The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle No.1) – Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press, 2012
Blue Sargent is a cursed girl. For as long as she can remember, the psychics of Henrietta have all been in consensus: that when she kisses her true love, he will die. Blue is so used to the idea it doesn’t frighten her any more – until she sees the ghost of a boy who is yet to die, and it all becomes very real. The boy’s name is Gansey. He is a student at the elite private school of Agliony, and together with his friends, is on the trail of a fantastical discovery. When his path intersects with Blue’s, events are set in motion that will change all their lives.
I am not yet sure whether I like this book or not, and I won’t be sure until the series is complete. If it takes the direction I expect it will, I will be extremely disappointed, because ‘fate’ is an infuriating trump card that damages both plot and character. If it goes the way I hope it will, subverting the obvious rules, I will be delighted. The plot is slow-moving but well written, and there are several impressive twists that left me very interested to see what happens in book two, The Dream Thieves.