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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Stiefvater
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26394 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545465931
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096T5P7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 10 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What can I really say about The Raven Boys? For the most part I actually hated it. Now I know that is a strong word but I did. I found it boring and slow and I wanted to kill the characters. But something kept me reading. I actually couldn't put the book down. And I have no idea why.

The Raven Boys is by Maggie Stiefvator and if you know me, you know I have a love/hate relationship with her books. I loved first 2 books in her Wolves of Mercy Falls series but hated Forever and I hated The Scorpio Races, so I was wary of this title. It started out fantastic. I hooked with the first chapter. I found it intriguing and different but I have no clue what happened. After the initial first few chapter the story was just going nowhere and I just found it mind numbingly boring. It had the potential to be truly amazing but instead I found it confusing and I skimmed a lot because there are scenes that are completely pointless. There was too many different stories going in within one book that it gave me a headache. The characters....argh drove me insane. To me they had no depth at all. Expect maybe Adam he is actually really likeable.

However!!!! At around 2/3 of the way through the story picks up and the story really comes together and started to get exciting. There are a few twists that I did not see coming and I loved that. I like a good surprise in stories. The characters still bugged me but not as much. I found myself completely transfixed on the story and how it would play out. And the ending, pretty damn awesome. And the last 50 or so pages saved this book for me. I am now really looking forward to the next book so see how the story goes and to see if the characters can make me like them. I doubt it but the story itself is intriguing enough that I will continue with the the series.
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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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I really enjoyed this. The 'hook' is great - Blue sees the spirt of a boy, and is told she can only see him because he is either her true love, or because she killed him. Who wouldn't want to read on after that?

I read Shiver (another Maggie Stiefvater book) a while ago and didn't really like it much. Sam and Grace did nothing for me. But Blue and Gansy - I was all for them. I was swept up in the mystery of it, totally taken in by the allure of the rich and obsessive Gansy, and generally mesmerised by his story.

The writing takes a bit of getting used to. It's a bit too flowery for my liking, and there were times when I was reading and I would be thrown out of the moment because I wasn't sure what Maggie Stiefvater was getting at. I had to read a few sentences over until I knew what she meant, or which character she was referring to at certain points. But aside from those moments, I enjoyed the writing and found the images vivid and the atmosphere compelling.

It is, however, very much the start of the trilogy and as such it does not really resolve completely by the end.

But, if it is any encouragement at all, I went out and go the sequel as soon as I finished it. In fact, because this is only 99p for the kindle version I might buy it (I got it from the library before), just so I have a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Raven Boys 9 Oct 2014
By Naomi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What first drew my attention to this book was the synopsis: it seemed so very interesting. And of course the cover: I was expecting four really hot guys, so I got four really hot guys.
This book has made it into my favourites.
The twists were endless, which, inevitably, made me not want to put down the book. And that was another thing -- the story seemed never-ending. Not in a 'this is dragging my brains out' kind of way, either, because I didn't want it to end. It was just so utterly unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. The plot kept me on my toes throughout. The sideplots became a major part to the storyline. The characters were all believable, each with their own personalities (I have read books where, even when it shifts POV, the personality of the main character does not change at all, and it is as if the story is being told from only one POV), each with their own problems and fears and obstacles and goal and aspires and allergies, the kinds of thing that make characters real and believable.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read would recommend
This is a good read and rather easy read. Love the characters however at the same time I felt opportunities were missed out on. Read more
Published 26 days ago by EMMIE
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Published 1 month ago by Connie Brogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am a fan of Maggie Stiefvater and when Amazon recommended this book, I had to give it a go. It was so different to anything else, I have read before, I very quickly became... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bee
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Published 3 months ago by Martin Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5
Amazing book, thoroughly enjoyed it. Read it from cover to cover in one go because I just couldn't put it down!
Published 3 months ago by Niamh
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 4 months 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 5 months 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago by Stuart Moses
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