by Kim Cleary
(Daughter of Ravenswood #1)
September 7th 2013
Dark Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that’s a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life.
Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right. To save her own life, and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy has to figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her—a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.
: This book was really interesting right from the start and it pulled me into the story. I didn’t know what to expect since this is a new author for me, but I was not disappointed. There was a lot of suspense and the setting was just right for this type of story. Who doesn’t like cemetery’s?
The characters need a bit more work since I didn’t feel like I knew them that well by the end of the story. My favorite was Judy. It was sad reading about her time in the orphanage and I was glad when she ran away after finding out that they intended to keep her there due to her odd powers. She was a character that I could relate to and I kept reading to find out where she would go next on her path to self discovery.
Despite needing some more work, it is overall a great read and I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens and which guy she chooses.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.