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Raven (The Violet Jewel #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Shardaie wakes up, she doesn’t know why she can’t understand emotions, why she has been unconscious for nine years, or why the dead just won’t stay dead. The only clue to her past is a locket, but the Plague, which finally reaches her home, forces her to leave. She realises that some secrets shouldn’t be revealed: they have the power to destroy and to change her view...more
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Published July 13th 2011
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Andie
This book isn't for everyone. Perhaps the younger class will enjoy it more, but I certainly enjoyed the two big reveals in the book. Well, why isn't it for most? It's young adult, but most young adult novels are about romance and everything else associated with it, but Raven is about dealing (or not dealing) with problems in your head, what is normal and not, and especially secrets. What do you do with them, especially when it involves so many innocent people? And I guess in that manner the stor...more
Stella
Difficult at times, but very interesting read, especially at the second re-read. Loved it!
Nay Nay
An interesting book...however, it just fell flat for me, but the storyline did have promise. Nuayma Jeggles takes us on a journey full of mystery, action, and zombies (a.k.a. The Infected.) But for me the journey was boing, it was very slow at the beginning, too many characters to keep track of, alot of going back and forth-present to past, it all left me shaking my head trying to get it all in order. The main characters were not realistic, I just felt disconnected from everything, but I did lik...more
Tara
Firstly, I’m going to say that overall, I enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to read – it’s one of the longer books I’ve read recently. The characters developed well, and I enjoyed this aspect of the book. Another positive point of this book was the way that locations were distinct – the various planets described were all distinct from one another, as were the people inhabiting them. For example, the Cantchi people, like Chiyo, for me, seemed very similar to the Japanese, and I’d be ve...more
Leanne
*Received e-book from the Read It and Reap program in the Shut Up and Read! group on Goodreads; from the author for an honest review

I've never not finished a book, but this one was very difficult to go through. I made it halfway before I decided to stop. Although I respect Jeggels' ambition in her world-building, there were multiple elements or ideas that convoluted and distracted from the plot. In addition, since the main character, Raven, was pretty much emotionless and unengaging, it was very...more
Lily
* This book was generously shared by the author for the purposes of an honest review through Read it & Reap - Shut Up & Read Group. *

When I pick up a story for review, even if I do not enjoy the plot, I try my hardest to get through it anyways. But in this case, I just could not do it.

I made it through 50%, and was so confused by all the time changes in the plot, all the characters, their confusing interactions, and this completely disconnected plot, that I found myself zoning out and ju...more
Karie
I would like to say I enjoyed this book but I cant say it. It was hard to stay concentrated on it because there were to many things going on. I felt like I was being assaulted with information. Most of the character's werent built up enough, I really couldnt connect with Raven or any one else for that matter. I think its important as a reader to atleast be able to connect on some level with the characters of the book. I made it a good part of the way in and I was still confused at what the book...more
Jennifer C.
I had a really hard time reading this book. I feel like it was written in a very awkward way. I couldn't get into the story line and didn't feel much for any of the characters. I did finish it, but that's not saying much. I never give up on a book. The issue I had was that I would only get about 10 pages read before I would fall asleep. I think that there were too many details that were not described or explained well enough. It was a good idea for a story, but not executed very well.

I was prov...more
Kristy
I finally got to this book, and while it was confusing at certain sections, I did appreciate the originality, the storytelling, the gentle pace, the world-building, and especially the characters. Certain sections would have had a three out of five, but the ending (which made me crave for more) bumped it up (especially the second last chapter -- holy hell!). Can't wait for more!
Yvette
Interesting characters, fascinating twists, one stressful situation.

I was drawn to this book because of the wonderful synopsis, and having read it a few times, I can definitely say that it can survive the test of time, and that some won't like this while others, like me, will love it. I'll tell you why: Raven is simply the introduction to the characters, the world, the main plot, a few subplots, and the main enemy. You will say 'but every first novel in a series is the introduction', but I reall...more
Erin  Dove
*This book was generously offered by the Author for a review, through the Read it & Reap group*

I love when I read a story and it completely sucks me in - this story did not do that at all. There was simply nothing to relate to.

I only was able to get through about 65% of this book. Which normally, I would never do. It was a very busy story. I found there was just too much going on, and not enough emotion went into developing the characters. I found myself skimming a lot..there was just nothin...more
Maryann
I thought it was hard to get into the story and the characters were confusing. The author had a good concept, just needed more character development. I was given a copy generously by the author for an honest review.
Delilah
I got this book to review through the Read It & Reap project.

I admit that as I am writing this review, I have not finish reading the story. I also admit, that it will take me a really long time to actually do this. With a bit of luck the time from first page to last won't go to Tolkien-esque proportions. (As I mentioned in another review: Over ten years and I'm still at chapter six of the Fellowship of the Ring.)

That said, what I've managed to read was quite fascinating.

Yes, the story evolve...more
Jenna
(4.5 stars)

Slight spoilers concerning character backgrounds.

In the first book of the Violet Jewel series, we’re quickly introduced to this new world, Ozione; the main problem (the zombies); an Order of Celestials (humans who are protectors); and a number of characters. Raven, the girl who doesn’t understand her emotions. Kaylou, a boy who lives in an underground city and is a descendant of the sector’s slaves. Lord Shiro, the current ruler of the sector’s Celestials. There are quite a few charac...more
Sarah
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
I have to start by saying that I found this book quite confusing, so the summary that follows may sound a bit strange, but it’s what I understood to be happening as I was reading:

To start with there are some journal entries which talk about elementals and celestials. Elementals are monsters that are linked to the elements – fire, wind, earth, water, and lightning, and celestials are people that keep the mortals safe from the elementals b...more
Cee
I read this book a while ago, then again, and last night I found the sudden desire to write my thoughts down. I really loved the book; from the moment I first started it (the snapshots of the past given to us through diaries) until the instant I finished it (that epilogue just made me want more, I mean, what was that sound, and especially what the one character said about getting an empty grave--wonderful!), I loved it. I enjoyed the well-written characters, the beautiful sentences the author us...more
Ariel
I've been reading a few independently published novels, and because I love zombies, don't really love romances, love mysterious characters, and unique twists in a favorite genre, well, I really enjoyed Raven.

It has been mentioned, a few times, that the journal entries that open the story are rather engrossing, and that they are. I can't imagine what I'd be doing in that situation, and thank god that I won't ever experience it! The protagonist is vexing here and there, but what would you expect f...more
Nina at Death Books and Tea
Raven has woken up from a coma. Of eight years. The world she wakes up in is one with zombies, infected, so the dead rose again. From then on, we get the story of her at the Temple, learning how to protect herself, and finding out secrets that maybe should be kept quiet.
The world building was very good. The planets we learnt about were all distinctly different, yet familiar-the Cantchi people, for example Chiyo, was what you’d get if the Japanese all emigrated to this new planet. It added a lit...more
Melody
I really like this book: the new twist on zombies, the characters (Nathaniel, Aerin, the leader of their home), the plot (which doesn't really seem to be there, but it is), and liked the way it was written. I loved the introduction (the journal entries, the images that the author discribed), the 'reveals' (which I loved!), and the ending (especially the last few chapters, including the exam, the dream sequence, and the conversation with Aerin) made me want more. Even though it's YA, there's no r...more
Pragya
I hate to do this, especially to a review book. But I just could not get into this book. It was all too complex for my understanding - the world building and all. I appreciate the author's thought and hard work that has gone into the writing of this book. But this wasn't meant for me. I am sure those who love world building would be able to enjoy this.
Kel (Bookworm)
It was a very slow read. The story seemed to drag and it was very hard to figure out where it was going.
Sarah
Didn't like this. Couldn't finish it. just couldn't concentrate on it at all!
Isabelle
I enjoyed it, very much! Can't wait for more from the author.
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