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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, book 1)

by Maggie Stiefvater

Rated: High

Dust Jacket Summary
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, and he’s 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; Ronon, 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.

A spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Review
The best description of this book is this: cool, very cool. I adore author Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style; it’s so unique and descriptive. She expertly dives into the minds of all her characters and her story is expertly plotted. The supernatural component of this story is very “ancient aliens.” If you have no idea what that means, basically it lives on the edge of what could be real.

Blue and Gansey are superb characters. I especially enjoyed Blue’s style and down-to-earth determination. Fans of Stiefvater’s previous work (The Shiver Trilogy and The Scorpio Raceswill not be disappointed by the first in this four-book saga.

Rated: High. For about five uses of strong language and other occasional use of foul language (this earns a high rating for teens, but would be a moderate for adults).

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

3 Responses to The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, book 1)

  1. […] I’m not quite sure where to start on this one. Sure, I could always go with the plot, but in some ways, that’s mostly immaterial in this book. Yes, yes, Things Do Happen — it’s mostly Ronan Lynch’s story: about who and what he is, about his family, about how he got to be who he is — but that’s really a side note to everything else that is going on in the book, the sequel to The Raven Boys. […]

  2. […] basic plot of the third in the Raven Boys series is that Blue, Gansey, Adam and Ronan are getting closer to waking their unknown king, […]

  3. […] basic plot of the third in the Raven Boys series is that Blue, Gansey, Adam and Ronan are getting closer to waking their unknown king, […]

Raven Boys
  • The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, book 1)
  • by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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