Friday, March 22, 2013

The Raven Boys: Review & Giveaway!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Pages: 409

Summary:

“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. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts:

Blue lives in a home with a family full of psychics and is the only one who does not have the ability. But one night while in a churchyard, she sees a boy's spirit. This means that he is either her true love or that she killed him. She never thought that she would ever associate with a Raven Boy but finds herself drawn to a group of them.

This is the first book I have read by Maggie Stiefvater and I am absolutely in love with her writing style already. The characters were all very well developed. I felt like I knew each and every one of them and they were all unique and had their own distinct voice. A lot of people have mentioned that they didn't care for the character names in this book but I actually enjoyed them. They were very different from the names we usually see. I never once had a hard time keeping track of who was who, and I really enjoyed knowing the background of each character.

This book just sucked me in and spit me out wanting more. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I would definitely recommend that you check this book out if this is a genre that you enjoy. Oh! I have to mention that this book has an absolutely beautiful cover! The picture doesn't quite show how pretty it is in person.

* I paid for this book with my own money and this is my honest opinion.

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To say thank you to all my wonderful readers out there I am going to be giving away my copy of The Raven Boys. So just complete the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! Thank you so much, you are all AMAZING!! :)



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30 comments:

  1. Hi Leigh Ann,
    I really enjoy your review. It reminds me that I wanted to read this story and now, after reading your post, I remember why... I like troubles in a book!
    Can I enter your giveaway if I'm living in France ?

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    1. It is supposed to be a US only giveaway but go ahead and enter and if the winner is international I will allow it. :) I want everyone to have a chance to win!

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  2. I've been wanting to read the Raven Boys for so long! It just seems like an amazing read (plus the cover is gorgeous!)
    but I've been wondering... is this giveaway international?

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  3. Ooh, this book sounds uh-mazing! I'm dying to read it!
    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway! :D

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  4. I'm in France too... I hope it's OK if I enter!

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  5. I loved her Wolves of Mercy Falls books, and I've been meaning to read this for awhile now. I'm glad you enjoy her writing too!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. I haven't read those ones yet, I'll have to get them! And you're welcome! :)

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  6. I've been wanting to read this book forever! Your review is great,makes me want to read it more then ever now.
    Thanksfr thechance

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  7. I've been thinking about reading this since so long. And nice review :) makes want to read it! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway. Oh and I'm an international blogger, hope that's not a problem.

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    1. You're welcome! And not a problem at all! :)

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  8. Leigh, You're Yes, I enjoy Yr words so much.
    Blessed Be¡

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  9. I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time and the cover is really pretty.

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    1. Yes it is! It's even prettier in person. :)

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  10. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and thanks for following me. I followed back.
    Lisa from I Feel So Unnecessary

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for the follow! :)

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  11. I look forward to reading this book!

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  12. Thanks for having this giveaway. This book sounds very interesting.
    I wasn't sure I wanted to read this, but after your review I'm intrigued.

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    1. You're welcome! It is interesting! :)

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  13. thanks for the giveaway
    almendra in the rafflecopter

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  14. Terrific review! I think this is the first I've heard of her writing.

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    1. Thank you! This is the first book I've read by her but I'm looking forward to reading more. :)

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