Maggie Stiefvater is an author that keeps appearing on book blogs, booktube, goodreads and Litsy. It’s almost like all the forces in the world aligned to point me in the direction of one of her books. I came across it when looking for books at the library and knew I had to pick it up. The Raven Boys is about a group of boys at an elite private school called Aglionby. Gansey, Adam, Noah and Ronan are on a quest that leads them to meet Blue Sargent, daughter of a clairvoyant. Although she possesses no psychic skills of her own she can enhance those of the others she touches. Each year she stands with her mother at an old churchyard and waits for the soon-to-be dead to walk past. Blue sees a boy walking the path and talks to him. When the Raven Boys arrive on her door after scheduling a reading with her mum, she is shocked to find out it is Gansey, who she has met previously. Knowing that she will be the cause of her true loves death she makes sure to keep her distance from the boys, but when the quest interests her and they need her help she quickly becomes part of their world.
When I started this book I had no idea what it was about, it was a few pages in I realised it was a paranormal read and I was hooked. I could not stop reading; the story itself is so addictive but mixed with a group of intriguing and unique characters left me no option. Blue Sargent is a fun, smart and sassy character that doesn’t let anyone push her around. She lives with her mum in a large house filled with her mums friends and guests all who possess some supernatural power. She is unique, likeable and different to the boys she befriends. Gansey is from an old-money Virginian family, he bought an old factory building and turned it into his home where he lives with Noah and Ronan. In some respect he really reminded me of Gatsby and his compulsive addiction to complete this quest that he loses sleep over. Adam is fuelled by pride and despite not being wealthy like Gansey and Ronan he is an essential part to the group. He works 3 jobs to pay his tuition and refuses to accept money from the other boys, he is one of my favourite characters in the book because of his sweet personality and loyalty to the others. Although he is quiet he is perceptive and this is one of his strengths.
This book has a very smooth transition from one chapter to the next, the plot is filled with action and tension causing an addictive quality to the story. I couldn’t stop and had to keep going with this book, it was a very well-constructed and laid out book from complicated characters whose stories intertwine in the past and present.
The plot doesn’t just incorporate the paranormal with spirituality and psychics, there are elements of mythology tied into the boys quest which had me particularly intrigued. There are links to England and Wales and I’m sure you can just imagine all the wonderful things in this book. All I am saying is that these boys have an endless bank account so anything is possible. This book is not short of twists and turns and right up to the end I didn’t know what to expect. I am very excited to start the second in this series and even more excited to learn there are currently four books.
I gave The Raven Boys a 4 out of 5 on goodreads and definitely recommend it to all readers. If you haven’t picked this up yet don’t wait for the universe to align like I did, take the hint and get yourself a copy.