Raven, by Suzy Turner | (Re-read/DNF) Book Review #404

11345170After 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.


My re-read of Raven started out with good intentions. Quickly into reading Raven though, I figured out that while I did Raven in the past, Raven just isn’t for me anymore.

The reasons why I stopped reading Raven were because a lot of the story felt forced:

  • Lilly, in general, felt forced. Her thought process, the way that Lilly talked, the way that she interacted with people.
  • The way people interacted with Raven felt off too.
  • The story itself felt like it was all orchestrated, and completely unnatural. I didn’t like how when I read the story I knew I was reading a book.

I started realizing very quickly just how much I did not like my re-read of Raven. I first read Raven back in my early high school years, so I was around 13/14 when I read Raven.

I also didn’t like the instalove that these two characters had for one another. And another thing that bothered me about that instalove relationship was that when it started the Love Interest had just turned 17, and the character was still only 13. That bothers me sooooooooo much.

I’m not even going to rate Raven, simply because I don’t want to.

Have you read Raven? If you have, what are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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