Lilly Taylor lives with her blunt mean mother along with the father she
rarely sees. Lilly’s life with her mother is horrible. Her childhood of carefree
fun is nonexistent. Lilly’s only friend is December, the funky new girl at
school. Her life goes on like clockwork, until one day her mother is gone.
Lilly is shipped off to her Canadian grandfather (who she doesn’t know)
and Lilly finds she has family, and lots of it! For once in her life, Lilly is
submersed in love and warmth. Lilly really connects with her senior (in high
school!) cousin Jo, and the pair quickly becomes friends.
As well as her newfound family, Lilly discovers the family secret: the world is
full of paranormal creatures. Surprisingly, she takes this somewhat in stride.
They then go on to explain that Lilly’s cold, heartless “mother” is a witch, and
as if that not bad enough, she killed Lilly’s real mother and elder sister.
Again, she’s a little shaken, but not that disturbed, oddly.
Then, her grandfather tells her that mother’s family had the ability to
turn into certain felines and that her father’s into a raven. Oh, and, by the
way, soon you might become a changeling like your parents!
I really enjoyed Raven! I was really worried that it was going to be a
blah book, but the characters were unique and the plot was amazing! The dialogue
was a bit off, and the relationship between a 17-year-old and almost-14-year-old
was weird. Though he was a family friend…
I’m looking forward to reading book 2 in the Raven Saga, December
Ages 10+ and 8 of 10 stars!