The Raven Cycle, Book 1: The Raven Boys; Book 2: The Dream Thieves; Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue; Book 4: The Raven King (2016) by Maggie Stiefvater (Book 1: 2012, Scholastic; 468 pages; Book 2: 2013, Scholastic; 453 pages; Book 3: 2014, Scholastic; 405 pages; Book 4: 2016, Scholastic, 400 pages)
The Raven Cycle is a series of four urban fantasy novels (book 4 is scheduled for publication in February, 2016) written by American author Maggie Stiefvater. The series centers around five teenagers from the fictional town of Henrietta, Virginia: Blue Sargent, Richard "Dick" Gansey, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah Czerny. The teens, interested in the paranormal, are hunting to wake up a sleeping Welsh king by the name of Owain Glyndwr. The book gains its title from the four teen boys in the series, who attend the prestigious private school Aglionby; colloquially, the boys that attend the school are called the "Raven boys." Blue Sargent has always been warned away from the notorious "Raven boys," but when they form a friendship to search for ley lines in Virginia, she finds that they are her best allies.
This is one of my favorite young adult series published in the last few years: a supernatural thriller with fantastic writing, great plot, and complex and rich characters, both female and male. The story’s central myth and lots of paranormal elements such as ghosts, spells, palmistry, tarot-card reading, and sorcery are a crucial part of the plot. This series would appeal to lovers of fantasy, romance, action-adventures, and paranormal mysteries. It is an utterly different and creative work of fiction.
About the author: Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s
Deception, and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.
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