Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. 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 Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. 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 warned that she will cause her true love to die. 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.
I absolutely love anything Maggie Stiefvater. It all began with her first novel Shiver and I was immediately hooked. She just creates these amazing paranormal stories, but she grounds them in reality to where they’re almost believable. And I love that. It’s great when you can read a book and say, “You know…maybe this could actually happen.” The Raven Boys was most definitely not an exception. The characters were so much fun, and I really feel like these were her best yet, especially because she wrote in multiple points of view. I like being able to know what the other characters are thinking. It’s never a bad thing in a book, unless it’s done poorly, and it’s not in this case. Another thing I really loved about this book was the fact that the characters were so bonded. You could tell right away that Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah were tightly connected. Their friendship was obviously brotherly love. It was a little hard in the beginning, though, to keep up with everything. The plot and characters were introduced very quickly, which I found a little unnecessary since The Raven Boys isn’t a stand-alone book. I think Stiefvater would have done well to take things a little more slowly. But it really was a great book, her best since Shiver. I really would read anything by her. Even her grocery lists. Haha. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series.