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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#WednesdayYA Book Club Invite: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I almost posted this month's #WednesdayYA book club invite a day early, so that it wouldn't interfere with this year's FTF festivities, but then I realized that there's a good chance some of you will be interested and want to take part! So to that end, Happy April, and welcome to this month's WYA!

For those of you unfamiliar with #WednesdayYA, it's a book club started in January '14, hosted by myself and Liz from Consumed by Books. Liz and I realized we had a lot of the same books on our shelves (many of which we'd send to each other... talented enablers, are we), and we weren't really reading through them because we had so many other books to distract us. So we decided we'd choose one book from our collective stack ever month to read together. But why stop there, said Liz-and-I, when we could read these books with you! So on the first Wednesday of every month, we announce which book is being read that month, and on the last Wednesday of every month, we discuss it in a combo Youtube liveshow / twitter live chat!

This month, since it's Liz's birthday (today! Happy birthday, Liz!), she got to pick what we read this month, and it came as a surprise to literally no one that she chose...

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Fantasy, 416 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
“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.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Yes, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Liz has tried to pick this book as our read for many, many months, each time being gently reminded that I didn't own it, and thus it couldn't be picked -- until she finally sent me a copy and said "we're picking this," basically. And though this may not be a direct fairy tale retelling (that I know of, correct me if I'm wrong), it's strong fantasy style seems like something some of you might be on board for. [And if you need a copy to read with us, it's actually a pretty damn good price right now!]

So for all of you Stiefvater fans, all of you who have been pushing The Raven Boys on me for ages, or all of you who are curious about the book, have been meaning to read it, or are just in need of a good book club at which its members may or may not have recently decided to start getting wine-drunk during their live shows, I really do hope you'll join us this month, in discussing TRB!
The live chats will take place on April 29th at 8:30pm EST. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #WednesdayYA, or directly on youtbe, where there will be a comments box for your questions and (drunken?) interjections.  Or if you're unable to make it during the "live" part of the live show, the video will be posted here on The Book Rat the following day, and I invite you to watch our antics and weigh in!
Hope to see you there!!

*Please note that drinking is not a requirement of this book club, and it is neither encouraged nor discouraged. Misty and Liz can not be held responsible for wine splattered across pages and laptop screens during fits of hilarity. Please read responsibly. ^_~

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  1. I loved this book. May try the audio version and participate.

  2. Hope you love it, Misty! It is currently prob my favorite (unfinished) series. I know you didn't like Shiver but the thing about Maggie is all of her books are really different from each other so I hope you enjoy this one more


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