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Raven Born Review

This book had me captivated all the way through.

Rating: 5/5

Harper King is being hunted by the government. Her crime? Being a shape-shifting, half-raven woman.

And she’s not the only one they’re after.

Supernatural beings like Harper are arrested every day, a fate she’s dodged so far. But when a single miscalculation lands her in a Naturalization camp, she must choose: be Naturalized or be killed.

Between magical wards that imprison her at the camp and a rebellion brewing, can she find a way to escape before her wings or her life are taken from her?

In a few days, Tyson Miller will be charged with murder.

Today, he's just a human counselor at Camp Silver Lake. According to Tyson, his therapy makes all the difference for paranormals making the transition to Naturalized citizenship, even if it means encouraging them to give up their shifting abilities and powers.

But as he uncovers the dark history of Camp Silver Lake and the leaders' mental instability, he'll be forced to face a devastating truth:

He's been fighting for the wrong side all this time.


Content Warning: Suicide

I received a copy of Raven Born from the author, Bree Moore, herself. In return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

This was the perfect book to get me out of my slump! I ended September not reading anything. And the beginning of October, I struggled to read much of anything. I finally decided to pick this one up in hopes it might capture my attention. It did not disappoint! Just a few chapters in, it captivated me and I didn’t want to put it down. Whenever I wasn’t reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Just a few chapters in, it captivated me and I didn’t want to put it down.

It was such a fun read! It felt very nostalgic for me feeling like a mixture of all the books I read when I was younger. Specifically being The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and Maximum Ride. Especially Maximum Ride, though if I’m honest I only read the first book which I enjoyed but not enough to continue the series. Raven Born gave me lots of feels of Maximum Ride, but I enjoyed this so much more! And a more recent read being the Crave series, which I can see Raven Born being a big hit among Crave fans!

It felt very nostalgic for me feeling like a mixture of all the books I read when I was younger.

We see a world similar to our own, where humans live among various paranormals. However, they don’t coexist peacefully. Paranormals are hunted and brought to camps to be “naturalized” or in other words trained to live as normal as possible among humans. We follow Harper, a half-raven woman, who accidentally gets captures and sent to one of these camps. And one of the counselors at the camp, Tyson, a human who believes he’s helping the supernaturals on their journey to Naturalization. That’s until he meets Harper and her views of Naturalization turns his world upside down.

From the start, the premise had me intrigued as I follow Harper and get introduced to this world. It had vibes of real-world history such as the concentration camps during WWII. Just instead of innocent Jewish people, innocent supernaturals are being captured and sent to these camps. However, these camps do have somewhat a normal “camp” vibe mixed boarding school vibe. The supernaturals attend classes and training on what it means to be Naturalized.

It’s the way the camp was set up that sort of reminded me of the Percy Jackson series, Just imagine a camp filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, and everything in between instead of demigods. And the classes they have to attend are what gave me the Crave vibes. Especially seeing the wide variety of paranormals similar to Crave.

Now you might be wondering, how did you get The Hunger Games vibes? I’m about to tell you! Our main character, Harper gave me such strong Katniss vibes. Harper had such a strong and moody personality, she was very passionate about what should be fair for supernaturals. I could easily see her being the leader or the face of the resistance to change the laws for supernaturals, similar to how Katniss was the face of the resistance in The Hunger Games series.

This book flowed so well, having me captivated all the way through. I didn’t want it to end. I got all the feels with this one too. We had funny moments, cute moments, serious moments. I simply loved everything about reading this. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

I didn’t want it to end. I got all the feels with this one too.

I think anyone who enjoys fantasy books featuring supernaturals and enjoyed books like Percy Jackson, Maximum Ride and Crave, will enjoy Raven Born!


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