The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Now, I'm not normally a Fantasy reader, but a close friend recommended me The Raven Boys, I thought, Heck, why not? I am so glad I did...
Blue Sargent lives in a house of psychics–– including her mother, aunt, and cousin–– at 300 Fox Way. She can't see the future or read tarot cards like the rest of them, but she can, through touch, amplify their powers. That's why every year on Saint Mark's Eve, her mother brings Blue to assist her in viewing the spirits on the corpse road–– spirits that reflect the locals who will die within the next year. Blue's not clairvoyant; she's not supposed to be able to see them. However, this year, she not only sees and speaks to a young, male spirit: Gansey is a boy from Aglionby Academy, the all-boys prep-school for rich kids, the to-be politicians, the moneymakers. Blue detests the Aglionby students, dubbed the Raven Boys, because she knows that they can only mean trouble.
There are many reasons why I enjoyed The Raven Cycle, but one reason is because of the characters and their relationships. Stiefvater does an amazing job at smoothly incorporating the main character's back stories, personality traits, and quirks that make each character incredibly unique and realistic. As for their relationships, she builds them through seemingly simple dialogue and small actions that leave the reader yearning for more, more, more. The curve of a mouth, a kind gesture, an off-hand comment–– they're all relevant and contribute to the interpersonal dynamics as a whole.
Another reason I recommend TRC is its more realistic-fantasy structure. Spirits and (accurate) clairvoyants obviously don't exist in real life, but minus the supernatural, the setting is in the small town of Henrietta, Virginia, not some completely other world or planet. This was nice for me because I am not a hardcore fantasy fan; Stiefvater constructs the magical elements gradually, and they become more present in each novel.
One problem I had reading The Raven Boys was its slow pacing. For a while, it was so sluggish that I had to set it down and try reading again later. But once you're in the thick of the plot, there's no escape; once you finish the first book, you have to read the second, once you read the second, you have to read the third. There are four books total in The Raven Cycle, but the fourth will not be released until February 2016.
Enjoy the magical story of deceased kings and handsome boys.