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4.00006161049843 out of 54.00006161049843 out of 54.00006161049843 out of 54.00006161049843 out of 54.00006161049843 out of 5 4.00 (16,231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maggie Stiefvater Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Raven Cycle Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780545530491
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"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 Blue soon discovers that he is 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 has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, 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 never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we've never been before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale of Blue’s involvement with three such boys and their quest for the grave of an ancient king, but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary…[and] draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality.”

    Washington Post

  • “Stiefvater crafts a wonderful, vivid, colorful world you won’t want to leave. She tempers her quirky secondary characters with a heart-in-your-throat, life-or-death plot, a cold case, and a quest. Your only regret will be that the tale ends too soon.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of even or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don’t miss this compelling listen, and pray that Will Patton has already signed on for the other titles of the series.”

    AudioFile

  • “Reading this novel is like walking through a tangled thicket and coming across one unexpected and wonderful surprise after another. In that respect, the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels but it is also a marvel of imagination…Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy-mystery rises to the level of serious literature.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, an supernatural thriller of a different flavor. The cinematic feel paces the novel well, and the many pieces of the story unfold with grace. The complicated relationships between the Raven boys and Blue are not of the standard main character/love interest variety and makes the curious plot all the more enthralling.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/17/2014

    " This was a great book. It was a nice mix of stories and genres and really got into a nice paranormal story that was enough history, enough love story and enough mystery and suspense that it was nicely grounded in reality and didn't seem too far fetched. I'm anxiously awaiting the next instalment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sinistmer | 2/16/2014

    " Great book--I greatly enjoyed "The Scorpio Races" when I read it. I confess I was a little worried initially, but Blue and most of the other characters remained unique. Blue is probably my favorite character. Great plot, with great incorporation of myth and real life situations. I am eager for the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe Wilton-stuart | 2/7/2014

    " Such a good book, had to wait weeks to get it but it was worth the wait. The characters are spectacular! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn Livingston | 1/24/2014

    " Loved this book. It is so different than anything else the author has ever written. If you want a book that will make you questions things you know and will make you think more about the world you will love this book. It makes you open your eyes and see the world and it's possiblities! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 1/24/2014

    " Stunning ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MiriLou | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting premise, I grew to like the characters and look forward to learning more about them in the following books. There is some harsh language which I could do without though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alesha Hubbell | 1/19/2014

    " In the beginning I felt that this book was pretty typical, but as it went along there was a depth and bigger story growing that was good to see. I'm am looking forward to seeing all the predictions of the first book come together in some hopefully unexpected ways in the next books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Keeter | 1/11/2014

    " Surprisingly not all that predictable. So well written. One of the first YA Sci-fi books I've read in a while that wasn't romance oriented, though it was present. Hopefully there's at least a sequel to come. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Long | 12/31/2013

    " I just kept waiting to get interested with this one. It just never clicked for me. I feel like I missed something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinity | 12/4/2013

    " *Puts on Maggie Fan Club hat* I'm so in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Mcconville | 12/1/2013

    " A little disjointed in spots, but a quick and enjoyable read. I will read the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Driscoll | 11/11/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was a fantastic, somewhat dark, fantasy that still touched on very real issues of the dynamics of friendships, family, and romance. Unfortunately, it's the first in a series & the next one won't be published for months, but I'll be waiting - very impatiently! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Itzmyguys | 10/24/2013

    " Very slow starting but it eventually came together. The narrative is kind of all over the place but the search for ley lines kept drawing me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savanna | 8/24/2013

    " It's a lovely book for teens but i think tht the author shouldn't switch between characters so much. Or say who it is at the start of the chapter. The Raven Boys is a good book and i think it should be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Jorgensen | 7/21/2013

    " Only problem is its the first of four so I have to wait for the others! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/22/2013

    " I have never read an author who is better with characters than Stiefvater. Each of the boys -and Blue - are so distinct and every detail in each pov is spot on. I reread this book several times in a row and am eagerly awaiting the next installment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dantezgirl | 12/19/2012

    " Throughly enjoyed it. Maggie at her best IMO. Typical YA, easy and fast to read. It has magical elements and seers so ot was right up my ally. The mystery solving was a cool aspect. Some WTF moments. I'm curious about the ending though!! What did? Ronan mean? and most important . . Sequel? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurelia R. | 12/17/2012

    " what did i think? i love Gansey. and Ronan. and Noah. and Adam. enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evey | 12/16/2012

    " I love The Raven Boys... My favorite is Ronan... I love Blue and her house full of psychics... This book will hook you in and keep you spellbound until the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Polo | 8/27/2012

    " A genre-breaking ghost story that sucks you in to its place and people. "

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