Allison holds degrees in history and education. She is head of English at an alternative high school, where her focus is on literacy. She lives with her husband and two children in Ottawa, Canada. The Autobio When I was growing up, I preferred movies to books.
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Shelves: young-adult This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Plot - Nic is a HS girl and part of a break dancing troupe.
She works at a bar on weekends where her sort-of boyfriend works. Turns out Zin is one of a group of immortals, lead by Carlo. And the immortals are Jiang Shi. Carlo had a vision that Nic will lead the Jiang Shi to a new existence and wants her to become one of them. And there are hunters after the Jiang Shi.
It had a few things going for it - it was a really quick read. As in, took me about 3 hours to read. And the end was fairly satisfying. Maybe a bad example, but it certainly demonstrated my point. The bad things - well, a few of them were really pretty bad.
The narration was very cold and choppy. I felt like I was reading one of those Dick and Jane books that they used to print to teach kids how to read "I got out of bed. I ate breakfast. I got dressed for school. Except we were told about 5 times that Nic loved him the moment she saw him and he was dancing at the time.
Then there was the break dancing lingo. As for the mythology - it was almost as if the writer heard of these types of people but did no research. Heck, she could have made up the mythology for all I care, but it was so superficial the way it was dealt with. I would have loved to have felt like there was more conflict - so that the end felt more satisfying. The who Jiang Shi story just sort of fizzled out. The whole book and the immortality story line felt rushed.
The book was less then pages, big type and big line spacing. A little more to the story, both the love story between Nic and Zin as well as the mythology and the resolution to it, could have easily turned this into a 4 star book. I wasnt really sure what to expect, but I enjoyed what van Diepen had up her sleeve! I really loved the balance between fantasy, love, and this sort of hip urban feel.
The relationship between Zin and Nic was intense, I appreciated the fact that they werent afraid to share their deepest, darkest secrets with each other, and I loved how their relationship grew. And not in a superficial lust way. Some of the characters Raven is extremely easy to read, utterly captivating and very hard to put down. Some of the characters fell a little flat for me.
The night club group, were by far the most intriguing, I really enjoyed learning about their history and wished it had been further divulged. I had no idea what was going on during the dance battle scenes. The lingo meant absolutely nothing to me. I think a glossary to better explain the terms might have been a good idea.
The ending seemed really rushed for me, but overall Raven was a captivating, and enjoyable read.
Allison van Diepen