The Raven Boys – The Raven Cycle #1 – Maggie Stiefvater

I’m having a hard time with what exactly I felt about this book. My first thought upon finishing it was, “What a strange book.” but I don’t think that adequately describes it or maybe it does.

Blue lives in a house full of women psychics. She’s been told all her life that if she kissed her true love, he will die. The prophecy isn’t specific on how long afterwards he will die or if just a peck on the cheek will do it.

Every year on Saint Mark’s Eve, Blue accompanies her mom to corpse road to record the spirits of the people who will die in the following year. Corpse road is on a ley line. Blue is not psychic. She only enhances psychic energy so she’s surprised to see the spirit of a boy there. He tells her his name is Gansey. Her Aunt told her that the only way she could have seen him was if he is her one true love or she killed him.

Later, she meets Gansey and his friends who are hunting for ley lines and something or someone called Glendower. Gansey is obsessed with it.

The book is kind of slow in places but good nonetheless. I’m not sure I connected with any of the characters except Ronan who was sometimes a jerk but he seemed more interesting than the rest.

I have downloaded the second book. We’ll see how it goes.

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