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Review: Conspiracy of Ravens

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Synopsis

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 Shadows get back what her idiot brother stole. Her only weapons? Just a little ingenuity and a whole lot of snark. It’s suicide for sure, but she’ll do anything to protect her twin.

Review

4 out of 5 stars!

Let me start off by saying that this book was so darn funny. I had to laugh out loud a couple of times, even though we read Raven’s inner monologue from a third person point of view (kudos to the author J.C. Mckenzie for pulling that off!)

Raven is a snarky young woman, working her ass off at a lousy waitress job while trying to pay off the debts her loser ex left her with. Even though this sounds pretty sad, Raven keeps on going with a positive attitude and gets through her day with the help of her loving family and a healthy dose of sarcasm. I absolutely loved the close-knit family scenes, especially the ones with her younger brother Mike were both heart-warming, funny and most of all very relatable.

When Raven’s twin brother Bear goes missing, her life gets a little more complicated. She gets involved with TDD – Tall, Dark and Handsome, who we later find out is the dark fae lord Cole. Raven herself has some Otherworldy powers herself too, which you will read more about later on in the story.

Raven fights tooth and nail to find out where her brother went, what he did, and most importantly how to get him back. I really admired her strength, without her becoming the typical (and slightly unbelievable) badass heroine who can physically take on big bad guys.

There were two things that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, and also the reason why I deducted one star from my final rating. The first one was that sometimes, the world building was a bit incoherent and vague. Of course, paranormal romance stories usually put the plot and the world-building a bit on the back burner, and I get that. I don’t blame the author for this in any way, it just sometimes jarred me while reading and took me out of the story. The second thing is that Raven said some things that rubbed me the wrong way, and almost came across as if the author kind of wanted to vent her opinion. There are two examples of this; one where she compared someone looking rough with looking like a cancer patient, which I frankly think is quite shocking and just not done. However, this is of course my personal opinion and did not take away from my enjoyment while reading the book. The second example is a weird run-in Raven has during working her job as a waitress with a woman who is a vegan. Raven absolutely hates vegans apparently and ridicules them, which also felt weird and uncomfortable to me (although I can see why some people would find this funny!)

To end on a positive note though, I would like to highlight the amazing details that were put into this book. Not only is the cover gorgeous, the chapter headings are really pretty too and every chapter starts of with a small quote. These always relate to what we are reading in the chapter, and are sometimes hilarious too. I really liked this extra effort put into the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book and am very much looking forward to reading the sequel. I would like to thank the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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