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Ravencliffe: The Blythewood Tales, Book 2

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Heroic cast and terrific plot keep fantasy sequel exciting.

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Just like series opener Blythewood, RAVENCLIFFE is a gloomy, gothic and atmospheric novel. It has an array of likable and unlikable characters, including Ava, Raven, and Judicus van Drood. Readers will immediately be swept up, once again, into the excitement of old New York. Goodman definitely knows her early 19th century history. The first 12 chapter are spent in New York searching for a missing girl, but there's still plenty of magic, mischief, adventure, and even a ball to keep readers entertained before Ava arrives back at Blythewood. There are new teachers, and readers will get to meet Raven's parents and discover who Ava's father is, as well as the meaning behind Ravencliffe.

The novel ends on a cliffhanger and leaves readers wondering what happens next to Ava and her friends in the final installment. There's so much to like in this series -- from the heroic and unusual cast of characters and historical setting to the terrific plotting to the fantasy and supernatural elements weaved naturally into the narrative.

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