The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

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Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2012
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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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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fishbottom
Jan 20, 2020

Book 1

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enwatl
Jan 20, 2020

Recommended by Laura and Rebecca

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Dec 30, 2019

I adore these characters. Glad there's more cause I just can't get enough!

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onepandella
Oct 27, 2019

Blue Sargent is prophesied to kill her first love when she kisses him. She meets a group of raven boys from the rich private school; Gansey, the privileged leader searching for a greater purpose, Adam, the scholarship kid who wishes he was born into a better life, Ronan, the rebel who says whats on his mind, and Noah, the shy quiet kid with a dark past. Together, they look for a dead king.

3.5/5 : It surprised me to find so many people who absolutely adore this series. I'm not saying it was bad, but personally this was an average book to me. However, I absolutely love the characters (Adam is my favorite <3). Each character was charming in their own way yet they had flaws and insecurities that made them feel real. This first book is VERY character driven for a fantasy/supernatural story and slow-paced, so if you're willing to read 200 pages of character development before the plot starts, then this is for you. I'm not sure I'll continue the series.

The beginning dragged on for forever because none of the main characters had really met yet? They all kind of ran into each other occasionally, then they went their separate ways, until eventually becoming friends. I don't even remember the first half of the book because the writing felt dense and I was waiting for something to happen with the characters. However, once they all became friends, I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed the character dynamics between them all. I also just enjoy the characters, period. Blue was probably my least favorite; she wasn't that interesting of a character. I loved Gansey's struggle of trying to find a purpose in his life. I liked how Gansey was conflicted with being the perfect ideal guy born into money, and how he overthought his words to the point where they lost their meaning. I also loved Adam; how he tried so hard to belong in the Raven Boy uniform and title. Ronan and Noah were cool too, although not much was explored with them. The plot was engaging, and the plot twist were good. It picked up the pace in the last 100 pages. Whelk was a sad and pathetic villain, which I appreciated. I've tried reading other books by Maggie Stiefvater, and I've concluded that her writing style isn't for me. It's very slow burn and wordy, which is what some people like, but personally, I don't. My favorite chapter was when Ronan fought Adam's dad. I was so happy Adam stood up for himself, even if it wasn't by a lot. I loved his character growth and his interactions with Gansey; how they're both opposites who want what the other wishes they could change. I would have enjoyed this book more if the writing style wasn't so dense, and if the POVs weren't so melodramatic. There was a lot of 'dancing around the topic' before the book actually got to the point.

What I Take Away From This: Searching for a greater meaning to your life isn't worth it at the expense of the meaningful things in your own life. Fate has plans for you, so good luck with that. I can't think of any other themes, but I'm sure the series explores them in later books. I don't like slow burn novels.

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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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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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