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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Read-Along: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater, Chapters 13-18

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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 Emma from Books Forget Me Knot 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 13-18:

  • Chapter 13:
  • Blue asks her mother why Neeve's visiting.
  • At first her mother brushes her off, but after Blue's insistence she admits that Neeve's there to help her find something, or more specifically someone.
  • A man enters the psychic's house then and asks for a reading, it's heavily implied that the man is Whelk.
  • Calla, one of Maura's psychic best friends, suggests they do a "triple reading" which is where Maura, Calla, and Persephone all do a tarot reading and compare interpretations after.
  • The man is incredibly secretive not even saying what it is he wants to know.
  • After Persephone draws The Page of Cups, the card that Maura always compares to Blue, the women get agitated and kick the man out.
  • Maura warns Blue that if she ever sees him again that she run walk away, but Calla corrects her saying that Blue should kick him in the nuts and run the other way.

  • Chapter 14:
  • Gansey goes to Adam's house to confirm why he wasn't in school that day.
  • Gansey's suspicions are confirmed when he sees Adam with a large bruise on the side of his face.
  • Gansey wants Adam to move in with him and stay away from his father, who he fears will one day kill Adam.
  • They get into an argument about money and Adam not wanting to feel as though he belonged to Gansey in any way.
  • They reach an uneasy truce as they head off to the psychic reading.
  • On their way out Gansey and Adam have a stare down with Adam's abusive father.

  • Chapter 15:
  • Gansey is late to his reading and Blue and her family are about to give up on him.
  • He eventually does walk in to their home and apologizes for being late, and Blue recognizes him from Nino's and sees that he brought most of his posse with him. "The smudgy one" (Noah) is missing.
  • Since there are so many who are there for a reading the women decide they need to do one-offs for each of the boys, lest the volume of their energy interfere.
  • A "One-Off" is where the individual draws one card and the psychic interprets.
  • Adam's card tells him that he struggling with a choice and that it's going to be hard but a choice needs to be made, there's no "right" choice just one that he needs to live with.
  • Ronan refuses to draw a card until he gets something specific and true, Maura is about to tell him the don't deal in specifics when Calla says "A secret killed your father, and you know what it is."
  • This upsets Ronan and he storm out of the house.
  • Gansey wants Blue to choose his card and when she does it's "The Page of Cups" and Maura gets annoyed and asks Gansey to choose one himself as that card has Blue's energy attached to it.
  • Gansey draws again and the same card appears, now everyone is tense and Maura asks him to choose again as that's not his card. Begrudgingly he chooses another one and this time the card is "Death" and Maura tells him that card is his.
  • Gansey then says that he doesn't really care about the future and that the reason he's there is to find out about the ley lines.
  • Maura brushes him off and after insistence on Gansey's part tells him she knows something but doesn't want to help him.
  • When the boys leave Maura tells Blue that she is never to see Gansey again and that it's for her own good.

  • Chapter 16:
  • Gansey wakes up that night to the sound of what seems to be the end of a cat fight, he finds out that it's Chainsaw who's making noises and that Ronan can't hear because he's listening to Celtic Music through headphones. 
  • Gansey asks Ronan what the psychic meant about his father, Ronan brushes him off saying that what the psychic woman said was crap.
  • Gansey goes back to his room and hears an intense buzzing and debates getting his EpiPen.
  • He grabs a shoe intending on killing the source of the buzzing and then he spots the wasp and freezes staring at it.
  • Ronan comes in and grabs the shoe from Gansey's hand and kills the wasp without hesitation and chastises Gansey for being stupid to hesitate.
  • Ronan then asks why Gansey said that if he were to leave he only promised to take Adam with him, Gansey then says that if he has to go he'll take his whole crew with him.
  • Ronan states that things are starting to happen and that everything seems to be getting bigger.

  • Chapter 17:
  • Blue awakes very early several days after Gansey's reading and goes outside to find Neeve slumped on the ground.
  • When she gets close a voice comes from Neeve that isn't her own and it scares Blue asking her to come closer and identify herself.
  • Blue lies to the voice and asks it who and where it is, it responds by saying it's Neeve and that it's on the Corpse Road.
  • Before anything else can happen the candle near Neeve goes out and the real Neeve wakes up.
  • She asks Blue not to tell her mother about this, scared Blue says she certainly will and demands to know what was going on.
  • Neeve says she was scrying into the void where Gansey disappeared in her earlier scrying mission.
  • She tells Blue someone there knows who she is and that they are looking for what Blue is looking for.
  • Blue asks Neeve again what is was that took over her body and Neeve says that she does not know.

  • Chapter 18:
  • Whelk examines the contents of Gansey's locker and removes it leaving a not saying that the contents were removed while the staff sprayed for roaches.
  • Now safe in a staff bathroom Whelk realizes that Gansey is much more obsessed than he ever was.
  • He remembers his obsession as a mild fascination and that it really grew after he and Czerny found a naturally made perfect circle of magnetic stones and that when they tried to move on they were blasted back and in the circle was an apparition that looked like a woman.
  • He then realized that if he controlled the ley line he could gain his popularity back, and that if he found Glendower his with would be to control the ley line.

Reactions:
  • So Neeve's here to find Blue's father? That's obvious right?
  • I've really gotten to the point where Whelk is just way beyond creepy to me. 
  • I really love both Calla and Persephone they are both hilarious and great character even though they don't have much development.
  • I hate reading about abuse and so if I had to pick a downside to this book, though realistic and something that shouldn't be glossed over, this would be it.
  • I enjoyed the chapter with Gansey's reading, though it's more than coincidence the the Page of Cups showed up not only with Whelk's reading, but twice with Gansey's. Blue is the main character after all.
  • I feel bad for Ronan, also Chainsaw cause no one remembers her name or that she even has one other than Ronan.
  • I'm very suspicious of Neeve at this point as it seems she's here for more than finding "someone."
  • Whelk seems more obsessed than Gansey to me, anyone else think so?



Discussion Question:  Adam has trouble disconnecting from his upbringing and breaking free from his father’s constant abuse. Even though he obviously doesn’t want to live with his parents under the circumstances, he struggles with the decision to leave. Why is it so hard for Adam to leave? Do you think he should have left home and moved into Monmouth Manufacturing before he finally did? Why or why not?

So that's it for this stop on the Read-Along, don't forget to check out Emma's take on these chapters, which you may or may not like better than mine, over on her blog: emzsnow.wordpress.com 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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