THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted: April 19, 2014 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie StiefvaterReview by Kathleen B.

Sometimes, a book comes out of nowhere and wraps its surprised reader deep in its folds, like a conversation that suddenly becomes more intimate than expected. The Raven Boys is this kind of book. I cannot remember why I picked it up or where I heard about it. When I saw in my local library an audiobook version of it, I had no idea that I would soon be driving the “long” way home so that I could listen to just a little more of the next chapter.

The Raven Boys follows Blue, a 16-year-old psychic’s daughter who has no clairvoyant abilities of her own, and four boys who attend the local (very elite) private school. Gansey, the leader of the boys, is searching for a lost king, and Adam, Ronan, and Noah each have their own motivation for helping Gansey in his search. When the boys and Blue find each other, an unexpected camaraderie is built through a series of complicated adventures (this feels like a wild understatement even as I write it). Add in a house full of psychics, a magical forest, and a bitter latin teacher, and there is no turning back.

While the story itself is full of delicate intricacies that make it both believable and magical, it is Stiefvater’s imagery that drew me in so deeply. The development of her characters is intense. Each possesses a flawed relatability, yet also striking uniqueness of personal qualities and situations. Unlike many young adult novels in so many ways, The Raven Boys creates a beautiful interdependence between the characters that relies not on superficial teen romance, but on soul searching and introspection. I highly recommend this book, and even more so, the audio version of it. Will Patton reads this book in a way that captures Stiefvater’s nuances and imagery perfectly. Seriously, listen to it. It will surprise you how much you love it.

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