by Allison van Diepen
Published by Simon Pulse Release date : February 10th 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: Hardcover
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Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole's friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It's no wonder she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers. Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.
Raven is one of those rare finds. It’s one of those books you don’t hear a lot about. So finding it- and liking it- makes it all that much better. It’s a quick read, but it’s a beautifully written and mesmerizing, sucking you in from page one.
What stands out in this book is the writing. It’s lyrical, smooth and just beautiful. The scenes are short and to the point, but nothing is left out. She could portray so much with just little words, and I loved that. I also loved lore on the immortals. We don’t get a LOT of history, but enough to sate our curiosity. It also makes you think. Is there a time it’s OKAY to end a life, if ever. Who is right? Who is wrong? Should you be held accountable for doing the things you NEED to, in order to survive? What is there beyond this world? Is being immortal REALLY as good as it sounds? The setting too, was pretty fun and fascinating. Raven and company are in Break group. I don’t know much about their moves or whatever, but the whole scenario was awesome. It just took a few google clicks or asking my husband what the moves were, to understand exactly what they were doing. They were all passionate about dancing, and winning too, It’s what brought everyone together. There were a few plot twists thrown in as well. One, I saw coming but I was taken by surprise with the other.
I adored all the characters. Raven aka Nicole is a strong girl, whose family has been torn apart because of her brother and finds solace in dancing and her friendship with Zin. Zin, is very closed off yet, transparent at the same time. Both have feelings for each other that run deeper than friendship. Which is obvious from Nicole’s standpoint because the book is in her POV. Although Zin tries to keep her away, it’s just obvious he loves her, is hiding something and trying to protect her. They’re relationship was a constant back and forth, creating so much tension between the two. Still, I really enjoyed that they slowly opened up MORE to each other and grew together and separately. As for the other characters, Carlo gave me the willies a little bit. As transparent as the others were, he was really hard to read. The dance team too. I liked them all, although I didn’t feel as connected to them as the main characters.
My Peeve- As much as I love the writing, I thought there were some parts that were skimmed on or unrealistic. It didn’t have much DEPTH to it. Like say, the brother situation. Nothing changes that quick and I couldn’t believe Raven would be OKAY with what was going on. Then again, she is pretty selfless. (Yes, I said a home situation was unrealistic in a book about immortals. IRONY, friends) I also thought the ending was rushed.
Overall- I really liked it! Beautiful writing and an entertaining plot, I recommend it! I will definitely be reading more by Allison.