The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Rating – 3 stars

I discovered Maggie Stiefvater  purely due to Goodreads, but never picked up any of her earlier books before this. On a whim, I picked up The Raven Boys a few days back to give Stiefvater’ work a shot.

Revolving around a girl named Blue, who comes from a family of psychics  and Richard Gansey and his friends the students of Aglionby High, the book seemed unusual at first.

Gansey, who comes from an affluent family is obsessed with the mystery of a long-dead king named Glendower, and the mysterious ley lines. In his quest he is aided by his friends Adam, Noah and Ronan. Each boy comes with his unique set of skills and problems.  While Gansey has problems of his own, as well as those of his friends as well in his kitty,  Blue is plagued by the prediction each member of her family has made to her – if she kisses her true love, he will die. This Blue has one resolution and one only – never ever to fall in love.

And though neither expects it, the boys and Blue cross paths.

On the 24th of April, St. Mark’s Eve, Blue happens to see the spirit of Gansey even though she is not a seer. Her aunt Neeve explains to Blue, that this can happen only under two conditions – either Gansey is her true love or Blue is meant to kill Gansey.

While the story is compelling and unique to me, it honestly did not impress me much. I couldn’t find myself connecting to any of the boys or even Blue. The writing though impressive seems  lacking the beauty of prose that I find in the works of Stiefvater  ‘ contemporaries such as Laini Taylor, Kendare Blake and Catherynne M. Valente.

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