the raven boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

                    

I´ve always been an avid reader, devouring books since I learned to read, and almost consequently developed a taste for writing. And as a reader and a writer, I love books with all my soul, and often feel inspired to write because of stories I´ve read, but this book didn´t just give me ideas or urge me to jot down words, it made me want to write something absolutely, and completely unique. It made me want to create something different and one of a kind.

This review will be SPOILER FREE, so worry naught, dear readers.

From the very beginning, it was impossible to put down this book. Impossible, as in, I-forgot-to-eat-and-haven´t-been-outside-in-three-days. There is so much mystery, not just in the plot, but surrounding the characters, and the town they live in, and it almost feels like you can´t trust anything you read, because there´s always this feeling of strangeness and you know, you just know, that behind every action and thought, there´s so much more to come.

The characters are unique and so, so different from each other, in a way that it´s impossible to ever pick a favorite, or a least favorite character, because they all have so many layers. You might dislike one of them because of something, but love that same character because of something else. They´re all very much their own persons, as in, they are themselves at all times, in their own self-made bubbles.

Blue. Gansey. Ronan. Adam. Noah. Our five main characters, who are all equally obsessed with each other. Gansey is rich, speaks like he´s a ninety-year-old man with an English degree, and he kind of adopted Ronan, Adam and Noah. A troublemaker, an outsider and a lost puppy. And there´s Blue, who is odd and peculiar and the missing piece to their little troupe. They´re all sort of glued to each other, and when one of them goes down, they all go together. They´re linked. There´s a quote from the second book that perfectly explains it:

In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.” (The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater)

The plot if full of possibilities; of love, of magic, of death. It´s enticing and slightly hypnotizing. I recommend this book 100% and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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