Review: White Raven (Raven #1) by J.L Weil

White Raven (Raven #1) by J.L Weil
Published by Dark Magick Publishing 2015 (E-Book)
368 Pages

Thank you to Dark Magick Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears. 

Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.

Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.


Young Adult fantasy is my go to genre when I fancy just escaping from reality for a while. I love reading about teenagers, the supernatural and the like, so when the chance came for me to read White Raven I jumped at the chance. The synopsis didn’t give me much of an inkling as to what it would be about, but that just made me want to read it more if I’m honest. I’d also never read any other books by J.L Weil and I always love discovering new authors.

In White Raven we meet seventeen year old Piper, who after the death of her mother is sent by her father to spend the summer with her Grandmother Rose on Raven Hallow, along with younger brother TJ. From the moment she steps onto the island she knows something is different. The residents all seem to know of her arrival, and meeting the gorgeous but mysterious Zane Hunter doesn’t help. Soon Piper is swept into things that are beyond her control and she soon finds out that there’s more to Raven Hallow than what meets the eye.

I’ll admit the first half of the book is slightly boring shall we say. You don’t really find out about the happenings on the Island, and all it seems to be is Piper moaning and sulking, which I’ll tell you did annoy me just a tad. However, come the middle of the book you finally start to find out the secrets about Raven Hallow and that is when I became interested. I loved the concept and I really enjoyed learning about the White Ravens and the Crows and the lives of Reapers. There was a lot of stems from Historical and Mythological themes which I was really into, and you can tell research had been done. It was really well done and I’m glad that I didn’t stop reading before this was all revealed.

Piper as a character really irritated me. I found her to be whiny, selfish and quite rude at times. I can understand that she was trying to get over the death of her mother, but she didn’t have to be quite so nasty as she was at times. Also her reaction to Zane I think was a bit over the top, I understand that they had a connection but it did seem childish at times, or it may just be the fact that I’ve grown out the crushing on guys thing and I don’t understand anymore. Despite this, I did find myself laughing at the banter between herself and Zane at times. It added a bit of a comical feel to the story and that is always needed. 

White Raven was an easy read with a great concept behind it. I just wish that the story hadn’t been so dragged out and that we’d found out about the mysteries of Raven Hallow a lot sooner. It’s not the best YA Fantasy I have read, but I am intrigued to read the next book in the series nevertheless.




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