Sash: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

the raven boysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Scholastic Press, 409 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought the audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Recommended for: someone looking for something different

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.

Maggie Stiefvater, how do you continue to outdo yourself? You one-up each of your books every time a new one is published.

I’m not really sure what I thought this book was about – birds? Psychics? Without bothering to even read the synopsis, I jumped right into the world of Blue Sargent and her raven boys.

This book is unique in so many different ways – the characters, the setting, the plot – all of it. I can’t begin the describe the type of rapture I was in while listening to this audiobook, which was narrated by Will Patton (Remember the Titans!). Side note: he was such an amazing voice actor and the perfect person to bring this book to life. I think his interpretation of the characters and the book made it feel more real than just reading the book would have done. His voice is dark and creepy, but at the same time, it’s not. I’m not sure how to explain it.

Back to the actual story part of this – this is the first book in a four book set and so there is so much mystery surrounding the overall quest that I’m interested to see how Maggie opens the mystery slowly to allow some information to trickle out without giving me the whole thing. Often times, I don’t like figuring these out before they’re revealed to me, and I think this In The Dark feeling is one that is integral to the success of this series.

I was so happy that I picked up a galley of the next installment, The Dream Thieves, at BEA because I just had to know what was going to happen next – THAT LAST LINE! Maggie’s writing is beautiful and haunting, and everything that I loved about the Wolves of Mercy Falls is found here – plus more.

Cool art by Maggie Stiefvater below:

the raven boys

  • June 20, 2013 - 1:13 am

    Bella's Shelf - I’m listening to this next (after the audiobook of Cinder). It was time because I got RB at bea12 & DT at bea13! Lolz
    I am glad book 2 spurred me into finally reading book 1.
    So far my audiobooks have been female narrators so I’m glad for the switch up.
    Have a great Thursday!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Trust me… You want to read The Dream Thieves like… NOW! I just finished and it was so amazing! Definitely different from The Raven Boys, but soooo good.
    I loved how everything was so mysterious in The Raven Boys and not everything was given away in book one. I also loved so many unconventional characters but Maggie didn’t go way overboard with them.
    There were some AWESOME twists in this book and it instantly hooked me on the series! So glad the audio was good! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - The Raven Boys was one of my favorites of 2012. I loved it! So glad you enjoyed the audio. I’m so jealous of your ARC of The Dream Thieves! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one :)

    -Taylor @ Reading is the ThingReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Nikki - Totally agree with everything you said here. I loved that In The Dark feeling as well – there’s an air of mystery that permeates everything about this book, and it’s completely captivating. I cannot WAIT to hear what you think of The Dream Thieves – so jealous of your getting that ARC!!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Alexa Y. - You expressed your thoughts on this book perfectly! I enjoyed this one last year, and I was surprised by how complex and interesting and SOLIDLY GOOD it was. I can’t wait to dive into The Dream Thieves!ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2013 - 6:10 am

    VeganYANerds - Glad you liked this! I am so looking forward to the sequel :)ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 12:02 am

    Sash: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – BOOK REVIEW - […] The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater Release Date: September 17th, 2013 Scholastic Press, 448 Pages Sub-genre: Paranormal Source: ARC via BEA 2013 Age Group: Young Adult Series: The Raven Cycle #2 Follow up to: The Raven Boys […]ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2014 - 12:01 am

    The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour + Giveaway! - Sash and Em: A Tale of Two Bookies - […] The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves were SO unique and Blue Lily, Lily Blue will be no different. We’re celebrating the release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue with a Tarot Reading of The Raven Cycle series (past, present, and future!). […]ReplyCancel

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