A Ravens Touch, book one of The Raven Wings series is a paranormal coming of age story. The plot was a good one and the cliff hanger ending occurred at just the right scene to make a reader want to pick up the next book to find out what happens.
Set in a small town right out of the mid 20th century two teen age girls dealing with high school bullies are eagerly anticipating graduation. A series of tragic event throughout the book thrust them into adulthood and a paranormal world for with they are not prepared. With distinct Catholic overtones throughout the plot, the heroine relies upon her religious beliefs to see her through the toughest of situations.
I did enjoy the story line but found that I was not drawn into the characters as much as I wanted. Written in first person the heroine told me all about what was going on instead of showing of the emotions, feelings, and setting as she experienced them. There were also a few instances where it seemed the technology was anachronistic. In a place where there are jukeboxes at every table in the soda shop or diner and land line telephones at home, there are also cell phones and social media. I found references to songs from decades past instead of currently popular music. Certainly it is possible that a young person of today would like the music of her parents generation, but would the target audience actually get the references? I found that these things confused the time setting for the story.
I do want to read the rest of the series as it is released. The story itself is a good one and I want to know what happens next and how the heroine completes the task she was chosen to do. It is my hope that the author will improve in the area of showing me what the heroine goes through in the next book because it is sure to be a harrowing adventure.
Recommended for any reader age, though, older adults may not enjoy the youthfulness of the story as much as teens and young adults will.