The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0545469791
9780545469791
Characteristics: 1 online resource (409 p.)

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AL_TIEGAN Sep 13, 2017

From the beginning I loved the raven boys! While I wished all of their interactions had ended up as amazing as their introduction, I'm sure more is to come in this series. I suppose I'm still not sure why so many people love Ronan, other than for Chainsaw and saving Adam. I'm waiting to learn more about him before offering my verdict. But Adam and Noah were my favorite boys in this first book. I'm still unsure on Gansey, his character still seems a bit flat and the relationship with him and Blue seems improbable. Blue and Adam are interested in each other and have way more chemistry, so why does it seem that Blue and Gansey are being thrown together? Just because the only way she would see his spirit on St. Mark's Eve is if he's her true love or she killed him (which, apparently, in her life are one and the same, because if she kisses her true love, he dies)? I just don't buy it. Outside of the pretty cool characters, the story developed pretty well. Things were revealed nicely and, while I did kind of see some of them coming, the explanations were great. Definitely worth a read.

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BNorquay
Mar 15, 2017

Maggie Stiefvater's 'The Raven Boys', first book of The Raven Cycle, was well written and overall captivating. Although I found the beginning to progress somewhat artificially, it quickly found it's pace, unfolding an interesting story that raised questions that kept me reading for answers. Using realistic dialogue to portray an endearing array of characters from all walks of life, 'The Raven Boys' relies heavily on relationships.
I feel that my biggest issues with the story were all related to the territory that is YA. With that being said, I believe that it is very good for what it is.
I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series at this point, but I have a feeling I'll probably be goaded into it.

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mightyminnie
Feb 20, 2017

I absolutely loved this book!!! So good!! on to the next i go!

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Sejune
Jan 10, 2017

I am not quite sure what genre this novel is about. Some help?

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Nymeria23
Nov 06, 2016

Not totally sure what it was about this book but I loved it and can't wait for the next one. The story started at a faster pace than I was expecting which was nice- a lot of times YA novels take a little bit to introduce the storyline, especially the first book of a series, but this one jumped right in, filling in important information throughout the beginning half, mixed with the other captivating details of the story's progression.
I will admit, I finished this book three days ago before going to a camp so many of the details are pretty fuzzy for me, but I know I loved it and the main story line is pretty ingenious. I love all of the characters, I love how they're developing already, their adventure has me enraptured and I want want want to know when/if they find Glendower. But I'm sad because, given the title of the series' final book, I feel like that might not happen till then :(
I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a good YA book that involves magic, mystery, and more emotional problems than you might be expecting- for the characters and for you.

PinesandPrejudice Sep 27, 2016

I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. It was trying to do too much at once and I didn't like any of the characters. Plus the plot was confusing and I don't think I am intrigued enough to finish the series.

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fantasyqueen
Sep 12, 2016

Captivating book. Unique & imaginative storyline. Looking forward to the next installation of the story.

mvkramer Aug 23, 2016

I liked this book the first time I read it, and I love it now. There is so much I missed the first time around that's much more obvious the second time. I love the characters and the strange, magical town they live in. can't wait to re-read the rest.

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awebster92
Aug 17, 2016

HOLY COW THIS BOOK. A fellow blogger posted about it and I have wanted to read it since that day. I didn't expect I would love it this much. I listened to half of it with hoopla and read the rest after the book was available at my library. I couldn't help but hear the narrator through the whole book. He does have a different voice and it seems like he whistles as he talks. Hard to explain but it drove my husband insane. It didn't bug me too much, as I really loved the story.

I felt the characters were well formed and I loved them all. So much so that I couldn't pick a favorite character; From Ronan to Persephone, They're magical and I would even say perfect. Even the villain blew me away. Everyone has their reason for being the way they are. I really can't wait to see where they go in the next books. While the characters are fantastic, they story line hooked me in. The twists and turns were so fresh that I didn't even see them coming. After reading as many books as I have, it gets to the point where I can call a lot of the twists before they happen. Maggie Stiefvater is a phenomenal storyteller, even though I have only read one of her books I can tell you that. The bigger twist midbook had me verbally saying 'NO FREAKIN WAY' at 1 am while my husband was asleep next to me. I woke him up and I regret nothing. Not to mention that crazy last sentence of the book! WHAT WAS THAT. I NEED TO KNOW. AH! I'm 2nd in line for book two with the library right now and the wait is driving me wild. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a good story.

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 11, 2016

This is one of those books that seems like everyone else has read and loved so you have to try it out yourself. I had no idea what it was about and it wasn't anything like I thought it would be from the cover but I ended up enjoying it and the book flowed easily for a quick read.

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awebster92
Aug 22, 2016

awebster92 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Chelsea016
Jul 15, 2016

She wasn't interested in telling other people's future's. She was interested in going out and finding her own

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Chelsea016
Jul 15, 2016

Today, Blue thought, is the day I stop listening to the future and start living it instead

"Gansey. That's all there is."

~ Blue Sargent

JewelMcLatchy Jan 11, 2013

Despite his interest in Latin, Ronan had declared their Latin teacher a socially awkward shitbird earlier in the year and further clarified that he didn't like him.

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mvkramer Aug 23, 2016

Violence: A scene of domestic violence vs. one of the characters. One character gets trampled to death non-graphically.

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VV12
Aug 20, 2015

Other: child abuse

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