Official Review: Raven Dock by Sara Caldwell

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Official Review: Raven Dock by Sara Caldwell

Post by kandscreeley » 14 Feb 2019, 09:31

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Raven Dock" by Sara Caldwell.]
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Harper is in her senior year of high school. She's moved around a lot, so she doesn't really feel like she fits in well anywhere. Except, in this latest move, she found a kindred spirit named Olive. It seems like her family is getting ready to move again, but Harper is determined to spend her senior year with Olive. In the blink of an eye, everything changes when Harper's entire family dies at the hands of a hit-and-run driver.

Now completely alone in the world, Harper crashes at Olive's house while she tries to figure everything out. Suddenly, she is contacted by an aunt she didn't know she had. Aunt Mary wants her to spend some time at her retreat, Raven Dock. Harper begrudgingly agrees, but nothing is as it seems. Who is her Aunt Mary? Why did her father keep her a secret?

Raven Dock is a young adult novel written by Sara Caldwell. At just under 150 pages, it's a quick read with a plot that moves swiftly. The suspense continues to build, and the ending might not be exactly what you expect. There are a few more gruesome descriptions, but for the most part, the book is suitable for younger teenagers and up.

I think what I most appreciated about the book was its uniqueness. There are supernatural elements; however, it was far from the typical vampire/werewolf/witch story. It was refreshing to read a story in this genre that didn't remind me of another popular book the entire time.

We do get quite a bit of background on Harper as far as family history. However, it comes in bits and pieces, which doesn't overwhelm the reader. There is enough action and mystery interspersed with the more sedate details to keep any reader interested. Perhaps some of the secondary characters aren't quite as well-rounded as some would like. Still, this book is more about Harper's discovery. Since it's a book one, I have a feeling more of the other characters will be explored in the future.

Speaking of the first book, I was also appreciated that most of the plot in this book was wrapped up. There was enough mystery and intrigue to make me want to read the next book in the series; but, at the same time, I'm not sure I would call this a cliffhanger. To me, it says something about the author when they can make you want to read the next book in the series without leaving everything open-ended.

I would give Raven Dock 4 out of 4 stars. The writing style was appropriate for the genre, and I really enjoyed the building of suspense. Though some of the characters weren't as developed as others, it wasn't anything that I felt warranted removing a star. I would recommend this to those that enjoy a good, young adult novel full of magic and suspense. For those that are looking for a more complex story and style of writing, I would recommend you look elsewhere.

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Post by kdstrack » 17 Feb 2019, 10:19

This book comes at you with the family tragedy - and then throws the reader into the mystery of Harper's aunt. Looks like a good read! Thanks for your interesting review.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 17 Feb 2019, 10:35

"There was enough mystery and intrigue to make me want to read the next book in the series." It's good when a first book in a series it's interesting enough to leave one with a desire to read the next book. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Feb 2019, 12:41

This sounds like a suspenseful plot I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 17 Feb 2019, 15:57

I really admire authors who are able to write a compelling story in so small a space (150 pages), and who are able to wrap things up while still leaving you wanting more. The plot sounds really intriguing. Thanks for this review, you've piqued my interest!
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Post by Shielasshi_93 » 17 Feb 2019, 22:07

This seems like an interesting read. The cover page is also intriguing. I love paranormal, actions, adventures and mysteries so I think I will thoroughly enjoy this book. Thanks for an insightful review!

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Post by Ronel_Steyn » 18 Feb 2019, 07:13

I love young adult fiction. They really know how to pull you into another world. Thank you for your review!!

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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:42

kdstrack wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 10:19
This book comes at you with the family tragedy - and then throws the reader into the mystery of Harper's aunt. Looks like a good read! Thanks for your interesting review.
Yes. That's it exactly. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was quite fun to read.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:44

Rose Harebate wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 10:35
"There was enough mystery and intrigue to make me want to read the next book in the series." It's good when a first book in a series it's interesting enough to leave one with a desire to read the next book. Thanks for a great review.
I always appreciate it when the author makes you want to read on for some reason other than a cliffhanger. Thanks.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:45

Cecilia_L wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 12:41
This sounds like a suspenseful plot I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation!
Thanks! It was a fun read.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:45

BelleReadsNietzsche wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 15:57
I really admire authors who are able to write a compelling story in so small a space (150 pages), and who are able to wrap things up while still leaving you wanting more. The plot sounds really intriguing. Thanks for this review, you've piqued my interest!
Yes. It really didn't feel like anything was missing from the story, either.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:46

Shielasshi_93 wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 22:07
This seems like an interesting read. The cover page is also intriguing. I love paranormal, actions, adventures and mysteries so I think I will thoroughly enjoy this book. Thanks for an insightful review!
I hope you read and enjoy. Thanks.
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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Feb 2019, 09:47

Ronel_Steyn wrote:
18 Feb 2019, 07:13
I love young adult fiction. They really know how to pull you into another world. Thank you for your review!!
Young adult fiction is one of my favorites, too. This is a good one for sure. Thanks.
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Post by Zimall » 19 Feb 2019, 08:38

Young adult novel under 150 pages!! Certainly my kinda book. Sad to hear that some secondary characters weren't round. Round characters are the thing i like most in a book. But i think u can still give it a try.
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Feb 2019, 08:40

Zimall wrote:
19 Feb 2019, 08:38
Young adult novel under 150 pages!! Certainly my kinda book. Sad to hear that some secondary characters weren't round. Round characters are the thing i like most in a book. But i think u can still give it a try.
Thanks a lot for the review Kandscreeley☺
I think that those characters will be developed more in future novels. There's only so much you can fit into a book like this. Thanks!
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