ON RAVEN'S WINGS is a novella for young adults, the first
in the Hell Bent/Heaven Sent series. Mary Joseph is having
a hard time adapting to the effects of economic recession -
she's had to leave her fee-paying Catholic school and
attend a public school. Here the only good thing is that
she's made a friend of a girl called Triniti who plays in a
rock band. Mary plays drums and sings, to great applause,
and decides to take the stage name Raven to shed her good-
Desirable young man Ian sneers at Raven first, then when he
sees her playing he wants to get to know her. This is
because Triniti has given her a makeover, snipping off her
ponytail and applying careful black eye makeup. Raven was
keen to shed her past, not her virginity, so she
discourages more than a kiss, but can't deny that she finds
Ian attractive - if strange. Next day after school Ian
invites her into his car and starts telling her weird
stories about a fight between good and evil, and that he is
sent from heaven to search for the daughter of a demon
before she destroys the world. This is too much for Raven
so she freaks out and runs home. Here her mom yells at her
for having cut off her hair. She can't win! Next thing an
explosion rocks her house and fire and smoke force Raven
out the top window. Instead of falling, she floats down on
black lacy wings that sprout from her shoulders and vanish
again. With her life irrevocably changed, and her mother
vanished, she has to confront what Ian has said and wonder
if she is indeed what he was telling her.
I enjoyed ON RAVEN'S WINGS and was sorry it wasn't longer.
Lucas has a direct style which brings you straight into the
world of her characters, though more description would have
been good, and she wastes no time in getting to the heart
of the action. A forced clash between good and evil in two
teens who are attracted to each other sounds like a great
recipe for a paranormal series, and I will be interested to
see how it develops. The publishers recommend the series
for over 17s.
Mary Joseph's family is going through a financial crisis and
now she's forced to finish out senior year at the local
public school. In an effort to erase her Catholic school
girl image, she joins a rock band, gets a makeover from her
best friend, and changes her name to Raven.
Ian, the hottest guy in school, notices her and she's
plunged into a world she never expected to enter. His kisses
are as steamy as his body, but Raven doesn't know if he's
telling her the truth about his bizarre family or if he's
just saying anything to convince her to go all the way.
When disaster hits Raven's family, she has to make a
decision: ignore Ian's wild claims or take a leap of faith.
On Raven's Wings is the first episode in a series of five
novelettes (10,000 - 15,000 words) releasing every two weeks
starting October 23rd. Due to sex and language, this is
recommended for readers 17 and up.