November YA Book Review

'The Raven Boys' by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Art for The Raven BoysWhen reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, there are a few things you need to know up front.

The first thing you need to know is that yes, that is her real name. The second thing: If she kisses her true love, he will die.

Sounds intense right?

Well, it is. But Blue has heard this since she was little, mostly from her psychic mother, but from other psychics as well. Not that it matters much anyway -- Blue is way too levelheaded to get involved with boys. They are too much trouble, especially ones from the elite Aglionby Academy.

Unfortunately for Blue, trouble from the Aglionby boys is exactly what she gets. Thrown into a quest for the tomb of Owain Glyndŵr, a Welsh ruler and the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales, Blue must struggle with her own insecurities, and the predetermined nature of her life.

If you liked Franny Billingsley’s Chime or Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices books, then you will be obsessed with The Raven Boys.

But be warned, this is Book One in a four-part series. Still not sure if this book is for you? Watch the book trailer, animated by the author. She even composed the music as well!

Try reading The Scorpio Races while you wait for book two.