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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.
When you do find out, you are presented with the fantastic world that Suzy Turner has cleverly crafted, filled with evil witches, vampires, changelings - the whole range of wild supernatural beasts and beings. The plot thickens, you worry for Lilly's well-being, and can't stop reading till the last page. It's a good thing this is the first installment of a series and that more is coming!
firstly, the main character is 13, she has just come out of childhood and she gets involved with a 17 year old boy, nearly a grown man. this decision by the author just put me off of those two characters and the way they interact. not to mention the relationship progressed to 'love' very quickly. maybe I'm too old to buy into that idea.
the other issue that I had the most trouble getting over was the inaccurate mythological terms. In the book shape shifters are called changelings, changelings are something completely different. halflings, traditionally are things such as hobbits, dwarves and gnomes, here are actually not small creatures, it is used to describe half animal half human beings such as satyrs, centaurs etc. every time inaccurate terms were used I would be ripped out of my immersion in the story, a shame really as it could have been much more enjoyable for me.
lastly, I often noticed question marks placed at the end of a statement, completely throwing my inner reading voice as then I would phrase it like a question instead of a statement.
the story is quite interesting and engaging, be it a bit predictable and convenient in parts, and my complaints aside I did read both books and follow the story not to mention it was a bargain. great for a new author but I hope she can improve in some ways and get even better.
First, this is a tale about self-discovery. If one were to remove entirely the supernatural elements, what you'd be left with is the story of a young girl on the verge of growing up, who, after escaping terrible circumstances, discovers her roots, real family, and ultimately herself. And it all happens very quickly from where the story starts. This kind of topic can ride on the back of just about any foundation and be successful, if done well. It intrigues us all, the idea of going from a dysfunctional family, social awkwardness and rejection, to everything positive-love, family, and acceptance. But now let's add the mystical underpinnings. In addition to everything else, our main character discovers unimaginable things about herself and family, things most people would not accept or believe. It's a ride from one extreme to the next that most adolescents could not handle.
Secondly, this is a story about family issues. Our main character, Lilly, is raised by an unloving mother and estranged father. The father, we later find out, had been manipulated and almost killed by an evil I will leave unnamed here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and no bad scenes in it had my 12 year old read causr i thought it was so good. Cant wait to get the rest of them.Published 10 days ago by Amanda Neal
The Raven is the perfect book for the young (younger) adult reader who enjoys the supernatural. It's really a very quick book, easy to read, no sex or horrible violence, so it's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary E aka Lockette
CLIFFHANGER. Like no, books should never end in cliffhangers. It's frustrating to say the least. I'd definitely give five stars but, you know, cliffhangers.Published 2 months ago by Horse Topia
I don't normally read YA books but this was in an anthology so I started reading it and got caught up in the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Riann
I really like this book I think any teenager will but I didn't like how it ended I mean it was not sad but i would have liked it if a character had not left but this is so so good... Read morePublished 11 months ago by a expert
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