The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

“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 churchyard, even before the dead arrive.Every 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 her.His name is Gansey, and...

Details The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

TitleThe Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
Release DateSep 18th, 2012
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Reviews The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

  • Miranda Reads
    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 question, what is this book about? And that's where I start to stumble. There's j...
  • Emily May
    Quirky loner girl meets privileged rich boy(s). Forbidden love and angst ensue.I 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 ex...
  • Zoë
    Reread in 2017:I loved it so much more the second time! Every character was unique and fleshed out and I fell in love with them all! Well, most of them. Can't wait to pick up The Dream Thieves!Book 34/100 of 2015:I 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...
  • Nat
    “She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”This review contains *spoilers*.I went into this book expecting to hate it, but I was truly surprised by it— right from page 1.I 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 consta...
  • Katerina
    “You're looking for a god. Didn't you suspect that there was also a devil?” Instant new favorite!!Psychics. 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. Maggi...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 9/14/19MY 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...
  • C.G. Drews
    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 reread...just, 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 ...
  • Kai
    A TV SHOW! A TV SHOW! - It's going to be directed by Catherine Hardwick, the woman who directed Twilight and Red Riding Hood. I know some of you think she may not be the best choice but I think she's perfect. She has a talent for mystery and magic, and if you aren't convinced you should watch Eyewitness, which is a fantastic and highly underrated TV show. Catherine directed a couple of episodes. Also, Maggie Stiefvater will be a producer for the ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    OK. SO THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY GREAT.The book was very slow-moving for the first half or so, but I always found myself drawn in by the beautiful writing and the fabulous characters. This story is first and foremost about the characters, and I completely adored the friendship between the boys, and between Blue and the boys later on. Going into this, I thought it was going to be told solely from Blue's POV, and I am so glad that it wasn't. Getting to ...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”He felt raw: the chronicle of his fiercest desire stripped from him by force.”After finishing “The Raven Boys” I have about a thousand of questions, the most pressing one however is the following: Why did I wait so long to read this freaking awesome book??? I mean seriously!!?? What’s wrong with me!? How could I survive without knowing about “The Raven Cycle”?! I loved this book! It was so magical and mysterious and all the charac...
  • Wendy Darling
    On a cold night every spring, sixteen-year-old Blue and her psychic mother wait in a churchyard for the dead to arrive. Her mother is usually the one who sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her. "There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve, Blue. Either you're his t...
  • Lola
    The only character I like is Ronan. Which is... very ironic.It might be time for Maggie Stiefvater and I to part ways.Truly, there's nothing actually ''wrong'' with her style; it simply does not appeal to me. But this is the kind of story that I feel would be read in a better way if written in the 1st person point of view instead of 3rd. There is this possibility to feel connected to the protagonists... but a slim and invisible barrier seems to c...
  • Riley
    Easily the best book I've read all year. I've never read a book before where I love every single character equally. Blue: she is everything i aspire to be and i just want to be bffs with herGansey: yes plz Ronan: he's so scary and angry but you just know he secretly loves to watch cute cat videos Adam: he must be wrapped in a warm blanket and protected at all costsNoah: my precious cinnamon bun
  • Justin
    Yesterday I walked into my library's Young Adult section which is inside its own special Young Adult room. There were all these kids hanging out playing video games when this bearded 31 year old man walked into the room. He was a man on a mission, a mission to quickly identify the YA Series section, track down the YA SER RAV label on the spine of The Raven Boys, and get the heck outta that room before anyone knew I (I mean he) was there. Mission ...
  • Jessica Edwards
    4 Stars!What an enjoyable read this was.Blue, a teenage girl lives in a house full of psychic aunts and her mother. Ever since Blue was little, she was told that her true love will die if she kisses him. (That's one way to scare a little child...shit)Blue goes to church with her Aunt Neeve on St. Mark's Eve, which is when the spirits of those who will die in the next twelve months come through. (Nice....)Blue has no psychic ability, but she sees ...
  • emma
    THIS BOOK IS MIRACULOUS.There are psychics and ghosts and very human characters and boys in private-school uniforms and ravens and magical places and sentient trees. There’s magic and a badass girl and my new favorite boy and Latin and a refurbished warehouse that makes for a very scholar-cute apartment and Welsh mythology and a pizza restaurant. short, sososososo many things I am always thrilled to se...
  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    "What happened was they drove to Harry’s and... Gansey ordered flavors of gelato until the table wouldn’t hold any more bowls and Ronan convinced the staff to turn the overhead speakers up and Blue laughed for the first time at something Gansey said and they were loud and triumphant and kings of Henrietta, because they’d found the ley line and because it was starting, it was starting.” (Artwork by Static)There was so much more to this boo...
  • Maxwell
    Do I need to even explain myself? No? Well, I will anyway.This book has it all:The best characters.Maggie (I feel like we're on a first name basis) doesn't neglect developing any of the characters. Whether they show up for one scene or are a main character, they are real, fleshed-out people. I have a hard time believing Blue and the Raven Boys aren't walking around somewhere in Virginia right now on their search.Perfect writing.It's almost fright...
  • Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
    This book is in my top favorites list. Kinda wished I would've read it sooner because it had the perfect blend of magic, friendship, bad guys that should be either shot or kicked in a hole somewhere remote, unforgettable characters (main characters or not) and a awesome story plot, that didn't get off track. My absolute favorite character, even though he wasn't the main male character, is Ronan Lynch. It was love at first sarcastic comment.Really...
  • Petrik
    Raven Boys turns out to be more interesting that I thought it would be.I was reluctant to start this series, not only that most of the hyped YA series always disappointed me, this one also seems like a book written specifically for girls. Don’t kill me SJW, here’s the fact and statistic. If I go to the front page of Raven Boys, out of my friend list (right now around 600), 200 of them has read and rated it. Out of those 200, only 13 of them c...
  • L A i N E Y
    Review with my funny face? enjoyed the hell out of this book. At one point, and I shit you not, I literally yelled "FUN!". Don't worry I was in my bedroom so no side eye whatsoever.I was simply enthralled.I've seen people said so and so is an 'atmospheric book' and I have never truly understood what they meant before. Until i picked this up. The Raven Boys was the definition of ambien and mystery . And I was simply l...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    This is favourite series of all time. I can't even write a review about it, I would just end up copying the entire novel down verbatim and saying, "This is my favourite part. And this part. And that part. And that quote and these characters and all of it and everything forever and always."
  • Regan
    4.5 Really really liked this!
  • Navessa
    This book is why I give authors second, third, and sometimes even fourth chances (*cough* Colleen Hoover *cough*). Because while I might not enjoy one book they wrote, I like to think that doesn't mean I'll hate everything they publish. Take Stiefvater. I tried to read Shiver a while back, and my review for it is literally just this gif: This book is also why I believe in mood reading. I picked it up a while ago and got about 50 pages in before s...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    #1 The Raven Boys ★★★★★#2 The Dream Thieves ★★★★★#3 Blue Lily, Lily Blue ★★★★★#4 The Raven King ★★★★★#4.5 Opal ★★★★★“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”All Blue's life, she's been surrounded by psychics: her mother, her aunt, her mother's live-in best friends. Blue can't predict anything, though - she's just an energy a...
  • Mitch
    Up until the very end, I was so sure The Raven Boys would be making an appearance on my top favorites list. Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book has everything I want from a great reading experience, a complex narrative, an intriguing and highly developed cast of characters, an utterly haunting style of writing that just blew me away from the first sentence recounting a dire prophecy. Sadly, my enthusiasm dampened somewhat once I sensed Stiefvater w...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Re-read 10/2/18: Okay so I really love the setting and the tone and (most of) the characters but I CANNOT for the life of me wrap my mind around the “plot” of this damn book. I didn’t hate it but jfc NOTHING MAKES SENSE DON’T @ ME 7/15/15: Me the entire time I was reading this: ?????????????????????? (but in a good way, u feel me)