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Conspiracy of Ravens

(Raven Crawford #1)

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Raven Crawford knows better than to venture into the seductive world of the dark fae or agree to any of their salacious promises. She plans to pay off her debts so she can get on with her life and stay far away from the denizens of the Underworld.

Unfortunately, her numbskull twin steals from the most tempting and lethal fae of them all. Now, Raven must help the Lord of Sha
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Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published October 21st 2019 by JCM Publications
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Marta Cox
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Can we just stop and admire that cover artwork because it's truly beautiful and definitely caught my eye. This world the author has created has outed the paranormals in it due to the fae going to war and as this story begins its only because to the powers of Odin that an uneasy accord has been reached. Most humans quite rightly fear the fae but there appears to even be hatred for witches and shifters too. Raven is something special although most believe her to be a Fox shifter like her family. S ...more
Beth
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What's not to enjoy in Conspiracy of Ravens. It had everything I love to read about. Magic, mystery and mayhem with fae, mythology and lots of steamy chemistry.

Ravin and her twin brother grew up in a family of fox shifters. The family has helped both Ravin and her brother hide their true nature, they are actually 1/2 fae. There mother has had them hid their heritage their entire lives.

Raven's twin goes missing and very powerful fae come to Raven and her family to entice, threaten and/or even fo
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Tricia
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing and entertaining start to a series. I really liked the characters, the plot and world building were pretty solid for a first book. Of course we are still left with many questions and curiosities left to explore but that really amps up the draw of jumping right into the sequel.

Raven is a pretty great leading lady. She manages to be down-to-earth and relatable on a human level even though she's also Other. TDD (Tall, dark and dangerous) was aptly applied to Cole in this story and I
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Somia
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 99p-on-amazon
Raven and her twin brother grew up in a family of fox shifters. The family has helped both Raven and her brother Bear hide their true nature, they are actually half Fae. When Raven's brother finds in big trouble Raven finds herself waist deep in danger as she tries to save his life.

Honestly this read was a let down, it didn't have the action, energy and sharpness in writing I was hoping for.

The first half of the book was so slow and then the second half well it got messy and not in a good way.
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SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
I found book two on Netgalley and it sounded like something I enjoy, and when I got approved I went ahead and bought book one on kindle.
I was a bit in a reading slump and this book pulled me out of it. It was just what I needed. A light, funny, paranormal romance. In a world of shifters and fae and humans.
I really enjoyed the writing, it is fast paced story and super easy and fast to read and follow. I also was a big fan of Raven, I liked that she had her real -life struggles as well as her para
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Sonja
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
4.5 stars

This was SUCH a good book. I enjoyed almost everything about it. I laughed, I swooned (a lot), and kept wanting to find out what happened next. It was a great world created here with an interesting combination of dark realms, shifters, normals, and Nordic myths. What I really liked, that we definitely do not get enough of, was just how realistic and believable Raven was. She knew her limits and had no illusions of her being a one woman army. She had spunk, but knew when to bite her tong
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Eva Millien
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raven Crawford plans to pay off her debts so she can get on with her life and stay far away from the denizens of the Underworld. Unfortunately, her numbskull twin steals from the most tempting and lethal fae of the all and now, Raven must help the Lord of Shadows get back what her idiot bother stole.

A compelling and refreshingly different paranormal read that combines a creative twists of elements to form a unique world with strong, bold characters that easily grab readers’ attention and holds t
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Alison
Three and a half stars.

Raven Crawford is in a bad place. Her ex-boyfriend declared bankruptcy and stiffed her with his $50,000 bank loan that she co-signed, now he's a doctor and she's had to give up college and work with her father in his detective agency to (barely) meet the bills.

There are two dark fae lords looking for her twin brother Bear, and they won't believe her when she says she doesn't know where he is. He's stolen something very valuable and both fae lords want it back.

This book has
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Heather Gilbert
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Good start!

A well done UF that sets the stage for an interesting new world. There are gods, myths and legends, all placed in a universe that is struggling to make sense of them. Good characters, interesting developments.

Pros:
- Family first.
- Characters have depth and interrupt motives.
- Life still goes on.
- Her powers are incredibly unique, and I live where she gets them!

Cons:
- Needs about her mom.
- Ending feels... off?
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS is the first book in the Raven Crawford series, and we meet Raven who is half-Fae and half-shifter. She is living on a knife's edge financially due to her ex-boyfriend and is too proud to ask for help. Instead, she gives up on her dreams and works at a dead-end job.

Her life changes when her twin disappears and two dark Fae Lords enter her life. Her mother has always warned her away from the Underworld, although she doesn't really know why. This means she has a woeful lack of
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Kathy Mayer
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. Loved the sexual tension & steamy make out sessions. I loved the fae aspects last well. And I always love anything with supernatural characters. Raven is a tired overworked person who was taken advantage of by her ex. Now strapped down with a huge loan she spends her days working 2 jobs trying to scrape by. She is also a little ignorant at times & over thinks things! Her twin brother, Bear is an angry person. He only thinks of himself. He stole something from the fae. And ...more
Miriam
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
So I feel like I have to explain myself when I leave a rating of 1 or 2 stars.

I wanted to like this, I love UF and am mostly on board with PNR. But it was a little colour-by-numbers, but which I mean that it felt formulaic and therefore predictable. I had guessed most of the plot twists by the time they were revealed.

Regarding the writing, I had issues with what felt, to me, like an erratic, use of commas. Also, what felt like random prepositions paired with other word categories, eg "posturing
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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Author J.C. McKenzie creates an in-depth world that will satisfy the cravings of fantasy and mythology lovers alike.

Read full review in the 2019 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Dawn Milligan
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I'm loving the serris so far!! Great writting! Good characters and love the story line so far cannt wait for book 3?😍😮 ...more
Aira
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
sucked in by a pretty cover. I dont think its the books fault but it was v PNR. And I was not looking for PNR. The mythology aspect of it was definitely cool, and the family dynamic. Just too much romance when I expected none :/. We got another alpha old school male who makes the heroine lose her mind whenever he's in proximity ...more
Christinaraven
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this first book in a series. It mixed mystery, suspense, and the paranormal all together to give a story that was very addicting and that I had to read in one sitting. The inner monologue of Raven was a hoot. A few spots made me laugh and groan. I liked the writing and the plot that just drew me in. I liked the mix of the realms and the basic world that was introduced here. Could not wait to see what happens next especially after learning what was really going on and what was at s ...more
Rachel Joi Maples
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
loved this first book in the series by J.C. McKenzie! ... well developed characters and engaging storyline
Veevee
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book! I loved the banter and humour. The premise and world were both pretty original which is a real bonus these days. The characters were unique and the story was fast paced.

I'm looking forward to reading more by this author (she is Canadian like me Yay)!

I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I loved this, snarky and sassy Raven, ultra broody Cole, such a great story, orifomal and new twists for the paranormal genre. Great pace, lots of tension and drama, mixed with great humour. Loved it can’t wait for more.
Andreajanel
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Raven Crawford is saddled with her ex-boyfriend's debit, works in a dead-end diner poring coffee for abysmal tippers, and finds lost things. She's just trying to keep her head down, put her weary feet up every night and focus on moving on with her life once this nightmare of drudgery she's stuck in comes to an end.

She senses the Underworld coiling around the dark fae that walks into her diner. Honestly, he's very diffi
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Nicole
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel was an enjoyable read, bringing mythology and shifters together to weave a tale where everyone has a motive. Raven Crawford has had to hide her true heritage all her life, for fear of being discovered by those in the Underworld. Her current situation in life sucks, but she is doing what she can so she can move forward. However, when her twin brother Bear gets into some unsavory business and disappears, Raven cannot sit idle. However, she is not the only one looking for Bear. When Cole ...more
Scarolet Ellis
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Conspiracy of Ravens (Raven Crawford Book 1) by J. C. McKenzie an amazing story writen to start a amazing new series that I have loved reading. I can not wait to read book number two and I highly recommend this story to everyone.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Sharelle Lund-Jackson
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really great book!!

I only picked this book up as I had no new books from all my favourite authors and boy, am I glad I did. Snarky heroine? Check. Hot anti hero? Check. Great story? And checkmate.
For those who love Darynda Jones and KF Breene, this is another author for you
Meghan Lloyd
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the author's note to the epilogue with a promise of more, this book captured my attention! The author has a way with words that makes you stay up to the wee hours of the morning just so you can experience the story without a single solitary break. I truly can't pinpoint an instance within this book where I wanted to put it down - I just kept reading until I was finished. This is the first book I've read by J.C. McKenzie, and it's a shame that I did not find her sooner.

Lord of Shadows, Mast
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Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
3.5 stars.
Conspiracy of Ravens follows our main character Raven Crawford who is adopted by a family of Fox shifters but is actually half fae herself. Her twin brother Bear steals an artefact from the fae so Raven is roped into spending time with Cole to find him and the item that’s missing.

I enjoyed this book, there were elements I liked and disliked. I liked ravens family dynamic and found the action scenes satisfying. I thought the quotes at the start of every chapter where quirky and funny.
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Rose Miller
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raven, and her brother Bear, have always been different from their fox shifter siblings. Their father was an Other which makes them half breeds who have to hide what they are. When Bear disappears, Raven knows he's in trouble but there are so many Others after him for stealing a magical object that she needs help. That is when she teams up with ends Cole, the Lord of Shadows. I love it when I read the first book in a new urban fantasy romance series and can't wait for the next one! ...more
C.J. Burright
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was offered the chance to read Conspiracy of Ravens, I immediately had my grabby hands going on because I loved the Carus Chronicles and I kinda-sorta have a thing for mythological ravens. I suspected this story was going to hit the spot and I wasn’t wrong. While I do love me a kick-ass heroine, one of the many things I loved about the main character (Raven) was the fact that she wasn’t all that. It was almost refreshing to have an imperfect heroine who didn’t have skills and couldn’t pos ...more
Dot & Needle
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
We meet Raven Crawford, the main character of this book working at a job she hates, down on her luck and saddled with her ex’s debts. All this seems frivolous when the power hitters of the otherworldly/fae realms start calling on her looking for her brother.

I always enjoy a grumpy heroine and Raven had good snark and did not have the sense to be rightfully curled up under a table which is always fun in a heroine. Raven also had sizzling chemistry with Cole and I enjoyed their interactions. The
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Meghan
This book was received as an ARC from J. C. McKenzie in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was very intrigued when I was introduced to this book die to its amazing cover art and intriguing description so immediately I had high expectations for this book. My expectations were met and then some. Raven was such a mesmerizing protagonist that you could not help but support her and be on her side. While aiming to pay off her debts, Ra
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Miki
Promising beginning of a new series. I love the twists on the supernatural and fae in this world building. Raven is a funny character as she knows so little about fae while being part of them. Cole is funny as well and powerful of course.

Raven is tasked to find the " Claíomh Solais" her brother stole but what it is, what power it has and whom it belong to she has no idea and she doesn't care all she wants is to protect her twin for that she is ready to make deal with powerful entities like the L
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J. C. McKenzie is a book loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She predominantly writes urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy with strong romantic elements. When she’s not spinning tales, she’s in the classroom sharing her passion for science and mathematics while secretly warping the young impressionable minds of our future to carry out her evil plans for world domina ...more

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