Book # 1
By- Jessica E. Paige
Genre- YA Fairy Tale/Folklore
Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home?
Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams.
Inspired by Russian fairy tales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.
Mel's Review -
Chasing Ravens by Jessica E. Paige is a YA fairy tale novel that also contains elements of fantasy, folklore and magic. I was drawn to the story immediately, just from my very first glimpse of the cover. It's simple, everyone has clothes on (which is far too unusual these days) and it's beautiful-I love the colors! Then I read the blurb and knew this was going to be one of those books that crawled into my heart and made itself at home. I was so right.
The main character, Anouk is a wonderful heroine; strong and vulnerable at the same time, and she's sweet and funny and smart. It was incredibly easy to root for her. It wasn't just Anouk, either, all of the characters in the story were fantastically real. They came to life in my head as I was reading with no effort at all. Their vibrancy added to my overall enjoyment of the story in a big way.
The way Paige tells this story is absolutely beautiful; the writing is more like prose. It was addictive and made it even more impossible for me to put the book down. Then we get to the story itself, I was enchanted from the very beginning. There was never a moment in the entirety of the book when I was bored or disappointed-not until the end. And that was just because I didn't want for it to be over. It shocks me that this is the author's debut-it was extremely well done; Paige writes like a seasoned veteran of the craft.
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages. Anyone who loves fantasy, magic, fairy tales, folklore, nature, animals, and just so much more; this book truly had it all. I enjoyed every single enthralling moment and I plan on reading it again and again while I wait for the next installment in Anouk's story!
Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs. You can visit her at www. jessicaepaige.com.