32/100 Books: THE RAVEN KING

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THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

What the heck is it about? Here’s the summary for the first in the series, THE RAVEN BOYS:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore

My rating: 10/5 stars

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this series other than a fun read. But the narrative style is phenomenal, and reading it is like walking through a dream.

The characters are the kind you roll your eyes at before their depth is explored. I found myself getting way too attached to all of them. The romantic subplots are handled masterfully (not something I say often, since I’m so picky with romance.)

The most compelling thing about this series is how the author weaves magic into the mundane and adventure into the ordinary. Give this series a look if you love fantasy!

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