REVIEW by McKenzie: Raven by Suzy Turner (@suzy_turner , @MGT_Writer)

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.

Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.


I have been reading Raven as a side project for quite awhile now. As my Kindle hardly ever stays charged, it was one of the books I read between bigger novels, and one I let my Kindle read to me every time I took a shower or bath. (I get a lot of ebook reading done this way)

This novel is very interesting and descriptive. It involves shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, ravens, witches, and any other supernatural creature you can imagine, all mixed within a spellbinding and twisty plot. It combines good, solid fantasy with less popular paranormal creatures, all within a modern setting switching from a flat in England to a house in Canada. In this novel, a girl named Lily has been taken from her birth mother and raised by a strict witch and nonexistent father. When she escapes, she is found by her true family, who turns out to be all sorts of shapeshifters and creatures, varying in severity. When an inevitable battle occurs, she must use the powers passed down from her descendants and fight for her untraditional family. With a budding romance, sweet friendships, family ties and drama, this novel is sure to captivate readers from the beginning.

The writing was nice. I won’t say great, because I found myself at various times seeing a passage, sentence, or dialogue that I just couldnt help but think “What was that? Why did she write it this way? It doesn’t agree with the plot at all. That’s out of character.” Of course, anyone is going feel like this with any novel, yet I found it happening frequently with this one. It could have been better, could have been more creative and original, but was a good read overall. Descriptive, exciting, and emotional, Suzy Turner is a good fantasy writer, as it shows in her novel Raven. After reading Raven, I will probably read the sequel, to see where the author takes the story next, and also because I (sometimes) believe that sequels are better. So we will see!

3.5 Stars!


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