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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,157 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in 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 she is madly in love with him. But she can't understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his so ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Simon Pulse
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Jessica
I just finished this boook and was pleasantly surprised. The one problem I had with the book was the breakdancing lingo. I had no idea what any of it meant. I think if there had been a glossary in the back it would have made the book better for me. I loved the style of writing and the paranormal aspect of it. I didn't think the ending was predictable and was happy with how it concluded.
Kristen
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Kristi
Raven is extremely easy to read, utterly captivating and very hard to put down. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I enjoyed what van Diepen had up her sleeve!

I really loved the balance between fantasy, love, and this sort of hip urban feel. The relationship between Zin and Nic was intense, I appreciated the fact that they weren’t afraid to share their deepest, darkest secrets with each other, and I loved how their relationship grew. And not in a superficial lust way.

Some of the character
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Michelle Rebar
Nicole has been in love with Zin since the first time she saw him dance. There is something about him that pulls her deeper and deeper into his soul. It's in the way he moves, the way he talks and the way he can be everything without saying anything at all. He is the one who makes her feel safe and normal when her life is anything but. When her addict brother causes trouble, Zin eases her pain. He has even inspired her to do some dancing of her own. As close as they are, they have only been frie ...more
Ana
This book really surprised me. Allison van Diepen's writing reminded me a little of Lisa McMann's in Wake/Fade -- conveying alot with few words. Most scenes are relatively brief and the action moves quickly. I was engaged in the plot, wanting to know all about this breed of immortals. There was unexpected twist at the end that I appreciated because it differed from the typical outcomes of mortal/immortal pairings.

Nicole and Zin are very much in love with each other from the beginning of the stor
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Milena
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Laura (The Little Pink Book Boutique)
I will begin by saying that I didn't actually finish the book, it just wasn't holding my attention at all.

I had a hard time connecting with Nic. I made it 150 pages, which is halfway through the book, and was still trying to get a feel for her character. I don't know if it's the writing style that turned me off, but I just had a tough time getting to really know Nic. I get her family life is awful and her parents are jaded by her druggie brother, and she says it bothers her, but you don't see it
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Nafiza
Sep 24, 2010 Nafiza rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while. It had snaked its way down my reading list as the list got longer and longer and it might have disappeared into it, never to be read, had I not realized that my library actually owned a copy. Oh joy and sunbeams. So you can understand why my disappointment had a sharper edge when I read the book and found it to be lacking in so many ways. First of all, the characterizations. While I admit that Zin is a potentially interesting character ...more
GateGypsy
Jun 07, 2009 GateGypsy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who found Twilight intellectually insulting
If anyone else found Twilight horribly, intellectually insulting, you will like this book.

I originally presumed that this book was going to be about some sort of Native American supernatural being. This I guessed from the beautiful cover imagery, title, and the very beginning of the book, where the main character is talking about how she knew she was in love with Zin the first time she saw him dance.
This book was not, however, what I expected it to be at all. Just goes to show me that I shouldn'
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Jael
When I first saw this book, I was at first hesitant to buy it since Allison Van Diepen past books have all been more on the real life side of Young Adult. Which isn't my cup of tea usually; I prefer more of the fantasy/supernatural books. I read the excerpt and liked it.

I am so glad that I bought it.

As soon as I cracked open the book, the characters are highly relatable, so are the experiences of Nicole, the lead character.

Just like Van Diepen's past books, the slang that is used in the book fit
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Reading Teen (Andye)
Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks with a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. It's no wonder that Nicole is madly in love with him. Their friendship is the only thing that saves her from the boredom of school and the turmoil of her family life. But, she cannot understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers. Zin carries a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that ...more
Allison, Kawalec.
I chose to read this book because i needed a science fiction book for one of my other classes.
This setting took place in new york!
The main characters name is raven , shes a senior in high school and has a night time job at a very popular night club! This book is about people who are immortale. its very simular to the whole twilight theme but instead of vampires feeding off of blood they feed off of other peoples souls. they only take the souls of people who arnt guna make it (dieing) In this boo
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Karin
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
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Kathy
Nicole loves being part of the break dancing group, battling it out with other hip hop dance groups at clubs. It helps her deal with the difficult family issues at home and dull school. But the best part of the group is Zin, immigrant from Yemen, high school drop-out, bar tender, and the best break dancer she has ever seen. But something is keeping Zin from getting together w/ her, even though everybody knows he loves her, too. Issues of death and the afterlife.
Nathalie
Well well well. I was eager to read this book because I just love Allison van Diepen. Her books strike a chord with my students.

This book surprised...and disappointed me. I found it difficult to connect with from the get-go, although I'll be the first to admit that my high school students might enjoy the dance scene.

It took several chapters before I finally saw where she was going with the book. At that point, it felt a little like I was watching an episode of Highlander. Although I loved the t
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Laura
Great story. Lots of angst which, of course I love. Break dancing makes me think of going to see the movie Breakin' when I was a smallish kid. Could have done without the applejacks (huh?). Zen was another practically perfect in every way hero, who doesn't love reading about one of those?
Hope Gallant
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Devon
Mar 15, 2009 Devon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
this was an amazing book, I was able to connect with nichole on so many levels. I am happy with the way this book turned out. anyone of any age should read this book!
Kimbap
I think I got to like page 7 and just couldn't stomach the corny writing. It sounded like a mother trying to speak like a thug. Barf.
Annabelle
Eh. Same old plot and mediocre writing.
Also, I don't speak breakdancing, which led to some paragraph-skipping.
Tonyalee
See this review and more on my blog Lilybloombooks

Raven is one of those rare finds. It's one of those books you don't hear a lot about. So finding it- and liking it- makes it all that much better. It's a quick read, but it's a beautifully written andmesmerizing, sucking you in from page one.

What stands out in this book is the writing. It's lyrical, smooth and just beautiful. The scenes are short and to the point, but nothing is left out. She could portray so much with just little words, and I lo
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Jay G
I have mixed feeling about this book... At times it was very hard to put down. But other times, I found myself bored and trying to get through it.

The only big problem I found with this book was trying to figure out what all the breakdancing moves were. When I read, I usually have a movie playing in my head of what is happening in the story. By not knowing any of the moves the author was referring to, I found myself kind of disappointed that I was unable to picture the scene.

Over all, it was an
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Amy
Sep 14, 2009 Amy added it
Nicole Burke is just your average high school student - until she starts working at Evermore, the hot new New York City night spot. Her coworkers at the club introduce her to a supernatural reality that Nic had no idea existed. To complicate matters, not only does the love of her life work at Evermore, he is also a part of this supernatural reality. And all is not well in this reality - existential crises abound, and there is dissention among those who call themselves supernatural. Nic, having t ...more
Alicia
The best part of the book is that it is stand-alone. I felt complete when I read it and for that I'm grateful because I hate waiting for sequels and that there are so many of them.

This great fantasy / magical realism story of Nicole's love for a boy, Zin, who she finds out is immortal. He was rescued from the brink of death and to continue to be immortal, takes souls from those who are near death in order to continue to live forever. It's a different kind of zombie/immortal lore, using from Asi
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Katie
While the aspect and plot of Raven was definitely enjoyable, I didn’t like it nearly as much as I thought I would.

Raven was definitely enthralling. Diepen knows exactly how to draw the reader in and leave them hanging and wanting more. I was constantly curious about the Jiang Shi and their past as well as the eerie characters that seemed to fit right into that world. The story weaves a dark mystery that will keep you on your toes, and despite my overall disinterest in the book, I was pleasantly
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Deanna
Overall, I did not like the story. It was interesting enough to keep me reading but I kept "running" into issues that I just could not reconcile.

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The language of the story did not flow, it was choppy. The breakdance lingo and culture is not my setting. If it was skater lingo, well, then I am there. Breakdance lingo was lost on me. However, I can like a story with breakdance as its background setting but the story needs to be good and the languag
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Cassin'89
Światło duszy, dar śmiertelności nad nieśmiertelność, Jiang Shi i bardzo stary sekret- opowieść o zmianach, jakie przyniosły krucze skrzydła

Usłyszeć od wieków można, że oczy są zwierciadłem duszy.
W Nowym Yorku kolejki ustawiają się pod nocnym klubem Evermore. Po niszczycielskim płomieniach pożaru dziś w sanktuarium zostały tylko przydymione szyby witraży, tworząc niepowtarzalny klimat tego miejsca tonącego w czerni i fioletach. To tam o północy na parkiecie odbywają się pojedynki w rytmie breakd
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Chioma
Take break dancing, add amazingly diverse characters, sprinkle a less than typical immortality complex, and top it off with a hot as day romance and you have Raven by Allison Van Diepen. I have to admit I was excited and apprehensive about the way Raven was going to play out since it seemed that the theme of the book was going to be a combination of break dancing and immortal characters, not the usual mix. But it worked perfectly, and Allison Van Diepen makes sure of that in the way she relates ...more
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Allison van Diepen is the author of seven teen novels: Takedown, Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, The Oracle of Dating, The Oracle Rebounds, and The Vampire Stalker. Her novels have been named ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and New York City Public Library Books for the Teen Age.

Her new book, ON THE EDGE, is coming in November 2014 from Harper Teen.
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