Thursday, April 9, 2015

Audiobook Review @mstiefvater - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle #1
by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads blurb:  “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.

About the Author:  New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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Narrated by Will Patton, see more of his work here!!!

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

The cover is interesting and unusual all at the same time.

I listened to the audiobook in the car with my son to and from school.  I think I got this audiobook through the SYNC program either last year or the year before, but I didn’t really start listening to audiobooks until this year.

I think when my son and I started listening to this book we were not sure we were going to like this book.  The narrator was new to us, and it always seems to take some time to get accustomed to a new narrator since each one is unique :)  And this book is quite unusual.  At the start, I do not think we had any clue what was going on.  As the story unfolded, we learned more, mysteries were slowly unveiled, and there were all sorts of surprises along the way.  All of the surprises were done amazingly because I did not see them coming at all, and you may be thinking like what?? but I refuse to tell you on the grounds that it will ruin your own adventure :)

Maggie did an amazing job writing this book, and each character is unique and has a personality that stands out…of course Will’s narration did help with them standing out too :)  I had no trouble conjuring the images in my mind of everything as it happened which just makes for an awesome adventure itself :) 

Already my son has demanded that we have to listen to the rest of the series, so I will have to see how long it will take for the library to have them available to check out to make him happy :)

I recommend this book for YA book lovers who love when an author can surprise you along the way ;)

Interested in reading???

1 comment:

  1. I'm reading these in traditional book form, and agree with all you said. Lots of surprises, really interesting, unique characters, and pretty fascinating story.