I just finished The Raven Boys, book one in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series. Wow!
My good friend, Kathleen, recommended it, and I don’t think I’ve ever read one of her recommendations that I didn’t love. (She also introduced me to The Hunger Games, way before the movies came out.)
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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.
So, what did I love about it? It has both a great story and great writing, but the best part is the characters. They are multi-dimensional and so different. Loved, loved, loved it!