Monday, June 6, 2011

Review of Raven by Suzy Turner

Author: Suzy Turner

Title: Raven
Release date: 8th of May 2011
Published by: Suzy Turner
Reading level: FICTION – Adult, Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 162 in Smashwords version
Source: From author Suzy Turner for reviewing

From Goodreads:
Raven (The Raven Saga)

After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...

Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

My review:

I didn’t know what to expect from Suzy Turner’s debut novel, but I am sincerely glad that I got to review this wonderful book! I was captured from the first page. Raven is the first book in the series and gives a very good introduction to the surroundings, characters and story itself. Even though it is the first book in series, then it still gives a standalone story. One more thing which is wonderful about this book – it can be read by middle grade, young adults and adults like me. It was an interesting book to read and also well written.

Regarding the plot:

Meet thirteen your old Lilly Taylor, whose parents disappear from one day to another. Nobody has a clue where they are. Lilly simply comes home and they are gone and their bedroom is empty – no furniture, no nothing - just a small bottle of blood and black colored walls.

When the story develops you found more information about Lilly and her family’s weird life: no friends are allowed, no going outside except school is allowed, no TV allowed, no affection from mother, no attention from father and it somehow gave me creeps and made me read the book even faster. I wanted to know what is going to happen!

Police is not capable of finding her parents and Lilly is moving from London to Canada where she is meeting the rest of her family which she had no clue about existing. And then the truth comes out about who Lilly is and what it means to have a family.

Raven was a wonderful and easy paranormal read. You don’t want to miss that!

Regarding the characters:

There many interesting characters and they all had a part of the story to tell and carry in the book. Even the smaller characters had a role to play. Since I cannot describe all of them in the review, I will mention only the very best of them.

Lilly was a mystery for me when I started reading the book. I did not understand in the beginning what was wrong with her family and I later found out that this was exactly the author’s intention – you found answers to your many questions throughout the story. Lilly was very sweet, naïve and innocent, she basically did not know anything about family ties, love and life as such. She was kept from everything around her. I loved following how she grew after meeting her grandfather’s family. She blossomed after finding her family in Canada. The author created such a wonderful girl while writing Lilly.

My other absolute favorite character in the book was Rose, Lilly’s mother’s sister. She was so smart, leveled, clever and sweet and loving. The way Rose embraced Lilly was overwhelmingly nice.


Suzy Turner’s Raven is a book which should be a must read of 2011! I’m looking very much forward to read the next book of the series to come out. One of the best and warmest paranormal books I’ve read.

5 stars out of 5!


  1. This looks so good. Great review! Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  2. Thanks for the thoughtful and interesting review. I found you through the Small Blogs Big Giveaway blog hop and am now a new follower.
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  3. Sounds like a great book! I love books that capture me from the first page. Lilly sounds like a sweet girl.

  4. Cory, thank you for coming by and thanks for the good words:) I won't be a stranger!

    Laurie, you are most welcome! I always love to write a review to books which I've really enjoyed. Thanks for follow! Hopefully you won't be disappointed :)

    Alison, it really is a good book. And thanks for coming by.

  5. I love discovering new Indie Authors and this one sounds great! I think after reading your review I will give it a try.

  6. Great review! Sounds pretty interesting. I like discovering new YA authors.