The Raven Boys (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Raven Boys From the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and "The Scorpio Races" comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead readers to a place they've never been before.
- Published: 01 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 409 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780545424929 ISBN 10: 0545424925
- Sales rank: 18,466
Reviews for The Raven Boys
Odd, and Very Slow.
(Source: I won a hardback copy of this book. Thanks to Sandra at Waiting for Wentworth.)
16-year-old Blue's future love life does not look good, mainly because every psychic that has ever come across her has told her that if she kisses her true love, she will kill him.
Standing at a church on St Mark's Day with her aunt, waiting for the spirits of the soon-to-be-dead to walk past, she sees a spirit - which is unusual for Blue, as she is not psychic. The spirit tells her that his name is Gansey, and then disappears.
When Blue later meets Gansey, she discovers that he is a high school student investigating ley-lines, and is trying to re-open them around the area where Blue lives. Blue decides to help him and become part of his team, but she's not prepared for what they are about to discover.
What is the secret of the ley-lines? How do they open these magical pathways? And what is Gansey's end goal?
This was a very strange story, and the pacing seemed very slow.
Having read this I'm wondering if I've missed some intricacies to the plot or something, or maybe we'll get more explanation in the next book, because for a 409 page book, not a lot really happened.
Blue seemed like a fairly normal girl, other than her name and the fact that she lived with a bunch of psychics. Blue wasn't a psychic herself, but instead had a gift that allowed her to magnify power somehow, making her a very useful tool for both her psychic relations, and spirits.
Blue was pretty down to earth all things considered, and didn't immediately fall all over herself to help Gansey and his crew. She didn't whine, she wasn't always seeking attention, and she didn't think that everything was about her either. She generally just tried to help, and knew her own limits which was nice to see.
Gansey on the other hand was absolutely obsessed with these 'ley-lines' and seeming would let very little get in his way of opening them, and allowing them to lead him to this legendary king that he was so sure he was supposed to find and awaken.
The storyline in this book was quite odd. I'm not sure I've ever read anything like this. I have to say that I found the whole thing very strange, especially in the beginning, and I'm really not sure what else to expect from this series. Basically, Gansey is trying to open these magical ley-lines, to find this legendary king, and awaken him. Fair enough, but I'm not sure how this is going to take so many books. Having read over 400 pages of this one, I can't really say that that much has happened. The pacing just feels really slow, and I really expected us to have discovered more than we have in this first book. It's been a while since I read a book by this author so I can't remember if her other books were this slow (I think they might have been), but the pacing in this just made me feel that nothing was happening which was really frustrating.
Otherwise the plot was okay, but I thought more could have been made of Blue's prophecy that she would kill her true love with a kiss. We did find out very early on that Gansey might be Blue's true love, but very little happens with regard to this, and so we are very much left hanging on this front.
I thought the ending to this book was okay, but again, I feel like so little happened in this book, that it was more like reading part 1 of a book rather than book 1 of a series.
Having finished this I'd say that it's okay, but I'd be pushed to say more than that. I have very lukewarm feelings towards the sequel, because although I want to know what happens, it seems like a lot of effort for little reward.
Overall; an okay YA fantasy, with a very slow pace.
6.75 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth
The Raven Boys
Blue has always know she would kill her true love.
Blue's family is full of psychics, her mother, aunt. Expect for her, she is a non-seer, Blue's power is to amplify energy. But when they visit the church graveyard, they have been doing this every year on St. Mark's Eve. The only thing different about this year is Blue sees someone. A boy from the local private school. All they get from him is his name, Gansey.
It took me a long time to get into the book, the beginning of the book was confusing and I kept getting distracted. But after I got into the book it was incredible!
The characters, all of them, were great, I loved Gansey, and his friends.
I'm ready for book number two!
Thank you Scholastics and NetGally for this ARC. by Sarah