Saturday, 27 October 2012

Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves and Time...Oh My!

The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.7

I guess I make things that need energy stronger. I'm like a walking battery."
"You're the table everyone wants at Starbucks," Gansey mused as he began to walk again.
Blue blinked. "What?"
Over his shoulder, Gansey said, "Next to the wall plug

Blue has two rules:
1.) Stay away from boys because they were trouble
2.) Stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.

In Blue's family, the women are psychics - spending their days amongst herbs, fingerless gloves, tarot cards and tea leaves. And Blue never minded being the odd one out...until every psychic she comes across tells her the same foreboding message: she will kiss her true love and he will die. 

Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah are from Aglionby Academy, whose emblem features the all-mysterious raven. The boys, led by Gansey, have been delving into the mysteries surrounding the myth of ley lines - or lines of power. For Gansey, this is more than just a dream - it is his chance to solve something greater than himself and to solve the mysteries surrounding his near-death experience. With no direction and with no clear idea of what he's looking for, Gansey agrees to see a psychic in town...not knowing that the psychic in question, Blue's mother, is more than prepared for his arrival.

After a close encounter with a spirit on St Mark's Eve - by the name of 'Gansey' - Blue is told that, due to her lack of psychic powers, the only way she could have seen this spirit (who will soon die, the appearance of the spirit almost a premonition of what is to come), is if she is either his true love or if she is the one who kills him. Scared, Blue makes a promise to herself to avoid guys altogether...shocked when her mother informs her that a 'Gansey' has come for a reading. Nothing like she expected, Gansey is set on finding where the ley lines are - a secret Blue's mother, and the other psychics, are less than willing to tell him.

Disobeying her mother's wishes, Blue joins the Raven boys on a journey across the town - by car, foot and helicopter - in order to find the ley lines and unlock the mystery behind the mysterious figure of Glendower, a Welsh noble who disappeared for the pages of history. Facing time pauses, vivid visions, murder, rituals, Latin words, baby ravens named Chainsaw and the highs and lows of friendship, the group discover that there is a lot more at stake than Gansey's quest for Glendower, or a kiss that might bring death.

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