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For use in schools and libraries only. Deeply in love with Zin and unable to understand the cold distance he constantly keeps from her, Nicole finally uncovers his dark secret--becoming ever more determined to stand by him and help him the only way she knows how.
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published February 10th 2009)
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Jessica
Jan 29, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristi
Feb 22, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kristen
Mar 03, 2010 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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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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Elian ortega
May 27, 2015 Elian ortega rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is different from the past three book that i read that were also all from the same author. This book is involves some action, mystery and romance which is about a teenage girl who start working in a bar or a club. She falls in love with a boy name Zeik who he love to do dance battle. The girl joins his group of dancer and she is really good at it which she later also join in dance fight. later she is followed by a hitman who was hired to kill her but Zeik saves her with some supernatur ...more
Michelle Rebar
Sep 13, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2009 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Sep 03, 2011 Milena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura (LauraZReads)
Oct 11, 2009 Laura (LauraZReads) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2009 Jael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
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
Apr 03, 2010 Reading Teen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2009 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tea
Mar 13, 2015 Tea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I loved this one stand alone book. In the beginning I wasn't really feeling it, but I'm so glad I got it and read it. Nicole (aka:Raven) is awesome but then there's Zin, and all I can state is I'm in love. I feel for this book and suggest that you should read it too, trust me.
Kathy
May 28, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, urbanfantasy
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
Jun 14, 2014 Nathalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Dirt Poor Duchess
Jan 24, 2016 Dirt Poor Duchess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very easy, fast read for me. There wasn't much thinking involved when reading this because the writing is very simplistic; but at the same time, I really enjoyed the story. The main character Nicole has a lot of freedom in her role as a teenager. Her parents let her stay out way late in the big city and pretty much lets her do her own thing; but her parents do care about her and her brother whose a drug addict. They just seem to be so wrapped up in their own worlds and trying to keep ...more
Shannon
Aug 03, 2016 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my least favorite of the YA books I have read this summer - mostly because I thought I knew where the author was going (which was Twilight-ish) and thus when she didn't go Twilight - ish, it was too close to the end to start enjoying the book. The main character, Nicole, falls in love with Zin, and then discovers he is immortal (not a vampire, just immortal). So of course I expected there to be lots of "I love you. Let's be together forever. Change me!" tripe like the afore mentioned boo ...more
Ladysatel
A silghtly different take on immortals by an author writing for a Teen audience. This does not mean that an adult would not enjoy the story.

A young man named Zin works at a club. He is the bartender and also has a Hip Hop group which performs at the club. A young woman Nicole falls in love with Zin the first time she sees him dance. She gets a job at the club and dances with his group.

Soon Nicole begins to suspect there is more to Zin than just his great dancing. As she is around him more and mo
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Laura
May 07, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2010 Kimbap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patricia
It was okay--

The concept behind the Jiang Shi and Heng Te was really interesting; I wish the author had elaborated more on it. It had a different take on the mythology. I also liked that the story was written in present tense-- which was something I really appreciated in Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four.

However, I found that I wasn't immersed enough in this book. The dancing terminology that I didn't understand brought me out of the story, and it didn't feel like the characters had enough depth
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Tonyalee
Dec 30, 2013 Tonyalee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2014 Jay G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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