• Black Crow

  • A Young Adult Paranormal
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Series: Raven (Weil), Book 2
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Teen
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (407 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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First book was good. A little over the top but a decent story. This book is just god awful

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.

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Seriously?

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.

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Outstanding narration in YA reaper tale.

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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.

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it's an okay read.

so the idea behind the story is great and interesting, but the mail character seems kind of flat. she repeats alot of the same phrases and constantly has to remind us of how hot she finds her crush. almost as if that is all he is to her, a hot guy.

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The Characters personalities show through

I really enjoy the narrator. She moved effortlessly between characters which is wonderful for the listener!
the story builds up in the second book and I felt the characters came more alive.
I am looking forward to the 3rd book.

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Loved

I really enjoyed this book interesting story fun and entertaining i can't wait to hear the rest of the series

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Ugh!!!!

I am going to keep listening in the hope it improves but a couple chapters in and this book is more like a diary than a story. I am tired of listening to her go on and on about her emotions and how frustrated and trapped she is instead of seeing movement. I am even tired of hearing about Zane.

3/4 of the way through I decided I would not buy the next book; then she actually got her act together. I may regret it but the last hour made me decide to buy the next one. I am a glutton for punishment.

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Great!

Love this book series. Sander seems so nice but Zane is my favorite. I love how he keeps calling her "princess"

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meh

I got through 2 of these books and I started the third but I just couldn't get into it! I wanted too so bad. I liked the idea of this story, the baseline of it but the main character was just too focused on herself to really be much of anything. I wanted her to suddenly embrace her self and be a powerful reaper but it never happened. I am returning these to get my credit back . :/

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A Pretty Good Sequel

I have to say that listening to this on audio was a lot of fun because the narrator is amazing in what she does to make this book come alive to the reader. As an adult, I sometimes like to read YA books because I do not have to do much thinking when reading or listening to it. This one got irritating at times because the main character was just annoying throughout the book. I kept saying that she was spunky, but I often thought she was just plain rude. It’s not gonna stop me from reading the final book to see what happens.

I did like the other characters and I was sad about the death of one of them. While I can see where the author was going with this death, it still took me by surprise.

There was a little bit more language in this novel than some of the other young adult books that I’ve read in the past. While I am very much aware that young people talk that way, I still don’t care to hear it.

After all that said and done, I do recommend this book if you want some light reading and to be entertained a little bit. If you are a fan of the Twilight series or even The Mortal Instruments, you’ll like this series because the story is very similar.