Raven

Rated 4.38/5 based on 26 reviews
Shapeshifters, witches, vampires, werewolves, werecats, ghosts…. these are just some of the creatures you’ll find hiding in plain sight in a small Canadian town in British Columbia. A town that is about to welcome a girl from England. A girl whose parents have mysteriously vanished. A girl whose life is about to change beyond all imagination… More
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chucklesthescot reviewed on on Sep. 2, 2013

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)
PJ Port reviewed on on Oct. 17, 2012

An interesting adventure in mythical lore that should provide a good kick-off foundation for an intriguing series. Loved it.
(review of free book)
Kristin Scearce reviewed on on Aug. 20, 2012

"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)
Rute Canhoto reviewed on on March 7, 2012

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 7 months after purchase)
Sue Owen reviewed on on Dec. 22, 2011

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 5 months after purchase)
Sarita Lopez reviewed on on Dec. 4, 2011

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 79 days after purchase)
Melanie L. reviewed on on Nov. 13, 2011
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I liked this book quite a bit, read my review here:
http://beautyandthearmageddon.blogspot.com/2011/11/raven-by-suzy-turner.html
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Books4Tomorrow Reviews reviewed on on Nov. 13, 2011

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)
kutia reviewed on on Oct. 30, 2011

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 61 days after purchase)
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