Author: Christine Murray
Publisher: Mermaiden Media
Publication Date: August 30, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
"You can't play both sides, Scarlett. Sometimes you have to choose." -Gethan
Scarlett is torn, forced to make a decision she doesn't want to make. She decides to move with her mother to Avalonia, a country rich with history and a past which defines itself in curfews and prejudice. It was hard enough trying to live in a new country without the mysterious boy, Gethan and her newly-discovered almost cousin-in-law Aradia entering her life. She begins to question everything about the world she knows and the world which seems to call to her. Scarlett has to make a decision, but it isn't one she can make lightly.
Romantic Element: The relationship between Gethan and Scarlett is breath-taking and passionate! I love the tension between the two characters, also the love triangle with Sam, Scarlett's boyfriend. It isn't one of those fake love triangles; it feels real. I've definitely a book-crush on Gethan. He's pretty awesome. :) The relationship has a mix of forbidden affection and chemistry. It's so very well written! No one really compares to Gethan, which I guess gives away that Sam isn't one of my favorite characters. He's a bit of a tool.
Overall: Ravensborough is enthralling! It only took me two days to read the entire book, leaving me with a strong desire to read more! I was disappointed when I reached the end. I need to know more about these characters. Murray wrote a wonderful book, based in our world with a fantasy twist and a dash of romance. The rich descriptions of the places were beautiful, not too much with just the right amount of description. The reader gets a clear sense of the society in Avalonia and is gently immersed in the new ways. The character development was great; all of the characters had something to give and take. I loved the little twist towards the end! I didn't see it coming and those are the best kind of twists. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one in the saga.