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The Raven Boys (edition 2012)

by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title:The Raven Boys
Authors:Maggie Stiefvater
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Hardcover, 409 pages
Collections:Read, Connect, Year before last, Last year
Rating:***1/2
Tags:young adult, fantasy, urban fantasy, ghosts, school, friendship, read-2013, read-2014

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I had started and stopped reading this one a few times, but when Bout of Books rolled around and the Book BFFs set goals that included a book from a male POV, this just seemed like the perfect book to fill that role.

Although, technically, only half of the book was from the male POV and half of it was from Blue's POV, I still say it totally counts because there were more male than female characters that had leading roles. Yep, that is my story, and I am totally sticking to it.

Blue was a character that struck me as, intriguing. Something about her being out of the ordinary. But I think I felt the strongest connection with Adam, and I am really not sure why. Out of all of the characters, he just seemed the most, well, real.

The story was one of magic and amazing adventures. I think it would appeal to pretty much any demographic, any gender. It ends on the kind of cliffhanger that leaves you gasping for air and wanting more. I essentially read this one in under 24 hours, and while I want to dive directly into Dream Thieves, alas, I must wait and see what else comes along first that will be more pressing.

The Raven Boys was one of those books that I felt compelled to finish. From the moment I picked it up, I was drawn into the story and felt like I was there. The first 60 pages or so were a little slow starting, but by the time I got through that, I was immediately dragged along into a story that I just could not walk away from. Noah's story was sad and bittersweet, but I was really glad to see the way some of the situations were resolved. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |
I had started and stopped reading this one a few times, but when Bout of Books rolled around and the Book BFFs set goals that included a book from a male POV, this just seemed like the perfect book to fill that role.

Although, technically, only half of the book was from the male POV and half of it was from Blue's POV, I still say it totally counts because there were more male than female characters that had leading roles. Yep, that is my story, and I am totally sticking to it.

Blue was a character that struck me as, intriguing. Something about her being out of the ordinary. But I think I felt the strongest connection with Adam, and I am really not sure why. Out of all of the characters, he just seemed the most, well, real.

The story was one of magic and amazing adventures. I think it would appeal to pretty much any demographic, any gender. It ends on the kind of cliffhanger that leaves you gasping for air and wanting more. I essentially read this one in under 24 hours, and while I want to dive directly into Dream Thieves, alas, I must wait and see what else comes along first that will be more pressing.

The Raven Boys was one of those books that I felt compelled to finish. From the moment I picked it up, I was drawn into the story and felt like I was there. The first 60 pages or so were a little slow starting, but by the time I got through that, I was immediately dragged along into a story that I just could not walk away from. Noah's story was sad and bittersweet, but I was really glad to see the way some of the situations were resolved. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |
Originally posted in One Less Lonely Blog

This is the first book of "The Raven Cycle" and it is as it is, an introductory book. There's a plot going on and there's the plot of the series but it is mostly a "getting to know the characters" book. We get to know each character, part of their story, what they want and what they feel. The book is written in third person and we get inside everyone's head. It was a little hard to get into it at the beginning but you get used to it.

Everything about this book was new to me because I never read a story like this. It was very unpredictable and fun. There's not too much romance, but everytime something romantic happened my heart skipped beats. This is the kind of book that you want everything but you don't get what you want and you need more and more. I can't wait to read the sequels. I know (I hope) that everything I wanted to happen in this book will happen somewhere in the next 2 books. I can't wait to read what happens with Blue and the thing about her "true love". Gahh!! ( )
  melanielost | Feb 16, 2015 |
Another great book to start out the year. Need to get both reviews done tonight. ( )
  luminescent_bookworm | Jan 27, 2015 |
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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 |
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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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