Raven’s Shadow Book 1
by R.L. Weeks
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Award Winning author, R. L. Weeks, brings you Raven’s Sight – a Young Adult
Victorian Paranormal Mystery. Book One can be read as a standalone
and as part of the series.
Raven looks out over the small, industrial town of Cogsworth and imagines a
life beyond the confines of her Grandmother’s mansion.
However, Raven holds a dark secret that prevents her from leaving. One which
comes to light after her father’s untimely death. Now an orphan,
Raven must do her best to hide her gifts of sight if she’s to survive
the cruel Victorian society she lives in.
However, when a ghost of a child comes to her for help, Raven finds herself in
the gas lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial
killer. As she tries to solve the string of murders, she realizes
that the murders are almost identical to those from a case left
unsolved years before she was born.
In a race against time, Raven is thrown into a world she doesn’t know.
With her crush, Tom, now a ghost, her friend, Emmett, now a suspect,
and an uncle who runs illicit groups and hates women, Raven will have
to unravel the mysteries quickly before she becomes their next victim.
Raven’s Sight is a YA thriller about a young woman who has a special gift. A gift that ends up putting her into the world of something darker.
Firstly, I liked this story. It starts off strong and ends decently. It’s the middle part that was so/so for me. There were times I got confused with what went on in the middle. The book is a quick read and Weeks’ writing is good, so, I may have ended up skimming those scenes and missed something completely important.
That said, even with skimming, I didn’t lose myself in the confusion. It was fairly easy to get into the meat of the story and understand what is going on.
I do wish there were more character development for Raven and Tom. Emmett seemed to be the more well rounded character out of the bunch. Though, in retrospect, it kind of makes sense why Raven’s personality didn’t seem that much developed.
The story itself is dark, filled with spirits, and does have a nice little tidbit that had me cringing and squeeing with delight. It was a decent book that works well as a first in a series, but can also work as a standalone. I liked it as a standalone, to be honest.
Final Rating: 3/5
R L Weeksis the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life
Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches,
Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of
Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in
Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.
She lives in a small village in the UK.
When she’s not writing, she’s traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and
horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish
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