Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: Raven Boys

The latest work by Maggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver) is Raven Boys, set in Henrietta, a town where there is a distinct line drawn between the haves at the private academy and the have-nots of the “normal” public school kids.  Blue is of the latter category, and prides herself on being strange, coming from a family of psychics.  Although Blue herself does not have psychic abilities, she is said to be able to focus others’ supernatural strength.  Gansey and his friends Adam, Noah, and Ronan attend Aglionby Academy, who Blue calls “raven boys.”  However, Gansey and his group are not typical raven boys because they have more on their minds than cars, ivy league college, and money.  More specifically, they spend all their time looking for Glendower, an old Welsh king who they believe is buried on a ley line that goes through Henrietta.  Their search for Glendower leads them to cross paths with Blue, which is a connection that will change all their lives forever.

Stiefvater is a master of creating characters and relationship that draw you in and make you care about each person.   Her twists of the uniquely supernatural add to the story without taking it over.  However, this development of characters does take time, and readers that are quickly bored may not become engrossed enough to read this book.  For those who do take the time, it is an excellent read, though the ending seems rather abrupt and somehow unfinished (to be continued in the four-book series of the Raven Cycle).