Friday, September 20, 2013

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent is not like other girls.  She lives with a family of psychics, although she herself has no power besides amplifying those around her.  Blue also knows that she is destined to kill her true love when they kiss.  Knowing this, Blue avoids relationships and boys (known as Raven Boys) from Aglionby Academy, although she avoids the latter due to their attitudes.  However, her path crosses a group of boys from Aglionby after she sees one on St. Mark’s Eve in a procession of the dead.  Unusual circumstances bring this unlikely group together to discover ancient mysteries of Glyndwr and uncovering secrets in Henrietta, Virginia.

In The Raven Boys, Stiefvater has created a world beyond our own.  While landscapes may seem familiar, there is another hidden realm.  Not only does this world seem like it could be real, it makes one want to drive around Virginia to discover these locales and to also hunt for Glyndwr.  While this title has fantasy elements to it, it is very much a story about friendships and the idiosyncrasies of families.  The characters are real and very relatable.  While this is a teen fiction series, adults will find much to enjoy.  The audio version is read by Will Patton is absolutely fantastic.  Each character has its own voice and the narrative is expressed with great feeling.  It is as if you are transported into this world during the moments you are listening.  This is a great read that you will not want to put down or stop listening until the end.

The Raven Boys is the first book in the Raven Cycle.  The second title, The Dream Thieves, is now available from the Virginia Beach Public Library.  The Raven Boys is nominated for YALSA’sTeen’s Top Ten List 2013.

You can find The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed The Raven Boys, you may want to try The Diviners by Libba Bray or The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

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