Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Raven by Allison Van Diepen

Raven by Allison Van Diepen.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 304.
She wants him.

Zin dances with fire in every step; speaks with 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 why Nicole 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.
While the aspect and plot of Raven was definitely enjoyable, I didn’t like it nearly as much as I thought I would.

Raven was definitely enthralling. Diepen knows exactly how to draw the reader in and leave them hanging and wanting more. I was constantly curious about the Jiang Shi and their past as well as the eerie characters that seemed to fit right into that world. The story weaves a dark mystery that will keep you on your toes, and despite my overall disinterest in the book, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get into.

I think this probably would‘ve worked better in third person. Nothing seemed to flow for me. For most of the book, the writing felt stiff and choppy, and not nearly emotive enough to be the inside of Nic, the main protagonists, head. I think this is ultimately what turned me off, as well as the hurried ending that came entirely too quickly.

Overall, Raven wasn’t my cup of my tea. But I will recommend it to any paranormal lovers in the mood for something light and easy to read. With a swoon-worthy love story and a new kind of supernatural race, it’s worth checking out!


  1. Thanks for the review! I have this in my massive TBR pile!

  2. I had the same problem with this novel. Could've been better.

  3. I have this somewhere in my TBR pile - it sounds good..and I enjoy the paranormal so I wonder how I will like it, great review!

  4. Great and honest review, Katie! I love the way you describe both the positives and negatives about the novel.

    I have this on my wishlist and I think it'll stay there for a while longer.