Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about Justice's real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.
Linda and I have been twitter friends for a while now, and ever since I heard about her book and the concept, I was really excited. Therefore, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on A Raven’s Touch.
The first thing I noticed about the book was that Justice was a very relatable character. She had some terrible bullying experiences and it made her afraid of everyone except for her best friend and family. I immediately sympathized with her. Then it was revealed that she was part Angel, and from that revelation on, the story just unfolded pretty easily. It was so interesting to see such a different take on the half human, half Angel paranormal story. I've read quite a few stories featuring half Angels, and I thought I had seen it all; however, Linda brought a new take on half Angels to the table, and I was so excited to see what else was in store!
Next, we have the plot. It was good and very interesting, but confusing and disorganized at times, specifically in the beginning. It was full of mystery, which was good, but the way the secrets were revealed in the beginning was a little scattered. What I mean by that is that the information about Justice’s heritage and mission wasn’t given in a coherent manner to me. It seemed like little bits of information were thrown at me until I was confused and then the big secret was revealed. Then everything mentioned beforehand made sense. It was an odd and confusing way to present information, but it wasn’t so bad that it ruined the story.
Another thing that I did notice about the plot was that it seemed to be drawn out unnecessarily at times, which was a bit frustrating. I felt like there were pivotal parts of the story that were presented and then drawn out until the emotion and importance of the scenes became dry and repetitive. Although that could be because I had to put the book down multiple times during said pivotal moments, which could have made them seem drawn out. However, it was all worth it when I got to the part of the book where the dragon came onto the scene. Now, you all know I have an insanely huge obsession with dragons so it's only natural that I squealed when one showed up in this book. The way she, the dragon, interacted with Justice made me so jealous because I wanted to pet a dragon too! *sigh*
The major plus about the plot was that I was immediately thrown into the action. I really like it when books start off with an action scene that grips my interest suddenly because then I'm looking into why it happened and what the consequences will be. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Justice was in the middle of it and weird things were happening to her too. The opening scenes really propelled me to read on and try to figure out what was happening to her. Then we had the emotional scenes that had me wanting to cry and rage at the world. There was one specific scene that was definitely a tear jerker and it was a hard scene to swallow, but the way it was presented was amazing. It definitely got me more invested in the story.
The next thing that had me flailing like crazy were the interactions between Darien and Justice. I swear Darien gave me heart eyes as soon as he appeared, and I could tell that sparks would fly between him and justice. Towards the end, they got closer and closer and every moment between them sparks flew and the heat was definitely turned up a notch. I seriously loved their interactions because they weren't instantly falling over each other. Justice was skeptical of Damien from the beginning, but as the story went on she slowly started to see that he was there because he cared for her, and I loved that.
Finally, we have the ending that left me begging for more! Linda really knows how to write a cliffhanger. It's been a while since I’ve had to deal with a cliffhanger and the wait for the next book, and I'm so excited to experience those feelings again. I cannot wait to see what Linda has in store for Justice, Damien, and her crew next.
Although this book had its bumpy moments, the end result made it all worthwhile. I recommend this book to anyone who loved Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and/or Fallen by Lauren Kate! I give A Raven's Touch three out of five stars!