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Queen of Contemporary

I run a YA and Teen book blog but do review other things, too. My blog, Queen of Contemporary, has been running since April 2012.

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The Raven Boys (Raven Boys Quartet)

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1) - Maggie Stiefvater I've wanted to read The Raven Boys since it came out in October, but didn't have the chance to until now. I seriously regret not buying it before as this book definitely belongs on my favourites list.The Raven Boys is a thrilling and fast-paced novel, set in Virginia and one of the things that I loved about it was it's mythological background. This book was full of references to old Celtic culture and, coming from England myself and knowing quite a bit about the subject, I particularly loved this aspect.Blue was one of those main characters that I loved right from the start. I was horrified at the start when I thought there wouldn't be any kissing because of the 'if you kiss your true love, he will die' thing but I actually managed to put that fact aside and really enjoyed it. In fact, the romance plays quite a big part in this book and you really need to look between the lines to see it. Blue isn't a typical YA female protagonist and, for this reason, I loved her. She didn't pretend to be anything she wasn't and I liked that she was natural around the Raven Boys.Gansey and Adam! Eep! Two AMAZING male characters in this novel, and two to add to my favourite love interests list. Adam was down-to-earth and I really liked him. He was easy to understand and there were times in the book when I just wanted to time travel to Henrietta and tell him that everything would be okay. I liked that he wasn't full of himself and that he thought things through carefully.Gansey is another matter altogether, though! He was cocky and loud, but not in a bad way, I must add. There was this huge vulnerable side to him which was really sad and I just wanted him to be happy. He always had to sort everyone else's problems out and he was having to lead an adult life at such a young age.Whelk! The name makes me want to growl in fury. There was something really creepy about him and I really wanted to slap him.There was also the mysterious Czerny who we find out more about towards the end of the novel and, for me, this was one of the biggest shockers. When I find out a particular detail I got so annoyed and upset that I could feel tear's in my eyes.Ronan was also a great character and really added something to the novel. He was funny but he also had a kind side when he wanted it to show and his love for Gansey was evident.THAT COVER! WOW! Maggie Stiefvater's books have some of the best covers and I must buy this book to add it to my collection! Look at the Raven!!!Overall, I really enjoyed this book and don't think I'll be able to wait until the second book comes out! IT WILL BE TORTURE!RATING: 5/5-Favourites list