Teen Titans: Raven

Teen Titans: Raven

When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom—and Raven's memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossibl...

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Title:Teen Titans: Raven
Author:Kami Garcia
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Teen Titans: Raven Reviews

  • Juli

    My husband is a big time comics fan and has been for 40+ years. He has a rather extensive collection and knows the background story and facts about almost every character. DC, Marvel, Indy.....he's read them all. I enjoy comics, too. But I'm definitely playing catch up when it comes to my knowledge base. I wasn't allowed to read comic books (unless they featured Disney characters) as a child. My mother didn't approve of them. Fifteen years ago when I married my husband, suddenly I was surrounded

    My husband is a big time comics fan and has been for 40+ years. He has a rather extensive collection and knows the background story and facts about almost every character. DC, Marvel, Indy.....he's read them all. I enjoy comics, too. But I'm definitely playing catch up when it comes to my knowledge base. I wasn't allowed to read comic books (unless they featured Disney characters) as a child. My mother didn't approve of them. Fifteen years ago when I married my husband, suddenly I was surrounded by thousands of comic books....and I'm enjoying the experience!

    Raven. Before I read this eGalley, I had never read anything about this member of the Teen Titans. Or any of the Teen Titans, to be honest. I read my copy of this book and then talked to my husband about the character. My only experience with the Teen Titans prior to this is the rather silly television cartoon. I'm glad I read this graphic novel. It changed my opinion of the Teen Titans. I'm anxious to read more!

    Not sure what more knowledgeable Teen Titans fans will think of this book. As a newcomer to Teen Titans and Raven, I loved it! Not going to fall into discussions of continuity, character development, etc etc....because I knew nothing about Raven before reading this book. For me, the story was engaging. I like the character. And the story kept my full attention from beginning to end.

    The basics: Raven Roth is 17 when her foster mother is killed in a car accident. Sent to live with her foster mom's sister, Raven has lost her memory. She doesn't remember who she is...she doesn't remember her foster mom...she doesn't even remember what food or candy she likes. She just knows something is wrong. Loud noise bothers her. And she can sense the emotions and thoughts of everyone around her. Traversing high school is very very very difficult when the very thoughts of the other students are a constant bombardment. Add in the visions, nightmares and feelings of dread, and Raven feels like she is going crazy. Who is she? Why can she do the things she does? As she slowly discovers the truth and learns to control her "gifts,'' she realizes there is a lot more to her powers than hearing thoughts.

    I love the artwork in this book! Even in the unfinished pages of a digital galley copy, I could tell the art is just outstanding! It makes the story pop and conveys the emotions of a confused, lost teenage girl who doesn't understand what is happening to her.

    I enjoyed watching this character develop from a scared teenage girl into a much stronger, determined fledgling super through the course of this story. She learns what family is....learns lessons on trusting people and betrayal....and discovers that she has more strength, intelligence and potential than she ever dreamed. Lovely origin story!

    I am very much enjoying these updated tales about DC teenage superheroes. I recently read another new YA graphic novel about Catwoman that gave some new dimensions to the character. I liked this new look at Raven even more!

    I'm glad I read this book! The art is outstanding....the plot line is awesome! I have officially changed my opinion of the Teen Titans now that I've read a serious story about one of them. I look forward to learning more about the other members of the team, and reading more about Raven.

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from DC Entertainment via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Evangeline Dowling

    I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Teen Titans Raven is a graphic novel written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. It will hit stores on July 2nd, 2019.

    Rachel Roth (also called Raven) is a 17-year-old high school sophomore who was involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) with her adoptive mother. This results in a chain of events that leads Raven to her aunt, who is a voodoo priestess, and her cousin Max, who also possesses

    I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Teen Titans Raven is a graphic novel written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. It will hit stores on July 2nd, 2019.

    Rachel Roth (also called Raven) is a 17-year-old high school sophomore who was involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) with her adoptive mother. This results in a chain of events that leads Raven to her aunt, who is a voodoo priestess, and her cousin Max, who also possesses supernatural powers.

    Raven suffers unfortunate side effects from the MVA that result in her questioning who she is. The novel takes us from the MVA into a journey where Raven begins to understand her past and make plans for her future.

    The story also takes us through the development of Raven’s relationship with a boy from her local high school named Tommy. This relationship is not what it seems and results in conflict.

    The novel starts with a bang (literally) and keeps my attention until chapter 15. I greatly appreciate the diversity inclusion throughout the novel. We see illustrations of Latina, lesbian, and African American women (i.e., army of ghosts). I also appreciated the integration of Dracula, the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.

    The main characters are likable and relatable. The dialogue and interactions between the teenagers are appropriate and developmentally correct. The illustrations are on point with cool trendy clothing, hairstyles, and electronic gadgets.

    On a side note, for Saga readers, the cat in the tarot reader’s room reminds me of Lying Cat from Saga!

    The reason this graphic novel did not earn five stars begins on chapter 15. Raven just has too many powers and they are introduced too quickly. She can read minds, make things happen, and now has astral projection! We also find out who her biological father is, and that is also surprising. All of this made the story muddy for me and slightly rushed. Although, I greatly appreciate the inclusion of diverse characters, I would have made the illustrations of the army of ghosts a bit ghostlier. I clearly saw and felt the historical context, but it wasn’t eerie enough for my liking.

    Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I will include it on my monthly subscription at my local comic book store. This a good read for young girls and women who are unsure about reading graphic novels.

  • MissBecka

    Ugh. Waiting for the next installment is gonna be torture :(

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Raven’s back story in graphic novel format. Dark.

    Great artwork.

    Plenty of high school angst along with the supernatural.

    I’ve had this on my shelf from a conference last year. I was asked this week by a teenager why I didn’t read graphic novels. In consideration, I now realize you need to take the time to appreciate the art and realize it’s more serial than encapsulated. Reading to me is a movie or my own visual. A graphic novel has its own artistry that I can appreciate but it’s a different exp

    Raven’s back story in graphic novel format. Dark.

    Great artwork.

    Plenty of high school angst along with the supernatural.

    I’ve had this on my shelf from a conference last year. I was asked this week by a teenager why I didn’t read graphic novels. In consideration, I now realize you need to take the time to appreciate the art and realize it’s more serial than encapsulated. Reading to me is a movie or my own visual. A graphic novel has its own artistry that I can appreciate but it’s a different experience. More theatre than escaping in a novel. At least for me.

    Entertaining for sure.

  • Julia Sapphire

    I LOVED THIS!! This story follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Raven. She loses her memory in a car accident that occurred. She now has to start over and live in a foster home, while also experiencing high school.

    The art in this was STUNNING! I loved the grey, black, and purple color palette. The illustrations were overall extremely well done and expressive. The romance in this was also really nice! When they were t

    I LOVED THIS!! This story follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Raven. She loses her memory in a car accident that occurred. She now has to start over and live in a foster home, while also experiencing high school.

    The art in this was STUNNING! I loved the grey, black, and purple color palette. The illustrations were overall extremely well done and expressive. The romance in this was also really nice! When they were trying candy bars together, I just thought that was adorable. The relationship Raven had with her foster sister was also so well done and so important. I loved seeing two females getting along and bringing each other up.

    The ending fell a little flat for me but other than that I don't have much to complain about. I was honestly really impressed and found myself relating to this in a lot of aspects. I am looking forward to reading the next graphic novel in this series.

  • Autumn Byrd

    If you’re a fan of Teen Titans then this will be one graphic novel you’re going to want to have on your radar. Before the Teen Titans, we follow 17-year-old Rachael, who prefers to be called Raven by her friends, who just had her whole world turned upside down. Now she can’t remember anything except the mundane like solving math problems and how to make a pot of pasta, but everything else has completely vanished. Picking up the pieces and trying to start over is never easy, Raven is slowly learning this. So when she meets a boy named Tommy Torres, suddenly things don’t seem so bad. Until strange things starts happening and a dark voice begins haunting her dreams.

    Where do I even begin with this graphic novel?! I liked it, I really liked it! This is my second DC Ink graphic novel and I found that I enjoyed this one so much more than Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale. The author really knew about the character she was writing about and whenever I read graphic novels about my favorite comic characters, I at least hope they stick to that hero’s or villain’s background for the majority of the comic. Super thankful for the the obvious love and knowledge of this character got poured into this book by the author!

    My Thoughts

    I’ve already stated how much I love the fact the author knew about the character she was writing about. I’m even more impressed that she added Slade into the mix of this whole comic. If you’re not familiar with Slade, Slade Wilson or otherwise known as Deathstroke is technically a villain (although I say he’s chaotic neutral) from DC comics. He’s a mercenary and an assassin who serves as the archenemy of the Teen Titan, more specifically Dick Grayson, otherwise known as Robin, Batman’s sidekick. I was super surprised he was dropped in panels throughout this graphic novel! This was probably my favorite thing about this graphic novel except maybe the cat this tarot shop.

    Speaking of things I really loved, Tommy Torres was a surprised for sure. Any part with him, he reminded me of the personality of Beast Boy. I went the longest time thinking that he was going to be Beast Boy and this was them meeting before Teen Titans. Even though that wasn’t the case, he was a pleasant surprise. His personality made a difference in this graphic novel and it reflected with how Raven would act and respond to certain situations. I loved every bit of it! Not to mention, this really shows that Raven has a type and if you haven’t read the comics or even seen the show Teen Titans, then what are you even doing?! Although, I really wish we had a part where Tommy told Raven outright what was happening instead of her finding out in the worst possible way. I wish that section had gone a whole different direction.

    Before anything else, there is a lot of diversity in this book. From the family dynamic, to the lgbtqiap rep, all the way to the Raven and Tommy being a biracial “couple” (it was never stated they were a couple, but they went on multiple dates). Even outside of that, we see the school cliques from the mean girls, to the struggling jock, to the bullied, we see a lot of different dynamics and diversity!

    Also, one quick side note, I loved the artwork Gabriel Picolo did for this graphic novel. Each page is stunning and captures the mood of the whole story. It was just so stunning and I think Picolo did a marvelous with the color pallet and bringing this whole world to life. While I have never seen any other works by Picolo, this has prompted me to go look at other graphic novels they may have worked on or to track them down via social media. They truly did an outstanding job and think a lot of readers will fall in love with Picolo’s work after reading this graphic novel.

    Without going into too much detail, I’m glad that the author brought in Trigon. He’s one of the biggest pieces of Raven’s backstory and I loved every second he was brought up. I wish we had more scenes with him. To sum up Trigon, he basically the most powerful villain in all of the DC comics, he enslaved many worlds, and he in the most intense being out of all the DC villains. So I really wish we had more panels of him or we got to see a little more of his possessive nature towards Raven.

    Out of all the wonderful things this graphic novel does offer for any fan of Raven or Teen Titans, there was one thing that kept me from fully loving this graphic novel. While I love the romance, the story-line itself was underwhelming. It felt like so much more could have been done to cause more action or really play to Trigon’s true nature. The romance felt like it was overshadowing any opportunity for there to be more intense scenes or to show more of Trigon’s personality/intentions. I feel like many readers who have followed the DC comics or even Teen Titans will feel underwhelmed by the small amount of Trigon panels to the lack of action or suspense in this graphic novel.

    Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel. I think this is a great graphic novel for readers who aren’t familiar with Teen Titans, DC comics, or just the general characters. It’s a perfect introduction to those who do love Teen Titans, but has never gotten into anything past the t.v. shows. Even if you are a fan, I would still recommend reading this graphic novel. It was very well written by an author who actually poured their love and knowledge of this character into a book to bring it to life. And the artwork sets the mood perfectly! Honestly, the snippet of Kami’s next book in this series, in the back of this book, Beast Boy can’t get here soon enough! This graphic novel is sure to make everyone excited for the next!

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  • Hamad

    Raven is my favorite hero from the DC world (I am a Marvel fan to be honest), I remember the excitement I had when I was in middle school and I wanted to go back home to watch Teen Titans!

    That's why I immediately ordered this when I saw it on Edelweiss (Thanks for the publisher for the E-ARC which does not affect my opinions on this).

    It is also drawn by Gabriel Picolo who I follow on Twitter and is a fan of!

    I feel that rating this is a hard task because it is written by

    Raven is my favorite hero from the DC world (I am a Marvel fan to be honest), I remember the excitement I had when I was in middle school and I wanted to go back home to watch Teen Titans!

    That's why I immediately ordered this when I saw it on Edelweiss (Thanks for the publisher for the E-ARC which does not affect my opinions on this).

    It is also drawn by Gabriel Picolo who I follow on Twitter and is a fan of!

    I feel that rating this is a hard task because it is written by Kami and drawn by Picolo. The art is perfect and I have no objections on it. A solid 4 or even 5 stars for the art.

    The story however, was a little bit underwhelming. I feel like I already know this and that Raven deserves more. This was like a story of Raven discovering her powers and origin but Raven was not the Raven I know from the Teen Titans series.

    So, in short: The art is amazing is expected but it could have used a better storyline!

  • Ann (annreads)

    *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks DC Comics for sending me a copy!*

    Even though I didn’t have previous knowledge of Raven‘s origin, (I only knew her from the old Cartoon Network show), I didn’t have any trouble following what was happening and I actually really enjoyed the story! This book gave us a first glimpse of Raven copping with the lost of her mother, and having to adapt to her new life after everything than happened. Overall, this one was such a fun-quick read,

    *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks DC Comics for sending me a copy!*

    Even though I didn’t have previous knowledge of Raven‘s origin, (I only knew her from the old Cartoon Network show), I didn’t have any trouble following what was happening and I actually really enjoyed the story! This book gave us a first glimpse of Raven copping with the lost of her mother, and having to adapt to her new life after everything than happened. Overall, this one was such a fun-quick read, and I specifically enjoyed Raven and Thommy! Both characters were super interesting and I loved the dynamic between the two of them. Also, I have to say the art style was stunning, I loved the illustrations, and the color palette they used for Raven was stunning!

    Overall, I had a blast reading this one, and I’m already excited for the next one!

    3.5/5★★★

  • Scott S.

    -- Rachel 'Raven' Roth, page 21

    I guess I'm just too much of a fan of voice actress Tara Strong's signature and often humorous vocal fry-styled performance of Raven in the animated

    and

    series for this new interpretation to fully win me over. (Obviously it's not the most fair comparison at all, but that's the indelible version of the character kicking around in my mind.) Altho

    -- Rachel 'Raven' Roth, page 21

    I guess I'm just too much of a fan of voice actress Tara Strong's signature and often humorous vocal fry-styled performance of Raven in the animated

    and

    series for this new interpretation to fully win me over. (Obviously it's not the most fair comparison at all, but that's the indelible version of the character kicking around in my mind.) Although I liked both the Mera and Catwoman titles from 'DC Ink' the now-standard teenage / high school / relationship melodrama this time around felt more conventional, and also seemed a little tiresome. It wasn't that it was bad, just not good enough. The bright spot was the inclusion of a

    sneak preview.

  • Sara

    OH MY GODDDDDD

    I'm not into graphic novels but guysss this is about my babyy RAVENNNNNN!!!!

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