I've lost so much.
Family. My home.
Pride. My identity.
And I couldn't help but feel it's entirely my fault. There is no one else to blame.
I've quickly learned that being the White Raven isn't easy. The dead are restless and angry, and I don't know the first thing about being a banshee. Those around me will get hurt. To keep them safe, I must endure painful decisions.
Zane Hunter, the ultra-bad boy who stole my heart, is one of those difficult decisions. Our souls are synchronized, making us a compatible duo. Too bad I'm engaged to his brother.
My forbidden relationship with Zane is complicated. Deep down I want more than what my duty demands of me, what my family's past has shaped for me.
Our problematic relationship only increases in tenfold when a surprise I never saw coming shows up in Raven Hallow, changing the game. I thought I had nothing left to lose...I was wrong.
Yeah, being a banshee isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
©2016 J.L. Weil (P)2016 Caitlin Kelly
Ok. We get it. You want to have sex with him.
Gggggaaaaaahhhhhhh. I'm sorry but the "angst" in this "story" is beyond lame.
First book the voice of the lead character was fun. Up to date, flirty, realistic, a little too stereotypically "girly" but it was fun. In book two I have two hours left and I'm about to email Audible to get my money back. I mean COME. ON. Why is she still dwelling on their "connection"? Why is she still a weak character? When does she find her bad ass-ness?
It's terrible. Just awful.
I hold myself partially responsible for even entertaining the idea that the second book might be a better read than the first, but it only took 2 minutes into the book for me to realize that it's just as annoying. The so called "sarcasm" that the heroine attempts to throw out all the time is so corny & immature, It's just as cringe-worthy as nails on a chalkboard. I can't decide if it's the narrators interpretation of the writing that makes it so bad or if it's the writing itself. I may be partially to blame for giving this book a chance but I blame whoever these readers are that gave this series an overall rating of anything over 3 stars. I blame whatever company it was that thought it was a good idea to publish such a crappy book, & I blame the author for thinking that writing a story with such an annoying heroine would be okay. Definitely asking for a refund.
Black Crow is an admirable follow up to the exciting YA paranormal book, White Raven by J.L. Weil. The story picks up where the first book ends, after the murder of Piper's grandmother and Piper's ascension to become a banshee- the next queen of the reapers (someone who helps souls cross over into the after life). Piper is still struggling with what it means to be a banshee, having grown up outside the community of Raven Hollow and not knowing that she was born a reaper (kind of like how Mia from the Princess Diaries didn't know she was a princess).
Because Piper has a lifetime of reaper history and training to catch up on, most of this book is centered around her training so she is not caught unaware of her abilities again. There is still plenty of teenaged angst and smoldering sexual tension between Piper and Zane, especially since Piper is engaged to Zane's brother Zander, who is the firstborn and heir of the Grim Reaper. Piper and Zander try really hard to make their arranged engagement work, but neither feels more than a friendship or sisterly-brotherly affection for the other. On the other hand, Piper's and Zane's synchronized hearts are combustible when they are together and even a casual observer can see it. There is one big shocker and I don't think it's a spoiler to merely say that a central character is killed during an enemy attack at Piper's coronation. Now I can't wait for Soul Symmetry to see how this trilogy ends!
Caitlin Kelly narrated the Audible version of this story and she was fantastic. She used differing voices for all characters male and female and expressed urgency without becoming shrill, which few narrators achieve successfully. I've bumped up the overall rating due to Caitlin's engaging narration, which contributed to my enjoyment of this book immensely. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
This book kept me in suspense for the majority of the book. It was different and not predictable as many story lines go. I love that the scenes are not overly adult in content so that I could listen in the car when my teenagers were with me! Looking forward the book 3
Loved the story, loved the narrator and I cannot wait until the next book is out. I thought the story was a little slow at first but it picked up as the book went on. I am hoping to have more Zane & Piper alone time in the next book!! Great read!!
I will admit the book is a little slow to start off but it gets much better. I love Pipers attitude and find myself laughing and shaking my head to myself at the things she says. I wish she was more of a fighter though.... She talks a big game with her smartass-ness but I'm ready for her to stop needing to be rescued. Can't wait for the next one.
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