Teen Pick of the Month: The Raven Boys

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Kelly_TeenLib

The Raven Boys


The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

Grade 9+

409 pages

Blue Sargent is an ordinary girl; well, she wants to be.  Living in a house full of psychic people doesn’t do much for a girl’s reputation.  Blue isn’t  psychic herself – but that kind of thing tends to make you stand out.

Every year, on St Mark’s Eve, Blue finds herself sitting with her mother outside an old church waiting to see ‘dead people’.  Not that Blue ever sees any, but her mother does.  Blue’s mother sees the ghosts of those who’ll die in the next twelve months come marching up the road, and through the church yard.

This year something is different. This year Blue sees the ghost of a boy, a boy who wears the uniform of the local prep school – a Raven Boy.  

“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.”

When Blue meets Gansey and his three friends she’s determined to keep her distance.  After all, she has nothing in common with rich, preppy Raven Boys; and what better warning than ghosts in a graveyard does a girl need?

Despite her efforts, Blue finds herself being drawn closer and closer to the Raven Boys and their mysterious quest.  Blue can’t help being haunted by the unanswered question - is Gansey the love of her life? Or is she destined to be his killer?




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