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ISBN13: 9780545424929
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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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we've never been before.

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"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

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"[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

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"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

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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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PBJMommy, October 3, 2013 (view all comments by PBJMommy)
My 13-year-old daughter was so very excited about Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Boys" that she urged me, on countless occasions, to pick up this first title in the trilogy. While I've read many of her recommendations, this one has been among her best selections for us both. "The Raven Boys" is a cleverly concocted, fictional work of art that intertwines psychics and magic with prep school boys and an everyday girl. Friendships are formed, journeys undertaken, young love explored and questions about the psychic world left for readers to consider.

The story is compelling and artfully presented. A fun, picturesque read that had me revisiting turns of phrase and conversations before I'd completed the book. Definitely a must-read for teens and adults who enjoy magical possibilities.

Sensitive readers should be aware there is quite a bit of very foul language throughout the book, and matter that may not be appropriate for younger readers. It was a stretch for my 13 year old. Had I read it first, she would have been waiting another couple of years to get it in her hot little hands.
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DeAnna Dupree, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by DeAnna Dupree)
The book an it's characters was amazing! Blue an her crazy, loving, disfunctionally perfect family makes all the crazy every family goes though seem wonderfully normal. Blue as a psychics daughter is used to the strange but learning that she enhanceses all supernatural things helps make Seneca of all the crazy that happens in this book. Gansey is a boy well beyond his age and us the amazing glue that hold his band of unique friends together an makes them more as a collected whole then the wonderful peices they are separate. Ronan is hard edged but so full of surprised and is fiercely loyal to those who are around him, making him a wonderful character even if he is an ass. Noah is the friend who, while quite an frogetable in a situation is important to all who know him an love him. Adam, while an undisputed part of the group must work threw many personal issues before he's as wonderfully love able as many of the rest of the group. Over all this book is sad, intriguing, and wonderfully funny and I can't wait to see where it's headed :)
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KimberlyB, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by KimberlyB)
Wow. I absolutely loved this!!! I've read, and really liked, Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but The Raven Boys far surpasses any of the books in that trilogy for me. Stiefvater's unique and at times poetic writing is at it's best in this. The story moves along at a nice clip and I enjoyed every moment reading it. I was so entertained by all of the characters that I can't even pick a favorite; they all play a part in the brilliance of the story. This is magical, mysterious, imaginative, and unexpected. I'm rarely surprised by a plot turn in a book, but Stiefvater threw multiple twists in this that I never saw coming. I don't even want to contemplate how long it will be before the next book in the Raven Cycle is released. While I'm waiting, I'll be reading The Scorpio Races and re-reading this. Awesome book! 5 stars.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545424929
Author:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 416 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780545424929 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."
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