Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent lives in a household of psychics, including her own mother, but she has absolutely no power to see beyond the ordinary like they do. However, her presence does amplify the others’s powers, and as the book opens she is with her Aunt Neeve at an isolated old church on St. Mark’s Eve. Usually she’s with her mother there, watching as the soon-to-be-dead arrive in a parade that only Blue’s mom is able to see, and together they note down all the townspeople who will die in the next year. Everything is going as usual until Blue realizes she can see one of the spirits, a teenager who speaks directly to her telling her that his name is Gansey. At her job at a local cafe, she learns Gansey is a wealthy student who goes to the local boys prep school, Aglionby Academy. She privately calls them the Raven Boys and both of her two life rules applied to him: 1. Stay away from boys, because they are trouble, and 2. Stay away from Aglionby boys, because they are bastards. But for some mysterious reason, Blue is drawn to Gansey and his three best friends and their quest to find the ley line ( an invisible line of energy) and a perhaps mythic Welsh king named Glendower, who will grant one wish to whoever awakens him from his centuries-long slumber.
This is an amazing book! Stiefvater’s characterizations of Blue and the boys and fully drawn without being predictable. The readers get to know them as Blue does. The plot is fast-paced and full of surprises, undoubtedly encouraging readers to finish the book in just a few days. As the first in a planned quartet, this first installment will leave readers painfully awaiting the next title, due out in the fall of 2013. I recommend this to Stiefvater fans, readers who like to be a little bit scared, and anyone looking for an engrossing mystery.