The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent has always been warned that she will cause her true love to die. Growing up in a family of clairvoyants, she has seen any number of strange things. Blue does not possess the power of sight, however. Instead her gift is to magnify the energy of those around her.

Every year on St. Mark's Eve, Blue sits beside her mother and records the names of the spirits of the soon-to-be-dead as they walk by. Blue has ever seen these spirits until this year. This year Blue encounters the spirit of a boy who speaks directly to her. According to her aunt, "there are only two reason a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve. Either you're his true love...or you killed him." The boy's name is Gansey and Blue soon discovers that he is a Raven Boy, meaning that he attends the well-to-do Aglionby private school. Raven Boys are notorious for trouble and Blue has long since had a policy of avoiding them.

However knowing that he is going to die and that she might have something to do with it, Blue can't seem to stay away from Gansey. Blue soon discovers that Gansey is more than he appears. He and his friends are on a quest to find a legendary king rumored to be hidden along a ley line. Blue finds herself caught up in the lives and quest of these Aglionby boys. As their lives converge, one thing becomes clearer and clearer - Everything has changed. Something big has begun.

This book was amazing! I was hooked from the very beginning and the momentum of the story continued to build and build. There was never a dull moment and Maggie Stiefvater weaved the stories of all the characters together beautifully. The story was exciting and mysterious, and the characters are complex and dynamic. I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately, we are left with so many more questions than answers (but in a good way...the way that makes you look forward to continuing the journey) and book two is not scheduled to be released until September, 2013. This story is clearly building towards an amazing climax and I can't wait for the next installment!

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