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The Raven Trilogy Paperback – January 1, 2016
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"Which is what?"
"Power." Nicholas replied. "You have enormous power inside you, Raven That power belonged to your father, power that is even greater than mine."
First things first, Melka Stansah is a huge Adam Lambert fan! Probably the biggest Lambert fan I have ever seen! I knew this about her as soon as I saw her social media pages, and thought it was super awesome. I too, really enjoy Adam Lambert's music. When I first opened the book, I was not surprised to see that this book was inspired by, and dedicated to, the one and only ADAM LAMBERT! Oh, and after talking with the author, I found out that she was actually able to give Adam a copy!! How cool is that?!! Now that my little rant is over, we can start talking about the book!
The First Journey by Melka Stansah was a very exciting story full of secrets, battles, magic, love, friendship, heartbreak, corpixes, and most of all.. REVENGE. Raven goes on a long hard journey in hopes of seeking revenge. To find out what kind of revenge, and on who, you will have to pick up a copy of this book and read it for yourself! Stansah paints such a magical, crazy world in her readers minds! It was easy to see that Lambert inspired this book. Lambert is very colorful, vivid, and unique.. just like this book! The people, the places, the items, and the words, are all so beautifully described and perfectly used. Stansah picked the perfect words to use while writing this book. It is as if she carefully thought out each word, one by oe, to make sure that each is worthy to be in such a lovely story. This book would make the perfect movie and it is safe to say, that Stansah has a brilliant mind!
The First Journey stood out to me as soon as I began reading the first page. Raven's journey is definitely not an easy one, but he slowly begins finding himself and the truth about his family. I really enjoyed watching Raven grow and deal with his history and, what could be, the start of his new life. Stansah gives Raven a lot of background history and unique characteristics. Stansah's reasoning behind giving the boy 2 totally different eyes is pretty crazy. It is his eyes that makes him special though. It makes him who he is, and more specifically.. what he is. Raven also begins falling for a random woman, who he did not mean to save, let alone, meet.
"Who can stop love? Once it fills one's heart, it overflows with unstoppable dreams and relentless hope."
I really recommend this series! I was drowning in this book until I reached the very last page. It was only until the very last word that I was able to come out of the book for air. I can't wait for the second book!!
"Chavet looks at his troops in dismay, whatever happened is beyond his comprehension."
By writing the story in this manner, Stansah seemed to keep the reader outside of her story instead of letting them completely in. But that being said, if the tone of the story were fixed, this story would be highly enjoyable.
Stansah molds together a word of mythology and dystopia all in one. She brings to surface elements of the old world, while making it clear that her story and setting are thrust into the future. Watching the characters in this novel unfold was enjoyable, and I found myself growing attached to Raven by the end. He was a true warrior, and seeing his strength grow despite the setbacks of his past made me feel hope for the future of us all. Raven is a true role model for readers of all ages, and I think that young adults would benefit the most from this novel. It is a great mix of fantasy and real life lessons within an original storyline.
I was gifted with a copy The First Journey during a busy time, but managed to read, take notes and offer up an pretty cool review on her book. This tale is similar to many in that a young human is set on a mission, long before he's truly ready. His fate was out of his control and his only clues came in the form of two very different colored irises and something called ...
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It begins on a cold, winter night, when a warrior keeps his word and takes a baby boy as his own. It ends with that baby boy, now a young man, running away to unselfishly save others from an approaching war. Raven has had a rough life. He was isolated, didn't eat or drink and barely knew how to fight, but he was unexpectedly given a mission: Revenge. Barely a man or a fighter, he goes out into a world that hated him to kill the man who's manipulated so much of Raven's fate.
He's ostracized, by man and beast, because of his bloodline and his eyes; he is callous and arrogant and he's in need of a friend. What he doesn't realize is, when he manages to find a friend, Isabel, the arrogance and the intimidation doesn't matter anymore. There is a cost...
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**Book was provided by author, Melka Stansah, for an honest review.