To be honest, I had to restart this book three times before I stuck with it. I kept getting to the 10-12% mark and putting it back down for other things. But this time, I got to 13%, and apparently that was the magic number, because this time I had a very hard time putting it down. The book does have a bit of a slow start, but it really gets going around 1/5 of the way through. And I knew there had to be something to love about this book because so many friends love it so much. So that helped. :)
I LOVED the characters in this book, particularly Adam (and Gansey). I haven't been this attached to a book's characters in quite some time. The Raven Boys throws a lot of characters at you in the early pages, so it takes a while to get to know them all, but they're all very distinct, and a lot of them are very likable.
This was my first of Maggie Stiefvater's books, and it definitely won't be my last. I loved her writing style, loved this book's twists and turns, and am REALLY excited for the second book to come off hold at the library. I'm #1 on the waitlist at the library, and this very possibly will be the longest two weeks of my life. XD I did NOT see a lot of the things in this book coming, and it was just so awesome and yay.