Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Chasing Ravens By Jessica E. Paige

Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home? 

When a curse threatens to kill the villagers she’s come to love, Anouk takes on the dangers of the natural and magical worlds to save them. Her journey takes her deep into the Dark Woods where she must draw on all her strength to survive, but will come to realize that these magic woods hold the key to discovering a gift she never knew she had. 

Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams. 

Inspired by Russian fairytales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.

Amazing story, it completely enthralled me. It took a little bit to get into it. Anouk is a strong young woman that will pull you into her story, her struggle in life. Jessica keeps you on your toes concerning who Anouk will have a love interest in will it be the boy in her uncles town? or Vlad her best friends love interest? or will it be the mysterious yet sweet Pavel from the Dark Forest.
Anouk gains such love, loyalty and compassion for the people of Devya
Its truly an amazing story. Great detail in each character, town and area of the forest that she travels to .
I think Pavel is the best of the young men she meets in her journey of life. Hes gone through as many trials and tribulations as she has in life. So they understand eachother. Anouk is  a strong young female struggling to find herself. To find out if she is a true healer or if she is a hunter. Doubting her skills as a healer through the entire story.

I give it a 5 Star rating and cannot wait to see if there is more in this series from this amazing author.

Jessica E. Paige

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Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll probably find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs.