Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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The Raven Boys

Rating 5 Stars
Version: Hardback
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

GoodRead's Summary:
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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I’m not entirely sure where to start with this review, but I can say that I loved this story. I usually roll my eyes when I see someone writing “I laughed, I cried, etc…” However, I literally experienced a flux of emotions while reading The Raven Boys. For example, I laughed at some of the comments Ronan made, became angry with Adams mother and father, and literally got goose bumps when I discovered the truth behind Noah.
I initially picked Stiefvater’s book in the YA section of my local library after receiving one of those annoying daily emails from Amazon suggesting books “I might want to read.” To be honest, the email was about The Dream Thieves, but I figured I couldn’t start book 2 without first reading book 1. Also, I really loved the highlighted quote above. It perked my interest and hooked me before I even had possession of the book. 
The story began slowly and I was starting to lose interest, but chapter 12 changed things. It drew me in, completely. The reason I remember the specific chapter is because I finished the remaining 300 pages later that night – technically morning. It has seriously been a while since a book kept me reading 4+ hours straight and well into the early morning. It has also been an extremely long time since I’ve been able to really fawn over/relate to a story’s characters, but Stiefvater did it! You cannot help but feel bad for Adams situation and Gansey’s ability to articulate without offending; laugh and become frustrated at Ronan’s personality; feel creeped out by Neeve; and just smile at Blue and her exotic family.

This book is seriously amazing, READ IT!!!!! 

As a side note, what are your opinion's on purchasing a book versus checking it out at the library? Personally, if I really enjoy the book, I usually go out and purchase a copy for my shelf. I remember reading somewhere that around 83% of people who check out books at the library end up purchasing a copy. Does this sound right?


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