When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.
Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past… and the darkness building inside her.- Goodreads
I picked up this book because of Gabriel Picolo. I love his artwork and have been following him for some time now. So when it was announced he was doing the artwork for this book, I was all over it. I will read anything that has his name attached to it.
As for Kami Garcia, I have never read anything by Kami Garcia. So I was excited to get into a new author (to me) and also I have a soft spot for Raven. But about the book.
It was good. However, there was a lot packed into this and I did not like that about this. The book takes place in New Orleans; so you already know that there is a lot of magic and history. The thing about it is the author chooses not to dig deep into the history and the magic. Its brushed over and I missed that. I wanted that richness but this story, Raven’s story was so fast. I was expecting more of a backstory and that didn’t exactly deliver.
If you are a fan of Raven, there are some new things to her story but there isn’t much. Going pack to this book being packed. . . its a fast read. Things happen very quickly and there are things missing with the story. Do you leave with more questions than answers? No but you do leave with questions.
Now the art :D
FREAKING AMAZING. The artwork helps the story so much because it fills in what the words do not have. I love how the Black characters were drawn. I loved the style because it is true to Gabriel Picolo but also matches Raven’s personality.
I want more story but this wasn’t a bad read.