The Raven Cycle #1: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (author)

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 charts
  • Film rights to The Raven Cycle have been acquired

PRAISE FOR MAGGIE STIEFVATER BOOKS 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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1276 in SCB Offer April 2024


The Raven Cycle (book 1)







Date published

September 19th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Upper years; 16.0 points

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  • 464 pages



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  1. Shakira, Book Club Review Team
    on 24 February 2014

    Amazing storyline

    The book tells the story of Blue, who has been told if she kisses her true love, he will die. So when she meets Gansey’s spirit she knows it can be either two reasons – he is her true love or she’s already killed him.

    In her determination to find out the truth, Blue joins the Raven Boys; four boys from the local private school led by Gansey who are on a supernatural quest. So is Gansey her true love? And if she is the reason for his death where will fate lead them?

    I’m not really a fan of this style of writing and genre of books but I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it. The storyline was amazing and the characters all came together. At times it did get quite confusing as the author had incorporated several viewpoints into the story.

    I liked how the writer included a magical and supernatural aspect to the story but only just so the impact would still make the story believable. Even though we all know trees can’t speak Latin the writer had a way of twisting it into the story so to readers it still felt as though we were in the real world.

    I highly recommend this book to all teenagers.

    My star rating is 4 out of 5 due to points where I’d zone out due to confusion on which character was speaking.

    4 out of 5

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