In Winterborne, Loie and Mia's seventeenth birthdays brought more drama and surprises than they ever expected. Now, in Ravenstoke, they are adjusting to the aftermath and struggling to keep those newfound powers in check. When Andreas is called away to England under mysterious circumstances, a new guy is sent to Salcey Ridge in his place. Cian is smarmy and cocksure and Loie wants nothing more than to unleash a hellhound on him. Unfortunately, Cian isn't the only complication in their lives as the girls must also contend with the reappearance of Mr. Winterborne himself and Loie's most dreaded fear of all - a part in the school musical. Can the girls survive the rest of junior year unscathed?
About the Author
Augusta Blythe is the Young Adult author of the Universe Unbound trilogy (Winterborne, Ravenstoke and the Yawning Void), Public School Princess, and In the Land of the Sapphire Sea, a Middle Grade fantasy adventure novel. You can learn more about Augusta at augustablythe.com or follow her on Twitter.
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Ravenstoke based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I don't normally have the best of luck with self published book. But something about the first book in this series caught my attention, and I never looked back. I was keeping my fingers crossed that Ravenstoke could carry the same punch that Winterborne did. I got lucky again! If anything, I think this might have been better than the first book in the series. At first, I was afraid it was going to be a book about Loie and her whining. And felt bad that Andreas choose Mia over her, I really do. But, I wanted her to get over it. And then Andreas leaves the story for awhile and enter in Cian. He was just what this story needed. I loved him, even when I was convinced he was the bad guy (way before we even learn who he really is). His intention never seemed to be aimed at hurting Cian and I loved how he called her Kitty. I enjoyed the direction that the story is taking. The long lost father shows up and I was proud of Loie for giving him grief, but also knowing when to stop. I get fed up with teens that seem to think the world should bow to them. I'm intrigued with what the ancients plan to do next, both those who are in favor of a treaty and those who aren't. I'm also happy to see that Loie decides to spend sometime in the other world. She's not entirely human, and I think she needs to embrace that side of her. Plus, I think she might learn more. Above all, I hope the next book gives us more Cian. But, I'll be happy to read it even if it doesn't!
Book two in the series does not disappoint. It has it all: Superpowers, friendship, family, romance, and mystery. Loie, our ever entertaining narrator, is witty and sharp as usual. Both girls are still trying to figure out how to adjust to their new family dynamic. It's strange to see Mia slip so readily into a sidekick role, but as her relationship with Andreas progresses, it's clear that she's not content to always play second fiddle. We meet some new and interesting characters, and are left hanging waiting for the next installment. Congratulations to Augusta for providing us with a more than satisfactory sophomore book, and to the illustrator for giving us a cover which rivals the first. *Note: my copy of the book was provided by the author.
Ravenstoke is the second in Augusta Blythe's Universe Unbound series, and I love it just as much as I did the first. One of the things I like most about these books is that the author doesn't follow the typical YA formula of "boy meets girl, boy gets girl" with all of the attending angst. There is all of that, but done in a refreshing way that doesn't always end in the ways you think it will. It keeps the story refreshing and interesting and absolutely engaging. Once I began, I didn't put it down until I finished it! The story picks up soon after the first book, Winterborne, ends with Loie and Mia struggling to fit in their new roles in life. Secrets have been exposed that have caused them to have to completely reassess their lives. There is so much to this story: heartbreak, sadness, loss, fear, distrust, love of all kinds. The plot is just as much a story of relationships (Mia and Loie, Loie and Andreas, Mia and Andreas, Loie and Cian, Loie and her father, Loie and her mother) as it is about the paranormal themes. The characters, whether you loved them or hated them, were entirely believable and made the story as much as anything else. There is less full-on action than in the first novel, but so much took place in this that the series progressed by leaps and bounds. Definitely a must read, after Winterborne.