Review: Ravencliffe

Title: Ravencliffe (Blythewood #2)
Author: Carol Goodman
Publisher: Viking
Published: December 2, 2014
Hardcover, 432 pages
ISBN: 978-0-670-78477-6
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl.

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us. After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school? Her love? Or her life?

My Thoughts:
After the Blythewood cliffhanger I was more than eager to begin Ravencliffe. So much happened in the first book, but the end was really revealing. *SPOILER ALERT for BLYTHEWOOD* Ava found out that her father is a Darkling and that she is also a Darkling. She also kinda insulted her boyfriend, Raven, when he told her what was happening. Though she didn't do it on purpose. Ava is lost and confused and so scared that her friends and family will reject her when they find out what's happening to her. All that takes a backseat, however, when Ava learns that girls are being kidnapped by the evil Judicus van Drood. Only Ava can stop him before it's too late. 

I'm always a little scared to read the second book of a series when I liked the first book so much. A lot of the time the story line loses steam and the second book falls short. Not this time, though. Ravencliffe was just as good as the first book. In the first book, Ava's mother's past is revealed. In this book, Ava's father is revealed. As is more information about the Darklings. Pride and prejudice have to be put aside for the greater good. Ava has to trust in herself and her friends. This series just keeps getting better and better. I really can't wait till the third book comes out. Which isn't until December. If you haven't started this series yet, it will give you plenty of time to catch up. 

My Rating