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Thursday, January 10, 2013

"The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater~Great Crossover YA/Adult Novel


An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve," Neeve said. "Either you're his true love . . . or you killed him."
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys--

Published by:  Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 416
Genre:  YA/Paranormal
Find out more:  Maggie Stiefvater



"After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, I'm now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki."   Quote taken from Maggie's website...
The animation and music in this trailer below is also by Maggie Stiefvater!   She's a gifted, Renaissance Woman...  :]
This is one of those YA novels that grabbed me right from the first paragraphs.  Maggie Stiefvater is nothing if not a gifted writer who captures the imagination.  I could read everything she writes all day long.
There is a lot to recommend this book, but to me the best of the best is the characters that inhabit "The Raven Boys."  Blue, of course, the non-psychic/psychic of a clan of "witches," clairvoyants and paranormals is a character not to be forgotten.  She's beautiful in all aspects, and so engaging.  I nearly felt her sitting with me in the same room.  Such angst and depth.  I would give anything to have been in the household of this family!!
Maggie Stiefvater has created a novel that is clever and captivating, one that is both a great YA novel and a crossover for adults.  It's reminiscent of J.K.Rowlings in characterization of the light paranormal and in the group of private school "Raven Boys."  It's a joy to read...I was sad to see it end.
You'll really love this book.
5 stars                    Deborah/TheBookishDame



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