Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvator

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steiefvator
Audio Book Review

I haven't listened to many audio books but I think that is going to start changing and let me tell you why. Last year I listened to two audio books on a 2000 mile road trip but this year I learned something that I want to share with Book Snob readers that has helped me listen to more audio books.  While you are cooking or cleaning, plug in your audio book.  Listen while you work.  I have started listening on the way home from work as well and I will tell you what I have found out.  I don't mind cleaning or sitting in traffic as much because I want to keep listening.  So audio books have officially helped decrease my stress and made my house cleaner.  YAY!!

Disclosure:  I received this audio book for free from Audio Books Sync

Blue is the daughter of a clairvoyant, in fact she belongs to a whole family of psychics, but Blue does not have the second sight.  She has heard, for as long as she can remember, that if she kisses her true love she will kill him.  Blue is reluctant to fall in love but the world is colluding against her when she meets the four raven boys.  The first time she meets Gansey is on the Ghost Road.  He is already dead and Blue is intrigued by him and wonders why and how he ended up walking the ley line.  When she meets him and his friends later, she falls for his friend Adam.

There are four Raven Boys who go to the local prep school in town.  Gansey is the wealthy, good-looking one who is searching for a dead Welsh king who is supposed to be on the Ley Line.  Adam is his friend who goes to prep school on a scholarship, Ronan is the angsty one, who is full of anger and actually has pet raven and then there is Noah.  Noah is shy, and actually has a secret that is sure to shock you.

Listening to The Raven Boys, the story starts out a bit slow and confusing, basically because it has a lot of characters to remember and the story is complex.   Once you are able to sort through all the nuances and layers and can remember the characters, the story picks up and is really good.  I loved the psychic and magical elements of the story and enjoyed learning about Tarot card readings and the Ley Line.  The Raven Boys combines history, legend, fantasy and friendship in the first book of a intended trilogy.  The second book is The Dream Thieves is set to be released on September 17th and I have plans to listen to it.

Have you listened to any audio books lately?