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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (edition 2012)

by Maggie Stiefvater, Will Patton (Narrator)

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Title:The Raven Boys
Authors:Maggie Stiefvater
Other authors:Will Patton (Narrator)
Info:Playaway (2012), Preloaded Digital Audio Player
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Tags:in library, young adult, paranormal, new age, ley lines, psychics, Virginia

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“Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”

I have to say, if I hadn't been able to warm up to the characters, this book would've been skimming two stars from me. No matter how intriguing the plot is and how well the world-building is done, if a character gets on my nerves, it's game over.

What I liked:

- The plot, although not entirely original, was really well done. Stiefvater does a great job of tying lots of little story lines together form something akin to a cat's cradle game. This isn't just the story of a girl who will kill her true love by kissing him, but also of Welsh legends and a group of boys' perseverance in finding Glendower.

- The characters. Especially Ronan. He's just awesome. I like a snarky badass as much as the next person, but Ronan is amazingly done. I really connected with him.

- The amount of research that obviously went into this. We're given a tonne of information, and the way it's spread out doesn't weigh too much on your brain. It doesn't info-dump at all.

What I didn't like:

- I'm so done with quirky. So done. And Blue is beyond quirky, and tries too hard to be with her handmade clothes and cardboard trees and weird attitude.

- Gansey's OTT personality. He brings a whole new level to the maturity game, and acts like a ninety year old man rather than a 17 (?) year old boy. He comes out with crap like "My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them." Can't you just say "I have foot-in-mouth disease"? Or "I can't seem to know when to shut up." That would work.

- Adam. What an ass. He has to be the only character I didn't warm up to, and I don't plan to do so either. He just sucks.

3.5 stars.

Full review to come on 100% Rock! ( )
  Aly_Locatelli | Jan 26, 2015 |
This was great! I've had a lot of mediocre/bad YA recs this past year, and I bought this one only because it was a dollar. I almost gave up on it with the weird psychic family beginning and the rather generic "you will kill the first boy you kiss" prophecy.

But everything here is so delightfully weird, and the characters stay pretty original. I like their individual struggles and motivations, and I liked the quest for the king. And I LOVED the way the plot just kept building the weirdness. Normally it bugs me when a novel foreshadows like this, but this one struck a good balance.

If I had one criticism, it's that it ended incredibly abruptly, and the resolution was for a story that didn't develop until the end of the novel. I was surprised that most of the main narrative threads were left hanging. I was also a little baffled by the powerful psychic at the end. Was she evil, or what? I didn't think so?

But I'm definitely continuing to book 2. ( )
  ConnieJo | Jan 23, 2015 |
Beautifully written, with wonderful characterizations and a compelling plot. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series!
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
3.5 stars ( )
  BethYacoub | Dec 31, 2014 |
I loved loved loved this book, although it was nothing like what I expected from reading the title. I didn't read the back before I started so I was envisioning something like the crow girls of [a:Charles DeLint] The creative use of words and the characters and the story line all drew me in. The only bad bit? Getting to the end and realising that this book is only the first in a series because there were still so many unanswered questions. I usually like to read a series only once it's completed so that I don't have to wait a year between each one. ( )
  Karyn_Ainsworth | Dec 29, 2014 |
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Deep into that darkness, long I stood

there, wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever

dared to dream before...

~Edgar Allan Poe
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

~Oscar Wilde
For Brenna, who is good at looking for things
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Prologue: Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love.
Chapter 1: It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived.
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Walking spirits, true
Love, ley lines and the Welsh king
Owen Glendower.
Does Gansey's spirit
On the corpse road mean that Blue
Has killed him? Watch, wait.

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Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.… (more)

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