Genre: Romance, Teens & YA
Age: 17+ (16+ if you don’t mind bad language.)
Recommendation: Yes, especially for those that enjoyed the Red Queen and The Young Elites.
Type: Series, the second installment is due out in 2016.
Summary: Well written with lots of action. +hot male lead +good chemistry +original themes -cliffhanger positive -middle of the road heroine
It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.
And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears.
Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.
Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.
My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.
White Raven is the debut novel in the up and coming Raven Series by J.L. Weil. One thing I truly appreciate when reading is an author that can take something completely ridiculous and transform it into something awesome. J.L. Weil is one such author and I am really psyched that I found this book.
The description given with the book doesn’t give much away in the sense of what type of different we should be prepared for when meeting Piper, the narrator and main character. The characters in the story keep her in the dark as to who she is for a while as well and it got me completely hooked. No one would explain anything to her about what was going on and it pissed me off, which was great because it made me feel for her. The world building was detailed and allows you imagine what you’re reading.
Piper and Zane are well developed, their chemistry and tension are great. I really dig the love-hate type of romances especially when they are not over done. This one was chef’s preference for sure. Other characters in the story are not as well built but it didn’t really take away from the over-all enjoyment factor. Piper is feisty and made me laugh but she is not as BA as I would have liked. However, judging by the events near the end, that may be pretty quickly remedied with the next one.
One thing I felt could be improved is the amount of time spent focusing on the relationship between Piper and her grandmother. There isn’t a whole lot of interaction or back story on their history or the reasons for it. I also would have liked to have had a little more explanation and back story when it comes to who and what Piper and Zane are. But overall, I really was quite taken with the experience this novel provides. It leans harder on the fantasy side of things than my typical go to YA books but I can appreciate something where the characters are different. There is a cliffhanger, but no need to worry, I will be painfully waiting along with you for the next one. I would explain more but I don’t want to give anything away. You’ll just have to read it yourself.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you, J.L. Weil and Xpresso Book Tours.