The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Young adult: contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, romance
September 2012; Scholastic 

“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.”

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I approached this book with trepidation, afraid that nothing could live up to the cacophony of gushing recommendations flooding the internet.

It did, tenfold.

The Raven Boys retains the thrill of a paranormal mystery while revelling in the aching longing of the most convincing paranormally forbidden romance I've read, ever. Partly because the romance isn't the only central aspect of the plot, partly because Blue and Gansey's reluctance to act upon the attraction drawing them together is founded in regular, non-paranormal, relational tensions, The Raven Boys didn’t leave me with the uncomfortable sense that a female character's sexual freedom had been sacrificed from the sake of romantic drama that I often find after I read paranormal romance.

Blue in particular is an unendingly endearing narrator – her stabs at the ridiculousness of Gansey's cluelessly insensitive demonstrations of class are so golden I just want to be her best friend – but the true triumph of the novel is the bone-deep devotion that characterises the Raven boys’ friendships. This is what drew me in and kept me there, breathless: such a privilege it is to dwell in the devastating, restorative friendships of these damaged people.

 Compounded with compelling deftly-constructed mythology and a supporting cast of fabulous, powerful women, paranormal romance has reached its apotheosis in The Raven Boys.
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