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I Belong


Review: Ravyn’s Fall by Julie Blackstone

Title: Ravyn’s Fall

Author: Julie Blackstone

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Heaven and Hell (Book 1)

Publication Date: July 11, 2012

Format: eBook, 200 Pages

ISBN-10: 0988138514 (Julie Blackstone)

ISBN-13: 978-0988138506 (Julie Blackstone)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Falling in love shouldn’t be dangerous…

Sixteen year old Ravyn Creed has always known she was different. But even she doesn’t know the secrets of her birth… secrets that should have remained hidden. Secrets that could kill her.

On a night meant for fun—for music and dancing and boys—darkness enters her world and nothing will be the same again. With both Heaven and Hell after her, will the mysterious Zeke Lancaster be the one to save her? Or will she find the strength to save herself…

Zeke Lancaster. Demon. Head of his clan. And the only one who can right a wrong done to his family, a wrong that tears at him night and day. Chance brings him to the small town of Kings Crossing but will it be fate that let’s him leave? As the one person at the center of a firestorm fights to survive, he’ll have to decide which side of the fence he will sit. Will he do as he must or do as he wants…

Quick & Dirty: Set in a world where demons are good and angels are evil in this dark tale where loyalties are tested and a girl tries to learn her destiny in this action-packed, fast-pace read.

Opening Sentence: The child had been swept into the small town of Kings Crossing on the heels of a fantastic thunderstorm, one that had drenched the entire area in torrents of rain, hail, and lightning.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Ravyn Creed has lived a protected life. Her guardian Hank has enforced to her just how dangerous the world can be but Ravyn never took it seriously. Ravyn knows she is different from everyone else by the auras that she sees. Then one night of partying and meeting a boy with a red aura (something she had never seen before) leads Ravyn towards a dangerous life on the run with her loyal friend Kimmy and an awesome hellhound. Rayvn is a bit impulsive but since she doesn’t know who or what to trust she must find the answers herself.

Zeke Lancaster is demon on a mission. His mission happens to include Ravyn. He wants to protect her and keep her alive while discovering what her possible powers could be. Zeke is joined by his brother and a couple other demons while they battle Nephilim and Cherubim. Zeke is a handsome teenage boy whom is hot and cold towards Ravyn often fighting his feelings towards her.

Ravyn’s Fall is filled with curious characters that are set in a topsy-turvy world where angels appear to be the bad guys and demons just may help save the girl. I especially enjoyed how the Nephilim are the basis for the vampire legend and a big, bad hellhound is a loyal puppy to Ravyn. The hellhound even helps add some comic relief to the story.

This novel is action-packed from beginning to end when Ravyn meets Zeke to a revelatory conversation where Ravyn learns about her past. Ravyn’s Fall is written in the first person from Ravyn’s perspective and at times it comes off a little harsh and clunky. This is my only real complaint about the novel but the action and intrigue make Ravyn’s Fall a quick read.

In the end Ravyn’s Fall is about the dark journey that Ravyn undergoes to learn her place in the world. Although more questions are actually raised then answered, I absolutely wished this novel would have been longer. The mythology and world can only be expanded further. Julie Blackstone has created an intriguing world where the lines of good and evil are blurred. Ravyn can only grow as her journey continues in Ravyn’s Grace.

Notable Scene:

His hand is on my chin, and I flinch, but his touch is gentle. I relax a bit, and when he forces my head up, I can’t do anything but look into his eyes. We stare at each other for a long time, it seems, and the Crimson glow that is so unique to him encircles his body in a cloud of fire that takes my breath away. It takes a bit, but I’m able to dial it down, and I exhale as his color recedes.

His other hand reaches for me, and his fingers run across my cheek. They come away wet with blood. “You’re hurt.” His voice is rough and I think maybe a little scared.

“It’s nothing,” I say, “a little scratch.” Zeke makes me nervous when he’s this close, and I shudder violently, wishing I could just be normal around him.

Except I can’t help it. Because he is close. And intense. And dark in a way that sings to me.

He stares down at the blood on his hand, and for a second, I wish his fingers were still on me. I wish he would hold me close and make the craziness go away.

“We’re no different, you and I.” He doesn’t look at me, and for a moment, I get the feeling like he’s trying to convince himself. “We all bleed, Ravyn.”

Heaven and Hell:

1. Ravyn’s Fall

2. Ravyn’s Grace

3. Ravyn’s Creed

FTC Advisory: Julie Blackstone provided me with a copy of Ravyn’s Fall. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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