In this Flock book review I’m sharing my thoughts on the first book in The Ravenhood series by Kate Stewart. As usual, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum though as with any review of mine there may still be a few small spoilers.
“If you’re ever wondering what to do, that’s what you do. Whatever you fucking want, whenever you want, and you don’t apologize for it, not ever.”Kate Stewart, Flock
Once again I was pulled into a series based on recommendations from Tik Tok. These booktok creators are extremely convincing. The Ravenhood series is a contemporary romance series that takes place over the course of a total of 12 years from beginning to end.
Trigger Side Note: This book has a reverse harem trope.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut Shaming
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Synopsis and Author
She is in Triple Falls for one reason and it’s not to reconnect with the father who has been absent for most of her life. Cecelia is here to collect on an inheritance that will ensure that her mom who worked so hard to provide for her will be able to finally relax.
Cecelia just wants to let her hair down and live free for once, she doesn’t know that she is walking into a war that’s been years in the making. She is among people she doesn’t really know and they are winning her heart.
Kate Stewart gives us a heartbreaking coming of age story where we follow Cecelia over the course of 6 years. One year changed everything for this woman, and she’s about to deal with her demons.
Flock Reading Experience
Flock takes place in Triple Falls, North Carolina and the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia is where this story takes place as we follow along with Cecelia’s point of view. There is mystery, summer loves, and heartbreak that leaves you emotionally distraught.
I do not want to spoil too much with this book so all I’m going to say is I couldn’t put it down and the pacing is pretty quick. This story grabs you and doesn’t let go.
Flock is 350 pages and 42 chapters long. It took me about 6 hours to read it and I did it in one sitting because I couldn’t put the book down. I had a hard time stopping the entire series so be prepared for a whole weekend to read with this series.
Kate Stewarts does a fantastic job with describing the small town that the majority of the story takes place in. She also does a great job with her character development giving us several memorable characters that are easy to fall for.
I will say this, she captured that 20 something “I’m really a deep thinker” vibe, it works for this story. The young love portrayal in this book is fantastic and Kate does an amazing job with it.
Flock Book Review
I didn’t really care for Cecelia in the beginning. She has this whole rebellious teen thing going and as a 30 something I keep wanting to look at her and say, “awe.” However, this 19 year old learns fast and is still incredibly smart so she grew on me.
Of all the boys in this book Sean and Tyler are the ones that I actually liked from the beginning. Sure Sean has that whole I’m a deep thinker vibe going for him but he pulls it off and he’s cute. Tyler is the friend that always has your back and he will be just a friend.
Dominic had to grow on me. At first he was just rude and I just did not like his whole attitude. However, he redeems himself with me a bit. He grew on me.
There really wasn’t anyone I hated in this book. Mainly Roman was the only cold asshole in the book but I had a hard time with but, we don’t get a lot with Roman so I didn’t have a growing hatred towards him either.
There were a few cliches in this book, but it worked. I’m not always a fan of cliches but in this instance it really worked. Kate Stewert did a great job with the story because it really did suck me right in and wouldn’t let go.
I do not read a lot of contemporary romance, but if you liked the Monsters and Muses series, or Forget Me Not Bombshell, you will probably get into this book and the characters.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
Flock gets 4 stars from me. I’ll be honest in this ranking, this book didn’t do it for me like others could. I liked the characters and I grew attached to Cecelia so I felt her pain and that’s what drove me to tears. I wish I had felt more for the boys but I just liked them and felt they were good characters.
- I liked the young love story and knowing we were getting it in a flashback made me look forward to the rest of the series.
- The poly relationship was well done and felt normal for the characters involved.
- Some of the cliches were a bit much
Final Thoughts on Flock
I feel like Flock would be a good summer read sitting on your front porch or in a hammock with. While it takes place in the summer it’s a young love story that takes you back to those days when you thought you knew about life and love. It’s sweet with a cliffhanger ending that will want you picking up the next book.
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