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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Read-Along: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater, Chapters 7-12

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Welcome Back Readers! Here's the next part in our Read-Along for The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for 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 Chapters 7-12:

  • Chapter 7:
  • At Nino's Adam and Gansey discuss how going to a psychic could help them find the ley line that could lead them to Glendower since psychics work with energy and the ley line is energy.
  • Adam suggests using some sort of electronic amplifier on Gansey's dowser to help find the ley line as well.
  • Outside Declan shows up and he and Ronan get in a physical fight.
  • Gansey remembers how Ronan and Declan's father was beaten to death by a tire iron, and that Ronan found him the next day.
  • Since then their mother never spoke, and Ronan became very troubled and defiant leading to a falling out between the brothers.
  • It is implied that Adam was abused.
  • Adam is suspicious of Ashley and asks Gansey not to tell other people what their up to any more, because he feels like they're being... observed.
  • Gansey says that everything he tells people is public record besides if someone is watching them then that must mean they're on the right track.

  • Chapter 8:
  • As Blue is leaving work, Adam notices her and comes over introducing himself and apologizing for Gansey.
  • Blue sees he's different from typical Raven Boys and gives him the number for her house.
  • After Adam leaves, one of Blue's managers, Donny, comes out with Gansey's notebook on Glendower and since it seemed like "her stuff" he thought she might know who it belonged to.
  • Since Blue saw Gansey with it earlier she said that she;d see it returned. 
  • After looking through the notebook she thinks that the passion dedicated to finding Glendower couldn't possibly belong to "President Cellphone" Blue's placeholder name for Gansey and thinks it's probably more likely Adam's.
  • Blue wishes that Adam would have been this mysterious Gansey, however she takes it back because Gansey doesn't have long to live.

  • Chapter 9
  • Gansey wakes up in the middle of the night due to a phone call by Dr. Rodger Mallory, an expert on ley lines who suggests to Gansey that the ley lines are so hard to track because they're dormant, or sleeping like Glendower.
  • Dr. Mallory suggests that Gansey and co. perform a ritual on the ley lines to wake them up so instead of trying to listen to a faint hum they could listen to a loud roar leading them to Glendower.
  • Gansey is ecstatic and decides to confide these new findings in Ronan who should be up since he has severe insomnia.
  • When Gansey reaches Ronan's room he finds it empty and his bed still made, which scares Gansey who quickly calls Adam to help him search.
  • Since Noah had found Ronan once lying in a pool of his own blood, Noah is exempt from searching.
  • Gansey checks a local church and luckily finds Ronan passed out drunk.
  • It turns out Ronan found a baby raven sometime since Gansey had last seen him, Ronan names her Chainsaw.
  • Since the raven is Glendower's signature bird, Gansey thinks it's one hell of a coincidences  that is he would if he believed in coincidences.

  • Chapter 10
  • Whelk is also unable to sleep. 
  • Thoughts of the ley lines and Czerny filled his head.
  • He knew the ley line needed to be woken and recalled a ritual he and Czerny were going to perform, one that involved sacrifice, right before he found out that his fater was a crook and they lost everything.
  • After losing everything Whelk and Czerny left to perform the ritual and wake the ley line.

  • Chapter 11
  • Blue wakes up early and hears Neeve come home and her mother chastise her. 
  • They talk in hushed tones about keeping something from Blue and her mother uses male pronouns when referring to what or more likely who they're keeping her from.
  • Blue thinks they're talking about her father, a man who's taken up a heroic role, with an equally heroic excuse, in Blue's mind to make up for his absence.
  • Blue is very excited at the thought of meeting Gansey during his reading that day.
  • Before she leaves, she enters Persephone's, one of her mother's best friends who is also a psychic, room and shows her the journal Gansey left behind.
  • Persephone remarks that it's nice, though not Blue's. She suggests that Blue find out who's journal it is and then found out if what's written inside is true.

  • Chapter 12:
  • Gansey waits for Adam at the spot where he usually picks him up, but Adam never shows.
  • It's implied again that Adam may have an abusive father. 
  • Gansey asks Ronan if he's seen Adam, Ronan hasn't.
  • Gansey notices that Ronan has a larger bag than usual, and that Ronan is being very carful with it.
  • It turns out that Ronan brought his raven chainsaw to school, because she needs to be fed every two hours.
  • Gansey and Ronan head to Latin, the only class Ronan never misses and Adam rarely does.
  • Unfortunately, Adam never shows up.

Reactions:

  • While I feel sympathetic for both Ronan and Declan, it's very hard for me to like Declan as a character, though it's sort of confusing how much I love Ronan as a character, because he's more messed up than Declan is.
  • I'm not suspicious of Ashley, though Whelk and even Neeve are another story.
  • I love how Blue knows Gansey before she knows it's him, it's a great way to show what Blue thinks of him before all her preconceived thought get in the way.
  • I've grown to like Adam more from these chapters though I still feel like there's more there that I just can't quite access yet.
  • All the foreshadowing is crazy in these chapters, from the small amounts I remember there is a fair bit of foreshadowing here.
  • Still suspicious of Whelk, did he sacrifice Czerny to attempt the ritual?
  • I wonder how important Blue's father will be or if it's just filler.





Discussion Question: The characters’ clothes are referred to on many different occasions throughout the story. Adam’s Aglionby uniform isn’t as pristine as Ronan’s or Gansey’s, and Blue often creates new outfits from bits of older ones. What does each character’s clothes say about him or her? Do each character’s outfits truly reflect the image that he or she is trying to portray?

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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