Raven [NOOK Book]

Overview

From the author of Street Pharm and Snitch comes an acclaimed urban fantasy that tests the limits of love and immortality.

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks with a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole’s friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It’s no ...
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Overview

From the author of Street Pharm and Snitch comes an acclaimed urban fantasy that tests the limits of love and immortality.

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks with a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. Nicole’s friendship with him is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. It’s no wonder why Nicole is madly in love with him. But she can’t understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers.

Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it…
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Judith Brink-Drescher
Nicole is a high school senior waitressing at one of New York's hottest nightspots. Nicknamed Raven, she also performs with a break group that routinely battles rival dance teams at the club. The group's leader is Zin, whose striking good looks and awesome talent leave her breathless. Raven knows the attraction is mutual—"like magnet to metal"—and yet, Zin seems unwilling to take the next step. Meanwhile Raven's drug-addicted brother is wreaking havoc on the home front. She tries to avoid this heart-wrenching situation by focusing on her dancing and trying to win over Zin—until an event occurs that ultimately leads Raven to question everything she thought to be true, including her own spiritual mortality. Van Diepen fans should be advised that this novel is somewhat of a departure from the gritty realism depicted in the author's Snitch (Simon Pulse/S & S, 2007/VOYA February 2008) and Street Pharm (2006/VOYA February 2007). Given the nocturnal goings on, one would think that this story is surely about vampires. Instead the author introduces the somewhat less appealing notion of the Jiang Shi (walking dead) that live on souls instead of blood. For this reason, it is difficult to like or dislike many of the secondary characters, as they tend to continually fall into troublesome shades of gray. Told from the female perspective, this book will probably appeal more to girls than boys. Nevertheless the male characters are fairly well defined and, with a little coaxing, could provide an interesting read to both genders. Reviewer: Judith Brink-Drescher
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up

Nicole, a high school senior, falls in love with Zin the first time she sees him dance at a New York City club. But Zin is keeping a terrible secret, one that won't allow him to love her, or any mortal, for he is a Jiang Shi, one of a select few who have survived for centuries by absorbing the souls of the dying. So now Nicole must decide whether to be turned or to live out her mortal life. But immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. And even the Jiang Shi have enemies. The romantic tension builds steadily as Nic's soulful relationship with Zin gains momentum and she is confronted with the startling realities of his existence. Peppered with sometimes strong language and vivid descriptions of the moves performed by the Toprocks (the break-dancing group to which she and Zin both belong), Nic's narration is believable, honest, and riveting. This darkly compelling read will find a niche with teens who like their fantasy well seasoned with the gritty reality of life, from the glitzy flash of the club scene to the darker, crueler side of survival on the streets.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews
This intriguing, philosophical urban fantasy nimbly juggles such weighty topics as addiction, immortality and faith while keeping the tone light. Though underage, Nicole has a new job at New York club Evermore, where Zin, the leader of her breakdancing crew, also toils as a bartender. Zin is a kindred spirit and one of the few people to whom Nicole has confided the truth about her brother's meth addiction and the destruction it has wreaked on her family. She is dubbed "Raven" by her boss, who eventually reveals to her that her association with the club and its staff is no accident. The growing mutual attraction between Zin and Nicole is satisfyingly drawn out and the dialogue-driven narrative is exceedingly readable. Some characters are more developed than others; Nicole's parents, for instance, are somewhat wooden, though their heartbreak is palpable and provides balance for the more fantastical elements of the plot. Particularly enjoyable are the details, from the ongoing literary nods to Poe's avian ode to the descriptions of breaking moves. Amid the glut of supernatural romances, this one is original and engrossing. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439156575
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 452,285
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, and Takedown. She teaches at an alternative high school in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at AllisonvanDiepen.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    Raven

    I have just finished the book and must say I am mildly disappointed in it. The two main characters Zin and Nicole aka raven. As I read it I felt it was a cheap knock off the Twilight series. You have an immortal group with one person who can turn people into immortals on their deathbed. Unfortunately the ending sucks. Though some people in the story do die, I found that it was as not as emotionally moving to me like other books I have read. The school days really had no relevance and at times I really hated the plot, because it was I hate him, no wait I love him, and then no wait I hate him, and so on throughout the book. One of my main problems with this book, was the relevance of certain facts, and how they were so brief, if you blinked you would miss it. Especially the last chapter, it was like two pages that tried to sum up everything but not only left gaps, but ended on such sharp note i felt like I was jolted out of the story. So though my critique may seem harsh if you have read the Twilight series then you understand, if you haven't read twilight I recommend reading that instead of this but its your choice not mine.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    Wow

    It was so confusing in the beginning. I felt like there was so much unsaid that would have helped describe things better and clarify things. It was hard to follow sometimes and it got pretty boring too. I skipped some chapters and still got the gist of what happened. I wouldn't buy it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Something different

    One of the things that i love about this book is that it is different, This is not a story about vampires or faries for ghosts. But it is about immortals and a girl that is different an does different things. There are twists and turns and most of the time the book is hard to put down. I would recommend this book for someone who likes the vampire books but is looking for something that is different but still exciting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadToo.com

    Nicole has a life blighted by her brother, a meth addict who routinely calls home for money her parents can't refuse him. She just wants to get out. Her only respite comes in the form of Evermore, a bar in Manhattan where she can indulge her two loves: breaking, and Zin, a charismatic bartender.

    Nicole just wants to be with Zin, but little does she know there is a dark secret he hides. When she uncovers it, will Nicole's love for Zin survive? And when a dark force connected to Zin begins to threaten her, what will she choose?

    RAVEN is an engaging, fast-paced read. The voice of the narrator, Nicole, is sharp and clear. Readers will be drawn into this fascinating new world of breaking, but for newcomers to the dance, it will be at times difficult to understand and visualize.

    For me, the climax of RAVEN came far too abruptly. The book seemed to be building toward an ending that never came, and that which finally did appear seemed out of the blue.

    Still, RAVEN remains an engaging read regardless of this inconsistency in plot construction, mostly due to the captivating voice that narrates the book. Van Diepen is to be congratulated for her excellent imagination and tone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Raven

    I gave this a two out of five because quite frankly, a one out of five is a book I put down after the first chapter. It passed until the third. The language was not intense enough to the level where I could picture the dance moves as Chris Brown/Ciera worthy. They seemed like the kind of dances where you cringe becuase you feel sorry for them.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    WOW

    Amazing!!! Every character just draws you in. They seem just so real. Nic aka Raven is so strong and Zin perfect. The story is refreshingly new!! A must read!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Sweet Death

    Is this the Raven from TT/TTG? I RP a cat based off of her at Northclan named Ravenspell! Keep going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    XY

    Wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    To raven

    Good, but lacks plotline and essential description and detail. ( i like the poe reference. Have you read the poem? I had to for my english class. Not too bad.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Raven - Chapter Two

    Raven's cheeks flushed with embarassment as the creature peeped again. Not only was her ' animal ' a tiny baby, not a majestic, full-grown adult, but it wasn't like it had ran from the woods when it heard her music. It must have fallen in her bag when the crows were attacking. She hunched down when her classmates laughed smugly. Flame was stroking a bright orange striped tiger, and he muttered something that sounded mean. Raven took her hand and used one of her black-polished fingernails to rub the crow's head. She was suddenly touched with a new love for this creature. "Stop laughing." She shot back. "He's my pet." Everyone's laughing died down just a little, but Falcon snickered a little. She had dark gray boyish hair, and was wearing torn leggings and a leather skirt, along with a light gray tank top. Her falcon was perched on one of her dark leather gloves, its long hooked beak opening to release a threatening battle call. Raven gulped and turned back to her own animal. He was fast asleep. She stroked his soft neck feathers and he made a happy little throaty noise. "I'll call you Poe." She said after a brief musing. He opened his dark mysterious eyes and looked at her lovingly. He cawed a little, and Raven laughed kindly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Julia

    She slithered up after him.

    My nook drank some Haterade and decided not to work.

    Haterade- evil Gaterade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Snow

    Oka. I will get it done tomorrow afternoonish. Night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Warroirs den

    Soft nests lined with the finest moss and feathers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    love it!!!

    When I started to read this book I got glued right away. I mean yeah a lot of people are saying it took time to adjust to the book but I can relate to it. Even with the love hate relationship that Zin and Nicole have can confuse me in some chapters in the book. I mean Zin had a reason why he was doing that because of the secret he kept from her until she found out about him when she was attacked; he didn't want to get her involved. But overall I liked the book and I thought it was a good twist. Would recommend this book to friends.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    you must check it out!!

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was a beautiful love story. I have to say, this is definitely a very different Paranormal than I've ever read. Never read a story that involved break dancers. But Van Diepen has created wonderful characters. Raven is a strong, level headed girl. Her brother Josh is addict to meth, which gives her mom and dad a lot of heart ache, and this in return causes stress in her family. Zin, who is a part of the break dance group called the Toprocks (which Raven also dances in), is the male love interest. Raven starts working at the same club Zin bartends at, and also where they have dance battles with other break dancers. Raven falls for Zin, but he keeps her at distant. Zin keeps his true identity a secret from Raven. Carlo, the club owner where Zin and Raven work, has his own plans for Raven. And Zin is against these plans. This book has an amazing plot and has a very unique ending. Never seen it done in a paranormal book like this. And I love it, and highly recommend Raven as must read!

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    Not Bad!!

    Picked this book up at random. Thought that the downtown club/breakdancing scene was unique. The plot is so, so. It does keep you interested but it's not the best book I've read. I thought it was too short and a lot of what happens is rushed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2010

    Makes you want to keep reading and reading!

    I loved this book because even though it starts out slow at first, its not one of those books like Twilight thats all about romance or like one of the books where all it has is action, and trust me I literally could not put the book down. I think this book is very unique because it has break dancing battles- I mean seriously! How awesome is that? It like explains the moves as they happen in the book. This book was an awesome book and I recommend you read it as soon as you can cause its amazing.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    Raven

    Just finished it today and here's what i think,I enjoyed this novel quite a lot and was looking forward to reading it,Anything that has the mix of New York City and romance gets my vote and what i unique concept to mix break dancing with supernatural elements such as immortals,sounds like Alyson Noel's Immortals series right?,wrong.The immortals are Jiang Shi,people who can live forever and take the soul of others,Nicole is smitten with Zinadin "Zin" for short and what do you know?He is immortal and their breaking dancing group loves to hang and battle at Evermore owned by Carlo the master Jiang Shi or leader,full of suspense and twists with a pinch of romance and chemistry,read it.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    Kinda boring...

    Raven was an okay novel. While I like newer works by Allison van Diepen, I can't say that Raven was one of my favorites. The story line was pretty common, and frankly, the writing could've been better. Her characters weren't well developed, and Nicole (the main character of Raven) seemed kind of.volatile. At some points in the book, she was a clear thinker, and did things rationally. While at other times, she seemed to be barely thinking at all! The story was nice, though. I've never read a book in which the characters are New York break-dancers-defiantly new!

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    a quick, fun, easy read

    for me it was ok. teens between 10-14 will really like this book. older readers, well it depends. there are some similarities between this book and twilight. like they are immortals BUT NOT VAMPIRES!!!, there is a whole group of them kinda like a family, and raven is saved from death by zin. raven is not in any way almost killed by a van!!! so other than those things this book has no similarities with twilight. which is refreshing. the story is original for the most part. although some things could have been done better like describing the heng te, but all in all this is a quick and easy read. this is good for a rainy day or if you're just bored.

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