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The Raven Cycle #1: The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater (author) (UK edition)

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve… Either you’re his true love… or you killed him.”

Part of a clairvoyant family, Blue has spent sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. So when she meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road, Blue knows that either he is her true love – or she has killed him. The boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and he is a student at Aglionby, a wealthy local private school. With three other mysterious and privileged boys, he is on a quest to find the grave of Glendower – a Welsh king buried somewhere on a Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey really her true love – the one she is destined to kill? Blue never fully believed in the prophecy. But as she is caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Product Details


The Raven Cycle (book 1)







Date published

September 6th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Upper years; 16.0 points

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  • 464 pages



UK edition


Maggie Stiefvater

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  1. Shakira, Book Club Review Team
    on 24 February 2014

    Amazing storyline

    The book tells the story of Blue, who has been told if she kisses her true love, he will die. So when she meets Gansey’s spirit she knows it can be either two reasons – he is her true love or she’s already killed him.

    In her determination to find out the truth, Blue joins the Raven Boys; four boys from the local private school led by Gansey who are on a supernatural quest. So is Gansey her true love? And if she is the reason for his death where will fate lead them?

    I’m not really a fan of this style of writing and genre of books but I was surprised to find I really enjoyed it. The storyline was amazing and the characters all came together. At times it did get quite confusing as the author had incorporated several viewpoints into the story.

    I liked how the writer included a magical and supernatural aspect to the story but only just so the impact would still make the story believable. Even though we all know trees can’t speak Latin the writer had a way of twisting it into the story so to readers it still felt as though we were in the real world.

    I highly recommend this book to all teenagers.

    My star rating is 4 out of 5 due to points where I’d zone out due to confusion on which character was speaking.

    4out of 5

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