Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson - HIGH

Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson, 250 pages.  Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House).  2022.  $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content G; Violence: PG



13yo Annabella Ballinkay is no ordinary teenager. She belongs to a family of psychics who run the magical Ravenfall Inn at the edges of the human world and the Otherworld.  When a newly orphaned boy named Colin arrives at the inn searching for his older brother and answers to his parents’ deaths, Annabella jumps at the chance to help him, even though the dangers to both of them increase as Halloween and Samhain draw closer and the veil between the worlds thins. 

Ravenfall Inn is almost its own character. The house has a lot of personality, reminiscent of Encanto.  Annabella and her family have interesting gifts, but it was hard for me to get past the fact that Colin has just seen his parents’ bodies and the man who murdered them.  I don’t know how he is a functioning being after that, even if he has powers.  This book is the first in a series and even though it wraps up, the door is open for more magical adventures. 

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