Friday, November 16, 2012

Let's here it for Maggie again and her book reviews!

Maggie wanted to review a second book for my readers. Go tell her what your thoughts are on her blog!  

Book Review: “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
From Amazon’s website:  "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: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. 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.
This is the 3rd book by Maggie Stiefvater that I have read, and by far the best of the 3.  The first I read, “The Scorpio Races” I reviewed on my blog {} a while back.  The second was a series of short stories written by Maggie Stiefvater and two other authors titled “The Curiosties”.  It was a very good book, and it proved to be useful in learning more about how Ms. Stiefvater writes. 
I loved this book.  The plot was complex, the character development was great, and it was pretty easy to follow.  Ms. Stiefvater has a history of writing from several different view points – very noticeably in “The Scorpio Races” and less so in this book.  I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters from their own perspective, without it being so overwhelmingly jumpy. 

Our main character, Blue, lives in a house full of physics.  She is not physic, but she has the unique ability to magnify the physic energies of the people/presences around her.  She lives with her mother, and a bunch of her mother’s friends.  Her father disappeared before she was born. 

The four boys, Gansey, Ronan, Adam & Noah are all best friends and living together at a local boy’s school.  Actually, Adam doesn’t live with them but lives down the road a piece with his family.  Each of the four boys are very different form each other but are joined together in a quest to find a missing king. 

Blue and Gansey meet in the spiritual plain first, and then Gansey makes an appointment with her mother for a reading and meets her face to face.  They all become friends and join together in the quest.  Of course, there are a lot of hardships, some really interesting character development, and the ending will mostly blow your mind.

There are some scenes that are pretty scary, enough so that I wouldn’t want to be reading this book at midnight during a thunderstorm and have the lights suddenly go out.  There was enough suspense to keep you flipping the pages, and I honestly never knew where it was going.

I’m really glad I picked this up at the library.  I had read a good review on another blog and since I liked “The Scorpio Races” so well I thought I’d give it a try.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series!