The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

Book - 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.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545424929
Branch Call Number: YA STIEFVAT
Characteristics: 409 pages ; 22 cm.


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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.

Recommended by Abby

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 »

What could the final resting place of a Welsh King have to do with a small town in Virginia? Search for answers in this strange and fantastic series by Maggie Stiefvater.

Maggie Stiefvater blends myth and magic in this series opener about Blue, a daughter of psychics fated to killer her true love with a kiss, and the enigmatic Raven Boys, four prep school students hunting for a lost Welsh king rumored to be buried along a ley line in Virginia and to grant a wish t... Read More »

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Mar 23, 2019

I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater's books. The thing is, she had to add a lot of detail so half of the book were a little boring. I liked the end though.

Beatricksy Jan 28, 2019

I feel...more indifferent than anything else. I wish that wasn't the case, since so many people I trust recommended this to me and said it was a favorite book, but it just never caught me. I didn't care for the character types. It felt very early 2000s to me. Super quirky girl with a color for a name who modifies clothes to make them cool, and runs around with rich kid and friends. Rich kid adopts a weird cast of characters around him to "fix" them and make them "his." The writing style somehow didn't work for me, bouncing between lyrically fluid and nearly purple prose, and then slamming down into flat stretches usually punctuated by intense swearing. The plot was as slow moving as molasses, but rather than doing this to build up a complex story, it just kinda felt confusing. For the first thirty percent, I had no idea what was going on, and for the last twenty I kinda stopped caring. Wandering around the country and searching for the king, and then dealing with their ghost friend, was great fun, and the audiobook was well done, but the cons outweigh the pro(se). I'm deeply indifferent to the end result, although I've been told it gets better and better the deeper into the series you get.

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 this book/series is also about: unforgettable characters who are difficult and complicated and complex and who are not always likable but are always worth loving, an epic quest that build and builds and builds to an even more epic conclusion, and magic. So much magic. Magic and magicians and psychics and kings and dreams and nightmares and ravens and fast cars and trees and starlight and sacrifice and discovery. The books are breathtaking in their beauty and can be profoundly sad, but there is always light and love in the darkness. The Raven Cycle has a permanent place in my heart.

Dec 05, 2018

I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book, and this series for that matter! I adore Steifvater as a writer, but I also enjoy her ability to draw out characters, who are flawed, but are also incredible in their own right. Such a wonderful book!

Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy mystery and fantasy. This is definitely a series where they are finding clues step by step.

Blue is the only non-psychic in her family, but she does make their visions stronger. They've told her that if she kisses her true love, he will die. She's avoided boys, especially Raven Boys from a prestigious private school, on principle. However, the Raven Boys are solving a mystical secret, and she might be able to help.

There are so many characters in this book, getting "into it" (granted while trying to do other things) was kind of difficult with so many characters. I struggled to get which boy was which, and figure out all of their stories within the first few chapters. AND the chapters switch perspective between the boys, Blue, and a professor at their school. Confusing! BUT once I did, I was pretty invested in it. I really LOVED Blue and her unusual living situation. I found it fascinating that she lived with her mother, aunts, and their friends, -- all psychics. How whimsical! However, I wish the plot would have spent more time on them! The plot given to the reader before starting the book is a little misleading. It's not very romantic, but maybe that comes in during another book in the series. I wanted more lady power... I mean I know it's called The Raven Boys... but... I was so into the crazy house of lady psychics and I want to know more about them! Hopefully in the coming books! So, I'd say if you like books where the characters are solving a mystical mystery, clue-by-clue, pick this series up! It's four books, all have been published.

Jun 20, 2018

Admittedly, when I read the description of this book, I was expecting something along the line of the ever-enthralling Harry Potter. I was wrong. Except for the prevalence in both stories relating the topics of magic, mystery, links with death, a cast of memorable characters to tie it all together, and the usual inability to put the book down.

Jan 23, 2018

I really really liked this books! One of the best books I read in 2017 and I read over 60! The plot didn't feel cliche: it was extremely original; I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it. The characters were amazing, unique, and the characters were bigger than their actions. This book literally has everything: "magic", romance, high school drama etc. I also love the writing. It feels so fresh and clean. I was tired of reading the same thing and a lot of people recommended this and I'm so glad I read this. I love Blue so much. She's so weird and unique and I love hearing her thoughts. I love the all characters, especially Gansey and Adam and Ronan. Definitely would read this again if I had the time!

Jan 11, 2018

Great book! The characters are well-developed and I looked forward to starting the next book in the series immediately after the previous was over.

Nov 07, 2017

I can see how some others enjoyed this, but I don't think it's my kind of book. Nothing seemed to be happening until halfway through, and even then I was sort of confused as to why these kids were investing so much time and energy into looking for a dead king whose very existence is dubious. The writing was okay and Gansey seemed like a potentially interesting character, but I never felt invested in this story enough to try finishing the series.

ArapahoeTiegan 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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Jul 15, 2016

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

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.

Aug 20, 2015

Other: child abuse


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