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The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) by Maggie…

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Maggie Stiefvater (Author)

Series: The Raven Cycle (1)

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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)
Title:The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)
Authors:Maggie Stiefvater (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Edition: First Editions, 416 pages
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There are apparently more in this series, but I think I'll end it here. I've seen it talked about a lot on bookstagram and I'm glad I got it out of my system and didn't end up buying it. ( )
  abhkolo | Apr 25, 2023 |
First, I want to say, I found the synopsis to be pretty misleading. I was unable to connect with the characters, mainly because the story is written in third person omnipresent, a god-like POV, in which the narrator knows everything about everyone. Personally, I tend to not like books written in this POV. I had a hard time getting past the first 200 pages... after that, the story starts to grow on me a LITTLE. Not really much to say about this one. 2.5-3.0 stars. ( )
  AylaJayne | Apr 21, 2023 |
Another good YA book, this one was listened to, look forward to reading the other 3 in this series.

Re-read (listened) in January 2018, very enjoyable and this time I do intend to read / listen to the other 3 books in the series. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
March 2018:

Saw blink-182 last night. I hope Noah Czerny would be proud. ;)

-- ( )
  pagemother | Apr 5, 2023 |
The best word to describe how I felt about this book is whelmed. I can't say I had high expectations going in, but The Raven Boys somehow managed to disappoint anyway.

At her best, Stiefvater's writing is reminiscent of Annette Curtis Klause. However, while these times aren't uncommon, when she misses the mark, the errors are glaring. Stiefvater's sentences tend towards choppy and ill-formed, her adjectives occasionally poorly chosen, and she's overly reliant on awkward comparisons. There were a few times where I could tell that she was attempting to be deep or metaphorical and instead ends up with a nearly meaningless description.

While each character has what seems like a Fully Formed Personality, upon closer inspection they felt a little shallow, mostly focused on a single characteristic that defined each boy. One drawback to the characters having real depth is that the writing style didn't seem to change when the perspective character did. None had voices distinct enough to tell apart.

That said, while the beginning of the book and the opening plot complication (Blue can never kiss her true love or he'll die!) are simple and contain distinct echoes of YA romances of the last ten years, Stiefvater does expand the mythology of the series quite well, adding enough to keep you interested even when the book ends with only a few answers.

I can see why it's popular, but it's not quite enough to make me want to continue the series.

A generous 5.5/10 ( )
  xaverie | Apr 3, 2023 |
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Stiefvater, Maggieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, Adam S.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patton, WillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stengel, ChristopherDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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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.

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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
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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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