself from doing so. So we really get to see so many sides of the same character which helped give him more depth for me, made him feel that much more real. I loved the entire group and their dynamics. Ronan is super interesting and I think that on the second book I’ll get to see even more of him. And Noah’s plot twist was actually mind-boggling for me. I could see the foreshadowings but it wasn’t until the big reveal that I really pieced things together and I remember just re-reading it because of how impressive it was.
I think that Maggie really took her time to thoroughly set this world up and explain everything to the readers, and she did a phenomenal job with that. She went through all the steps necessary to make sure that the setting was rightly explained and at the same time managed to get my attention enough to make me want to keep reading this series. Her writing actually made the story quite fast paced for me and I flew through it. I think Stiefvater is able to write about a simple thing and make it special.
I recommend this series to anyone who enjoy a good mystery and mythology of course. Let Stiefvater pull you into this world and just enjoy the ride.