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Review: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

  TITLE:  The Raven AUTHOR: Sylvain Reynard  RELEASE DATE:  Feb 3rd 2015

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

GENRE: Paranormal Romance, New Adult SOURCE: Purchased Self

I came to the conclusion that “The Raven” was an ok story.  However, there are some parts that were not  likeable. I for one did not like that Raven is always doubting herself,  she isn’t the brightest bulb in the room. Let me tell you, she got multiply hints on what was going on and she couldn’t get it. The Prince was what made me want to continue reading this story. I liked the suspense and the mystery around him, I want him to have his HEA. As the story went on Raven grew on me, but not before she annoyed me. You just want to slap her silly.
So, we have the prince who saves the disabled Raven from a group of horrible men. Raven has no recollection of what had happened. She wakes up in her apartment and doesn’t even recognize herself.  She no longer needs her glasses and cane, she’s thin and beautiful. She was miraculously cured of her disability. But at that moment all Raven could think about was that she was going to be late for work.

I don’t know about anyone else BUT if I woke up and my body was completely changed my first thoughts would not be about being late for work! I think I would freak a bit. 

As she arrives to work, the Police were everywhere. As she looks around, she sees her friend and stops him to ask what is going on. He had no clue about who she was. She tells him its me Raven, but he flips out asking her Where’s his friend? she’s been missing over a week? She assures him that it’s her by telling him things that only the both of them would know, after assuring her friend who she was He was convinced it’s Raven.

I just can’t see this happening. I mean everything about you is different and everyone,  including yourself, is ok with this? Fine, I’ll get passed it for now.

Raven comes to find out that she’s been absent from work for a week and that the Botticelli’s sketches were stolen from the Uffizi. The police have her as the Prime suspect and can’t prove that she is innocent. After that being said, all she really cares about is getting back to work and looking at paintings.

Mmmm, so you’re completely transformed and you’ve been knocked out for a week with no recollection and now you’re a suspect and all you want to do is look at paintings??? Ugh, come on Raven get your priorities straight here!

Raven decides to do some investigative work and tries to figure out who stole the sketches. But since Raven isn’t the smartest, she doesn’t realize that she is being followed wherever she goes.  She doesn’t understand that by snooping she is complicating others around her. The Prince can’t have that in his city. He doesn’t want to be involved, but a good deed never goes unpunished. The prince tries to tell raven not to get involved and to leave. But Raven is stubborn and keeps getting herself into trouble and the Prince has to keep saving her.

In the end, I was annoyed with Raven for the first part of the book. I have to say that the Prince was what saved it. Yes, Raven was a weak heroine to me, but that was all overshadowed by the story behind the Prince. The Prince brought beauty, mystery and romance into the story. I will most likely read the second in the trilogy as I am wondering about the mysteries and secrets that surround the city and the Prince. I just hope Ravens character Matures.  

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