Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 8 Up—Nicole, a high school senior, falls : Raven eBook: Allison van Diepen: Kindle Store. Have you read a version of Raven with a cliffhanger ending? A version where you don’t know what happens to Zin at the end? If so, you’ve read a pirated. Raven: Allison Van Diepen. Wish I could give the darn thing 2 and 1/2 stars. Plot – Nic is a HS girl and part of a break dancing troupe. She works at a bar on.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Raven by Allison van Diepen. Raven by Allison van Diepen Goodreads Author. 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 die;en 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 dieepn her at a distance, even though she can feel his so Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks in a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes that can peer into your soul. But she can’t understand why he keeps her at a distance, even though she can feel his soul reaching out for hers.

Zin is like no man Nicole has ever met, and he carries with him a very old secret. When Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it. Hardcoverpages. New York State United States.

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To ravfn what your friends thought of this book, please sign ravenn. To ask other readers questions about Ravenplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 28, Jessica 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. Raveh 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. Mar 03, Kristen rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Plot – Nic is a HS girl and part of a break dancing troupe. She works at a bar on weekends where her sort-of boyfriend works. He’s a little older but a great dancer and a little mysterious. He doesn’t mind that all the other members of his dance group are in HS and he’s not.

Nic has a “ghost” which I thought had potential until we are told that it’s not really a ghost just that’s how she thinks of her drug addict brother who moved out but still sucks mom and dad dry.


Turns out Zin is one of a group of immortals, lead by Carlo. And the immortals are Jiang Shi. Carlo had a vision that Nic will lead the Jiang Shi to a new existence and wants her to become one of them. And there are hunters after the Jiang Shi. It had a few things going for it – it was a really quick read. As in, took me about 3 hours to read. The star-crossedness isn’t the primary focus of the relationship between Nicole aka Raven and Zin.

It’s a unique take on the immortality “thing” that is goin’ on in all these YA novels.

Raven by Allison van Diepen

And the end was fairly satisfying. There are a few loose ends, but if there’s never a sequel or if there is and I don’t feel like botheringit won’t be nagging me the way I feel nagged when ever I catch a re-run of the tv show Las Vegas remember that one? Maybe a bad example, but it certainly demonstrated my point. The bad things – well, a few of them were really pretty bad.

The writing didn’t have much emotion to it at all. The narration was very cold and choppy. I felt like I was reading one of those Dick and Jane books that they used to print ciepen teach kids how to read “I got out of bed. I got dressed for school. Except we were told about 5 times that Nic loved him the moment she saw him and he was dancing at the time. That’s not exactly depth to their relationship. Then there was the break dancing ddiepen.

It was worse in the beginning then later and I found myself skipping paragraphs because I don’t know the moves and gaven names and it felt like a waste of pen space. As djepen the mythology – it was almost as if the writer heard of these types of people but did no research. Heck, she could have made up the mythology for all I care, but it was so superficial the way it was dealt with.

I would have loved to have felt like there was more conflict – so that the end felt more satisfying. Even the stuff with Nic’s brother was almost too easy and there was no real emotion in the story. The who Didpen Shi story just sort of fizzled out. The whole book and the immortality story line felt rushed.

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The book was less then pages, big type and big line spacing. A little more to the story, both the love story between Nic and Zin as well as the mythology and the resolution to it, could have easily turned this into a 4 star book.

Dec 05, Kristi rated it liked it. Raven is extremely easy to read, utterly captivating and very hard to put down. I really loved the balance between fantasy, love, and this sort of hip urban feel. And not in a superficial lust way. Some of the character Raven is extremely easy to read, utterly captivating and very hard to put down. Some of the characters fell a little flat for me.


The night club group, were by far the most intriguing, I really enjoyed learning about their history and wished it had been further divulged. I had no idea what was going on during the dance battle scenes.

The lingo meant absolutely nothing to me. I think a glossary to better explain the terms might have been a good idea. The ending seemed really rushed for me, but overall Raven was a captivating, and enjoyable read. Jun 04, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: 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: 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 a dark force connected to Zin begins to threaten her, what will she choose?

RAVEN is an engaging, fast-paced read. The voice of the narrator, Nicole, is sharp and clear. Readers will be drawn into this fascinating new world of breaking, but for newcomers to the dance, it will be at times difficult to understand and visualize. The book seemed to be building toward an ending that never came, and that which finally did appear seemed out of the blue. Still, RAVEN remains an engaging read regardless of this inconsistency in plot construction, mostly due to the captivating voice that narrates the book.

Van Diepen is to be congratulated for her excellent imagination and tone. Feb 26, Elian ortega 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.

Most of them share their deepest secrets with her. She is in love with zeki but the only problem is that she is a mortal and he is immortal. Later the wiser who can turn people into martals visits her brother and turns him into an immortal. Its just one of the hunter who has a good heart and give all of them a once in a lifetime choice where she will return them to normal if they accept her offer.

Half of them accepted the other Half fled including her brother. The ending is sad and its better if you read the book for your self. Feb 15, Michelle Rebar rated it it was amazing.