Book Review: Raven by Stacey Rourke

September 25, 2014 Blog, Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Ghosts 2

Book Review: Raven 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: Raven by Stacey RourkeRaven by Stacey Rourke
Series: The Legends Saga #2
Published by Anchor Group Publishing on September 21st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 211
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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.

My ThoughtsAmazing.. I am dying here…. the end! Oh my god… I loved the twist at the end! And Stacey lets you in on who the next book is going to be about!!! Totally perfect ending. Cannot wait for the next already!

Ok… fangirling done… Wow! This is so good.

Firstly, you will want to read the first book. It’s a fantastic story but this without that would feel weird. Although this storyline is more about Edgar Allen Poe, they are entwined. This actually picks right up where the first leaves off so without the knowledge of the first, you will be lost!

Secondly, once again I am loving the characters. Even more characters in this to love. I love them all. ALL. OF. THEM! How is that even possible? Much like the first book the characters in this are extremely snarky and just downright funny at times. I love their attitudes and how they are handling a very awkward situation.

And then there is Edgar Allen Poe. I’m a huge fan. I love him. Much like reading about The Headless Horseman I was worried that Stacey Rourke wouldn’t quite hit the nail on the head but not only did she do just that, she put her own spin on the stories! Hands down, it is amazing writing.

The one and only downside, once again right about halfway I started getting tired. I’m not sure what it is but it takes until about that 3/4 point to pick back up for me. And that is not to say that her writing is not fan freaking tastic, because it is, but there is a point where I just want to take a nap and then come back. I had to push through both books but let me tell you, it is SO, SO worth it. The storyline doesn’t hiccup too much and the characters really are worth your time.

Definitely be ready for a third. Some questions are answered but more often in this story they are not and I had even more questions than at the beginning. I did not feel that this took away from the story AT ALL.

In short: Amazing story telling. I want to read more of her work. Cannot wait for the next!!!

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 4.3 / 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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2 Responses to “Book Review: Raven by Stacey Rourke”

    • Christina

      It’s amazing!! I’m telling you. Had me screaming and calling the hubby to give him all the spoilers since I can’t type them in the review 😀