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[Review] The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

July 22, 2012

Stiefvater, Maggie.  The Raven Boys.  408pp.  Scholastic Press,  September 18, 2012.  9780545424929.   Maggie Stiefvater’s first installment in her new series, The Raven Boys, is due out this fall.  Filled with mystery, suspense and adventure and tinged with a bit of romance, this new series will appeal to both males and females.  Set in Henrietta, Virginia, Blue Sargent has inherited her family’s psychic clairvoyant powers and can see spirits.  There are only two reasons for Blue to actually sight a spirit:  they are either destined to die or the spirit is her one true love.   An unfortunate side effect of this remarkable gift is that if she were to kiss her one true love, he would die.   Thus, like the countless women in her family’s past, she has vowed to never fall in love. 

On the eve of St. Mark’s Day Blue finds herself in the town churchyard traditionally viewing the parade of spirits fated to die in the coming year with her mother and aunt.  Her job is to write down the names of all the spirits that show up.  Something is different about this year’s parade because Blue, for the first time in her life,  sees one of the spirits… one of the wealthy Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy.  There’s only one of two reasons for her sighting, either this Raven Boy is Blue’s true love or Blue will somehow be responsible for his death.

What starts off looking like a typical paranormal romance novel soon evolves into a much more complex action packed plot centered around hypothetic geographical alignments, ancient kings and promises.  The story line starts out as separate threads that gradually merge together as one.  In the mist of all this is the tightly knitted friendship between the motley crew of Raven Boys and that of Blue, who becomes a fifth member of the group.  The layering in this novel will literally leave you gasping with surprise as each mystery is unfolded and revealed.  Maggie Stiefvater’s language and ideas are magical!

Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t just write books!  Click on this link to find out more about the author!

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