ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publication Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I don’t know how exactly I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either which is why it’s getting three stars which I think accurately describes how I feel about it. It’s a good beginning to a series that I’m definitely interested in continuing.


There are four main characters and the POV shifts throughout the book between the four of them. First up we have Lyana. She was not my favorite. I honestly found her super fucking annoying. She was a spoiled entitled princess who likes to do things of her volition and god forbid anybody tells her no. She was not someone I liked and she didn’t really grow on me throughout the course of the book.

Cassi is probably my favorite of the four narrators. I thought she was such an interesting character with a great back story and a good development arc throughout the book. She does things you don’t expect her to do but that somehow makes you like her more. I’m excited to see where she goes in the next book.

Rafe and Xander I’m going to group together because they felt the same to me. I didn’t really love or hate either one of them. They were kind of just there. I will say that I liked Xander a tiny bit more than Rafe and he’s really the one I’m looking forward to in the next book.


The plot didn’t do much for me. I found it kind of boring. I found myself skimming a lot because I was trying to find something that interested me. I don’t know. I just don’t think I connected well to the story and so I wasn’t as interested as I might have been.

The writing was pretty good. I wasn’t annoyed by the multiple POVs due to the fact that they were in third person which I enjoy a lot more than first person multiple POV books. The writing overall was solid and laid down a good foundation on which to build the story upon. I’m interested to see where the rest of the series goes.

Overall Thoughts

I’m pretty sure this is an indie publication which is pretty cool. I commend the author for self-publishing and I think that’s amazing. I think I’m getting bored of YA and it’s all becoming a bit too repetitive for me. I’ve found myself more captivated by adult or new adult genre books so I might be taking a break from YA while I try to figure out exactly what it is I like to read.

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

  1. evelynreads1

    I actually felt the same about this book! It wasn’t to special, but interesting enough to want to read the sequel!
    I really think Cassi was the main reason why I want to continue! Her part of the story made the whole story more interesting!


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