Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Raven's Kiss

Raven's Kiss by Toni LoTempio

Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like while trying to track down Aega and bring him to justice. After a particularly dicey encounter one night with a Hellhound, she goes to the aid of a girl who’s been attacked and near death—and is amazed to find Aega’s bite mark on the girl’s arm. Determined to get to the bottom of this, she revisits the victim’s apartment and there discovers her closet is a portal to a parallel universe, where people she knows lead vastly different lives. She also gets a glimpse of the Recovery Captain there—a six foot, redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee, whose sexy accent and even sexier bod sets her senses aflame. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…


Raven's Kiss is the first book in a new series called Raven Grace. This is a good paranormal book that has a variety of paranormal creatures. Raven is a 20-something year old college girl who has been bitten by a demon, which has turned her into a Shapeshifter. She can shift into just about anything - lots of things you've probably never even heard of!

Despite her strong powers, Raven mourns being a mortal. She is very bitter and angry about what has happened to her. Her sole purpose now, is to go after the demon who turned her. She is a Recovery Organization agent - which is like law enforcement for the paranormal world. Raven works non-stop to help keep her mind off her troubles, and to work off her pent-up anger.

Raven has a bit of an attitude problem, especially at the beginning of the book. Even her coworkers file complaints about her. It's only normal that she would be upset with her situation, but she tends to take her anger out on other people. She will, however, grow on you throughout the book. After being forced to take a vacation, Raven gets caught up in quite the adventure! She meets a handsome man named Finn who helps her track down the demon. There is a bit of a romance involved, but the book is more adventurous than romantic.

I don't want to spoil things too much, but there is a big characteristic of this book that makes it unlike other paranomal books I have read. I didn't feel that I really connected with the main character though. Also, I almost thought there was too much dialogue at times - though I'm not sure I've ever said that about a book before. I just think that a lot of the dialogue was filler material and too descriptive at times. The flow of the book was a bit odd to me, but I can't really put my finger on why. Of course, this is just my opinion and these things might be perfect in your opinion. Overall, this was a pretty good adult paranormal book that includes a lot of mystery, fantasy, and adventure!

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