by Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by : Will Patton
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published by Scholastic Audio Books Release date : September 18th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 11 hr. 9 min.
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
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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 theShiver 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.
I initially read The Raven Boys back in 2012, shortly after publication. I remember liking it… but honestly, that was really all. I have this vague recollection of what happened but not to where I could actually continue with the series or even discuss the book. With raving reviews around about The Dream Thieves, I thought it best to re-read (or in this case, listen) to The Raven Boys again as a refresher. To be honest, this is one of those examples of how we grow as readers. There are times when we change what we like, or what we don’t. And I really enjoyed this more than I remember the first time. Still, I do believe this is one of those where I sit in the minority. I liked it but most people LOVED it.
I love Maggie’s writing. Her prose is so beautiful and different. Whether or not I like the characters or the plot, I am still completely engrossed in her works. She has this way about her. It’s compelling and sucks me in every time. The character differences are so distinct and so different, I don’t know how she does it. Not a lot of authors can pull off several different POV story and have every single character stand out. Did the narrator help? Well, that’s possible. I did like his voice. I loved how his tone would change with all the different characters’ POV.
My Peeve- Well, I guess it could be the pacing. I mean– I am all for slow build ups; they are typically my preferred choice. But I felt like there was TOO MUCH in the beginning. Details, details, details. The first 1/4 (if not more) was getting to know each character. Don’t get me wrong, this is good. I love my details, the more the better. My point is, I didn’t want it ALL AT ONCE. It wasn’t even the infamous info-dump, it was so much to take in individually. (and, I am talking in circles.)
Me, Picky? Never *Snorts*
Overall- I really, really liked it! I love how different all of Maggie’s books are. I have The Dream Thieves on hold at the library and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Creepy and different; I recommend it.
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