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An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

"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 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.

Review:

"Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale...but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary....This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality." The Washington Post

Review:

"[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome's search for the supernatural...and themselves....Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language, doesn't talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary in a way that brings to mind the work of John Bellairs, J. K. Rowling, Lois Duncan and Stephenie Meyer." The New York Times Book Review

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"Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront....Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It's a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater's people live in the reader's imagination that makes this such a memorable read." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out. The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true." Kirkus Reviews

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"First in a planned quartet, The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. The cinematic feel paces the novel well, and the many pieces of the story unfold with grace. The complicated relationships between the Raven boys and Blue are not of the standard main character/love interest variety and makes the curious plot all the more enthralling. Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering Of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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Larena, September 17, 2014 (view all comments by Larena)
Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult


Henrietta, Virginia


Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother every year on St. Mark’s Eve. Blue’s mother sees the soon-to-be dead as they walk past them. Blue has never seen them until this year when she sees a boy emerge from the dark and speak to her.

A rich student at Aglionby, a private school, Gansey is that boy. Blue has always stayed away from the Aglionby boys also known as Raven Boys as they can only mean trouble.

For the first time ever she ignores her policy of staying away as Blue is drawn to Gansey in ways she can’t completely explain. He is on a quest that has drawn three other Raven Boys into it. Adam is a scholarship student that resents the privilege around him. Ronan whose soul has emotions ranging from anger to despair. And Noah the watcher who notices everything but says very little.

All her life as long as she can remember Blue was told that she would cause her true love to die. She never thought it would be a problem as she doesn’t believe in true love. Now her life is caught in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. Blue isn’t so sure of anything anymore.


This is a start to a series that with this story proves to be very intriguing. While it starts a little slow the pace picks up and moves at a faster pace that pulls the reader into a world where the possibility of magic makes for a book that is very engrossing. The characters prove to be complicated and fascinating as they each deal with their pasts that aren’t as simple as they would wish. The emotional roller coaster that each character takes sucks in the reader as they get lost in each one’s struggle to overcome the obstacles that are in their way. While it ends with a cliff hanger of sorts it proves to be a good way to end the book and will have readers wanting to read the next book to see what is going to happen next and just how it will all play out.
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nadiacoradin, April 29, 2014 (view all comments by nadiacoradin)
"The Raven Boys" is a story about wants, magic and friendship filled with gorgeous writing.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about describing The Raven Cycle series is "character study", because to me that's what it's mostly about. Sure, it is a story about a group of teenagers in search of a dead Welsh King, but the way Stiefvater writes giving each of her characters their own space and story with so much as a sentence, you can feel the research and heart that was put into this novel.

I don't think anything I write will do this AMAZING book justice, so you will have to believe me and see for yourself.
Maggie Stiefvater is a master storyteller and this book it's just further proof.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545424936
Author:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The Raven Boys
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20130730
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
14

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Product details 416 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780545424936 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale...but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary....This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality."
"Review" by , "[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome's search for the supernatural...and themselves....Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language, doesn't talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary in a way that brings to mind the work of John Bellairs, J. K. Rowling, Lois Duncan and Stephenie Meyer."
"Review" by , "Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront....Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It's a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater's people live in the reader's imagination that makes this such a memorable read."
"Review" by , "Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out. The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true."
"Review" by , "First in a planned quartet, The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor. The cinematic feel paces the novel well, and the many pieces of the story unfold with grace. The complicated relationships between the Raven boys and Blue are not of the standard main character/love interest variety and makes the curious plot all the more enthralling. Fans have been salivating for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers."
"Synopsis" by , 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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