The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(Scholastic, 2012, 416 pages)
Blue’s mother and aunts are all psychics. Blue seems to be the only one without this gift, though she does have the ability to enhance the supernatural abilities of others. One downfall of being surrounded by people who can predict the future is you know things about yourself you may wish you could forget. In Blue’s case she knows that she will be the cause of her true love’s death.
One night while Blue is out with her mother watching the “dead walk” she finds she is able to see one of the dead-to-be – a young man who attends the local private school. She normally makes a point of staying away from those students and refers to them as the Raven Boys. But the appearance of this young man, Gansey, sticks with her and when she meets him in real life she finds herself drawn to him. Along with three of his best friends, Blue joins Gansey in his quest to solve a mystery he’s been obsessed with for quite some time.
This is book one of the Raven Cycle series. I think it was built up too much so I found myself underwhelmed when I got around to reading it. I had a hard time getting into the story and didn’t really care about the main characters. It wasn’t until the end that I was actually intrigued to see what would happen as the pacing of the story picked up. I’m glad so many people enjoy the series but it’s not for me.