My wonderful reading month continues! Today I finished my 7th book of August, and for the 2017 Reading Challenge, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book (and series) had been on my TBR for a few years, but after hearing the author speak at YALC in 2016, and my friend Alice sing its praises, it bumped considerably up the pile. I was not disappointed.
Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Category: #39 The first book in a series you haven’t read before
“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”
The first book in The Raven Cycle follows Blue, the daughter of a psychic and surrounded by mystical women. For Blue’s entire life a prophecy has has been haunting her: if she were to ever kiss her true love, he would die. Cue the entrance of the Raven Boys; rich and mysterious guys from the local private school. Blue’s life may well be about to change forever.
The novel is beautifully and mesmerisingly well written. Maggie Stiefvater possesses a true talent at creating atmospheric situations. The characters are wonderfully individual and the pacing is perfect. Given that it is the first in a four book series, there is a lot of world-building within this volume, but there is also a sufficient amount of action.
Prior to beginning this book I had heard character comparisons with the Marauders (Harry Potter). This unnerved me somewhat as I am not one to endorse fanfiction, I’d rather stay within the realms of canon (shocking I know, given my fervent love of all things fantasy). However, it is a book within its own right (and has nothing to do with fanfiction) but I can see the parallels between the Raven Boys and James, Sirius, Remus and Peter, and quite frankly that is a great thing!
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