Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Review #190 - The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)

“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.
My Rating: 4/5
I received this book for review from Scholastic Australia.
The prologue drew me instantly into the the world created, it was one of my favourite parts of the book.
This book was mainly told from the two alternating perspectives of Blue and Gainsy.
I liked Blue from the opening prologue. She was very unique and had a very interesting family. I am looking forward to her further development over the series.
With Gainsy, I don't really know that much about him. With Blue's chapter it was mainly just her so there was alot of focus on her whereas with Gainsy he was always with his friends so the focus was shared.
My favourite character was Adam. I probably would have preferred him to have been the main male character.
I have only read one other book by the author and I really like her descriptive writing style. She is one of the best as describing things with amazing clarity.
The plot of this book is not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be as described on the book but it was completely different.
I found the plot to be unique, and very interesting. I found myself really invested in this series and so cannot wait for the second book to be published.  

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