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"There are only two reasons a nonseer 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 best-selling 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.

©2012 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2012 Scholastic Audio

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Stiefvater does it again!

Although The Raven Boys is quite different from Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and The Scorpio Races, it highlights her amazing characters, exciting suspense, and that intriguing sense that the words could almost be poetry.

Each of the characters in this novel are both utterly deep and (despite the supernatural themes and plot) utterly real. For fans of Stiefvater's other works, this is expected. The bonus of this novel is that we get so many characters and yet can feel invested in all of them. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronin, & Noah (the most central characters) were especially wonderful because they were neither wholly good nor wholly bad. Each had his/her own idiosyncrasies and failings as well as moments of heroism and compassion. I fell in love with all five!

I'm not generally a fan of the supernatural genre, but this story had me mesmerized and on the edge of my seat. I would have listened straight through if it weren't for those pesky distractions of sleep and work. You can tell that this is the beginning of a series ("The Raven Boys Cycle," according to the audiobook), but it does not end in an annoying cliffhanger.

The prose itself is captivating. I'm not even sure how to describe it, really, except that you can tell that Stiefvater's writing style is influenced by her love of music. I highly recommend reading/listening to any and all of her works.

Note about narration: Will Patton did an excellent job; he really brought the text to life! I wasn't sure if I would like his narration because I expected the narrator to be about the same age as the characters (late teens) and Patton is definitely much older. However, the 3rd person point-of-view and his engaging narration really made it work and, I think, added to the whole experience.

57 of 59 people found this review helpful

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Alot of teenage angst.

Would you try another book from Maggie Stiefvater and/or Will Patton?

I'm not sure I would try another of Maggie Stiefvaters books. There is way too much teenage angst.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Blue is an interesting person but not interesting enough to continue to try pushing past the (did I mention it before) vast amonuts of teenage angst.

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Narrator does a good job, would not mind listening to other audibooks narrated by him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way.

Any additional comments?

With a little less of the emotional turmoil of the characters the story is interesting and could have appealed to a much larger audience. I also found the lengthy and somewhat in my oppinion contrived similies would have been much more potent if used more sparingly.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • wmaursta
  • Argyle, MN, United States
  • 09-26-12

Wow, so pleasantly surprised. Ready for more!!

I was expecting a mildly entertaining semi-supernatural thriller. Wow was I off the mark. This book was not only well written, but the story has complex and real characters - even those who aren't "real" - the quest is really very interesting and based upon existing mysteries. The chemistry between all characters is fantastic and lets you become involved with all of them and their friendships. The prose is rich without being bogged down and wordy - you can SEE the situations and almost smell the woods or dusty apartment. I also read Tarot and am always fascinated to read stories involving characters who wear that skin being portrayed with dignity and respect rather than the charlatans and grifters they are often painted as. Yep, really liked this one so much more than I thought I would and was so happy that there are more in the series - I want more of this group and their quest for the King. Will Patton is one of my FAVORITE narrators - he always imparts class and so much honeyed Southern charm to his narration - love to listen! Thumbs Up all around!!

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Magically Alluring!

This is my first outing with a Maggie Stiefvater book, and after reading some synopses on her other books, I think this was my best introduction to her writing. Stiefvater excels in many areas with this book. The story takes a little time to jumpstart itself. However, it is never dull, and it certainly lays the groundwork for a thoughtful story. Her handling of the supernatural elements are done in a way that could make them almost believable if placed in a real world setting while retaining that magical allure. She’s taken typical genre tropes, such as the “rich boy meets poor girl” and the “tormented bad boy,”and weaved into these familiar stories a complexity and nuance that both young adults and adults can appreciate. While I would’ve enjoyed just a little more depth of character for some of her characters, she does a fair job of presenting characters that you care about, characters that have their flaws and strengths. You love them. You cheer them. You get angry with them. One thing that kind of irked with me with the story, as far as character is concerned, is that the main antagonist felt so weak in the grand scheme of the story. This person had weak motivations, weak intentions, and no substance. I dislike antagonists that I can only feel apathetic toward at best. Antagonists should pull emotions from me I didn’t even know I had. Finally, as a history nerd and supernatural buff, the coupling of history and the supernatural kept my interest. This was almost Arthurian in a way without being about King Arthur.

As for the narration, I have a bit of mixed feelings about Will Patton’s narration. I feel his voice is both perfect and imperfect for this book. I enjoyed the almost hushed tone he used for the overall book However, parts of the book are narrated so brilliantly and other parts of the book, his narration felt jarring, a clash of tone and words. Funny thing is I can’t say whether there were more brilliant parts or more clashing parts, but it doesn’t turn me off to the narration. This is probably just another case of a narrator that I need to spend much more time with before I decide if I truly like them or not. One high praise I have for him is that I enjoyed his Southern accents, which I can be really finicky about as a Southerner myself. In fact, I enjoyed most of the voices he did for the characters in this book.

This book was quite a pleasant surprise, I didn’t expect to get as involved with as I did, especially since I wasn’t drawn to this book. However, the books I don’t feel any particular way about are usually the ones that manage to really capture my interest and imagination. Stiefvater has created something amazing with this story, and that ending certainly prods readers to seek out the next book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Perfection

The Raven Boys made me feel exactly what I want to feel when I start a new book. That magic of not being able to put it down. The ignored glances at my alarm clock when I notice it's past three AM. The heart wrenching pain when I become so obsessed I forget that these are just fictional characters. The Raven Boys is the best book I've read since The Name of the Wind.

This completely unique story is about a girl, Blue, that lives in a house full of psychics. She is the only one in her family that does not have psychic powers, but instead possesses something much different. Blue amplifies the spirit's voices. This not only helps her family, but also helps the spirits in other ways. Blue is a little bitter that she cannot actually see the spirits, until one night she is able to see one.

Then, of course, we have our raven boys who are in hunt of something that is much bigger than they are aware of: Gansey is the ringleader. Adam is from a broken home. Ronan has a lot of anger trapped inside him. Noah is carrying the biggest secret of them all.

Basically, most all the raven boys are very privileged young men that go to an even more privileged college preparatory school. Blue tries to stay far away from them, or any boy because of a prophecy her mother has told her since birth, but their paths inevitable cross.

I think that is the theme of this whole book: inevitability. How we all have choices, and how much that one small forgettable choice can change not only your future, but so many people's future. How that choice can make different paths cross, which in turn develops even more inevitable events.

This is such a whimsical story, written so beautifully, filled with magic. The foreshadowing, the metaphors, the prose. Maggie Stiefvater is a God amongst men. I have nothing to compare it to, because it's incomparable. This book has everything I'd ever want in a story. This is the type of book that makes me feel guilty giving other books five star ratings, because this is deserving of something more, something that surpasses all the others.

Hopefully this is a little better than my paragraph gush of Shiver, but I'm going to guess it's not by much. My personal opinion is that the blurb of this book does nothing for what the book actually is. So if you're holding off because of that, please give this book a try.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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things that go bump in the night

well I'm somewhere in the middle. I'll continue with the series but I thought parts drug I bit much. but there was a very unexpected twist that I really liked

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • FREDERICK, MD, United States
  • 10-01-12

A very good listen

I wasn't quite sure if this was a young adult book or not. I tend to think it is. However, even adults can enjoy this one.
If you like paranormal, ley lines and mystery, you should like this book.
Each major character is fully fleshed out, which gave me a reason to keep listening and rooting for them through out the book.
Will Patton does an excellent job of narrating and bringing the characters to life.

Have fun listening......

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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VERY GOOD STORY, AMAZING PERFORMANCE !

As an audiobook listener, surely you must have had that feeling that a narrator is just right or not for an specific book.

In THE RAVEN BOYS the performance is so right that gives the characters a kind of depth, it takes you into the story and makes you jump or sight with relief.

The story itself is good, an interesting and new approach to magic and to the supernatural interweave with the protagonists mundane thoughts, feelings and lives. Always good and evil fighting to prevail in the human soul.
The combination of the story itself and its masterful performance kept me a bit anxious and not being able to stop the listening unless absolutely necessary till the end !

I know my review is over simplified but others before me have already said a lot with which I agree.I only want to insist that it is a very enjoyable production and worth your time and credit!

Aahh and a very nice surprise is the music, which i liked it, is composed and executed by Maggie Stiefvater.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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TIGHT AS TICKS

The category is Teens/ Romance and Friendship. Somehow I missed that. It seemed to me to be the old story about the Have's and Have Nots and how each group dislikes the other. I made it through 14 chapters and gave up, but then I am not a teen girl. In the first 14 chapters nothing happens, absolutely nothing.

Will Patton is usually one of my favorites, but his voice in this one seemed Brickish Matter of fact Scott might have sounded better. Every breathy sentence is overly dramatic sounding.

If your male or over 14, pass, do not pay attention to the ratings like I did. Look who is giving the ratings, {girls}

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Interesting start

Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.

Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.

Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.

Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.

Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.

Narration - 5 star across the board!

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  • Katharine
  • 03-06-15

Intriguing story

It took me a while to get into this and to get used to the narrator but once I did the story started to grip. There were some moments that were genuinely eerie, particularly when listening at night, and I liked the combination of the mythical and the everyday. The background and characters really grew on me and I'm keen to hear what happened to them next.

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  • Brenda Dayne
  • 10-18-13

Lovely prose amidst a cracking story

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

I really liked the way Will Patton narrated the various third-person Point of View chapters using the voices of individual characters. It was unusual to hear a characters voice read in third person, and it was very effective. There are a couple of jarring moments in the reading, though I think those were more the fault of the director, and not the reader. A couple of times Will's voice was layered in some of the areas where characters are speaking simultaneously. That was a largely unnecessary conceit though, admittedly, a minor quibble in an otherwise faultless reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many. Though I would hate to spoil the book for others by mentioning specifics.

Any additional comments?

I read the book before listening to the audio version, and I think I actually appreciated the audio version more as a result. The author's facility with language is a real joy to experience on the page, and is even more enjoyable as a listen. This is one of those rare novels where character, story and language add up to more than the sum of their parts. Couldn't wait to dive into book two after listening.

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  • Robyn
  • 01-21-16

Superb!

Loved this audiobook, Maggie's stories are always the best and this is no different. Can't wait for the next instalment in the series!
My only issue was some of the accents were a bit jarring as they switched between characters and they weren't always consistent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-17

Intriguing

The book is absolutely amazing! I've never been so drawn to a book ever! It grabs your attention by throwing in twists and turns. With fantastic imagery. And Will Patton did the book justice with the reading.

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  • Lyndsey T.
  • 03-15-17

Gripping and chilling YA fantasy

I have loved every other Maggie Stiefvater book I have ever read, especially The Scorpio Races, but I think this is my new favourite. Excited to download the rest of the series.

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  • 03-09-17

excellent narration

A very good narrator and the book was interesting, first half a bit slow but I liked the characters a lot.

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  • 10-19-16

Wonderful

I had been avoiding this story simply due to the hype surrounding it. I was wrong to have waited this long.

This story sucked me in from the beginning and I simply devoured it! The audiobook brought everything to life - I didn't miss a detail and loved the writing.

I would recommend to all eho enjoy a good fantastical/paranormal aspect to real life.

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  • Catherine Wu
  • 09-04-16

Fab story! I just couldn't deal with the narrator.

Would you listen to The Raven Boys again? Why?

I'd certainly read it again, but I'm not sure about listening to it. Having a narrator with this style of older voice for this story didn't fit at all..

Who was your favorite character and why?

How am I supposed to decide?! They're all great and I just want them to be happy :,)

Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

I may not have listened far enough to get used to the narrator but I just couldn't match the story and its characters up with Patton's voice. I'm sure he'd be excellent in another style of book (like horror or thriller cause I felt very uncomfortable at times listening to him), yet I felt his voice REALLY didn't fit the story and the age of its characters, but I guess that's just personal opinion. I probably won't be listening to any more of his performances as his style just doesn't work with me, I'm sure there will be people who like his narrations and fair play to them, it's just not my cup of tea that's all.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fortune telling, birds and teenagers in distress.

Any additional comments?

I might see if I can give it another go but the slow pace at times really bugged me as well.

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  • cliff
  • 06-14-16

Dull...

Very slow and difficult to follow who was who, gave up half way through, was hoping it would get better, but just couldn't listen anymore, shame cos I enjoy the narrator.

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  • EGR
  • 04-21-16

Beautiful prose, beautifully read.

It's not often that you come across a book where the characters, the plot and the quality of the prose can all be classed as perfect.

It's even more rare to find that the narrator's voice is such a perfect fit for the book.

This is one of those extremely rare occasions. Highly recommended.

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  • Claire
  • 04-02-16

Probably my FAVOURITE audio book ever

What made the experience of listening to The Raven Boys the most enjoyable?

I think there is probably a bit of a list. The story has such whimsy, lightness to it. The language and poetic way that Maggie Stiefvater, while after a while can be a little bit repetitive, I still love it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blue, hands down Blue. She has such an attitude, you can't help but love her

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

Ronan. He's gravelly and agressive. Will Patton probably only falls down a bit on one narration, and that's Calla, but Ronan really is portrayed well as cutting and angry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book that when I'm out of reading material, I come back to and listen to over and over. The last book for the series is about to come out and so I'm starting back at the beginning.

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a book that is improved by narration. I know that others who i've recommended this too, found that reading didn't capture them quite as much, but narration MAKES this perfect

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey
  • 05-06-17

slow start but very intriguing

I haven't read a book like this before. it started off slow but got very interesting towards the second half. can't wait to find out what happens next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

Excellent Read

I've always love Maggie's writing, and I'm more in love after hearing this one. It's so captivating.
Will Patton did an excellent job at reading, I was transfixed from start to finish. Overall wonderful experience, can't wait to read the next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-16

sickly sweet not psychic

please label your young adult fiction as such! OMG
I will know in future to Google a book not take it on your reviews.

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