Read-A-Long: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater || Chapter 19 – 24

This is a very long and overdue post, but here I am again for another read-a-long post of The Raven Boys. This read-a-long is brought to you by Zach from Zach’s YA Reviews. As always I’ll link his page at the end so you all can go and check out his thoughts on today’s chapter summaries. Zach is also having a giveaway for an ADVANCED READER’S COPY of The Dream Thieves, the anticipated sequel to The Raven Boys. So stay tuned for that at the end!

If you have not read this book, please keep in mind that there will definitely be spoilers in these posts. 

Alright, let’s do this.

The Raven Boys

SYNOPSIS

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 Chapter 19 -24

Chapter Nineteen

The next afternoon, Blue seeks out Calla. She’s the only one who could tell her what Neeve is doing in Henrietta. Blue demands to not be kept in the dark anymore and Calla is proud of Blue’s new attitude. They both conclude that Neeve has her own agenda in Henrietta, other than just looking for Blue’s father.

While both are talking outside, a flower truck pulls up. Blue thinks the flowers are for Orla, but is surprised to find out that the flowers are from her. From Adam.

Blue wonders and asks Calla if she should tell the boys about the corspe road. Calla tells Blue that her opinion wouldn’t matter since it seems that Blue has already made up her mind. Lastly, Calla warns Blue to guard her heart, thinking that the flowers are from Gansey.

Chapter Twenty 

At the same time that the flowers are being delivered, Adam is arriving at Monmouth Manufacturing. Ronan and Noah are outside building a ramp for some “unholy purpose.” Noah is painstakingly thinking about Blue and Ronan teases Noah for his affection. Saying things like:

You date that girl, you should send her your nuts instead of flowers.

I didn’t even realize that “midget’ was the Adam Parrish type.

Adam absentmindedly thinks about how being rich meant having all the time in the world. He was tired of squeezing in homework between working, squeezing in sleep, squeezing in the hunt for Glendower. He thought about his decision to go to Aglionby. In his head, the reason was because of Ronan.

He remembered a time two years ago when he was at the supermarket. All he was going to purchase was a tube of toothpaste and 4 cans of ravioli. The cashier then told him that there were insufficient funds in his mother’s bank account to cover the cost. Adam was humiliated, though not his fault.

In the next register over, Adam noticed a shaved-headed boy who moved swiftly through, swiping a credit card and collecting his things in a speedy fashion. He couldn’t help but be jealous of the boy, wishing that was him.

He still wasn’t that other boy at the register. But he was closer.

Adam knew that it couldn’t have been Ronan as he would have been too young to have a driver’s license, but in his head it was Ronan.

Snapping out of the past, Adam told Ronan to give him his phone. In an instant, he called Blue and asked her if she wants to come along with him and the boys by way of helicopter and help search for the ley lines. Blue accepts and asks him, “What is this?” in which he replies, “I have no idea.”

Chapter Twenty-One

Blue revels in disobeying Maura. There was nothing to stop her from going with Adam. He met her at 300 Fox Way and they made the long walk over to Monmouth Manufacturing. Blue tells Adam that even though her mother didn’t agree to help Gansey that didn’t mean that she wouldn’t. She was set to help the boys find the ley lines.

Blue also gives Gansey’s journal to Adam. He’s momentarily caught off guard and Blue explains that Gansey left it behind at Nino’s. She also explains that she read it because if there was something supernatural going on, she wanted to see it. Her reason:

I’m the only person in my family who’s not psychic. You heard my mom; I just make things easier for people are psychic. If magic exists, I just want to see it. Just once.

Adam says that Blue is just as bad as Gansey, though all Gansey wants is to know it’s real.

When they get to Monmouth Manufacturing, Blue sees that Gansey did indeed obtain a helicopter. Gansey thanks Blue for his journal and they all board the helicopter, where Gansey introduces Blue to his sister, Helen.

Chapter Twenty-Two

In the helicopter, Gansey is 110% certain that Blue’s voice is the one he heard on the tape on the eve of St. Marks. Blue even relents to such information after they decide to be “straight” with each other. She tells him that she saw his spirit on St. Marks Eve, without the knowledge of what it means. Gansey tells her about the design he drew in his notebook, the same design he saw Neeve and Maura draw.

Gansey also explains that the 3 lines of the design signify 3 major ley lines: the one across Virginia connects to the UK. He also tells Blue that the other two lines are where a lot of reports dealing with the paranormal on them.

From above, Gansey spots an odd formation on the earth, a bird. No, a raven. Excitement courses through Gansey at this sighting and pleads with Helen to land, if only for two seconds. After some coaxing, they land fifteen feet away from the strange raven’s heart.

Chapter Twenty-Three

The carving of the raven is made using oyster shells. As they are investigating, they come upon a forest where everything seems to be alive and time seems to have stopped. Blue feels like she is being watched, and Gansey explains that places with high EMF readings can cause that kind of feeling.

They come across a small pond with fish that are dull and ordinary. Gansey says that pond shouldn’t even exist judging by the fact that it is made up of rainwater, let alone have fish in them. Gansey doesn’t believe that the fish are real as the fish begin to embody the kind of fish he was thinking they may be.

As if by magic, the fish turn out to be exactly the kind Gansey thought of.

Meanwhile, Adam has found a man-sized hole in a tree. He’s shaken up and not up to investigate. Blue on the other hand, volunteers. She steps inside and has a vision of her and Gansey. They are close to kissing and she’s afraid for him. The strange part is that Blue feels as if some part of her has fallen in love with Gansey. Not now. But in the future.

When she steps out she is crying, and Adam is still shaken, telling Blue that he would “never do that to him.” She doesn’t understand what he’s saying, just as they see Gansey go into the tree. Blue realizes that Adam must have seen something different then her. Adam doesn’t know as the look of shame is indescribably on his face.

When Gansey steps out, he says, “I say Glendower.”

Chapter Twenty-Four

Only seven minutes had passed when it should have been forty. Gansey explains that ley lines can have an effect on traveler’s time. Gansey is excited and scared by their new discovery. His excitement and easiness is shown through his bantering with Blue. They tease each other about their unusual names and even says that he may call her “Jane” in the future, in which Blue refuses to acknowledge.

For celebration, they go for Gelato where they will strategize their next move.

Initial Thoughts

There’s something that inexplicably draws Gansey to Blue. The feeling he has whenever he sees Adam and Blue holding hands is hard to ignore.

I wonder what Neeve’s other intentions for coming to Henrietta are. It can’t be good, though. I just know it!

I really liked that Blue took initiative in these last six chapters. She openly disobeys Maura’s wishes for her to stay away from Gansey, and agrees to help the boys out on their search. She easily fits in with them and it was really nice reading how the boys all react to her in different ways.

One of my favorite chapters by far was Chapter Twenty-Three; the tree scene, where Blue, Adam, and Gansey all have visions. They are all different and it is too early to tell what causes them to see what they see.

I’m also very excited to see how Blue falls in love with Gansey. Do I need to remind you that she absolutely hated his guts when they first met?

Discussion Question: Adam, Blue, and Gansey had very different experiences inside the hollowed out tree in Cabeswater. What did each one see? Do you think they saw their futures, nightmares, or dreams? Why do you think this?

(Taken from Zach because it’s a really awesome question!)

Giveaway

Unfortunately, the giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of The Dream Thieves, the sequel to The Raven Boys over at Zach’s YA Reviews is now close. Don’t forget to check out his summary and thoughts on Chapter 19 – 24 at his blog, though!

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! 🙂

Emma

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