The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(Raven Cycle)

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6 Critic Reviews

I give this book five stars out of five, as it has everything. Good plot line, great descriptions, loveable and very realistic characters, intriguing dialogue and, of course, an amazing story.
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Synopsis

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 sure anymore.
 

About Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 468 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 29 2016

It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Anna Holmes on Nov 09 2012

Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language, doesn’t talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Sapphirebooklover on Jan 05 2013

I give this book five stars out of five, as it has everything. Good plot line, great descriptions, loveable and very realistic characters, intriguing dialogue and, of course, an amazing story.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Michael M Jones on Sep 26 2012

Beautiful writing, memorable characters, witty banter, an intriguing plot, and some fascinating twists all combine to make this a tale worth checking out.

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BookTrust

Good
on Feb 13 2017

With a collegiate feel and shades of Donna Tarrt's The Secret History, this is an intense and compelling young adult novel, with strong characters, convincing relationships, and plenty of twists and turns, as well as a cryptic cliffhanger of an ending that will keep readers guessing until the next instalment.

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Reviewed by Jenna Johnson on Oct 20 2012

The Raven Boys was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and I will definitely be anticipating the second book in The Raven Cycle series, which will be released sometimes next year.

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