The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780545530491
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 20, 2016

Will Patton infuses Stiefvater's rich, descriptive writing with life. He brings the characters and sense of place to you in a way that will haunt you. As I started this story, I thought here we go another predictable love story. But, what I got was a intriguing story that twisted and turned in ways I didn't see coming. It's more a story of friendship than love. Once I reached the end of this book, I had to move straight into the next book, because I wasn't ready for this tale to end.

Jan 27, 2015

GAAAH! I hate the narrator! It ruined this book for me. I don't even want to read the next one. :(

JCLChrisK Jul 02, 2013

I suddenly find myself wishing this book wasn't so popular so I could more easily get my hands on a copy (since there's a waiting list for all of our library copies that are currently checked out). I listened to the excellent audiobook production, but now I want to page back through the actual book to reread and review some sections; partly to re-experience details that I didn't hold onto well enough during my listening and partly to help me decide if I want to give this four or five stars. As it is, I'll call it a four-and-a-half rounded up. --- I don't remember what summary description I read about the book before I started reading it or just what that blurb said, but I remember I had two responses: 1) I didn't find it particularly remarkable and wasn't all that intrigued by the book's plot description; and 2) that didn't really matter to me since I'd felt the same way about The Scorpio Races yet had thoroughly enjoyed that title, along with the fact that readers I trust were recommending this one. So I decided to give it a chance and jumped in with both feet, finding myself quickly swept away. --- I was a little worried when, right up front, I learned there was a paranormal element and, it seemed, a strongly foreshadowed romance--worried it might just be another of the formulaic paranormal romances that are so common these days--but I decided to trust Stiefvater. My trust was well placed. No hacked or cliched formulas resulted; at least, not as obvious constraints on the excellent plot and character development. And it was the characters that really drew me in and won me over, for there is a large cast of complex, well-developed, interesting protagonists, and the story doesn't hinge on a single person or romantic interest. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with each one of them. --- I also enjoyed the obviously researched paranormal angle, psychics and ley lines and spirits and Welsh legends. It had the heft and weight of history behind it. --- My biggest hesitation was that the climax and resolution didn't feel quite natural for the characters and plot, but a bit manipulated to work as simply a step in an ongoing series--it wasn't that things are left unresolved, but what is resolved and how it happens in an attempt to walk the tightrope between finishing this story and leaving things open for the next. --- Still, I'll definitely be reading that next one when it appears.

CaraLibrarian May 22, 2013

Oh my god. Will Patton is the most amazing reader. There is no reason to experience this book any other way. Period.


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