The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Though born to a psychic mother and living in a house full of those specializing in the supernatural, Blue has no abilities of her own. Feeling rejected by the spirit world, Blue mostly tries to just make it through her days, hoping that one day she will experience magic. Then, without warning, four boys from the prestigious private school, Aglionby – Raven boys – fall into Blue’s life. Though not magical, the boys are certainly adventurous, and Blue is soon swept up into their leader, Gansey’s, quest to find the mythical Glendower. What’s more, Blue finds herself falling for another of the Aglionby boys, Adam. Though everything in her life is soon in question, Blue knows two things for certain: Gansey will die before the year ends, and, if she kisses her true love, he will die. As she delves deeper into the mystery of Glendower, Blue must try to prevent Gansey’s death and her kiss from happening – before it’s too late.

So, after the Shiver disaster, I was really reluctant to pick up another of Steifvater’s books. But this one isn’t too bad. There are some minor issues I still don’t like, such as objectifying women and making them dependent on men, but it’s nowhere near as bad as in previous books. Though it took me a while to get into the book (thus the lower rating), the mystery turned out to be engaging, and I definitely wanted more by the time the novel ended. As a heads up, much of the mystery in the book revolves around a mythical king, Glendower, and the power of ley lines. If you’re not familiar with either (I wasn’t), you may want to do a little research before you begin — the concepts are not explained well in the book. I’ve also heard great things about the next two installments in the series, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. If you’re looking for a new series to start — this might be it!

This one has a great book trailer!

Rating: 3.5/5

*YASLA Top Ten Books for Young Adults, 2013

*Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, 2012

*Carnegie Medal in Literature Nominee, 2014

*Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee, 2015

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS) click here.

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