I first heard about The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, from my fabulous friend Melanie–as in Melanie from One Less Lonely Blog. Since we share similar tastes in books, I knew I would probably like it after Melanie raved about it. (She loves the series.) She wanted me to read it so badly that she mailed me my own copy. I can honestly say that it did not disappoint.
Synopsis: Blue comes from a family of psychics. Each year Blue accompanies her mother to the corpse road where souls of those who will soon die can be seen, except Blue never sees them. This year she sees one: Gansey. As it turns out, Gansey is a Raven Boy, a student at Aglionby. Blue has sworn off all Aglionby boys, but she feels compelled to Gansey and his group of friends and joins them on a magical hunt for a Welsh legend.
Maggie writes beautifully. I see everything so clearly in my head and I feel like I’m really getting to know these characters. The issues they deal with make them such well-developed, rounded characters.
Melanie loves Gansey, but I have a crush on Adam–he’s more of my type. Blue is refreshing; she seems to keep to herself, but she’s not afraid to speak her mind. (And I kept imagining Melanie in my head since she styled her hair after Blue, so of course I had to love Blue!)
The plot itself revolves around a Welsh legend and it adds a heightened sense of magic, as if Blue’s psychic family wasn’t enough. There are ley lines, trees that know Latin, and ghosts. So many fantasy elements seamlessly woven into this world.
The book makes for a fantastic read: 5 out of 5 stars!