Blue comes from a family of psychics even though her only “power” is amplifying everyone else’s power. Every year, Blue goes with her mom to the church at night where her mom watches the spirits that walk by. These spirits are those of the people who will pass within the coming year. This year, however, Blue actually spots a young boy in a boarding school uniform. She asks him his name and he responds “Gansey.” Cut to the present day Gansey who, after a traumatic experience years before, has been on an obsessive hunt for the ley lines, invisible “lines” in the ground that are conducive for supernatural power and happenings.
There has been so much love with this book that I was extremely excited to read it. Perhaps it was the hype and anticipation but I was surprised to find that I couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. And, really, that didn’t make sense to me since I love stories about ghosts, spirits, and mysterious lands. Pair that with some dashing boarding school guys? How could I not love it?
For me, I think it lost me a bit with the over expositions. There seemed to be a lot of talk about the ley lines but a confusing explanation of what they were. There was a push for a connection between Gansey and Blue, but I really didn’t feel anything between them. If there was anything, it felt forced. I liked Gansey enough, but I had more of a soft spot for Adam. A lot of where the plot was going I saw coming, and other parts seemed completely unexplained. Sure, these guys are used to researching mysterious things but 1) they follow Gansey on his obsessive research quite blindly and willingly, and 2) nobody ever questions anything weird that goes on.
Be that as it may, I did really enjoy the idea of the story. It genuinely baffles me why this book didn’t resonate as much as I thought it would with me. The premise is intriguing and I’m definitely interested to read the sequel. I’m curious where this will lead, and how everyone’s stories will play out.