The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

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An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!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, 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; Ronan, 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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545424929
0545424925
Branch Call Number: YA STIEFVAT
Characteristics: 409 pages ; 22 cm.

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Blue Sargent lives with in a household of clairvoyants. When a night in the cemetery leads Blue to the enigmatic Gansey and his friends, everything changes. With a little magic and a LOT of character development, The Raven Boys is a great summer listen.

Nothing better for fall than curling up with the first book of a great series...and then continuing to binge them until winter arrives.

Recommended by Abby

This is not a romance! Whoops. How did this end up here? Regardless of lack of romance status, this series features my favorite queer couple of all time, so it gets to be included.

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LPL_KimberlyL Jan 03, 2019

It’s ironic that the first time I tried reading The Raven Boys, I absolutely hated it. Now, I find it hard to describe just how much I love these books. The premise to the first book describes a prophecy and seeing the spirit of a not-yet-dead boy and the search for a long-gone Welsh king. But th... Read More »


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Mar 25, 2021

Oh this one was just bad don't read it, it just didn't make sense and who says "Top shelf"? I have nothing to say after that.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

Super interesting and unique. Really well rounded and deep characters that I’ve already grown quite attached to. I’m really looking forward to the next book!

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GreenNinjaGirl
Aug 21, 2020

It had a thrilling, though complicated, plotline. There were many times when I felt confused about a certain situation and then it would suddenly all make sense. Rated Teen

ChristchurchTeens Aug 06, 2020

The first in a series - The Raven Boys is clever and funny and tragic, the story of Blue, the only non-psychic in her family of fantastic women, and the Raven Boys - four boys from a private school on a quest for a dead Welsh King. Full of humour, teen angst, almost-kisses and magic.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 15, 2020

I finally read The Raven Boys after Reagan from PeruseProject mentioned it for perhaps the millionth time. I usually try to avoid the social media hype but I'm really glad I gave in on this.

Stiefvater has lovely characters, an amazing setting, great plot, but honestly, it is simply her writing style, her ability to infuse her world with an air of mysteriousness and wonder that pulls this book into that realm of fiction that only a few writers manage. She does for small town Virginia what Zafon does for Barcelona, draping its trailer parks, pizza parlors and abandoned warehouses inside a gauzy sense that something magical could happen at any moment.

More than the Welsh mythology that Blue and her four Aglionby Academy boys chase, the story pulls the reader into the magic feeling of friendship discovered, of how suddenly you can find "your people" and what a difference it makes to every other aspect of your life. But don't think that there isn't actual magic to be found here as well. Blue finds that her new friends have more of magic about them than meets the eye.

If you're into Welsh mythology, there's a load of other layers Stiefvater weaves into the story, from the raven to Glendower, but even if you don't want to follow those rabbit trails, the story more than flies on its own wings.

Wow. Another fantastic read from Maggie Stiefvater. I've been a fan since Shiver and thought the Scorpio Races was absolutely AMAZING and holy man, The Raven Boys does NOT disappoint either. Completely different from any of her other work, this book is taut, exciting, engrossing, addicting...the adjectives could go on forever. LOVED IT.

CCPL_Teens Apr 15, 2020

If you like books with interesting magic systems, friends that are more like family, and adventure stories that make you feel like you’re part of the journey, this book and series is for you.

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NerdyKitty815
Jan 24, 2020

I love this book. It's creepy and beautiful at the same time, in the sort of way that makes it so I can't write a reasonable review, because it's so good that all I want to do is rant about it. The characters are amazing, the descriptions are amazing, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Jan 20, 2020

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Recommended by Laura and Rebecca

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indigo_wolf_391
Feb 10, 2021

"The head is wise and the heart is all fire.”-Maura sargent
Maggie Stiefvater

“I guess now would be a good time to tell you. I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.”
-Ronan

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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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indigo_wolf_391
Feb 03, 2021

Other: Physical/domestic abuse is happening to one of the side characters. This topic might be sensitive to some readers.

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indigo_wolf_391
Feb 03, 2021

Coarse Language: There is one character in particular who is almost always cussing. Although that's not something middle school aged kids aren't used to its something to note.

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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Aug 20, 2015

Other: child abuse

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indigo_wolf_391
Feb 10, 2021

Blue Sargent has never fit in with her psychic family. Even so, she is always brought along to help amplify the layline as the soon-to-be dead walk along the path every St. Mark's eve. She never sees the spirits, she’s not psychic. But this year she sees the spirit of one of the rich Aglionby private school students, a raven boy, Gansey. Blue has vowed to stay away from them. So when her life starts to intertwine with those raven boys searching for a magical king, she begins to wonder if her family's rumored fate for her is more than just a fairy tale.

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navy_turtle_237
Jul 10, 2020

The Raven Boys is about Blue Sargent who has lived around psychics her whole life, but she has yet to see any spirits herself. She just amplifies other psychic powers, until one day on St. Mark's Eve she visits an old church ruin with her Aunt. There walking towards her is the spirit of a Raven Boy.

The Raven Boys are regular teenage punks that go to a school near Blue’s home in Henrietta, Virginia and they are hated by the people of the town. Blue asks his name and he responds with “Gansey.” Her aunt then tells her that the reason she saw him was that Blue either killed him or he was her true love. Through this encounter Blue finds adventure and many new friends. This novel pulls you in, until you can no longer imagine a world without Blue and her friends. What a fantastic read!

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