Review: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Stiefvater, Maggie
Length: 416 pages
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher / Year: Scholastic Press / 2012
Source: From the publisher at Book Expo America (picked up for me by Rhiannon).
Why I Read It: Rhiannon recommended it to me.
Date Read: 03/07/12
This story follows a young girl, Blue, who lives with her mother and various other female relatives and friends of her mother’s who are all psychics. She is the only one in her family who has no real psychic abilities, other than the ability to enhance the skills of others. When she witnesses a dead boy during a ritual, she knows her life might change. Prophesies may begin to come true.
Separately, four boys from the private school, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, are looking for a special ley line, and perhaps the Viking king who lies within it. They are all dealing with their own family, money, and personal issues that are explored really well, and their interactions are really well written and build their characters well.
All characters were well-rounded and interesting, and the adventure and action was built up to keep the novel well paced. While not a favourite, the book was interesting and I couldn’t put it down, needing to keep reading to find out what happened next. Recommended to those who enjoy fantasy.