This novel is titillating, but not in the way that I'm usually in love with books. I only give it 3.5 stars in comparison to the next two books which are even better.
Blue Sargant is normal. Her family is made up of a bunch of psychic women. Blue's life is normal. Until she meets Gansey, Ronan (swoon), Adam, and Noah. These boys go to a prestigous prep school and have been looking for some dead welsh king dude for a longg time. Blue is pulled into their quest. Now, this would seem like a great story with an easy romance story, but...Ever since she was small, Blue has been told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. DUN DUN DUN.
It honestly doesn't feel that bad in this book. You're like eh, Blue is fine. But you REALLY feel it in the next two book. The Angst! The ache! Oh right, I'm talking about book one. Sigh.
The Raven boys took me a while to get into. I didn't start truly enjoying it till about half the way through. It's really slow burning in terms of plot till this point. Also, Maggie has a really poetic way of writing that isn't usually done in a lot of YA literature. It always felt like I was reading a really long poem rather than a chapter. I think that's what made it hard to get into. It was difficult getting the hang of it, but now (on book 3) I don't even notice it.
The plot of finding the Welsh King doesn't interest me so much as the relationships between the people do. At first it just seems like a group of friends that have their issues, but really by the end you see how much more than that it is. These boys are a band of brothers who will go to any length for each other. I loved reading about them fight, smile, hurt, and worry all because of one another. It was also delightful to see how they all bonded with Blue each in their individual way (though I'd love to see more of a relationship with Ronan and Blue.)
Anyway, take a read if you want something a little serious and a lot endearing.