The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This book really surprised me (in a good way). I wasn’t expecting anything great, but nonetheless I really needed a book to read. So I (reluctantly) picked up The Raven Boys, since the reviews were phenomenal. The minute I opened the book, I was intrigued by the characters, both main and secondary. They all had such intricate, unique, and interesting stories that I wanted to know everything about. But at the same time, they were just like real people. Their journey however was not an average one. our leading lady, Blue Sargent’s entire family is clairvoyent, except her. It doesn’t really bother her most of the time though. However, due to the fact they can all tell the future, they’ve all told Blue one thing; when she kisses her true love, they’ll die.  Now Blue doesn’t really mind this, since most of the boys in her town, Henrietta, are all Raven boys, or as Blue would put it, jerks (the name Raven Boys  comes from the boy’s ritzy private school, Aglionby, whose mascot is a raven). Then, on St. Mark’s Eve, when her mother is ‘seeing’ every person who will die in the next year, Blue sees someone for the first time. His name is Gansey, and the only reason she should be able to see him is because she’s either his true love or his killer (could be both!). Now, as it turns out, Gansey, and his friends are on a mission. They want to find an old Welsh king, Owen Glendower, who is supposed to be sleeping on the ley lines (cords of magic weaving their way throughout the Earth).  Adam, a trailer park native trying to escape his desolate future by attending prep school, Ronan, a troubled, violent boy with a grim past, and Noah, a quiet and observer and watcher. Their multi-year quest has not been going really fast, until Adam encounters Blue. That’s really all I can tell you. And in case you’re wondering, this book is hard to categorize; not exactly contemporary but not quite fantasy. There’s also a bit of of mystery and adventure thrown into The Raven Boys. If you have not already, I urge you to pick this book up. It’s truly like nothing you’ve ever read before and I promise you it’s worth your while!

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