Book 1
The Raven Cycle

September 18, 2012

Scholastic Inc



Urban Fantasy

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater   


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.


"Fascinating, fresh and unique"  By Ashia 2 years ago

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Four boys studying in a school for the wealthy elite. One "outsider" girl befriending these boys.

Sound familiar?

If you're acquainted with the Japanese manga Boys Over Flowers, it has exactly that same premise above. (As an aside, if you're into watching TV series and don't mind reading subtitles, watch the Korean version. It's great!) But that's where the similarity ends, because Maggie Stiefvater's raven boys are so much more complicated and intriguing. Each raven boy and the "outsider" girl comes with his own baggage, and they are united by a common purpose. Ms. Stiefvater wove an intricate tale of love and friendship, adventure and fantasy.

Blue had long had psychics give her a prediction, that if she kissed her true love, he would die. Well, guess what. She had been going with her mom, a psychic, to the corpse road on St Mark's Eve all these years, but this is the first time she saw a spirit--Gansey, who is fated to die within 12 months. She met the boy several days later, and he turns out to be an Aglionby boy (elite school that rich kids go to, except for the occasional poor brilliant boy with a scholarship), and he's obsessed about finding this long-deceased Welsh king, Glendower, who is believed to be asleep along ley lines (energy lines). And he's been searching a long while together with friends and fellow schoolmates Ronan, Adam and Noah. Blue's life will never be the same again once she met these raven boys...

THE RAVEN BOYS is a fascinating first book into The Raven Cycle series. It sets the background for the series, as well as the friendship among the four teens and a possible romance between Blue and Adam, but a lot of things happen too that moved the series plot forward. Surprising twists and turns and revelations abound toward the latter half of the book, but Ms. Stiefvater placed hints in the first half that foreshadows these things, if you only knew how to look for them. For example, I admit I was so intrigued by the story that one of the things Noah said disturbed me/rang a bell in my head but I didn't pause to consider/think about it. Instead, I read on happily until I drew up in shock! I thought that was pretty clever of the author.

The worldbuilding is unique and fantastic. Gansey set the stage with stories of his research and about Glendower. However, I feel it's merely the tip of the iceberg and we'll see and know more in the coming books.

Blue's mother and the psychic adults in 300 Fox Way also play a meaty part in the story. In essence, they are like the consultants, since Blue isn't psychic. I think having their input makes this search for Glendower somewhat more believable.

If you're looking for a fresh, unique, paranormal read, pick this one up!

"So much happened in “The Raven Boys.”"  By Ali Kiki 1 year ago

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“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater was nothing like I was expecting. So many people told me I should read this series and I kept being iffy about it. So finally “The Raven King” is coming out so I decided to break down and buy the series. I may only have read the first book so far, but I am glad that I did.

Blue Sargent is the daughter of a seer and she lives in a house full of seers but Blue is not one herself. Somehow she is able to amplify the other seers powers and help them out with their readings. On the eve of St. Mark’s Day Blue, her mother, and the other seers sit and watch the ghosts that show up. These ghosts are the spirits of people who will pass away over the coming year. Blue accompanies the seers because of the fact that she makes their powers more powerful because Blue can’t see any of the ghosts.

This year there is an exception, Blue is able to see one spirit. This Spirit is named Gansey and he is a Raven boy. He goes to the Aglionby Academy down the road. This moment changes everything for Blue. Now she wants to know more about Gansey and why she was able to see him when she can’t see anything else. Then Blue is told: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”

Gansey has become obsessed over the years with trying to locate an ancient mythical sleeping king. This mythical king is supposed to be able to grant Gansey one wish. The Gansey gets his friends and Blue involved in his quest and then weird things start to happen. It becomes a very odd adventure for the lot.

So much happened in “The Raven Boys.” My head is still trying to process everything. I am now looking forward to starting the next book. Stiefvater has definitely created a very interesting story that has pulled the reader in right away. I want so many answers that I am guessing I will have to wait for.

Stiefvater’s writing is quite good. She writes very beautifully. I loved the characters. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens. Stiefvater has created this intriguing story that I can’t get enough of. Now I understand why her books are so popular. I will definitely have to go read her other series too.