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The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
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Read 2 times. Last read March 9, 2015 to March 14, 2015.



This book was INCREDIBLE!! So incredible that it blew me away like I never thought possible. That's because this is a paranormal romance and I don't usually read in this genre so for me to love this book so much, it felt like I'd been enlightened by a totally new kind of romance-world. A world that in this book is beautifully detailed and filled with symbolism, strength, darkness, seduction, but ultimately filled with bravery and hope. I just loved every second of this powerful and fascinating romance and how it took me places and made me feel the story so strongly.

“Cassita vulneratus. Now the wounded lark had been healed and he was the vulnerable one.”

This book is set in the city of Florence, Italy, a beautiful city that is well known for its remarkable structures and rich art history which are all so well illustrated in the story. So much so that from the moment I started reading I felt immediately transported there and I was able to admire up-close both the city's lights and dangerous darkness. The darkness comes from an underworld that lives secretly in the city, a world of supernatural beings (vampires) that feed from humans to survive and from which their ruler is called the Prince. I first met this enigmatic character in the prequel of this novel (named after him) and I got totally obsessed with him. His strength, his ruthlessness, his ruling power, and all the mystery behind his story really left me fascinated. Now having read The Raven and learned about his true story, it makes me love his character so much more because now I can confirm what I felt all along since I read The Prince, that the hero of this story and the vampire ruler of Florence indeed has a heart.

“A bird in a cage is never as beautiful as a bird that is free, Cassita. You’ve been wounded enough. I won’t add to your wounds.”

This story stars with an attack that crosses the paths of Raven Wood and the Prince changing their lives forever. For Raven, the aftermath of that incident brings her into a dark, frightening, and very dangerous world she never thought existed. It is that world and her connection to the Prince that continues to put her in a great deal of danger but just like the first time, the Prince decides to protect her despite all the threats that may come to him for doing so. Why do it then? Well, there's something about Raven he can't stay away from, something pure and beautiful that starts to awake feelings in him he had long forgotten and that's how their risky yet captivating romance begins. . .

“My good deed will be exposed, along with my weakness.”
“What weakness?” Raven whispered, unable to look away.

I LOVED the Prince in this book. His character would not stop fascinating me more and more as I kept reading. Perhaps it was because he's supposed to be bad, evil, the complete anti-hero and at times he was exactly that, but deep inside there was so much more to him than just a ruthless vampire. He's powerful, cultivated, intelligent, handsome, and still preserves some level of benevolence in him. Moreover, he carries painful secrets that only start to surface when Raven's kind heart magically touches his forcing him to then figure out if what he feels for her is simply desire or something more that may be worth risking everything.

“What do you hope for?”
He frowned. “That I wouldn’t be condemned to an eternity of empty darkness.”
Raven cringed at his words. “Is that what you have?”
“Not exactly.” His expression grew guarded. “Somehow the darkness recedes when you’re near.”

As strong as the hero of this story is, as strong is the amazing heroine as well. Yes, Raven was indeed remarkable, she not only changes the Prince's life by bringing hope into this world but it is the way she does it with her bravery and good-hearted personality that makes her character so compelling to me. I just loved her with the Prince, aside from the seduction dance they had going, she was always sweet, curious, vulnerable, and even stubborn with him that it was clear she was going to challenge him in every way when it came to feelings. Additionally, she is one of the most selfless characters I've read about and for that she was more than perfect for the Prince.

“She’d entered his life like a Trojan horse and brought mercy with her. ”

This book for sure is one of my favorites now for its incredible plot but also for the beautiful and unique way the story is told. Sylvain Reynard's writing is just so elegant, smart, poetic, and lyrical that with every book I read by him I'm always amazed by how deeply he draws me into the story. Actually, I'm even more amazed by his writing now because one: it made me decide to read this romance from this genre I wasn't familiar with, and two: it was successful at making me fall in love with this paranormal story just as much (or even more than) as my other favorite contemporary romances. So for that and so much more The Raven is an absolute MUST-READ from me and I cannot wait for the sequel which I can already feel is going to be just as amazing as this one. ♥

He pressed his lips to hers. “You’ve ensnared me, Cassita,” he whispered. “I’ve never been less eager to escape.”

If you enjoy paranormal romances I totally encourage you to give this story a try, it's so well written. Or if you're new to this genre like me, I'd say go for it. I loved this story so much that I think many contemporary romance readers will be able to enjoy it too. Also, I mentioned before this novel has a prequel but you don't really have to read it to understand the story in The Raven. The Prince is just a nice introduction to our hero and his world so I'd say is totally optional but really worth considering. Furthermore, if you're new to this author I cannot recommend enough his contemporary romance series the Gabriel's Inferno, that story is also too incredible to be missed. ;)

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Reading Progress

November 26, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
November 26, 2013 – Shelved
March 9, 2015 – Started Reading
March 9, 2015 – Started Reading (Paperback Edition)
March 9, 2015 – Shelved as: arcs
March 12, 2015 –
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6.01% "I'm so enjoying this book! Can't wait to see what happens!! :D"
March 12, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 13, 2015 –
45.0% ""You are my greatest virtue and my deepest vice." <3"
March 14, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites
March 14, 2015 – Finished Reading
March 14, 2015 – Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
March 18, 2015 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
April 3, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites (Paperback Edition)

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Ellen Totten I'm so excited about this new series which is sure to be another best seller by my favorite author.

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Jennifer Gallagher I have never read a paranormal in my life.. as this is by the awesome Sylvain Reynard I will have to read it

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Pjharen ok...who is Raven in the Gabriel series?

Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog) Wow, this sounds really interesting. Is it a romance?

Nancy's Romance Reads Angela wrote: "Wow, this sounds really interesting. Is it a romance?"

Yes, it's a contemporary romance but paranormal (vampires) :D

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Nicole Camp So do I have to read the prince first like is the book just by it self or are their other books I need to read to get to this one?

Nancy's Romance Reads Nicole wrote: "So do I have to read the prince first like is the book just by it self or are their other books I need to read to get to this one?"

The Prince is just a prequel and it's really optional. It gives you an overview of the world the story is setup in and some background history of the hero. I really enjoyed it but again it's totally optional. ;)

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