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The Raven Boys di Maggie Stiefvter

raven TITLE:  Raven Boys
WRITTEN BY: Maggie Stiefvater
HOW I GOT IT: amazon
PAGES: 468
GENRE:  young adult, contemporary, romance, fantasy, series.


(PLOT BY GR) Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

« Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love. »

REVIEW: When it’s about this book I’ve got mix feelings, but I cannot not say that when I start it I couldn’t put i down and I just wanna know what would have happened.
The Gansey and Blue love story is not that important to the plot even if there are a lot of references about it in the story. Luckly, the author is more focused on the obsessive search lead by Gansey and his friends Ronan, Adam and Noah, on their frienship and on the guys relationship with Blue.
The book is really intriguing both the description of the places and the space granted at mistery; the quantity of details keep the reader involved in the story — all the characters are well written, especially the males: everyone different facets, coherent behaviour and charming sides. Everything is possible thanks different point of views, because the story has not been told by Blue/Jane, but by the Raven Boys too. The different POV brings the reader the emphatize easily with all the characters, their problems, their way of think about the situation.

Blue is not the classic female main character boring and predictable, but she shows us of being wise and astute. I’ve never read anything of this author, but I will definitely check her books in the future — Maggie knows how to create curiosity in the reader.
If you’re looking for an intriguing story that it’s focused on magic and teenager, this book is what you need! I recommend you to reading in its original language (english) if you can. (It does lost a lot in italian).

WHAT I LIKE: ✔ The MAGIC >> every character seems to own a little magic inside.
✔ The suspence: even the simple reading of Stieftaver, there are a lot of plot twist that the characters have to face.
✔ The male POW that doesn’t include only what the character know.
✔ Blue’s power is so interesting, it makes Blue unique and different from her entire family.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE: ✖ Some things are too fast and they have too many details.
✖ It seems that the characters don’t be amazed by anything on the supernatural.
✖ I would like Blue’d receive more space.

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