Blue Sargent is surrounded by everything mysterious. Her mother is a psychic so talking to the dead, prophecies and spirits are a normal part of her life. She stays away form boys because of a prophecy that says her kiss will kill her true love. She likes being alone so this doesn't bother her - until her life begins to change.
Blue isn't a psychic, so she doesn't usually see the spirits her relatives talk to. Then she meets a spirit of a young boy, Gansay, who is a student of Anglionby, a famous privet school for boys. There are two possible reasons why this happens: either Blue is Gansey's true love or Blue kills him within a year. Blue doesn't want to believe it because she thinks the Anglionby boys are arrogant and annoying. But when she finds out that Gansey is trying to find an ancient king that may be buried on a magical lay line in their home town Henrietta, she wants the help him and his three best friends. She also wants to find out if she can save Gansay from death. When they try to solve the mystery of the king they face a completely different, supernatural side of Henrietta.
I liked Blue but I connected more with Gansey and his friends. Gansay loves history and the task to find the king and bring him back to life is his greatest passion. Almost everyone think he is just one of the rich boys who care only about money and parties. Deep inside he is sensitive, thoughtful and feels that he doesn't quite fit in his family.
His friends suffer, too, but in different ways. Adam is poor and lives in a horrible, old house with his parents who don't have anything else to do than fight, drink and cry their misery. Ronan is hunted by a tragedy from the past. He has problems with school and he can be very aggressive and scary. Noah is the quiet, shy boy no one notices or understands. There's something mysterious in him.
The whole novel is sad. Sad and beautiful. And somehow full of hope. It describes the hardest problems a young person can have with family, school and friends. It shows that always it's not so easy to be young. The writing is unique, sweet and beautiful. There's a feeling of a secret and a miracle in every word, every event. I also loved the fantasy elements: psychics, spirits, rituals and the lay line. The story is more focused on the searching the king and supernatural than romance, which is only a good thing. I've never read anything like The Raven boys before. It's an interesting, mysterious, exciting YA novel. It gives me a warm feeling every time I think of it, and it's definitely worth reading. I'm happy I have the sequel on my shelf.