The Raven Boys: Book 1 of The Raven Cycle by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys: Book 1 of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys: Book 1 of The Raven Cycle

byMaggie Stiefvater

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

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

Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish-either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.

Gansey has it all-family money, a car, time for extracurriculars and friends-but he's always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he's found one, too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, Virginia. And the best way to be there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys.

Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy 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 family. You can visit her online at and on Twitter @mstiefvater.
Title:The Raven Boys: Book 1 of The Raven CycleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.53 × 5.78 × 1.38 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Couldn't possibly love this anymore than I do. This entire series is womderful and totaly worth it!
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I regret waiting as long as I did to read this I bought it not long after it came out, and bought all the rest of the books in the series as they came out, but I only finally read it once The Raven King came out, which did make it easier to binge them but I should have read it sooner!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Beginning I was very hesitant to pick this up as I didn't enjoy Stiefvater's previous series but I am so happy that I decided to give the Raven Boys a try. This book was dark and atmospheric one minute and funny and light hearted the next. I felt fully immersed in the story from beginning to end ultimately this was a wonderful beginning to what has become one of my favorite book series
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! I don't read much of paranormal fantasy but its safe to say this book was AMAZING! Most people say that it started sort of slow but I was hooked on the first page. The plot was really interesting but I feel like the characters Adam and Gansey had more of a role to play than the other Raven Boys. Im really excited to start the next book and also hope to see more of Noah and Ronan!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved This Book! One of my favourite books so far this year!! Can't wait to start the next one!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original This book is a refresh of cliche Young Adult stuff, Maggie touches a topic way too far interesting, even if it's a little bit slow at the beginning, it's a book that you totally need to read.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I really liked this one. It jumped into the story right away, which I like. I will definitely read the rest of the series
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best book of the series It is ok book. Unique and quite promising (though you will be disappointed in later books)
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So whimsical This was very different from what I expected. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite writers and I loved all of her work, but there is something inherently magical about the Raven Boys serie that just makes it stand apart for me.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best shit ever FINALLY finished re-reading this book to begin reading, for the first time, the rest of the series. DANG. Still 5 stars. 6 or 7 if I can. Love this series. Love the way Maggie writes, like poetry. Love the way she makes insignificant things seem so important. I love the paranormal vibes, the mythology, the history, the diversity of the characters, the way each one seems to come alive on the page. Even her minor characters all seem to be round and present, you know? Maggie goes into great detail with her characters and I can tell she cares about them. I just hope that the other books don't break my heart.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow To Start; Speedy Finish I was so, so excited to finally read the Raven Cycle. The covers are beautiful, and the premise sounded so intriguing and utterly captivating that, naturally, I just had to read them. Unfortunately, The Raven Boys, the first novel in the series, did not serve to heighten my excitement to read the next three novels. This book starts off slow. Grandpa-out-for-a-drive-on-Sunday slow. Nothing was happening. Just constant reminders that Blue would one day kill her true love (how very Shakespearean of her) and not-so-subtle hints that Aglionby students were complete and utter jerks. I came so close to just closing the book and giving up on it, but I persevered. And for what? A rushed ending that in no way gives me any satisfaction whatsoever. Just Ronan pulling a stunt that, I'm assuming, is supposed to double as a chill-inducing cliffhanger, but really just left me feeling unimpressed. That's not to say this book was all bad; it wasn't. It did have some high points, but it took me over one hundred pages to finally start feeling the groove of the story and develop some interest in it. And I'm still not sure what the point of that slow-burn romance was. Nothing came of it. Will it be explored further in the coming novels? Perhaps, but I'm not exactly waiting with bated breath. Overall, this book left me with a general feeling of "meh" and a very strong opinion that it could have been better. So much better. Still, I would recommend this book to fans of Stiefvater's writing (which, unfortunately, I don't appear to be) or those who enjoy supernatural themes in novels. Hopefully, another reader will enjoy this book more than I have.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series I can't recommend Maggie's The Raven Cycle anymore than I've already been doing. This series isn't like anything I've read before in the best way possible! Though her whimsical writing is not for everybody, I'd give The Raven Boys a chance for the high chance you'll love this series too.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE This book is very unique with a beautiful plot, just the first 4 chapters were pretty slow. but over all i loved every bit.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excited for the other books in the series Unfortunately, I will have to say that nothing major actually take place in this book. Form what I read, I think that this book is just a opening book to this series. Because of that thought, I decided that I will give the second book in the series a go and see that if some thing major actually happens. I find that this book actually gives a lot of foreshadowing on what will happen next. Especially with all those visions? (I think that is what they are) the main girl- Blue has. So in some sort of way, I'm actually quite excited to see what will happen next and what sort of charterer development will appear
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfection There are no words to explain how much I love this book. Blue and her boys are endlessly fascinating and I can't wait for the next installment.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The raven boys Beautifully written, i love the care and detail pour into every characters back story and personality
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my new favorite series. i had high expectations for this book and by superb standards it completely blew past my expectations entirely. the characters are rich and engrossing, the romance is not the main point but a sweet addition, and the sheer magic of the world within these pages leaves you in wonder for hours. maggie stiefvater is my new favorite author, and this series is one i hold dear now.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't believe the blurb. Not the lame cheesy teen paranormal romance I expected. Clever plot, complex and intruiging characters, and evocative imagey. Loved it.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok YA reading Cheesy, simple, good for an afternoon of light reading. Too much teen drama but with a few surprising twists.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By Maggie Stiefvater Really enjoyed this - venturing into the unknown - very clever ! Makes you think there is an in between world!
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good characters, but the storyline was slow I think I might be out of the norm being a Maggie Stiefvater fangirl, because I liked the book, but I didn’t exactly love it either. Don’t even get me started on The Scorpio Races which I DNF. But anyways, on to The Raven Boys. I was excited because this one felt more like my type of read. Fantasy, magic, and little bit of mystery thrown in. Yes this one was more my style. I’m glad I gave this one a try though. The plot was fairly intriguing and that kept me from marking this one as a DNF. I was close to though, about 98 pages in..then finally it got good! I enjoy Maggie’s writing style. It’s different and she adds a lot of dimension to her characters more so than other authors. Maybe it’s time to give the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy another try.. This is a little long. I everything is stretched out and I felt it could have less chapters. The story could have been told in less than 409 pages. I was utterly bored and I had to stop and read it again. I just thought the pacing and the flow of the plot could have been handled a lot better. For example, in one chapter something significant happens, and then in the next chapter, the characters end up doing nothing about it and going about their daily lives. There’s a lot of characters, and at least three story lines to watch out for. Maybe that’s why I felt lost. I had to remember who was who and who was related to who, and it just felt a little overwhelming. On to the characters..Blue’s cryptic preminition, not being able to kiss the love of her life without him dying was so dramatic. Then once her friendships with The Raven Boys emerged, she was so incredibly understanding and finally found some people she can relate with. She had that loner profile working well for her, until the boys came along that is. Gansy’s obsession with the ley lines, and Glendower was such a mystery to me. I still couldn’t fathom why he felt like he owed Glendower a favour?!?!. Adam was my favorite character. He was sweet and thoughtful towards Blue. I also felt wonderfully proud of him in the end with his father. The relationship with his father was rocky from the beginning and I couldn’t help but pity him. Some scenes made me cringe. I couldn’t even read it. Ronan on the other hand was such a lost soul and I pitied him too. The Raven Boys and their relationships with each other was so refreshing. A bromance to the very end! It was a story about friendship AND magic all rolled into one. Pick this one up if magic, and mystery are your favourite genres. If not, I suggest borrowing it and giving it a try.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Raven Boys Very enjoyable summer read and if you're into magic this book will float your boat.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raven Boys Very enjoyable summer read and if you're into magic this book will float your boat.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Raven Boys Very enjoyable summer read and if you're into magic this book will float your boat.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raven Boys I loved this book! The heroine was pretty badass and the story was original. You should really read it if you are looking for something awesome and cool to read. Not joking. Read it. you won't regret it. ;)
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After There are some books I manage to put off for a while, despite their popularity and good reviews. The Raven Boys is one of those, and now having finally read it I can't help but kick myself for waiting so long. Paranormal fantasy books aren't my favourite, but the first book in Maggie Stiefvater's current series easily drew me in and hooked me with its quirky yet amusing characters, mysterious plot, and Maggie's beautiful style of writing. Reasons to Read: 1. An incredible group of characters: The characters are all very eccentric and quirky (and they really don't seem THAT realistic, or perhaps I should say "typical" for teenagers) and I find that can be fairly hit or miss for a book. I don't mind different, but I need interesting, strong characters whom I like to keep me going. The Raven Boys absolutely delivered on this, and I was so impressed with Blue and the Raven Boys she meets and befriends. Gansey's written as a charismatic leader and that's exactly how he comes across while reading. I couldn't help but like him, the more that was revealed about him. Adam's bravery comes across loud and clear as he battles his way through difficulties. Even grumpy, icy Ronan and quiet, strange Noah had me invested in their stories by the end. Most importantly, they felt like characters distinct from each other - although they're close friends, they maintained their own lives and interests. 2. An intriguing mystery: For the longest time, I was reading as fast as I could just to figure out exactly what the big mystery was - what was Gansey searching for? What was going on with Blue's family? What secrets do the Raven Boys have? It's all revealed very slowly, and I loved how much this mystery drew me in to this fantastic story. 3. Gorgeous writing: This is the first book I've read by Maggie Stiefvater and her writing took my breath away! The book's atmosphere is creepy and mysterious, and it's enhanced by her style of writing. It's like being teased with a little bit of information - there are little hints and it's very poetic. Her writing flows beautifully for an enjoyable read. 4. Heartfelt, sincere relationships: This was my favourite aspect of The Raven Boys. I loved how strong these relationships were, from the deep bond of friendship between Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Adam to the fairly tight-knit household Blue lives in. I was particularly impressed with the mother-daughter relationship between Blue and Maura. This is an intensely loyal group of characters, all displaying that loyalty in their own unique way. I was worried that I'd find some parts of this book to feel like it was trying too hard - afraid that it might come off cheesy and silly, because there's that fine line between unique and just plain silly. But thankfully, The Raven Boys didn't cross that line. It was a very unexpected read for me (especially the romance, for example!), and one I can wholeheartedly recommend to other readers. Review copy received from Scholastic Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I can't ever help my self, and I skip ahead. What I read ahead was really good, but the plot and main focus of the story is kind of boring in the beginning.
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good Fantastic book with an original concept thoroughly enjoyable cannot wait to see what the last 3 instalments bring.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Some lovely phrases, but as I finished the last line I thought 'what was the point?'
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Okay I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I love the characters and the complexity of the story line.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay After my disappointment in her Shiver-Linger-Forever books, I wasn't sure I wanted to read more books by Ms. Stiefvater. But The Scorpio Races was so darned good and left such an impression on me that I really hoped that I would see more books by this particular author. The Raven Boys is filled with things I love in a good gothic styled, myth laden, adventure tale. The Raven Boys feels both possible and improbable. There is a feeling that all this could really happen - you willing suspend your disbelief. Something about this book makes me think that ley lines could actually be hiding a sleeping king. A sleeping king that will grant you your heart's desire. I can believe that a rich, spoiled boy can be sweet and sensitive and somehow well respected in scientific (well, pseudo-scientific) circles. That maybe psychics can truly see into your future. And maybe someone can reach into their dreams and make those dreams real. That magic truly does exist.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Okay This is probably the best book I've ever read. The story line is phenomenal in itself, but the best part about this book is simply the way the author drags you in, holds you there and never lets you go. I've never come across a writer who can describe characters through analogies like Maggie. The way she describes them makes you want to become, in some way, more like her characters. I would highly recommend this read to anyone who will listen.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay overall a good story! the world building and creativity was wonderful and fresh. the characters were interesting and believable for the genre. the one downer for me was how long it took for the book to really start. although, things did happen throughout the first half, the pace and my interest didn't really pick up till halfway through the book. I will read book 2, but when its a little cheaper.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of 2013 When I first read this book I thought it was good at the start something you could pick up and happily read for an hour or two but by the end I was hooked! And since December I've read it another 2 times, I can't wait to read sequel-favourite book of the year.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Plot. Full of potential. It did not grip my attention and it felt boring most times but the plot is interesting ley lines and sleeping kings and all. Gangsey's character kept me reading but it was so dragging and I did not connect with the raven boys. The redeeming quality is the ending it was spectacular and it might just keep me reading the series. If the whole books was like the last 10% of this book then it would have been awesome. I would have rated this 2 if it hadn't been for the ending.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic and Unique Tale Going into The Raven Boys I wasn’t really sure what to expect. There was no way I could have missed the out pouring of love that happened when it was first released back in September. So many people, whose opinion I trust, assured me it was amazing. But I was apprehensive. I always find Stiefvater’s books pretty hit or miss. I didn’t care for Shiver in the slightest but I was floored by how good The Scorpio Races was. How I will react to her novels is always a mystery to me, so I was understandably a little nervous when I finally picked this book up to read with the Forever Young Adult book club. I was immediately struck by how unique the writing felt. Similar to how she wrote for The Scorpio Races but with a little something more. With each new book I can definitely see how Stiefvater is maturing as a writer. The Raven Boys is a very detailed and poetic work. It’s the kind of writing I love. The kind of writing that makes me want to whip out my post it notes and pepper the pages so I can never forget the passages I adore. However – that being said, at times I did feel like she was getting a bit flourishy. “Red as a dream”? Dear Maggie that is simply not a thing. But it is a fine line between poetic and flourishy and all in all she walked the line quite well. One of my favourite quotes/examples: “My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.” But enough about the writing. What about the story itself? I read, on average, over 200 books a year. So believe me when I say something is unique, it really has to be unique. I loved the history of the ley lines and Glendower and I may or may not have requested some books about these topics from the library because I am just so fascinated! It’s not something I’ve ever read about before and the unknown is always more exciting than the overdone. I also really enjoyed that you can’t put an official label on this book. It has spells and psychic abilities but it’s not quite fantasy. It has spirits and talking trees but it’s not quite paranormal. It’s the kind of book that I named my blog for – it’s more than just magic. It’s haunting and spooky and an absolutely delicious mystery. The only thing I really have against this book is that there may be a few too many characters. No, there’s definitely too many characters in this novel. And you meet them all at once. It felt like you were dropped right into the middle of an ongoing story, and it took me longer than I expected to find my footing. In particular the amount of people living in Blue’s house. It could be that they will all become important later on, but within just The Raven Boys it felt crowded and at times a little annoying. There were also a few characters, who were important yet felt very shallow/one-dimensional. While people like Gansey, Adam and Ronan are incredibly fleshed out and believable, others like Declan and Welk felt like they were going through the motions of advancing a particular plot point. I would have liked to know more about them as I am a total character junkie and always want to see the layers of any major player. This includes Blue! She is central to everything going on but when I was finished the book I felt like I knew next to nothing about her. I did really like Gansey, although I’m not completely enthralled by him. It felt like I was missing some key to understanding his personality, but from the way Stiefvater set things up I am confident that key will come in subsequent books. Much to my surprise my favourite character was Adam. When I started reading I didn’t take much notice of him, but as the story went on he was constantly challenged and growing. He was a fascinating character to watch and I became very attached to him very quickly. Recommendation: The Raven Boys is a beautiful book and one that I will treasure for a long time to come. It may not be as appealing to those who love fast paced adventure stories as it is slow to reveal itself. But it keeps you entertained with gorgeous prose while you wait! Highly recommended to fantasy fans, those who like a bit of magic in their stories or simply those looking for something different to blow them away. Other quotes I really liked and just had to throw in here: “Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.” “Where do you live?” Adam’s mouth was very set. “A place made for leaving” “That’s not really an answer.” “It’s not really a place.” This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's worth it. Stiefvator is a great author. Like Shiver and The Scorpio Races, it starts off pretty slow and I mean it. But once you get into it, it's great. I love all the characters, - Especially Gansey - and the fast pace and character development made me fall in love with the characters. They're all complex and there's always a lot more to their personalities. Give it a try. I don't know when it happens, but when it started getting interesting, I couldn't put it down. Love it and can't wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very different and very good! This book is wonderfully crafted. There is so much going on that it's hard to put it down. Very excited to see where the series will take us.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A unique and interesting plot, but it has a bit of a slow start Blue Sargent is your average, ordinary 16 year-old teenager, except that she has a unique extra-sensory ability. She can "make things louder" or amplify another person's psychic talent. For her mother and her psychic clan, this ability can come in handy when they are doing psychic readings. Blue and Maura live in Henrietta, Virginia with Maura's best friends, Calla and Persephone, as well as Blue's cousin, Orla. They are all psychics. Maura's half-sister, Neeve (a renowned television psychic), also recently came to stay with them. Blue was told from a young age that kissing her true love would result in his death. Is this her mother's way of keeping her daughter chaste, or is it a real warning to be heeded? Richard "Dick" Campbell Gansey III is a "Raven Boy," so named by the crest of the raven on his school uniform. He attends the esteemed Aglionby Academy, and his family is extremely wealthy. He keeps a leather-bound journal filled with drawings and notes about finding "ley lines," which are invisible lines that intersect and create areas of powerful psychic energy. Gansey is obsessed with finding Glendower, a legendary king who is rumoured to bestow one wish to the first person who finds him. He is the ringleader of his group of friends that include Ronan and Declan Lynch, brothers from another wealthy family, and Adam Parrish who comes from a poor family with an abusive father. His family could never afford the tuition fees, but Adam is able to attend on a partial scholarship while paying the rest of the fees himself from his employment earnings. The last boy in the group is Noah, who is quiet and has a "smudgy" face. On St. Mark's Eve, Blue and her Aunt Neeve go to Corpse Road which is a place where the psychic energy is very strong. It is an annual event which Blue normally does with her mother so that they can meet all the spirits that are fated to die within the coming year. Blue cannot communicate with the spirits directly or even see them, but her special gift allows the psychic who is with her to be able to do so. In past years, Maura would call out the names of the spirits to Blue to write down so that they could remember them if any of these people came to Maura's house for a reading so that she could forewarn them of their impending death. Blue is awestruck when a teenage boy heads directly for her. Not only can she see him, but she can also talk to him. Neeve tells her that there are only two reasons why a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve: Either she is his true love, or she killed him. Blue meets Gansey and his gang when they come to dine at the restaurant where she works. Blue and Gansey seem to get off on the wrong foot, and Blue does not care much at all for his superior attitude. Gansey accidentally leaves his journal behind, and Blue takes it home for safe-keeping with the intention of returning it to him. Gansey contacts Maura for a reading and, when the Raven Boys come, the psychics get very strong vibes from the boys. Maura is not willing to help Gansey and his friends find Glendower, but Blue feels compelled to do so. Will she regret her decision? I really like Blue's character. She is stubborn and doesn't put on airs for anyone, not even Gansey and his rich friends. She is unimpressed with Gansey's wealth, and she is not afraid to say so. Gansey is an unusual fellow. What could he possibly hope that Glendower could grant him that he doesn't already have? He actually owns a warehouse, where he lives with Ronan and Noah. Despite his wealth, he drives an old Camaro - his pride and joy - that is always breaking down on him. If it wasn't for Adam, who taught Gansey how to do minor repairs, I am sure the car would not be running! You would think that Gansey is a spoiled, rich kid but he really isn't. He is very polite and tries not to rub people the wrong way, although Blue sometimes misinterprets his intentions. Gansey looks out for his friends and takes care of them, especially Ronan who is a bit of a loose cannon. Ronan's father was killed, and he knows something about his death that he is not sharing. The secret gnaws at him. Adam has a huge chip on his shoulder because he is the "odd man out" so to speak because he comes from a blue-collar family. He is a model student and is determined to succeed. He hates it when Gansey wants to help him out, and he wants so much to be on par with his friend. He views himself as Gansey's "pet project" and feels pitied by Gansey. I honestly don't think that Gansey feels this way at all. For me, the story was really slow going for about the first third of the book. However, Stiefvater drew me into the story with her character development. The more that I learned about the characters, the more I liked them and cared about them. I found the plot to be unique and interesting although slightly confusing at times, but I wish that the beginning of the book would have moved along a bit faster.
Date published: 2012-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just AMAZING! Wow. How do I begin with this book? So the start was really really confusing. But when I got into the book, It all made sense and it wasn't confusing after that. I loved how the author described the scenes and the characters. Now the characters I fell in love with. They were so amazingly described and I just couldn't belive it. The plot was It was just so well described and unique! The settings were amazing too. I loved how well described they were and how unique they were! I can't wait to read the second book! :D
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adored the Raven Boys' brotherhood! I only learned of Maggie Stiefvater's book signing event at the local Chapters bookstore 2 days before the date of said event. I immediately picked up a copy of The Raven Boys but I was worried that I would not finish reading it. It turns out that I found the book easily captivating and finished reading it within the day! And wow! I absolutely adored this book. Initially I thought that this book was full-on romance, given the early introduction of Blue and her true love and the consequences of her kissing that true love. What I didn't expect was for the love story to be subtle. Each character was given an adequate portion of story to tell, and let me tell you, each one was very special. I especially loved the brotherhood between the Raven Boys. Though unrelated and very different from each other, they are good as brothers. And despite Gansey being the clear ringleader of the group, he didn't strike me as annoying or bossy. He cared about each one of his boys and did everything he could to help them deal with their troubles.. Blue is also a heroine you'd easily admire. She's one of the boys, smart and loyal to family. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes solid friendships, magic, and tortured souls.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling I knew this was going to be a stunner but I was not prepared for the amazingness of The Raven Boys. It sailed past my every expectation and has sky-rocketed on to my all-time favorites list. This was a beautiful, alluring, captivating book, and I still can’t get over it. I want to read it over and over, to be lost in this story and never find my way out. Maggie Stiefvater creates enchanting characters in all her books, and The Raven Boys is no exception. I have said it once, and I’ll no doubt say it tons of times: I adore broken, characters and The Raven Boys are as fractured as they come. They have so much depth, and heart and I can’t help but love every piece of them. The Raven Boys were a broken bunch, and they were beautiful, stunning people, each held together by a dream and a seemingly unbreakable bond. My view of Adam varied throughout the book, but overall I was definitely a fan. He was a very sweet, complex character and one I kept cheering for. I loved his determination, and passion, although I was slightly frustrated by his pride. At the same time, I knew my frustration was simply an outsider’s perspective, and that being in his situation would give me a much different opinion. Ronan is...well, he's Ronan. A haunted soul whose dark past seems embedded in every move he makes. I think he could seem a bit off-putting to some readers, but I loved him with abandon. I want to know more about him, to peel back his armour and see what lies beneath. Noah was a mysterious character. He had a shy, calming personality, and something magical about him that I was fascinated with. I wanted to know his story, and what his role in the ley line hunt truly was. But of all the characters, I think Gansey captivated me the most. Gansey. Oh my Gansey. Gansey was also the character I connected with the most. Constantly searching for more, hoping to find a nugget of magic and beauty in this world. I’ve always been the kind of person that wants to know, to learn as much as I can, and to find some sense of meaning and purpose in this world. Watching Gansey on his quest to find the ancient king, to find something more to life, and to fulfill his desperate purpose was both heart-breaking and enchanting. When he was explaining his quest I felt fascinated. I clung to every word he said, and even found myself researching the historical tops online (I have to see those Nazca Lines for myself one day). I wanted to join him on his journey to find Glendower, and the meaning of the ley lines. I felt myself utterly obsessed with it, just like him. I could also see that part in Gansey that was just broken, and I wanted to desperately to help him fix it. To help him complete his quest and stand right next to him as he unlocked the secrets he was desperate to know. I don’t think I’ve felt just a deep connection to a character in a long while, and it was honestly amazing. Gansey is everything I’ve always wanted in a character, and I’m so happy to have read about him. Then, of course, there’s Blue. Her fascinating home life and strange power kept me intrigued through the book. As did the strange prophecy that seemed to be woven into most of her life. I loved her determination, and enthrallment with the magical ley lines. She wasn’t a protagonist that was going to just stand back and watch the scene, but rather dive in and be a part of the action, which was great to read about. This wasn't an unputdownable book. I set The Raven Boys aside, hung out with friends, watched Masterchef, and went along with my life. But, each and every time I picked up that book I was welcomed back with open arms. I slipped right back into the story with no sense of time in between readings. And the story was brilliant. I loved the idea of the ley lines (which I’ve heard of before, but not in so much detail), the quest for Glendower, the theme of the ravens woven in and every other magical aspect of the story. I wanted to immerse myself in this world, because I was so captivated from it. Maybe it’s just my pure love of myths and legends, but this story was just as beautiful to me. Maggie Stiefvater has a way of turning simple phrases into extraordinary prose. I was amazed, as I always am, but her pure talent when it comes to writing. The words flowed together so well, I found myself sitting back stunned at points. I love amazing writing, and Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints. If you love…well, if you love all things amazing in books you’ll love The Raven Boys. It is a purely amazing novel, and I can’t wait to read it again and again. I don't think I've done this book justice with my review. Read it. It's the best way to see for yourself what I've tried to convey with my jumbled thoughts.
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing start for this new series!! Bounding realistic settings with mythology, Maggie Stiefvater takes elements from myths and legends, and turns them into her own world and creation. This is why I\m not surprised that Maggie Stiefvater has once again blown my mind. However, The Scorpio Races still have the throne of my heart (it's just SO beautiful!) but The Raven Boys was pretty close to steal it away from it. Yet, I think I have to admit that Maggie's new series is, as I said before, absolutely mind-blowing and I am pretty sure many readers will consider this novel Stiefvater's best work so far. The Raven Boys is written in a darker tone than any of Maggie's previous works. For instance, there is raw violence and some language that intensify the feeling of this novel towards a darker mood. I definitely loved reading this novel that feels so Maggie yet so new at the same time. Seriously, she never stopped surprising me! Told from 3rd person point of view, Stiefvater' s narration is so rich that provides marvelous and insightful perspectives during in each chapter. In addition, the whole concept of this novel was glorious! A girl who can see the spirit of people who will die withing the next year, a lost Welsh King, a doomed first love and so much more. Fantasy, romance, mythology, supernatural, action, mystery, drama and adventure all in one single book! I have no idea what Maggie will unveil in the second installment of this new overwhelming series that has wonderfully surprised me (and obsessed me), but there is one thing I am 100% sure about, Maggie Stiefvater will once again delight me with a substantial and solid narrative that will glue me to its pages. Characters are so important for me to love a novel (I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on this) and Maggie Stiefvater simply nails the creation of substantial characters. Blue, Gansey, Noah, Adam and Ronan have all a precious spot in my heart and probably many other readers will fall for them as hard as I. Intense, rich and complex, The Raven Boys is a phenomenal start for a new series! actually, I didn't expect any less from Maggie Stiefvater. She reached all of my high expectations and I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be as marvelous as this first installment (if not better!).
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Start to a Series The Raven Boys received a lot of buzz before the ARC release at ALA, and BEA and rightfully so, Maggie is a gifted storyteller. She has this amazing ability to reinvent herself as a writer each time she begins a new series or writes a new book. The feel of The Raven Boys is completely different from her other novels, the pacing a little slower but from the beginning you know that it will build to something great. I loved the premise of the novel and was immediately drawn to Blue’s matter a fact way of dealing with people and the world around her. Though Blue is the main character, Gansey is really at the centre of the story and is what propels the reader forward. He is obsessed with discovering the location Welsh King Owain Glendower, believing he rests along Ley Lines…areas with paranormal activity. As much as I loved Blue and Gansey, I have to say that Adam was my favourite character. He’s the steadfast friend, who stands behind Gansey, adores Blue but has his own painful back story. There was just something about him that I could relate to. Beautifully written with so many wonderful surprises throughout; there were twists that I definitely did not see coming. A riveting first book in an expected series of four.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start Upon reading The Raven Boys, it was not what I had been expecting. I expected more magic, less legend. That being said, once I finished the novel and let it sit for a day, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! Maggie Stiefvater’s writing continues to shine. Honestly, I’m such a Maggie fangirl and she puts words together like nobody’s business. But: I still don’t love the storytelling. I found it was unnecessarily convoluted and it lost my attention so much that I stopped trying to understand. Certain things weren’t explained at all, things that were an integral part of Gansey’s venture. So why did I give The Raven Boys 4 stars? Two things: The characters and the potential. I see this series only getting better and things becoming clearer and these characters, which I completely fell for, developing and the relationships becoming more solid. I really can’t wait to see Blue’s character develop through the series because while she has, as my mom says, chutzpah, I felt she was a bit overshadowed by the boys but that she has more to come. I also am anxious for more of Blue’s mother. There’s something eccentric and mysterious about her and I hope we get to learn about her past (especially with Blue’s father). The boys, though, oh how I loved all the boys. One of the most intriguing parts of the story for me was Blue’s home life. Aside from her mother, the personalities coming out of that house are astounding and probably some of my favorite parts took place between those five women. Despite my issues, I really do think that The Raven Boys will be a great series; it has potential, and I will definitely be reading the next installment.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part One Every now and then, there is a book that is beautiful. A book that is masterful. A book that is everything you have ever wanted in your ENTIRE LIFE. A book that makes you laugh and cry and gasp in shock. A book whose every word is placed with such precision, it seems to look right into your soul. And if you are very, very lucky, that book will be part one of a quartet, spaced out to taunt you by being published in 2012-15. You can say things like "masterful" or "a tour de force" or "her best one yet". Or you can just say "September 18, 2012. Put it on your calendar."
Date published: 2012-07-14

Read from the Book

From The Raven BoysBlue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love.Her family traded in predictions. These predictions tended, however, to run toward the non-specific. Things like: Something terrible will happen to you today. It might involve the number six. Or: Money is coming. Open your hand for it. Or: You have a big decision and it will not make itself.The people who came to the little, bright blue house at 300 Fox Way didn't mind the imprecise nature of their fortunes. It became a game, a challenge, to realize the exact moment that the predictions came true. When a van carrying six people wheeled into a client's car two weeks after their psychic reading, he could nod with a sense of accomplishment and release. When a neighbor offered to buy another client's old chainsaw if they were looking for a bit of extra cash, she could recall the promise of money coming and sell it with the sense that the transaction had been foretold. Or when a third client heard his wife say this is a decision that has to be made, he could remember the same words being said by Maura Sargent over a spread of tarot cards and then leap decisively to action.But the imprecise nature of the fortunes kept them from feeling complete. They could be dismissed as coincidences, hunches. They were a chuckle in the Wal-mart parking lot when you ran into an old friend as promised. A shiver when the number seventeen appeared in an electric bill. A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn't change how you lived the present. The predictions existed in one world, and reality in another. They were truth, but they weren't all of the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Raven Boys"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." -USA Today*"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*"[A] story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought...The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true." -Kirkus, starred review*"[T]he 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, leaving readers hungering for more." -Booklist, starred review"In a young-adult market crowded with copycats, it's refreshing to find a book that blazes a path as unique as Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys. The first title in the "Raven Cycle" quartet is a dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." -Los Angeles Times"This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality." -The Washington Post"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top, The Raven Boys is an intricately layered read that will probably leave you with more questions than answers. In fact, Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -MTV Hollywood Crush"My love for Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys is so great that I can't even write a review of it. And when I begin to think of fantasy casting options, my mind goes absolutely blank, because no actors can possibly live up to the characters I've made in my mind... Everything in this book feels so grounded and real, by the time actual magic comes into the story, it is absolutely believable. Everything."