The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

Raven Cycle Series, Book 1

eBook - 2014
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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...
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9780545469791
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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... Read More »

For May 2, 2014

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... Read More »


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RebelBelle13
Apr 14, 2019

Starting in on this was a little strange, I’ll admit. I read it completely because of the hype, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I know I wasn’t expecting the protagonist to be the daughter of a true psychic, and for four prep school boys to be searching for a long dead Welsh King. The first half of the story borders on magical realism, and by the time we’re about 2/3 of the way through we’re in full on fantasy mode.
I LOVE Stiefvater’s writing. The way she paints a scene and fleshes out characters continues to draw me in and fascinate me. Even though the whole prep school scene doesn’t intrigue me, I was completely on board from about halfway through. The story does take a little bit to build up- so if you’re one of those who DNF’s within the first 50 pages or so, I encourage you to hang on and see it through. I will most certainly be continuing with the series.

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Selina79
Mar 23, 2019

I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater's books. The thing is, she had to add a lot of detail so half of the book were a little boring. I liked the end though.

Beatricksy Jan 28, 2019

I feel...more indifferent than anything else. I wish that wasn't the case, since so many people I trust recommended this to me and said it was a favorite book, but it just never caught me. I didn't care for the character types. It felt very early 2000s to me. Super quirky girl with a color for a name who modifies clothes to make them cool, and runs around with rich kid and friends. Rich kid adopts a weird cast of characters around him to "fix" them and make them "his." The writing style somehow didn't work for me, bouncing between lyrically fluid and nearly purple prose, and then slamming down into flat stretches usually punctuated by intense swearing. The plot was as slow moving as molasses, but rather than doing this to build up a complex story, it just kinda felt confusing. For the first thirty percent, I had no idea what was going on, and for the last twenty I kinda stopped caring. Wandering around the country and searching for the king, and then dealing with their ghost friend, was great fun, and the audiobook was well done, but the cons outweigh the pro(se). I'm deeply indifferent to the end result, although I've been told it gets better and better the deeper into the series you get.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 03, 2019

It’s ironic that the first time I tried reading The Raven Boys, I absolutely hated it. Now, I find it hard to describe just how much I love these books. The premise to the first book describes a prophecy and seeing the spirit of a not-yet-dead boy and the search for a long-gone Welsh king. But this book/series is also about: unforgettable characters who are difficult and complicated and complex and who are not always likable but are always worth loving, an epic quest that build and builds and builds to an even more epic conclusion, and magic. So much magic. Magic and magicians and psychics and kings and dreams and nightmares and ravens and fast cars and trees and starlight and sacrifice and discovery. The books are breathtaking in their beauty and can be profoundly sad, but there is always light and love in the darkness. The Raven Cycle has a permanent place in my heart.

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kaylaj1996
Dec 05, 2018

I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book, and this series for that matter! I adore Steifvater as a writer, but I also enjoy her ability to draw out characters, who are flawed, but are also incredible in their own right. Such a wonderful book!

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy mystery and fantasy. This is definitely a series where they are finding clues step by step.

Blue is the only non-psychic in her family, but she does make their visions stronger. They've told her that if she kisses her true love, he will die. She's avoided boys, especially Raven Boys from a prestigious private school, on principle. However, the Raven Boys are solving a mystical secret, and she might be able to help.

There are so many characters in this book, getting "into it" (granted while trying to do other things) was kind of difficult with so many characters. I struggled to get which boy was which, and figure out all of their stories within the first few chapters. AND the chapters switch perspective between the boys, Blue, and a professor at their school. Confusing! BUT once I did, I was pretty invested in it. I really LOVED Blue and her unusual living situation. I found it fascinating that she lived with her mother, aunts, and their friends, -- all psychics. How whimsical! However, I wish the plot would have spent more time on them! The plot given to the reader before starting the book is a little misleading. It's not very romantic, but maybe that comes in during another book in the series. I wanted more lady power... I mean I know it's called The Raven Boys... but... I was so into the crazy house of lady psychics and I want to know more about them! Hopefully in the coming books! So, I'd say if you like books where the characters are solving a mystical mystery, clue-by-clue, pick this series up! It's four books, all have been published.

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togezardachu
Jun 20, 2018

Admittedly, when I read the description of this book, I was expecting something along the line of the ever-enthralling Harry Potter. I was wrong. Except for the prevalence in both stories relating the topics of magic, mystery, links with death, a cast of memorable characters to tie it all together, and the usual inability to put the book down.

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manjari825
Jan 23, 2018

I really really liked this books! One of the best books I read in 2017 and I read over 60! The plot didn't feel cliche: it was extremely original; I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it. The characters were amazing, unique, and the characters were bigger than their actions. This book literally has everything: "magic", romance, high school drama etc. I also love the writing. It feels so fresh and clean. I was tired of reading the same thing and a lot of people recommended this and I'm so glad I read this. I love Blue so much. She's so weird and unique and I love hearing her thoughts. I love the all characters, especially Gansey and Adam and Ronan. Definitely would read this again if I had the time!

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marlie310
Jan 11, 2018

Great book! The characters are well-developed and I looked forward to starting the next book in the series immediately after the previous was over.

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VSoltman
Nov 07, 2017

I can see how some others enjoyed this, but I don't think it's my kind of book. Nothing seemed to be happening until halfway through, and even then I was sort of confused as to why these kids were investing so much time and energy into looking for a dead king whose very existence is dubious. The writing was okay and Gansey seemed like a potentially interesting character, but I never felt invested in this story enough to try finishing the series.

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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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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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VV12
Aug 20, 2015

Other: child abuse

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