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.
The premise of this novel is absolutely amazing, but unfortunately, the story itself didn’t really hold my attention. The beginning of the novel started off strong, but with the introduction of the Raven boys, I started to become confused and lose interest. For me, Gansey was just a little too technical and too haughty, constantly looking for a lost medieval noble’s grave, overly obsessed with ley lines and mediums, and to be quite honest, I didn’t understand what he was trying to do most of the time. Between the shifts in narration (which I usually adore, but had a hard time following in this novel) and the lack of a resolution concerning the main synopsis (Gansey being Blue’s true love or the boys she kills), I found myself unable to really immerse myself in the story. I don’t think having so many characters helped me understand it any easier, either. Between Blue and the four Raven boys, Blue’s mother and the three other “witches” living at her house, Gansey’s parents and teachers, and Ronan’s older brother, I just couldn’t keep up. Too much seemed to be happening all at once, and since I had a hard time connecting it all together, I became frustrated, and I think a lot of the story was lost on me. It’s unfortunate because my interest was again piqued when the ghost revelation was revealed, but that, again, was short lived as I became thoroughly confused again.
Seeing as this novel is getting extremely high reviews on Goodreads, it’s obvious that most readers really enjoy this story, and I am, in fact, in the minority, so I do urge you to at least try it out and see what you think because our tastes in books might be vastly different. Unfortunately for me, I just never got to the point of really caring for any of the characters or the plotline as it unfolded. One and a half stars.
Scholastic Press has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on September 18, 2012.