Book Review by Aarene Storms: Raven Boys

Monday, June 17, 2013

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargeant is not a psychic. Well, not exactly. She doesn't find hidden things using the Tarot cards, or see the future in a bowl of cranberry-grape juice, or discover the truth by touching an object that belongs to a suspicious person.

Blue amplifies psychic energy ... and when she meets up with a group of boys from exclusive Aglionby Academy who are seeking the body of a  centuries-old Welsh king, their quest becomes more intense. And more mysterious. And more sinister. And more dangerous.

The magic of this darkly imaginative twisting story is lushly written. The characters are wonderfully portrayed, and although very different from each other, join into a strange and compellingly cohesive circle. The relationships are not straightforward and are more convincing because of the complex, jagged edges. This book is first in a projected quartet; the second book, The Dream Thieves, is scheduled for release on September 17th, 2013.

Cussing, person-on-person violence, death, magic, and a sweet-but-not-straightforward romance. The audiobook is gorgeously read by Will Patton, with buffer music composed and performed by the author. Highly recommended for readers 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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