Monday, September 22, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Raven (The Legends Saga #2) by Stacey Rourke

Raven by Stacey Rourke
The Legends Saga #2
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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.
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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?


 There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

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I am in awe of this book! I got a chance to read Crane before it was released and loved every minute of that story, and honestly I wasn't sure how this book would rate in comparison to Crane. But I am very happy to report that this story has exceeded my expectations and has made sure that I am now, and will continue to be a big fan of Stacey Rourke.

If you have read the first book, you already know what Ireland Crane has to deal with (and if you haven't read it, why the hell not? Go read it. NOW!). So imagine the shock and surprise that occurs when Ireland and her sidekics (and we readers) are introduced to a new spirit who's just a bit more badass than the Hessian. I know right? Who could be more badass than the Headless Horseman? Ladies and gents, I introduce you to Lenore. Yes, it's the Lenore you remember from high school English class when you had to read "The Raven". 

Ms. Rourke has a definite talent for taking characters from stories that we read growing up and giving them such a unique twist that they almost seem like an entirely new fictional character. In this book of the Legends Saga series, Ms. Rourke has managed to weave in a few pieces from Edgar Allan Poe's bodies of work, most notably with the ravens that are present throughout the story and Lenore, but also The Tell Tale Heart and The Masque of the Red Death.

What starts off as Ireland, Noah and Rip in Manhattan trying to track down the person responsible for the curse Ireland is dealing with takes a decidedly wrong, yet deadly turn when they meet Ridley Peolte, who himself ends up cursed as well, then literally all hell breaks loose when Lenore is unleashed from her burial spot.

This is where I will end my review, so as not to post any type of spoiler, other than to say this is a series I definitely recommend and I cannot wait to see how the next book series plays out.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

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