The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

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The first electrifying book in Maggie Stiefvater's The
Raven Cycle series.
"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit
on St. Mark's Eve...

Either you're his true love... or you killed him."

Part of a clairvoyant family, Blue has spent sixteen years being
told that if she kisses her true love, he will die.

So when she meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road, Blue knows
that either he is her true love - or she has killed him.

The boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His
name is Gansey, and he is a student at Aglionby, a wealthy local
private school. With three other mysterious and privileged boys,
he is on a quest to find the grave of Glendower - a Welsh king buried
somewhere on a Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be
granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey
really her true love - the one she is destined to kill?

Blue never fully believed in the prophecy. But as she is caught
up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not
so sure anymore.

Absolutely addictive writing for teen girls... and grown-up girls...
Magic, mystery and adventure at every turn

From the bestselling author of Shiver, Linger
and Forever which all debuted at #1 on the UK book bestseller

Film rights to The Raven Cycle have been acquired


The Raven Boys:

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year 2012

"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." - USA Today

"A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology."
- The Los Angeles Times

"Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously
wrought." - Kirkus Reviews

"A tour de force... such a memorable read." - Publishers Weekly

"One unexpected and wonderful surprise after another... a marvel
of imagination." - Booklist

"The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural
thriller of a different flavor... Fans have been salivating
for Stiefvater's next release and The Raven Boys delivers." -
School Library Journal

"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance
sprinkled on top... Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing
narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -

Blue Lily, Lily Blue:

"Blue Lily, Lily Blue is, simply, a triumph." - Booklist

"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering
close." - Kirkus Reviews

"We have not yet finished loving these characters and exploring
their world." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Stiefvater's razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue,
and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make
for sumptuous, thrilling reading... Readers will snap up the final
installment the second it's available." - Publishers Weekly

"The prose is crisp and dazzling and the dialogue positively crackles."
- School Library Journal

The Scorpio Races:

"Masterful. Like nothing else out there now." - Kirkus Reviews

"An utterly compelling read." - Publishers Weekly

"Filling it with loving descriptions of wet, wind-tossed Thisby
as well as exciting equine action, Stiefvater has created a thrilling
backdrop for the love story that blooms...A book appealing
to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and actionadventure
alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster." -
School Library Journal

#1 New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy:

"A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love....Stiefvater
skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves
is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly
willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges
they face." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater's fast-paced storytelling
and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable
and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic
at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages."

"This riveting narrative, impossible to put down, is not only
an excellent addition to the current fangs and fur craze, but is
also a beautifully written romance that, along with Shiver, will
have teens clamoring for the third and final entry." - VOYA
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Product details

  • 13+
  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 138 x 205 x 28mm | 290g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781407134611
  • 39,219

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater, geb. im November 1981 in Virginia, verlebte eine nach eigenen Worten sehr chaotische aber sehr kreative und musisch geprägte Kindheit und Jugend. Nach dem College versuchte sie u.a. als Kellnerin, Zeichenlehrerin beruflich Fuß zu fassen. Doch sehr bald schon meldeten sich ihre kreativen Talente und verlangten, ausgelebt zu werden zunächst als Musikerin und Songwriterin, dann zunehmend als bildende Künstlerin. Für ihre künstlerischen Arbeiten wurde sie inzwischen mit einigen wichtigen Preisen ausgezeichnet. Seit 2007 hat sich Stiefvater aufs Schreiben konzentriert und zählt inzwischen zu den erfolgreichsten Autorinnen der Romantasy.
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Rating details

4.05 out of 5 stars
- 342,600 ratings
5 40% (135,624)
4 36% (123,097)
3 17% (58,405)
2 5% (16,729)
1 3% (8,745)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Iona
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 more
by brookexx
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 more
by Erin Pavy
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 more
by Spencer
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