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The Raven Boys Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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“. . . the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels, it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy/mystery rises to the level of serious literature” - Booklist, starred review
“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, starred review
"The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor . . . The Raven Boys delivers." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Amid well-paced, suspenseful plotting intriguingly overlaid with history, myth, and legend, Stiefvater creates a compelling human drama of boys whose privilege or lack thereof colors all of their interactions." - Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, starred review
"Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale of Blue’s involvement with three such boys and their quest for the grave of an ancient king, but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary." - The Washington Post
"Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2." - Entertainment Weekly
"Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don't miss this compelling listen" - Audiofile Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve, Blue. Either you're his true love...or you killed him."
With those chilling words, Blue is caught up in a mystery she never expected involving the privileged Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy. She must guard her heart closely, however, because Blue's always been told that she's destined to kill her true love with a kiss.
If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society, The Raven Boys is the type of tale he might've told, one that emerges through curl of smoke and excites with a flash of fire. This story, which seems to be loosely based on a real Welsh folk tale, is haunted by ghosts, invigorated by a fantastical search for a legendary sleeping Welsh king, and tinged with the frightening dark beauty of centuries-old magic.
While the story starts out from Blue's point of view, the book is actually told in third-party omniscient style, a welcome change from the author's usual first person perspective, and a necessary one given the many characters we get to know, particularly the raven boys. Gansey, who is obsessed with the supernatural; Adam, who yearns for a life outside what he knows; Ronan, whose anger hides untold regret; and Noah, a troubled soul who knows a great deal more than he lets on. I loved the complicated relationship between these boys, from their good-natured jeers to their anxious concern for one another.Read more ›
1) The characters: Blue and the Raven Boys are well crafted. Gansey's my favorite, the rich boy who wants to do more with his life and help the people he's closest to, little realizing that his fixing things with money caused bitterness in some of the very people he wanted to help. One of the most intriguing parts of his character is the bee subplot and how it ties to the main plot with Glendower, and the idea that Gansey technically should have been dead years ago.
Blue is also a great character, though I found her aggravating and dense sometimes. I felt she should've told Gansey everything she knew, particularly about St. Mark's and her visions, but that's a personal quibble. At least she has a personality and felt real. I'm also interested in her parents' story and what will happen with Gansey. I have a soft spot for Ronan with his tortured self; the author manages to do a bad boy without making him cliché. I guessed Noah's secret from almost the get go, so it wasn't a surprise, but he was sweet and I enjoyed him.
Adam is my least favorite Raven Boy, though he was as well as drawn as the others. I have no idea why Blue likes him (or thinks she likes him; it's apparent she actually likes Gansey more, but is being stubborn/dense about it). I felt sorry for Adam, but look at the difference between him and Ronan, who are reverse in their exterior/interior. Ronan, for all of his bad behavior, is really the boys' friend; Adam, for all his model behavior, is not a good friend.Read more ›
FRANKLY, I'M SURPRISED by how I feel about this book. I was so sure I would like The Raven Boys, maybe even love it. I’ve heard so many good things about Maggie Stiefvater. MAGGIE! I was overjoyed to finally get my hands on a copy of this book. Halfway into it, though, I was completely crestfallen. With each turn of the page, I felt my excitement crushed by the hands of these silly teenage boys.
Reading is incredible personal. I find that my experiences heavily influence how I view a book: like embracing a friend or exuding with cool indifference. In this particular case, it was definitely the latter. The characters in The Raven Boys remind me of my local high school—the only public school I know of to have fireworks for Homecoming! I’m surrounded by these young adults and their first-world problems. So when I met the characters from Aglionby High, I was floored by the similarities of Maggie Stiefvater’s Ravens and my real life pyrotechnic [insert high school mascot].
Suffice to say, I didn’t enjoy The Raven Boys because I found the characters too self-centered and didn’t possess enough character depth to pull me into their story, with the exception of perhaps Adam. Life is so hard when you have the best of everything and be able to bribe your way out of trouble (sarcasm alert). Chief among them is Gansey. Even though I found his ridiculous boat shoes quirky and adorable, I didn't care for his maddening, frantic obsession to find the buried Welsh king, Glendower, for whoever that finds him will be granted a favor when he is awakened. And in that madness, he threw caution to the wind and brought a lot of harm to those around him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first installment of a four part series--weird and fantastic world of dreams. Beginning was a little slow but couldn't wait to read the nextPublished 6 hours ago by Kindle Customer
Read really quickly and the mystery unfolds nicely. Fun read. The supernatural aspects feel natural.Published 20 hours ago by A. Hastings
I knew that so many people raved about how good this book was, and so I think that's what kept me from reading it for so long. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sarah Russell
I wish this series went on forever. I'd love to know Blue and the boys throughout their lives! Maggie has such a gift.Published 1 day ago by SilverFlame819
I am so in love with this story. The characters are perfect and the story is riveting. Nothing but beauty.Published 2 days ago by Lisa Kuhn
The only reason I picked this book up was because of all of the hype that it has gotten over the years. Usually, I hate overhyped books, but I didn't hate this one. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ashley Tomlinson
As I get older, I find myself being tougher and tougher on YA. I'm not sure if it's because I find it more difficult to relate to the characters, or if the characters are just... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nenia Campbell
There has been a lot, and I mean A LOT of hype surrounding this series on bookstagram. I love Maggie Stiefvater, so I thought picking up this series would be a good idea. Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Blonde Bookworm
In spite of my initial misgivings, I really liked this book. I read it within a day because I did not want to put it down and have already purchased the next one in the series. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Heather