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Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,131 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Alternate cover edition of ISBN-10: 0451226178 / ISBN-13: 9780451226174.

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...

One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul…

Holly Carver is a small-time witch who busts ghosts for tuition mone
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published 2009 by Signet
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Julie (jjmachshev)
May 18, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Nov 01, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2012 Jo rated it liked it
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
Nov 18, 2008 Tez rated it liked it
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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
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
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.
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
I was a bit dubious to start this as there was some mixed reviews, but I'm so glad I did, it was fast paced and magical and some nice dirty scenes, the only downside was it kept jumping from different character povs and u had to catch up with it, but otherwise on to the next book x
Jan 26, 2016 Feminista rated it liked it
I don't understand why it has been shelved as an urban fantasy more than a paranormal. The blurb says so too, that it is a paranormal romance!
Oct 16, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
~* 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
May 28, 2010 Malin rated it liked it
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
Paranormal Romance
As the last of the Carver witches, the heroine feels compelled to keep her family legacy alive and, hell, if it also helps pay the bills then that's an added bonus. With her partner, the dangerous but sexually alluring vampire hero, she's called on to de-ghost haunted houses and to find lost pets-basically things not too exciting but hey. She didn't sign up for the house she's called to that night. Never before has she encountered a more darker and menacing residence and she instantly realizes t ...more
Sep 29, 2009 Lexie rated it really liked it
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
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
Gypsy Madden
Dec 14, 2014 Gypsy Madden rated it it was amazing
I positively devoured this book. When I wasn’t reading it, I was itching to pick it up and continue on it. I was even skipping through it just to get through it faster (and then had to backtrack when I missed important details). Alessandro was a glorious thing to read. Like the back of the book says, he’s walking seduction. Everything he says is innuendo and a tease, and a vision to behold (think like what Tom Cruise looked like as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, only more gorgeous, and dr ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Dorri rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
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May 07, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-r-c-g
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
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
Aug 24, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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....
Jun 27, 2011 Magda rated it liked it
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.
Oct 28, 2009 Valorie rated it it was amazing
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!!
Jul 14, 2011 Ellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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.
Barbara ★
This book has lots of different PNR elements - vampires, ghouls, demons, changelings, witches, werewolves and even humans. : )

Lots of action and multiple elements to keep track of. Very enjoyable read. Can't wait for book 2 which ought to be interesting.
Oct 23, 2009 Denell rated it really liked it
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 :)
Jessa Slade
Feb 09, 2009 Jessa Slade rated it it was amazing
Jessa's pithy reviews:
Danger + Desire = Delicious! Holly is a great heroine who fights hard to come into her own.
Stephanie O'rourke
Jun 10, 2015 Stephanie O'rourke rated it liked it
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 22, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kiwi
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
Dec 29, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2012 Liv rated it it was ok
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
Lisa Paitz
Aug 16, 2010 Lisa Paitz rated it liked it
This review first appeared here:

REVIEW SUMMARY: Ravenous sets up a vast new supernatural world rife with inter-species conflict and the potential for some very compelling characters.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A society where all manner of supernatural beings have come out of the broom closet backdrops Sharon Ashwood's romance between a magically-wounded witch and a vampire wanting more than to be eternally undead.

PROS: Ashwood's world-building goes beyond
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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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