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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1)

The Raven Cycle

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 30, 2012 – By grounding this new series in what might be called everyday weirdness a rich teenager s obsession with legend and glory, a shabby household of female psychics with a pay-per-minute hotline Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) avoids the burden of building a seamless alternate world, instead saturating our reality with magic. Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront: Blue, an outsider in her own home because she isn t clairvoyant; Gansey and his posse of misfits, who lack any sense of home and seek meaning elsewhere; and Barrington Whelk, a Latin teacher with a secret. Gansey and his fellow raven boys attend exclusive Aglionby Academy itself out of place in working-class Henrietta, Va. and Blue s goal is to avoid them at any cost. She can t, of course, but Stiefvater doesn t rush this inevitability. Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. 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. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

My favorite book

This book is amazing!! Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author, and this is my favorite of her books. The characters are complex, the writing poetic, and the plot original. My favorite thing about this book is the emotions. It doesn't just tell you the character is happy; it makes you feel happy in a way that no YA writer whose books i have read have achieved. I highly suggest any of Maggie Stiefvaters books!!!


I read this and loved it so much that I had to own it so I ordered it and when it came in the mail I almost died THE PACKAGE WAS RUINED I thought I was going to hyperventilate but my friend who owns the book local book store gave me HER HARDCOVER COPY I love book friends!


I am always reading books. When i picked up this book, I had never read a book made by Maggie Stiefvater. This book promised everything that I like in books: fiction, romance, supernatural. I could feel that I was going to love it. At first the book was mostly introducing the characters and you got to know more about each of them. However, then Blue and Gansey met and I couldn't think about anything else. This book captivated me the second I picked it up. Although I read a lot of books, I don't usually want to read them again, but this is one that I certainly will. The book is just amazing and incredible. You should have seen me when I found out they were going to make it into a movie, I couldn't stop smiling. Anyways, if you're looking for a book of supernatural, romance, fiction, and that is captivating like The Raven Boys, I suggest you don't even think twice about reading it!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1)
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  • $5.99
  • Level: Grades 7-10
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Sep 18, 2012
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Seller: Scholastic Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: The Raven Cycle
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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