Series: Raven #1
Publisher: J.L. Weil
Date Published: March 27th 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Caitlin Kelly
Source: Provided for review through Audiobook Blast/Boom
Description: DREADFUL LIES.UNEXPECTED LOVE.IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH. It only took one heartbeat to change my life-one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.And then, as if my life didn't already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow...and bored to tears. Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it's not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn't big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening-the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I really enjoyed the first installment of the Raven series. It had just enough teenage girl angst to be interesting and let the main character Piper be relatable without coming across as teenage drama queen. The book certainly took its time developing Piper and her struggle to accept her mother’s death and having to live with her grandmother before it began to explore the paranormal aspects of the story. I really liked that as it gave the book a contemporary feel for a while.
I also am a fan of the author’s writing style, as it flows elegantly and the descriptions are so vivid. The tension between the characters is real and the romance building is so believable that I hurt for our characters. Piper eventually learns exactly who she is, and just what her Grandma Rose had planned for her. Apparently, agreements made between the leaders are binding, like it or not. But Piper’s soul yearns for Zane, the gorgeous and brooding brother with a hint of an Irish accent, and my heart yearns for them both.
Piper is in danger because of who she is, and so many of the supernaturals keep trying to kill her. She does manage to come into some of her powers and, of course, Zane is always there to save her. The book ends in quite a tragic cliffhanger and now I really need to know what happens next. Just when things were getting good! Does Piper survive the coming battles? Can she change her destiny and end up with Zane? I guess I’ll have to read on.
I listened to the audio of this book and truly enjoyed the narrator’s tone of voice, the accents (oh the accents!) and the emotion. I’ll be looking up her other books as well.