Synopsis from Scholastic:
“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. 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.
About: The Raven Boys is a young adult fantasy written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published on 9/18/2012 by Scholastic, hardcover, 409 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. This book comes from a series called The Reven Cycle. There are 4 books to the series: book 1 was The Raven Boys, book 2 was The Dream Thieves, book 3 was Blue Lily, Lily Blue, book 4 was The Raven King. I have read one other book by this author called The Crooked Saints. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Raven Boys on 12/7/2019 and finished it on 1/25/2020 at 1AM. The length of time is due to me reading multiple books. This is my first reread and I loved it so much. I just loved the author’s dream-like writing style. My previous review HERE. I loved each character and the friendship between Ronan, Gansey, and Adam and especially their individuality. The first time I read this book, I missed the explanation for “ley line” so I’m glad to caught it this time. I love the psychic’s household full of women and how accurate their psychic readings are.
This book started with a prologue told in the third person point of view following Blue, 16. Blue’s mom is a psychic along with other women in her home, her mom’s friends and relatives. Their prediction was that Blue’s kiss will kill her true love. An aunt is coming to live with them and upon arrival, she informed Blue that she will fall in love this year despite her rule to stay away from boys. Then The story begins with Blue and her aunt Neeve out at the churchyard looking for spirits that will die within the year. One spirit is someone Blue recognize and she’s planning on saving him. The second view is Gansey. His whole name is Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III and he has a knack for finding hidden things like magic so he makes it his mission to find it. His friends Ronan, Adam, and Noah are helping him with his obsession. The third view is Adam, a friend of Gansey to attend the private school on scholarship instead of old money. He often misses school and it’s not because he’s sick. The fourth view is Barrington Whelk, the Latin teacher at the private school, Aglionby. He also hunts for hidden things and wants to control it.
The Raven Boys is well written with well loved characters. The first time I read this book, I didn’t understand the magic/fantasy side of the story and I ended up not enjoying the read much. Now I caught what I have missed and I enjoyed the re-read a lot more. Adam’s background is touching and his pride is sometimes irritating to me because he believes people help him out of charity but he should give his good friends some credit that they sometimes just want to help for no reason. I do; however, like that Adam works hard for what he has. I like the details of how each character observes each other and analyzes each other. Gansey’s everyday use of big words is a good influence. Overall, this book is excellent and I look forward to rereading book 2 of The Raven Cycle.
Pro: friendship, magic, family, privilege, interesting characters, detailed analysis of characters and situations
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at http://www.maggiestiefvater.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic’s Website).