The Raven Boys: review & giveaway

September 17, 2012 2012, 4 star books, fantasy, giveaway, maggie stiefvater, mystery, Wendy 191

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The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

On a cold night every spring, sixteen-year-old Blue and her psychic mother wait in a churchyard for the dead to arrive. Her mother is usually the one who sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her.

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”

With those chilling words, Blue is caught up in a mystery she never expected involving the privileged Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy. She must guard her heart closely, however, because Blue’s always been told that she’s destined to kill her true love with a kiss.

If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society, The Raven Boys is the type of tale he might’ve told, one that emerges through curl of smoke and excites with a flash of fire. This story, which seems to be loosely based on a real Welsh folk tale, is haunted by ghosts, invigorated by a fantastical search for a legendary sleeping Welsh king, and tinged with the frightening dark beauty of centuries-old magic.

While the story starts out from Blue’s point of view, the book is actually told in third-party omniscient style, a welcome change from the author’s usual first person perspective, and a necessary one given the many characters we get to know, particularly the raven boys. Gansey, who is obsessed with the supernatural; Adam, who yearns for a life outside what he knows; Ronan, whose anger hides untold regret; and Noah, a troubled soul who knows a great deal more than he lets on. I loved the complicated relationship between these boys, from their good-natured jeers to their anxious concern for one another. There is a collegial feel to the book that I very much enjoyed, but beyond that, there is also a deeply felt connection and a mysterious synergy between the characters that I hadn’t felt in the author’s books since Shiver and Linger. It’s a surprise to find that the strongest and most compelling facet of this novel isn’t necessarily the romance–although that is also intriguing and incredibly complicated–but the brotherly love between this tightly-knit group of boys.

There are several mysteries going on, all of which aroused my curiosity. I have to admit, however, there are so many characters and plot lines to keep track of that the first half of the book was occasionally bewildering and a little maddening. As with The Scorpio Races, I also find some of the names a bit distracting since there are so many unusual ones (although I do like some of them, including the rather gloriously pompous “Barrington Whelk”), and the propensity to overuse proper nouns when a simple “he” or “she” would do occasionally tried my patience. While I think the novel would be stronger overall if it was a little more focused and lost some of its cluttering details, these are small nitpicks in such an imaginative book, and the whirlwind of the second half definitely rewards those who stick with it. I liked that we see more of the author’s offbeat humor in this novel, and her gift for seeing beauty in ordinary things still moves me.

The air moved slowly around his body, somehow tangible, gold-flaked, every dust mote a lantern.

I’m happy to find another Maggie Stiefvater book that I like so much and I’m incredibly excited to see where this story goes next. That cryptic ending–and the loose ends with Blue’s romantic destiny–will guarantee that I’ll be one of the first people in line for the sequel.

For fans of intelligent mystery and fantasy, this unkindness of ravens is well worth your time.

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This review also appears on GoodReads. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

Win a Raven Boys ARC

We know we’ve been spoiling our readers with giveaways recently, but there are a ton of great books releasing this fall! Thanks to our friends at Scholastic Books, we’re offering you a chance to win a copy of Maggie’s latest book. As usual, all you have to do is leave your contact details through the Rafflecopter form along with a comment below! This contest is open to internationally to readers aged 18 and up.

If you’d like to sample the novel, you may also read the first two chapters on Entertainment Weekly!

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191 Responses to “The Raven Boys: review & giveaway”

  1. lemonie

    Loved your review as usual Wendy. As I have read all of Maggie’s books and really enjoyed the Raven Boys, Im looking forward to this follow up.

    Many Thanks for all the review you post, because of your recommendations I have just finished The Snow Child (which was wonderful) and I am about to start The Sea of Tranquility. Any ideas if you will be getting an ARC for The World After by Susan Ee to review soon?

  2. Preeti Joan

    I haven’t read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s books but I am definitely looking forward for this one! I’ve read amazing reviews about the Raven Boys and it intrigued me to read her works. So maybe I’ll start with this! :)

  3. Liss Martz

    I’ve never read any book from her, but I know she’s a great writer, all I read or heard about her books are amazing things. I’m so excited to read something about her!

  4. Dani Marie

    I have heard a number of great things about this book. I am so excited to check it out. This many people can’t be wrong.

  5. Little Miss Saddle Shoes

    Wendy, I love your reviews! They have steered me to so many wonderful books and this one seems like no exception. Believe it or not, I haven’t read one of Maggie’s books yet. This one looks right up my alley!

  6. andrea b

    I’m excited about this one because I really enjoyed the Mercy Falls books — but I’m really trying to read as little as possible about it, I want to be surprised! :)

  7. Unknown

    This book is hands-down my favorite YA book so far this year. I read the ARC and am dying to have my very own copy!

  8. Jolene and Family

    I have yet to read any of Maggies books and I’m ashamed to say that! I’ve heard such good things about her writing and I would so love to get my hands on this book! It sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for the chance to win

  9. Livvy

    I’ve heard lots about this book and The Scopio Races that has all been good, but I didn’t overly enjoy Shiver which was my last Maggie book. However, I’m very intruiged by everything about this book and it really does sound exciting with lots of mystery and ghostly tales, I think it could really be something to capture my attention.
    Well, I look forward to reading this even more now.
    Lovely review! :)

  10. Vivien

    I enjoyed this book, but there’s something holding me back. I can’t pinpoint it but I just didn’t connect as much as I had hoped. Hopefully the next books will be better. I still loved the writing but it didn’t seem to ‘flow’ as easily as it has in the past for Maggie. I don’t know….

  11. SeekingPlumb

    I really enjoyed Maggie’s Shiver series. There was something so tender & so touching between the two. It’s the type of relationship you don’t find very often, in prose or in real life. It’s what has me coming back for more, BUT having read your review, this sounds absolutely captivating!!

  12. Yue

    This book seems interesting! I liked Scorpio Races, so I’m hoping this one will be just as great.

  13. Emily

    I’ve loved everything Maggie has written and she seems so nice. I can’t wait to read this book. The cover is so intriguing!

  14. Morgan

    I’m really looking forward to reading this! I read the first two chapters on her website and I’m so excited to read the rest!

  15. Holly

    I’m really looking forard to reading The Raven Boys.It sounds really great and I enjoyed reading the Wolves of Mercy Fall’s series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Sapphire Pyro

    I see many positive reviews on this book, and I find its plot interesting.

    I’m hoping to read it someday.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  17. Misti

    Wow, this sounds really good! I’ve only ever read Shiver by this author, but I loved it! Now I need to get my hands on this one!

  18. Neyra

    Great review Wendy! ^_^ I’ve seen this book before, and to be honest what drew me in was the cover, so simple yet stunning. Now I’m intrigued about the plot, and I want to meet these Raven Boys, they sound fun ;) lol. I’m not sure how I feel about 3rd person narrative yet, as I’ve only ever read one or two books like that, but I’ll definitely give it a go :)

  19. Sharon ObsessionwithBooks

    A wonderful review Wendy! I haven’t read anything by Maggie Stiefvater but have seen so much praise for The Raven Boys I can’t wait to read it.

    Thankyou for sharing and for the int’l giveaway :)

  20. Sharon ObsessionwithBooks

    A wonderful review Wendy! I haven’t read anything by Stiefvater as yet but have seen so much praise for The Raven Boys that I can’t wait to get hold of it.

    Thankyou for sharing & for the giveaway!

  21. Jaime Lester

    I love Maggie. I just love her writing style, and her characters are so real, I feel like I know them. With the exception of the Shiver series, which was good just not for me, I have loved everything she has written. The Raven Boys is definitely the one that has me the most excited though. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  22. Lark

    My daughter and I had the fun of attending a talk on writing that Maggie Stiefvater gave at one of our local public libraries. She’s a good writer, and The Raven Boys sounds fascinating. I’m certainly a fan of “intelligent mystery and fantasy!”

  23. Whitney

    Wasnt the biggest fan of Mercy Falls, but loved Scorpio Races and happy to see the good stuff keeps coming. Excited to read this.

  24. ZaraAlexis

    I was simply taken by this quote: “Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her.” I love the idea of the paranormal and the surrender of the boy…and to think it’s either because Blue is his true love or his killer…or both? INTRIGUING! I would love a copy!! Thanks so much!

  25. Maree

    Great review – you’ve got me so excited to read this! I’ve never read any of Maggie’s other books, but this sounds so good I can’t wait to get my hands on it :)

    Maree @ Maree’s Musings

  26. Annabelle Marie Veronica

    Ive never read any of Maggie’s books before, but I’ve heard absolutely awesome things about them. This sounds like it might be perfect! I love the sound of it and it seems like something I’d love. Excellent review!

  27. Inge

    Despite never having read a Stiefvater book, I’ve heard so many good things about her (eg. The Scorpio Races)! And I’m really excited about The Raven Boys – lots of raving (no pun intended) reviews and it sounds completely different from your average YA book, which is exactly what I need right now! :D

  28. Inge

    I have never read a Stiefvater book before, but I’ve heard a lot about it (eg. The Scorpio Races) so I’m really curious about her potential! Also, The Raven Boys sounds really interesting :D completely different from your average YA book, which is just what I need!

  29. Amy

    Oh, Wendy. You wonderfully evil woman. I don’t need any more books to read but I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater!!

  30. Katta

    The tagline for this book–either your true love or you killed him–makes me want to pick it up asap!

  31. Katta

    The tagline for this book–either your true love or you killed him–makes me want to pick it up asap!

  32. Sam

    That ending definitely was cryptic! I’m looking forward to finding out more about Ronan’s parting line and seeing where the story goes next. The Raven Boys was one of my favourite reads of 2012 so far, so I’m really glad you liked it too Wendy. Wonderful review! :)

  33. Christina

    Holy cow, there are a bajillion comments on this. Anyway, I’m really glad you liked it. Stiefvater books are so divisive. People tend to have such strong opinions about her works. I picked up an ARC of this, which I’ve obviously failed to read before release. (Bad blogger!) Since I haven’t loved her in the past, I’m skeptical. The change from first person to third sounds rather encouraging, since my big issue with her in the past has been my distaste for her characters, so perhaps some distance will be a good thing. The romances, too, have been problematic, mostly because I don’t like the characters and don’t care if they’re happy, so I’m a bit more hopeful knowing that the romantic element is significantly reduced. Also, there should be more books about friendship!

  34. Raven Cook

    I would love to win a book by Maggie Stiefvater!! Shiver, Linger, and Forever were awesome! Raven to win the Raven Boys :)

  35. Sarahbotbonkers

    I’ve yet to read anything by Stiefvater but I heard she is a great writer and she writes beautiful and awesome books. I am so excited to read Raven Boy, I heard it’s a book to watch out for. :)

  36. Bookish Sue

    I have to say, I have been hesitant to read this, and I’m honestly not sure if your review swayed me in one direction or another,, but since you mention that you haven’t enjoyed a Stievater book as much since Shiver,,, I think I must try it out!

  37. Brandy Mccollum

    I read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and loved it and have heard nothing but good things about this book. I am excited to get my hands on this one. Her take on werewolves was so different that I am really looking forward to see what she does with this book.

  38. Denice Mae Cordero

    I’m really excited to read this book or Stiefvater books cause I always read a lot of praises for her books… I never had the chance to read her books, that’s why I’m really thankful for this giveaway!!!

  39. Rachel

    I’m thrilled to see you really enjoyed this one too, Wendy. It did take some patience to get through the first half but it was worth it. Great review Wendy. :)

    I’m going to pass on the giveaway because I have a copy. :)

  40. Sheryl

    I haven’t read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s books before but I’m looking forward to reading this one because I’ve heard good things about it.

  41. Kayla Beck

    I have so many friends that love Stiefvater, but she’s just not won me over yet. Shiver was alright, Linger was better, and The Scorpio Races was a “maybe later” book for me. Sure her writing is beautiful and her world-building is A-Plus, but I haven’t been drawn in. I think this book may be the one for me if I’m going to like her stuff.

  42. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh, Wendy, wow.
    This is… EVERYTHING I was hoping for. I’ve read a few mixed reviews, but I had wondered if it was because many were expecting something this book was not, something I was hoping it would be.

    What you’ve described is… oh perfect. The bond between the boys, the myth, the ancient, old magic.

    I can’t even. Your review = perfection. And I hope you don’t take it the wrong way when I tell you I want to eat your brain.

    But in a Sylar from Heroes I want your superpowers kind of way, not an omnomnomnom braaaaains and I’m a zombie kind of way.

    It’s a compliment.
    Really :D

  43. Bookworm1858

    I’ve been really excited by the reviews for this book. The Scorpio Races was a little slow for my taste but I remain enamored with Stiefvater’s magical writing and world-creating abilities so I hope to love this one.

  44. Addie R.

    I wasn’t a big fan of her Shiver series, but her writing was AMAZING.<3 It was so lyrical and free and I just loved it! It was a writing style of her own. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway ^__^

  45. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    I was mildly interested in The Raven Boys…until you mentioned that it’s as good as Shiver/Linger. You’re review just killed me. It’s as beautiful as any story. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  46. dreamsofawalrus

    This sounds great! I didn’t really like the Shiver series (though I may have been in a pissy mood when I tried to read it) but I loved Scorpio Races. This sounds so atmospheric–I remember being completely caught up in Scorpio Races. I felt like I was there.

    …although maybe I need to wait until the series is finished to start this. If I love it, waiting is going to be hard.

  47. Amanda

    I love the sound of this book! I’m all about complicated characters and their relationships in stories, so I can’t wait to read about Blue and her Raven Boys. I also am very intrigued about the Welsh mythology inspiration, although admittedly I don’t know anything about Welsh folklore. Maybe this will inspire me to learn some more, and it’s definitely something I’ll have to look into as I read this book. Lovely review and thanks for holding a giveaway!

  48. Elle Moe

    I was intrigued by the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and hooked by The Scorpio Races. There’s no doubt I’ll love The Raven Boys and I’m looking forward to seeing where MS takes us in this new world of hers. Honestly, I still can’t get Sean Kendrick out of my head. His character is what made me love TSR. I know MS has it in her to make me just as enthralled with any other characters she dreams up. Love your review and I do look forward to reading this one.

  49. Paul Beimers

    I have yet to read one of Ms. Stiefvater’s works, though I’ve been interested in doing so for quite some time. She appears to be quite the polarizing author – from what I’ve seen on Goodreads, people either adore or loathe her books. It’s especially interesting to see how wide-ranging reaction to her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is. I’m looking forward to this one!

  50. biochemguy

    I have heard nothing but good things about The Raven Boys and from everything I’ve read about it the book is wonderful. I would love to win it!

  51. Sabina

    I haven’t read any books by Maggie Stiefvater, but I have a few of them on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read this one because of the quote used on the blurb on Goodreads – “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.”

  52. Jennika

    The synopsis sounds very intriguing! I did not finish reading her Shiver series. It rather bored me. However, this sounds much more interesting and exciting!!

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway :)

  53. Salina Sharudin

    I’ve read all of Maggie’s books so far, and while I didn’t think Scorpio Races was as good as it could have been, I am really excited about this one. I can’t wait until it’s published!

  54. Meggie

    I’ve never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve always been interested in them, but never got around to it. This one though, this book seems different. I just added it to the very very top of my to read list!

  55. Nicole

    I’m excited to read The Raven Boys because I’ve never read any of Maggie’s work and thought it was about time that I should! I also really want to read The Scorpio Races! That book sounds amazing and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it :)

  56. Erika

    I really enjoyed reading the Shiver series and have heard some amazing things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. Elizabeth A

    I’m looking forward to reading this book because of the interesting premise and because I love Stiefvater’s writing even when I don’t always like her books. Great revise by the way :)

  58. roro

    i love how lyrical her writing is . it totally transports you from a cold forest to a misty shore

  59. Elizabeth A

    I’m looking forward to reading this book because of the interesting premise and because I look Stiefvater’s writing, even if I don’t always like her books. Great review by the way :)

  60. The Night Bookmobile

    I loved Stiefvater’s writing in The Scorpio Races so much that it’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I’m hoping that this book will be the same. I actually read Shiver and Linger as well, and while Shiver was good (but not a favorite), Linger really let me down. So I’m hoping for the best here since I can’t really say how I feel about Stiefvater yet.

  61. AmieSalmon

    I’m such a fan of Maggie’s books, and I’m so excited to read this one. I had the same thing with Scorpio Races, started a little confusing, then the story took hold of me.

    Brilliant review :)

  62. Texas Book Lover

    I loved Maggie’s writing in The Wolves of Mercy Falls and have no doubt that I will love it in The Raven Boys as well! She is fantastic and her writing drawls you in from the first page.

    Thanks so much!

  63. Elle

    I’ve been waiting for this book for ages! Every time I hear someone talk about it I get excited again. It doesn’t help that everyone I know says it’s great!
    And I will quote you now, since that just gave me the little info I still needed to know that I have to read this book. “If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society, The Raven Boys is the type of tale he might’ve told.”

  64. Texas Book Lover

    I read Maggie’s Wolves of Mercy Fall’s and adored them. I have no doubt that I will love her writing in The Raven Boys as well! She is a fantastic writer that drawls you in from the first page!

    Thanks so much!

  65. Heidi

    Wendy, I love it! If Poe had taught the boys of the Dead Poet’s Society? Um…yeah, I’ll read that book. I love that this is a story that highlights brotherly relationships as there really aren’t enough male-centric YA books out there, and I’m so happy that you found another Stiefvater that you can love as much as Shiver (I know you weren’t a fan of TSR). As much as I want to read this one, I think I’m going to steer clear until the series is complete so that I can plow through them happily.

  66. Nitzan-Katia Schwarz

    I actually never read any of Maggie’s writing, but I wanted to for so long. The summaries for her other books just never captured me enough, but I know of so many of my friends who adore her to little bits.
    But when I read the summary for THIS book, I was insanely interested. Then, I saw it was by Maggie, and I was so very pleased. I knew that I’d read this book, and that it’ll be my introduction to Maggie’s books. I also knew that if I liked this one as much as I thought I will, I’ll forever be Maggie’s fan, so I’m really looking forward to reading it!
    I don’t live where I can buy her books (unless online), but I knew straight away I’d get my hand on this one… somehow.
    So I really love the idea of this giveaway! Thank you so much for hosting it!

  67. Tanja - Tanychy

    It’s easier to say I don’t like about her writing! Maggie’s writing is beautiful and poetic! :) She is one of my fave! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  68. I Talk books!

    I have not ready any of Maggie’s book and I really want to read this. It sounds so interesting and I have heard good things about it.

  69. Madhouse Reads

    I absolutely adore the way Maggie writes. I just love the way it feels, very organic and the mood it sets is amazing. Awesome giveaway! :)

  70. Angela

    The only books of hers I’ve read is The Scorpio Races, and it was pretty great. This one sounds really interesting too! Can’t wait to read it.

  71. Angela

    The only one of her books I’ve read before is The Scorpio Races, and it was pretty great. This sounds really interesting, too! Can’t wait to read it!

  72. papalbina

    a lot of people I know and whose opinion I value are great fans of Maggie Stiefvater. I would love to read something of her, but until now I didn’t have the opportunity nor the time…

  73. ForTheLoveOfBooks

    I’m not sure if my first comment went through unfortunately, but I swear I’m not spamming you! The first thing that struck me about Raven Boys is actually the title and of course the beautiful book cover. As you said Wendy it seems to have a very Edgar Allen Poe feel to it which is fantastic because I think it could be a great Halloween read :). Also this is a great review and I really enjoyed your review of David Levithan’s Every Day :).

  74. booksinthemoonlight

    I have to admit that it was the name of the book that caught my attention and the gorgeous cover. After seeing the book trailer for it I’m intrigued. And like you said Wendy it kind of has an Edgar Allen Poe feeling to it. I’ve never read Stiefvater’s books before, but this is definitely one that I would like to read. It seems like it can be a good Halloween read :). This is a wonderful review Wendy and I really enjoyed your review of David Levithan’s Every Day as well!

  75. Amy

    From the minute I heard about this book I was interested. It’s not like other books I’ve read, and I was excited to see what Stiefvater did with the concept. I’ve read Shiver before, and loved her writing, so I became even more excited for this book. I want to see what happens to this Blue character.

  76. Brenda

    Eww stories about the dead, spirits and a mystery. Sounds really intriguing. Thanks for posting the giveaway.

  77. Tammy Sparks

    I love Maggie’s books for the gorgeous and poetic writing! Ballad and Lament are my favorites, and I can’t wait to read her new one!

  78. Tammy Sparks

    I love Maggie’s books mostly for the gorgeous and poetic writing! Ballad and Lament are my favorites, and I’m really excited to read this one!

  79. Frostquinn

    The concept of The Raven Boys is really fresh and intriguing. And I’d like the opportunity to enjoy is as much as you have.

  80. Frostquinn

    The concept of The Raven Boys is really fresh and intriguing. And I’d like the opportunity to enjoy is as much as you have.

  81. Dizneeee (Lisa)

    I have recently read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I loved her storytelling! The concept and characters were fantastic!

    I haven’t read The Scorpio Races yet, but The Raven Boys has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like it is going to be amazing!

  82. Ang

    I can’t lie – I had a *very* difficult time finishing THE SCORPIO RACES. It never grabbed me, I never though the characters’ interactions moved beyond stilted, and really, I was just all around disappointed.

    Therefore, I’m very excited to see that you’ve enjoyed THE RAVEN BOYS as much as you have! Pick me, Pick me, Pick meee! :)

  83. rabbitsfortea

    Oh, I so want to win this.
    I have yet to read any of Maggie Stiefvater’s books but this synopsis sounded really interesting to me.
    Can’t wait to read this :D

  84. erin

    thanks for a great post and giveaway! I haven’t read any of Maggie’s books yet and I know they come highly recommended!

  85. Arlene

    I love MS’s writing in Scorpio Races. She really has a way of drawing you into her setting with her well crafted prose. So glad you enjoyed this one Wendy! Beautiful review. :)

  86. Savannah Valdez

    LOL! So many blog I visited so far really like The Raven Boys so far. And their reviews went up today! I think your the third blog I stop by that have their review up today. Awesome review! I really loved the story and the magic behind it. I’m excited to see what happens next.

  87. ahz1

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Maggie’s books yet but this one has been on my to-read list for a while. The reviews have been great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Lee723

    Great giveaway, Wends!

    What do I like about Maggie’s writing?? I think the question is what don’t I like?

    Ever since Shiver I’ve loved her writing style. It’s just so dreamy and beautiful. She really knows how to set a scene. I like to think of Maggie as the equivalent of an indie/folk rocker.

  89. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    “If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society, The Raven Boys is the type of tale he might’ve told, one that emerges through curl of smoke and excites with a flash of fire.” <--- That right there is why I want to read it! That sounds amazing and you have such a way with words! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  90. starryeyedjen

    I know I’m in the minority, but I really enjoyed The Scorpio Races. I listened to the audio, though, and I think the inclusion of Maggie’s own music and the accented narration really set the tone for the novel. But it’s her writing that really does me in…so lyrical and beautiful. I completely agree with your assessment that she is able to see the beauty in even the most mundane things.

  91. makix3

    I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! It’s beautifully written. So, I would really love to read The Raven Boys! :)
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

    Marijana Sitar

  92. makix3

    I enjoyed so much in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! It’s beautifully written. So I would really love to read The Raven Boys!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Marijana Sitar

  93. makix3

    I enjoyed so much in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! It’s beautifully written. So I would really love to read The Raven Boys!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Marijana Sitar

  94. Bookish Louise

    Thank you for the AWESOME giveaway…. and it’s international too :-)

    I just LOVE the cover, it’s so purrty! There’s just ‘something’ about the summary that really catches me about this book, can’t wait to read this, maybe a Halloween read :-)

    (entered the rafflecopter as Blonde Zombie, despite my google account displaying different :-/ )

  95. Nina

    I only have read the first two books in her previous series & I loved them. Shiver was one of my favourites! ;) I really want to read this book. A lot of people seem to adore it and I’m curious about it. ;) Awesome giveaway!

  96. Diana

    Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes and her characters are very beautiful. I can’t wait to read The Raven Boys.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

  97. Carina Olsen

    Thank you for this AMAZING giveaway. <3 I cannot wait to read this book :D It sounds awesome. Also. I ADORED The Scorpio Races. One of my favorite books :)
    Love, Carina

  98. Sue

    unfortunately i havent read any of Maggie´s books, but raven boys sound pretty amazing so i would just consider reading this book :)

  99. Maji Bookshelf

    I have been reading a TON of reviews of The Raven Boys because I read it 2 weeks ago and LOVED IT and wanted to read other people’s opinions. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I also had a bit of issue with the weird names but Gansey is a great one! and like you said, I also LOVED the brotherly love between the four boys!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  100. Silent Pages

    After reading Scorpio Races relatively recently, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on another novel by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve been reading the Wolves of Mercy Fall series and haven’t been as impressed with it, but–particularly in Scorpio Races–I just love her characters, and how they interact. I love that the main characters have more going on than just the romance…

    And I love Sean. Because, SEAN. <3 <3 <3

  101. Lis

    I loved Shiver and Lament!! and I’m looking forward to read the next books!!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  102. pagesunbound

    I didn’t particularly enjoy Shiver, but this book sounds much more interesting! I would be willing to give it a chance. Thanks for the review!

  103. Nikki H

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one . I really like the synopsis and I love the cover! (Yes I judge a book by its cover lol) Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. InTheDollHouse

    I adored Shiver and the Scorpio Races, so I can’t wait to get my hands of this one. (Plus, bromance and third-person POV seems like a breath of the fresh air in the paranormal genre.)

  105. Zuleeza

    Although I always have trouble spelling Maggie’s last name, I’m always a big fan of her writing. She is such a poetic writer!

  106. Desiree

    I have not read any of her books yet but out of all of them I am most excited for this one. I assassin soOoooo bad!

  107. coltlady

    I have been waiting to read this book. I’ve never read one of Maggie Steifvater’s books before but this one caught my eye months ago I was intrigued by the premise of these mysterious boys and the idea of her seeing a vision of someone and not knowing why. After reading this review I really cannot wait to read it!

  108. Rachel

    I am so unbelievably excited for this! You’re killing me a little bit with the review, but in a good way. :) Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

  109. Kristine Anderson

    I think Maggie S’s writing keeps getting better and better. After Scorpio Races I have been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it. YAY!

  110. Giselle from Book Nerd

    I’m glad you enjoy this one. I’m currently reading it and its a bit slow. I hope it picks up soon. I DNF Scorpio Races so I hope this one proves to be better :) thanks Wendy for your great review!

  111. Shelver506

    I’ve never read a Stiefvater book yet, but no one can stop talking about her and her books, so I’m excited to try one!

  112. Keertana

    Fantastic review, Wendy! I am so glad that you wound up enjoying this novel after your disappointment with The Scorpio Races! I’ve only read TSR by Stiefvater and it’s my favorite novel by her, so I am very excited to read this one merely because it’s written by her. I find that her writing is beautiful, lyrical, and contains so much passion in it as well. I love that the complex character relationships I love are back in this as well as the emotional heart-tugging. I have yet to read Shiver, but from what you’ve said about it, it seems to be fantastic as well. I’ll definitely have to get started with that one soon – after I read this one, of course! ;)

  113. unbrokensky

    I’ve only ever read Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races, though her Mercy Falls series is definitely on my to-read list. I thought Scorpio was phenomenal, though, so I’m really excited for Raven Boys!

  114. unbrokensky

    I’ve only ever read Stiefvater’s “Scorpio Races,” though her “Mercy Falls” books are definitely on my to-read list. “Scorpio” was so phenomenal, though, I am really excited for the “Raven Boys” series!!

  115. Brandi

    (If this goes twice, I’m sorry, I either did it wrong the first time or my computer had a hiccup)

    I really want to know more about Blue and the mystery with that boy!

  116. Ikhlas

    I haven’t actually read any of her previous works before, but the description of this novel just grabbed my attention! I’m eager to read about the Welsh legend that you say the book is based on, plus all the supernatural/magical elements.

    Plus, the romance aspect can’t hurt!

    http://ikhlashussain.com/

  117. tellingmelies

    I was a huge fan of the Shiver series from Maggie and am looking forward to reading other stories from her. Thank you for this review!

  118. M.A.D.

    Maggie has such a vivid knack for descriptions and world building – her writing makes the reader feel almost as if they are part of the story <3

    And, I think the premise of The Raven Boys sounds like it would be an amazing book :D
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  119. contemplatrix

    oh, right. why am I excited? your phrase: ” I think if Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys at Dead Poets Society, the story might’ve gone something like this.” didn’t hurt

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  120. Amber J.

    I wasn’t that crazy about my first Maggie S. book – The Scorpio Races, but I loooove a good bromance so I’m looking forward to reading about those Raven Boys =)

  121. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I love Maggie Stiefvater! I’m really looking forward to this and glad you enjoyed it. I prefer first person but with a lot of characters to get to know it is understandable why it is third person. I just find it harder to connect with a character in third person. A fate to kill your true love with a kiss sounds devastating! I love mystery and fantasy so this should be good for me.

  122. Daph

    WOW this book sounds dark and dreamy, plus I could pass it on to my daughter, she likes this kind of book too.

  123. Jackie Hauver

    I’m not familiar with the author, but this sounds like a good book. It’s definitely going on my books to reas list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  124. Cherry

    I love the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races was amazing :’) the romance in all of the are electrifying

    Vivian M

  125. lawlessgentile

    I’ve had my eye on this one since its announcement! Thanks for the thoughtful review (which definitely piques my interest) and the giveaway.

  126. Marden!

    I reallly want to read The Raven Boys, its sound very interesting!…Hope to win and thanks for the giveaway!

  127. Landslide

    I haven’t read any book by Maggie Stiefvater yet, but this one sounds really interesting. I’m adding it to my TBR list.

  128. Gisele

    I love her books! Mercy Falls is one of my favorite series and I have heard a lot about The Raven Boys that I’m so excited to read it! (ileana-rafflecopter)

  129. Maru

    I’ve heard a lot about this book! Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll see it any time soon in Argentina…

  130. theweswillard

    With Maggie Stiefvater I’m never shocked anymore. Mercy Falls was incredible but with a Scorpio Races follow up it shows that she’ll always have more to come.