The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) (Paperback)
I am constantly recommending this entire series (four books) because of it's attention to detail and the complete devotion to characters that Stiefvater gives to every single character that you find yourself always rooting for everyone (even the bad ones!). The plot is so mysterious and things are never what you expect. I haven't enjoyed a series this much since Harry Potter.
-- Josh— From Josh H. Staff Picks
Psychics, curses, sleeping Welsh Kings, ghosts, baby ravens, and orange Cameros. What more could you want? This is not just a story about a girl and the four boys that change her life forever. It's a story about the strange, magnetic, and vicious bonds that hold people together. It's a story about pride, and love, and the inexplicable way that the past and the future bend into one another. It's a story about magic-- in it's best and worst forms. Stiefvater is a writer of extreme humanity, humor, and skill. Her stories weave from funny to heartwrenching to terrifying in an instant. All you have to do is hold on.
-- Haley— From Haley P. Staff Picks
Fall '12 Kids List
“Blue has grown up in a house full of women psychics who have foretold certain death for her first love. She unwillingly becomes friends with a gaggle of boys, the Raven Boys, from the very expensive private school in town. They're on the search for a mythical king who is said to grant a wish to whoever finds him. Will Blue's ability to intensify the magic around them help on their quest or put them in danger? The Raven Boys will pull you into their thrilling journey.”
— Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
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.
About the Author
–Horn Book Review, Starred Review
é “Masterful...like nothing else out there now.”
–Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
é “A study of courage and loyalty tested…utterly compelling.”
–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
é “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
é “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.”
“With this beautifully executed drama, Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today.”
“Tense, atmospheric, and utterly original.”