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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Read-Along: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater, Prologue-Chapter 6


So it is finally here. My Read-Along for The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater and a chance to WIN an ADVANCED COPY of The Dream Thieves, book 2 in this amazing 4 book series. Don't forget to follow along with my friend Emma over on her blog as well I'll link her post below so you can go check it out! So without further ado let us begin.

**IF YOU ARE NOT READING THIS BOOK/HAVE NOT READ IT, please be aware that there will be spoilers in these posts.**





“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Summary of Prologue-Chapter 6:
  • Prologue:
  • Blue's family are all psychics who are accurate but unspecific, except when it comes to Blue.
  • If Blue kisses her True Love he will die.
  • Blue's aunt (mother's half-sister,) Neeve, arrives and tells Blue this is the year she'll fall in love.

  • Chapter 1:
  • Blue and Neeve go to an old churchyard on St. Mark's Eve.
  • Blue, who has no typical psychic abilities, is an amplifier for psychic energy.
  • They are there to write down the names of not yet dead spirits who will die in the next 12 months.
  • Blue tells Neeve about the boys of Aglionby Academy, sons of important men, sometimes by their mistresses who are given hush money, they're nicknamed "Raven Boys" because of the raven emblazed on their uniform.
  • Blue has a rule to stay away from boys because "they're trouble" and to stay away from Raven Boys because "they're bastards"
  • As Neeve takes recited names Blue sees a spirit in the distance, something that should be impossible, he says his name is Gansey.
  • Neeve says there could be two reasons Blue was able to see him, either she's his true love, or she killed him.

  • Chapter 2:
  • Flashforward to the next morning, Gansey, a Raven Boy, is having a bit of car trouble.
  • He calls his friend Ronan to pick him up and tells him to bring their car expert friend Adam with him to help with the car. Ronan and Adam also go to Aglionby.
  • Gansey was at a different church the previous night hoping to capture the voices of those who have yet to die on a tape recorder.
  • Since he was on the same ley line as Blue, he is able to capture himself saying his name, but not Blue's words.
  • Ronan comes by with Adam who fixes Gansey's car.
  • Gansey tells Ronan of what he found and also tells him he intends of going to a psychic to find out who his disembodied voice was speaking to.

  • Chapter 3:
  • Blue's feeling drained after her night at the churchyard, but decides to head off to work regardless.
  • Before she leaves she asks if someone could ever stop the deaths of those who are seen on St. Mark's Eve, her mother says that it's not likely.
  • Neeve tries to ease her mind by trying to see how he dies, though unfortunately she is blocked after seeing him just disappear.
  • Before she leaves her mother reminds her not to kiss anyone. 

  • Chapter 4:
  • Adam arrives at Gansey, Ronan, and their friend Noah's place, a huge old brick factory that Gansey had purchased and coverted into an apartment of sorts, with Ronan's older brother, Declan, and Declan's girlfriend, Ashley.
  • When Declan asks Gansey to explain to his new girlfriend why he chose to come to Virginia of all places to go to school, Gansey obliges.
  • Gansey believes that an old Welsh king named Glendower, was one of many Welsh kings who never dies, but instead went into a deep slumber. Gansey believes that Gendower was brought over to "the New World" to be laid to rest. He leaves out the part about how he believes that whoever wakes Glendower would be granted a favor.
  • When Ronan comes out of his room he greets Ashley by telling her quite bluntly that she's just a passing fancy to Declan and that she'll be replaced by tomorrow.
  • After doing some damage control by explaining to Ashley that Ronan's been a bit troubled since finding their father dead, they go out to eat without Ronan and co.
  • Gansey decides he and his friends should still go out for pizza.

  • Chapter 5:
  • Barrington Whelk, Gansey, Ronan, and Adam's Latin teacher is leaving the administrative building when he is stopped by his colleague, Jonah Milo, the 11th and 12th grade English teacher.
  • Milo notices that Ronan's homework was turned in for Latin and askes how Whelk gets Ronan to come to class. He then realizes that it probably had to do with Gansey being in the class as well.
  • When Whelk checks the attendance sheet he tells Milo that Ronan was in class but not Gansey, Milo comments that it probably has to do with St. Mark's Eve, ley lines, and whatnot.
  • Whelk is shocked by this thinking in his head about his youth and his own search for the ley lines and treasure, and the friend he lost. He walks away thinking that might not have been for nothing after all.

  • Chapter 6:
  • Blue is waitressing at Nino's, the pizza place closest to Anglionby.
  • Her mother calls her at work and tells her that Gansey called and made an appointment for the next afternoon, Blue changes her schedule around so she can be there.
  • Gansey and his crew walk in and sit down at a table.
  • Gansey comes over and asks Blue to talk to Adam as Adam thinks she's cute.
  • Oblivious to the fact that this is the boy who's spirit she saw the night, as she never really saw his face, before she turns him down saying that she needs to work.
  • She says that he could compensate her time. Insulted she tells him off and goes back to work, thinking that would never fall in love with a Raven Boy.

Reaction: 
  • The prologue pulled me in perfectly.
  • I really love Neeve's character, but something about her seems... off.
  • I loved that Blue couldn't see Gansey's face while she talked to his spirit.
  • So she's either Gansey's true love, or she killed him... Why can't it be both?
  • Right off the bat Gansey seems like an interesting character, but I'm more drawn to Ronan as a character, and Adam is a bit bland so far, except for that he seems to be poorer than the other Raven Boys.
  • The fact that Gansey could hear his spirit's own voice was creepy, even if he was on the same ley line.
  • I really hope it is possible to stop the deaths of those seen on St. Mark's Eve, I don't want Gansey to die.
  • I find it very intriguing that Gansey and most of his band of misfits live in an old gutted factory, not something I would do if I had his money, but definitely something I'd try if prompted.
  • Not sure how I feel about Declan...
  • Love the whole Welsh Kings thing, and hoping Glendower isn't the only one we may see. Fingers crossed for Arthur too!
  • Whelk's been shady from the moments we meet him, and I'm not too sure how you pronounce his friend's name, Czerny. Can anyone help me phonetically.
  • Loved how strong Blue was to tell off Gansey, though I'd wonder if she'd still do it if she knew who he is... 


Discussion Question: Blue spends every St. Mark’s Eve on the ley line, helping her mother record the names of the people that will die the following year. How do you think this affects Blue? What would you do if you were Blue and knew which people in your town would die in the next twelve months?

So that's it for this stop on the Read-Along, don't forget to check out Emma's take on these first chapters, which you may or may not like better than mine, over on her blog: Books Forget Me Knot. And now what you've all most likely been waiting for, the star of the show, a chance to win an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of The Dream Thieves the second book in this awesome series.

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7 comments:

  1. This reminds me of school. Yano? When we had to read a book and then summarize the chapters? :P I totally forgot it was Tuesday and I'm at work! But when I get home you bet I'll post up my summary or even early Wednesday morning xD

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    1. Haha, no problem, I completely understand! :)

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  2. I really want to read this series. I loved her Shiver series. Haven't had a chance to read anything else by her but have heard awesome things.

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    1. It is amazing! I definitely recommend it! :)

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  3. "Blue spends every St. Mark’s Eve on the ley line, helping her mother record the names of the people that will die the following year. How do you think this affects Blue? What would you do if you were Blue and knew which people in your town would die in the next twelve months?"

    I think this "forces" Blue to be more involved into her mother's world and to be more aware of what she IS capable of (that she is special, even if it's not as vibrant as what the women she lives with are able to do). If I was Blue and I knew which people in my town would die in the next twelve months, I would try my best to avoid those people as much as possible so I don't end up acting weird around them; which would make them suspect things, even if they don't believe in things like premonition, etc. Still, when it comes to the matter of the Raven Boys, I wouldn't be able to resist interfering either.

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  4. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to WIN an ADVANCED COPY
    of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater.
    In response to your Discussion Question: Blue spends every St. Mark’s Eve on the ley line, helping her mother record the names of the people that will die the following year. How do you think this affects Blue? What would you do if you were Blue and knew which people in your town would die in the next twelve months?
    I think Blue doesn't really like knowing who will die but she wants to
    help her mother because she loves her.
    If i was Blue and i knew who was going to die i would just act like i didn't know anything.If it was someone i cared about if i knew how they would die i
    would try save them.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

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  5. I was lucky to get this, the book is amazing. Dark and very thought provoking.I have a review of it on my blog http://www.juliedarley.com. I've tried to keep out as many spoilers as I could :)

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