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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater, Will Patton Accompanying her clairvoyant mother, Blue has never seen a spirit before – until Gansey. As someone who lacks the ability to see spirits, the only reasons for her to see Gansy are if he’s her true love or if she’s the one who will kill him. Determined to avoid either fate, Blue tries to avoid Gansy but is inexplicably drawn to help with a quest in which he’s involved.

I didn’t love the narrator, whose voice was somewhat gravely and oddly accented. However, he did an impressive job of doing different voices for both guys and girls. He also did a good job doing accents for the appropriate characters.

The characters were one of the better parts of the book and I get the feeling that the author had back stories for some of them that we’ll only learn about later. There was also a fascinating new mythology which I can’t wait to learn more about in future books. For all that I wanted to know more, however, I found the ending of this book pleasantly conclusive. There were a few loose ends and vague hints that are clearly going to play into the second book. But there is also an epic confrontation with a bad guy that I felt could have been the end to a standalone book. I think the writing was great, very descriptive, and I think it’s impressive that the writing was good enough for me to notice in an audiobook. I’ll definitely be searching out more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books in the future.

This review first published on Doing Dewey.