The Raven Boys

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Click for availability and more information The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
First in a projected series of four installments, The Raven Boys centers around young Blue Sargent, whose mother is the local psychic (she gives readings) in the town of Henritta, Virginia. Blue's always been told since childhood that if she ever kisses her true love, he'll die. That just gives her one more reason to avoid the preppy rich kids -AKA "the Raven Boys"- at the local Aglionby Academy. But one night, while with her "half aunt" Neeve (also a psychic, with her own TV show) in a graveyard, Blue discovers she has the same power as Neeve to "see" the spirits of people who are fated to die soon. The spirit she sees is that of Gansey, who with his fellow classmates Ronan and Adam, is trying to track down the spirit of a dead king. A search that one of their instructors is also bent on. To say more would spoil the surprises (like who was Blue's father and Neeve's secret agenda, for example). The Raven Boys is a terrific, spellbinding (in more ways than one) thriller that builds slowly, emphasizing character motivations while setting up a mystery that'll span the rest of the series. Maggie Stiefvater has a brisk, punchy style that holds the reader's interest. The Raven Boys will keep you glued from start to finish and leave you wanting to read the first sequel, The Dream Thieves, that just came out. Recommended.

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