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The Raven Boys : The Raven Cycle series: Book 1 - Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

The Raven Cycle series: Book 1

Paperback Published: 30th July 2013
ISBN: 9780545424936
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: 14+ years old

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, 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 is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher 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 doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem.

But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Industry Reviews

e "Stiefvater's novel, inspired by Manx, Irish, and Scottish legends of beautiful but deadly fairy horses that emerge from the sea each autumn, begins rivetingly and gets better and better . . . all the way, in fact, to best."
-Horn Book Review, Starred Review

e "Masterful...like nothing else out there now."
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

e "A study of courage and loyalty tested...utterly compelling."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

e "A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster."
-Booklist, Starred Review

e "Up-On the sea-battered and wind-swept isle of Thisby, fall brings the famed and feared capaill uisce, or water horses, and with them, death . . . The author takes great liberties with the Celtic myth, but the result is marvelous."
-School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Stiefvater not only steps out of the young adult fantasy box with "The Scorpio Races" but crushes it with pounding hooves.... If "The Scorpio Races" sounds like nothing you've ever read, that's because it is."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Tactile world-building, an island full of compelling characters, and the budding romance between Sean and Puck all make for an unforgettable book that's quite unlike anything else out there."
-NPR Books

"With this beautifully executed drama, Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Tense, atmospheric, and utterly original."
-People Magazine

ISBN: 9780545424936
ISBN-10: 0545424933
Series: Raven Cycle
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: Scholastic US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.34

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Maggie Stiefvater

About the Author


All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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