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Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,721 ratings  ·  157 reviews
A dark AND sexy paranormal romance?

from an exciting debut author

Vampires, Werewolves, and other creatures have emerged from the shadows. And some of them have sinister THINGS on their minds...

Holly Carver is a witch who sometimes relies on the help of Alessandro Caravelli for her family?s preternatural investigations business. Alessandro is the oldest and strongest vamp...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Signet
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Yay!! Another winner in the unknown author (to me, anyway) lottery. I picked up "Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten" on a whim and I'm sure glad I did. Sharon Ashwood managed to pique my interest with her tale of a modern day witch with dating 'issues'.

Holly's the last of the Carver family, a registered witch, and sole proprietor of the 'Three Sisters Agency'-Specializing in the removal of hauntings, poltergeists, and unwanted imps. Her occasional 'partner' while working is a very sexy vampire, Aless...more
Ravenous is the epitome of a middle-of-the-road book. It’s an entertaining read, but not one I’d jump to recommend.

Classified as paranormal romance, Ravenous follows the structure of that genre, but also includes plenty of urban fantasy elements and will probably appeal to readers on that side of the subgenre divide. The central characters, Holly (a witch) and Alessandro (a vampire), fall in love while trying to prevent a demon from wreaking havoc in their city. Sharon Ashwood tells the story in...more
I think fans of either genre will enjoy this book. I'm on the fence with my overall opinion of this book. It started out fun and interesting. Holly is cleaning the bad spirit out of an old house to pay for college. It turns out the house is a bit more malevolent than she expected and our story goes from there. The mystery is decent. I wanted to know who was summoning demons, how and why they stole a book from the vampire queen, and what was killing college students. I was also interested in our...more
I picked up Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood because I liked the sound of the blurb. I tried to ignore the front cover. (Seriously? Who wears clothes like that, while delicately fingering the hilt of a blade?) The idea of a ghost-busting witch seemed interesting and entertaining, and by midway through the first chapter, I was hooked. My thoughts went something like this:

Chapter 1: This is great. Holly is a really interesting character, strong but not aggressive, and it’s such a novelty to see a vampir...more
The Flooze

Though it's classified as PNR, Ravenous reads like thrilling UF. It has moments of wit and terror, enhanced by the growing connection between witchy heroine, Holly Carver, and her vampire partner, Alessandro Caravelli.

Ashwood's characters are realistic, as is the dialogue. The relationships flow easily, punctuated by moments of wry humor. Holly, Alessandro, Mac, and others are flawed yet likable, doing the best they can in a dark situation.

Unlike a lot of PNR, the plot takes center st...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After languishing on my TBR for two years, I was pleasantly surprised with this first instalment of The Dark Forgotten. Great world building, easy reading flowing style and likeable main characters, it's a pity this series didn't get more attention.
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I had gone to a used bookstore looking for something to read. And I found Ravenous and 2 more books in the series, so I thought I would give them a try. I wasn't sure if I would like the story and I did have a little trouble getting started with it but after I had read a little bit of the story I definitely have to say that I enjoyed this book.
To me it is a mix between UF and PNR.
I liked the characters and it was great to have vampires in a book that were bad and didn't pretend to be anything...more
Holly Carver is a witch living in the little town of Fairview. She comes from a long line of powerful witches, but damaged her own powers badly during a spell when she was little, and therefore uses what little witchcraft she has left to banish ghosts from old buildings in return for tuition money. She is helped in her ghost busting business by Alessandro Caravelli, a six centuries old vampire who clearly wants to be more than just a friend to her, but knows that if he ever bites her, his addict...more
I'm going to be generous and give this 2.5 stars.

I really wanted to like this book. In spite of the fact that it is a classic urban fantasy with classic urban fantasy tropes, there were a few elements to this book that I thought were imaginative and interesting. For one thing, I love the idea that witches in this UF universe have semi-sentient houses, and that haunted houses are really just sentient houses gone bad. That was cool. But that was one of the few innovative ideas in this novel.

The ch...more
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Holly Carver is a witch who makes ends meet by working small-M magics for the Three Sisters Agency. She has a partner, Alessandro Caravelli, the vampire that backs her up and keeps her safe when needed. He's totally hot, but Holly has a boyfriend and is getting ready to start college classes and doesn't completely trust vampires and their hungers. And she values her own free will too much to become either lover or snack to Alessandro. Doesn't mean he's not the first call she makes...more
To be very fair at the start of this review I am naturally predisposed towards any book that has these 3 things: chick with sharp pointy object on cover, character who owns/wants an Aston Martin Vanquish (my dream car) and a heroine who has to battle the minions of darkness--both those of the academic kind and supernatural sort. Ravenous goes one step beyond by making me really enjoy reading about the characters.

Poor Holly has so much on her plate, none of which want to fit together nicely. She...more
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Here we have yet another debut and first-in-series novel. If this initial outing is any indication, The Dark Forgotten will prove to be a formidable new series. While the book contains the requisite vamps and werewolves, among other species, the world in which they live and the abilities that each creature possesses is honestly unique to the genre. I especially liked the fact that a vampire bites is addicting and the tension this adds to the relationship between Holly and Alessandro....
To finish...more
Ashwood's novel begins with the suspenseful hunt through the demonic house. Later, the pace slackens only slightly as the hunt for the evil that is behind several hideous murders continues. All the characters are well realized, and their actions in trying circumstances are completely believable. Ashwood has a unique and fascinating take on demons and the nature of hell. Brisk pacing and credible characters add up to an entertaining and captivating story....
Wow! A fascinating and suspenseful debut book for Sharon Ashwood! She really knows how weave a sexy, romantic love story between a spunky witch and a seductive vampire! The mysterious plot will have you trying to figure out who is a traitor and who is not!! I cant wait for the next installment in the dark forgotten series!!
I can't really pinpoint exactly what turns me off from this book. It was good, lots of action, some romance, bad good/good guys ... it just didn't seem to flow right. Big events weren't given the acknowledgement they deserved. I don't know if I'll be continuing the series although I would've liked an update on Mac.
Love, love, love this book and this series. So well written and not a single boring moment for 335 pages. Sharon Ashwood sure knows how to write an awesome PNR. This is the first book in The Dark Forgotten Series. If you like vampires, witches and other things that go bump in the night you will love this book.
Quite enjoyed this book. It had similar elements to the Rachel Morgan series but it never felt like the author copied her. The story developes naturally without everything just magically working out. No Sue here :) Would recommend it to all urban fantasy lovers :)
I read an advance reader's copy of this novel, which is book 1 in a new series called The Dark Forgotten.

In Ravenous, Sharon Ashwood has mixed up a lively combination of classic horror elements and the horrors of modern life in this ripping good urban fantasy.

Holly is a mortgage-paying, ghostbusting witch who goes back to school to try to bring some normalcy into her life. Not so much Buffy the Vampire Slayer with all the Chosen One regalia, she′s more a regular Jane with some extra talents who...more
I read it rather quickly (actually finished it two nights ago, but keep forgetting to come here). It’s really a 3 ½ star book, but was nice and said 4 because it was better than my last read.

Holly Carver is a witch, working as a ‘ghost buster’ to pay her way through school. Although humans are aware of this ‘only in fantasy books’ world living alongside theirs, her job isn’t always easy. Her sexy side-kick, Alessandro, just so happens to be the towns oldest vampire, and he’s out for more than H...more
After some time, I decided to read a book without reading any reviews about it. I was not disappointed at all! “Ravenous” is the first book in The Dark Forgotten series by Sharon Ashwood and a very interesting read.

I have to say that the world-building in this urban fantasy book is kind of dark. Witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, ghouls, fae and everything you can imagine is in this book! Humans know about the existence of the paranormal for some years and still is adjusting period. Holly is...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Magic on every page.

Opening Sentence: “Why didn’t you say you were calling about the old Flanders place?”

The Review:

Ok, so I went back in time and picked up the first in this series, after already reviewing the fourth. Screwy, I know, but I was on a deadline. So, in this first installment we are introduced to what seems to be most of the major players in the rest of the series. It’s nice to get to know them a bit more. And we are also introd...more
Hollys Freund hat sie verlassen, weil sie eine Hexe ist. Der umwerfend attraktive Vampir Alessandro will hingegen nichts von ihr wissen, weil sie trotz ihrer magischen Fähigkeiten ein Mensch bleibt. Doch Hollys kompliziertes Liebesleben ist noch ihr geringstes Problem, als ein Dämon auf ihre Heimatstadt losgelassen wird: Die willensstarke Hexe ist die Einzige, die ihn stoppen kann. Nur fordert solche Magie immer einen Preis … und der ist Hollys Leben!

Holly Carver stammt aus einer alten Hexenfami...more
I absolutely loved reading this book. I was intrigued just reading the first few pages but as I read on it just got better and better. I couldn't put it down.

Holly is a witch who wants to go to school. In order to pay for tuition, she takes on undead jobs like ridding a house of a ghost or two. Her partner and friend, Alessandro, is a vampire who is slowly falling in love with Holly. However, he does not act on his feelings as being undead has its limitations and he doesn't wish to harm Holly....more
I have no idea where to begin with this particular novel.

Sharon Ashwood is a new author to me, I scanned the back cover of Ravenous and found the blurb to be interesting enough to buy. I've been wanting something fresh and new to read for a while and the idea Sharon Ashwood had was so original I couldn't resist.

I first want to say that from the moment I started reading, I was hooked and could not read it fast enough. The opening scene had me so engulfed in the heroine I nearly missed the hero....more
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Sandy M
I usually don’t read a lot of urban fantasy. I like my HEA and a nice wrap-up at the end of my stories. But, as they say, a good book is a good book, and I’m now hooked on this Dark Forgotten series after reading Ravenous. I’m obviously a little behind in starting it all, with Scorched now on the shelves as of a few months ago. I at least have something to look forward to sooner instead of later.

Holly is a witch who stays away from big M-magic. Her magic was repressed years before as a young gir...more
Before I get down the business I'd like to quote the very first sentence of the prologue 'cause it made me laugh out loud: "Being the evil Undead wasn't fun anymore. For one thing, it was increasely hard to get a library card".

Ravenous takes places in the a world were all the supernatural creatures are out of the closest and lives among humans. Vampires, werewolves, ghouls, hellhounds, witch are all at the party. Honestly after reading the first few chapters I was scared to feel strangle by the...more
1.5 stars.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I thought it could have had potential, because the ideas behind the world-building weren’t bad. However, the author’s execution of the story fell flat on its figurative ass.

The following review may contain some mild spoilers, so please proceed with caution.

Holly, the story’s main character and heroine, was a witch with great magical prowess. Due to some childhood trauma, she had lost a large chunk of her magical abilities until later in the boo...more
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Sharon Ashwood is a free-lance journalist, novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle fantasy would never work out, so she writes paranormal romance...more
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