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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

The Raven Boys

So I chose to read this book as a writing project, and it definitely seemed interesting! But then you get into the actual story, and there is no plot structure. It took over 150 pages of the 400 for the characters to meet. As a student, I need a story that is exciting, immersing, and straight to the point. This story was the exact opposite. The structure of the story was all over the place. Maggie tried to thread in extra plots, but it made the story a bust. In the end? I was confused on what Stiefvater was really trying to capture. The summary stated it was true love, the entrance stated adventure, the bulk of the middle indicated fixing family issues and the end said revenge. The book hurt me to read. There was so much filler, only 20% of the story was actually interesting. And I tried so hard to comprehend, to enjoy it. But the more I read, the less I cared. Now, turning in this project, I have a presentation on the importance of a plot structure, and how any good novel needs a balanced one to be successful. So, to those of you who are at an age of fourteen and up, this story is not for you. And any of those at an age of ten or younger cannot read this period. So those of you in the middle? Go ahead. Tell them all what you think of it. Because looking at it from the perspective of a student, this book is an unbalanced wreck.

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!!!

Love it!!

I loved this book. It’s very character driven and has a good plot. The characters are all flawed and feel real. I would definitely recommend.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1)
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  • 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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