Book Review: The Raven Boys

17675462.jpgThe Raven Boys is another hyped book, but unlike the last one I read, this one was SO GOOD.

Blue is the misfit of her bizarre family. She is the only one who does not have psychic abilities, but she does make others abilities stronger when she is near. This is especially helpful if anyone needs help in reading a client.

One evening, Blue and her mother walk the soon-to-be-dead road. The psychics like to make a list of everyone who could die in the coming year. Spirits arrive and Blue’s mother takes down their names. But this year is different. This year Blue sees a spirit, his name is Gansey. Blue is startled to be able to see someone on Corpse’s Road. There are two explanations to this: either he’s her true love or she killed him.

Blue’s life take a lively turn when Gansey calls the psychics to do a reading. He arrives in an old, orange Camaro with three of his buddies. All four of them wear the matching blazers of the prep school with a raven embroidered on the lapel, The Raven Boys.

The ring leader is none other than Gansey himself. He is desperately trying to find a lay line to awaken the fabled Welsh king. Legend says that whoever finds the king will be granted a wish.

Blue goes against her mother’s wishes and helps the raven boys find the lay line and clues to the Welsh king. Blue gets to know each boy in turn and they become dear to her. They have brought her out of her ‘regular’ life to one of adventure and friends.

But Gansey isn’t the only one looking to awaken the lay line. Danger lurks everywhere and there are many surprises along the way.

The Raven Boys had a rocky start for me. It took me a little while to really grasp what was going on, but when I did, the whole book opened up. It was magical and adventurous, as well as sweet and beautiful.

Blue’s relationship with her family, especially the aunts, was so sweet and quirky. It had me smiling the whole time, even when they schemed behind the mother’s back.

But my favorite thing about this whole book is Blue’s relationship with the Raven Boys. Each one is cute and endearing. She is able to really connect with Noah, the shyest of the boys. She found a special place in Adam’s heart, broke through Ronan’s fierce spirit, and joined with Gansey to awaken the lay line.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD 

My only thing about this book is that it is quite deceiving. The blurp from Goodreads and the beginning of the book really makes it seem like she is in love with Gansey. I found this to not be true in the book. Her romantic interests were elsewhere. But it could be from the friendship love? Maybe? I don’t know if I really missed something, or sneakily deceived.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvator receives 4.5 stars.

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