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'There are only two reasons a non seer would see a spirit on St Mark's Eve' Neeve said 'Either you're his true loveor you killed him'It is freezing in the churchyard even before the dead arriveEvery 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 herHis 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 troubleBut 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 than that He is on a uest 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 littleFor 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 anyFrom 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


10 thoughts on “The Raven Boys

  1. says:

    Stuck at home? Got some time on your hands? Want to start a long series? But you don't want a dud?Check out this booktube video all about which series are worth your time and which ones aren't Check Out the Written Review She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures She was interested in going out and finding her own You know that feeling when a book is so perfect that you just want to shove it down everyone's throat? Ok Good I thought I was the only one I adored this book I've already read this series twice and am itching to go through them again So begs the uestion what is this book about? And that's where I start to stumble There's just too much I could never adeuately describe it in under an hour every little detail is essential Blue had two rules Stay away from boys because they're trouble and stay away from raven boys because they were bastards Blue is the only normal girl in a family of psychics Gansey is on a uest to find the long lost Welsh King Ronan came out a harsher crueler version of himself after his father died and is struggling to keep his head above water Adam fights to stay at top of his class despite being in the throws of poverty Noah is an absolutely magnificent ray of sunshine on a cloudless dayIt's a love story BUT the love isn't your typical romantic ooey gooey teen romance It isn't that end all be all ROLL MY EYESkind of love Yess there is some ooey gooey ness but that develops slowly not in the 'ugh this is taking too long' but the kind that has you clutching the book silently savoring the build and secretly wishing it could last forever Plus there's the spot on humor You missed World Hist“Did you get notes for me?No Ronan repliedI thought you were dead in a ditch” and this Blue tried not to look at Gansey's boat shoes; she felt better about him as a person if she pretended he wasn't wearing them and this Adam asked “What is he doing anyway?”“Peeing”“Trust Lynch to deface a place like this five minutes after getting here”“Deface? Marking his territory”“He must own of Virginia than your father then”“I don’t think he’s ever used an indoor toilet now that I consider it” Honestly if anyone asks me what to read next Seriously I could not recommend this Audiobook CommentsProbably the best audiobooks I've ever heard Each characters has a speaking voice an inside their heads voice and as they get scared nervous etc their tone will change sometimes picking up a suppressed accent or clipping their words subtly This reader is a masterYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads


  2. says:

    uirky loner girl meets privileged rich boys Forbidden love and angst ensueI seem to have this habit For the past couple of years I've mostly been deliberately avoiding paranormal YA from authors I don't already love The genre is a hard sell for me filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews But really what tends to happen is this the first book comes out and I avoid it look the other way as other bloggers get excited and fangirl over the upcoming seuel Then the next book appears and positive reviews roll in and I admit I start to get curious But I ignore it Then the third and often final book is about to be released and everyone is so damn enthusiastic that I just have to check the series out Yes I am a fool I am that cliche about the cat and curiosityIt's sad because I love a good paranormal tale but I don't know if I'm just getting too old and cynical to read these supernatural romancey teen books Either that or I've read one too many Because I am honestly not sold on the big dilemma in this bookBasicallyIf Blue and Gansey kiss he diesIf Blue and Gansey don't kiss he livesum I’m not really seeing a difficult decision to be made here The only thing I'm seeing is a whole lot of melodrama and names that make the characters sound like horsesI know I know TRU WUV and all that I am so cold Well forgive me if I’m not caught up in this emo love angst but could you please get over yourselves choose life and go find someone else But no of course not because this book is largely about the will theywon’t they which is also likely what the following novels are about tooThere is some good writing at points and a decent ghostly atmosphere; though I'm still not convinced two stars isn't leaning towards generous The complex plot that has been so praised by critics and bloggers just bored the hell out of me I guess it's imaginative in some sense and I haven't heard anything uite like it before props for that but it was soooo slow And it seemed to take forever for the author to reveal WHY the Raven Boys were searching for some Welsh king so I had no reason to invest in their mission “She wondered what it would’ve been like to kiss this hungry desolate boy” And yes then we have Mr and Mrs Angst The usual relationshiplove drama aside I found it so difficult to like these characters I have a hard time finding sympathy for a rich white boy with his own apartment and vintage car at seventeen who wants to kiss a girl but can't Blue isn't much better overly uirky outcast ie SPESHUL who makes her own clothes and judges people she doesn't know I kind of despise them bothBut it's my fault I knew it was a bad idea I suck Please don't hate me I brought a cat gifBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  3. says:

    455Reread in 2017I loved it so much the second time Every character was uniue and fleshed out and I fell in love with them all Well most of them Can't wait to pick up The Dream ThievesBook 34100 of 2015I really enjoyed this I came into this book not knowing anything about the plot just that there were some weirdly named kids and something about ravens It was a little difficult to get into as I had no idea where the plot would go and it was just overall pretty slow However halfway through it really picked up and surprised me I will definitely be picking up the next book sometime in the near future


  4. says:

    i'm so glad i re read this before carrying on with the series there were so many things that i had forgotten SO MANY IMPORTANT THINGS plus it was fun to re read because of all the foreshadowing SO MCUH FORESHADOWING I TELL YA i'm reading the series as apart of the missmareadalong there is still time to join in if you want to read the raven cycle this month info here plus there are lots of GIVEAWAAAAYS happening info for that here


  5. says:

    nostalgia has left me a weepy bitch


  6. says:

    UPDATE 299 Kindle US 91419MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListI absolutely loved this book But here's the thing I didn't know what was going on through half of the book and I'm still a little up in the air with what all they were doing I just know that I FREAKING LOVED IT AND CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE YEAH I'M A LITTLE CRAZY LOLOkay so there are these four rich boys that go to the rich school Aglionby They are the main characters We have Gansey Adam Ronan and Noah they are called the raven boys and I forgot while OMG Blue is a sweet girl that goes to a regular school and lives in a house with her mom here mom's two best friends Persephone and Calla they tell fortunes There is also from time to time a bunch of aunts and what not filling up the house I totally love them All of the women in Blue's family can see things but she can't Blue is like a conduit that helps them pick up things she like draws energy in Every year at St Mark's Day they go to the graveyard and Blue helps her mom or whoever goes with her to talk to the dead People that haven't died yet For the first time Blue sees a boy and that means he is going to die It's one of the Raven Boy's This story is cray cray and I'm probably not explaining it well but only the other nuts like me will get it DSo like the Gansey boy is obsessed with ley lines and this dude named Glendower The Raven was Glendower's bird The Raven King he was called from a long line of kings associated with the bird Legend had it that Glendower could speak to ravens and vice versa It was only one of the reasons why Gansey was here in Henrietta a town known for its ravens Then all of this crazy town stuff starts happening And Blue is a part of the Raven boys now and they get into all kinds of stuff that I won't even say because I know there are people out there like me that hasn't started reading these books yet I find it strange that I could love a book so much that I found confusing at times But it was just so damn good So who cares I hope anyone that hasn't read this yet gives it a try If you like it great if you don't that's great too I look forward to the rest of the series


  7. says:

    Update 2020With my local library closed down I’m stuck with the books on my bookshelf so I opted to reread my favorites And it just hit me that I reread this book on April 24th aka the date that set off the gangsey Coincidence? I think notThere’s nothing uite like returning to the first book in a series to discover the neatly laid path of easter eggs that will come to resurface in the books to follow in the seriesThe scene that hit me most was with the hollowed out vision tree where Blue foresees her kiss with Gansey I just recalled reading that for the first time wondering if it would be mirrored in the finale How tragically beautiful that it was Also how has it been four whole years since I reread this series That seems impossible when I remember so vividly opening the first book waiting to be impressed Oh how I was My original review below says it all “She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures She was interested in going out and finding her own”This review contains spoilersI went into this book expecting to hate it but I was truly surprised by it— right from page 1I read the prologue before I went to bed and I had to convince myself to put it down because I knew if I wouldn’t I’d be extremely sleep deprived the next morning It was so good And it was constantly on my mind the next morning I kept thinking about that fateful moment when I could just sit down and read it I finished The Raven Boys in 2 sittings although reading it at night was extremely scary for meThis book follows the events of Blue Sargent Every year Blue 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 herHis name is Gansey “There are only two reasons a non seer would see a spirit on St Mark’s Eve Blue Either you’re his true love” Neeve said “or you killed him” “It wasn’t a night for her ordinary eyes It was a night for seers and psychics witches and mediums”“In other words the rest of her familyI loved Blue’s family They captured my attention in the prologue and were the reason that I had to finish this bookI was so intrigued by them they reminded me of my favorite family in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderI love it when I find books with families similar to The Strange and Beautiful family There are also no words that can describe how much I appreciated Blue’s mother Maura “The predictions that came out of 300 Fox Way were unspecific but undeniably true Her mother had dreamt Blue’s broken wrist on the first day of school Her aunt Jimi predicted Maura’s tax return to within ten dollars Her older cousin Orla always began to hum her favorite song a few minutes before it came on the radio”This book is mainly told from the perspectives of Gansey and BlueGansey is on a uest that has encompassed three of his closest friends 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 littleI love books where we get multiple main charactersBut it took me a few chapters to get used to Gansey’s voice His chapters felt a little slow paced compared to Blue’sInitially the only thing that made his chapters interesting was when Ronan showed up I found his character to be a lot compelling than Gansey’s I really cared for Ronan especially when he took care of his raven Chainsaw “What’s her name?” Blue asked Holding her was frightening and lovely; she was such a small tenuous little life her pulse tapping rapidly against Blue’s skinAdam answered witheringly “Chainsaw”The raven opened her beak wide goggling even than before“She wants you again” Blue said because it was clear that she did Ronan accepted the bird and stroked the feathers on the back of her head“You look like a super villain with your familiar” Adam saidRonan’s smile cut his face but he looked kinder than Blue had ever seen him like the raven in his hand was his heart finally laid bare”But the I got into the story the my love for the characters grew They all added something so heartbreaking to the story The only time I remember really smiling instead of crying was when Gansey and Blue interacted with each other they were so comfortable with one another and incredibly funny I loved them “Sorry that I’m late” said the boy in front with the suare shoulders The scent of mint rolled in with him just as it had in the churchyard “Will it be a problem?”Blue knew that voiceShe reached for the railing of the stairs to keep her balance as President Cell Phone stepped into the hallwayOh no Not him All this time she’d been wondering how Gansey might die and it turned out she was going to strangle him”Blue was a great protagonist she is one of the most uniue females I've ever read She is vulnerable but tough She is clever but has moments of doubt And her relationships with her family is heartwarming especially with her mother “Blue could’ve happily had any number of friends And she had tried But the problem with being weird was that everyone else was normalSo her family remained her closest friends school remained a chore and Blue remained secretly hopeful that somewhere out there in the world there were other odd people like her Even if they didn’t seem to be in Henrietta”And Adam Parrish broke a little piece of my heart I was crying when I found out why Adam didn’t show up at school the morning after Gansey called him at midnight about Ronan being missingAnd when Gansey came to check on Adam I was just in tears I was so emotional That part hit too close to homeI had to put down the book for a few minutes just to try and calm downTrigger Warning Domestic Abuse “The ripped knees of Adam’s camo cargo pants appeared first then his faded Coca Cola T shirt then finally his faceA bruise spread over his cheekbone red and swelling as a galaxy A darker one snaked over the bridge of his noseGansey said immediately “You’re leaving with me”“It will only make it worse when I come back” Adam told him” But towards the end when Adam was confronted by his hideous father and Ronan came to save Adam— there were tears just streaming down my face I was so thankful that I was home aloneI love Ronan And I’m so emotional “His father bellowed something else at him but it was into his left ear and there was nothing but a roar on that side“Do not ignore me” his father growled And then inexplicably he turned his head from Adam and he shouted “What do you want?”“To do this” Ronan Lynch snarled smashing his fist into the side of Robert Parrish’s face Beyond him the BMW sat the driver’s side door hanging open headlights illuminating clouds of dust in the darkness”Ronan's reply broke me The Raven Boys was definitely a book that astonished me with its beautiful writing style memorable cast of characters and complete uniueness I love books that can surprise me with how good and eccentric they areAlso this song really fit the mood of the book for me45 stars Note I'm an Affiliate If you're interested in buying The Raven Boys just click on the image below to go through my link I'll make a small commission This review and can be found on my blog


  8. says:

    I've never read something uite like this I loved how Blue talks with her mom how Gansey is protective towards the boys how Noah pats Blue's hair how Ronan takes care of Chainsaw how Adam talks to Blue This book is the definition of found family trope


  9. says:

    “You're looking for a god Didn't you suspect that there was also a devil?” Instant new favoritePsychics Ghosts Spirits Sleeping kings Legends Enchanted forests And a cursed romance Maggie Stiefvater is an artist ladies and gentlemen “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love” I was spellbound by this hauntingly beautiful paranormal tale since that very first sentence Maggie Stiefvater narrates the story of how Blue Sargent met four strange boys four boys she'd never expected she'd like or trust but somehow she was caught in the middle of Richard Gansey's treasure hunt and she was the catalyst of every event that unfolded afterwards Blue Adam Gansey Ronan Noah they all had their fair share of secrets and pain but only together they can unravel the mystery that cloaks their little town from murders to paranormal activity and coincidences that are not coincidences And Blue has to be careful very careful or else if she finds her true love in the face of one of the Raven Boys she will cause his death With one kiss “She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures She was interested in going out and finding her own” I wanted to read The Raven Boys for a while but I was a little intimidated by the hype that surrounds this series But it deserves it While I've crossed paths with Maggie Stiefvater's books before The Raven Boys took me by surprise The foreboding the hypnotizing and at times eerie ambience the riveting plotline and the poetic writing there was a sweet melancholy that settled in my heart and enchanted me I could picture everything in blue green and grey The paranormal element was strong and gave me goosebumps the characters' backrounds misty and I couldn't help but inhale every word and feel the physical need to be part of the story to join Blue and the Raven Boys in their adventures “Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules One stay away from boys because they were trouble And two stay away from Aglionby boys because they were bastards” While all the characters were fascinating I felt a little detached when I read Blue's chapters because she was mostly sensible and I didn't receive many emotions from her part Surprisingly I didn't mind her narrative was always interesting and I am positive I will establish a connection with her in the later installments The boys though well they're a completely different story Noah was the invinsible one the shy and awkward boy who didn't speak that much who was hurt and losing himself and I wanted to hug him and make everything alright for him Ronan was cruel rude sarcastic and grumpy but he had a caring side and he was so alluring I wanted to know his secrets and the source of his pain he was my second favorite character Adamwell I still haven't made up my mind about him He was silent always observing and calculating he didn't deserve this life and all the burdens he had to carry but I think he was unfair towards Gansey Sometimes I thought the only reason he sticked around was the treasure hunt I understand he had principles and didn't like charities but he made himself feel inferior not Gansey He kept complaining that he couldn't understand him because he was born privileged but when did Adam try to understand Gansey? “My words are unerring tools of destruction and I’ve come uneuipped with the ability to disarm them” Needless to say Richard Campbell Gansey III was my favorite Yes he could be condescending or ignorant but his heart was made of gold he could be wise beyond his years he acted and spoke like an old man and was so so passionate about his goal He usually wore a façade that hid his inner depth but one you glimpsed beneath his armor you couldn't help but love him And for reasons unknown I kept imagining him with an english accent Admit it it suits him perfectlyI won't talk about the romance because my ship has not sailed yet but I think the foundations were set and I'm excited to witness Blue falling in love with the person she least expected The Raven Boys added a new heart to their collection a heart I willingly gave up Oustanding job Maggie Stiefvater you earned a new loyal fan


  10. says:

    READ #5 August 2019 Rereading in preparation for Call Down the Hawk and also because I am trc trash and am living my good life sobbing over my best friends who don't exist while being homesick for a magical forest i've never been to Adam really got my heart in this rereadjust he his made of soft corners and faded hopes and I love him so much He is so very brave READ #4 May 2018 It has come to my attention that I am still hopelessly in love with all my Raven Boys Still Always And I would like to put out that a Maggie Stiefvater has so much freaking foreshadow perfection that it's phenomenal and b Ronan got punched by Adam's dad AND Welk FOR THE SAKE OF ADAM This damaged thorn bush named Ronan Lynch afjdklsad I'm so dead Read #3 Oct 2017 Yeah I meanI'm just Raven cycle trash by this point and my heart is full of LOVE AND HURT for this series I can't even😍😍😍It gets better every time Read #2 Feb 2016 SO THIS IS A RE READ BECAUSE I'M 100000% OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK But I'm also an idiot and lost my original review Let me cryyyyy I desperately wanted to compare my then and now thoughts AGHHH CAIT FIRE YOUR STUPID BRAIN I'll just blame it on the fact that I am too insanely besotted with this book to be thinking clearly #legitOkay sohmhow do I put it? MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF EVER It's hard to explain all the reasons why but her writing always just MESHES with me It like clicks It's the style that is made for me and it makes me flail wild and unashamed I love how visual and detailed it is how her characters are so complex and dimensional and how she weaves in dry humour with mythology and DEATH AND DESTRUCTION ERP I needI need a moment of intense howling AhemOther Reasons The Raven Boys Are The World's Greatest Gift• Did I mention it's like 100% character driven? It's in 3rd person I LURVE and it actually has a fair few narrators usually I'm dubious; but obviously right now I LURVE and it's just so personal And all the characters are complex and motivated and AJFDAKLFD ADORABLE• Gansey 3 Precious darling Gansey He is like a mother hen He cares SO MUCH for his little brood and it like cuts him to the bone when they don't love him back LIKE HE'D DO ANYTHING FOR THEM Gansey is the kind of friend anyone would want Ergo I think he would appeal to mostly any reader He cares And he's just adorable did I mention that?•And Blueoh sensible snarky tiny Blue I love how she hates being called sensible Like I used to get that too?? So no wonder I love Blue But it's hard to be like inwardly eccentric and wild but also LOGICAL Because people always see the logic and forget to look closer I LURVE BLUE AND HOW ECCENTRIC SHE TRULY IS Like the descriptions of her hair and clothes are everything She is a bitter espresso of insane fantasticness • Also there are um other Raven boys I should talk about Is it easy to believe that I LOVE EVERY oNE OF THEM?? Like I'm never in love with ALL the characters But I totally am here Adam drove me really crazy the first time I read it He has like soooo much baggage and he's abused so I GET IT Like I think he's 1000% well written But I hate how he treats Gansey a lot Ronan is my DARLING BABY He's all horrible and dark and stabby stabby but he looks after a baby bird and afjdklafdj it melts My heart melts view spoilerIn other news there are a ridiculous amounts of comments hinting that Ronan is not straight and I died laughing several times because he outright says it and they miss it hide spoiler