The Raven Boys book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. A Very Declan Christmas (The Raven Cycle, #), Fox Way Holiday Piece The Raven Cycle Series Maggie Stiefvater Collection 4 Books Set (Book ). '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.

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The Raven Cycle is a series of four contemporary fantasy novels written by American author Maggie Stiefvater. The first novel, The Raven Boys, was published by Scholastic in , and the final book, The Raven King, was published on 26 April Contents. 1 Plot. The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily. The Raven Boys is the first of four books in The Raven Cycle by author to see the spirits, but she sees one of a teenage boy who tells her his name is Gansey. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 8 Up-Blue was born into a psychic family Book 1 of 4 in The Raven Cycle (4 Book Series).

Gansey is the boy that Blue saw, so it seems that I would gravitate to him, but he seems to have a split personality and I had a hard time with his ups and downs and acting so differently. I was more drawn to Adam personally. I was pretty confused at times, and I know that some is probably on purpose, and honestly I would skim a bit, since I was intimidated by the size to start with.

It had that feeling that everything was slowly setting up, and honestly I am surprised that I stuck with it since I had issues that I didn't really get inside the head of and feel for the guys as separate characters but also how they work together. But I liked Blue and I liked the mystical feel to it, and wanted to know how it would play out for Blue and Gansey. But there was something about it, even with my gripes that I just couldn't put it down and I had to know what would happen.

As the story went on I was able to finally get a grasp on some of the raven boys, but Adam continued to be my favorite. There were so many twists, and changed what I thought of the different characters and the roles they played. Some of the character's actions really surprised me as well as the whole thread of her first kiss and who I thought and who I wanted it to be.

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I will be continuing the series, and glad I gave it a chance. Bottom Line: Slow set-up but loved Blue, one of the main characters, and the mystical tone show more by Brandi Kosiner Brandi Breathes Books There are some books I manage to put off for a while, despite their popularity and good reviews.

The Raven Boys is one of those, and now having finally read it I can't help but kick myself for waiting so long. Paranormal fantasy books aren't my favourite, but the first book in Maggie Stiefvater's current series easily drew me in and hooked me with its quirky yet amusing characters, mysterious plot, and Maggie's beautiful style of writing.

Reasons to Read: 1. An incredible group of characters: The characters are all very eccentric and quirky and they really don't seem THAT realistic, or perhaps I should say "typical" for teenagers and I find that can be fairly hit or miss for a book.

I don't mind different, but I need interesting, strong characters whom I like to keep me going. The Raven Boys absolutely delivered on this, and I was so impressed with Blue and the Raven Boys she meets and befriends. Gansey's written as a charismatic leader and that's exactly how he comes across while reading. I couldn't help but like him, the more that was revealed about him. Adam's bravery comes across loud and clear as he battles his way through difficulties. Even grumpy, icy Ronan and quiet, strange Noah had me invested in their stories by the end.

Most importantly, they felt like characters distinct from each other - although they're close friends, they maintained their own lives and interests. An intriguing mystery: For the longest time, I was reading as fast as I could just to figure out exactly what the big mystery was - what was Gansey searching for? What was going on with Blue's family? What secrets do the Raven Boys have? It's all revealed very slowly, and I loved how much this mystery drew me in to this fantastic story.

Gorgeous writing: This is the first book I've read by Maggie Stiefvater and her writing took my breath away! The book's atmosphere is creepy and mysterious, and it's enhanced by her style of writing. It's like being teased with a little bit of information - there are little hints and it's very poetic. Her writing flows beautifully for an enjoyable read. Heartfelt, sincere relationships: This was my favourite aspect of The Raven Boys. I loved how strong these relationships were, from the deep bond of friendship between Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Adam to the fairly tight-knit household Blue lives in.

I was particularly impressed with the mother-daughter relationship between Blue and Maura. This is an intensely loyal group of characters, all displaying that loyalty in their own unique way. I was worried that I'd find some parts of this book to feel like it was trying too hard - afraid that it might come off cheesy and silly, because there's that fine line between unique and just plain silly. But thankfully, The Raven Boys didn't cross that line.

It was a very unexpected read for me especially the romance, for example! Review copy received from Scholastic Canada for review; no other compensation was received. Thanks to Sandra at Waiting for Wentworth. Standing at a church on St Mark's Day with her aunt, waiting for the spirits of the soon-to-be-dead to walk past, she sees a spirit - which is unusual for Blue, as she is not psychic. The spirit tells her that his name is Gansey, and then disappears. When Blue later meets Gansey, she discovers that he is a high school student investigating ley-lines, and is trying to re-open them around the area where Blue lives.

Blue decides to help him and become part of his team, but she's not prepared for what they are about to discover.

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Educational Value. Positive Messages. The Raven Boys, Ronan especially, drink. Ronan drinks to excess and is known to get drunk. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by mauraj1 March 14, Dark This novel is dark, deals a lot with paranormal, and was very difficult to get into.

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Report this review. Parent Written by Debora A. March 16, I loved this series I really loved this series of books. Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing story teller. I enjoy Teen, 15 years old Written by theladyawesome April 10, Huge pacing issue marred the brilliant ending. There is a huge pacing issue that I did not expect at all. As the first chapter was fairly well done in terms of beginnings, I had expected to be immediately bo Teen, 15 years old Written by Heeeermione March 29, Really great book!

The Raven Cycle

This book was great. I think what made this book really stand out to me where the characters. They were so real, and just seemed to almost come off of the page What's the story? Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Book details Author: Maggie Stiefvater Genre: Fantasy Topics: Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Publication date: September 18, Publisher's recommended age s:Drews rated it it was amazing Shelves: In short, sososososo many things I am always thrilled to see. The genre is a hard sell for me, filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews.

Gansey has friends! Adam's bravery comes across loud and clear as he battles his way through difficulties.

Like her other novels, the story tackles a fascinating legend -- here, the sleeping king myth -- and couples it with an exploration of small towns, class tensions, father-son relationships, and unconditional friendship. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.