Hello everyone! I am very excited to announce Zach’s Read-A-Long of Maggie Stiefvater’s, The Raven Boys. I’ll link his page at the end so you all can go and check out his thoughts on the prologue and the first six chapters of the book! Zach is also having a giveaway for an ADVANCED READER’S COPY of The Dream Thieves, the anticipated sequel to The Raven Boys.
I’m going to try my luck and enter cause I HAVE BEEN WAITING WHAT SEEMS LIKE YEARS FOR THE SEQUEL.
If you have not read this book, please keep in mind that there will definitely be spoilers in these posts.
So, let’s get started shall we?
The Raven Boys
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?
Summary of Prologue – Chapter 6
Blue lives in a family of psychics. They run a home based psychic operation where the fortunes are accurate but not specific. That is, except in Blue’s case. For as long as she could remember, her family has told Blue that if she kisses her true love he will die. She does not know under what circumstances, but it will happen. At sixteen she decided she would never fall in love so the prediction didn’t matter. That all changes when her aunt, Neeve, comes and stays with her family and tells Blue that this year will be the year she’ll fall in love.
St. Marks Eve is a tradition celebrated in the Sargent household. Every year for the past 10 years, Blue has accompanied her mother, Maura to the cemetery on April 25 to see the spirits of the soon-to-be-dead. In years past, Blue wrote down the names of those spirits who will die within the next 12 months as her mom listed them. None of this would be possible without Blue, as her gift amplifies others. In this case, the dead would not be able to see Maura without Blue.
On the other hand, Blue herself cannot see the spirits and it is why she scrambles to write down the names of the dead.
Maura does not go to the cemetery on St. Marks Eve. Rather, Neeve goes and Blue accompanies her. There Blue tells Neeve about the Aglionby Boys, “Raven Boys” as she calls them due to the Raven crest emblem on their school uniform jackets. She listlessly settles into a rhythm of writing down the names she hears Neeve say. As always, she only sees an empty cemetery, but to Neeve it is filled with spirits.
But something is different this time. In the distance Blue sees the spirit of a boy, a Aglionby boy whose name is Gansey. Blue asks, “Why – why can I see him?” in which Neeve replies, “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.”
It’s the next morning and we meet Gansey who is having a bit of car trouble. He calls his friend Ronan and asks him to come pick him up and to bring their car expert friend Adam. Once they arrive, Gansey tells them of his findings last night at the church, where he was set on finding something supernatural. He does, capturing a detached voice that sounds like his and the distant sound of someone else’s voice.
This is a holy grail, as Ronan sarcastically puts it. Gansey has been searching and studying ley lines for the past four years and has only gathered concrete information for the past eighteen months in Henrietta. The inside of his car is proof of that.
Lastly, Adam gives Gansey a number for a psychic and though cautious, he agrees. Gansey asks, “So what am I asking them?” in which Adam replies, “That seems obvious. We find out who you were talking to.”
The next morning after St. Mark’s Eve, Blue is uncharacteristically drained. Maura and Neeve both say it is because she let spirits walk through her body as she spoke to Gansey’s spirit. Blue has a lot of energy, as Neeve tells her too, and it surprises her. Aside from feeling lethargic, Blue can’t stop thinking of Gansey and how she possibly ends up in his life or has a hand in killing him. She wants to find him and warn him, but Marua suggests that Gansey may not believe her.
Neeve then suggests that she can see what kills Gansey and Blue readily wants to know. But as it turns out, his being is there one minute and gone the next into nothing; similarly like the previous night when his spirit began to fade into the church.
With the conversation ending with no leads, Blue has work later that afternoon and decided to go even if she feels unwell. Before she leaves Maura says, “Blue, I don’t have to tell you not to kiss anyone, right?”
Adam arrives at Gansey’s place, “Monmouth Manufacturing,” with Declan, Ronan’s brother, and Ashley’s Declan’s girlfriend (at the moment). Gansey’s place is an old, brick factory where he shares an apartment with his friends Ronan and Noah. Gansey decided to purchase the factory and convert it into a home of sorts after he rationalized that dorm housing wasn’t beneficial.
When Declan asks Gansey to explain why he came here, to Virginia, Gansey is happy to oblige. Gansey believes that Glendower, a Welsh King, never died and his body is in slumber, brought to the “New World”, specifically Virginia to be laid to rest and hidden. Gansey keeps a piece of the legend to himself – the part where whoever finds and awakens Glendower will have a favor granted.
When Ronan makes a surprise entrance, things don’t go so well. Ronan flat out tells Ashley that she is a passing fling, in which Declan quickly beelines for the door with Ashley in tow. With some damage control, Declan explains that Ronan is troubled and has been since he found their father dead.
After the mishap, Gansey options for pizza at Nino’s in which they all agree after a minute or two. But before they leave, we discover Adam’s intentions on finding Glendower. He wants a royal favor, a way to truly fit in with his friends when money is concerned.
Barrington Whelk, the Latin teacher at Aglionby, is leaving Whitman House (the Aglionby admin building) when he runs into Jonah Milo, a colleague. Milo notices Ronan’s name on a piece of homework and asks Whelk how he gets Ronan to class. The mention of Ronan sparks an association to Ronan with Gansey and Adam – the inseparable threesome. They remind him of what he lost.
Whelk says that he never recalls Ronan skipping class, in which Milo comments that it may have to be because of Gansey. Whelk then notices that Ronan was in class while Gansey wasn’t. This prompts Milo to comment about Gansey and his fascination of ley lines, which spikes Whelk’s interest.
Whelk is startled by the thoughts of his youth, a time where he and his friend Czerny were treasure hunters, searching for ley lines. And also about the lost of his friend. Whelk walks about thinking that it is possible that it may not have all been for nothing.
Blue is waitressing at Nino’s when she gets a call from her mother. Maura is calling to tell Blue that Gansey called to make an appointment with her for tomorrow afternoon. Without hesitating Blue has in mind to change her work schedule in order to be there when Gansey shows up for the reading. It’s all terribly specific.
Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Adam walk in a sit at a booth. Blue notices them, but doesn’t think twice about them. A few seconds later, Gansey, who Blue names as President Cell Phone (because he walked in talking on the phone), taps her shoulder. Gansey asks Blue if she could go to their table and talk to Adam as he thinks that she is cute. Gansey unknowingly insults Blue and Adam is mortified, while Ronan mimics a crashing plane.
Blue turns Gansey down and gets back to work, thinking that Maura and Neeve are wrong. She could never fall in love with a Raven boy.
The prologue immediately draws me in with it’s interesting start. Having read this book last year there are certain things – call it foreshadowing – that are so obvious now, knowing what happens. It makes me wonder why I never caught on in the beginning and never gave them a second thought.
I really love Blue, Gansey, and Ronan as characters. I also really like that the story is told from a variety of perspectives. We don’t know much about Adam yet, only that he is poorer than the other boys.
There is something about Neeve that is…chilling? I don’t know if that’s the right word, but Blue’s reaction to her aunt in the beginning is some sort of sign. Plus, why is she there? It’s apparent that Maura and Neeve don’t get along so why is she visiting?
I don’t want Gansey to die. Blue may be the cause of it, she may fall in love with him and cause his death by accident. Or she may be there when he dies. The possibilities are endless. I really hope that there is a way to prevent someone’s death, especially those spirits that are seen on St. Mark’s Eve.
Then there is Whelk, who is hiding a terrible past. Why was he fascinated by the ley lines? What could he gain? And what happened to his friend, Czerny. Did he kill him?
Lastly, I love Blue’s spunk. I laughed at the scene where Gansey tells her that he would compensate for her time and then Blue tells him that she “is not a prostitute.”
Discussion Question: Gansey is fascinated, some may say even obsessed, about ley lines and Glendower. Have you ever been interested in a myth before such as Gansey, to the point of believing it was real?
And here is the moment you have all been waiting for! I know I have! !! Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of The Dream Thieves, the sequel to The Raven Boys over a Zach’s YA Reviews. Also, don’t forget to check out his summary and thoughts on the Prologue and first six chapters of the novel!
Hope you all enjoy this event for the next few weeks! I’ll be posting my summaries every Tuesday and Thursday. Let me know if you’ve read this book so we can talk about things! 🙂