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Raven Dock

(Dark Coven #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Harper Duncan never fit in anywhere her family moved…and they moved a lot. But after her parents and brother die in a tragic accident, she finds out she’s adopted, and her birth mother lives in a remote retreat called Raven Dock. Harper ventures north and discovers a dark family secret: her birth mother is a witch. And she’s one too. As Harper Learns abo ...more
Kindle Edition, 143 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by White Bird Publications
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Raven Dock" is the story of Harper, a teenager who loses her family in a tragic accident. Harper thinks that she is all alone until her mysterious aunt reenters her life. Harper goes to live at remote Raven Dock where things are not always what they seem. Harper will uncover a lot of secrets of her own origins! This book is a promising start to a planned series but I wanted a little more detail.

The story line of this book is intriguing. I always like a good fish-out-of-water story and you defi
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for review

I have mixed feelings on this one, I did enjoy the story but felt it could have been far better too. The fast paced nature of the book skips over a lot of things that could be explored more in depth and would add value to the book such as better explanations of the ten, the coming war and also character relationships being a bit too fast and underdeveloped . It was dark and different and I liked that. I can't say much th
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Gemma McLaughlin
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Favourite Quote: “It was the blackest of nights, with only a quarter moon and few stars above – so unlike Chicago skies, where the city lights never allow total darkness.”

Synopsis

Harper Duncan is a 17 year old teenager that is never in one place for too long. Her parents have been moving her and her brother Danny up and down the country so often she’s lost count, although no one quite knows why. ‘Another opportunity’ her dad would say, although she has managed to cross wi
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Melinda L.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Harper Duncan is the typical teenage misfit. The book starts with a defiant hair chop and dye job which quickly dissolves as a tragic situation unfolds and results in the loss of her family. I admit that the way the accident and Harper's reaction was described by Caldwell, had me tearing up. At first, I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Harper's move to Raven Dock to meet her father's sister and the weird commune on which she resided. Caldwell created a very enigmatic and creepy situation to start ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of RAVEN DOCK (Book 1 of the Dark Coven Series) by Sara Caldwell in exchange for an honest review. Harper Duncan is tired of moving all the time. When she finds out her family is moving again, she acts out, which results in a blowout fight with her mother. Harper’s family is then killed in a hit-and-run accident, so she’s alone, feeling guilty, and grief-stricken. Harper discovers she has an aunt and goes to visit her; this is when things get a little strange. Her aunt tel ...more
Nancy Hendrickson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad Raven Dock is just the first of a whole series. The only downside will be having to wait for the next volume. Sara Caldwell's handling of intrigue, mystery and suspense is nothing short of masterful. Raven Dock is page turner and will make you stay up too late at night trying to find out what happens next. The main character, Harper, a teenage misfit, is very real, supremely engaging, and outsiders with special powers have been a winning combination from The Ugly Duckling to Superman ...more
jana [ bookishwiccan ]
Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this great book; I flew through it.

It was an easy writing style to follow and I would recommend it as a quick read if you're looking for something to polish off in a weekend or less.

Will be purchasing a physical copy to add this to my personal library!
Jen
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Constantly moving would undoubtedly offer a unique life, but the secrets those moves have hidden in Raven Dock by Sara Caldwell uncover an alternate life that could still be had, if desired.

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Harper Duncan's family has moved around quite a bit, but she is really enjoying her life and friendships forged in Chicago. When she overhears her parents heatedly discussing yet another move, Harper pushes back and argues with her m
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Sally Maxwell
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to BooksgoSocial for the arc of this book.
For such a short book, it was full of intrigue and mystery.
It was well written and full of background knowledge, with an ending I didn’t see coming look forward to the next book!
Maria Sinclair
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked this up I was expecting a fairly light read about a teenage girl discovering she was a witch and learning how to use her powers from a loving aunt. Looking back at the cover now, I am not sure why I ever thought this. It was in fact much darker than I had expected, and I loved it!

Even before Harper discovers her true identity, the book is filled with plenty of little hints of things to come, from the strange daisy pattern that appears wherever Harper lives, to the
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