Sunday, 23 October 2011

TEEN: Ravenwood Chronicles 1 and 2: By Midnight and Darkness Falls - Mia James

Release Date: 03/02/11


April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart . . . and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from . . . something . . . . in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it . . .


To be honest I missed out on this one until I had the second title land and requested the original as I hate to jump into a series if I can read the preluding books. What this title by husband and wife team Tasmina and John Perry, does is give the reader a story that whilst it starts slow allows the reader to get a firm grip on the lead character in order to be able to associate the strange world into which she’s thrust through her eyes.

Add to this some very nice descriptive pieces, a setting that you can walk through mentally and of course a plot line that will grasp the reader within its palm to guide them to where the author wishes them to travel. All in it was a story that I enjoyed reading, I loved the twists and I hope to see more from this couple as they work very well together.

Release Date: 01/09/11


Highgate When April's family moved to the sleepy North London village of Highgate, everyone told her it was the start of an amazing new life. They didn't know the half of it. Weeks later, her father was the latest in a series of brutal killings, someone has tried to kill her, and now her boyfriend, Gabriel, is dying too ...Murder April couldn't save her father, but there's just a chance she can save Gabriel. There's an ancient recipe, hidden in a forbidden book, which holds the cure. All April has to do is find it. Somehow. Vampires But she has to keep a low profile. In a school full of vampires, where one of their own has been killed, they're beginning to suspect they have a Fury in their midst. April's blood might be deadly to vampires, but even that won't save her if they figure out who she is. Time is short, the stakes are high, and surviving school has never been so tough ...


This is the second title in the Ravenwood Mystery and whilst the original guided you into the world, this one really doesn’t lt up from the first page to the last. The action within comes thick and fast, the characters continue to grow and the novel changes that sets this series apart from the multitude of other vampire titles really takes this one in a direction of its own.

Add to this the seemingless blend of a writing couple that work well together, backed up with stunning prose and pace which leaves you with a title that is not only hard to put down but nigh impossible until the final page is turned. Whilst at times harrowing, it’s the strength of the characters that drives the story through and the emotional turmoil to which they find themselves. A stunning series.

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