Review: The Raven Boys

Title: The Raven Boys

Series: Raven Cycle # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy/Paranormal
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

“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 theShiver 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.”

Once this book was in my hands, I had to read ASAP! It definitely has a unique streak to it that is a genre of it’s own. Inviting and intoxicating.
What pulled me to this book are the awesome characters. The reader is introduce to Blue, who has been given a prophecy. I like that this prophecy goes deeper than the reader expected. Faced with magic, hauntings, and boys, I couldn’t help but be smitten with it. Blue is observant yet careful. She watches and listens, even though others don’t think she does. She is anxious and ready to stop being naive, to finally learn the truth of who she is. Blue’s determination to be defiant and set forth on a mission that may not be what she expected.
The plot of the book goes deep, taking the reader far into the rabbit hole. If you like stories fill of myths, magic, and lots of history, you will have no problem enjoying the plot. The plot is slow, given the fact that the reader must take their time to invest and really learn the plot. Once you do, it’s flows nicely till the end where as you can imagine is quite extraordinary. 
The Raven Boys. *Sigh* Hot and mysterious the reader gets a little time in getting to know them. Their fresh and raw with lots of secrets up their sleeves. I took my time watching each boy, as I hear their voice speak to me. Each voice or action is strong showing of who they really are. The mystery surround these boys as well as their past does none other by entice me to read more. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Raven Boys is an excellent story of thrills and adventure. In depth with characters and much mystery to be solved, The Raven Boys eludes the reader till the very end. Fans of the Beautiful Creatures series, take heed and read this book. Fierce and exciting The Raven Boys is awesome!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!

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