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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

Scritto da Maggie Stiefvater

Narrato da Will Patton


The Raven Boys

Scritto da Maggie Stiefvater

Narrato da Will Patton

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4.5/5 (1,673 valutazioni)
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11 ore
Pubblicato:
Sep 18, 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.

Pubblicato:
Sep 18, 2012
ISBN:
9780545530491
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer and New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. Her debut series, the Books of Faerie, is published by Flux. Maggie lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki. Follow her on Twitter at @mstiefvater, and visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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  • (4/5)
    For more reviews, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.Oh hey. So yeah. I did this thing. I read The Raven Boys. And I told absolutely no one. I almost accidentally blurted it out in chat a bunch of times. I also thought about instagramming myself reading over lunch and then realized I was reading The Raven Boys secretly, which I would no longer be post ill-considered Innstagram. However, I remained steadfast and secretive, even once I know, early on, that I was going to like the book. I wanted to be able to have only my thoughts in my head for this one, because there’s so much out there already and I didn’t want the hype to mess with my experience. Anyway, you guys win: The Raven Boys is fantastic.Sometime after Forever, Maggie Stiefvater grew into the sort of author whose books I can appreciate. I’m not saying her previous books are objectively terrible, because they’re not. They are, however, books I struggled through. I’d mostly given up on Stiefvater’s fiction ever being for me, despite the intriguing premises. But then everyone in the world said that The Raven Boys was so different and The Scorpio Races got a redesign with a cover so pretty I had to own it and Stiefvater released a book about Cole and Isabel. I already read Sinner and noted how different it was and The Raven Boys is similarly a step away from her first five novels. Where the first five have MCs I find, minus one, incredibly boring, The Raven Boys and Sinner are populated by characters of depth and quirk and pain.The characters didn’t charm me first, though. That was the writing. The Raven Boys is another of those books that should be used to beat down people who sneer at YA as being juvenile and poorly written. We all know they’re wrong of course, but they don’t…yet. If they ever read books like The Raven Boys, we’ll convert them, if they’re capable of being honest to themselves at all. Maggie’s writing is gorgeous and dreamy, in a way that perfectly matches the magical realism of the novel. There are so many quotable quotes that keeping track of all the good lines would fill a good deal of notebook.Precisely no one has shelved The Raven Boys as magical realism on Goodreads, which makes me wonder if I’m wrong. Maybe I shouldn’t own up to this in a review, because I feel like it could be embarrassing. Personally, I think The Raven Boys walks a line between paranormal and magical realism. I suspect it’s going to tilt on over in The Dream Thieves, but there’s something about the dreamy quality of it and the fact that the magic’s been lying dormant for so long people might not have realized the real world had magic that makes me say magical realism. Does it matter really? No. But I felt like rambling on about it. You’re welcome.I’d been warned that The Raven Boys was slow and might even be boring, perhaps because people wanted me prepared to not immediately dismiss the book. I didn’t find it to be so at all. It’s a long book, so it took some time to read, but I thought the pacing was good. The plot is a bit hazy at first, but at the end I was left superbly impressed with what had been accomplished. It’s unclear at times because you sort of spiral in on it and the mood is really important. It all just fits together really well, if that makes any damn sense.I’m sort of at a loss for quite what to say about the characters actually, though I’m sure I’ll get over that. To help me, let’s start with some hilarious misconceptions I got from the things I saw on Twitter or in chats with people who were talking about this series.I thought this series was about a girl named Blue who had three hot guy friends, two of whom are interested in her. Instead, there are four hot guy friends. HOW HAD I NEVER HEARD ABOUT NOAH?Because of all the love for Ronan and the spoiler I know about him, I was really shocked to actually meet him. Was not expecting him to be quite so punch-oriented. Again, I would have thought I’d have heard about that.NO ONE EVER MENTIONED CHAINSAW EITHER.I totally expected Adam to be similar to his namesake in Shatter Me, based on the dislike I see of him around the internet. He is not.Blue: I don’t have a great handle on Blue yet. I feel like there’s so much to come from her, like I can sense her coming evolution and character arc, so it’s almost like something’s missing. What I do like about Blue is that she simultaneously desperately wants romance and doesn’t, because dooming your true love with a kiss is way harsh Tai. Simultaneously, Blue does and doesn’t want to have the psychic abilities of her family. She’s like to be either normal or actually able to experience psychic visions herself. Maybe this is why I don’t have a hold on Blue? She hasn’t decided yet what she wants to be, just that she wants something. She herself doesn’t know who she is yet.Blue’s Family: Freaking fantastic. They’re strange and occasionally creepy, but I love this house of psychics. The dynamic reminds me a lot of that in Practical Magic. There’s a powerful sense of family and community and magic, but they’re also more friends than family members. Maura loves Blue and takes care of her, but she’s not remotely a traditional mother. Blue has as much say in her choices as Maura does. Actually more. I love non-traditional but functional families, and this ones if fabulous.Adam: Guys, he is so sweet. I know this book is heading for the good ship Gansey, but Adam’s really adorable too. This poor guy has such a shit life and is trying so hard to make his way out on his own two feet. Is it any wonder that he shies away from any sort of dependence when being a dependent has been so horrible? *hugs Adam* His crush on Blue is super cute, but admittedly I’m not exactly on this ship either because a) I don’t really see the chemistry and b) events.Gansey: He’s kind of an ass. Again, wasn’t really prepared for that. However, he’s an ass who’s really trying to quit being an ass and who has only the best of intentions. Basically, he’s incredibly socially awkward. What’s funny is that nobody really notices how awkward Gansey is because he’s so rich and attractive and intelligent. Everything he does seems intentional, but he’s constantly putting his foot in his mouth. Of course, he also calls Blue “Jane,” which is an intentional dick thing to do, but he is a Dick after all. Also, that makes them Dick and Jane, which hahahaha. Not actually on this ship either, because tragic and because I don’t really see the sparks here either yet. The book does say they’re coming, but I have to wait and see.Ronan: Ellis’ baby. Someone needs to get this kid some counseling. Gansey’s sort of his mother/psychiatrist/friend and he’s not exactly fit for this role, since he has his own host of issues. Their friendship is touching, as is any moment that Ronan opens up to Adam or Blue. Actually, all of these characters need big hugs. Can I hug all of them? Also, what’s up with Declan? And his dad? I MUST KNOW THINGS.Noah: Biggest hug of all for Noah. Poor Noah. You’re not as interesting as the other Raven Boys, but I accept you. I’m trying to decide if he has the saddest story and he just might. This character is such an enigma and I’m really curious as to how he’s going to further the plot down the road.There. My massive attempt to review The Raven Boys is over. The short version is that I thought it was incredible, but I also don’t have the feels. Hopefully, the feels will pile on top of me and destroy me utterly in The Dream Thieves.
  • (4/5)

    This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

    Cover Impressions: The cover image for The Raven Boys is really stunning. The beautiful blues, blacks and red work wonderfully with the eggshell background. Closer inspection of the raven reveals swirling brushstrokes that add depth and texture.

    The Gist: On a cold spring night, Blue stands in an abandoned church yard waiting for the parade of death to begin, not that she has ever seen anything. Blue is not a psychic, she serves more as a battery, enhancing the powers of those who already display abilities. But, on this night, everything changes. The face of a boy emerges from the darkness and gives her one name: Gansey.

    A member of the ultra elite Aglionby school, Gansey's balances the demands of his schooling with his passion for ley-lines and the search for a long lost king. When he crosses paths with Blue he and his friends, Adam, Ronan and Noah, finally start to see magic in the everyday and are sent on an adventure that will test their friendships and their dedication to the search.

    Review: The Raven Boys surprised me. I was not a fan of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series and I entered into this world with a little reluctance. Things did not start particularly strongly. I was not instantly enamored of any of the characters and I found the world building a little slow and difficult to follow. However, once the characters began to interact and made huge leaps in the progress of their search, I was completely drawn in.

    As I mentioned, I was not a huge fan of any of the characters. I found Gansey and Ronan rather difficult to like (both for very different reasons) and, while I liked Adam, I found his "I'm poor but I insist on fighting on my own for everything and not accepting a lick of help from the people who clearly care about me" attitude more annoying than endearing. I did enjoy Noah - though I would have liked to see him feature more and Blue was cute but I think her quirkiness could have been played up a little more. These initial impressions, however, may change as the series continues and more of the characterization is revealed.

    The true strength in this novel, lies in the world building and the plot advancement that occurs in the second half. Once the characters truly embarked upon their quest and started to uncover new mysteries I was thrust into the story and entangled with the magic of this new world. The woods becomes a whole other character, beautiful and enchanting one moment, tricky and fickle the next. For the first time in quite a long time, I found myself completely surprised by a particular plot twist and from that moment on, I was hooked.

    While there is nothing particularly racy about the plot of The Raven Boys, it does involve a smattering of swear words and an abusive situation that would make me recommend it for my older and more mature students.

    I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series. Write fast, please, Mrs. Stiefvater.

    Teaching/Parental Notes:

    Age: 16 and up
    Gender: Both
    Sex: None
    Violence: Fist fighting, Gunplay, Physical Abuse, Murder by blunt forced trauma
    Inappropriate Language: Bitch, Fuck, Shit, Bastard, Jesus, Shit
    Substance Use/Abuse: Underage Drinking
  • (5/5)
    With its unique writing style and intriguing cast of characters, The Raven Boys is, hands down, one of the best books I have read all year. It has a haunting, eerie quality that I quite enjoyed, and introduced me to a wonderful world of ley lines, magic and ancient kings.As usual, Stiefvater’s writing transports us to a forgotten corner of the world, where the supernatural comes out to play in weird and vivid ways. For a lot of the book I felt I was external to the action: instead of being embroiled in the adventure I was watching it from the outside, as though glass separated the characters from me. This is in no way a criticism – I feel the author must be commended to have so clearly depicted the bubble that Blue and the Raven Boys exist in: in this world, and yet not.Every single character is this book is dimensional and real and strangely incomplete. My favourite is Adam, who has a terrible home life but won’t accept help from his high rolling friends, fearing it’s too similar to charity. He wants to be his own man, and I admired him for it even as I wanted to slap him for not letting go of his pride. I liked Gansey as well, because he can’t help being rich, and he wants to achieve something in his life that is unconnected to his legacy of wealth, expensive cars and Ivy league schooling. He genuinely cares for his friends and puts a lot of pressure on himself to ensure their well-being and happiness. I feel Blue will be hard-pressed, in future books, to choose between these two great guys! But there is surprisingly little romance in this book (given the blurb), and the story rather focusses on the relationships the Raven boys have with one another, and cultivate with Blue.The story is best described as if seen through a curtain, which the author lifts slowly, rolling it back until we can see clearly. It’s not a straight journey: there are a lot of detours and flashbacks and meanderings that seem inconsequential, and a little self-indulgent, until the very end. I love how Stiefvater elected to show us the relationships between her characters rather than just tell us, and demonstrated their unwavering loyalty and trust through small gestures rather than the grandiose. The fantastical aspect of the book, centred on ley lines and their magic, is told in tandem with the personal stories of each of the Raven Boys: Gansey’s continuing disillusionment with the way his family lives, Ronan’s struggles to accept his father’s death and get along with his elder brother, Adam’s struggles to balance school and work and an abusive home life.A literary achievement, The Raven Boys is a must read for those who already admire Maggie Stiefvater’s work. This haunting tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice is not for everyone, especially those who like their stories straight forward and clear, but I think it will be greatly appreciated by patient readers. I can’t wait for the next book of the series, and look forward to reading Blue’s continuing adventures with the Raven boys.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.
  • (4/5)
    I thought this was going to be a book about a girl, her first love, and the kiss that would kill him. After all, that was the description. But, instead, it was about a girl and her fear of that kiss, a boy and his dream of finding a lost King, another boy and his ambition, another boy and his deep anger, and, finally, one more boy who was more and less than anyone suspected. It was about a family, no, two families. It was about Blue and her mother, aunts, cousins, and all the women who live in her house and all their different types of magic. And it was about the family Gansey made, with Adam, Ronan, and Noah; the family that Blue joined without even realizing it was happening.

    I dove into this book like I was following a ley line right alongside them. I wanted to see where it went; I wanted to find Owen Glendower. Mostly, I wanted to spend time with these characters.

    There's a huge emphasis on money in this book: who has it, who doesn't. It's almost overwhelming the way they talk about it. I kept wanting them to recognize that it was more than money issues, it was classism, but I think the author showed that even as her teenaged characters didn't outright speak about it. And it does make sense, as Gansey, Ronan, and Noah are wealthy private school boys, while Adam works three jobs to supplement his scholarship to the same private school, and Blue and her family are not well off. But I kept waiting for it to make *more* sense--to be a vital part of the story. Since it wasn't, it felt a bit much.

    Still, I loved this book. I'm here for the entire series.
  • (5/5)
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was a recommended read on some or other BookTube channel, and I thought: “Why not? It’s sounds like my type of book”, and golly gosh, was it ever?! The story started off a bit slow, which is understandable considering Stiefvater first needed to introduce us to the characters and whatnot, but when I finally got into the groove of things, it was a pleasant read. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writer’s voice, I love the way the characters develop, and let me just say that I found the story to be quite unique. What I liked most was that although there’s a romance element in the book, it’s not overwhelming or corny. That’s a definite win for me.

    Usually, one would expect a YA book to be of a lesser quality, because let’s face it the YA genre is one of the most popular genres at the moment, but Stiefvater has a way of using each word to her advantage. The story is beautifully written, it flows well, and The Raven Boys’ pace is just wonderful. In other words, you won’t be disappointed in the writing. The story itself is gripping enough to keep you turning the pages, and let me just say that as soon as you’ve been introduced to the main players in the book, you’ll fall in love with them. Adam, Gansey, Noah, Ronan, and Blue, are so lovable! Not to mention, the psychic women living at 300 Fox Way …

    The Raven Boys is definitely worth a read, especially if you’re looking for something a bit different as far as plot-lines are concerned. The Welsh mythology is subtle, yes, but it’s woven into the rest of the story in such a way as to make it stand out without becoming a nuisance.

    In other words, I loved it!
  • (4/5)
    This book has been on my tbr (and on my kindle) for literally years... the library had an audio read by Will Patton, so I snatched it up and finished it in 2.5 days.I am really impressed with this book! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t angsty, the mystery and paranormal is fun, and I liked the characters. I may actually read the rest of the series... since it’s also already on my kindle.
  • (5/5)
    OH MY GOODNESSAKDLGKAJGOAJROTJLGJAFLG

    At night, Henrietta felt like magic, and at night, magic felt like it might be a terrible thing.
    Every time I read the description of this book, I was even more confused about what it was about. It came across as a ghost version of Twilight (and with Maggie Stiefvater's track record with Shiver, no wonder) but the constant hype surrounding it, even after all these years, finally won me over.

    The cover helped too.

    I LOVED THIS! The characters are all amazing, and even when a certain character's existence felt unnecessary at first, by the end they were properly justified and I felt an emotional connection to them. I LOVE the boys themselves. They're all such wonderful, well-rounded characters. I really liked Blue as well, and her wacky family stole my heart.

    Can we just talk about how Ronan--Ronan of all people; the scary angst king--is the mother of a baby raven? Because MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT!

    "You're looking for a god. Didn't you suspect that there was also a devil?"
    The themes are amazing. The imagery is perfect. The intrigue and connections and mystery were masterful. This is spooky and heartfelt and real and magical. It's everything I didn't think it would be. I laughed, I cried, I had a good time.

    Thank you, Maggie Stiefvater. Thank you GR friends, for keeping this on my newsfeed.

    She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.
  • (4/5)


    The Raven Boys

    by Maggie Stiefvater

    I'd give this one 4 ley lines out of 5.



    There really is a lot to say about Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys. The first thing is, I suppose, that I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Will Patton. I must say that Patton was absolutely captivating. I felt like I was listening to Stephen King, which only added to the ambiance of this book palpable book. In short, Stiefvater's writing is something akin to hypnosis. Her diction is beautiful, and practical, and I really enjoyed the rhythm to her writing. She lulls you in.

    The book cover

    The cover to the book is beautiful, and subtle in its simplicity. After having read the book, I realize there is more to the cover than I thought at first glance.

    Plot

    When I first read about this book, I got the impression that there was a strong romantic theme in the book, and while that is present, and in a way, central to the plot of this series, the book ended up being so much more. it was central to the plot, it wasn't overbearing. The plot that came forward

    There is a real palpability to the ambiance. The setting is magical, the group of raven boys is mysterious, and the other psychic and witch-like characters just create a mystical world that I really enjoyed.

    Blue lives with her mother, and other relatives - all psychics except for Blue. Blue, however, has another gift. She amplifies energy. This comes in handy for the psychics as they doing readings and other magical activity. When Blue is asked to go listen to the names of the dead on St. Mark's Eve, she meets a boy who hasn't died yet. She learns that this could only be possible because of one of two reasons. 1) She met her true love, or 2) she be the cause of that boy's death.

    From there the plot continues to build to a boil as she meets various boys in town, and eventually this group of Aglionby boys (the Raven Boys) of which one of them is the boy that she saw in spirit. As they all come to know each other, many dark layers of the plot are revealed cleverly. The books is fairly unpredictable. There are great twists and reveals that are super satisfying. There is even a very nice twist/tease at the end of the book that I had to do some research on to make sure I understood it properly. Nicely done, Maggie.

    Setting

    The settings were kept to a minimum, which I liked. All were important to the plot, or to the characters. They were described luxuriously, when the flow of the story called for it, or expressly and as needed as well.

    Cafes, graveyards, forests, ley lines etc., and keeping the school stuff to a minimum. I liked this approach.

    Characters

    The characters were great. Each one was developed in a nice flow with the story. There is a lot of internal conflict, and angst, but not in the teenager lovy dovy way. I like how the author kept that to the bare minimum. There are hidden feelings, family and supernatural conflicts, and everything inbetween.

    Summary

    If you like a good, character-driven story that is light on the romance, and heavy on the darker side of the supernatural, then you'll surely enjoy the magic woven into every word of The Raven Boys.

    *Note: there is some language in this book.











  • (4/5)
    i love my sweet children, Blue, Noah, Ronan, Adam and uh *stares at smudged writing on my hand* Garfunkel
  • (4/5)
    In the Raven Boys, Blue is the daughter of a psychic and lives with many other psychics, but does not possess the ability, but enhances other people's ability by letting the paranormal use her energy. She has been told from a young age by multiple psychics that her true love that she kisses will die, leading her to avoid men and relationships all together to spare someones life. One night Blue sees a spirit. The Raven Boys are part of a pretensions school, Gansey has been obsessed with ley lines and finding Glendower and with the help of his friends, Adam, Ronan, and Noah they have been coming up with new ideas and theories without coming close to finding them. With Blue's help and her energy the Raven Boys have a much better chance at finding the ley line.

    It took me a while to fully get into Raven Boys. About half the story is building of relationships, characters, and the paranormal aspects. This is definitely needed for world building, but it can be a bit slow to read, but after half way though I was completely hooked. I was a bit hesitant about the characters thinking, oh another loner, special high school girl making friends with the rich boys, that's NEVER been done. It's been done to death, but really it plays a small role, it's more of a character trait that the boys go to a rich school and there's issues that arise from it, but are really going to lead to bigger problems I feel in the series and it adds context to certain relationships. The story is intricate with multiple layers of plot with different characters, Maggie does a really good job of keeping it focused and understandable, which makes the big AHA moments really intense.
  • (5/5)
    This book is a fantasy-magic-ya delight. It's the story of Blue Sargent who lives in Henrietta, Virginia. She is the one non-psychic in a family/house full of psychics; however, she does have her own special talent. Blue is a magical amplifier. When she is around magical things/events become stronger. For the majority of her 16 years, Blue has been told that kissing her true love will kill him. So naturally, she's sworn off boys--especially boys from Aglionby Academy, the local private all-boys school. It's where all of the ridiculously rich families send their sons. In Blue's experience the students of Aglionby are rich, entitled brats, and it's just smart--logical-- to steer clear of them.That is until Blue has her first psychic experience. During a yearly family custom in which they sit in an old church yard and take down the names of the spirits who will die within the next year, Blue sees a spirit. It is the spirit of a boy and Blue learns that she has seen him because he will either die by her hands...or he's her one true love.Enter the Raven Boys, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. They are on a search to find the local ley lines in order to help them find and ancient Welsh king, Glendower, also called The Raven King. The group is drawn together in the quest to find the ley lines, wake them up, and eventually find the Raven King. But they aren't the only ones on this quest. It becomes a race to be the first to find the heart of the ley lines and perform the ritual to wake it up. And throughout, Blue is determined not to fall in love with any of her Raven Boys.There is magic, lies, betrayal, murder...everything you need in a good book. I loved the story and the characters. It was well paced and kept me interested all throughout.
  • (5/5)
    So glad I picked up this book after literally years of my best friend telling me to! Had a hard time with the beginning of the book, as it felt very cliche, and lately I have had little patience for typical YA tropes. That being said, I was sucked in ny around page 60 and flew through it. I look forward to reading the next books!
  • (5/5)
    Loved, loved, loved this book! Blue is a charmingly adorable character who I instantly liked. I even really enjoyed Gansey's quirky self. Can't wait to read the next book!
  • (3/5)
    Not normally my style of YA. It is a testament to the writer's skill that I finished it. The last few chapters even made me want to read the next one.

  • (5/5)
    A wildly different style from All The Crooked Saints, The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) is utterly amazing. The Characters are all individual, have their own quirks, and are whole.
    The story is good too, but my favorite characters are Blue, and Ronan.
  • (4/5)
    it's kind of a dumb ya romance and all.. but dammit there were things i DID NOT see coming and now i have to read the next one.
  • (5/5)
    I love the way Stiefvater has woven together the various threads of this story, the subtle way that things are worked towards and foreshadowed. I also was fascinated that such a small section of the story was resolved - some of the details that I expected to be central to the plot are possibly going to be relevant to the later books, which makes me hopeful that the next book will be as strong.
  • (4/5)
    It took me a little bit to get into the swing of this one (partly because I had to put it down for about a week to read for book club and partly, I think, because I sometimes missed the transition among various characters' points of view at the beginnings of chapters), but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Steifvater does the relationships between and among her characters so well, and I am intrigued by just what the heck is going on. If I had any quibbles, it would be maybe that all the various characters what live at Blue's house are not necessarily super distinct in my mind and that I thought the end was a tiny bit abrupt, but really I mostly am just looking forward to getting into the next one soon.
  • (5/5)
    When I saw Ameriie tout this as one of her favorite series I decided to give it a shot without reading a single synopsis and I'm happy I didn't. So much happens in this book that its difficult for me to decide whats my favorite part. It's terrifying and magical all at once and I feel immensely invested in the characters - especially Blue and Gansey. I picked up the second book before finishing the first because I HAVE to know what happens next.
  • (4/5)
    Upon reading this book, I have to say it felt like the opposite of how I felt when I got married to my ex. I started this book, expecting to really dislike it, but I found that I rather enjoyed it. It has this mix of mystery and paranormal elements that really worked for me.

    This is essentially about a girl named Blue, who lives in a house of psychics, with her mother (also a psychic). She has always been told not to kiss her true love because it would kill him and has abided by that by avoiding boys and love at all costs. On one particular evening, she sees a spirit for the first time during a time where psychics are known to speak with spirits that are soon to be dead. Her vision is a boy around her age and he is to be dead within a year. Thus begins a story of intrigue and mystery, where you are given various perspectives and plot twists involving ghosts, family drama, and even murder.

    I was skeptic going into this book and I am proud to say I am a fan. I can't wait to pick up the next one and get more into the series.
  • (4/5)
    I started to read this book once and then about 15% of the way DNF'd it and didn't really think about it again, but my best friend told me to pick it back up again and read it. Since I trust her opinions I did that. While the writing wasn't bad and the characters were likeable (most of them anyway), I feel like this book just took me so, so, so long to read. The story telling is beautiful though and it does leave you wanting more. I'm pretty sure I'll continue with this series at some point. I would recommend this book, just make sure you set a lot of time aside. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Dang, but Stiefvater can write. This is an incredibly fast read with a fantastic cast of characters and some downright creepy gothic vibes. I wouldn't mind reading more of this series.
  • (5/5)
    so i read this because everyone's been talking about it and it was pretty much as amazing as i expected. i did not find it to be too slow, it kept my attention the whole time.
    the writing is absolutely beautiful i don't know how but it goes so well with the entire atmosphere, which is magical in a very subtle way, it's so different from anything i've ever read.
    it is a completely character-driven story, which i love, and so of course the characters are all very unusual and unexpected and so so loveable. i am very intrigued about all of them, especially ronan, but at the moment i kind of have a soft spot for noah. there were a few moments where i might've shed some tears ._.
    however i do have two complaints: the first is the fact that we don't really see how the friendship between blue and the boys comes to be... at one point she hates them and then after meeting twice they spend every day together.......
    and the other thing i don't like is what's going on with blue and adam................... they probably have chemistry but i kind of know who's going to end up with who so i don't likeeeeee ittttt.....
    but i can't wait to read the rest of the series because it is very appealing to my tastes <3
    (i found it quite funny that the town's name is Henrietta.)
  • (3/5)
    I'm not really sure what to make of this book.

    On the one hand, the characters were really, really fun. I loved Gansey's earnestness coupled with his obliviousness. I loved Ronan's fierceness coupled with his destructiveness. I loved Adam's...everything. Their dynamics were exciting to read and feel.

    Blue, too, was a really great point of view for the reader. Her no-nonsense sensibility in a world full of nonsense is really cute and touching. I also loved how much of a sixteen year old girl she is. I appreciated the fact that, as a sixteen year old, she doesn't fall instantly for Her True Love. Rather, the author has set it up as a journey that will arrive at an inevitable conclusion, which in turn will make the relationship all the more real and powerful. I love that.

    On the other hand, this is another one of those books where it feels like you've walked in in the middle of the conversation. It's like there's this puzzle piece you're supposed to know about that's niggling in the back of your brain but you just can't quite see it. The boys are already knee-deep in the middle of...lets call it a research project...that they all somehow have a complete and consuming passion in. I didn't completely ever understand what they were looking for. What the ultimate goal was. I didn't see why or how half the town was somehow involved in it too. And the concept of ley lines or corpse roads or cabeswater...I'm sorry, what?

    Basically, I Ioved the everyday, human aspects of this book. Gansey trying desperately to take care of everybody. Ronan slowly self-destructing because of his family life. Adam stubbornly holding out for independence in his own broken world. Blue for ing normalcy in her world no matter what. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series - hopefully it will shed more light on the fantastical elements in this book!
  • (4/5)
    Fun angsty YA fantasy. Brain candy. I really like Blue and she's what's keeping me reading, as well as being somewhat invested in the outcome.
  • (5/5)
    I went into this not knowing what it was about. I wanted to be surprised. And boy was I surprised! I loved every minute of this book. But the ending!!!! It had me SHOOK!!!
  • (5/5)
    Excellent! Engaging the author drags you into the story and takes you on the journey with the kids.
  • (5/5)
    very good can't wait to read the next one, like damn.
  • (4/5)
    A really enjoyable book and i can’t wait to see how things go in the next book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the character's, the mystery, and the adventure! It pulled me straight through- I couldn't turn it off! I loved Will Patton's reading too, the southern drawl was both accurate and endearing.