The Raven Boys

“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."

Synopsis

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 Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. 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 told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. 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.

Media

  • The Raven Boys Animated Trailer

Reviews

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  • Kirkus, Starred Review

    “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.”

    Booklist, Starred Review

    “. . . 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”

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    “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.”

  • Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books

    "Amid well-paced, suspenseful plotting intriguingly overlaid with history, myth, and legend, Stiefvater creates a compelling human drama of boys whose privilege or lack thereof colors all of their interactions."

    RT Book Reviews

    "Stiefvater crafts a wonderful, vivid, colorful world you won't want to leave."

    The Washington Post

    "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."

  • Audiofile Magazine

    "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"

    Entertainment Weekly

    "Stiefvater's can't-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2."

    School Library Journal, Starred Review

    "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."

  • TIME Magazine

    “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks . . . Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.”

    The Daily Telegraph

    “A supernatural romance of neo-Gothic flavour.”

    Lancashire Evening Post

    “The Raven Boys truly has the wow factor.”

Playlists

  • 1 "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" Vampire Weekend
  • 2 "Red Cortina (Acapella Version)" The Saw Doctors
  • 3 "The War Inside" Switchfoot
  • 4 "Que' Onda Guero" Beck
  • 5 "I Say Fever" Ramona Falls
  • 6 "Your Love is a Song" Switchfoot
  • 7 "Rolling in the Deep" ADELE
  • 8 "...And As the Ship Went Down, You'd Never Looked Finer" Woodpigeon
  • 9 "Deathhands" White Flight
  • 10 "1940 (AmpLive Remix)" The Submarines
  • 11 "Soukora" Al Farke Touré
  • 12 "Tibet" Burkhard Dallwitz
  • 13 "Wandering Jane" Dario Marianelli
  • 14 "Requiem" Mary McLaughlin
  • 15 "Flow Like Water" James Newton Howard
  • 16 "Angels in the Snow" Johnny Klimek & Rhinehold Heil
  • 17 "Pleasured Distractions" Trevor Morris
  • 18 "Escape Artist" Zoe Keating
  • 19 "Da Pacem Domine" Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Paul Hillier
  • 20 "Galvanize" The Chemical Brothers

Awards

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • 2013 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Audiofile's Best Audiobooks of the Year for 2012
  • Indigo Top 25 of 2012
  • BCCB Blue Ribbons 2012
  • Leserpreis 2013, Best Fantasy
  • One of Rolling Stone's Best 40 YA Novels

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