Book Review: Crane by Stacey Rourke

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Book Review: Crane by Stacey Rourke

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Crane by Stacey RourkeCrane by Stacey Rourke
Series: The Legends Saga #1
Published by Anchor Group Publishing on May 26th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 298
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

My ThoughtsBeing a fan of everything that I’ve ever seen about Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow I suspected that I would enjoy this greatly! I was fabulously not disappointed!

This is a variation and a completely new take on an old story. I wouldn’t let that scare you away. The old characters are still there but this is now set to today and how the story affects Ireland Crane.

I have to say, I love the characters. I have so many highlights in my Kindle and I wanted to highlight even more! They are all quite different but at the same time they are all snarky or funny in their own ways. In the middle of battle I always found myself laughing! This also, of course, attributes to Stacey’s fantastic writing and world building. Everything was believable so I didn’t have to push to understand what the characters were going through and I completely understood when a character broke out in a one liner.

This also helped the ebb and flow of the book. It can’t be all blood and horseman, there has to be something to the characters and to the storyline. Again, she built this beautifully!

If I were to pick a favorite character I would have to say I loved them all. I was quite curious what was going to happen to everyone. Even the horseman! He is a great villain and I love great villains!

The only slight downside for me was twofold. Firstly, it is a bit of a mystery and I found myself getting tired even though I really wanted to continue reading! The second was about 75% through and there is a redundant portion of the story. I understand why it was happening but I was on the edge of my seat by that point and that part kind of slowed me down. What happened with Ichabod and Katrina at that part though was fabulous and I actually liked how THAT ended. Whew… this is hard without spoilers!

So… all in all the storyline was fantastic. The characters were built brilliantly and left me wanting more! I’m glad I already have Raven or I might be having a book hangover!

In short: Not too gruesome. There’s some blood but not too much. The storyline is definitely worth reading! Great for the upcoming fall season!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 4.4 / 5


The Author

About Stacey Rourke

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Crane by Stacey Rourke”

    • Christina

      Just finished the second and it is just as good if not better! Already cannot wait for the third!

    • Christina

      Just finished the second and it is just as good if not better! Already cannot wait for the third!