Adventure (Teen), Family, Fantasy (Teen), YA Fiction

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

When I initially started reading this novel, I had no idea that it was part of a series; I was hoping to read a standalone novel as it would be easier to move on to the next book. However, after reading this book, I am so glad that it is part of a series and I cannot wait to read the next novel!

For a very long time, Blue has been told that she will be the cause of her true love’s death. Her mother, a clairvoyant, and her mother’s friends, who are also psychic, have been warning her of this fate since Blue could remember. And so, Blue has promised herself to stay away from all boys, especially the Raven Boys – pompous rich kids who go to a private elite school called Aglionby.
Every year, Blue accompanies her mother to a graveyard to watch the soon-to-be – dead assemble. Usually Blue sees nothing – until now. This time, she sees the spirit of a Raven Boy who tells her his name is Gansey. Although Blue knows she should stay away, she finds herself drawn to Gansey and his friends who are on an otherworldly quest of their own.

This novel was great. Every single character had a subplot and each got a chance to have their perspective shown. I liked the psychic angle and all of the magical elements involved. Mostly, I liked how this novel transcended the theme of fantasy and moved into that of personal growth and family ties. There were some parts of the novel that seemed a bit abrupt and could have been explained better. The ending of the novel caught me off guard because it almost seemed to have missed something. My need to know more about this story and to follow it through to the end is what is motivating me to read the next book in this series. If you like fantasy and teen fiction, then this is the novel for you! I promise that by the end, you will be hooked!

Happy reading ~

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