I am just going to pause on the Les Mis for the moment, because it was just getting that hard going and instead I thought I would focus on something else that was a bit lighter.
Raven: The Raven Saga 1
This book… Oh what can I actually say about this book?
Our main character who is telling us about what is going on and the like is a 13 year old (coming up for 14) yet she sounds nothing like a 13/14 year old! She’s also meant to have little to no idea what family love is like, since her father and mother kept her at arms length and yet, when her parents disappeared she managed to embalm herself into her new found family life over in Canada pretty easily! Surely finding herself around caring and well meaning family member’s would mean that she would have to learn to trust them? Or at the very least take her time to trust them rather than witter away what had happened when she was in London.
Then of course she finds herself gob-smacked at this guy Oliver and he is very interested in her too, though he is actually 17/18 years old the family are okay with it because they are both part of the family!
There were moments when the author pretty much spelt out what was going on without having to do so, which was rather irritating and to be honest really dropped the level of enjoyment of the book. I think this book could have become something akin to Twilight had it not been for that and the age gap, while some folk might think am being a prude, what the heck does a 13/14 year old actually know about love when a 17/18 year old has probably dated someone already? Perhaps that part is just me.
If we go into characters… Every single character is as dull as paint, our leading lady Lily, or Lillian as she is sometimes called, is really boring, I had hoped she might have some kind of psychological effects due to how she was raised, but apparently not, she is completely normal. The side characters aren’t really given that much room to learn about either and here’s another thing that bugs me about this book, why is there so many characters introduced all at the same time when Lily arrived at her Grandfather’s place? Surely for someone who had no idea she had any other relatives at all that to just have a house full of relatives would be rather overwhelming for her? With so many characters there it was hard to really get a good feel of them and see what made them tick, what they liked and didn’t like.
Oh and one more thing, ‘my dear’, why? Just because her grampa and Rose are older, doesn’t mean they would say ‘my dear’ to someone nearly all the time! And I don’t believe that is a Canadian thing for them to do either.
I have no problems with the basic plot, I found it interesting to have people change into Ravens and cats, yet when the author decided to just throw in werewolves and vampires? That put me off, I have read many chicklit books with those in there and I had hoped this would just focus on those changeling ones.