When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster momand Raven's memoryshe moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.
Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she's ready to face what's buried in the past... and the darkness building inside her.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust othersand yourself.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels, which have been published in 50 countries and 38 languages. She is also the author of five solo novels, including two Bram Stoker Award nominees. Her forthcoming graphic novel Teen Titans: Raven, illustrated by artist Gabriel Piccolo, is the first title in her Teen Titans series for DC Ink. Find Kami online at kamigarcia.com.
Gabriel Picolo is Brazilian comic artist and illustrator based in São Paulo. His work has become known for its strong storytelling and atmospheric colors. Picolo has developed projects for clients such as Blizzard, BOOM! Studios, Harper Collins, and DeviantART.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way. I have long enjoyed Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures books. She created such a moody atmosphere in that Southern Gothic genre. Now, along with illustrator Gabriel Picolo, she has taken a stab at graphic novels. What a wonderful start to what I hope will be a series (please, please, please). What I Liked: Illustrations: Sticking to a color palette of blacks and purples, illustrator Gabriel Picolo creates an angsty atmosphere. His use of giant raven shadows was eerie and created a sense of foreboding. He was also able to play with ways to show thoughts and inner dialogue that was fresh and original. Setting: The story is set in New Orleans. Even though some of the scenes take place at a voodoo shop and a cemetery, it doesn't feel clichéd. Much of the action happens either at Raven's high school. Given how diverse New Orleans is, I like how lots of different kinds of teens are shown, including students with disabilities. Story: Raven is a person going through a terrible trauma. Her foster mother was killed in a car accident right in front of her, leaving her with amnesia. Even though she can't really feel sad for a person she can't remember, she does harbor feelings of intense guilt for surviving the crash. Is the evil voice she hears in her head hinting that she was a terrible person before the accident? Or is something trying to lead her astray? People can have a variety of thoughts, both good and bad. This is what make people complicated. Realizing this is a step towards adulthood. What a subtle, sophisticated subtext! I also liked the use of headphones to help Raven deal with noise. Lots of people are really sensitive about noise in public spaces. Aside from having better sound quality for music, perhaps people are using them more for shutting out all the noise around them. Overall: This was a great start to a graphic novel series. The mood, setting, and story set the stage for us to get to know Raven, her aunt, and her cousin. I really hope this book does well, so we will get more of this series in the future.
I am loving the reboot of DC characters. Raven has always been a favorite of mine so I was a little worried. Kami Garcia did a wonderful job with the story and the artist Gabriel Picollo really brought the words to life. Ms. Garcia’s story is a great coming of age tale that works in the context of the universe as well as a stand alone. I think all ages will enjoy the new take on Raven.
3.5 Thanks to DC Entertainment and Netgalley for the advanced copy. I have been a fan of Teen Titans since I was a young teen and Raven has always been my favorite. So, I was beyond thrilled to receive an advanced copy. This is a great start to hopefully a full blown series starting with all their beginnings and from the reading and the news of Beast Boy being next; it looks like I might get my wish. This begins with a fatal accident taking the life of Raven’s adopted mom and through this accident she loses her memories. Raven ends up at her aunt and cousin’s house in New Orleans. Beginnings are hard to rate because we’re only allowed a small kernel of what’s to come. Natalia and Max (Maxine) were fantastic characters that deserve their own stories being told. They were interesting and incredible and the world would benefit from knowing more about them. More often than not they did carry the story. As Raven is navigating this new life with virtually no memories and weird things happening to her and she would respond by running away, literally every time. Meanwhile, her aunt is out every night trying to get answers. I have loved Gabriel Picolo’s art for a long time and it makes me wistful for the old show to come back with this art style. This is the next best thing, and it’s just as glorious as I expected. Art in graphic novels can make or break the experience and Picolo’s art really makes this story. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and I am definitely intrigued and excited for more. I highly recommend if you are a Raven fan.
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Illustrated by Gabriel Picolo Available now Memory loss, high school drama, gods...what more can you want in a book? After surviving the car crash that killed her adoptive mom and suffering from memory loss, Raven feels adrift and alone. With the help of her mom’s sister and daughter, Raven tries to move on with her life and navigate high school but she is plagued by nightmares and hearing the thoughts of other people. What is happening to Raven and what does her aunt and cousin know? Who can she trust? I loved Raven! Her character is so vulnerable as she deals with her memory loss and trying to find her true self. She is also incredibly powerful and can read the minds of others-although I don’t think that would always be the best gift. I loved the scenes inside Tallulah Saints House of Voodoo and would love to spend hours wandering around the shop and having my cards read by Miss Eliza. Fast paced, well written, and with beautiful artwork, Raven will keep you captivated from start to finish. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.
When a tragic car accident takes the life of 17 year old Raven's foster mother-- along with her memory--Raven is sent to live with her foster mother's family in New Orleans. While there, Raven starts experiencing strange occurrences of hearing the thoughts of those around her and being able to cause injury to bullies with the slightest thought. She starts to think maybe it's best that she doesn't remember who she used to be, and maybe she needs this clean slate. With the help of her foster cousin, Max, and the charming Tommy Torres, Raven must decide whether to stand up to the darkness inside her or let it consume her completely. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was such an interesting take on Raven, and the story itself played out really well. I flew through it because I was just completely sucked into Raven coming into her own and discovering who she is and the powers she possesses. The whole take on voodoo magic was also cool to see. My favorite thing though was the art style, it was so fresh and made the story that much better. Definitely check this out if you're a DC fan!