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Parents' Guide to

The Raven Boys:The Raven Cycle, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Imaginative, twisty tale explores magic, friendship, money.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

A Must Read

The Raven Cycle series is worth reading starting with Raven Boys. It is among my all-time favorites. Ever chapter was good and the characters developed beautifully. At its core, this book is about friendship at the familial level. These characters are all very different but love each other very deeply. There is a lot of mystery that extends throughout the series. Who is the true love? Will they find the old welsh king? How does the one Raven boy die?
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Some authors' writing is so flowery it appears self-indulgent; Stiefavater is one of very few YA writers who knows how to marry gorgeous turns of phrase with character and plot development. Every metaphor, theme, or lush image has a specific purpose in the story. Like Australian YA author Melina Marchetta, Stiefvater's stories are full of complex characters and multiple storylines that are all important to explore. The four titular Raven boys aren't your typical clique of best pals; they're a complicated bunch of friends. Each has enough psychological issues to deserve his own book (and with three more installments in the series, we'll obviously learn even more about each one).

The most interesting contrast is between the two obvious possibilities for Blue's love: Gansey, whom she sees in her vision and is the driving force behind the search for Glendower's ghost, and Adam, whom she was initially attracted to and who so desperately wants to use his intelligence to leave his trailer-trash background behind and join his best friends in their world of easy privilege. Blue is a fantastic guide into the world of the Anglionby boys. She's been surrounded by her mother and other clairvoyant women her whole life and wants to experience true friendship and adventure -- even if it means risking her heart and the life of her eventual true love. Beautifully written and compellingly paced, this is a unique series that both teens and adult readers will find riveting.

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