Monday, October 8, 2012
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The first 270 out of 408 pages were very slow for me. We learn about Blue, a high school girl, and her relatives who are all psychics. We learn about "the raven boys" (Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah) personal histories. They are all from privileged families, with one exception, and they are all attending a prestigious boarding school in Blue's hometown of Henrietta.
Gansey recruited all of his friends to help him explore the "ley line". He has conducted research around the world and has come to the realization that Henrietta has the most powerful ley line and Glendower, his ultimate quest, may be buried here. He just needs to find out where. Their investigation breaks wide open once they meet Blue. The closer they get to finding the ley line the more dangerous things become. They make an unusual discovery, which directly impacts their circle of friends. Once this discovery was made, I really started to enjoy the book. I just wish we were given this piece of information sooner. It shed light on many of the events that happened earlier in the book. I actually went back and reread several sections to better appreciate and understand them.
I am anxious to see what happens in the second book. Now that we are past all of the history and build up that was required for this story, the next book should pick up where this one left off. There was a lot of excitement and energy the last quarter of this book, which I hope Stiefvater will be able to build upon.