The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle:#1):Review

About the Book:

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Pages: 409

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal


“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.17675462._UY1200_SS1200_

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.



I loved Maggie’s Shiver series, which I read awhile back, so I was excited to read The Raven Boys! I don’t know what’s taken me so long, but I finally bit the bullet and started the series with a friend. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this one, as it was quite different than anything I’ve read in awhile. It was a bit of a thrill, and I am excited to start the next book in the series soon!

Every year, Blue Sargent and her psychic mother head to the old church where the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Blue never sees them, until this year when a boy comes out of the dark and speaks right to her.

His name is Gansey, and he’s a rich student from Algionby, the private school in town. Blue tends to shy away from the boys at this school, also known as the Raven Boys. The boys usually mean trouble. Blue finds herself drawn to Gansey despite everything. He’s handsome, rich, and good to his friends, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s on a mysterious quest with three other Raven Boys, Adam, Ronan and Noah. Blue begins to become intrigued.

For as long as Blue can remember, she has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never really thought about it, or that it would be a problem, until she gets swept up in the adventure with the Raven Boys.

If you like books with supernatural elements and mystery, I think you will enjoy this book. I really liked the uniqueness of it.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.1330292

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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