Friday, July 18, 2014

The Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber Review

Title: The Girl and the Raven
Author: Pauline Gruber
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Girl and the Raven, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A debut chock-full of hot guys, magic, secrets, and action, The Girl and the Raven completely had me under its spell--simply amazing! Highly recommended for fans of the show Supernatural and Charmed!

This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy Walker just wants her mother back. Struggling to regain her footing after the sudden death of her alcoholic mother, she ends up in the hands her two uncles. Upstairs lives a mysterious, sexy boy named Marcus, and she's drawn to him by some unseen pull, and things start to get even messier when she encounters a boy named Dylan. Oh, and her father is in town, hoping to become acquainted with his little girl.. Lucy discovers she is a witch, and her father is a demon. Drawn into a complicated web of lies, secrets, and magic, she discovers that her life may depend on falling for the right boy..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--I was utterly glued to the book and really couldn't put it down
-This novel really has something for everyone, a love triangle, action, magic, family drama
-Lucy, the young woman who just wants to be normal, but it turns out fate has other plans for her--I really enjoyed experiencing her character development
-Marcus, the sweet boy who wants to protect Lucy at all costs, first seemingly out of obligation and then out of something entirely different
-Dylan, the sexy bad boy who wants nothing more than to be with Lucy--despite him acting like a cocky jerk for most of the book, I was rooting for him as well
-Jude, at times a terrifying villain, at others a new father trying to form a relationship with his daughter
-Persephone and Henry
-Lucy's beloved, goofy uncles
-Zack
-I think part of what made this book so compelling was Lucy's heritage, but I'm not saying anything more than that so as to avoid spoilers
-Brandi and Ethan
-I liked the way the book's ending was loose, as if the author were teasing the reader with the possibility of a sequel

What could've been better:
-At times I found myself really rolling my eyes at the love triangle--sometimes it really took away from Lucy
-Lucy herself in the beginning was really asinine and it took me a while to relate to her

Overall, The Girl and the Raven was a highly enjoyable read! Next on deck: Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell!

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