Reviewed by Deanna R Sweeney for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of Raven Darling by Lára Dawn Michelsen is a story about a young girl who left her life behind after high school in order to travel the world. She lives as a free spirit, exploring one country after another and earning money for her travels by writing about her adventures. She meets people on her travels but is hesitant to get attached. She knows she will have to say goodbye once it is time to move on to the next destination and goodbyes are difficult. She is very much at war with herself. On the one hand, she wants to be a free spirit and travel the world. On the other hand, she feels lonely and finds herself missing her friends, family, and the possibility of a long-term romantic relationship.
As someone who has always dreamed of dropping everything and traveling the world, I found this story to be very interesting. It sounds like a romantic idea but Raven’s experiences shed a light on the difficulties that accompany the dream. Despite the carefree life she seems to live, I can’t help but feel sorry for Raven. The storyline was fluid and easy to follow. The characters all had their own unique quirks which made them believable. The character interactions were engaging with occasional bits of humor which made them entertaining. Overall, The Adventures of Raven Darling by Lára Dawn Michelsen is a well written and enjoyable read.