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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
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Kristi
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Elian ortega
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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GateGypsy
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Laura Z
Oct 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-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
Jael
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Milena
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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Reading Teen
Apr 03, 2010 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.
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Madison Falkner
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nichole Is a teen that feels her only way of expression is through Breaking. Living in the outskirts of Manhattan, Nichole met Zinadin. A boy with more breaking inside of him than she gives him credit for. Between the competitions with the SpinHeads, Zin and Nichole have a relationship that's not quite dating and not quite friends but Zin wont take it to the next level with her. She soon realizes through the attack on her on the way home from working, Zin isn't who she thought he was. Will she b ...more
Kathy
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tea
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
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.
Laura
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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?
Annabelle
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Eh. Same old plot and mediocre writing.
Also, I don't speak breakdancing, which led to some paragraph-skipping.
Devon
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it did not like it
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.
Hsel
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raven by Allison Van Diepen is about Nicole destined to be part of Jiang Shi but she also believes she want to grow and live as a human. The story set places in New York in 2009. The connection between Raven and the Author is that she has passion about darkness, romance, and also some action at the same time.
Nicole work at night club after school to earn some money for her family. Nicole is a part of dance crew in the club and the entire member are immortal expect for her and Kim. Nicole parent
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Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
Though really, I'm giving it a 2 and a half.

This book had the potential to be great. It had a great idea and a great myth behind it but unfortunately the author chose to deal with a High School Students infatuation with an immortal boy instead of the interesting myths intertwined in this story.

There was a promise of passion that I never picked up in the book. Everyone was supposed to be so full of emotion, or such deep pain but everything came across bland and empty. All Nicole ever really car
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Maryum ❤
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Meeehhhhhh. Ok so this was a tough thing to rate. It's not as bad as the other books I rate 3 stars (most of them are dnf) because I could actually sit through the entire book. This one is rated 3 for a different reason. The storyline is genuinely interesting, and I was actually looking forward to what would happen next. It's just that the writing wasn't all that great. This book had loads of potential if only the writing was better. Most encounters in the book didn't last more than 2-3 pages (a ...more
Paige P
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books now, it really goes over the facts of: immortal, love, souls, break dancing, relationships (siblings, best friends, boyfriends/girlfriends). Its super good and I would totally recommed this book to anyone who loves a good magically/ unreal story.
Soph
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2017
I wonder if there's a sequel because I felt like there was a cliffhanger. A really good book.
Taylor bouwman
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book it was super interesting and a really good book.
JoAnna
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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*Lily's*
Raven is about a girl name Nicole aka Nic. She break dances with a group called Toprocks that include Chen,(Kim, Chen's girlfriend), Rambo, Slide, and the Arabian, green eyed Zin. Nic has had a crush on Zin since the moment she met him. The group practices and competes in a club called Evermore where Nic and Zin work. Mean while she also goes to school. She had a brother (Josh) who is a druggie, and who disappears for months and just calls home for money.

Zin one day says he's basically not inter
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Allison van Diepen is the author of many teen novels, including 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.

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