(description from Goodreads)
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.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
For starters, I love the pearly cover – I kept shoving it in my husband’s face and asking, “Isn’t it pretty? So shiny!”
You can imagine the looks he gave me.
The first chapter was beautiful, haunting, and sad – it pulled me in and let me know I’ll probably be heartbroken at some point in the series.
Once I got into Chapter 2, it took me a moment to get used to the POV switch, but I appreciated it more and more as the book went on. It really works, especially since the book is in 3rd person. I can’t imagine it any other way.
There are a lot of characters, and I did have a bit of information overload early on, but they’re so well-written that I quickly became immersed in their world and formed opinions.
If I got pulled into this circle, I’d spend most of my time cowering with Noah, secretly loving Ronan, trying to figure out Gansey and not-so-secretly expressing my distaste for Adam.
I’d avoid Neeve at all costs.
I’d like Maura, Calla, and Persephone, but be freaked out by them in the same way everything supernatural in the book freaked me out. I think I may have mentioned once or twice (or 1,000 times) that I’m easily spooked. And the book taking place in Virginia, near an Interstate I’ve actually driven on in real life…
Now I’m convinced that if I go into the woods, all kinds of unexplainable things will happen.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m going to be vague about the moments that especially gave me a chill:
The card reading that started on 137
The situation with Neeve starting on 166
What happened with Noah, starting on 274
This is a slower-paced book, but I think it has to be, because there is so much going on and a lot of questions still left to answer in the next books: Ronan’s father’s secret, Ronan’s raven, Blue’s father, Neeve’s departure, and, you know, that whole thing that happened at the end.
There are a lot of series that I think, “sure, I’ll read the next books at some point,” but I think I may be in the bookstore on launch day for the 2nd one of The Raven Cycle.
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