Raven

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After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia. More
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Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten.
The Algarve continues to be her home, which she shares with her husband (and childhood sweetheart!), Michael.
Suzy's career began soon after completing her A levels when she was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a freelance writer and author. She has since written six books for Young Adults: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, Daisy Madigan's Paradise (novella) and The Temporal Stone and a seventh chick lit book called Forever Fredless.

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Review by: chucklesthescot on Sep. 02, 2013 : star star star star
Lilly was unloved by her parents and lived a miserable life until they vanished and she was sent to a new life in Canada with the grand-father she had never met. Her new family have supernatural secrets which may put Lilly in danger and threaten her new relationship with Oliver.

I really enjoyed this book because of a wonderful mix of supernatural plot and beautifully written characters. You connect to poor Lilly and her miserable life, watching as she grows into a confident young adult with her new family and friends, but feeling guilty for loving her new life when her parents are missing. I found the whole idea of the raven and cat shifters fascinating and different from the usual shifter stories I read. I loved Rose, Jo, Gabriel and the rest of the family, and it was GREAT to see a school and community welcome the new girl for a change, instead of bullying her. A few comments have been made about the age gap between Lilly and Oliver. I felt that as Lilly was nearly 14 and Oliver was a young and less mature 17 year old because of his family losses, it was ok. Oliver was shy and awkward and the relationship was very innocent between them. The age gap thing also fits the pattern of everyone in the family marrying young to someone they bond with, which is explained by their supernatural genes. So I was fine with their relationship. The bit with the pair of angels nearly brought a tear to my eye, it was so sweet! (I won't spoil it by saying any more! The reveal of the mystery helper didn't surprise me, nor do I think it was meant to. Again no spoilers but I love this character so much! Everyone who was introduced just seemed to fit perfectly into the story, and there are a few minor characters that I want to see more of.

The plot is not all out action but a gradual reveal of Lilly's story. I was always keen to know what was coming next, which means that the author has a good storytelling ability. We learn the truth behind her cold upbringing and the family tragedy that led to it, the nature of her shifter abilities, the sad story of Rose and her lost love which really tugged the heartstrings because Rose is such a lovely person, the pain of your first love, and the exciting quest to the Elders to find out more about her father's circumstances. The things that happen during the quest were great twists which you can sometimes see coming, but you still want it to happen that way. I was quite sure before the quest that I knew what was going to happen in the second book, but I couldn't have been further from the truth! What happens on the quest throws open so many possibilities that I can't wait to read book 2!

So any niggles or issues? No. I really liked the book and the way it mixed the supernatural elements into normal life. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal whatever your age. No sexual content or f bombs etc so suitable for all YA readers.
(review of free book)

Review by: PJ Port on Oct. 17, 2012 : star star star star star
An interesting adventure in mythical lore that should provide a good kick-off foundation for an intriguing series. Loved it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kristin Kim on Aug. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
"Raven" is about a young girl named Lilly Taylor, living in England with her parents, until they disappear one day. After she moves to Canada to live with her paternal grandfather, she finds out there's more to her (and her family) than meets the eye. She must learn to cope with this shocking information, discover the secret to her parents' disappearance, and navigate the course of young love.

I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed me from the beginning, and I found myself drawn to Lilly. Although she's only thirteen years old, she seems wise beyond her years throughout her story, and yet there are several incidences where you can see her for her true age. I am not ashamed to admit that there were tears in my eyes on quite a few occasions, as the author really knows how to pull the reader in to share in the characters' emotions.

I had no sooner finished the last sentence of "Raven" before I was purchasing the second book in the series, "December Moon," from Amazon. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds!
(review of free book)

Review by: Rute Canhoto on March 07, 2012 : star star star star
Concluí a leitura de “Raven” a 1 de Dezembro de 2011 e dou-lhe 4 estrelas.
Esta é uma história que combina diversos elementos do paranormal, como transmorfos, vampiros, lobisomens, bruxas e muitos outros. Para quem é fã do sobrenatural, é um livro em que certamente encontrará algo que lhe agrada.
Lilly é a personagem principal e tudo irá mudar radicalmente para ela. Agradou-me o dramatismo em torno da vida dela em Londres. A descrição das emoções está muito bem conseguida e quase senti uma “nuvem negra” a pairar sobre mim tal como sobre ela. Nesta primeira parte Lilly relacionou-se principalmente com a sua suposta mãe, pelo que me surpreendeu mais à frente a menção ao amor que ela sentia pelo pai, que esteve praticamente ausente. Tudo bem, é uma jovem de 13 anos, é normal que goste dos pais apesar de não lhe darem muito carinho, mas esta foi uma figura que praticamente não integrou a história, pelo que achei um pouco esquisita a afeição/ preocupação súbitas da Lilly em relação ao pai.
O desaparecimento dos pais é deveras um mistério intrigante e o quarto vazio leva-nos a especular sobre o que lhes terá acontecido. Confesso que concebi imensas teorias, mas não acertei, lol!
Na segunda parte da história, a personagem principal vai viver para a casa do avô, no Canadá. É giro vê-la a descobrir coisas novas e a conhecer o mundo, algo que lhe estava vetado antes.
A boa recepção da família é positiva, no entanto a paixão por Oliver foi demasiado repentina (se bem que a família tem um grande historial de amores à primeira vista, pelo que ela não fugiu à regra). Se me perguntarem, ela é demasiado nova para romances. Mas a autora não se demorou em cenas românticas e o ponto fulcral reside antes na descoberta do sobrenatural e história da família, o que é óptimo.
Analisando as coisas agora com mais algum distanciamento, acho que a história é muito “cor-de-rosa” e precisava de mais “negro”. O avô é excessivamente bondoso, a família é muito complacente e depois há a coincidência maravilhosa de descobrirem uma prima há muito perdida. Quanto à última parte, creio que se podia ter adensado o mistério em torno de Tabitha em vez de se revelar logo tudo.
Para terminar, gostei da surpresa da autora em relação ao título. Não vou ser “spoiler” e explicar; digo apenas que o compreendo e que foi engraçado descobrir a relação entre o mesmo e a Lilly.

I finished reading "Raven" on December 1st 2011 and I rate it 4 stars.
This is a story that combines various elements of the paranormal, such as shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves, witches and many others. For anyone who’s a fan of the supernatural, you’ll find something you like in this book for sure.
Lilly is the main character and everything will change radically for her. I liked the drama surrounding her life in London. The description of the emotions is very successful and I almost felt a "black cloud" hanging over me as over her. In this first part Lilly dealt mainly with her supposed mother, so I was surprised later by the mention to the love she felt for her father, who was absent. Okay, she's a 13 year old girl, it’s normal for her to love her parents despite they don’t give her much affection, but dad was a figure that was hardly part of the story, so I thought it was a little weird the sudden affection / concern of Lilly toward her father.
The disappearance of her parents was a very intriguing mystery, and the empty room leads us to speculate about what had happened to them. I confess that I conceived a lot of theories, but I didn’t picture the right one, lol!
In the second part of the story, the main character lives in her grandfather's house, in Canada. It's nice to see her discovering new things and getting to know the world, something that was vetoed to her before.
The girl was well received by her family, which was positive. As for her passion for Oliver, it was too sudden (though the family has a long history of love at first sight, so she was no exception). If you ask me, she’s too young for romance. But the author didn’t linger in romantic scenes and the main point lies in the discovery of the supernatural and the family history instead, which is great.
Looking at things now over some distance, I think the story is too "pink" and needed more "black". The grandfather is too kind, the family is very helpful, and then there’s the wonderful coincidence of discovering a long lost cousin. As for the last part, I think that the mystery around Tabitha could have thickened rather than just reveal everything at once.
To finish, I liked the surprise of the author about the title. I won’t be "spoiler" and explain it; I’ll just say that I got it and it was funny to discover how it was related to Lilly.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sue Owen -Paper Mustang on Dec. 22, 2011 : star star star star
There was a lot of intro to get into this story but after I got past all the necessary garbage poor Lilly had to go through I very much enjoyed this story. It has a great twist that isn’t quite like the vampire/werewolf stories out on the market today but is enough like them to be very appealing to people that like that genre.

I don’t particularly care for the trite vampire novels but I do love a good story and this was just that. The twist was unique enough that I found it entertaining and I loved reading this book. The characters, especially Gabriel, were very personable and likeable right from the start. I knew we were all going to be good friends.

I was happy for the ending and it didn’t really hold any surprises for me. I think this story was more of a tale rather than a suspense although I do think suspense was what the author may have been after. To improve it, more detail would be great for the scenes where there are troubles and more extremes for good guy/bad guy … like he/she’s so the best in the world then he/she turns out to be a villain.

Overall, I liked this book and recommend it as a must read. It was well written with an easy to follow storyline.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarita Lopez on Dec. 04, 2011 : star star star star
REVIEW:

Lilly Taylor is a young, beautiful girl who has been raised in a lie. Her parents have raised her to think that in a family it's normal to show no affection. That it's normal to eat cold, canned food everyday, and that wearing the same color everyday is a part of life for any normal family. But after returning home from school one day, she finds out that her parents have disappeared and her life changes completely. I don't like giving to much away, so I'll try to keep this review short. Suzy Turner has done a very good job of giving you alot of mystery, a pinch of romance, and a dash of family unity that I found refreshing. This was actually the first book I've read that I can honestly say didn't have an overabundance of romance. It actually had very little romance and a great deal of mystery and I found that to be refreshing.

This book will have you up till late reading and the way that it ends was very well thoughtout. I actually thought that there were going to be some loose ends at the end, but everything came together masterfully. There were some areas that I found alittle boring, but they were very few and far between.

I give this book 4 out of 5 hearts. This is a book that I think many people with a love for the paranormal would really enjoy and I would recommend it to them all.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melanie L. on Nov. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
I liked this book quite a bit, read my review here:
http://beautyandthearmageddon.blogspot.com/2011/11/raven-by-suzy-turner.html
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Nov. 13, 2011 : star star star star
For many, the world of the supernatural is real. In this novel, you'll meet vampires, werewolves, changelings, witches; and of course, an evil stepmother.

Having grown up in a cold and loveless home, Lily Taylor never realized how different the first thirteen years of her life had been, compared to that of other children, until the mysterious disappearance of her parents.
Travel to Canada with this shy, yet mature girl, in her quest to unravel the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Read how she discovers the delights of being part of a large family whose members have some very extraordinary gifts. You will truly feel part of the warm circle of friends and relatives that support Lily on her mission, and which emphasizes the importance of mutual support in a group where every member is unusual in one way or another.
This, the first book in a new series full of lovely characters and thrilling adventure, made me look forward to the second book, “December Moon”.
A highly recommended read for young and old alike!
(review of free book)

Review by: kutia on Oct. 30, 2011 : star star star
Lilly has always lived a rather strange life. She didn't realize how strange until her parents disappeared one day. While her parents are missing; Lilly must move to Canada to live with a grandfather that she has never met. Once she arrives, she discovers that the woman she thought was her mother isn't. Not to mention the fact that some members of her family have the ability to turn into ravens. It turns out that Lilly's life is only going to get even stranger.


I was pretty intrigued by this book. It has a good premise and some interesting takes on the whole paranormal normality. The history and the organization of the shape-shifting community is very interesting. What detracts from the book are the character's reactions to events. All the characters are completely open minded and angst free. I honestly could not make up my mind whether it was a refreshing change of pace or completely annoying. At the very least it was unrealistic (I know, I know it is a fantasy book but still...) Several of the characters received extremely unexpected news and they all basically say "huh, that 's weird, but I guess I'll get used to it."
At the end we get a teaser about what has happened to a fairly minor character in this book. If the minor character gets a book I hope her reactions are a bit more realistic.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Janus Gangi on Oct. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
Raven was a delightful surprise. From the moment I picked up the book until the day I regretfully reached the end , I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may be targeted for young adults, but this book has appeal for all ages. The storyline was engaging and original. The quality of writing reflects the insured future of this writer, and that is successful. Honestly, I didn't want to put it down, so when I found out the is a sequel I was excited. Keep up the great work you have a follower and a fan in me!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kel Donovan-Roberts on Oct. 23, 2011 : star star star star
Not what I was expecting, the cover doesn't look like a 13 yr old. I really liked the story though once I started. It was a fast read that I didn't want to put down.

Lilly has grown up in a very sheltered and strict household and doesn't know any different. Her parents seem to never really talk to her and she thinks this is normal. She ends up coming home from school one day to no one home, which never happens. She ends up going to Canada to live with her grandfather that she really didn't know about and meeting her family for the first time. She's welcomed with open arms and experiences what a true family is, love, comfort, and acceptance.

I can't really get into much more than that without giving anything away. Awesome story and I can't wait to read the next one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
I am so glad that I was given the chance to read this amazing book. All of the characters fit so well together. From the first page you feel for Lily. She has a mother who hates her and restricts her to school and home. Lily has no idea that this is not normal. This has been her life for as long as she can remember. Lily's father is more of a shadow than a person. Little does she know that there are so many secrets and lies. One day Lily comes home to find their home empty. Her parents are gone and her world is going to be turned upside down. Eventually Lily meets her fathers side of the family and the answers to her questions are more confusing than the questions.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
I am so glad that I was given the chance to read this amazing book. All of the characters fit so well together. From the first page you feel for Lily. She has a mother who hates her and restricts her to school and home. Lily has no idea that this is not normal. This has been her life for as long as she can remember. Lily's father is more of a shadow than a person. Little does she know that there are so many secrets and lies. One day Lily comes home to find their home empty. Her parents are gone and her world is going to be turned upside down. Eventually Lily meets her fathers side of the family and the answers to her questions are more confusing than the questions.
The pain that she goes through as her world is ripped apart and the love you feel when she finally gets the love she has needed. I cant wait for the second book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarita Lopez on Oct. 08, 2011 : star star star star
REVIEW:
Lilly Taylor is a young, beautiful girl who has been raised in a lie. Her parents have raised her to think that in a family it's normal to show no affection. That it's normal to eat cold, canned food everyday, and that wearing the same color everyday is a part of life for any normal family. But after returning home from school one day, she finds out that her parents have disappeared and her life changes completely. I don't like giving to much away, so I'll try to keep this review short. Suzy Turner has done a very good job of giving you alot of mystery, a pinch of romance, and a dash of family unity that I found refreshing. This was actually the first book I've read that I can honestly say didn't have an overabundance of romance. It actually had very little romance and a great deal of mystery and I found that to be refreshing.


This book will have you up till late reading and the way that it ends was very well thoughtout. I actually thought that there were going to be some loose ends at the end, but everything came together masterfully. There were some areas that I found alittle boring, but they were very few and far between.


I give this book 4 out of 5 hearts. This is a book that I think many people with a love for the paranormal would really enjoy and I would recommend it to them all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Rayment on Oct. 07, 2011 : star star star
Not my thing, but my neighbors daughter really enjoyed - she said it was intriguing and she liked it was set in Canada - author has promise
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Adinda Helsen-Ligthart on Sep. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
Great book, easy to read for an foreigner
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shawn L. Bird on Sep. 11, 2011 : star star
First, what I liked: 1. this is a very effective cover. 2. I wanted to like this book. I really did. I read all these great reviews and expected a wonderful book.

A major irritation was the "telling not showing" issue. As a reader, I can tell what a raised eyebrow or a wink means. I don't need several more sentences to explain it. I would have liked to have seen dialogue used to advance the plot. Show HOW characters are bonding, rather than to be told they 'talked into the night and bonded.' I found the characters quite stilted and uni-dimensional because they couldn't reveal themselves in their own words.

I would probably have liked it more if I wasn't an English teacher. The average 13 year old is probably not going to notice that there were mechanical errors on almost every page. Between spelling errors, incorrect verb tenses, misplaced modifiers, faulty pronoun references, and poorly wielded commas, I kept having to put this down and walk away from it. I read two other books in single sittings in the same period.

I did not believe the instant love interest between Lilly and Oliver. She is 13. He has graduated from high school and has been working, so he's 18 or 19. I have taught both age levels. Trust me: never the twain shall meet! Any 18 year old interested romantically in a 13 year tends to be seriously slimy. I just kept wondering what was wrong with him. Then, just as quickly as he fell in, he falls out of love and has to leave the community. That didn't work with the set up. I presume he'll show up in the later books, but frankly, I don't really care.

Those issues would have rated it a three from me. However, there were huge setting issues.

I live in BC. This book is set in BC and it is plain that there was no Canadian editor checking accuracy or vocabulary. FYI- here soda is pop, a beanie is a toque, a rucksack is a backpack, and the likelihood of a scone showing up as a packed lunch is very, very low. A muffin or some bannock, on the other hand, would have fit. I didn't mind when Lilly made the mistakes at the beginning, but when First Nations Canadian characters said blatantly un-Canadian things, I wanted to scream.

I was also really irritated by the fact that Lilly's family is introduced as the Tulugaqs. My first thought was "Why does her family have an Inuit name, if they're from around Vancouver?" I double checked to be sure. Yes, 'tulugaq' is Inuktitut for raven, so Turner got that right. However, Powell River, where Lilly's family lives, is the land of the Sliammon people- a Coast Salish tribal group, not an Inuit group from the Arctic. In Sliammon language, raven is 'poho.' I waited all book to hear the back story of why the family had moved over TWO THOUSAND KILOMETRES from the Inuit lands of the North to come live in Powell River, but it didn't happen. This is equivalent to setting the Scottish Picts in North Africa without explanation! Rather a huge error, actually. I will grant, however, that it is unlikely to be spotted by anyone from outside Canada.

Another one that made me grumpy: The end of January she has just gotten her cast off. Lilly says she wore it 2 months, which means her implausible log crushing accident was the end of November. During her time in a cast she celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas. If she was in the USA, she might just have made Thanksgiving, but in Canada, our Thanksgiving happens the second Monday of OCTOBER- 5 or 6 weeks before the accident.

I believe an author needs to be responsible about setting. Not everyone will notice the errors, but it is important to be respectful enough to the 'host community' to get it right. It's the difference between an okay story and a great one.

These significant issues made it very difficult for me to enjoy this book. If I had not promised a review, I would never have finished reading it. I definitely will not be reading any others in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Keren Kiesslinger on Sep. 09, 2011 : star star star star star
For some people, there are many things to get addicted to. For me, it's a good book that gets me hooked. And Raven? It's a fantastic book that had me hooked from start to finish.

It's the story of Lilly Taylor, a teenage girl living in England. The kids at school call her Mellow Yellow because everything she wears is yellow.

Lilly is a lonely girl who doesn't receive affection from her parents. Her mother feeds her tinned food, and usually it is cold.
But she thinks this is normal. After all, she has no friends to compare experiences with.

One day, she meets a new girl at school, December Moon.
It soon becomes clear that Lilly and December are two peas in a pod. From then on, they are best friends.

Lilly's life continues in this fashion until one day something happens that though she doesn't realise it at the time, changes Lilly's life forever.

Jack and Vivian, her parents, disappear.

Lilly having no other family, is taken in by the next door neighbours, sisters, Dorothy and June, until social services can investigate her parents sudden disappearrance.

Dorothy and June soon realise that Lilly has never eaten a decent home cooked meal, and does not know how to cook for herself. So they decide to teach her the basics.

Consumed by guilt over enjoying herself after what happened to her parents, Lilly cuts off her hair and uses a bottle of dye to completely change it. She also decides that she needs new clothes and the sisters help her to make new outfits on their sewing machine.

After a while, Social Services decide to send Lilly to live with family in Canada.
Lilly knows nothing of Canada or her family there. Her parents never told her, and the times her grandfather wrote to her, Vivian intercepted the letters.
The one time she managed to get a letter, she learned her grandfathers name is Gabriel, but Vivian snatched the letter and tore it up before she could read more.

Upon arriving in Canada, she is met at the airport by Ben and driven to Powell River. Lilly doesn't realise that day how much being there will change her life.

When she meets Gabriel he tells her "We have waited many moons for this day to come Lillian Tulugaq, welcome home. Welcome home."

Upon asking him about her surname, as she thought it was Taylor, Gabriel tells her it has long been the name of their forefathers, "It is the great black bird of the sky, the Raven"

Now it would not be fair for me to tell you the rest of the story, but suffice to say, Lilly makes friends, finds a boy she likes, Oliver, and is shown a completely different side to her life.

The story has twists, turns and quirks that captivate the readers imagination. If you like supernatural, then this is a book for you.

I was certainly surprised and held captive until the end.
Now I cannot wait for the sequel, December Moon, in September.

This story spoke to me as a girl who had her share of hardships, and I only wish I had had the journey Lilly had, and made the discoveries she did. Boy would my life have been different (and I would have known vampires, werewolves and werecats amongst other things, were real)

Suzy Turner has a beautiful way with words that touched my heart immensely.
I am not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. It is suitable for teens, but also suitable for people my age too (*whispers I am 28*)

For all of you who look at this book and wonder if you should buy it, you really REALLY should. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. It is worth a lot more than the price you will pay for it. Don't believe me? Take a look and see for yourself.

Thank you Suzy for writing it, and I eagerly await the final two installments
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: GMTA PUBLISHING on Sep. 01, 2011 : star star star star star
"RAVEN" BY SUZY TURNER

Lately I have been stumbling across some of the most amazing YA writers, and Suzy Turner is by far one of the best. I love the fact that she has brought elements of all supernatural beings into her story and the plot was very well thought out where explanations for every aspect were articulated so there was no mistake. She writes with intelligence and precision and the result is something otherworldy and completely beautiful.

This story is about Lilly Taylor, otherwise known as Lilly Tulugaq a 13, almost 14 year old girl that has grown up without the true love of a parent her entire life. For so long she has thought it was normal for parents to act the way hers did until they disappear... that's when she starts to find out that her world is anything but normal and her true family is something that fantasies and dreams are made of. When she goes to live with her grandfather Gabriel, she not only finds the acceptance and love she always craved, but she finds an entire world that is far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

This YA novel is a definite must read and don't miss out on our contest for the sequel this month! But don't read "December Moon" until you've read "Raven" you can find both of these books on Amazon.com.

Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=438#ixzz1Wl1orL90
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marla on Aug. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
I received this book from the author. I also received it free for the privledge of reviewing it. Since this is not a genre I would normally read I am really glad to have put my name in to review it as I would have missed out on an excellent book.

Lilly Turner is the main character in the book and leads a very sad life until her father and the person she assumed was her mother disappear. She is sent to Canada to live with her grandfather where she learns the secrets of her family.

This was an amazing book and will be getting a copy of it for my grandaughter as I think she will like it. I am waiting for the next book called December Moon to be out as I will be getting it as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mindy Janicke on Aug. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
My review: I received a copy of this ebook from the author on the suggestion of a dear book friend, Megan from Amythest Daydreams. I committed to a review in exchange for the ebook. I would have gladly paid FULL price and then some for this book (I love paperback books and if this would have been a paper book, I might have squeezed the words right out of it hugging it)! I literally could not put it down.

The world that Suzy Turner has created is amazing. I was hooked from the first page. I could not read it fast enough. The story flowed so well and I could totally picture everything I was reading. I was so lost in this book, meaning it sucked me in so far, that I was clueless as to the world around me.

The beginning introduces us to our main character Lilly, who leads a very sad life. She seems to be such a wonderful little girl who is horribly mistreated by her parents. She goes to school and comes home. She knows she is an outcast and has no friends for several reasons. She is TERRIFIED of her mother. She meets a new girl at school and finally makes a friend. Life is looking up for Lilly until she gets home from school and her parents are GONE. Vanished...not a trace. From here, Lilly finds out that a whole world exists that she knew nothing about. She lives with some neighbor ladies for a bit before finding out she is leaving her home in London to move to Canada, where her Paternal Grandfather lives. Upon arriving in Canada, Lilly finds the family she has always wanted and a few family secrets she would have never dreamed of!


When I first started reading, I was a little confused. I soon found out that it was not the book at all, but ME!! Our author, Suzy Turner actually lives in Portugal. It took me a bit to adjust to the dialect but then I imagined her reading the story in my head & fell in love with all over again. I love that this book brought my mind into perspective of living the language and culture of our neighbors all over the world!

My emotional range throughout this book was off the charts! NO LIE! One minute I was smiling like a big cheesy smile and then tears would be falling down my face.

Thank you Suzy for writing such an AMAZING story!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sherri Jordan-Asble on Aug. 06, 2011 : star star star star
Lilly is about to discover that everything she’s known in her 14 short years is a lie. She has to come to grips with a new family that she didn’t even know existed, and why this has happened to her, plus she discovers a para-normal family secret. The language in this book is beautiful and I could hear Lilly’s English accent in her dialogue and I really fell in love with her. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, and it was very hard to put down. This tale had me crying and laughing, and that is the best sign of a great story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Patti Roberts on July 31, 2011 : star star star star star
Raven is Suzy Turner’s first novel in the series, and I found it to be an entertaining read to say the least. I read it over the entire weekend and loved it. The story is about a young girl, Lillian Taylor, who comes home from school one day to discover that her parents have gone missing. This is when Lillian is thrown into her new life in a strange world. She embarks on an incredible journey and slowly begins to unravel the daunting mystery behind who she really is. She constantly struggles to fit into this changing new world around her. There are a few surprises, and they aren’t always nice. This story will appeal to anyone who enjoys the YA fantasy genre. At 99c, you can't go wrong. This book ticks all the right boxes for an enjoyable read. And when the story comes to an end, you’ll be looking for the next book in the series, December Moon - which is due for release very soon I believe - I checked on Suzy's web page.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amethyst Daydreams on June 17, 2011 : star star star star
Raven is Suzy Turner's debut novel for young adults. In it we follow the character of Lillian Taylor as she goes on an epic journey across the world to find herself and the family that she has lost. Over the course of her journey, Lilly learns that there is far more to life than the meager existence that she has lived for the past 13 years. She learns that she has family across the world who she has never met and who are dying to have her home with them. She also learns some hard to swallow truths about herself and her parents. It's a wonderful story of a young woman finding herself.

Lilly's life is the same day in and day out. Everyday she wears ugly yellow clothes, cold soup from cans and silence. She's watched every hour of every day. Lilly isn't allowed to make friends or to have fun. School, food, sleep and silence- that's her life until one day, she comes home from school and finds her parents are missing. When they are not found, she is sent to live with her paternal grandfather who she has never met across the world. She must leave England to go to Western Canada. When she reaches Powell River, she meets the family that she never knew she had and begins to unlock the mysteries of her life. What makes Lilly special? Well, you'll just have to read Raven to find out!

I loved this book because it was so new, interesting and different. The beginning is almost painful to read as we see Lilly struggle through her life, completely isolated. Then after she is sent to Canada, she begins to grow and change. She becomes more sure of herself. She learns about what life is really like and how to live it. Lilly finds love and experiences the joy and pain of first love. She also finds out the truth behind her life and begins to delve into her parents' disappearance. Lilly also learns that she has possibly inherited a gift from both of her parents. This gift opens a world of possibilities for her and she's forced to accept that there might be more to the world than meets the eye. I loved Lilly's character but I also enjoyed Rose. Rose is like a mentor and a mother figure to Lilly and she has lived an amazing life. She's not your typical older lady. She's an artist who is a little eccentric and who has a secret gift of her own. All in all, this was an enthralling read that is everything but ordinary. I would say that it is suited to readers 12 and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: IngaSilberg on June 06, 2011 : star star star star star
My review:

I didn’t know what to expect from Suzy Turner’s debut novel, but I am sincerely glad that I got to review this wonderful book! I was captured from the first page. Raven is the first book in the series and gives a very good introduction to the surroundings, characters and story itself. Even though it is the first book in series, then it still gives a standalone story. One more thing which is wonderful about this book – it can be read by middle grade, young adults and adults like me. It was an interesting book to read and also well written.

Regarding the plot:

Meet thirteen your old Lilly Taylor, whose parents disappear from one day to another. Nobody has a clue where they are. Lilly simply comes home and they are gone and their bedroom is empty – no furniture, no nothing - just a small bottle of blood and black colored walls.

When the story develops you found more information about Lilly and her family’s weird life: no friends are allowed, no going outside except school is allowed, no TV allowed, no affection from mother, no attention from father and it somehow gave me creeps and made me read the book even faster. I wanted to know what is going to happen!

Police is not capable of finding her parents and Lilly is moving from London to Canada where she is meeting the rest of her family which she had no clue about existing. And then the truth comes out about who Lilly is and what it means to have a family.

Raven was a wonderful and easy paranormal read. You don’t want to miss that!

Regarding the characters:

There many interesting characters and they all had a part of the story to tell and carry in the book. Even the smaller characters had a role to play. Since I cannot describe all of them in the review, I will mention only the very best of them.

Lilly was a mystery for me when I started reading the book. I did not understand in the beginning what was wrong with her family and I later found out that this was exactly the author’s intention – you found answers to your many questions throughout the story. Lilly was very sweet, naïve and innocent, she basically did not know anything about family ties, love and life as such. She was kept from everything around her. I loved following how she grew after meeting her grandfather’s family. She blossomed after finding her family in Canada. The author created such a wonderful girl while writing Lilly.

My other absolute favorite character in the book was Rose, Lilly’s mother’s sister. She was so smart, leveled, clever and sweet and loving. The way Rose embraced Lilly was overwhelmingly nice.

Generally:

Suzy Turner’s Raven is a book which should be a must read of 2011! I’m looking very much forward to read the next book of the series to come out. One of the best and warmest paranormal books I’ve read.


5 stars out of 5!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fictional Bookshelf on June 03, 2011 : star star star star star
Raven is a spine tingling teen (YA) paranormal story with several different twists and turns. I was honestly pleased with all the unique elements within the story that was written by Suzy Turner. Her writing style, effort to entertain, and create a mind boggling adventure truly has paid off in this debut story.

Many times as I read, I was wowed. A lot of the elements or even simple little pieces Suzy wrote I never read or remember reading anything similar. Raven was a refreshing read.

The plot moved quickly and the characters were engaging even diabolical in some cases. I loved that it had good and bad characters. A paranormal story isn’t good unless it has both and I loved the wicked side of the ones who caused the main character, Lilly, pain. Because without them Lilly’s life would not have been as adventurous or intriguing.

For those who enjoy YA paranormals with love, mystery and a somewhat dark twisty plot then Raven should be on your to-read list!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: JanCarol Abney on June 01, 2011 : star star star star star
To a fellow author,

Thank you Suzy! I loved it! Super writing style, great imagination! I look forward to your next novel!

Jan Carol
http://www.jancarol.shorturl.com
Author of 5 published romance novels with
10 more ready to come out, and many, many
more to be finished!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Eloise Walton on May 19, 2011 : star star star star star
Congratulations to author Suzy Turner on her debut novel. Breaking into the publishing world these days is a tough nut to crack, but Suzy has certainly proved her writing ability with her first novel Raven. The story will appeal to teen readers and adults who love fantasy genres. If you’re looking for an original story that’s full of surprises, then download this book now. Make sure you’re comfy and have a cup of hot chocolate by your side as this read will keep you enthralled until the end. Looking forward to the next instalment from this new author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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