Author: Kalyn Josephson
Genre/s and tags: Middle grade, contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, supernatural
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: September 6, 2022
Content warnings: parental death, death, murder, violence
One magical inn, two kids with supernatural powers, and an ancient Celtic creature trying to destroy their world by Halloween night…
Halloweentown meets Supernatural in this spooky middle-grade series from the acclaimed author of the Storm Crow duology!
Thirteen-year-old Annabella Ballinkay has never been normal, even by her psychic family’s standards. Every generation uses their abilities to help run the Ravenfall Inn, a sprawling, magical B&B at the crossroads of the human world and the Otherworld. But it’s hard to contribute when your only power is foreseeing death.
So when fourteen-year-old Colin Pierce arrives at Ravenfall searching for his missing older brother and the supernatural creature who killed their parents, Anna jumps at the chance to help. But the mysteries tied to Colin go much deeper than either of them expects. . . .
As the two team up to find answers, they unearth Colin’s family’s secret past and discover that Colin has powers beyond his imagination. And now the supernatural creature, one with eerie origins in Celtic mythology, is coming after him. If Anna and Colin can’t stop the creature by Halloween night, the veil to the Otherworld could be ripped open–which would spell destruction for their world as they know it.
A big thank you to the author for sending the e-ARC my way for an honest review!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)
Hi book nerds! I don’t know about you, but reading middle grade novels always fun for me. And in this case, Ravenfall is a wonderful middle grade novel that ticked the boxes for me—from the plot, the Supernatural vibes, to the characters, to the setting, and more! So today, I’m sharing it with all of you!
Ravenfall is a spooky and magical middle grade novel you do not want to miss! With Celtic mythology, a sentient inn, psychics, and a family secret, it’s an adventure you’ll love.
My thoughts on Ravenfall
This book seemed like the perfect fall book! The atmosphere of it all, both the spooky and the whimsical feels, just completes the book. But not only that, the plot, the adventure, and the supernatural elements also added more life to the story. From the Celtic mythology, to the magic and the world-building, to the characters, and the overall atmosphere–this book aced them all.
The story was told in two perspectives—Anna and Colin’s. It’s a little while to get the story going and to get the two of their point of views to intersect, but it was easy to read the story in their eyes. You have two sides that are so different from one another (especially in terms of their families), and yet still so similar (they’re just two kids who want to belong and feel less lonely). As a reader, I connected with these two and I rooted for them until the end.
I enjoyed the plot, of course. The paranormal and supernatural elements, paired with the magical family mystery and something bigger at play made it such an intriguing and enjoyable read. Some of the plot seemed like a bit predictable at first, but the ending still had a few surprises and I love it! The Celtic mythology, of course, made the story all the more interesting and I kind of wanted more.
I also love that there were several moral lessons here in Ravenfall. Not just from the main story itself, but there are other lessons from the characters, too. It made me feel for these characters and root for them. And it made me know more about them as the story progressed. The story featured side queer characters as well, which I appreciated. Also, I feel like the MC was ace/aro based on a line she said, but we’ll have to see more in the sequel!
Best of all, and I think my favorite thing in here, is how this story was also about home. Home and family have different meanings for every person and we see that here in Ravenfall. From Colin’s perspective, from Anna’s, from Nora’s and more. It was wholesome and heartwarming and so good.
Overall, this book was just so whimsical and heartfelt and I enjoyed every bit of it. I know readers of all ages will too!