Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Started: July 28, 2016
Finished: December 31, 2016
GoodReads Summary: 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.
Review: I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t even put it down except when I was in class. The writing flows very well and very detailed without making it too complex. What I loved about this book is that it is different than what I normally read, so it gave me a fresh start on something different and I am pleased with the outcome.
We start off with Blue, daughter of a Psychic, who is cursed with the first kiss of her True Love, he dies. So she stays away from dating until she meets Adam Parrish. That’s when her adventure begins with the Raven Boys.
Gansey, I guess you can say he’s the leader of the group. He is looking for Glendower and has been researching about the Ley Lines for a while. At some point he becomes a little obsessed with the research that minor warning signs started popping up for me. But he eventually calmed down a little with his obsession and the warnings went away but they’re still kind of there. They’ll probably go away once I read further into the series.
His relationship with Blue was rocky in the beginning with Blue telling him off and basically calling him a weirdo. But Gansey, was being a nice friend because Adam had a liking to her and decided to be Adam’s voice. That didn’t start out well but they eventually started to like each other until the group went to this magic tree and everything became a little awkward for Blue.
Next Raven Boy is Ronan Lynch, he’s the rebel of the group. Doesn’t get along with his brother after their father died. You later learn that he’s a Dreamer or a Greywaren, basically he can pull things out of his dreams. His attitude made me like him and he easily became my favorite. I laughed at a lot of his words because I can relate with him on the bluntness. I also like how protective he is over Adam, I know what happens with the two later on so that establish my likeness of Ronan even more.
Adam Parrish, is only one in the group that didn’t come from a rich family. I felt for Adam since his parents are abusive, mainly his father. He had to keep his school and social life separate from his parents because they don’t like it. My heart nearly broke when his father hit him to the point he lost his hearing in one ear. But everything went well in the end.
Noah, the ghost, you didn’t find out he’s a ghost until later on. He’s this quiet guy who keeps to himself and had an instant liking to Blue and they became fast friends. When you later find out he’s a ghost and that he was murdered seven years prior to the story you can’t help but feel sad. He did lose himself for the time being due to Blue and the guys finding out he’s dead.
The ending was pretty interesting. Adam sacrificed his free will in order to wake the Ley Line. Ronan pulled his raven out of his dreams and passed his classes to satisfactory of staying at Aglionby. They dug up Noah’s remains after Blue told Noah’s mother that he’s sorry. I’ll admit I cried, scenes like that always make me cry. When they finally dug him up they reburied him on the Ley Line where Noah finally returned to them. I smiled like a big idiot when he came back and actually himself again since the whole ordeal. It was a great way to end the book and I can’t wait to read the next book.