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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater July 21, 2012

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I enjoyed this book. Blue is a great strong female character. She has much more personality than any of Stiefvater’s other female leads. While this is still a pretty dark book, it has hope, which sets it apart from Stiefvater’s other books.

There are some pretty severe curveballs thrown at the reader in this book. You really never see them coming and I gasped out loud at some parts.

The plot summary: Blue is in a family of female fortune tellers. while she doesn’t possess the “seeing” gift, she does have a gift for making their talents stronger. This is most evident on St. Mark’s Eve, when Blue and her mother have always watched the souls of the people who will die in the next year come into the graveyard of an abandoned church. Every year, Blue misses out because she cannot see the souls. But this year, Blue’s aunt comes instead and for the first time, Blue sees a soul. Her aunt can’t get the name, so she sends Blue to get it. Blue finally gets it after asking several times. Gansey, that’s all.
Gansey is a student at the local boarding school. The locals know to avoid the Raven Boys, as they are called. Gansey and his three best friends are an interesting group. Adam is a scholarship day-student who is trying to make a better life for him while avoiding talking about money and avoiding Gansey’s help. Gansey himself is the son of a senator and has money coming out of his ears. While he sounds pompous and conceited, his heart is true and he genuinely cares about people. Noah is Gansey’s roommate and keeps to himself, never saying much, but when he does, it’s profound. Ronan is hotheaded and bitter.
The boys and Blue cross paths and everything changes.

I will recommend this book to students who like paranormal books and thrillers.