- Series: Shadow Ravens
- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Ink Monster (October 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989405087
- ISBN-13: 978-0989405089
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cipher (Shadow Ravens) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 31, 2014
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About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd--from Star Wars (prequels don't count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.
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not sure if this is really a spoiler or not but you can never be to safe about these things... SHE IMPROVES DRASTICALLY IN HARNESSING HER POWER NEAR THE END OF THE BOOK!
There, you're safe now, the spoiler is over. Continue to read this.
The struggle is not really resolved at the end of the book, as she cannot control her power all of the time. Cipher changes from, in my opinion, a super hacker that is aloof, to a sad emotional wreck that is dependent upon everyone and is weak. The theme is probably that you should depend on people and not isolate yourself and become stronger in that way, but I personally don't see that as being a strength. I'm the type of person who thinks that the lone-wolf type of main character is stronger than the type who is overemotional and over-dramatic (in my opinion since I cannot relate to her situation or "put myself in her shoes") and relies on everyone else for support. I should clarify that the sexual content is just innuendos and not "real" sexual content. Also, the narration is first person but switches perspectives (one chapter narrated by Cipher in first person, the next by her childhood friend in first person). I personally think that there are too many coincidences in this book namely between Cipher and her obsessive childhood friend:
Cipher and her childhood friend are separated for several years, and coincidentally, Cipher has been talking to her childhood friend online and has become really close with him, and coincidentally, she orders computers made by him from him (she's a hacker), and COINCIDENTALLY he works in the place where they save people with red helixes like Cipher, and COINCIDENTALLY he has been "assigned" to her (meaning that he is supposed to help her keep her power under control; the author is totally not indiscreetly forcing them to be a couple, right?). WAY TOO MAY COINCIDENCES IN MY OPINION!!
spoiler over. Continue please.
Cipher curses a lot, so if you are not okay with that, DON'T READ THIS BOOK. Seriously, its not worth your time. I thought this book would be more sci-fi, but its such a romance novel. So, if you're into sci-fi, mystery, crime, or psychological novels and books like I am, don't read this book. If you're into sappy romance that doesn't add up all of the time and crappy sci-fi content, then this is the book for you! The only thing I liked about this book was the internal monologue (one character worrying about what the other character thinks of them), since I like seeing what the characters think about themselves and each other. Another problem with this book is that I could never feel like I was in the setting or place they described in the book. They never described it enough and most of the time I wasn't interested enough to even bother trying to put myself there. The story itself seemed to fast and repetitive. Cipher was always running away from the government and the author kept trying to describe fight or flight scenes and I was getting lost and bored. I feel that the whole idea of the red helix being unstable and a source of fear for the government could've developed much more if the author focused more on that and less on the romance between Cipher and her childhood friend. If the author wanted a romance novel, she shouldn't have wasted such a good plot and just stuck with some corny overdone thing. Though I have to admit, the idea of something that is found to be different and rejected in society to a point where the government tries to hunt down anyone with that difference is not a new one for books, so actually, the author chose an appropriately overused subject for her romance novel with a lame sci-fi element here and there to make it seem different compared to other romance novels. The resolution was definitely a let-down. I am the type of person who doesn't like happy, predicable, and boring endings, and that is what this book delivered, so I was not too happy. I don't think that Cipher really learned anything important because, as I mentioned earlier, I thought that she had become weaker as a person. I did not like the author's writing style. Even in the first couple of pages in the book, Cipher curses and the author uses phrases like, "Hacking where no one had hacked before" and " hackfest" (Erin 1). If you want to hear even worse, read the rest of this book! The writing was too sloppy and corny, as expected of a crappy romance novel with no real plot development. So, in short, if you don't like romance novels and prefer something a little more murderous and psychological, then go read something of Stephen King's and DON'T READ THIS BOOK!
Cipher is a girl on the run, because technically she's living illegally- as in she was marked for death as a baby and instead was whisked away to safety and secrecy. She's twenty, she's paranoid, and she's been on her own for at least a decade. Her system works for her, and so far she's managed to escape her uncle and the evil system they work for. just totally sucks that one of these evil soldiers happens to be a blast from her past... and he's got more secrets than she does.
This started out as a really exciting read that I couldn't put down. The blurb was promising, the writing style clicked with me. I liked the buildup of the characters and the world, their roles in it and the way they all interacted with each other. Totally enjoyable and sometimes squeak worthy (faaangirled with some of the guys, my God) and it was all just- I literally couldn't put it down.
And then things slowed down. I started to lose interest when it looked like I wasn't going to see the secret Ravens' HQ, or see her interact with more of the people promised and enticed throughout the chapters. I was hoping for a long adventure with different changes of scenes and personality, but really this all added up to our MCs finding each other, Cipher learning to harness her gifts, and them rescuing her. That bummed me out a bit but this is still a pretty good introduction to the series.
And if you focus on that aspect of the story, the story excels. I'm not normally a fan of the bouncing perspective (one chapter from Cipher, one chapter from Knight), but as it's told in first person, it helps build the whole story. You work toward the two finding each other from both ends of the spectrum, seeing the bigger picture until the conclusion. And it's worth it.
I enjoyed the story and the start of the world enough that I found myself wishing Erin was continuing the rest of the world. I connected with the characters we met here - with Dex and Oliver, even Crackhead. I'd love to see those characters again and hear their stories. I'm less interested in continuing with the world under a different hand. Perhaps when her next book comes out in this world I might pick up the next story of the Shadow Ravens.
Officially, I'd give it 4.5 stars.