Read-A-Long: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater || Chapter 25 – 30

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another read-a-long post of The Raven Boys 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 was having a giveaway for an ADVANCED READER’S COPY of The Dream Thieves, the anticipated sequel to The Raven Boys, but that unfortunately has ended.

Fret not my dears. I am having a giveaway of my own for a chance to win my own (battered, sorta – it’s not new but not damaged either) SIGNED copy of 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. 

Okay, ready?

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 13 – 18

Chapter Twenty-Five

The motley crew set forth on Glendower-related tasks for the next three days; Blue coming along on each and every one. Their research led them to the court house, the library; anywhere but back to the forest.

Because of Blue, the boys found themselves also eating from cheap convenience stores. She refused to let any of the boys, especially Gansey, buy her anything. Adam liked that about her.

Weeks pass and they all get into a familiar routine. Adam knows that the reason Gansey has not decided to go back to the forest is because he’s afraid. Afraid of what he saw. As the weeks passed by, Gansey finally decides to go back to “the wood.” When they get there, they find that the trees seem to sigh and the feeling of being watched is there again. Ronan then finds his own writing engraved on a tree in Latin.

Ronan doesn’t believe it, but he cannot not deny the truth in front of him. His words read, Nomine appellant – Call it by name; Cabeswater. 

Chapter Twenty-Six

Cabeswater.

There was something about the word itself that was magical.

The boys and Blue are astonished by the way that the trees speak Latin. Ronan acts as a translator, speaking to the trees in Latin. The trees have been speaking to them all along but they have not heard. They are pleased to see Blue. They are also happy to see the Greywaren. Though, Ronan does not know what that means. Gansey hears Ronan’s whispered name. The trees are happy to see him again.

The trees say that the ley line needs to be awake in order for the rest of the gang to hear what is being spoken. If they wake the line, they’ll be in their debt. Gansey asks if they know where Glendower is and the answer is no. With no more questions, the gang travel back with the seasons changing and a discovery. They find an old Mustang, realizing that someone had also been looking for the ley line. What every information they garnered, they (whoever left the car) thought it was more important than their car.

Lastly, Noah, suddenly violently retches without any explanation…

Chapter Twenty-Seven

The next morning, Gansey calls Blue. He asks her if she wants to go out and “…just look around.” Adam is working and Ronan is at church with his brothers. That leaves Blue. She hesitantly agrees to go with him after her dog walking job. She didn’t know how hanging out with Gansey without Adam was going to be, but she couldn’t not hang out with him.

Seconds later, Maura calls Blue. Blue tiptoes around the fact of going out, but Maura quickly puts a stop to the lying. She knows that Blue has been hanging out with the Raven Boys. Maura isn’t going to stop Blue, but she does ask if Blue’s going to kiss Gansey, in which Blue replies, “Mom, that will never happen. You did meet him, didn’t you?”

Maura’s feelings are hurt and she wishes she knew what to do with Blue. Ground her? But Blue instantly tells her mother the truth. That she will rebel if she is grounded. In the end, Maura let’s Blue make her own decisions.

Before Blue leaves, Calla reminds Blue of her “movie night.” Blue had forgotten, but the crisis is averted as they figure out a night where Maura and Neeve will be out, in order to sneak into Neeve’s room and figure out what her aunt is up to.

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Blue and Gansey head to the church – the church where Blue saw Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Blue asks Gansey about his car and why he doesn’t have a different car that is a classic, one that isn’t cheap. Gansey’s answer was edged with protectiveness. He loved the Pig and he wouldn’t trade it for any other car.

When they get to the church, Gansey feels as if he has been there before. Blue harbors her knowledge of his fate. With the EMF reader, Gansey gets the same read as he did in Cabeswater. He tells Blue about his feelings towards all this. To Blue, it’s normal. She’s been raised around by supernatural phenomenon. He also never expected the powers of the ley line, trees to talk in Latin, ect.

Blue also asks Gansey if he believes in psychics. He tells her that he went to a reading because he believed. It is then that Blue tells Gansey of her fate – that if she ever kissed her true loved, he’d die. And with that, Blue tells Gansey to not tell Adam. She’d rather play it safe than cause harm. Gansey promises to keep her secret.

In return, Gansey tells Blue why he’s looking for Glendower. He tells Blue of the time seven years ago, when he was stung by a a horde of bees. He’s deathly allergic, the attack leaving him dead. Gansey felt his heart stop. He heard a voice, a whisper say:

You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not.

This is the reason for Gansey’s obsession. After he heard that voice and lived, he has to find Glendower. How could he not?

They walked onward with the EMF reader suddenly dying. Blue took it in hand, making the EMF reader lights turn on. She gave it back to Gansey and it died once more. She realized that Blue was making the read “louder” as was her gift, but she did not know what she was making louder at the moment. They followed the EMF reader, coming across a body of bones in the coverage of trees.

There was a wallet and Gansey retrieved it, shocked. The face on the driver’s license was Noah’s.

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Gansey calls Adam, telling him that he is on his way to get him. Adam doesn’t know what’s going on, only that it must be urgent. When Gansey and Gansey arrive at Monmouth Manufacturing, Gansey yells for Noah. Ronan sees that Gansey is freaking out. He asks Adam and Ronan a slew of rhetorical questions like:

What is Noah’s last name?

Tell me, which classes you share with Noah?

When does he eat? Have you ever seen him eat?

The boys don’t know the answers, nor did they ever question such things. Gansey goes on to tell them that he spent the afternoon with Blue at the police station. He tells them about the body they found, rotted to the bones. Just as Gansey is about to tell them, Noah appears. Noah insists that he told them that he was dead. He told them, but they didn’t seem to notice or question what he meant.

Gansey wants to know who killed him, but Noah doesn’t want to talk about it. Gansey asks Noah what he wants, but Noah disappears. Adam concludes that they are being haunted.

Chapter Thirty

Blue was distressed. She wanted to find the person who did this to Noah. Her thoughts were seized by Noah. She kept thinking of the bones, the skull with its faced smashed in. She was so distressed that Blue forgot that her and Calla were to search Neeve’s room that night. She was even startled when Neeve broke her reverie.

Her aunt had heard about Gansey. She sees that Blue is distressed and asks if she wants a reading. Blue turns down the offer. She doesn’t want anything to do with Neeve’s scrying.

Before Neeve leaves, she leaves Blue with a cryptic warning:

He’s been dead for a long time. There’ll be more before it’s done. I’m just warning you. Watch for the devil. When there’s a god, there’s always a legion of devils.

Initial Thoughts

Cabeswater. What does the place hold? It is on the ley line. Is it truly where Glendower may be found? What of the trees speaking in Latin? There are so many clues, so much foreshadowing in these chapters that I missed the first time around. Greywaren. *evil smiles*

Blue trusting Gansey with her inner most secret and finally learning Gansey’s reason for finding Glendower. What happened to him makes sense. Noah was the person who was dying, at the same time that Gansey died and came back to life. Talk about coincidence. Of course, that isn’t revealed and tact as fact until we learn of Noah’s body. A surprising twist!

It’s obvious now who killed Noah.

Whelk.

Dun. Dun. Dun.

Things are getting intense and oh, so suspenseful! I am loving it! Everything is starting to unravel.

Discussion Question: Foreshadowing is a major plot device used in the novel. What do you think of foreshadowing? Does it make it easy to predict the plot and where the story is going? Or does it add an edge of mystery and theories to be easily concocted? Is it a good or bad thing?

Giveaway

Enter a a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win my SIGNED copy of The Raven Boys in honor of it’s sequel release date, September 17, 2013. Don’t forget to check out Zach’s summary of Chapters 25 – 30 over at Zach’s YA Reviews and see his interpretation and reaction!

l hope you are still enjoying this event for the next few weeks! I’ll be posting my summaries every Tuesday and Thursday (hopefully!). Let me know if you’ve read this book so we can talk about things! Don’t be shy to comment! I love discussion posts!

Emma

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1 Comment

  1. rwebber12

     /  May 7, 2014

    Hey, I’ve really enjoyed reading these. You do the summaries of this story very well and I was wondering if you are going to continue doing it with this series? Thanks! And you’re doing a great job 🙂

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