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The Raven Boys

By Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic Press, 2012
Pages : 408
Suggested Ages: 14 and Up
ISBN: 9780545424929

What would you do if you were destined to kill your one true love?

For as long as Blue Sargent can remember, she’s been told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. And in her family – one filled with bona-fide psychics – predictions should never be taken lightly.

When she was eleven, Blue believed that she would contract some infectious, deadly disease that with a kiss she would pass to her true love. At thirteen, she believed a jealous ex-boyfriend would kill her would-be lover. Then at sixteen, she came to the conclusion that she’d never fall in love, so her mother’s prediction didn’t matter. However, that all changes when Blue’s aunt comes to visit, pronouncing that this is the year Blue will fall in love, setting Blue’s unfortunate destiny into motion.

Enter the titular Raven Boys, a group of friends who attend the local private academy whose students Blue has vowed never to fraternize with given their ostentatious wealth and overall stupidity. But when strange coincidences lead Blue to befriend the boys, she discovers they aren’t like their classmates at all, and one of them just might be her true love.

Gansey is their charismatic leader; Adam is a bright, hardworking scholarship student; Noah is quiet and often lost in the background; and Ronan is a bad boy trying to forget his father’s recent death by living on the edge. Together, they are on a quest to find and awaken a long-sleeping, magical king. And Blue just might hold the secrets that will break their quest wide open.

A compelling story from the outset, Stiefvater’s first installment in a planned four-part cycle will have readers on the edge of their seats. As the Raven Boys and Blue embark on their quest, their adventure strikes true to life, as if a sleeping king really could exist out there, a supernatural world hidden within our own. But as the Raven Boys draw nearer to their goal, Blue grapples with her predicted fate and the strong connections she’s beginning to feel for one of the boys in particular. Could this be the  true love she’s fated to kill? And if it is, what should she do? Never fall in love? Or risk it all and hope that she can somehow change her destiny?

Reviewed by : SAS

Themes : SUPERNATURAL; FOLKLORE

If you love this book, then try:

Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Henry Holt and Co., 2012.



Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.



Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House, 2012.



Critics have said

"Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2."
Entertainment Weekly


"Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought"
Kirkus Reviews