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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416974680
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 279
Sales rank: 259,384
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile: HL550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 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!!!!!!!!!!
Miranda_Paige on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book may seem like a frivolous teen love story but hidden behind that is a greater meaning about the question of life after death and souls and what it really means to live. At least that's what I got out of it. This book came at a time when I was thinking about these things and it helped me to find the answer for myself. I feel that if you can get past the frivolous love story to the inner core it is a worth while read.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nic is a senior in high school. She lives for hanging out with her friends, dancing with her breaking crew, and spending time with Zin.Zin is the leader of their dance crew. His moves are amazing and just watching him gives her chills. Nic is deeply in love with Zin and nothing is going to change that.Dancing allows Nic to escape from her problems. Her family is dysfunctional. Her brother left home and is addicted to Meth. Her parents continue to give him money because they don¿t want him living on the streets. They refuse to cut him off and allow him to drag the family on an emotional roller coaster ride.After being attacked on her way home from work late one night, Nic discovers a frightening secret about Zin. Her deep feelings for him are tested. She realizes she doesn¿t know people like she thought she did. Can she trust Zin or are his secrets too dangerous for her to stay with him?RAVEN is a gripping story filled with lessons of friendship, love, and family. The only detractor might be the amount of break dancing lingo used throughout the book. For someone without any experience in break dancing, it might get a little overwhelming. Don¿t give up though. The story is worth it. The lingo is mostly at the beginning of the story.
maidenveil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Raven is quite good to be honest. Although I'd rather borrow a copy to read than own one. I didn't felt dragged reading it, but although it was short, it felt like forever for me to grasp the story. There are insights there that are good to note. It talks of friendship, passion, life and death. Sometimes living forever is not as lovely as it sounds like, even if you don't need to drink blood, there's always a catch to living forever.
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover was far more intriguing to me than the actually story ended up being. I felt the author barely pricked the surface of where she could of gone with the characters and story line. It was a quick read and at times a good read, but not sure if it is a keeper. The conversations between the characters were not always well written in my opinion. I'm interested to hear what others are saying about Raven.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nicole's family teeters on the edge of destruction from her brother's addiction. The only solace she has found is in the club, Evermore, where she can forget everything with break dancing and by being with Zin, a beautiful bartender and consummate dancer whose unknown secrets could threaten Nicole's very soul.This was a very promising story which taps into a mythology that I have seen used in the past, but never in a young adult novel. The book had its ups and downs for me. Although I felt the premise was very interesting and the characters well developed there were parts where the writing itself seemed a little clunky and jarring. However, the main thing that bugged me was the ending which seemed rushed and unemotional compared to the rest of the story. I found the dancing portions of the story held my attention and despite having no idea what most of the dance moves being talked about were, I still found them to be engaging.Overall I liked the story although I'm glad it is one that I took out from the library as opposed to being one I made an investment in.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Raven was a very original story. I was very impressed by this book. A book of love and hate, and the fine line inbetween. Raven is a young girl that has found her passion in breakdancing. Raven is also without a doubt in love with Zin that is also a member of the 'Toprocks'. Only it seems that Zin has always kept her at a distance. Raven might discover that there is a reason he distances himself, and that he really is unlike anyone Raven has ever met, and will Raven be able to handle the truth. In the end will love be enough to save him.This was may first book by Allison Van Diepen. I am impressed by her writing, and I learned about the art of breakdancing in the process. I enjoyed this book, and its slow moments were kept to the very minimum. I will look into reading more from this author in the future.
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RAVEN by Allison van Diepen was an interesting story and definitely not what I was expecting. I thought there would be more of a paranormal aspect to the story and while there was, it didn¿t seem to play too major of a role. The best way to describe the otherworldly elements in this book is as accessories to make the underlying relationship and character development stand out. It certainly worked because although I might not have read what I expected, I definitely came out of it with a story that has stuck with me.Nicole is our raven haired beauty full of mystery and secrets. That¿s one thing she shares with the delicious Zin. Secrets consume the both of them, threatening to spill over and control their daily lives. Perhaps for Nicole, they already are. Living with a ghost is never easy, especially when this ghost haunts your dreams and occasionally your day-to-day life. Knowing that somewhere in the world your ghost is alive and hurting is ten times worse.Having fallen in love with Zin from the moment she laid eyes on him, Nicole has filled her heart with this Arabic break-dancing stud. She even went so far as to join the Toprocks, Zin¿s dancing group, to get closer to him. This is where I started to get lost in the story.Unless you¿re a fan of break-dancing and understand the sport, I would imagine that the common reader is going to need a break-dancing dictionary to help them visualize the story. Ms. Van Diepen uses quite a few break-dancing terms that made a majority of the action within the story difficult to understand. I could kind of see what the characters were doing and I certainly understood the adrenaline that the dancing was creating, but having no knowledge of the dance moves and no real explanation of them given, this aspect of the book was hard to follow.The majority of RAVEN focused on Nicole and Zin as their secrets explode and each is left to pick up the pieces for the other. As their romance blooms, however, life gets in the way and the author does an amazing job of holding that romantic tension in the story. Will Nicole end up with Zin or won¿t she? My answer to this question changed about every ten pages and this is the true sign of what great writing Ms. Van Diepen put into this book. Her ability to keep us entranced and addicted to the story was such that even though I couldn¿t understand parts of it, I still kept reading, needing to know more.The paranormal aspect of RAVEN ¿ the aspect that I mentioned was kind of lacking ¿ did play a role in our story; it just didn¿t feel like the main focus of the story. Perhaps it is better that it wasn¿t the main aspect; we were able to focus on the relationships in the story with the magic tossed in to keep us hooked. The paranormal aspect did allow for a common problem the characters could work around and provided a nice touch of otherness to the book that lent it a perfect edge. Overall I would have to say that the combination of paranormal to not ended up working well and was probably to the story¿s advantage. The author gave us a fictional story that could easily translate to real life.
LaPhenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a distinct feel of Twilight while reading this, though it ended up going in a different direction. The plot is not bad, though laden with break dancing which I personally don't really enjoy, but the writing style I think could have been improved upon greatly.
lesleykj84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everything at home for Nicole is like walking on egg shells. Her parents are for her brother and will do anything for him. But Nicole has had enough. Because her brother is a drug addict, and he will do anything, include using his parents to get drug money.To get away from it all Nicole starts working at a club on weekends, to get close to Zin. Zin is her perfection, he's everything she dreams about in a guy. And even though Zin seems like he wants her too, he keeps her at a distance. Until she sees something happen, and Zin is no longer perfect. He's frightening.I enjoyed the subplot of the dance competition. I felt I was there when they would break dance, the detail was done so well.And the twist? Wow! It was clever, interesting, and so cool. You think you're in for some typical paranormal story and then you get sucked in to this amazing twist.Mix in the fact Nicole is dealing with her brother, a new job, break dancing, and her relationship with Zin and something is bound to explode.The romance between Zin and Nicole for me, felt more like they were best friends than anything more. They care about each other, and would do anything for each other. But I didn't feel the chemistry there with the interactions they had. Maybe because of how hectic everything was going for both of them it was more about keeping one another alive than the chemistry, but I really wanted to feel it. Especially since Nicole said she is madly in love with him.If you're looking for a creative paranormal, with some real teen issues mixed in this one is for you. It's fun, fresh, and you might learn a thing or two about break dancing while you're at it!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I picked this book up at the library because I liked the cover. I was a bit worried about dedicating time to reading it because it kind of sounded like another "Twilight" wanna' be. In many ways that it what it ended up being, although it was different in a lot of ways too. Still, I thought the story was just okay and I got through it, but didn't find it an especially enjoyable read.Nic, or Raven, works at a bar with a lot of awesome people. For some reason she is drawn to Zin the bartender. Zin and Nic are also on a brake-dance team together. Zin, of course, is incredibly handsome and is an awesome dancer, and seems drawn to Nic in return. When Zin protects Nic from being mugged one night, Nic sees a light move into Zin from the attacker. Now Nic thinks that Zin may not quite be human. She needs to figure out what he is and why he continually rebuffs her, even though he clearly loves her.This wasn't all that great of a book. If the plotline sounds familiar, well it is. It is your basic awesome guy and girl fall in love, but can't be together because awesome guy is not human. But, awesome guy just sees something special in girl that makes him want to break all the rules and try to have a relationship with her. Except in this case the girl loves to break dance.The plot wasn't all that engaging. It kind of focused around Nic's brother's drug addiction and then around Nic trying to decide if she wanted to become "other" like Zin. There wasn't really much outside force driving this plot somewhere interesting. The way everything ends up was fairly predictable too. The characters themselves are pretty 2D; I didn't really love any of them. The society of Jiang Shi lacked depth and seemed kind of pieced together; it didn't really fit into the world well and was secluded to this small group.There were a couple other things that bothered me too. The first was that Nic is in high school and works nights at a bar. It was strange; I really didn't know any high-schoolers that served drinks at a bar...I guess I thought you had to be older to do that. Most of the story takes place in this dance club/bar though. It was just odd. The other is the writing style. Van Diepen mostly writes in very short sentences without much description. It makes the writing style a bit sparse and simplistic; I guess it results in a very easy reading level, but it took something out of the story.The last thing that bothered me (but others may like) is that a lot of time was spent discussing break-dancing moves. I personally don't know (or care) much about break-dancing/hip-hop. It is just outside of the realm of things I am interested in. So, I honestly found these long scenes of practice and dance battle to be boring. Someone who is really into that might dig that about this book, but not me.As I write the review, I realize that their really was't much I liked about the story. I got through it, it was a quick read. The story wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great. I honestly don't think I can recommend this as a great read. I suppose if you are looking for filler reading with the whole "we can't be together because you are immortal" premise, you might like this. But, honestly there are so many better young adult books out there. You can check out Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1), Generation Dead, or Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. All of these are better books and touch on immortal love.
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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