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Stars & Guitars for The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater, art, sharpie art, guitar art
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I have been sitting on two great starred reviews for The Raven Boys for a little while now, and now that a third one has come in, I can’t stand it any longer and must share. The full reviews will be available when the book comes out (or for subscribers to the journals), but here are some quotes:

“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out.” – Kirkus

“. . . the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels, it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy/mystery rises to the level of serious literature, leaving readers hungering for more.” – Booklist

“It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.” – Publishers Weekly

Also, Scholastic has nearly finalized my September-October tour schedule for The Raven Boys, so I should be able to share that in a week and some change. For the past few years, I’ve attacked a guitar with Sharpie markers to give away on tour, and this year is no exception. The musical victim just arrived in the mail, and I’ve got a new box of Sharpies just waiting to be loosed.

I’ll be giving it away at the launch party. If I know myself, I’ll probably Sharpie on a couple editions of The Raven Boys, too, to give away to blog folks who can’t come out to the events. We’ll see. Writing deadlines might eat my brains in the interim, but WE SHALL SEE.

Past Sharpie guitars, prepare to meet your new friend . . .

Sharpie Guitars All

  • Christina

    It’s so awesome that you give away sharpie guitars! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read The Raven Boys!

  • Angie

    Release day cannot get here soon enough!!! That is all.

  • Scarlet

    I so agree about the only con being having to wait for
    Book 2.

    • It’s a lovely sentiment. Of course, NO PRESSURE as I work on said Book 2. But still. Lovely sentiment. πŸ™‚

  • Trish

    Well, I was one of the winners of your Raven Boy’s ARC giveaway on FB and I loved it! It was also the first time I ever won anything πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for book #2.

    • Oh, I’m really thrilled that you loved it! I hope that you love the next one, too . . . and win more stuff. πŸ™‚

  • sarah

    Ekk! Your tour dates! I cannot wait for all The Raven Boys books and the chance to meet you in person. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Virginia dates. I have been counting days till September for months. My doodled-in copy from fountain can’t get here fast enough.

    • I’m pretty psyched by what I’ve heard of the tour dates so far. It’s a bunch of places I haven’t been before.

  • Of course you are getting awesome reviews! You deserve it! I am counting the days until the release. I’ve never been this excited about a book release.

  • Gwyneth

    OMG I can’t wait for The Raven Boys! Love the sharpied guitars by the way, I wish I could come see you on tour SO BAD!!! The reviews I must agree with, even though I haven’t read the book yet =D…also, thanks for the new post!

    • You’re welcome. *grin* Fingers crossed my tour takes me close to you!

  • Stephanie

    Those are seriously excellent. Of course, it’s not really a surprise to those of us who love your work. πŸ™‚ Definitely the waiting for book 2 will be difficult, it always in with the beginning of a series. I only wish Raven Boys was going to be out in time I could get it signed in Lawrence, KS next month.

    • Oh, that is too bad — but you know what . . . I’ll try to remember to bring some of my Raven Boys bookplates to that event so that you can have one of those if you want it.

  • The praise is well deserved because The Raven Boys is awesome. (Sitting on my review for another month or so is making me all antsy.)
    I just hope you come through Texas!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the FANTASTIC reviews. I was excited for Raven Boys before, but now I’m dying to read it. I love your gorgeous Sharpie guitars. I live in the middle of nowhere, so I might have to set my hopes on a Sharpied book, instead!

    • As a fellow middle-of-nowhere dweller, I hope you’re enjoying the nowhere (I do). And thank you!

      • You need to visit more middle-of-nowheres. πŸ™‚

  • Karlee

    I am SO excited for the Raven Boys!! Congrats on the amazing reviews! I tell everyone about you, about how you connect with your readers and make everything personalized; it’s way awesome. I know I’ve sold quite a few people on your books for that reason alone, but, obviously, it’s your writing that keeps them hooked ;] Anywho, SO excited for tour dates, I may have to take a roadtrip to where you are, if it’s not too far! :] Thanks for keeping us updated!

    • I have to thank the internet for making the writer-reader chatting easier. And thanks for talking up my books!

  • Noella

    I am SO excited for the Raven boys. I’m holding out hope that you’ll come to William & Mary or somewhere near! πŸ™‚

    • I hope you love it. And I know I have a VA-ish event in there, but I’m not sure which side of the state yet.

  • I’ve heard so many great things about The Raven Boys and I’m so excited to get my hands on it! Your writing is absolutely beautiful <3 And speaking of beautiful, how about those awesome guitars? Can't wait for those tour dates as well. You think you'll ever make it as far as Florida? Maybe I can tempt you with some beaches…. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, man, I’m all beached out after this week (had a crazy allergic reaction to jellyfish and something in the sand!). But I’m sure I’ll make it to Florida before the next book comes out.

  • Kaida

    AHHHHHHH SHARPIES! I LOVE SHARPIES! I wonder what would happen if I stole my dad’s acoustic guitar and sharpied it… he’d probably kill me. Oh well. Now I just have to go to the book store and wait for The Raven Boys to come in while watching the trailer over and over and over and over and over and over and over again! XD
    p.s. I think a stop in Nashville on your tour is needed, and I think I have some others who agree with me *wink wink*

    • Gwyneth

      Yes, I do agree…please for Nashville?

    • Ha! I highly recommend Sharpie’ing your OWN guitar first. I do not need any perished readers.

      I did really enjoy Nashville when I went through on the Forever tour!

      • Kaida

        HOW DID WE MISS YOU!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? AHHHHHH!!!! Well, now I’m mad at myself.

  • CONGRATULATIONS MAGGIE! (This is why I love you)….

    I can’t wait to read the book and I can’t believe I’ve managed to hold off for so long to be honest since an ARC arrived recently. I hope you come back to the UK this Winter and I do wish you’d bring a sharpie guitar with you!!!

    • Oooooooooh, an ARC. I hope you are entranced. And unfortunately, no UK this winter (but I’m pretty sure in the spring).

  • I’m so excited for the Raven Boys!! And I also can’t wait to find out where you’re coming on tour! I also love your guitars, for an art project I sharpied a box inspired by your guitars, and I enjoyed so much I have sharpied a couple other boxs since then.

  • henna

    I love those guitars! So excited for The Raven Boys, can’t wait to read yet another masterpiece of yours. Also can’t wait for the day you announce a tour in England…if that day ever comes?

    • Funnily enough, I just did a UK tour in June this year. πŸ™‚ I’ll be back next year, though. And I hope you love Raven Boys!

  • Rachel

    Wow those reviews were so sweet! My boyfriend has already promised to get me this book for my birthday in september πŸ™‚ I am so excited!


      • Gwyneth

        Lolz, must make a subtle suggestion to mine now…

  • Woohoo! Now I even more can’t wait to read it. I’ve already pre-ordered it from Fountain Books. Any chance you’ll be coming to western Canada on this tour?

    • Sadly, no — there was a brief moment where I looked like I might be able to, but that fell through. I do hope that your doodled/ signed copy will make up for my non-presence, though!

      • Bummer! I’m in Vancouver, BC and would love to meet you. I read The Scorpio Races recently and totally love it. It was magical the way I was so immersed in the setting and the story, even though it was summer, I was reading it with my socks on! I swear, I could feel the cold, windy, gritty beach. I’ve pre-ordered The Raven Boys through Indigo, and I’m greatly looking forward to it. If you ever tour in BC, please make a really loud announcement. Good luck and I hope your tour is loads of fun.

  • JP

    Congrats on the reviews! Well deserved, I’m sure. Also, they are making me headdesk with feeling, as the release date is SO FAR AWAY (at least, for me). I hope you come somewhere near me! It would be so awesome to see you again, and make up for last time, where my brain broke and I probably made an ass* out of myself.

    *(All I need here is a .gif of Jackson Pearce holding up her donkey every time she says “ass” in a live show.)

  • Gwyneth

    Ugh Maggie how do you come up with such good book ideas? I’ve been thinking for HOURS and can’t think up a single plotline…-sigh- more thinking in store…

  • Daphne

    Any chance you’re touring in the UK? I can’t wait to read The Raven Boys! Congratulations on the wonderful reviews.

  • Zahra

    I had no doubt that the reviews would be amazing:) You’re an absolutely amazing author and waiting for this book to come out will be incredibly hard. Any chance you’ll come to Ontario, Canada for a signing? And those guitars are gorgeous – after seeing those (and I’ve seen one in person at one of your signings) I just can’t bring myself to like normal guitars.

    Can’t wait for The Raven Boys!

  • Mindy

    Thank you so much for coming to ComicCon! I’m reading The Raven Boys right now and the reviews are spot on. πŸ™‚

  • Your Sharpie guitars make me wish I (a) lived somewhere where I’d be able to come to a launch party at which you’re giving one away, (b) knew how to play the little guitar I hang on my wall, and (c) could draw well enough to sharpie said guitar since it never gets played anyway πŸ˜€

  • Hunter

    Oh my goodness. I’m so foolish.
    Last year you were signing my book, and you mentioned how you could really do anything with a Sharpie.
    I knew that you Sharpie’d guitars…and printers. And yet it temporarily slipped my mind that you may have been referring to that. Apparently it temporarily slipped my mind for a year.
    Hmm. It’s all coming back to me.

  • Hailey Orchard

    I cannot wait to read the Raven Boys! it is going to be such a good book!!! the release date cannot com soon enough! I also LOVE your guitars, they are amazing!!! I SSOOO cannot wait until there is a day when i can meet you!…. is there any chance you might be touring north western ontario, or even around winnipeg?… πŸ˜€

  • i wanttttt!!!!!!! thats the coolest thing eveeer!!!!!

Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, I'm Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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