|The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater|
pub 9/18/12 by Scholastic Press
YA - Paranormal
The Raven Boys really set the stage for the whole series but it never felt like just the introduction book. It hooks you (at least that's how I felt) and even then I had a strong grasp on the characters because my opinion pretty much stayed the same throughout. Blue is the heroine and simply put, I adored her. She lives with her single mother and their friends, who are all clairvoyant and work as the town psychics. Except for Blue who can only amplify other people's "gifts" without having any of her own. But instead of trying to be more normal, she chooses to stand out and embrace who she is. (My kind of gal!) One thing has always plagued her though: she's been told she would cause her one true love to die. Of course, suddenly there are four new boys (ahem, the Raven Boys!) who come crashing into her life.
|Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3)|
Story-wise, I was really impressed with the detail and how everything connected. I personally enjoy Stiefvater's writing and while I admit there were times when it dragged (particularly in The Dream Thieves and certain parts of The Raven King), I was always satisfied with where the author led me as a reader. I was invested in the overarching journey, the characters and the relationships that developed (so much I want to say about this but I can't!). That said, my one main reservation is probably the last book. Again, I was happy overall with the end result but I did expect more. There were parts that felt unnecessary and rushed or came out of left field. But it was truly Blue, Gansey and Ronan who continuously shined for me and they were my favorite part about The Raven King and just about everything really.
Do I recommend?
Yes! I was equal parts excited and scared to read this series because I really thought I was going to fall into the unpopular opinion bucket. But I'm so happy I didn't!