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Title:Raven Boys
Authors:Maggie Stiefvater
Info:Scholastic, Paperback
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Rating:*****
Tags:fiction, young adult, psychics, ghosts, Welsh mythology, prep school, uncorrected proof

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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3,5 stars.

Plot: It is a very interesting book, although it is a bit slow at the beginning. I liked that although we see different points of view, we do not really know much more than they know, so we can discover the mystery with them. On the other hand, this makes the book move much slowlier. Some of the things a character learns are things that we already know because someone else has figured it out first. However, the book does not get too repetitive. Well, maybe a little at the beginning, but this changes as soon as we get closer to understanding what is going on.

After all the mystery, the ending was a bit disappointing. Still, I enjoyed all the not knowing, which is the best part - and the longest part - of this book.

Characters: The characters were ok. Having scenes told from most of their points of view gives us an unusual knowledge of all of them. The author still manages to write them in such a way that they still stay a mystery to the reader until the very end.

The love story was believable. There is no instalove, just a certain attraction and interest. I was surprised that the actual love interest of the main character and the hinted love interest were different people. It even stays like this until the last pages of the book. I hope that they don't turn the love story into a triangle. There is no love triangle in this book, but the last few chapters made me wonder if this is what is going to happen in the rest of the series.
What I felt was missing were more scenes told from the point of view of one of the teachers. Revealing more would be spoiling the ending, but people who have read the book will know which character I'm talking about. I can see why there aren't more throughout the book, but a flashback once the big secret has been revealed would have been nice.

Series: This book is the first one in The Raven Cycle series. The specific plot of this book is finished by the end of the book, so you don't have to wait till the next one to see what happens next. However, there is a plot twist at the end that will probably be the main plot of the next book.

Other: If you don't like it, there is no need to continue the series.

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3,5 estrellas

Argumento: Es un libro muy interesante, aunque es un poco lento al principio. Me gustó que, aunque veamos diferentes puntos de vista, no sepamos realmente mucho más que lo que ellos saben, por lo que podemos descubrir el misterio con ellos. Por otro lado, esto hace que el libro avance de manera más lenta. Algunas de las cosas que averigua un personaje son cosas que ya sabíamos porque otra persona las ha descubierto primero. Sin embargo, el libro llega a ser muy repetitivo. Bueno, puede que un poco al principio, pero esto cambia según nos vamos acercando a comprender lo que está pasando.

Después de todo el misterio, el final fue un poco decepcionante. Aún así, me gustó el no saber, que es la mejor parte (y la parte más larga) de este libro.

Personajes: Los personajes estuvieron bien. El tener escenas narradas desde la mayoría de los puntos de vista nos aporta un conocimiento inusual de todos ellos. La autora consigue, aún así, escribirlos de tal manera que continúan manteniéndose un misterio para el lector hasta el final.

La historia de amor fue creíble. No hay instalove, simplemente una cierta atracción e interés. Me sorprendió que el verdadero interés romántico de la protagonista y el interés romántico sugerido fueran personas diferentes. Incluso permanece así hasta las últimas páginas del libro. Espero que no conviertan la historia de amor en un triángulo. No hay ninguno en este libro, pero los últimos capítulos hiciero que me preguntara si esto es lo que iba a pasar en el resto de la serie.

Lo que eché en falta fueron más escenas narradas desde el punto de vista de uno de los profesores. Decir más sería destripar el final, pero quienes hayan leído el libro sabrá de qué personaje estoy hablando. Puedo ver por qué no hay más a lo largo del libro, pero un flashback una vez que se ha revelado el gran secreto habría estado bien.

Serie: Este libro es el primero en la serie The Raven Boys (parece que en español han cogido el título original del primer libro como nombre de toda la serie). El argumento específico de este libro acaba al final del libro, así que no hace falta esperar al siguiente para saber qué pasa a continuación. Sin embargo, hay un giro argumental al final que probablemente será el argumento principal del siguiente libro.

Otros: Si no te gusta, no hace falta continuar la serie. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
Post-relectura:

Stiefvater nos ha dejado un campo minado de pistas que no supe apreciar la primera vez que lo leí. Insinuaciones, pequeños detalles, frases sueltas y pensamientos. Todo está allí, desde el comienzo, y una vez que puedes verlo es imposible no amar la historia más que antes.


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2015 Reading Challenge #20: A book at the bottom of your to-read list.
Luego de leer Shiver me prometí a mi misma no volver a someterme a la tortura de otro libro de Maggie Stiefvater, y mucho menos a uno con maldiciones de besos de amor real (ugh). Sin embargo, gracias a mi inhabilidad de mantener promesas y a las numerosas buenas criticas de amigos de Goodreads (con un promedio de 4.01 estrellas), cedí -y manteniendo muy bajas expectativas- decidí darle una oportunidad.


Leer The Raven Boys es una experiencia singular. La historia inicialmente puede parecer un poco a la Disney: besos de amor, maldiciones, magia, reyes que deben desenterrarse, bosques encantados, villanos que desean poder y explican sus planes. Pero a medida que avanzas, la historia se va transformando.
Stiefvater escribe con una sutileza. Crea personajes magistrales, que son magistrales precisamente porque no nos fuerza a creer en ellos. No nos fuerza a creer, por ejemplo, que Blue es independiente y que Ronan es un softie en el fondo, nos lo demuestra con hechos. Estos personajes son el eje de la historia y su punto fuerte. Una vez que los has conocido será imposible olvidarlos.
Es por ello que la segunda mitad parece mejor. Es la misma escritura, el plot no toma mayor velocidad, ni hay mayor misterio. Pero ya estás enamorado de todos, ya estás pensando: i'm rooting for all of you. Y quieres saber más, quieres saberlo todo. Quieres que todo les salga bien, y quieres abrazarlos si sale mal.
The Raven Boys abre las puertas a un mundo del que no quieres salir.

Postdata: Glendower it's real.

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  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
synopsis:
Meet Blue, daughter of a local, legitimate psychic who, herself, has no other power but to amplify the powers of those around her. Blue has vowed to never fall in love or kiss anyone because her entire life she's been told that the person she kisses will die. Now meet Gansey, Noah, Roan, and Adam- friends and practical brothers all attending a private school, Aglionby, whose mascot is a raven. Upon a fateful evening, Blue and her aunt are looking at all of the soon-to-be-dead people when Gansey shows up in spirit form and, lo, Blue can see him (this being the first spirit she's ever seen). Of course this intertwines their destinies and sets them on the path to awake a late, great King who will grant the awaken-er a royal favor. It doesn't make much sense here, and it doesn't for about 55% of the book either, and to say it aloud is to spoil it until that point- so let's suffice to say that it's a decent reason to be searching for lay lines, buried kings, and murderer of a certain boy...

Review: I LOVED the relationship dynamics of the four boys, specifically Ronan, Gansey, and Adam. I don't know what it is about bro-mances, but they do something for me. The plot was ok, it just took a long time to make sense of everything, like why the heck are four teenagers so obsessed with this dead king, and lay lines, etc., which was at times annoying. I also thought the climax of the book came really late and was so tied into the ending that I had great conflict and resolution within pages of each other and was a little... well, underwhelmed... good enough book that i bought the second one and am anxiously awaiting the conclusion of my current book to resume the series. ( )
  wkeblejr | Jun 15, 2016 |
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It's pretty rare that I want to read the next book in a series right away, but Stiefvater is clearly a master of series writing. I'm only familiar with her solo book, The Scorpio Races, and I picked up this series on the strength of that writing. Now I better be careful or I'll scarf down all 4 in a row.

Stiefvater answers just enough of the mystery to make the ending of this first book palatable, and leaves just the right kinds of threads dangling. What in the world will happen to Adam? What is this mysterious connection between Gansey and Blue? What really occurs when you "disappear" someone by mistake? As in The Scorpio Races, I adore how she creates something that is magical but completely rooted in our existing world, so that you have to work a little to understand where the magic is occurring in the story and when you get your nose out of the book you still feel like you're in there.

I was surprised that she is also able to write using a different language and style. This world is a current one, in which people act like teenagers, wear usual teenage clothes, and live (mostly) regular teenage lives. It's not rooted in a culture of far away and super traditional. Of course, I loved them both, and I'll be sitting on my hands not to jump into the next book right away. ( )
  khage | Jun 10, 2016 |
I'm really torn about this - there was so much hype about it and everyone's review said it was amazing, but I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.

I had read Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series, and it had been okay for me (not great but not horrible) and I guess my expectations for this were just really high, since everyone seemed to like this series better.

It just seemed kind of slow for me, and I guess the writing style didn't work for me, just like it didn't really work in Shiver.

I did enjoy the ending a little bit, but I guess overall it's not a series I would continue. ( )
  CatherineHsu | Jun 8, 2016 |
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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
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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.
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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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