The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Most know the author Maggie Stiefvater by her Shiver Trilogy. I have to say that The Raven Boys is a distinctly unique book. Maggie’s book brings the reader into the lives of four main characters and the people that surround them.

There’s….

Blue Sergent who strains to find her own identity in a house full of psychics and burdened by the weight that if she ever kisses her true love that in someway that incident will kill him.

Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III who has a consuming obsession for ley lines and his search for the Welsh King  Glendower. He reminds me a lot of Gatsby with his single minded goal and his larger than life persona.

Adam Perrish who struggles against being a charity case. Who he wants to be rages against who he actually is.

Rowan Lynch who is one of the most complicated characters of them all. Some would call him destructive and detrimental but there’s something there behind his bad attitude and could care less mentality.

Throughout the series Blue and her “Raven Boys”, named so because of the raven crest of their all boys private school, struggle to find ley lines and dead kings. Every chapter brings a new perspective into the journey both personal and broad.

I’ve read The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and the latest in the series Blue Lily, Lily Blue  and I have to say that I like how the reader gets to go inside everyone’s head. The story is not just told through Blue’s perspective but through all four main characters and sometimes even the characters that surround them.

Here are some quotes from The Raven Boys

“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

“Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Who will kill and who will be killed? Will they find the Welsh king? If you’re looking for a fun, light read for the summer check out The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

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