Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love." The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

How's that for a first sentence?  Blue lives with psychics, her mother and her aunts.  After introducing Blue in the prologue that begins with the sentence above, the action moves to the "corpse road" behind a crumbling church on St. Mark's Eve.  Here, Blue, who is notably NOT psychically talented - just psychically helpful -, sees her first spirit.  Blue and her Aunt Neeve are collecting the names of local people who will die in the upcoming year - read the book if you don't understand.  And this boy appears  - well, his spirit does.  And Blue can see him.  His name, he tells her, is Gansey.

Ahhh, Gansey and his fellow rich boarding school friends!  They have a mission and it involves the "corpse road", the ancient Welsh King, Glendower, a boy who died before his time and one who lived when he should have died - and eventually, it involves Blue.

Here is some noteworthy advice.  Write this down.  Do NOT begin a Stiefvater book in the late evening if you hope to get some sleep.  It was Thursday night after 10:30 pm, and I couldn't sleep.  So, I said to myself, "Self, just start that new Maggie Stiefvater book.  Reading might help you sleep." Hahahahahahahahahahaha!  I could not put the book down. 

The book is due out in September.  Go to your favorite book purveyor - I vote for a local one - and pre-order.  Or request it at your public library.  You will not be sorry.

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