Synopsis from Goodreads
“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.
REVIEW BY BETH
A quick scout around the web has shown me that The Raven Boys is in huge demand; readers have been waiting FOREVER for the next Stiefvater book although this all went over my head. I just took it as another of the wonderful books Emma sent my way!
In this novel we meet Blue an extremely assured sixteen year old who pretty much seems to have already know what she likes and dislikes. She’s quirky, not your usual run of the mill heroine and comes from a family who have an obsession with the spirit world, her mother being a psychic. Blue has always known that if she kisses her true love, he will die – her mother predicted and therefore she’s sworn off boys, until…
I expected the novel to be packed out with romance and yearning for boys who she could never have but it’s nothing like that at all. Billed as a paranormal romance the language throughout the novel is beautiful but the plot isn’t as engaging. It moves too slowly and every time I expected something to happen, it didn’t.
The most interesting character for me is Adam, one of Gansey’s closest friends as he seems to have more depth than the rest and seems to have a story worth following. I enjoyed seeing his character develop more than the others, as Gansey in particular stinks of arrogance from the moment he appears. Kudos to Stiefvater for creating characters that are so well characterised though.
This novel could have been fantastic but there needed to be more movement, a pacier plot line and perhaps a little bit more action? I could have been better engaged.