“Fate,” Blue replied, glowering at her mother, “is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.”
– Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys
I know I say this a lot but I really, really, really love The Raven Cycle series. I may offer my love quite liberally to the books I read but only when it is 100% percent deserved. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is one of those books that I looked at a thousand times before I finally purchased a copy to read. Sometimes I have mental blocks when it comes to certain books – for absolutely NO REASON – and this was one of them. It only took a couple of pages before I was completely engrossed in the story. This series is one of the most addictive I have read in a long time and it will stay with you long after the book ends… Stiefvater draws the reader so far into her web that you have to claw your way out… with some lasting emotional responses to cope with!
Every year on St Mark’s Eve, Blue Sargent and her mother Maura drive out to the old, nameless church and wait for the soon-to-be dead to walk past and fade into the night. Blue comes from an all female family of psychics although she isn’t privy to the voices of the dead herself… she is an amplifier that enhances the abilities of her family members. Until one night, a boy steps out from the dark to speak to her. Slightly freaked out by the fact she has just seen a ghost, Blue is more deeply disturbed by the identity of the boy. Gansey is one of the four Raven Boys who attend Aglionby, an elite private school in Blue’s town. Gansey, Rowan, Adam and Noah are inseparable and despite Blue’s determination to avoid boys – especially the Aglionby boys – she finds herself caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. Gansey is obsessively searching for a ley line that runs through their town, but they soon discover there are darker forces at play than any of them can understand.
I don’t think I can fully explain the way this book made me feel. There are so many words to describe it – original, thrilling, atmospheric, alluring and tense – but none of them quite do it justice. There is something unique about the way the reader is drawn into the story. I found myself getting lost within it and at times I struggled to return to reality… it is a fictional world that is layered with darkness, supernatural magic, murder, mythology and romance and it so captivating and intriguing with its imaginative-ness. It is compulsive, addictive, complex and full of wonder. For me, it is the best kind of storytelling!