Ravenheart (Crossbreed #2) by Dannika Dark
The first thing I really liked about this book was getting to learn more about the side characters, with specific chapters devoted to them. I’m not necessarily sure this always furthered the plot, but I felt like I was learning about how different members of Keystone make up the organization. It also created some great tension between what Raven knew and when other characters knew she may be in danger, causing me to fly through those pages.
I really liked seeing good friendship and bonding between Raven and the other members of Keystone, not just moments with Christian. I love it when female friendships form in books (for some reason, there are a lot of friendless ‘chosen’ ones out there), and you definitely see this new bond forming between Raven and Gem. (And Gem, BTW, is such a fun-loving character to get to know. Reading about her re-ignited my desire for pale lavender hair. I NEED IT.)
That said, I loved the chapters from Christian’s POV, since he knows something Raven does not and he really struggles with this knowledge. I also thought the sexual jones between Christian and Raven landed much better, and the two had just enough interaction to keep me hooked.
The plot/villian was super obvious this time. And because I guessed almost immediately, I expected the characters to be a little quicker on the uptake. However, I didn’t think this hurt the book’s stride so much, since the remainder of the book was deducing the villain’s motivation and entrapping him/her. This was more entertaining than Keystone fumbling in the dark early on, even if there were no major plot twists.
I still really like this world Raven lives in, and love hearing more about the different breeds. My favorite breed is still a Chitah.
I’m a little bummed still not knowing how Raven became a crossbreed, even though her original story is briefly told (in about one sentence and severely underplayed). She acts so traumatized about her origin story and inner conflict about being part-vampire, but knowing the truth doesn’t add much to her character. If anything, I think it reflects back on her shallowness portrayed in the first book.
This was a fun book to read, and I’m glad I continued with the Crossbreed series. Even with the predictable plot, I learned a lot about the side characters and got to see Raven and Christian progress into the normal bantering relationship between partners (with lots of sexual tension to boot).
Haven't read the first book in the Crossbreed series? Check out our book review of Keystone!