- Title: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)
- Classification: Young Adult
- Genre: Paranormal
- Format: Hardcover; 592 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 9780316126113
- ISBN-13: 978-0316126113
- ASIN: 031612611X
- Notes: Library Loan
Amidst the plotting and searching, a girl will become entangled within their fates. A girl with the ability to enhance a person's or place's magical powers. A girl who's paternal parentage will come into question. A girl who is predicted to kill her true love with a mere kiss...Perhaps love's first kiss? A girl who looks eerily like the one depicted on the Page of Cups. A card which keeps being drawn when the two individuals fortunes are being read. Coincidence or something more?
This was such a fun books. I always enjoy Ms. Stiefvater's books and this one was no exception. Four very different boys who are all friends are on a quest to find a lost King. A girl, who is new to the group, may be the key to finding him. While she effortlessly appears to assimilate into the group, she will undoubtedly create a little friction and tension between two of the boys, as we discover that, while she's attracted to one, another may be her true love, and it's been deemed that this will be the year she'll meet her true love.
Gansey is the leader of the pack, and the one who binds the others together. It is his quest to find Glendower, the lost King who supposedly disappeared without a trace hundreds of years ago. We don't find out the real reason for this quest until later in the book, so we don't know if he's just a bored rich kid who is indulging himself with a little archaeological mystery or if he's a bit eccentric.
Ronan is a rebel apparently without a cause. He seems mad at the world and is reportedly different from the boy he was prior to his father's death. Gansey once stated, "he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves." Ronan has a sharp edge to him. His father was murdered and the will forbade Ronan and his brothers from returning to their childhood home or having anything to do with their mother who has been comatose since their father's death. There is something mysterious about Ronan and he is a puzzle, but we won't be able to piece him together until the second book which is mainly about Ronan. It's Gansey's hope that, unlike Humpty Dumpty, this fractured individual will be able to be put back together again.
Adam is a the only one of the boys who isn't a trust fund baby. He's actually from Henrietta and has paid his way through the elite high school by working three jobs in the hopes of bettering his circumstances. When Blue asks him where he lives he states:
"A place made for leaving."
"It's not really a place.”
I'd like to note that I liked the cover for this one. Here's the reason why--In the book there is a passage that says, "Ronan's smile cut his face, but he looked kinder than Blue had ever seen him, like the raven in his hand was his heart, finally laid bare." Now look at the cover. An artist who actually knew something about the book! Oh, in case you have another version, the one I'm talking about is the white one with a raven on it sporting a red area which I'm guessing represent a heart on it in it's chest. In addition, encircling the words The Raven Boys is the symbol for the ley line. I love it when the cover actually has something to do with the actual book. Below is the cover I'm talking about (in case Amazon changes it):
Pictures of what chainsaw may have looked like:
Notes to keep you in the know:
In case you were wondering, Glendower was a real person: "Owain Glyndŵr or Owain Glyn Dŵr, (1349/1359? - 1416) was the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales (Tywysog Cymru). He instigated a fierce and long-running but ultimately unsuccessful revolt against the English rule of Wales. (...) On 16 September 1400, Glyndŵr instigated the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV of England. Although initially successful and rapidly gaining control of large areas of Wales, the uprising suffered from key weaknesses - particularly a lack of artillery, which made capturing defended fortresses difficult, and ships, which made their coastlands vulnerable - and was eventually overborne by the superior resources of the English. Glyndŵr was driven from his last strongholds in 1408/1409 and the last documented sighting of him was in 1412. He refused to accept a pardon and despite large rewards being offered, was never betrayed to the English. As a result, his ultimate fate remains a mystery." (wikipedia)