Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE GIRL AND THE RAVEN by Pauline Gruber: Book Review


Author: Pauline Gruber
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

Goodreads Blurb:

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 


*I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley and Dragonfly Ink in exchange for an honest review*
Star rating: 4/5

I was really intrigued by this book's synopsis because I think gargoyles are really underused. There's an untapped goldmine there. I thought this might be a really dark read based on how it started out. Lucy's heart-wrenching past would probably be avoided by most authors, but I found it incredibly refreshing to have a character facing real life problems in addition to her supernatural issues. I wouldn't have minded if it stayed the course, but everything lightened up as the story went on...maybe a little too much as I found myself skimming through what should have been the climax of the book. While the plot itself was exciting, there just wasn't nearly enough urgency for my taste. Lucy's relationship with Marcus was sweet, though their progression seemed rushed and unnatural. I did appreciate that the author didn't take the love triangle very far—in fact that part was probably my favorite. Lucy started giving the googly eyes to Dylan, realized she was being silly, and BOOM. Like the good little half-demon she is, she pushes it aside, realizing Marcus is hottie enough for one chick. Overall, it was a good read that just needed a little bit of oomph.

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