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White Raven (Raven #1) by J. L. Weil

White Raven (Raven #1) by J. L. Weil
Published by J. L. Weil on March 20, 2015
Pages: 278
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three-stars

DREADFUL LIES.
UNEXPECTED LOVE.
IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH.

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 was an inexpensive urban fantasy that I found on Amazon. I bought it because it had a couple hundred good reviews, and it also had a vague, interesting description. I love short, vague descriptions, because, who wants to read a book when the description gives you the whole play-by-play?! Not me!

I’m going to jump right in – After Piper and TJ’s mother is murdered on the streets of Chicago, the two siblings are ferried away to their Grandmother Rose’s house for the entire summer. Not only have they never met Rose, she happens to live on an island out near the New England coastline.

Because Piper and TJ did not want to visit Rose, they instantly, and irrationally, hate the look of the town, and their new home. However, TJ is still polite to Rose when they arrive. Piper on the other hand, always the rebellious and sarcastic one, doesn’t take it easy on Rose. Rose has saintly patientence when it comes to Piper. TJ quickly enjoys his new digs and electronics while Piper remains unhappy. At least Piper was unhappy until she spots an incredibly gorgeous guy at the local country club. Rose immediately tells Piper to stay away from the guy because he’s “trouble” and of course, being a teenager, Piper doesn’t listen.

The mysterious and gorgeous guy is named Zane and he is one of four siblings. Piper’s hormones ignite whenever Zane is around regardless of the fact that he’s rude and standoffish. Piper is irritated at Zane but not the type to go cry in her bedroom, nope, she gives him just as much sass back. Their banters are electric and hilarious. They clearly have great chemistry. Piper starts to think staying on the island wouldn’t be so bad until a scary ass dude tries kill her. Luckily Zane appears and saves Piper. Piper learns that a lot of bad things and bad people are also on this island…

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the mythology in this book. There’s so many details left out. The author used bits and pieces of already established ancient mythology to create something unique, but it lacked the glue to make the pieces stick together in harmony.

Lastly – It enrages me that the girl on the book cover, Piper, I presume, is wearing a bright pink dress. Book Piper has said twice that she loathes pink – she’s a girl who wears combat boots and black nail polish. The cover is pretty but doesn’t stay true to the character at all and it’s a shame.

three-stars