The Raven Boys is the first title in an intriguing new series by Maggie Stiefvater. As is her style, the author tweaks the young adult fantasy genre just a bit to create a story that is truly unique and engaging. The Raven Boys are engaged in a hunt for ancient ley lines--invisible energy lines that connect spiritual places. Gansey believes that locating these lines will lead him to the burial place of an ancient Welsh hero who will bestow favor on the one who wakes him from his "sleep." The concepts are based in ancient English lore, though the story takes place in modern time. Patience is required as the magical and historical elements develop and clarify, because they are not all presented with specific explanation at one time. Gansey is a wealthy and charismatic young man, though much more complex underneath than he initially seems. He is motivated by a desire to give back and make his life matter on a deeper level. Blue is the only member of her family who is not clairvoyant, and is drawn into Gansey's hunt for magic primarily because she wants to see it up close for the first time. There are slowly developing romantic plot lines, though they don't appear to be heading in the expected direction. There is violence and drinking (one of Gansey's friends lives with an abusive father, and another drinks himself into near blackout after a violent encounter with his brother), and language is present by only occasional (b-tch, sh-t, f--k, a-s). Readers who are inspired by a richly complex storyline will be drawn tightly into Blue and Gansey's world, and will take note of the last line of the book, which paves the way for the next phase of their journey.