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Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#1 by hsimone
» 11 Jun 2017, 05:03

[Following is a volunteer review of "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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In Lincoln Cole’s novel, Raven’s Peak (World on Fire, #1), the reader is thrown into an exciting ride filled with action, horror, possession, and much more.

After a tragic family incident, young Haatim questions his belief in God. Due to this, he has kept his distance from his religious family, trying to sort out his feelings. At the same time, Abigail desires to be reinstated as a demon hunter. Though due to her recent possession, it is taking longer than she would have liked. When she is given the assignment to look into unusual activity in a small town named Raven’s Peak, both Abigail and Haatim are thrown together for a roller coaster ride. Except, this thrilling ride puts their lives at risk, as well as many others.

While reading, there was not a dull moment. There was a good balance of action and storytelling, making it clear that Mr. Cole has the ability to tell a great story. Reading about the possession aspect left me uneasy and brought back some childhood fears, but not enough to leave me scared now. Again, another great balance.

When looking at character development, I would say that they were mostly developed. Right from the beginning, a tortured man named Arthur was introduced; I was immediately drawn to him, wanting to know more about his tragic story. However, after the beginning, he was not seen again, which left me a bit empty. Abigail was a strong female lead, easily likable, and one that I felt was developed well. Haatim was more insecure, unsure, and one that I felt I wanted more from. Though, I did like how the author kept Abigail and Haatim as friends and did not introduce a love connection between the two.

Aside from wanting more character development, I did find the ending unsatisfactory. Instead of feeling the usual resolution to a story, it felt more like another climax, which took away from the rest of the story.

The theme of good versus evil was a major one here. Both Haatim and Abigail took on the essential role of “good” while the possessed person took the role of the “evil” one. However, there were moments throughout the read where both “good” characters had to make tough decisions in regards to this theme.

Overall, the book was engrossing and enjoyable. With the exception of more character development and a different ending, I give this read a 3 out of 4 stars, and I recommend it to adults who enjoy a good horror.

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Re: Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 12 Jun 2017, 14:51

That's pretty much how I felt about the book as well. I know some were put off by the ending, but it didn't really bother me that badly. I think it's because I treated it more as a teaser to the next book than as an actual ending to this book. Thanks for the review, though!
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Re: Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#3 by hsimone
» 12 Jun 2017, 15:05

I've heard both people that didn't mind the ending and those who were bothered by it, so it definitely seems like a preference thing. Either way, I enjoyed this one more than some other books I've read recently. Thank you for reading and commenting, kandscreeley!
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Post Number:#4 by Swara Sangeet
» 13 Jun 2017, 20:58

Congrats on the good review! I read this book too and liked the friendship aspect as well. I felt the ending as a cliffhanger, so no complaints there. Now after reading your review, I agree about the character development. I would have liked to know more about Arthur.
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Post Number:#5 by Czarmaine AM
» 13 Jun 2017, 22:52

I don't know if it's just me but I felt the sexual tension between Abigal and Haatim even if the author tried his best to keep the relationship of the two as platonic as possible. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book. I agree that the author has the ability to tell a great story! Thanks for this great review!
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Re: Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#6 by hsimone
» 14 Jun 2017, 00:54

Swara Sangeet wrote:Congrats on the good review! I read this book too and liked the friendship aspect as well. I felt the ending as a cliffhanger, so no complaints there. Now after reading your review, I agree about the character development. I would have liked to know more about Arthur.


Thank you, Swara Sangeet! Yeah, the last bit of the book wasn't so great for me, but I'm glad that there are plenty out there that enjoyed it! The author seems to have written a book (yesterday's Book of the Day) that goes into more detail about Arthur. I'm super excited about this! I love his character and wanted more. Hopefully, the new book does give more. :)

-- 14 Jun 2017, 07:58 --

czarmaineam wrote:I don't know if it's just me but I felt the sexual tension between Abigal and Haatim even if the author tried his best to keep the relationship of the two as platonic as possible. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book. I agree that the author has the ability to tell a great story! Thanks for this great review!


Hm...you might be on to something, czarmaineam. I honestly did think that they would end up together and it might not have been just because they were the main leads in the story, but perhaps there was something more... :eusa-think:

Definitely, my attention was captured right from the beginning! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! :D
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Re: Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#7 by Swara Sangeet
» 14 Jun 2017, 01:10

hsimone wrote:
Swara Sangeet wrote:Congrats on the good review! I read this book too and liked the friendship aspect as well. I felt the ending as a cliffhanger, so no complaints there. Now after reading your review, I agree about the character development. I would have liked to know more about Arthur.


Thank you, Swara Sangeet! Yeah, the last bit of the book wasn't so great for me, but I'm glad that there are plenty out there that enjoyed it! The author seems to have written a book (yesterday's Book of the Day) that goes into more detail about Arthur. I'm super excited about this! I love his character and wanted more. Hopefully, the new book does give more. :)

-- 14 Jun 2017, 07:58 --

czarmaineam wrote:I don't know if it's just me but I felt the sexual tension between Abigal and Haatim even if the author tried his best to keep the relationship of the two as platonic as possible. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book. I agree that the author has the ability to tell a great story! Thanks for this great review!


Hm...you might be on to something, czarmaineam. I honestly did think that they would end up together and it might not have been just because they were the main leads in the story, but perhaps there was something more... :eusa-think:

Definitely, my attention was captured right from the beginning! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! :D


I would enjoy reading that prequel! Hope I get it soon!
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Re: Review by hsimone -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post Number:#8 by hsimone
» 14 Jun 2017, 01:12

Swara Sangeet wrote:
hsimone wrote:
Swara Sangeet wrote:Congrats on the good review! I read this book too and liked the friendship aspect as well. I felt the ending as a cliffhanger, so no complaints there. Now after reading your review, I agree about the character development. I would have liked to know more about Arthur.


Thank you, Swara Sangeet! Yeah, the last bit of the book wasn't so great for me, but I'm glad that there are plenty out there that enjoyed it! The author seems to have written a book (yesterday's Book of the Day) that goes into more detail about Arthur. I'm super excited about this! I love his character and wanted more. Hopefully, the new book does give more. :)

-- 14 Jun 2017, 07:58 --

czarmaineam wrote:I don't know if it's just me but I felt the sexual tension between Abigal and Haatim even if the author tried his best to keep the relationship of the two as platonic as possible. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book. I agree that the author has the ability to tell a great story! Thanks for this great review!


Hm...you might be on to something, czarmaineam. I honestly did think that they would end up together and it might not have been just because they were the main leads in the story, but perhaps there was something more... :eusa-think:

Definitely, my attention was captured right from the beginning! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! :D


I would enjoy reading that prequel! Hope I get it soon!


Me too! It's not released yet, but hopefully soon!
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