Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Bradley Myles0
The Raven Boys
Every year on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue Sargent accompanies her mother to a procession of souls that will die in the coming year in Henrietta, Virginia. Blue’s mother can see the spirits, but Blue’s never been able to—until she sees the spirit of a local boy named Gansey.
Who is this boy, and how is she seeing him? Is Gansey going to die?
Blue comes from a family of psychics, but the only ability she’s ever had is amplifying the psychic gifts of others. As Blue looks for answers, she’s dragged into the wealthy, eccentric Gansey’s life and the world of Aglionby, the local private school. Gansey is chasing a legend and investigating the Henrietta’s unique magical properties with his closest friends: the aggressive, self-destructing Ronan, the hard-working but troubled Adam, and the quiet, mysterious Noah.
Soon enough, Blue is dragged into the investigation too. The adventure that follows is a thrilling exploration of power: those who have it, those who don’t, and those who’ll stop at nothing to get more of it.
Why You’ll Love It
The Aglionby boys are complex, interesting characters, but the real star of The Raven Boys is Blue herself. Blue may just be a teenager and she may not have her mother’s psychic abilities, but she makes the most of what she does have: her intelligence, her bravery, and her family and friends. With a hero like Blue and a surrounding cast like the Aglionby boys, the Raven Cycle is shaping up to be one compelling ride.
Choice Quote: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a sprit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love… or you killed him.”
More Books by Maggie Stiefvater:
The Dream Thieves, (Book #2 of the Raven Cycle)
The Raven Boys is published by Scholastic Inc.