The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle book 1) Maggie Stiefvater 408 pages
17-year-old Blue Sargent has always avoided the boys of Aglionby Academy, the hoity toity boarding school in her small Virginia town. But an odd encounter draws her to Gansey and his three best friends, and soon she is neck deep in their quest: to locate the burial place of a sleeping Welsh king who, legend has it, will grant a magical favor to those who wake him.
The Raven Boys starts slowly with a lot of place setting and character building, but as I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater, I was willing to be patient and await the payoff. And I’m so glad I did. Stiefvater does in this book what she always does well, which is to lull the reader into the story till you reach a point at which you just. can’t. put it down. I admit I was a bit disappointed by the lack of magical creatures. But there is a house full of psychic women who know way more than they should about everything, and there are ley lines and a mysterious place called Cabeswater, and there are things that come out of dreams, and there is something strange about that boy Noah. I finished it in a day then immediately picked up book 2.