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Book Review: The Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber

The Girl and the Raven 
by Pauline Gruber
Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: Dragonfly Ink Limited (December 15, 2013)

Good versus evil just got complicated. Sixteen-year-old Lucy Walker just wants a normal life, until she learns she is half-witch, half-demon. Now she's got other problems, like keeping her demon dad from killing her boyfriend, keeping the witches in her life from killing her demon dad, and keeping her non-supernatural friends safe from both sides. All the while she's desperately searching for the family raven that carries her magical legacy. She's walking a tightrope between good and evil, drawn to both, uncertain which she will ultimately choose. Fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series, and Meg Cabot's Abandon series will love The Girl and The Raven!

The Girl and the Raven
is a delightful tale revolving around a young Lucy Walker. She has been brought up suffering abuse and neglect by her mother without knowing her father, and the one saving grace being annual visits to her grandmother. Her grandmother has recently passed away and her mother dies in a drug induced stupor and found by Lucy. She travels to her grandmother's home where her uncles will be her guardians hoping to start over with a new life, a new school, and a hope for friendship.

Family secrets unfold and a magical legacy comes to fore with mysteries to unravel, bitterness, hope, love, new friendships, and adjustments to her new life all swirl around making this a rich and enjoyable read. The writing was very well executed with wonderful world building and believable characters that urge the reader on to turn page after page and find out what is going to happen next.

This is a great entertaining YA read for young adults and those who enjoy the adventure of a good YA that touches all the emotions tugging at the heartstrings and the lifting with joy of new discoveries of magic and the consequences of life choices. I received this book from NetGalley.

5 sheep


About the Author:
Pauline Gruber is a self-professed music junkie, cat wrangler and daytripper. She wrote her first book in seventh grade about a trio of competitive cat siblings and won an award for it. Fast forward to 1992 when she took atrip to Paris with her aunt where she discovered a love of three things: travel, croissants and old cathedrals, especially those featuring gargoyles. Twenty years later, she translates her fascination with gargoyles into an extraordinarily suspenseful love story. Pauline lives outside of Chicago with her precocious black cats.

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