- Publisher: Scholastic
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 38mm | 340g
- Publication date: 19 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1407134612
- ISBN 13: 9781407134611
- Sales rank: 2,135
This is the first book in a brand new series from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of SHIVER (9781407115009), LINGER (9781407121086) and FOREVER (9781407121116) will love this new quartet! Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them? Look out for the next book, THE DREAM THIEVES, out 18th September 2013!
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By Iona 20 Sep 2013
Blue, our protagonist, is the only non-psychic in a house full of women blessed with the gift of foresight and even though she can't see the future herself she knows well enough to heed a psychics warning. So after years of being told if she ever kisses her true love he will die she pretty much swears off boys all together, and especially Raven Boys. However, on the one night a year where the spirits of those who'll die in the next 12 months show up at an abandoned church, Blue see's her first spirit. Every year she has been with her family finding out the spirits names she's never actually been the one to see or interact with the spirits until now, when the featureless spirit of a boy in a Raven Boy's uniform shows up and tells her his name "Gainsey". Blue knows there is some significance to this and find out that the only reason she is able to see his spirit is because he is either her true love, or she's going to be the one to kill him, and Blue knows in her case it's likely to be both.
Blue and Gainsey's lives inevitably cross paths and although they get off to a rocky start Blue realises she might have been wrong about some of the Raven Boys, named that because of the expensive private school they attend. Because of the unusual knowledge Blue has as a result of her families occupation she starts to help Gainsey and his friends on their quest to find the resting place of a supposedly dead Welsh King.
When I first heard of this book I heard it was about true love (which is usually a big eye roll subject for me) and how this girl sees the spirit of her true love, who if she kisses will result in his death. That did not sound interesting at all, but after checking out Maggie's tumblr I found out it was about awesome psychic women, magic and dead Welsh kings. Then there was a chapter sampler which was just awesome and made the book seem well written and magical, so I was then immediately on Amazon buying it.
The story is written in 3rd person, with switching points of view to show how different characters are feeling and how their complicated relationships work. This style was utilized incredibly well. I feel like in YA first person is used far too often so audiences can pretend to be the female narrator however this to me often leaves supporting characters (other than the main love interest who is always descried in incredible detail) feeling a little flat and lacking personality. With the way Maggie told the story you really do understand the characters and their actions a lot better than you ever would if it was Blue narrating the story as (initially) an outsider.
The book definitely didn't go in any way I might have expected, although with a story this unique and fresh I didn't really expect anything at all. There's far too many Young Adult novels that now fit into a predictable story arch but this book was so different that even if it could have fit into a story arch it probably would have rebelled against what ever one it was meant to fit into. Nothing in the book felt predictable and no characters felt like stereotypes that could have been plucked from anywhere and just sort of fit in. They all felt unique and different and so at times you felt like they were all completely in synch and other times they were completely at odds with each other and themselves due to the spanners that kept being thrown into the works.
I loved this book and I can't wait for the sequel in this series. I thoroughly recommend this to people who are looking for a good paranormal filled with a magical air to it and want a storyline unlike one they've read before.
By Moodyno1 21 Jun 2013
Favourite Quote: "It's a hard thing to hold a civil conversation after recalling that one party has used a Taser on the other, so both of them finished the walk in silence."
I have a love/hate relationship will Maggie Stievfavter, I loved her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, but I hated her book Ballad. So when I picked this book up I was unsure of how I was going to like it. Overall I actually did enjoy it but I did have some issues with it and that resulted in me giving this book a 3/5 stars.
My first problem was this plot was interesting but still boring for the first 250 pages, there wasn't any action, and the plot was really slow. If the book had been shorter I think the plot would have been faster and therefor better. The plot did pick up in the last 200 pages and I was really good and enjoyable!
Another problem was the characters, there was just so many of them that I kept forgetting who was who, very confushing and because of there being a lot of characters, I felt that we didn't get to know any of them really in depth. However I did like most of them, my favourite is probably Adam or Ronan, Gansley was okay, he's not the type of person I'd be attracted to in real life, so I didn't see him as a great love interest, Blue was okay I don't really have an opinion on her.
Overall I would recommend this book for fantasy, magic lovers but I would warn that it is boring at parts. I will probably get the next book in the series but its not anywhere near the top of my TBR pile.
By Erin Pavy 20 Mar 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. There is something about Maggie Stiefvater's characters - they are 3-dimensional and feel very real. You can't help but be drawn into the group of Raven Boys along with Blue. I can't wait for the second in the series.
By Spencer 13 Jan 2013
This was a good book. I liked the way it was written. It had a sort of Shakespeare effect to it that things were told upfront so that you continued to read to find out more. The ending could have been elaborated more but I'm sure that will be seen in the upcoming sequel. A good read that I couldn't put down until I'd finished it at two in the morning.