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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #8

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     The Raven Boys is done by a good author, Maggie Stiefvater, who has put The Wolves of Mercy series and the notable The Scorpio Races. The book sounds really good, so without further delay, I'll just get down to it.

Date: September 18th, 2012

     “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.”

     It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

     Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

     His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

     But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

     For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

     From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

     The Raven Boys has a good set of characters, that sound very complex and the attention to some of their details and personalities is going to make this book a very good read. I like characters that seem to compliment each other. By that I mean that the characters in a book reflect reality and they aren't perfect or superhuman, they have a weakness and the group of characters give off a balanced and realistic appearance. This book so far has that going for it, we'll see when I get around to reading it though.

     My question though is what is this book really about. It sounds like a weird romance, but the way I keep looking at the book I almost expect there to be something supernatural about it, and there just isn't. Okay spirits and stuff are in this book, I am expecting more than that. As well, The romance in this book, I'm not sure how well I'm going to enjoy it. The idea and the plot of the romance has been done over and over. The whole "I'm not supposed to go with ____ boys, but I love this _____ boy." It just seems too overdone, and that's my biggest concern. 
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