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The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) [Library Binding]

Maggie Stiefvater
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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30 July 2013 Raven Cycle (Book 1)
This is the first book in a brand new series from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of SHIVER (9781407115009), LINGER (9781407121086) and FOREVER (9781407121116) will love this new quartet! Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them? ...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (30 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606320288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606320283
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,663,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Stiefvater is a young writer, artist, and musician. She is the author of the Books of Faerie, the New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy and the new standalone novel, The Scorpio Races. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their two young children. Maggie says her greatest literary influences for the Shiver trilogy were Crow Lake and The Time Traveler's Wife "because they tell quiet, bittersweet love stories."

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous new series! 19 Sep 2012
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4.5 stars

There's something about a book by Maggie Stiefvater... like dark chocolate, I don't need a lot of it to find myself deeply satisfied. Her writing is really a cut above, and I simply can't blast through one of her books in a day in the same way as I can't eat a whole bar of dark chocolate in one go. I like to put it down, wander off, have a think and then come back later. Every book by Maggie seems to get better and better too, and The Raven Boys is no exception to this rule.

I particularly liked The Raven Boys because this was the first time Maggie has written in the third person, as the narrator, and she is a brilliant one at that. Anyone who has been to one of her signings will know she tells fabulous stories, and this read out like sitting with her in person listening to her tell the story... at times I felt like I could really hear her as she used some of her simply delicious adjectives.

The book centers around Blue, a young girl who lives with an entire family of psychics. She is used to weird stuff happening, and she takes what they say seriously. So when she was told that she would kill her true love when she kisses him, she made a vow not to kiss any boy, just in case. I felt pretty sorry for her about this, because there were several boys distinctly worth kissing in this book! Blue falls in with a friendship group from the nearby private school, Aglionby. She has pretty much hated the Aglionby boys her whole life, but Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah are a little bit different than the usual suspects who wear the school raven covered crest. These particular raven boys are treasure hunters, who seek a mystical line of power which supposedly runs through her town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ummmmm 14 Dec 2012
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I'm going to be honest for the majority of this book I really wasn't all that impressed and found myself losing interest to the point where I almost gave up. It's not because the writing wasn't beautiful because it was and not because I didn't like the characters but more because I just couldn't work out where the whole thing was going. That said I really did enjoy the final section and thought it did a lot in a relatively short time to hook me into the story and want to know.

For me the this book is all about Blue the quirky teenage girl, whose mother is a psychic, who is terrified of falling in love because she has been told she'll kill her true love. This means she avoids boys and kissing as much as possible, that is until she meets Adam and suddenly she finds she can't help herself. I loved her crazy and quirky personality and the fact that she was quite a honest soul without any airs and graces about who she might be. I loved her wit and the way she stands up for herself without coming across as hard facing. This is the kind of girl I wanted t be my best friend when I was 17.

A book by Maggie wouldn't be complete without a gorgeous boy or two thrown into the mix. Quite honestly where do you start when it comes to this book? You have the adorable Adam who I just wanted to scoop up and look after. The arrogant Gansey with his rich boy confidence and the oh so messed up Ronan for those of you who want a messed up boy to fix.

As I said I did find myself losing interest with this book until in the last third everything kicked off and it hit me. I loved the twists and turns thrown in and I enjoyed being surprised by characters who I hadn't given much thought about earlier in the book.

An good read but the end. I just wish it'd got to the bits that interested me sooner but certainly a series I'll be keen to continue with in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 1 April 2013
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I very much enjoyed this book.

It borrows very heavily from Welsh legend, not entirely sure how the welsh would find their beloved Owain Glyndwr portrayed as Arthur basically, its certainly a tale i had not heard before, i of course had heard that Arthur was lying in wait to rise again but certainly not The Welsh King. Interesting Concept, but he certainly would not be buried in the foothills of Virginia if it were true Maggie lol

Anyway Blue a young girl raised by a family of Psychics has always been told if you kiss your one true love he will die, what a thing to tell a kid !

Anyway, Blue has the ability to make everyone else's psychic ability's stronger and she meets a bunch of boys she calls "the raven boys"

Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. They all go to the local private school Aglionbury and Gansey is particular is obsessed with ley lines, and finding the sleeping welsh king. He goes to Blues house one day for a reading and asks for their help and blue becomes involved in a treasure hunt of sorts involving enchanted forests where time stands still, and trees that speak latin to you.

I found the whole thing extremely fascinating.

What i also found very interesting that there is no sex in this book whatsoever so for any parents that are worried about getting it for their kids, you needn't worry, i estimate it can be read by anyone over the age of 12, and only because there is a murder in it, but you don't read about that in the present tense.

I will happily read the 2nd one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read
It was a nice, easy story that kept me entertained. An enjoyable read with enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. Will be reading the next in the series.
Published 6 days ago by Miss J Prynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous. Mysterious. Compelling.
Blue Sargent is the only non-seer in a household of clairvoyants. Even though her family's prophecies normally tend to be vage, they have always been very clear and... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Bibliophilic Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling
Great read, interesting story. Kept teenager engaged for a few hours. Will be picking up further books by this author in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Kirsten
2.0 out of 5 stars It was as though the author shot a raven out of the sky and watched it...
I was 19 when I read this book (now 20) it hadn't been out for many months and I thought I'd give it a chance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fluffy Socks
2.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing premise is ruined by bad company...
I’m afraid I didn’t get on with this book, giving up within the first hundred pages. The action is split between Blue and the boys from nearby posh school Aglionby. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. P. Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique read.
So I didn't know what to expect with this book. In all honesty I bought this book because of its pretty cover. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tabitha
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Thus book was recommended to me by a friend, it's not my usual genre and I loved it. Can't wait to read book 2!
Published 5 months ago by maddie
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite book
I have a confession to make and it's that I honestly don't think I can describe why I love The Raven Boys so much; why it has become my favourite book and why I plan to bake Maggie... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allie Christo
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids
Maggie Stiefvater is a fabulous writer. Although she is marketed as a Young Adult writer she should be read by people of all ages, she has a fantastic skill whereby no matter what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by BookBliss
5.0 out of 5 stars If only more books were like this
I'm not going to go into the plot (other reviewers have already done that) - however, I do want to put on record how much I enjoyed this book (and I'm 41 years old). Read more
Published 7 months ago by booksy
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