Thursday, 25 October 2012

TEEN: The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: 19/09/12

Book Blurb: 
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them.

OK, I have to admit to a major crime here, I haven’t read Maggie’s writing before but on a recommendation from friends on a forum, I decided to give her a go and boy was I right to do so. This story had all the elements that I look for in a YA title, it had romance, it had a believable history and when backed with a touch of folklore alongside characters that I wanted to spend time around I really couldn’t put the book down. Add to this some wonderful turns of phrase, a great sense of pace and when backed with group dynamics that felt straight out of the real world, really presented me with a book that was over before I realised it. I really can’t wait to see what Maggie comes up with next. Great stuff.


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