Title: A Raven's Touch
Author: Linda Bloodworth
Source: ebook from author for honest review
There is a GRAPHIC suicide in this story and there is VIOLENCE. The heroine is going to kill things since she is a demon slayer.
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about Justice's real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.
A RAVEN'S TOUCH was very well paced throughout the book, never giving much down time from the chaos that starts almost immediately. Justice's world is turned upside down the day before she turns 18 and it doesn't stop there. The days following her birthday are filled with new things about herself, new friends and foes, and an uncertain future.
One of the things that irked me about the story, though minor, was the ‘couldn't care less’ attitude of Justice and her friend Moira at the start of the story. Someone commits suicide? Let's hear them gab about how cute Tom is. A major explosion? Eh, let's go hang out at the local cafe. Maybe it was the momma in me trying to make sense of it, but I would think my 16yr old daughter would have more sense and feel a little sympathy in the wake of all that is happening. That's just me.
But other than that, I really enjoyed the story. So much happens and Justice isn't given much time to grieve, let alone 5 minutes to herself to think about the burden being placed on her. Justice is jolted into a new life with huge responsibilities and gifts she never would have imagined possible. Her future is most definitely uncertain, but along the way new friends will make it seem as if she has a fighting chance at doing the job that God has placed in her path. (Yes, there is a religious tone throughout the book. But it was one I found immensely refreshing.)
While it has been some time since I have read an "angel" book, one of the awesome things about the story is that it doesn't just end there. The readers get witches, elves, and vampires. Oh my! And also so much more. With this book, many worlds collide in this fast paced, page turner. 4 Stars!