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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Read-Along: The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater, Chapters 19-24

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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 19-24:

  • Chapter 19:
  • Blue asks Calla why Neeve is there, after her terrifying encounter earlier that morning.
  • Calla doesn't confirm or deny that Neeve is there to find Blue's father, and actually thinks that Neeve's there for her own benefit as well.
  • Blue suggests they go into Neeve's room while she's away and Maura's occupied and use Calla's psychometery enhanced by Blue's power to see if they can find out why Neeve came.
  • A flower delivery comes for Blue, they're from Adam wondering if he should still call Blue after what happened at the reading.
  • Blue asks Calla if she should tell the boys what she knows about the ley lines.
  • Calla says that it wouldn't matter what she thought as it seems Blue's already made up her mind.
  • Thinking the flowers are form Gansey, Calla warns Blue to guard her heart as he's going to die.

  • Chapter 20:
  • Adam arrives at Gansey's, but only Ronan and Noah are there working on a ramp for Ronan's BMW
  • Ronan teases Adam about his affection for Blue
  • Adam remembers why he decided to go to Aglionby and how it is sort of because or Ronan, or someone he thought could have been Ronan. He was in a supermarket and couldn't even afford to buy toothpaste and some canned ravioli, when he saw an Aglionby boy that looked a lot like Ronan effortlessly pay for his things and leave and remembered that he was never as jealous at anyone than he was in that moment.
  • Adam decides to call Blue and asks if she wants to help search for the ley line with him and the boys in a helicopter, she accepts but asks what he thinks this is, he replies that he has no clue. 

  • Chapter 21:
  • When Adam picks Blue up she tells him that she'll help them with the ley line, she also gives back Gansey's notebook and says she wants in on the search for Glendower.
  • After explaining that she's been around psychics her whole life and without a psychic power of her own she just wants to see something mystical and magical, Adam compares her to Gansey who doesn't really care about anything more than the chase to find something otherworldly.
  • When they get back to Gansey's they see that Gansey did indeed get a helicopter for them to ride in. 
  • Gansey thanks Blue for returning his notebook and they get inside where Gansey introduces Blue to the pilot, his sister Helen.

  • Chapter 22:
  • In the helicopter Gansey realizes that Blue was the voice he heard on his tape from St. Mark's Eve.
  • The decide to trade information, Blue tells Gansey about seeing his spirit on St. Mark's Eve, minus the details about the fact that it means he'll die in the next year or that since she saw his spirit that means she's either his true love or she'll kill him, and Gansey explains the design drawn in his journal that Blue saw both her mother and Neeve draw.
  • He explains that it's a representation of the three major ley lines and one it the line that goes from the U.K. to the U.S. and is the one Glendower is on. He also says that ley lines are sometimes maked by large carvings in the sides of mountains or hills, usually in the forms of animals.
  • Just them they realize that they are flying over one such carving, and it's a carving of a bird, no a raven and decide to land and investigate near the raven's heart.

  • Chapter 23:
  • While investigating Gansey brings up the ley line power up ritual ans says that his professor friend thinks that it needs to be performed at the point where the energy is the strongest.
  • This sparks a discussion as to whether or not Blue's amplifying power could make any spot they're at strong enough to do the ritual.
  • They enter a forest where everything seems so much more alive and time seems to stop.
  • They find a small pool filled with fish that, judging by the fact that the pond is fed by rainwater that the stream leaving it is so small, shouldn't even be there. Gansey begins to believe that the fish are there because he believes they should be and shows Blue how he was able to change their color by believing that a different type of fish would make sense to live there.
  • They see Adam looking shaken up next to a tree with a man sized rotted hole in the side and Adam asks Blue to go inside and tell him he isn't crazy.
  • Blue enters and sees a vision of her and Gansey about to kiss, and the weirder part is that she has some recollection that she's fallen in love with Gansey.
  • When she leaves Gansey decides to go in, Adam is still shaken and tells Blue that he'd "never do that to him" meaning that the most likely saw different visions.
  • They turn to see Gansey inside the tree, and Adam has a look of shame on his face thinking that Gansey is seeing whatever Adam saw.
  • When he exits he announces that he saw Glendower.

  • Chapter 24:
  • According to Gansey's watch they were only away from the helicopter for seven minutes which is a miracle since it should have been nearly forty.
  • They discuss how ley lines can play tricks on travelers  time.
  • Gansey and Blue tease each other about their not-so-normal names and Gansey thinks to himself how Blue seems to be what was missing from their search for Glendower and not really the ley lines.
  • They go out for gelato to celebrate their newest discovery.

Reactions:
  • I really do think Calla is the best one of the women in the psychic house, next would have to be Persephone.
  • I'm not really sure how I feel about the Blue/Adam relationship thing, especially when Adam's kind of a forgettable character to me.
  • I love how Blue takes initiative and wants to join in the search for the fun of it and the discovery of magic as opposed to fame and fortune.
  • My two favorite moments so far are them seeing the raven in the side of the mountain and the tree scene I've always loved the tree scene.
  • I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't trust Neeve, I want to, but I just don't.
  • Also I'm sort of happy there was no Whelk during this chunk.



Discussion Question:  Adam, Blue, and Gansey had very different experiences inside the hollowed out tree in Cabeswater. What did each one see? Do you think they saw their futures, nightmares, or dreams? Why do you think this?

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: 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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1 comment:

  1. I personally think that Calla and Persephone are neck-and-neck when it comes to being the best physic in the house, but I do like Persephone more, because she seems weird! I also agree with you on the Adam thing: it's not that he's really that unforgettable (that was resolved by the end of the book), it's just that he doesn't fit Blue?

    Even though Neeve is SUPER suspicious, I wouldn't be surprised if Stiefvater turns her into the good guy by the end of the series.

    " Adam, Blue, and Gansey had very different experiences inside the hollowed out tree in Cabeswater. What did each one see? Do you think they saw their futures, nightmares, or dreams? Why do you think this?"

    Can I still answer even I KNOW? xD

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