Sunday, June 29, 2014

"The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Format: eBook, 319 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic
My rating: 5 stars

“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.”

Blue lives in a family of seer, but even though she can amplify their powers, she can't do or see anything herself. To make it even worse: ALL her family members have been foreshadowing the death of Blue's one true love...
Every year Blue joins her mother on a church graveyard as the soon-to-be dead walk by. Blue never sees them, until one day a ghost appears she can talk to. "Gansey".
At first she is confused, but when Blue and Gansey meet, she is dragged into a secret even she never imagined could exits.

The Raven Boys started slow, so I had to drag myself through the first pages, but after about half the book, it got really good. I have to admit I didn't really like Shiver, so I was pleasantly surprised. This story is so mysterious, you simply want to know how it turns out.
Add some creepy and sad scenes into the mix and you are hooked. At least I couldn't stop reading anymore. Even though there are a lot of characters and only a small amount of pages, it feels like everyone is introduced very well.  Every character has it's own personality and background story, what makes reading about them such a great experience.
Sadly we only get hints at romance, even though Blue's true love should be a big topic. Who is he? And how will he die? Luckily there are still a few books to come, so we'll probably won't stay in the dark for too long!

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