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Published by Berkley on February 3rd 2015
Narrator: John Michael Morgan
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance, Vampire
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Source: NetGalley, Nina Bocci, Purchased audiobook
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…
Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…
When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…
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Claudia’s Book Review: 5+++ Stars
As we are set on Italy, Florence to be exact, a place full of beauty and art history, this book is also a piece of art. Reading Sylvain books is like enjoy a priceless illustration at the Uffizi. The perfect way to enjoy art while reading, the spectacular writing & captivating story will hostage you until the last page. Although The Raven is the first book of The Florentine series, there is a prequel, The prince, I recommend to read the prequel before reading this book.
While I was reading Gabriel’s Redemption, some character took my attention, the man who approached to Julia at the Uffizi and made Gabriel so uncomfortable. Remember him? That scene made me wonder who he was. That was a mystery until now, that we get to know more about William York.
So William York, the Prince of Florence, has stolen or gotten back his priceless illustrations, but he still wanted revenge. While he was looking for it, he found Raven…and he saved her, or perhaps I must say she saved him. Raven is not like the usual heroines, she’s a very kind person, brave and willing to sacrifice herself for the ones she love. They’re both attracted to each other and they will have to find out if there is love what they share.
If you’re looking for outstanding writing with so much imagery and mysterious, suspenseful, intrigue, provocative, sensual and full of passion storyline, this book is for you.
Angy’s Audiobook Review: 5+++ Stars
I’ve been struggling about writing this review for over 3 weeks, I even repeated the audiobook because I needed the courage to write it, and I’m still insecure about it. Why, you might ask. Because this book touched a very personal fiber of my being. Raven was not just one character I loved with all my heart, she was more. I related to her in so many ways, her personality—not everything, my heart is not as pure as hers, her decisions in life, her way to accept who she is and who she wants to be. So I felt like I was reading an alternative universe where I could have something I’m sure I will not have IRL, and that broke my heart in million pieces—Danm it, I’m crying again while writing this.
So, after thinking about how to write this review, I decided to write a letter to Sylvain. Here I go.
Thank you so much for Raven. Not just the book, but also this amazing character that literally stole my heart. I felt like I was her while I was reading this book. Obviously I didn’t live what she had to when She was a child, and I’m not physically disabled, but I AM her in so many ways. I thank you for her because she is the strong, mature, sensitive, courageous person I want to be. I thank you for her because She knew how to accept her disability, live with it, be happy with it. I thank you for her BECAUSE SHE IS EVERYTHING.
I also thank you for William because of all he meant for her. He loved her for who she was and not because of the way she looked like, and in that way I felt loved by him. William always was protective of his Cassita vulneratus and later he understood she was the protector. I may say William is one of the most perfect characters I’ve ever read. Thank you for that.
Thank you for this amazing vampire universe you have created. Thank you for the incredible connection with the art, it made me want to visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence—maybe one day.
Lastly, I want to thank you for such amazing audiobook. Let me tell you something I’m sure you already know, but John Michael Morgan is such an extraordinary narrator. He did a perfect William and a far more perfect Raven. His narration surely made your beautiful book outstanding.
Thank you for reading my letter
Note: This book counts for my Book Challenge 2016 as the book that was set in Europe.
“Botticelli-primavera” by Sandro Botticelli – http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/uffizi-gallery/artwork/la-primavera-spring-botticelli-filipepi/331460/. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.
The Birth of Venus (1486)
“Sandro Botticelli – La nascita di Venere – Google Art Project – edited” by Sandro Botticelli – Adjusted levels from File:Sandro Botticelli – La nascita di Venere – Google Art Project.jpg, originally from Google Art Project. Compression Photoshop level 9.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.
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