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(Blythewood #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl. 

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Ben Alderson
Feb 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
loved the first book! i just couldn't get into this one... even after 300 pages!
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Yay! There's going to be a third book!!! :D Loved this one just as much as the previous book...maybe even a little more since I got the swoons I was hoping for! ;0)
Jan 16, 2014 marked it as to-read

This was me when I saw this book. And this will be me until this book is in my hands.

3/3/14: December? Ugh. But at least we now have a cover and a synopsis. Yay!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Last week, I reviewed Blythewood. I enjoyed it, but it felt like one of those series openers that would lead to a series that got better from that starting point or that would take a turn for the worse. Blythewood left me with some concerns. I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the plot or the romance, but I was tentatively excited for Ravencliffe, which dispelled my worries. Ravencliffe slightly edges out Blythewood in
This sequel is possibly even more of a melodramatic paranormal soap opera than the first, and I loved every second of it.
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Edelweiss, for providing this book from Viking for review!

Avaline ended her first year at Blythewood with more than just the knowledge that fairies exist in our world -- she knows who (or rather what) her father is. A tumultuous summer break leaves Ava nostalgic for the comforts of Blythewood and all it entails: routine, classes, her friends Daisy and Helen, and Raven, the Darkling who works so hard to convince her that not all Fae are evil. But returning to Blythewood actually leaves
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I loved Blythewood and was anxiously awaiting Ravencliffe, hoping for the same kind of magic. This sequel was such a disappointment. Spoilers ahead: The plot slogged on with bizarre events and everything plus the kitchen sink thrown in the mix (weird dancing hypnosis to dupe girls into marrying creepy old guys? What the hell was that!? And along with the Titanic, which by the way is all Ava's fault for sinking -snort-, why not throw a bomb in the mix, and also: RELEASE THE KRAKEN. Just cuz.), li ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one, though it felt quite different from the first. The biggest change for me was that the focus of this story was not the school.

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So much happened in this one. We find out who Ava's father is, Ava struggles to hide what she is from those closest to her, two of her teachers express their love for each other (didn't see that one coming and squee'd appropriately), carnies, explosions and ice skating.

One of the things I liked about this series was the lack of a lurve triangle. Sure
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I fear that this book suffers from the dreaded Second Book Syndrome. The first book was action packed, full of world building, and had me constantly trying to figure out what came next. With this book, I found Ava's actions hard to believe - it was one of those where I finished reading, noticed the book was over 400 pages, and sat there wondering what had really happened. I didn't feel like Ava and Raven's relationship really grew that much. I didn't learn too much about the other characters. We ...more
Rebecca Ferber
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second installment in the Blythewood trilogy even more than the first. There is definitely some overlap with Harry Potter in these stories, but the historical fiction makes it unique and a lot of fun, as the characters experience Coney Island in 1913 and the grand opening of the Woolworth building. As darkness threatens to overtake the world, I'm looking forward to joining the Blythewood girls in book 3 to see how they navigate the horrors of WWI and, inevitably, save the planet f ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book was even better than the last. To all of you who loved the first book in this series, you should definitely read the second book.
Cabiria Aquarius
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ava has survived her first year of Blythwood and helped save the Order of the Bells from a possible disaster from the inside out.
Can she get through her second year? Can she take it when she learns who she really is? Why this is all happening to her? Her friends are fighting but then something intricate is going on. Will she be able to figure it all out in time to save the town/her friends and herself?

Read this thrilling second edition of the Blythwood trilogy: Ravencliffe.
Stephanie Tiner
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own2019
Avaline Hall is both a magical creature and in love with one, both of which are dangerous at Blythewood Academy. But with Judicus Van Drood still scheming against the Order, she may be all that stands in his way. As everyone else, it seems, fall victim to Van Drood’s evil magic, Ava and Raven search for a way to break the spell that has trapped her friends and teachers, and to find out what it is that Van Drood is really up to. The more she tries to help those she cares about, the more it seems ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
"Ava has to or Blythewood?" Ugh, that just makes me feel a bit misled after having read the entire book. But never mind; just keep reading my review if you honestly want to know what I thought.

I read the first book and really enjoyed the writing, I decided to read this one. It took me about 3 months to finish it because I got uninterested several times and stopped reading.

However, I'll just focus on what I actually got out of the book. Ava and Raven's relationship seemed too set
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I got the book for free at New York Comic Con, so I went into it completely blind. I didn't even realize it was the second book in a series until a couple pages in. Though there were some parts that confused me because of it (like Nathan somehow being able to attend an all-girls school), I was able to follow along well enough. I really enjoyed Ava's journey and her blossoming romance with Raven, as well as all it entailed.

I wish the world was fleshed out a bit more. Even though it was over 400 p
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I loved Blythewood. I loved the world that was created with all its problems. It was such a great read about Darklings and Fey and the Humans charged to protect the world. I Learned a lot about he world in the first book.

I really enjoyed delving into Ava and her past. WE got to find out what happened to her mother and father and what made her who she is. I also liked seeing more of a personality to Raven and learning about him. He no longer is our Mysteries boy that shows up and d
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I felt, for the moment at least, that I was home. Not because I was returning to Blythewood, but because I was sitting beside a friend--and really, what other sort of home was there?"

A charming followup to Blythewood. Ravencliffe takes us beyond the protected realm of Ava's boarding school refuge and into a world that's a little bit darker. We're granted more diverse characters and stronger, sassier developments for some of the usual suspects (Helen kills it in this installment). Drood is up to
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Meh. Like the first book in this series I read this one feeling like I was supposed to be feeling something ... but feeling nothing. Everything felt flat. The characters were flat. The intrigue was flat. The danger felt flat. The romance was exceedingly flat. I finished this book because I felt like I had to finish it, not because I had any desires to know what happened next. Why? Well ... I don't exactly know. The writing seems good. It really does. But for some reason it failed to move me at a ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one, which I loved, but still quite enjoyable.

I like that the overall message of these books is to treat all people equally.

As with the first one, I really liked the historical facts interspersed with the fantasy story. References to Woolworths, as well as famous people from the early 20th century made the world richer and more believable.

I'm excited to read the third and final novel to see how this ends. I can't wait to bring Van Drood down once and for all.
I loved Blythewood, and cannot explain my reluctance to pick up book 2 -- once I did, of course, I was swept away again immediately. Not in quite the same way, though -- this one is all motion and romantic angst -- something I'm willing to put up with for the time being. There are a lot of weird plot holes, there was a point in which I went back to read a couple of previous chapters because it was so unclear whether Ava had revealed her nature or not. It's just a bit sloppy and convoluted, but e ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A disappointment after the first book. Ava makes some uncharacteristic/unbelievable choices, the plot is mediocre, the ending glib. And barely any time is given to school life, possibly less than in HP7.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Smiley face and melted heart☺❤ ...more
Sarah Hannah
This series is so fucking good. I kind of don't want to read book 3 because then I'll be done.
Joy Jenkins
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Ignore this cause I will kinda of rant and that’s only cause my sisters haven’t read the book and would give me this 🙄 kind of look.

So! First things first I totally enjoyed this book ten times more than the first one! Honestly, I wasn’t even going to continue with the series cause the first book was so...bleh.

I got the second cause I was lacking on ideas of what to read next and I’m so happy I decided to pick it up! The characters are stronger and honestly we get more of Raven! So yes please!
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
After reading Blythewood, I thought I should give the sequel a chance. The premise had been intriguing the plot was about to get interesting, and finally... I didn't think the writing was awful (compared to what others may have believed). I thought the author was a good writer despite the overwhelming descriptions in almost every page.

This was a fairly good book but I don't think the author knows how to write a compelling romance. It was kind of cheesy and it doesn't feel genuine at all. Ever he
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars, maybe 3.5. I still don’t understand why goodreads doesn’t allow half stars ????

I enjoyed this just as much as the first, but in an entirely different way. This one had far more action and togetherness, while the first was more about learning. I really really appreciate what Goodman has done with inserting history into the story. In my opinion, granted I wasn’t terribly knowledgeable about said history to begin with, it’s done incredibly well. I kept getting lost on google images lookin
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pub-penguin
*I'm currently giving away a copy of this and Blythewood, HERE*

Note: Ravencliffe is the second book in a series. I've tried very hard to make this review as spoiler free as possible for the series - at least anything major. I've hidden anything that I considered a major spoiler for the first installment, but please visit my review of Blythewood, if you are new to these books.

Series set-up
In Blythewood Avaline Hall goes from poor factory girl working at the Triangle Waste Company (you can image
Sadly not as good as the first book, which was a real disappointment. It took me ages to get hold of the second and third books, and my library finally acquired them. I hurried to read this one and was super excited, though it felt...mediocre at best. Classic second book syndrome I suppose!

The first probably 50 or so pages were interesting, and I liked learning about the Hellgate Club and all of that. After the girls went back to school though it went down hill for me and never really got it's f
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Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, which won the Hammett Prize, and The Widow's House, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the co-author, with her husband Lee Slonimsky, of the Watchtower fantasy trilogy. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latte, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After grad ...more

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“It was van Drood who looked surprised. 'I thought she didn't love him,' he began. Helen's act had not only driven the shadows from Nathan, she had managed to confound the Shadow Master himself.” 0 likes
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