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by Allison van Diepen

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She wants him....
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


She wants him....
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.

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

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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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Simon Pulse
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5.58(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.82(d)
HL550L (what's this?)
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14 - 17 Years

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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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Raven 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Meliss657 More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
foreverbkfan More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lm<_>ao, it's fine. I'm literally passing out right now tho. :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-walks in-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gosh... well then ill make it exciting. Just ignore darkpelt. Give me a couple of weeks and it will be up and running and plenty exciting. A killer isnt what we need. We can have a new location and more cats and training and powers and all hat jaz. Ok?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DarkPELT. Can't. nothing exciting happens around here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oka. I will get it done tomorrow afternoonish. Night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soft nests lined with the finest moss and feathers
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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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iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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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Edyaline More than 1 year ago
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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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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librachic More than 1 year ago
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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