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(Vengeance and Vampires #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Eight years ago, the first vampire escaped from his supernatural prison, unleashing magic into the world.

I'm Rachel Collins, low witch and raven shifter in hiding. At age eighteen, I spend my days tending the cash register at a local magic shop and my nights patrolling the streets for vampires with a death wish. Until the night I spot the mark of the Soulless on some lowly
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Published September 25th 2018 by Crystallite Publishing
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a nice fun read. I enjoyed the story line and the characters.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Debbie Turk
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Thoroughly Gripping & Darker Look at Vampire, Witch & Shifter Lore!!

Rachel is a Witch but also a Raven Shifter. After her parents are murdered & sister abducted by a faction of Vampires known as 'The Soulless' she manages to get emancipated & moves to the City. She's desperate to try & find Jenna, who she hopes is still alive, even as a blood slave!

Sitting on her fire escape late one night she sees a man hassling a woman whos clearly terrified. Rachel shifts & attacks
Lena Muo
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book and series

Rae is a shifter/witch hybrid. She can shift into a raven. She kills vampires but she is trying to locate her sister who was abducted by The Soulless (vampires). During her search for her sister, she meets Venn as wolf shifter, Ryland, a fox shifter, Teegan, human and Fiona, witch. She joins them, although Ryland was reluctant at first, and together they search for an Artefact. Rae is attracted to Venn and their chemistry develops in the book. Later,
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

This was a great read. There were a lot of sarcastic quips, a nice dose of action that held my attention, and a lovely cast of characters whom I actually felt invested in. There was just enough depth to make it interesting without being overbearing and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book!

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Nov 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Natalia Navarro
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful start of the series!!!... This is the first Alicia's book I have read and I loved it!!!... The plot is so good, the characters development, the lead female heroin is such a bad-ass, driven by justice and protectiveness to the weaker... The new friends / family she has found, all worthy to fight for, they will unite efforts to save their love ones... Can't wait for the next book and find out how their rescue mission will go!!!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ravenite is the first installment in the Vengence and Vampire series about an 18 year old low witch/raven shifter named Rachel ‘Rae’ Collins.

Eight years ago, Rae’s parents were brutally murdered and her sister Jenna, was abducted by the original vampire, Valkas. Since then, Rae has made it her mission to track the Soulless in the hopes of rescuing her sister who is being kept as a blood slave. While chasing a mutual lead, Rae meets Venn, a wolf shifter who helps her when she’s inadvertently
Lene Blackthorn
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are the type who romaticizes the vampires, go grab a different books. Here, they are what they suppose to be - dangerous, bloodthirsty monsters. And what villains they make.
Rachel, the Ravenite, is on a personal quest for two years, determined to save her sisters from the bloodsuckers. Stumbling upon a Soulless, hope sparks that she will finally move forward in her search - only it goes a little bit wrong. Saved by Venn, a charming wolf shifter, they make allies to achieve the same goal,
Tiffany Jones
My name is Rachel Collins. I'm a low-level witch and a shapeshifter in hiding. At eighteen, I spend my days ringing up customers at a local magic shop and my nights hunting vampires. At least I did, until I saw the mark of the Soulless on the wrist of a lowly vampire. The Soulless answer to the original and most ruthless of all vampires, Valkas. They're the same group of vampires that killed my parents and kidnapped my sister. I want answers...and vengeance. And then, I meet Venn, a sweet, ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review. I don't know what I thought I was getting into from the description, but it certainly wasn't what I thought was going to happen. I like that the Ravenite is like her superhero name and not something out of a prophecy. I admire Rae a lot. She fights for what she believes in and knows her limitations or what she thinks they are. That might not sound like an admirable quality but if you know where you stand, you know how you can improve. She's a realist ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow ! That was good. This author knows how to pack a punch. This storyline holds your attention from the very beginning with the characters jumping off the page so realistically, your almost there fighting amongst them. This has so much energy and drama, you can’t help but being drawn into more crisis’s that demands action instead of debate. Magic & Supernatural creatures are new to our world and not all are good. Racheal becomes “Ravenite” when her family are ripped away from her. Now she ...more
Nicole Vanadia Davis
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating is closer to 3.5. Fun and interesting start to a new supernatural series. Things I loved first. The world building and history were great. A new take on some popular lore fleshed out realistically. A good mix of vampires, shifters and witches. No information dumps. Background information was paced appropriately. The main character, Rae, was likeable, acted her age, and was realistically badass. The secondary characters were introduced nicely, were likable and distinct. Things I didn't ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Eight years ago, the first vampire escaped from his supernatural prison, unleashing magic into the world.” But magic definitely has its dark side, embodied in Valkas, the original vampire, and his army of “Soulless”. Valkas murdered the parents of Rachel Collins, the lead character in Alicia Rades’ Ravenite (Vengeance and Vampires Book 1), and kidnapped her sister. She wants her sister back and perhaps (ok, definitely) some vengeance too. Add in Venn, a handsome, protective wolf shifter, and ...more
Traci Charlet
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just ok

Interesting characters and a good plot idea. Just some things didn't make sense. I'll try to be general so as not to spoil it. If your friend was being held captive until you retrieved something at great peril to trade for your friend...after you got the item and know someone's street you to get it back...would you (1) go directly to rescue your friend by trading the item, or (2) go home, hang out, pack some bags, get a good night's sleep and head out to get your friend the next day? Most
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author Rades has an engaging entry into the vampire and shifter Urban Fantasy genre.

In her created world, vampires burst forth on the scene within the past decade and brought other forms of magic - shifters and witches as well. At that time Bad Things happened as vampires wantonly slaughtered. Those killed included the protagonist's parents and her sister went missing.

While the government tries to regulate things now, bad apples are still around. That's where Rae comes in. Witch and shiftet,
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, Rachel's parents were killed and her sister taken as a blood save by the Soulless. She was the ravenite, a raven shifter that had magic who killed the vampires. But she also was on the search to find her sister. When she tracks a Soulless down, she meets Venn, a wolf shifter. He's after the same Soullness as she is because he stole something from him. You see how to strangers decide to help each other out even though they are both wanting different things. But when they enemy ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Collins is a loner. Having lost her parents to a vampire raid that killed them and stole her sister she has been on her own. She's a low witch, shifter, vampire hunter by night hunting for the one vampire that can lead her to the souless that took her sister. Along the way she runs into Venn who is also looking for the same vampire who stole a necklace he and his family need to get back their high witch Sondra. Rachel or Ravenite the press have nicknamed her, join forces to retrieve the ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! Just Wow!
Action packed doesn't begin to describe it. Alicia Rades takes you on a roller coaster ride of an adventure that will leave you breathless. I had to put the book down a few times to catch my breath and get my heart rate to slow down.

Don't start this book at bedtime thinking you'll only read a chapter. The next thing you know it will be 3:00 a.m. This book causes sleep deprivation.

For the grammar nazis looking to find fault. Yes, there are a few dropped articles & conjunctions,
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Alicia Races has created a very believable world with the Ravenite and a great protagonist in Rachel "Rae" Collins. She's looking for the soulless, the elite vampires in the "first one", Valkas's army. They kidnapped her sister Jenna and Rae's determined to get her back.
At the same time a family of shifters are hunting for the same vamps to retrieve a locket, that can be exchanged for their friend Sondra.
Will Rae get her sister back? Will Sondra be rescued? All will be revealed in time. I
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars from me - I rounded up because apparently half stars aren’t a thing here. Overall this book was great. I enjoyed the story and the world the author built.

However, I had a hard time accepting the main character. I think part of my problem is I’m used to darker (pitch black folks) paranormal fantasy with badass (and sometimes unstable) Mc.

The book was just a bit to light for me and I found the Mc unconvincing. I mean she does do some badass things but I still don’t see her as a badass
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magic appeared eight years ago. Now witches, vampires, and shifters are not just in the fiction section. Rachel was just a normal girl until vampires killed her parents, and kidnapped her sister for her blood. Rachel shifted for the first time that night. Now people talk about the raven shifter vigilante, the Ravenite.

I was intrigued right off the bat. Ravenite did not disappoint. Doesn't hurt that ravens are my favorite. I loved the character development, and amazing world that was created in
Ashley McCartney
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an advanced reader, I am giving an honest review of this new and upcoming book.

I didn’t want to put this book down. It started on a high note that kept rolling straight through. Every page more action moved the story along.

I was happy with the character development. Every person had their place. The story was precise and not over spoiled with unnecessary filler.

The book came to a well defined ending, yet left plenty of room for the next book to pick up and take off. I will be getting book two
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magic, Shifters & Vampires Oh My! And of course a kickass main character named Rachel who knows magic and is a raven shifter! I am totally loving this story. It’s full of action and never a dull moment. And I am so crushing on Venn sexy werewolf and all. I love stories about magic and shifters. This one did not disappoint. I highly recommend. Sorry I don’t like to post any spoilers so please I highly recommend this as a must read! It’s awesome!
Jessica Traver cashen
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Great read, well written with a great plot and characters. This book is a fast paced, page turner. It has action, mystery, adventure, and drama. Rachel Collins is a cashier by day, a vampire hunter by night and one he'll of a bad ass heroine. She finds new friends/family and they band together to save their loved ones. A unique take on vampires and shifters and I loved it. Can't wait to read the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good start to the series. I enjoyed Rachel or Rae as she was normally called. I thought that she was a strong and likable character. As she has been looking for her sister she meets a group of people. They end up being a likable group especially Venn who I hope she will end up with by the end of the series. With the ending the way that it is I'm glad that I already have the next book.
Jennifer Dunski
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic twist on the supernatural world. Alicia doesn't disappoint with her unique storylines, outstanding world building and amazing characters!
It's dark, kick arse and sweet all in one incredible story of witches, vampires, shifters and the human race! Looking forward to reading the next book!
Sally Maxwell
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this start to the series, but in all honesty I am not sure if I will continue to read the series, it all felt a little to predictable, girl meets boy, girls heart goes to mush etc etc,but it was a nice quick easy light read.
Rosalind Bath
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Very well written, flowed well and such a page turner. It was hard to put down! This book lost me sleep! Great story, that keeps you hooked. I think Rachel has more power than she realises, but Venn will help her.
Rose Marie
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It had its ups and downs and a few typos.
Possible spoiler
One of the things possible in this world, is tracking. Yet, Ravenite always leaves a feather to commemorate her kills. Wouldn't those with a beef with her be able to track her down by her own feathers?
Janice perry
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!! Amazing new book from an amazing author. I can't wait for the next one.
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Alicia Rades is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult paranormal fiction. When she's not getting into magical mischief in fantasy worlds, she's either trying new recipes, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with her son. Alicia lives with her family in Wisconsin, where she's happily addicted to cheese.

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