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After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.After they mysteriously disappearAfter the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is. Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again. Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia....

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ISBN : 11345170
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Number of Pages : 273 Pages
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Raven Reviews

  • Inga
    2019-03-15 10:48

    My review:I didn’t know what to expect from Suzy Turner’s debut novel, but I am sincerely glad that I got to review this wonderful book! I was captured from the first page. Raven is the first book in the series and gives a very good introduction to the surroundings, characters and story itself. Even though it is the first book in series, then it still gives a standalone story. One more thing which is wonderful about this book – it can be read by middle grade, young adults and adults like me. It was an interesting book to read and also well written.Regarding the plot:Meet thirteen your old Lilly Taylor, whose parents disappear from one day to another. Nobody has a clue where they are. Lilly simply comes home and they are gone and their bedroom is empty – no furniture, no nothing - just a small bottle of blood and black colored walls.When the story develops you found more information about Lilly and her family’s weird life: no friends are allowed, no going outside except school is allowed, no TV allowed, no affection from mother, no attention from father and it somehow gave me creeps and made me read the book even faster. I wanted to know what is going to happen!Police is not capable of finding her parents and Lilly is moving from London to Canada where she is meeting the rest of her family which she had no clue about existing. And then the truth comes out about who Lilly is and what it means to have a family.Raven was a wonderful and easy paranormal read. You don’t want to miss that!Regarding the characters: There many interesting characters and they all had a part of the story to tell and carry in the book. Even the smaller characters had a role to play. Since I cannot describe all of them in the review, I will mention only the very best of them.Lilly was a mystery for me when I started reading the book. I did not understand in the beginning what was wrong with her family and I later found out that this was exactly the author’s intention – you found answers to your many questions throughout the story. Lilly was very sweet, naïve and innocent, she basically did not know anything about family ties, love and life as such. She was kept from everything around her. I loved following how she grew after meeting her grandfather’s family. She blossomed after finding her family in Canada. The author created such a wonderful girl while writing Lilly.My other absolute favorite character in the book was Rose, Lilly’s mother’s sister. She was so smart, leveled, clever and sweet and loving. The way Rose embraced Lilly was overwhelmingly nice.Generally:Suzy Turner’s Raven is a book which should be a must read of 2011! I’m looking very much forward to read the next book of the series to come out. One of the best and warmest paranormal books I’ve read. 5 stars out of 5!

  • Shawn Bird
    2019-03-20 11:57

    First, what I liked: 1. this is a very effective cover. 2. I am in awe of Suzy Turner's marketing that has this book all over the place at the moment. 3. I also like the premise, but I'm sad that it wasn't edited into anything.A major irritation was the "telling not showing" issue. As a reader, I can tell what a raised eyebrow or a wink means. I don't need several more sentences to explain it. I would have liked to have seen dialogue used to advance the plot. For example: to show HOW characters are bonding, rather than to be told they 'talked into the night and bonded.' Dialogue is the best way to reveal characters and plot events, and it was sorely lacking. I found the characters quite stilted and uni-dimensional because they couldn't reveal themselves.I would probably have liked it more if I wasn't an English teacher. The average 13 year old is probably not going to notice that there were mechanical errors on almost every page. Between spelling errors, incorrect verbs, and poorly wielded commas, I was frustrated enough to have to put the book down several times. I usually read a book in one or two settings, so that is huge for me.I did not believe the instant love interest between Lilly and Oliver. She is 13. He has graduated from high school and has been working, so he's 18 or 19. I have taught both age levels. Trust me: never the twain shall meet! Any 18 year old interested romantically in a 13 year tends to be seriously slimy. I just kept wondering what was wrong with him. Then, just as quickly as he fell in, he falls out of love and has to leave the community. That didn't work with the set up. I presume he'll show up in the later books, but frankly, I don't really care.The biggest concern I have relates to the fact that I live in BC. This book is set in BC and it is plain that there was not a Canadian editor checking accuracy. At the beginning, I was sharing some of this in the nail salon and had staff and clients laughing at the errors. FYI- here soda is pop, a beanie is a toque, a rucksack is a backpack, and the likelihood of a scone showing up as a packed lunch is very, very low. A muffin or some bannock, on the other hand, would have fit.I was also really irritated by the fact that Lilly's family is introduced as the Tulugaqs. My first thought was "Why does her family have an Inuit name, if they're from around Vancouver?" I double checked to be sure. Yes, 'tulugaq' is Inuktitut for raven, so Turner got that right. However, Powell River, where Lilly's family lives, is the land of the Sliammon people- a Coast Salish tribal group, not the Inuit. In Sliammon language, raven is 'poho.' (It took me about 45 seconds to check that information). I waited all book to hear the back story of why the family had moved 2000+ km from the Inuit lands of the North to come live in Powell River, but it didn't happen. This is equivalent to setting the Scottish Picts in North Africa without explanation! Rather a huge error. I will grant, however, that it is unlikely to be spotted by anyone from outside Canada.Another error that made me grumpy: The end of January she has just gotten her cast off. Lilly says she wore it 2 months, which means her implausible log crushing accident was the end of November. During her time in a cast she celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas. If she was in the USA, she might just have made Thanksgiving, but in Canada, our Thanksgiving happens the second Monday of OCTOBER- 5 or 6 weeks before the accident.I believe an author needs to be responsible about setting. Not everyone will notice your errors, but it is important to be respectful enough to the 'host community' to get it right. It's the difference between an okay story and a great one. These significant issues made it very difficult for me to enjoy this book. What is quite sad is that most of the problems should have be dealt with in editing.

  • Laura
    2019-03-08 11:06

    I've been persistent in the past, and even when I haven't enjoyed a book, I've ploughed through to the end. Evidently, however, my willpower has weakened and I found that I just could not carry on reading this book.Lilly was a bit like dirty dishwater as far as characters go. She was dull and lifeless and I felt no qualms about pulling the plug on her. Here is an example of the dialogue in the book. I think it indicates fairly well why I just had to put the book down:“Lilly, that is so sad. I wish you had grown up here with us. We would probably been the best of friends from the day you were born. You know, for someone that never really had any friends or a loving family, you're very grounded. If I had to guess, I would have said that you grew up happy and loved, judging by your personality.” (p56)This is just one example of how heavy-handed and unrealistic the dialogue is. Whatever happened to “show, don't tell”? It gets worse when the love interest gets involved. Lilly and whatever-his-name-was see each other once before they're talking about “falling” for each other. It was predictable and cheesy.Now, I gave up on this one so I have no idea if it got better. Perhaps after the first third of the book, it developed into something astounding and original. But I was just too bored of clumsy writing to be forgiving any more. For me, this was a one and a half star read, at best. Maybe someday I'll try to finish it... but when there are so many good, well-written books out there, who has time to waste on sub-par efforts? Life is fleeting after all.

  • Angela Oliver
    2019-03-16 07:06

    I found this story an entertaining enough way to fill in a few hours of my time, but ultimately not enough to persist with it. I gave up about the bit where a 17 year old boy starts professing his interest in a 13-year old girl. Lily is seriously too young. I mean... I said to myself "I'm going to pretend she's fifteen" to force myself to continue with it.She's also rather dull, and Turner's writing style is rather lacking (very much a this happened, and then this happened and here's why that happened - tell not show) and the conversations are unconvincing and stilted. It just feels awkward.Lily deals with everything in a sort of meandering fashion, taking everything in her stride - from the neglect she experiences under her mother, to the disappearance of her parents, to being transported halfway around the world from the UK to Canada and being forced into a major social situation with more relatives than you can shake a stick at. Given her upbringing, I would suspect she would be severely socially retarded, but no, for some reason everyone likes her and she only gets tongue-tied when faced with the most gorgeous boy she has ever seen. Given she's only really gone between school and home, and doesn't watch tv, I can't imagine she's really seen much in the way of boys in general.And then he announces that he is feeling drawn to her - for reasons we can only imagine. And I stopped reading and proceeded on to the next book in my reading pile. I might finish this at some point, but judging by the other reviews, it's not really worth the effort.Was a free kindle book when I acquired it, so it's not like I'm not out of pocket anyway. I was only reading it because I finished the one I was reading (on my kindle) and didn't have my next (proper paper) book with me. I chose it randomly cos the author's surname started with T. I'm reading through the alphabet in order and it's time to read U.

  • DoodlePanda
    2019-02-28 06:07

    At the start of this book I thought it seemed very interesting. And the idea behind the story does indeed have promise. But the more I read, the more I wanted to stop reading.I think my main issue with the book is the way everything is explained. Sometimes it would be nice to experience what happens, maybe some subtle comments instead of having it spelled out all the time.The main character seems a little bland to be honest, and I don't think she acts her age (13 years) at all.There is a lot of insta-love here (apparently that's how it always happens in this family?). I'm not a huge fan, and especially when it happens several times in one book. Not to mention that the boy she falls in love with is 17, and she is 13, which seems unlikely to happen... And a little off-putting to me to be honest.I managed to finish (barely), and because of that (plus I got it for free on Kindle) I give it 2 stars.

  • Keren Hughes
    2019-03-11 10:00

    For some people, there are many things to get addicted to. For me, it's a good book that gets me hooked. And Raven? It's a fantastic book that had me hooked from start to finish. It's the story of Lilly Taylor, a teenage girl living in England. The kids at school call her Mellow Yellow because everything she wears is yellow. Lilly is a lonely girl who doesn't receive affection from her parents. Her mother feeds her tinned food, and usually it is cold. But she thinks this is normal. After all, she has no friends to compare experiences with. One day, she meets a new girl at school, December Moon. It soon becomes clear that Lilly and December are two peas in a pod. From then on, they are best friends. Lilly's life continues in this fashion until one day something happens that though she doesn't realise it at the time, changes Lilly's life forever. Jack and Vivian, her parents, disappear. Lilly having no other family, is taken in by the next door neighbours, sisters, Dorothy and June, until social services can investigate her parents sudden disappearrance. Dorothy and June soon realise that Lilly has never eaten a decent home cooked meal, and does not know how to cook for herself. So they decide to teach her the basics. Consumed by guilt over enjoying herself after what happened to her parents, Lilly cuts off her hair and uses a bottle of dye to completely change it. She also decides that she needs new clothes and the sisters help her to make new outfits on their sewing machine. After a while, Social Services decide to send Lilly to live with family in Canada. Lilly knows nothing of Canada or her family there. Her parents never told her, and the times her grandfather wrote to her, Vivian intercepted the letters. The one time she managed to get a letter, she learned her grandfathers name is Gabriel, but Vivian snatched the letter and tore it up before she could read more. Upon arriving in Canada, she is met at the airport by Ben and driven to Powell River. Lilly doesn't realise that day how much being there will change her life. When she meets Gabriel he tells her "We have waited many moons for this day to come Lillian Tulugaq, welcome home. Welcome home." Upon asking him about her surname, as she thought it was Taylor, Gabriel tells her it has long been the name of their forefathers, "It is the great black bird of the sky, the Raven" Now it would not be fair for me to tell you the rest of the story, but suffice to say, Lilly makes friends, finds a boy she likes, Oliver, and is shown a completely different side to her life. The story has twists, turns and quirks that captivate the readers imagination. If you like supernatural, then this is a book for you. I was certainly surprised and held captive until the end. Now I cannot wait for the sequel, December Moon, in September. This story spoke to me as a girl who had her share of hardships, and I only wish I had had the journey Lilly had, and made the discoveries she did. Boy would my life have been different (and I would have known vampires, werewolves and werecats amongst other things, were real) Suzy Turner has a beautiful way with words that touched my heart immensely. I am not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. It is suitable for teens, but also suitable for people my age too (*whispers I am 28*) For all of you who look at this book and wonder if you should buy it, you really REALLY should. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. It is worth a lot more than the price you will pay for it. Don't believe me? Take a look and see for yourself. Thank you Suzy for writing it, and I eagerly await the final two installments.

  • Missy LaRae
    2019-03-11 13:13

    Here's the deal. I started reading this book, and honestly didn't like it from the first few pages. The writing is terrible. The editing is non-existent. In the beginning of the book Lilly is shoved out of her house by her mother, and goes to school. We learn that Lilly has been "abused", if neglect can be abuse, her whole life. She rarely sees her father, and her mother. They stay cooped up in one of the rooms in their flat and never come out. Okay, fine. Then they disappear, and she takes it in stride. Meaning, the author did a lot of telling us about things, and not showing us. I also have a huge issue with the way this supposed 13 year old girl speaks. No slang, even though she goes to school, and she has only been allowed to wear yellow, her entire life. Very implausible. She gets taken in by her grandfather in Canada, and this is where it just gets stupid. Two days in to being at her new home there's a party held for GASPTHE HOTTEST BOY WHO HAS EVER LIVED WHO MAKES HER TUMMY DO SUMMERSAULTS. Oh, and he's in LOVE with her. They spend two pages together, literally, before he's confessing his devotion to her and asking her if she feels the same. A GORGEOUS 17 YEAR OLD BOY IS TELLING A 13 YEAR OLD CHILD HE IS FALLING FOR HER. I'm sorry, but this is just wrong, and terrible. While I'm sure the older man, younger girl thing is sexy in some books, this one fails to be that way because Lilly is a CHILD. She has NO experience in anything, and she's giddy when he says he LIKES her. I'm stopping reading this book. My suggestion to the author is that she hire a professional editor and get her manuscript cleaned up, and change either Lilly's age to make her older or the love interest's age to make him younger. That is all. I am not adding a star rating to this book because it is a dnf for me.

  • Robin Morgan
    2019-03-14 13:53

    Being a Book Reviewer is not really easy as it appears to be as a considerable of effort goes into writing each review. Regardless of whether I’ve bought the book [cost not coming into play] or have won it in a giveaway, if I can’t give a rating of at least THREE STARS, I don’t post a review.I had anticipated to get more from the book than had been realized when I got to the last page. What ruined the book’s storyline the most for me has been the age difference between the protagonist Lily, age thirteen; and the guy she got smitten by, aged seventeen. Come on now, she hasn’t even had her Sweet Sixteen birthday, the age for most girls where an interest in boys takes off. Lily is far too naïve to truly understand what love is all about and for this to happen so quickly between these two individuals. Perhaps being my age, I’m too old-fashioned to “appreciate” all this. What makes all this even worse is that sexual relations with a prepubescent child, which I believe is what we have in the pages of this book, is generically called child sexual abuse or molestation, and is typically treated as a more serious crime. Given this, I feel a classification for this book as being one for young adults [YA] is definitely out of line, as is a classification of new adults [NA]. Don’t get me wrong; the book itself has a wonderful paranormal, page-turning storyline and had the ages been 17 and 21, the NA classification might be more appropriate for the readers it would attract. Be advised the author has used British English in the writing this book, so the spelling and word usage might seem strange to those not familiar with it. With the current ages of the two main characters in place, the dialogue being used, and the incorrect identification of the non-human characters in the book; the best I can give this book is 3 STARS.

  • Laurie
    2019-03-12 06:00

    Wow. I think this might just be the worst book I've read in my life. I read the sample and felt doubtful, but figured all those good reviews had to mean it got great later. I struggled through until just past the half way point, hoping it'd get better, but when I was ready to throw my e-reader at a wall, it was time to stop the misery. Unrealistic, cardboard characters. Shallow, undeveloped 'instant' relationships. Boring plot, poorly constructed. Badly written. Very poorly edited. No depth.Raven is one of those self-published nightmares. Not worth a minute of your time. Run, do not walk, far away from this one! 99c was too much to pay for this. I'm thinking the 5 star reviews HAVE to have come from the author's friends, or reviewers paid by the star who didn't actually read the book. (Lucky them for avoiding the pain). I want the two hours back. Read the sample. It gets worse, much worse. Save yourself. It's too late for me.

  • Louisa
    2019-02-24 10:47

    Ruined by school boy errorsI was really disappointed because it was a nice idea. Some pacing problems but nevertheless a good sound idea.But it was riddled with literary mistakes.From this book the impression that i got of the author was that they'd clearly never met a forteen year old and they read self help books. And heres why-- Lilys ageRight so it goes from me getting the impression that shes no more than ten years old at the begging of the book to her acting around twelve in the middle to her acting sixteen at the end. And throughout the whole book she talks as if she were a fifty year old. I do understand that the author wanted her to seem nieve but it was not just her behaviour but that of the others like December and her classmates in London. It felt like a primary school. She speaks like an old woman. Not partularly in her atual speech with others but in her narration. This makes it feel very unrealistic and ruins the emersion. If you've never heard a typical forteen year old speak in the way that you are making them speak then go back and re-write. - Nobody thinks like that!No child aged forteen thinks in the way the author is suggesting. Teenagers to not think rationally about things- you've suggested that she's nieve make her act that way. -EmotionsStop telling me how she's feeling and show me. People don't think to themselves 'oh dear i'm feeling rather sad' they feel it- SHOW US! -I don't need your damn explanationsBelieve it or not Ms Turner your readers are not simpletons. You really don't need to explain things to us we will get it. This point in particular refers to where you explain why shes heard of the x-files. You didn't need that explanation, and if you felt you did, then you could have put it in cleaverly by that little divice called dialoge. Have Rose ask how shes heard of the x-files.- Classic misuse of the first-person narrativeFor goodness sakes if your going to use the first person then at least do it properly. In the first person you don't know how the others are feeling therefore you can't put in random sentences about how they are feeling will abosolutly no explation of how Lilly would know that. Even if she'd known them all of her life it would be difficult for her to know that, so i highly doubt that a person whos grown up in that kind of environment, only ever having one friend, would know how the others like Ben were feeling.-Forward planningStop introducing things half-way through the book. If shes an avid reader then you could at least mention that towards the beggining of the book so that we find out in the middle that it was an important point. To me this suggests a lack of planning when you wrote the book or not sticking to the origional plan. -Not all people are niceIt is unbelieveable that there isn't someone that the dislikes. The book is too black and white. Its unrealistic to assume that everyone would welcome her and she would just all of a sudden become popular. Surely there must be one person who resents her arrival, and all of the attention that she is getting. I think thats about it. I will say that it did improve throughout the book.

  • H.L.
    2019-02-24 12:48

    I think this tale had real potential. I still think it does and if you are reading it simply for the story line then it is just ‘different’ enough to get (and keep) your attention. I liked the idea of the strange mother dressed in white watching from the window and the father who hardly ever appears from the locked room. I enjoyed the protagonist’s transitional growth from inept naivety to determined and strong. What I had an issue with was the writing. The pace was so fast that the setting and characters lacked much depth and feeling. I felt that the protagonist carried you through the tale and that neither the reader nor the protagonist really experienced what was happening. There were also a few too many “formal” conversations and descriptions that felt a little empty or forced and I found myself struggling to read the book at all. I almost gave up a few times but was glad that I persevered. Along the way the author did seem to find their writing rhythm and the book improves.

  • Patti Roberts
    2019-02-22 14:12

    Raven is Suzy Turner’s first novel in the series, and I found it to be an entertaining read to say the least. I read it over the entire weekend and loved it. The story is about a young girl, Lillian Taylor, who comes home from school one day to discover that her parents have gone missing. This is when Lillian is thrown into her new life in a strange world. She embarks on an incredible journey and slowly begins to unravel the daunting mystery behind who she really is. She constantly struggles to fit into this changing new world around her. There are a few surprises, and they aren’t always nice. This story will appeal to anyone who enjoys the YA fantasy genre. At 99c, you can't go wrong. This book ticks all the right boxes for an enjoyable read. And when the story comes to an end, you’ll be looking for the next book in the series, December Moon - which is due for release very soon I believe - I checked on Suzy's web page.

  • Hmr28
    2019-03-16 10:11

    This book had a great premise (and that is the only positive I can spit out for this one) but I only made it half-way through. I am sorry, but a 13 year old girl canoodling with a 17 year old boy is quite disgusting. In addition, it was poorly edited and there was NO showing only telling. I hate books that have pages upon pages of expository prose. So...on many levels YUCK! I'd give it a zero if I could.

  • Jennifer Brown
    2019-02-26 13:48

    This book is absolutely fantastic,i couldn`t put it down.It has everything a great fantasy/paranormal books needs,magic,vampires plus loads more.Not only is it a great read for adults but an equally great read for kids too,i can`t wait for more books by this author.

  • Pauline Barclay
    2019-03-07 08:13

    Raven is Suzy Turner's debut novel and is written for teens. If you love YA fantasy, you will love this book. The sequel follows later this year...!

  • Rute Canhoto
    2019-03-04 10:10

    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.

  • Shaz Goodwin
    2019-03-17 12:45

    Raven is Part I in The Raven Saga and is an urban fantasy novel for children and young adults. I first became aware of Suzy Turner on author Mandy Baggot’s new feature on her blog called Meet and Greet. You may already know that I love video trailers for books so of course I couldn’t resist watching the linked video trailer for Raven …………. and was intrigued enough to download a copy for my Kindle.Raven begins with Lilly’s day-to-day life, the routine that she has with her parents. It is very rarely that she has contact with her father and her mother only sees her to feed her – food which is always from tins. Her parents stay locked in a room. At school she is a loner and nicknamed ‘Mellow Yellow’ because of the colour of the clothes she always wears. A new girl starts at school, December Moon, and they become close. Lilly’s mother is always watching at the window when Lilly returns home from school for lunch and at the end of the day. One day, Lilly returns, glances up to the window, to see nothing – no mother watching. It is from this point that Lilly’s life changes dramatically.At first Lilly stays with the two older ladies in a flat in the same building and she is taught basic cooking skills. At night, two ravens knock on her window and this gives Lilly a sense of comfort. I have a feeling that the two older ladies are important in ways that we don’t find out about in Part I.In Powell River, Canada, Lilly gets to know her family and settles into her life. Not only does she learn and use the genetic inheritance that has always been hers but also comes to understand why her childhood was as it was. The relationship Lilly has with her cousin Jo is brilliant. I loved the bond they had between them and this relationship is central to resolving some issues. Another character I identified with is the gentle Rose – the maternal role she takes on for Lilly is perfect.I always enjoy watching a character grow and we certainly get to see that for Lilly. Due to her strange childhood, Lilly starts off as a very serious and lonely 13 year old. She has no expectations of life and because she has no contact with other children, believes her life is normal. She leads a very empty existence. Once in Canada, we see her accepting the love of the paternal side of her family and she blossoms. She becomes someone who believes in herself and the roots give her confidence to explore and find herself. The quest that Lilly and her grandfather Gabriel make to The Elders intrigued me. I was waiting for a crisis to happen and when it did, I thought it was brilliant. I loved the symbolism of the cave and the cage ………… and owls being one of my totems, I was delighted to find an owl as part of the story! Lilly really comes into her own when dealing with the crisis – I was cheering her on!Raven ends very cleverly – a resolution for Rose - but we have no knowledge yet of where Lilly’s father is. We lose two male characters at different parts in the story and I am intrigued to find out if there will be another male character to take their place. Specifically I’m hoping to see the return of one of them …………. I am eagerly awaiting Part II of The Raven Saga ‘December Moon’ which is released in September JRaven is written in the first person from the perspective of Lilly. This alongside the style of writing works really well. Raven is easy to read, with tension building and resolution in several places. The plot and the fantastic characters held my attention throughout. Raven is a story that includes family relationships, love, shapechanging, werewolves, witches, vampires and magic. A fabulous mix for an adventure!Although children and young adults are Raven’s target audience, I would also recommend Raven for any adults who love the magical and paranormal!

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-03-15 05:58

    *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*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.

  • Morv
    2019-03-05 06:51

    This book... Oh what can I actually say about this book?Our main character who is telling us about what is going on and the like is a 13 year old (coming up for 14) yet she sounds nothing like a 13/14 year old! She's also meant to have little to no idea what family love is like, since her father and mother kept her at arms length and yet, when her parents disappeared she managed to embalm herself into her new found family life over in Canada pretty easily! Surely finding herself around caring and well meaning family member's would mean that she would have to learn to trust them? Or at the very least take her time to trust them rather than witter away what had happened when she was in London.Then of course she finds herself gob-smacked at this guy Oliver and he is very interested in her too, though he is actually 17/18 years old the family are okay with it because they are both part of the family!As some other reviewers have said there were moments when the author pretty much spelt out what was going on without having to do so, which was rather irritating and to be honest really dropped the level of enjoyment of the book. I think this book could have become something akin to Twilight had it not been for that and the age gap, while some folk might think am being a prude, what the heck does a 13/14 year old actually know about love when a 17/18 year old has probably dated someone already? Perhaps that part is just me.If we go into characters... Every single character is as dull as paint, our leading lady Lily, or Lillian as she is sometimes called, is really boring, I had hoped she might have some kind of psychological effects due to how she was raised, but apparently not, she is completely normal. The side characters aren't really given that much room to learn about either and here's another thing that bugs me about this book, why is there so many characters introduced all at the same time when Lily arrived at her Grandfather's place? Surely for someone who had no idea she had any other relatives at all that to just have a house full of relatives would be rather overwhelming for her? With so many characters there it was hard to really get a good feel of them and see what made them tick, what they liked and didn't like.Oh and one more thing, 'my dear', why? Just because her grampa and Rose are older, doesn't mean they would say 'my dear' to someone nearly all the time! And I don't believe that is a Canadian thing for them to do either.I have no problems with the basic plot, I found it interesting to have people change into Ravens and cats, yet when the author decided to just throw in werewolves and vampires? That put me off, I have read many chicklit books with those in there and I had hoped this would just focus on those changeling ones.

  • Mindy/fangedmom
    2019-02-24 13:07

    My review: I received a copy of this ebook from the author on the suggestion of a dear book friend, Megan from Amythest Daydreams. I committed to a review in exchange for the ebook. I would have gladly paid FULL price and then some for this book (I love paperback books and if this would have been a paper book, I might have squeezed the words right out of it hugging it)! I literally could not put it down.The world that Suzy Turner has created is amazing. I was hooked from the first page. I could not read it fast enough. The story flowed so well and I could totally picture everything I was reading. I was so lost in this book, meaning it sucked me in so far, that I was clueless as to the world around me.The beginning introduces us to our main character Lilly, who leads a very sad life. She seems to be such a wonderful little girl who is horribly mistreated by her parents. She goes to school and comes home. She knows she is an outcast and has no friends for several reasons. She is TERRIFIED of her mother. She meets a new girl at school and finally makes a friend. Life is looking up for Lilly until she gets home from school and her parents are GONE. Vanished...not a trace. From here, Lilly finds out that a whole world exists that she knew nothing about. She lives with some neighbor ladies for a bit before finding out she is leaving her home in London to move to Canada, where her Paternal Grandfather lives. Upon arriving in Canada, Lilly finds the family she has always wanted and a few family secrets she would have never dreamed of!This book was AMAZING! I absolutely enjoyed reading it. When I finish a book and I am this happy, I just want to hug the author! If this book would have been in print, I would have SQUEEZED the words right off the pages hugging it!When I first started reading, I was a little confused. I soon found out that it was not the book at all, but ME!! Our author, Suzy Turner actually lives in Portugal. It took me a bit to adjust to the dialect but then I imagined her reading the story in my head & fell in love with it all over again. I love that this book brought my mind into perspective of living the language and culture of our neighbors all over the world!My emotional range throughout this book was off the charts! NO LIE! One minute I was smiling like a big cheesy smile and then tears would be falling down my face.Thank you Suzy for writing such an AMAZING story!!!

  • Anna (Literary Exploration)
    2019-03-18 12:48

    I was lucky enough to receive a free ebook edition of this book from the Author, Suzy Turner, in exchange for an honest review and while I struggled with some parts of it, overall I enjoyed the story. It's pretty short so it was a quick read, but sadly I couldn't get it on to my Kindle so I struggled with reading it on my computer. Regardless, here are my thoughts:What I Didn't Like: When I first started reading I didn't feel connected to Lilly, the protagonist, at all. I felt she was sort of boring, depressing, and not too likable. I felt like the writing was too formal for me, Lilly is supposed to be 13 and the book is written from her perspective, but she talks and thinks in complete proper English and there isn't a lot of slang or typical teen language incorporated which made it hard for me to relate to her. "I was thoroughly spoilt, a feeling I relished." What kind of 13-year-old talks like that? Also, the first third or so is almost all description with very little dialogue and I found myself skipping over larger paragraphs that were just Lilly reminiscing over her lost parents and then feeling guilty. Why she felt guilty I have no idea, her mom made her eat only canned food and she never spent time with her dad. Rather than feeling sorry for her situation I just wanted to shake her and tell her to be glad they were gone! The love story is sort of overplayed, it's that "love at first sight" thing as always, which is pretty unrealistic and always bugs me a little.What I Did Like: The story is pretty interesting, incorporating all types of paranormal activity and characters. Shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, witches, etc. Being a lover of the paranormal I enjoyed these aspects very much. There's also a bit of romance which is always good and a lot of the accompanying characters are really interesting. There is a lot of stuff that unfolds throughout the story, helping Lilly figure out who she really is, which makes things easier to read because there's always something going on. Lilly's cousin Jo is also really entertaining, she's spunky and fun and she made me laugh a lot. I almost wished the book was more about Jo than Lilly!Overall the book was okay, but it wasn't something amazing. It could have used some fine-tuning but the guts of the story were interesting enough. Thanks for sharing Suzy!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-16 05:52

    Raven is the first installment of the YA Raven Saga by Suzy Turner. Book Blurb:After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is.Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.My thoughts:Lilly Taylor has lived her entire thirteen years without the comfort of caring parents. She rarely sees her father, and her mother is almost cruel with her distance. Lilly is given a place to live, food to eat and clothes to wear - but that is all. She is allowed no friends, no television, radio or anything else normal teenagers have. Her only escape is school - but even in that she has a routine. Straight to school, straight home. Her mother watches her comings and goings.When her routine is broken and Lilly does not see her mother waiting for her, she rushes home to find her parents gone. Simply vanished.Now Lilly is being sent to live with a grandfather she has never met, in a place she has never before visited, Canada.What Lilly finds is a group of people unlike any she could have imagined. They all greet her with open arms - and for the first time in her young life, Lilly experiences a feeling of true family.But behind all the happiness is a family secret - a secret that Lilly must be told - and that secret answers so many questions - and raises so many more.I absolutely enjoyed Raven. We were left with a bit of a cliff hanger - but that makes me eager for more.I give Raven 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Kitty Chatfou
    2019-03-21 10:11

    "RAVEN" BY SUZY TURNERLately I have been stumbling across some of the most amazing YA writers, and Suzy Turner is by far one of the best. I love the fact that she has brought elements of all supernatural beings into her story and the plot was very well thought out where explanations for every aspect were articulated so there was no mistake. She writes with intelligence and precision and the result is something otherworldy and completely beautiful. This story is about Lilly Taylor, otherwise known as Lilly Tulugaq a 13, almost 14 year old girl that has grown up without the true love of a parent her entire life. For so long she has thought it was normal for parents to act the way hers did until they disappear... that's when she starts to find out that her world is anything but normal and her true family is something that fantasies and dreams are made of. When she goes to live with her grandfather Gabriel, she not only finds the acceptance and love she always craved, but she finds an entire world that is far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. This YA novel is a definite must read and don't miss out on our contest for the sequel this month! But don't read "December Moon" until you've read "Raven" you can find both of these books on Amazon.com. Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  • CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD
    2019-03-07 11:09

    This is just the introduction to 13 yrs old Lilly Taylor, living in London with her very cold mother and barely there father... then her parents one day just disappeared and she is being shipped to Canada to her grandfather that she never knew... suddenly she found herself with a real family who cares and loves her and discovered a world full of shapeshifter's, vampires, werewolves and witches... and that she too has this special ability to shift.It's a bit confusing for me, at times I read it like it's more for children, then again it's for YA cause of the love angle wherein, Oliver, her love interest, is 17, while she is 13, but the way her character behaves makes you forget she is only 13!And the story does not completely catch my attention... at times the narrative gets boring and too long.It's an adventure fantasy.... where Lilly just discovered a whole new world... and that her previous life has been a lie.... and with her missing father still.... her new found ability... and with her new also gifted family... and a whole lot of mystery... all in all, I did enjoy the plot. Written on Lilly's POV.

  • Kristin Scearce
    2019-02-21 08:48

    "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!

  • Books
    2019-03-06 06:07

    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!

  • Angel
    2019-02-25 14:08

    To say the book was interesting is all I can give. There were some twists. There were some interesting characters. However, the book told the story, it didn't show. There were scenes that involved more 'we talked about this and decided' type of inner monologues than conversations. The first quarter of the book dragged with inner monologues. All from the perspective of this girl that knew NOTHING. She had been trapped in a room, unloved, ridiculed at school. So why are we forced to see her point of view? Is it an interesting way for us to learn about this world? No. However, I did enjoy the twists. She shows promise as a writer. I hope the sequels continue to show improvement, especially as her character is no longer an idiot and will hopefully stop dwelling on her horrible past.

  • Samantha Towle
    2019-03-20 06:11

    Raven is a beautifully written and dark story, and completely different to anything YA I have read of late. I felt drawn into Lilly’s world and the sadness that had plagued her all her life. I was compelled reading, especially when the story delved into witches and werewolves, vampires and more! There is also a really endearing romance in the book... but I won’t spoil that for you! All I will say is when I click to the last page, leaving me with a cliff-hanger ending, I was practically shouting at my Kindle for more! Thankfully there is the next book ‘December Moon’ already out for me to read!

  • Johanna Frappier
    2019-03-06 07:53

    There are so many feelings you want to get back to. With books I want that Twilight feeling back, that Harry Potter feeling-and RAVEN gives it! I'm so happy I get to look forward to a series that I love again. You pull for the characters right from the beginning; the main setting is beautiful and haunting; and the story moves forward at a good clip. I'm so glad Suzy Turner decided to make her story a series and 100 books long would be nice because we'll always want more!!!

  • Shalini Boland
    2019-03-02 13:13

    Raven is a refreshingly different novel suitable for children, teens and adults alike. Suzy Turner’s writing flows and the story pulls you in with its intrigue and mystery. The characters are compelling and the plot unfolds into an exciting adventure.I can’t wait for book 2 and I’m really glad it’s going to be about Lilly’s friend, December Moon. She’s a character I wished we’d seen more of in Raven, so it’s brilliant we’ll get to find out who she is. All in all this was a fantastic read!