by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, #1
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 11 Hours 8 Minutes
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
“The only thing was, she didn’t really want to see the future. What she wanted was to see something no one else could see or would see, and maybe that was asking for more magic that was in the world.”
I have had The Raven Boys on my TBR for quite some time but was never able to make the time to read it! I had tried Maggie Stiefvater’s other series Shiver, but it wasn’t for me so I was a bit hesitant to start this one even with all of the rave reviews coming in! I finally decided to just dive in! I am so glad that I did because the Raven Boys was dark, mysterious, fascinating and a bit weird which I LOVED!
I know that many of you have already read The Raven Boys so I am not going to do a full review but just talk about the things I enjoyed! I found Stiefvater’s writing very addicting in this one, I was slowly pulled into the mysterious world of Henrietta and found it sych a uniqu place. I loved how Stiefvater built this place up in my mind, a warm quiet little town with a lot of mystery and paranormal happenings going on inside of it. I totally want to visit Henrietta!
I absolutely loved these characters! They were all so different from one another and somehow they just worked together! I loved the progression of Blue and the boys, it wasn’t obvious and in your face but a slow and perfect fitting together of puzzle pieces. I found myself really falling for each one of them, Blue with her quiet, wild eccentricities, Gansey with his two sides the “politician” and the explorer, Ronan the wild card, Noah, the quiet observer and Adam the resentful one with a chip on his shoulder. Each character was so well developed as themselves and as a part of the group and I was so caught up in it!
“He strode over to the ruined church. This, Blue had discovered, was how Gansey got places – striding. Walking was for ordinary people.”
I was pulled into the journey of finding all of the paranormal secrets that Henrietta held, Gansey’s obsessive search involved everyone that he came in contact with… including the reader. I loved the paranormal aspects of this book they were so magical and fascinating! Glendower, Cabeswater and the future telling powers of Blue’s family had me totally invested and flipping the pages! I love how it was so dark and mysterious and yet fascinating and magical at the same time!
Shortly after finishing this book I picked up the second book The Dream Thieves and I devoured it! I am currently reading Blue Lily Lily Blue and loving that one as well! I cannot wait to share my thoughts on those with all of you! I am eager to finish this series to see how it all ends!
“Is that all?” she whispered.
Gansey closed his eyes. “That’s all there is.”
I was a bit thrown of by Will Patton’s voice as a narrator for this one at first. His voice just did not fit for me, I did however grow used to it and appreciate the diversity he brought to each character. I was able to easily distinguish each one as the POV’s switched quite often.
Have you read The Raven Boys?
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