Monday, October 29, 2012
YA Book Club: The Raven Boys
It's time for another meeting of the YA Book Club, hosted by Tracey Neithercott! This month we are discussing The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.
I talked about my love for this book in my Bookanistas review back when it first came out. It wasn't so much a review as it was a plea for any of you doubters out there to just TRUST MAGGIE STIEFVATER and know that whatever she writes about is going to be awesome, no matter how wacky and out there the plot seems like it might be.
Even now I'm finding it hard to say something specific about this book. It just grabbed me from the beginning and it didn't let go. It's just...these characters, you guys. They are so REAL. They are so COMPLICATED. I feel like they could walk off the page and into my house and I'm not totally sure I would want to hang out with them, but I'm pretty sure I'd want make out with at least Gansey and Ronan. Maybe Adam, I don't know. Possibly Noah.
So, this next part is a little spoilerish, so continue at your own risk if you haven't read this book yet. Just warning you.
Ok, so I was concerned when, after reading the plot description here and assuming that Gansey and Blue would sort of fall for each other right away, and then it's actually Adam who is interested in Blue and they're the ones who start dating or whatever. For a little tiny second I was all, "UGH, love triangle. Bahhh." But then I remembered my own advice. TRUST MAGGIE. I know she's not going to give us some trite love triangle. I mean look at these three characters. Look at what happens to them through the course of this book! This is not going to be a lame "who do I choooooose?" I just know it. And then, after (okay, this part is for sure a spoiler, so stop reading, people who haven't read the book...for real) they see the visions of the future, when Blue and Gansey are so desperately in love, my heart is already aching for them, and I am dying to know how they end up there. Especially given how we leave them at the end of this book. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? I MUST KNOW!
You guys know me. All this awesome magic and mystery and I'm all please tell me more about the romance, nowwwwww. I'm so predictable.
I hate that this is going to be a four-book series, only because I need to know how this is all going to play out, and I need to know now. It's obviously going to be a slow-burn, which is awesome but also a total tease for the likes of me.
Who else read The Raven Boys? What did you think of it? (And be sure to stop by Tracey's blog to visit all the other YA Book Club posts today)