The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) (CD-Audio)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the The Raven Cycle series.
I wanted to include this throwback read, because it is the first book in a series that brought my love of reading back during my second year of college. We follow four boys and one girl named Blue, and these characters are some of my favorite fictional characters ever. Their development over each book is fantastic, and it made Maggie Stiefvater one of my favorite authors. This series involves dead Welsh kings, a boy that can pull things from his dreams, a family of clairvoyants, and two super cute romances. If you love a light fantasy, this series is for you!— Anna
Fall '12 Kids List
“Blue has grown up in a house full of women psychics who have foretold certain death for her first love. She unwillingly becomes friends with a gaggle of boys, the Raven Boys, from the very expensive private school in town. They're on the search for a mythical king who is said to grant a wish to whoever finds him. Will Blue's ability to intensify the magic around them help on their quest or put them in danger? The Raven Boys will pull you into their thrilling journey.”
— Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish - either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.
Gansey has it all - family money, a car, time for extracurriculars and friends - but he's always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he's found one too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, VA. And the best way to be there is to attend prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys.
Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.