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"Lose yourself in the world of Raven--a strange and magical place where myths and legends collide with one young girl's quest to uncover the secrets of her heritage. It is a journey you won't soon forget."
"You know how sometimes a book is so good that you go out of your way to keep reading it? Well this is one of those! If your looking for a different kind of supernatural novel then I highly recommend Raven!!!!"
"This book was amazing. As much as it was about the world of fantasy, it held grains of truth within it that showed the darkest parts of our world. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone."
"At my house I was told too clean my room, put my clothes away, and to make my bed. But did I listen? No!!!!! I was totally into this book! I ignored them."
"There are so many feelings you want to get back to. With books I want that Twilight feeling back, that Harry Potter feeling-and RAVEN gives it! I'm so happy I get to look forward to a series that I love again"
"A very relatable journey that would elicit empathy to many readers, whom have struggled with their own awkward adolescence and where one fits in the world. A very enjoyable and hard to put down book."
"A must for Twilight fans"
From the Author
- ASIN : B004ZZJ462
- Publisher : Chill Out Press (May 8, 2011)
- Publication date : May 8, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1479 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 253 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,643 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had anticipated to get more from the book than had been realized when I got to the last page. What ruined the book’s storyline the most for me has been the age difference between the protagonist Lily, age thirteen; and the guy she got smitten by, aged seventeen. Come on now, she hasn’t even had her Sweet Sixteen birthday, the age for most girls where an interest in boys takes off. Lily is far too naïve to truly understand what love is all about and for this to happen so quickly between these two individuals. Perhaps being my age, I’m too old-fashioned to “appreciate” all this.
What makes all this even worse is that sexual relations with a prepubescent child, which I believe is what we have in the pages of this book, is generically called child sexual abuse or molestation, and is typically treated as a more serious crime. Given this, I feel a classification for this book as being one for young adults [YA] is definitely out of line, as is a classification of new adults [NA].
Don’t get me wrong; the book itself has a wonderful paranormal, page-turning storyline and had the ages been 17 and 21, the NA classification might be more appropriate for the readers it would attract.
Be advised the author has used British English in the writing this book, so the spelling and word usage might seem strange to those not familiar with it.
With the current ages of the two main characters in place, the dialogue being used, and the incorrect identification of the non-human characters in the book; the best I can give this book is 3 STARS.
As I started reading I am glad to say I am glad that it went a certain way with these two as I believe Lilly has a lot on her plate she doesn't need to be in a relationship right now.
Lilly doesn't have a happy life. She has a mother who isn't a loving mother and her father she doesn't seem him she is a sad child who has grown to adapt to her life. So when all of a sudden coming home from school no one is at home she is thrown into a place with a family she has never known before. Though they know of her which is always a good thing.
Lilly gets to get the love she has always needed and wanted but along with that she gets a family secret and the truth of what happened to her mother! Not the mother she thought lived with her.
This secret her family has is a big one but it is one that Lilly needs to know about because it will affect her as well!
I think this would be a good book for teens as everything is completely clean in here and the action is minimum, and it has a good mystery within the pages!
I really loved how Lilly's family from Canada opened their arms to her and made her feel at home.
Lilly is a well developed character, who grows in a good way especially when faced with the one person that has caused not only her but her family heartache.
I am excited to see where this story is going to go because it seems that book two will be about Lilly's best friend December Moon. Which I wonder how she will play a part as we get just a glimpse of her in this book.
The Raven starts with a story of a poor girl who is severely emotionally neglected by her parents and one day, they are gone from her life and she is forced to go and live with her extended family. She then finds out that the world is filled with the supernatural beings she thought only existed in fairy tales and her world is opened up into all kinds of adventures and possibilities.
There are a lot of mysterious events, secrets to be revealed and all around exciting adventures in this book. The writing is really good, but again, is more in line with the younger reader. I've already started on the next in the series which centers around Lilly's best friend, December Moon. A wonderful series for your young reader.
Top reviews from other countries
My review rules are: The more stars, the more I liked it.
If there are too many typos or errors the less stars I give
If the storyline or plot is poor or contains too many errors, the characters are too weak, the ending lacking something, then the less stars I give.
Simple, uncomplicated and to the point without giving anything away.
Some of the books I read have been given to me by the author as a pre-release copy and this does not bias my reviews in any way.
Firstly, the girl at the beginning is like wet lettuce. She'd dull, naive, weak willed, had no clue about anything, and the life she led, and how she intereacted/reacted to her parents/others honeslty led me to believe the chacter was five. I imagined this little girl going off to primary school, and i was really shocked to read she was 13!
Then it got weird, when the girl moved to Canada she didn't grow or develop and with it her thoughts and speach change. It was just written differently all of a sudden. Her dialogue and inner thoughts were nothing like the previous chapters. All of a sudden she had a more mature outlook on life, was intelligent and had lots of coherent thoughts! Come on, it's like reading two different characters! I felt like i'd been tricked into believing the character was one way, had one kind of personality when she then had another.
The dialogue was wordy and wooden. It was unrealistic how this girl had such a withdrawn life and knew nothing about anything, and grew up wearing nothing but yellow (curious george??) and eating uncooked tins of soup, who moved and in a few weeks had all this knowledge and intense appreciatation of the world around her! She suddenly knew what thing where and there was no reflection, no emotion no growth...
There were sooo many characters it was hard to keep up, and only a small few were convincing enough to make me want to read further. This girl was automatically loved by this family she never knew she had, it was unrealistic, it was unrealistic that even though she'd had a bad unbringing, that she had little emotional ties to her parents. All of a sudden she was loved by these people she'd never known, there was zero character growth, it was like the author kept cutting out reality and zooming on to the next phase of a relationship.
For most of the characters supposedly being Candadian, the language didn't change at all, that irked me because i don't find characters believable if the dialogue doesn't match their age/nationality.
(sorry this is all over the place, but it was a very frustrating book) The 13 year old in the middle and second half had all kinds of inner dialogue, and reacted in a way that was nothing like a teen would, especially one that was trapped in a flat all her life.
I thought it was unrealistic that the girl who'd never had more than one friend or normal relationships bonded so easily with others. So easily in fact, that she fell in love with a 17/18 year old boy within a few pages of meeting him. Same happened at the end for the cousin, she was planning her future after two conversations with some vampire... unrealistic.
The story and main chacracter severely lacked real emotion. This girl forgot all about the only life she'd known and easily settled into a brand new one. Was introduced to things she'd never known or experienced and yet she showed little true emotion relating to the adjustments in her life... that was before she found out that her mother wasn't her mother, and her real mother was dead and so was a sister she never knew about... oh and she could morph into a lion (why is it called 'Raven'?)
Another thing that bugged me was when the author kept pulling things out of thin air, like the girl mentioning her dad bought her books secretly, after chapters upon chapters of saying she never had time alone with him, and barely saw him or heard him speak. Or how her friend had kept in touch and had been sending letters...you can't just add things to a story later on and pretend they were always there!
The story was interesting, i loved the idea of people being able to turn into animals, normal animals and not anything too paranormal or overdone. I thought the story was going to be built around the family, the legacy and the woods the author kept going on about, but it wasn't.
I felt nothing much happened in the first 70% of the book in terms of plot development. Yet relationships happened at the speed of light, and there were tons of ideas and bits of story thrown in there. Too much was added to the story and it was distracting, and the worse thing was, that most of it wasn't even developed further. I skimmed the last 10% because it didn't seem to give any closure or bring the story to a decent point. The book wavered and was all over the place, it was sooo distracting. Yet, i think if the author explored some of the things that were introduced, the people, the town, the family, the friends, the paranomal, the dreams, the growth of the character and her adjusting to a new life....any of it, it could have been a really good book. It could have been split into others and properly developed the story. All of it had padding and distractions and was long winded and then it seemed like there was a rush to tie up loose ends.
All in all, i felt like there was a much longer book and i'd only been give the every third chapter or so, and that was why it had so many gaps or instant relationships. ( 'instant relatinships' can you buy than in a tin?)
I realise now that it's written for a young audience, but i wouldn't want my future kids thinking this is how a story should be told.
Moving to Canada to live with her real family gave her a different point of view of how life is meant to be lived. With a family who loves and will protect her from anything,a cute boyfriend who cares for her and the ability to turn into an animal what could go wrong???
It turns out many things can!!! Lilly's father is missing,her fake mother is after her, she is sick of keeping secrets from the one she loves and she can't help but feel guilty when everything goes wrong.
You have gotta love the unexpected twists and great cliffhangers in this supernatural book.
The story moved quickly but not in a believable way & it had a lot of elements but just doesn't hang together well. For example when Lilly meets and falls in love with Oliver at one glance. There's very little descriptive passages and the language is simple & repeats itself.
I am interested in what happens next but I didn't fall in love or engage with the story on an emotional level.