Averil Gleason

I have three words for you. The Raven Boys. They’re my newest obsession and I can’t get enough and it’s a good thing they’re the focal point for a whole series of books to keep me entertained for the next couple of weeks.

Young adult author Maggie Stiefvater brings her first book of The Raven Cycle series, “The Raven Boys,” to life within the first page of the book.

And if an author can hold you captive within the first few paragraphs, you know it’s going to be a good story.

Stiefvater creates a mythical world in this young adult novel that combines fantasy with the struggles of growing up.

“The Raven Boys” follows Blue, daughter of a psychic, who was raised to know one thing. She will kill her true love.

It doesn’t help when she befriends four really cute boys to try and awaken a Welsh god for personal favor.

The narrative switches perspective between Blue, and two of the Raven Boys, Adam and Gansey.

Through this, we can see glimpses into both sides of the story.

I love a third person perspective as much as the next person, but we all know how unreliable the narrator is when it’s written like that.

I appreciate the way Stiefvater wrote this book and I had a hard time both stopping reading and keeping going, for fear of the story ending.

Mixing paranormal with magic and teen angst was a great way to forget about the terrible things going on across the country, even for just a little bit.

Stiefvater once said, “I’m becoming increasingly convinced that our responsibility, first and foremost, is to change readers’ lives through our novels. We became novelists to touch people through our stories, and we can’t forget that they’re still our strongest weapon.”

The thing about this book, which I read in three days, is that it was unpredictable.

And I love that about fantasy novels. Stiefvaters’ in particular.

Life can be so mundane, so routine. So when you find a good book with an odd storyline, it’s hard not to consume it all at once.

This was an easy read and a great way to escape the harsh reality we’re living right now.

All in all, I’d rate this book an 8/10. And I can’t wait to start the sequel soon.

Contact Averil Gleason at agleason@fbherald.com.

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