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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Raven by Stacey Rourke

Book 2 of The Legends Saga

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An infamous love, destined nevermore,

For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

Raven is book 2 in The Legends Saga with Crane being the first book. I am a huge sucker for retellings, but The Legends Saga stands apart from all the others because they are based on DARK tales. Book 1 focuses on the legend of Sleepy Hollow and book 2 revolves around Edgar Allen Poe. Yesssss!! I thoroughly enjoyed Edgar's story, and his "affliction" was super creepy!

Edgar and Lenore's story was so pure yet tragic. I did hope to get a more detailed look at Edgar's writing process/career. Admittedly, I'm not very familiar with the works of Poe, so I'm sure the story is chock full f references I just didn't catch. Stacey is good like that. 

The ending was heartbreaking, satisfying, and left me wanting more, so much more. The only thing I have left to say is...

How could you, Stacey??

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