Reader Rambles Ravens

So last night, I watched Orange is the New Black on Netflix and fell asleep before midnight.

Working girl. It is what it is.

Thus, Friday Reader Rambles has become Saturday Reader Rambles, because I cannot wait another week to blog about this book. It is that great. However, it is YA and that just means it might not be for everyone. That being said, read this blog and check it out yourself before you dismiss it.

The book is called The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, my current writer crush. This was only my second book by her and it did not disappoint, more than meeting expectations left behind by Lament. Let me start by giving you the synopsis.

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.
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One other thing to keep in mind about this book, they’re hunting for a long dead Welsh king who is said to be sleeping in the Virginia mountains. Kind of in the way of Arthur, he can be awoken and whoever wakes him will be granted a favor. How does a king of Wales find himself in the Virginian mountains? Why, ley lines of course! They play a huge part in not just this book, but the sequel as well. I’m currently in the middle of the sequel, called The Dream Thieves and the third addition to the books just came out this week, called Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves are fantastic books, even if you’re an adult reading them. Especially for me, more than the quality of the story and the storytelling, what will always make these books specials is that my husband surprised me with them the first morning of our marriage. He and Maestro disappeared the day before our wedding and it turned out to be a hunt for these books. He just wanted something special to mark our first day of marriage with.

One final thing to consider, Stiefvater clearly does her research. I’ve seen via social media how much she puts into researching a book and it makes my imagination fire up even more because I have to wonder how much of the mythology is true and how much she added herself. It makes me want to go on my own adventure through some nonfiction books sometime.

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