Chasing Glendower

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)

Maggie Stiefvater has done it again. A wonderful, spellbinding book that I don’t know why I waited so long to read. Honestly, I think I put off reading her stuff because I know I’ll love it and that’ll make the wait for the next book that much longer. Even if it’s already out, I tend to have to wait a month or two for a library hold to come in.

But anyways, The Raven Boys was absolutely fantastic. Blue, the main character, is awesome: she’s not afraid to hold her own among a bunch of boys, she insists for paying for everything even though Gansey could pay for everything, and she’s super smart.

Gansey is rich. Rich enough to buy the entire town, but he uses his money to search for the magical ley line, and the legendary king Glendower. The problem is is that money is pretty much nothing to him, but he tends to make Blue and his other friend, Adam, mad when he offers to pay stuff because both Blue and Adam view it as charity.

Adam is also a Raven Boy, but he’s on scholarship to Aglionby, and has to work at the factory to pay his tuition. There’s nothing he wants more than to get away from his abusive father…but he wants to get away on his own terms, not someone else’s.

Ronan is the wildcard of the bunch…he’s constantly in trouble, acts without thinking, but is fiercely loyal and will stand up for his friends…to anyone. He also cares about the little raven chick he found, which he named Chainsaw.

Noah is the silent, mysterious one of the group. No one ever sees him in classes, but he manages to pass because he’s still at Aglionby.  He has a constantly grubby face, and no one really knows where he comes from.

I’ve heard tons of great things about this book, and it lived up to my expectations. The world building is superb, all the characters are unique and rememberable (is that a word?), and when you finish one chapter you can’t help but start another.

★★★★★

Five Stars

Happy Sunday,

Siggie

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