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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
reviewed by Nory

Blue has grown up knowing that she will cause her true love to die. She's never believed in true love, though...until she meets four "Raven Boys," students at the local private school, on a mysterious quest.Acclaimed author Maggie Stiefvater has started a new series with The Raven Boys. This is the only book in the series I've read, but I doubt I'll read another. I generally have trouble keeping track of characters, and I was about one hundred pages in before I figured out who the main characters were (and it took about one hundred more pages before I discovered all the Raven Boys' personalities). Some readers won't find this a problem, but if you're like me, be warned. Also the plot can get confusing. There are lots of red herrings and things that don't seem to be important but the reader is expected to keep track of anyway. It took me many days before I finally finished it, massively confused and not compelled to read the sequel.
However, the book does have its strong points. I'd been expecting it to be a predictable supernatural romance, with vampires and all that, but thankfully it was not. It did have moments of true suspense, although such moments were few and far between. And it's fairly well-written, in an effortless yet strangely beautiful tone.
All in all, The Raven Boys is a worthy read - if you like that sort of thing.