The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle Series #1)

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle Series #1)

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by Maggie Stiefvater

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…a well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome's search for the supernatural…and themselves…Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language, doesn't talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary in a way that brings to mind the work of John Bellairs, J. K. Rowling, Lois Duncan and Stephenie Meyer.
—Anna Holmes
Publishers Weekly
By grounding this new series in what might be called everyday weirdness—a rich teenager’s obsession with legend and glory, a shabby household of female psychics with a pay-per-minute hotline—Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) avoids the burden of building a seamless alternate world, instead saturating our reality with magic. Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront: Blue, an outsider in her own home because she isn’t clairvoyant; Gansey and his posse of misfits, who lack any sense of home and seek meaning elsewhere; and Barrington Whelk, a Latin teacher with a secret. Gansey and his fellow “raven boys” attend exclusive Aglionby Academy—itself out of place in working-class Henrietta, Va.—and Blue’s goal is to avoid them at any cost. She can’t, of course, but Stiefvater doesn’t rush this inevitability. Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read. Ages 13�up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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 “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” - TIME Magazine

“A well-paced, neo-Gothic thriller…Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language,  doesn’t talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary in a way that brings to mind the work of John Belairs, J.K Rowling, Lois Duncan, and Stephenie Meyer.” - New York Times Book Review

Praise for The Scorpio Races:

* "Masterful. Like nothing else out there now." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "An utterly compelling read." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Filling it with loving descriptions of wet, wind-tossed Thisby as well as exciting equine action, Stiefvater has created a thrilling backdrop for the love story that blooms...A book appealing to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and actionadventure alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster." - School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy:

* “A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love….Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater's fast-paced storytelling and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” –

“This riveting narrative, impossible to put down, is not only an excellent addition to the current fangs and fur craze, but is also a beautifully written romance that, along with Shiver, will have teens clamoring for the third and final entry.” – VOYA

Kirkus Reviews
An ancient Welsh king may be buried in the Virginia countryside; three privileged boys hope to disinter him. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Blue Sargent, daughter of a small-town psychic, has lived her whole life under a prophecy: If she kisses her true love, he will die. Not that she plans on kissing anyone. Blue isn't psychic, but she enhances the extrasensory power of anyone she's near; while helping her aunt visualize the souls of people soon to die, she sees a vision of a dying Raven boy named Gansey. The Raven Boys--students at Aglionby, a nearby prep school, so-called because of the ravens on their school crest--soon encounter Blue in person. From then on, the point of view shifts among Blue; Gansey, a trust-fund kid obsessed with finding King Glendower buried on a ley-line in Virginia; and Adam, a scholarship student obsessed with his own self-sufficiency. Add Ronan, whose violent insouciance comes from seeing his father die, and Noah, whose first words in the book are, "I've been dead for seven years," and you've got a story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out. The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true. (Fantasy. 13 & up)
The Washington Post
…Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale…but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary…This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality…
—Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Henrietta, Virginia, ley lines and psychic visions... Prepare to enter Blue Sargent's world where no one is as they seem and even the town has a supernatural energy that draws you into an adventure both ominous and forthcoming. St. Mark's Eve is when Blue helps her clairvoyant mother as they watch the spirits of Henrietta townsfolk parade down the church's lane signifying who will pass away that year. This year she is surprised that she can see one of the many drifting ghosts and this vision of a local Aglionby Academy boy changes the course of her future. Blue's been told her whole life that she will fall in love, kiss her beloved and then he will die. Uncertain as who her first love will be, Blue's protected life is uprooted and she finds herself on a ghostly scavenger hunt with four Raven Boys (a nickname for Aglionby's students). Gansey has captured her attention, for it is his spirit that she has seen. He is so different from anyone that she has ever known and even though it is Adam that has fallen for her, she finds that she has fallen for Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah in different ways. Will Patton brings the quirky characters to life well beyond just a storytelling. He embodies each character with a lilting Virginian accent lulling the listener. The first book in the "Raven Cycle" series is captivating. Even more so because of Patton's interpretation. The story, the characters, the energy is potent and I was drawn in from the beginning. Every character holds a secret from Blue and her household of psychics, to the Raven Boys, to the ghost of the Welsh King, Glendower, to the Latin Teacher, Barrington Whelk. Many secrets unfold during the tale and others are left for the remaining books in the series. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Blue was born into a psychic family with the misfortune of having no psychic ability of her own. However, her presence helps others "see" more clearly, which has led to every psychic she's ever met predicting that if Blue were to kiss her true love, he would die. Not interested in boys yet and especially repulsed by the snooty lot at Aglionby Academy, she decides to simply never kiss anyone. When she has her first clairvoyant experience, it's not as thrilling as she had hoped. She sees that Gansey, a boy from Aglionby, will die within the next year. She can't get him out of her mind, a task made impossible when she meets him and his three friends. The Raven Boys, as Aglionby students are called, rope her into helping them with their mission: to locate a ley line. The line of energy could possibly connect them to the past and to the legendary "sleeping" Welsh king, Glendower, who will grant the one who awakens him a reward. Their quest puts each of them in harm's way, made more imminent when Blue finally starts to feel as if her kiss of death is going to be a real problem. First in a planned quartet, The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. The cinematic feel paces the novel well, and the many pieces of the story unfold with grace. The complicated relationships between the Raven boys and Blue are not of the standard main character/love interest variety and makes the curious plot all the more enthralling. Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers.—Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJ

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Raven Cycle Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at

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The Raven Boys 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 336 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Raven Boys is a story that is full of fantasy and supernatural occurrences that actually originate from factual, real life beliefs that I actually looked up after finishing the book. However, with this stellar and rich plot, The Raven Boys has a cast of unique, individualistic characters that you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with and also be jealous of their friendship and want to be a part of their posse. Four boys, The Raven Boys, the name given to boys who go to Aglionby, the private school for rich kids, are what the story revolves around, along with Blue, the girl that somehow triggers everything around them. I honestly think what landed this book in my top books of 2012 list are the characters, their friendship with each other, and how the four boys, even with their differences and their distinct personalities, mesh so well together and would do anything for each other. Then enters the psychic’s daughter, Blue. She’s destined to either fall in love or kill one of these four boys, and we find which one at the beginning of the novel. Also, prophecies from all psychics have warned her about kissing the love of her life because with that one kiss, death will do them part. Blue quickly becomes a part of their group and I really liked how there are no lies, deceits, and backstabbing happening between them. Blue ends up getting close to someone but who is NOT the Raven Boy we were promised in the synopsis and that our hearts, well at least mine, has been dying to get them together. But I must warn you, if you are expecting romance to be the leading theme, or even the secondary theme, then you are mistaken. The first theme is most definitely the boys’ obsession with finding out the ley line (click on the link to find out more about Ley Lines) and finding the buried one. The second is the friendship between them and how normal life still gets in the way of their quest to unraveling the supernatural that this world does indeed have. Maggie’s writing was so enchanting in The Raven Boys; I was holding my breath in so many scenes. I also somehow became as obsessed as the boys were in trying to find the ley lines. Also, Gansey, one of the boys, has totally stolen my heart. He was like the father of all the boys. He busted their butts when they weren’t studying, saved them when they got into fights, and vouched for them when they were going to get kicked out of school or were abused at home. If you are not a fan of The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, then I still urge you to read The Raven Boys. This book is not in the least bit similar to the Shiver series. I honestly wouldn’t have guessed for the life of me that the same author wrote both books. I am so glad Maggie has decided to explore her own fascination in ley lines and create such a powerful and memorable novel that had me yearning to get my hands on the second book when the first hasn’t even come out yet!
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
Let me just start off by making this clear: the synopsis of this book does not do the actual story justice. Not by a long shot. Yes, Blue is apparently destined to kill her true love with her kiss, and yes, she meets four Raven Boys. More than that, though, this book is about an eccentric family of secretive psychics and a non-psychic daughter, a journey to find a magical ley line, the legend of the Welsh king, Glendower, and the fierce friendship between four boys that is complex and heart-breakingly beautiful. The best part of this book, for me, is definitely the friendship between the four Raven Boys. You've got Gansey who is born with unimaginable privilege and harbors an obsession for finding the legendary Glendower. I loved the dichotomy of Gansey's character! On the surface he is the cookie-cutter rich boy, but beneath that there is this inexplicably complex nature, from his deep insatiable yearning for Glendower to his love and protectiveness of his friends. I wish I knew the right words to describe Gansey, but all I can tell you is that he is a truly unforgettable character. "In the end, he was nobody to Adam, he was nobody to Ronan. Adam spit his words back at him and Ronan squandered however many second chances he gave him. Gansey was just a guy with a lot of stuff and a hole inside him that chewed away more of his heart every year. They were always walking away from him. But he never seemed able to walk away from them." Then you've got Adam, sweet and endearing Adam. He's a tortured hero who has been able to retain this rare kindness and gentleness about him despite the hell he grew up in. Adam comes from nothing and, like Gansey, yearns for something more, but he won't accept anything unless he's earned it himself. "It means I never get to be my own person. If I let you cover for me, then I'm yours. I'm his now, and then I'll be yours." Ronan is the bad-boy of the bunch; angry, intimidating, and downright dangerous. However, there is a concealed softer side of him, a side that may not be described as "kind," but definitely shows that he cares more about people than he seems to. His past is shrouded in mystery and I really cannot wait for the sequel to find out more about him! "Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves." Last, but certainly not least, is Noah, the most mysterious of the four--but just as endearing. Noah harbors a dark secret which plays an integral part in this novel, both in the the mystery of the book and in the relationships between the Raven Boys. "Noah was a good bellwether for people. He was so shy and awkward and invisible that he could be easily ignored or made fun of." These four boys are as different as could be, but they fit together like jigsaw pieces falling into place, balancing each other and keeping each other in check. Their relationship is complicated, but so compelling to read about, and before I could help it, I'd fallen in love with each of them. I've read Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy and part of her Scorpio Race, and in The Raven Boys, her writing is still effortlessly gorgeous! Her descriptions are so vivid it's really like I'm in Henrietta, Virginia with its hot days, cold nights, and mountain air. The only frustrating part of this book, for me, was the romance. Or lack thereof. As a romanceaholic, I crave that bit of romance in books and as I was reading this, I was constantly anticipating the emegence of the romantic element....but it never came! Not really. There was a slight blossoming of feelings, but for a story that emphasized how Blue was going to kill her true love, there really wasn't a whole lot of love present. AND THAT'S OKAY. Let me repeat: It's okay that there wasn't much romance. I still loved this book regardless. The story, the mystery, and especially the characters drew me in and kept me a willful prisoner for 408 pages. Rating: 4.5 stars* All in all: I. Need. The. Sequel. I need it now! This book captivated me while I read and even when I finished, I could not get the story or the characters out of my head. So the question now is, how many "reallys" do I have to put before "recommend" to get you to read this? *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review purposes. All opinions are my own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Let me just say that there is more to this book than what is explained in the synopsis. I am eagerly awaiting what will follow in their quest. I love the depth of the characters and the "magic" that comes alive.
mgolden More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s stories. When I heard THE RAVEN BOYS was going to be book 1 in a series of four, I was a bit hesitant to read it. I was afraid that the end of each story would have cliffhangers with lots of unanswered questions. I was, as Stiefvater might say, revoltingly pleased this was not the case with THE RAVEN BOYS. There will obviously be the continuous theme of the search or hunt but the story in the first book has a nice and tidy conclusion. I am unfamiliar with the myth or legend (unless it is made up. In that case I feel silly for writing this sentence) of this story so I am excited to see where this series will end up. I recommend this story to anyone interested in an adventure set with magic, intriguing characters and fresh, unique plot. –Also anyone who is already a fan of the authors work will love this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!, still prefer Fallen Angel (author is genie ems...i think) Just my opinion.
AuntHeidi More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of "teen" books even though I am in my 30's. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning. The storyline was intriguing and there were a lot of surprises I didn't see coming. The foreshadowing was intense and I was left waiting anxiously to see how events would unfold. That being said, the ending was anticlimactic. I was disappointed. I would still recommend it because it was very interesting. I will read the second book in the hopes that something comes from the foreshadowing from the first book.
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Scorpio Races, I thought I knew what to expect from Stiefvater. Boy, was I wrong. That's not to say, Maggie's writing isn't as organic and eloquent as ever (it is) but the story is just WOAH! I was a little caught off guard by just how much The Raven Boys would stick with me, even long after I finished it. Maggie has a way with words and subtlety which is lacking immensely in the YA world. There are no cliches here. Her prose is nothing short of beautiful, her characters eclectic and her story enigmatic. The paranormal elements are grandiose but never overdone. She takes on strong character development, an intriguing plot and flowing prose, each one working well on its own but still balanced out by all the others. It's easy to lose yourself in it. This isn't a climactic, gunslinging thrill ride, by any means. Instead, the pace simmers to a slow boil, not so slow to be boring, but slow enough to let you digest everything that's going on. And when you take a deeper look you find that, much like The Scorpio Races, it's more a story about people. It's about the lure of magic and wealth and the temptation that it breeds. And the romance in it is sweet and builds at a slow, natural pace. As it should, it takes a back seat to everything else. There's no rush, no insta-love to be found. My favourite thing about the book by far though was the people. They are human instead of superhuman. With them, what you see is not what you get. You have to take your time and dig a little deeper. Get to know them. They are complex and you have to peel back the layers to get to the core. Maggie writes relatable characters who you genuinely feel for. If I have one criticism of the story, it's that it raises more questions than it does answers. So much is going on that we only have a short time to explore each avenue before we're taken down a new one. It's a lot to digest, but it's worth it. The Raven Boys is one of those books that, when you're done, the more you think on it the more it grows on you. It's contemplative, mysterious and complex and all around wonderful.
BelovedAJP More than 1 year ago
I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I'm so glad I stumbled upon it! It was such a great story, full of colorful characters and true friends, albeit tragic and damaged. If you enjoy a good mystery with a bit of magic, strangeness, ghost hunting, and psychics thrown in, then this is the story for you! But be warned the story is far from finished and I for one can't wait for the next installment!
nadjscr More than 1 year ago
"The Raven Boys" is a story about wants, magic and friendship filled with gorgeous writing. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about describing The Raven Cycle series is "character study", because to me that's what it's mostly about. Sure, it is a story about a group of teenagers in search of a dead Welsh King, but the way Stiefvater writes giving each of her characters their own space and story with so much as a sentence, you can feel the research and heart that was put into this novel. I don't think anything I write will do this AMAZING book justice, so you will have to believe me and see for yourself. Maggie Stiefvater is a master storyteller and this book it's just further proof.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book and of course I would recommend it it pleased me and I hope it does to you. I am only 13 so this is a good teen book. Adults may find it werid and a little boring. I would recommend the scopio races.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. Not what I was expecting, but good nonetheless. I prefer the Wolves of Mercy Falls, but in my opinion, I read based on romance. That's why I didn't like this one as much; it lacked romance. There was some, but not enough for me to give it 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, the plot is very addictive, just not what I necessarily wanted from Maggie Stiefvater.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks you in, and stays with you long after you turn the final page. Once I got into it, there was no turning back. The characters were adictive, and the plot cretive and enticing! I can't wait until the next one, but until then I'm going to look into some of this authors other books!!! =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, it is interesting from start to finish and im in love with the characters all really especially the raven boys cant wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In general I liked the book, but as I noticed that as I was reading I wouldn't really want to read about the teacher who killed his friend (forgot the guys name). To be honest I'm not a big fan of books that are told in three or four people. I find it irritating and I find myself skimming through that chapter to get to the next one. Also it seemed towards the end of the book it was like she ran out of pages and hurried to sum it all up in two chapters. I found the last sentence of the book leaving me hanging and a little annoyed. Don't get me wrong the book was good, just this book I found a little slow for me but seeing as I read book one I will be reading the ones to come of the series just to see what happens to the four boys and Blue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. I was unable to put it down, so I finished very quickly. Which of course leaves me begging for more! Sequel please!! But two things you should know about this book is that you don't have to be really into sci-fi to like it and it is much deeper than just the description! There is so much more to it than what you would stereotypically judge it to be like. And it's an all new type of magic that hasn't been tampered with yet. No twilight or Harry Potter knock off here if that's what you were worrying about! (I love both by the way!) But honestly this book is an exciting page turner that will keep you interested the whole way through and dying for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mix of supernatural and reality. Main character has a healthy and loving relationship with her mother, which is a rarity in young adult literature. The story is thrilling and suspenseful, with a good dose of mystery. Maggie Stievater just keeps getting better.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book like I expected to. I've read several other Maggie Stiefvater books, the most recent being, The Scorpio Races which is one of my favorites! This book was dark, heavy and less appealing to me but then again, I don't enjoy reading about mediums and witchcraft. The body of the story seemed very wordy (for lack of a better term) and I often felt like I was reading an Alice Hoffman novel. The alternating POV's were confusing at times because I wasn't sure who was speaking, causing me to have go back and reread sections which is both time consuming and annoying. The characters themselves weren't bad and I enjoyed their personalities, witty banter and sense of humors but that was about it. The plot didn't hold my interest and I don't really see the need to spread it out over several books. Having said all of that, not every book will please every person and I'm OK with that. I've no doubt that The Raven Boys will have many fans but I'm just not one of them. (insert frowny face)
ShopeSS 28 days ago
Such an intriguing and captivating story. The characters are all unique and have this mystery that surrounds them because there is more then what meets the eye. I can’t wait to see where Maggie takes us with this series!
Anonymous 29 days ago
A great novel full of unforgettable characters
IleahWalter 6 months ago
Another wonderful work of art by Stiefvater. I have never fallen in love with four boys in one book before, but this book takes the cake. All of the characters are heartfelt and relatable, and each of them have their on unique depth. The story enfolds you from the very first chapter, and is enlaced with mystery, adventure, and hilarious humor. Out of 5 stars, I would rate it at about a 10 or above, it was just simply that amazing. I can't wait to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to my Raven Boys.
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Dahlek 9 months ago
I wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. This is one of those books that seems to have nothing but great reviews, and it makes me wonder if I was missing something. I found myself unable to finish the book; I got halfway through it and finally decided to throw in the towel. It was just.. painfully slow for me, and the whole Forbidden Love with Angsty Rich Boy and Quirky Girl didn't do a whole lot for me. And it isn't even that I don't love tales of forbidden love; the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is one of my favorites. What it boils down to: I was unable to connect or care about any of the characters and I wasn't a fan of Stiefvater's writing. You win some, you lose some.
Black_Moon_In_The_Night 10 months ago
The book is entrancing. Putting it down at all after the first third was nearly impossible. Worse, the ending left me wanting not only the next books, but a hundred more to continue the universe. I'd been prepared for how good the book was, half of it had been spoiled for me so I didn't find the beginning rocky or have a hard time getting lost in it after the first chapter. Blue is incredible, and all the characters are distinct in the parts from their points of view. Most of all I loved Blue's family, and Adam, and Gansey's flaws. Noah became one of the most important characters to me in the book, and if you read it, it's easy to see why. Most of all, the friendships are king of any relationship involved, showing the care the characters have for each other beyond the romantic aspects. But I think what stuck with me the most wasn't that it was so wonderfully written, or that the magic of Henrietta was so interesting. It was how well everything struck a chord and changed my perspective, how the books gave me something I'd been looking for on the shelves but hadn't put into words. Stiefvater isn't putting the characters simply, or letting the book be easily summarized. There's depth from the realness down to the relief of something being discovered and written about so cleverly. That, in itself, is a little bit magical. I recommend this book to nearly anyone, especially those who like supernatural elements and the kind of slow build to a really fantastic relationship- romantic or otherwise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit that I heard a lot of good things about this book before I ever picked it up. Nominated for a bunch of awards, universally good reviews, the works. And I’ll also admit that I was skeptical. Not because I doubted that all those people were right, but because I doubted that Maggie Stiefvater’s next novel could live up to the awesomeness of The Scorpio Races, which I bought in hardcover because I loved it that much. The whole point of this review is to admit that I was completely, 100% wrong. The Raven Boys lived up to every expectation I’d had met by The Scorpio Races, and since it’s only the first in a trilogy, it’s quite possible that it could surpass her last novel. I spent the first chapter or two being more than a little confused, while simultaneously loving the characterization and the immediate setting up of the stakes. Once I fully understood what was going on, and what everyone stood to risk, I loved the story that much more. Like The Scorpio Races, this was a slow build kind of book. It starts off fast, and then slows the pace some so that you really start to understand the characters and their universe before everything shifts marvelously off-kilter. While there were characters in The Raven Boys that I didn’t like at all, or at least spent time not liking, there wasn’t a single person who I wasn’t completely fascinated by. And, as an aspiring author myself, I learned so much about the way you interweave many plots so that everything first together perfectly and nothing is left out. I started slow on this story, and blew through the last 200+ pages in about two hours. Once I hit the middle, where Blue and the Raven Boys start to really interact, I couldn’t put the story down. Even though a budding romance, or several budding romances are suggested, the friendship is what makes the story really worth reading. The Raven Boys earns a much deserved five stars – it lives up to the hype and makes me desperate to get my hands on the next one.