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Book Review: The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Amulet Books
TBP: April 16, 2019
368 Pages

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster.

However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”-Goodreads

Let’s take a moment to admire this beautiful cover.  It is so far one of the best covers for 2019 ( and we are only in January).

This book is considered a retelling. And I believe the retelling is of Edgar Allan Poe and how/why he dipped into poetry when he did and of course his most famous poem The Raven. 

This book although not written in verse is poetry. The words are drawn out and written in a way as if they were poems. This proved to be an issue for me because it stretched the book out way longer than it needed to be.

Creativity was no lacking in this book. Poe’s muse Lenore proved to be just as creepy as some of Poe’s stories. And at one point I felt bad for her but then just like Poe, she did not listen to anyone and proceeded to insert herself into a world that did not want her.

The thing about Lenore is her presence was unwelcome because of how she looked and every time she opened her mouth. She cared for nothing but the poetry, which fed her and it took way too long for her to actually care about Poe. I loved reading Lenore’s point of view. She was the essence of the book because Poe was an annoying 17 year old boy who wanted the perks of an adult but didn’t want to be an adult.

I wanted to like this book. Edgar Allan Poe helped define my initial love of reading but this made me look at Poe as more of a brat than a talented author that preferred the dark side.

The book would have been better if it was written in verse. The way it was written, you can tell the author put a lot of thought and care into each sentence. It was beautiful but for a chapter book, not enough was actually going on and it didn’t leave a lot of anything for me to feel invested in the overall story.

However, I did complete it and it was an alright story. I strongly believe it would have been better if it was written as verse.

2 Pickles

NetGalley Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

          EgmontUSA  To Be Released Sept. 9, 2014            304 Pages
To Be Released Sept. 9, 2014
304 Pages

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Set in 1820s, Annabel Lee is sent to her father’s home in Philadelphia, after her mother’s death. Thinking she will finally get a chance to have a relationship with her father she barely knows, Annabel comes to finds herself fearing the dark as a murder on the loose.

She finds comfort in her father’s assistant, Allan but things become complicated when his cousin enters the picture and Annabel isn’t too sure who to trust.

This book is a spin on Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but with a great a poet and his muse. This book also happens to be a boring disappointment.

Annabel for the most part has no real substance. She speaks very highly of the country she came from constantly throughout the book but yet has nothing to show for it but medical skills her mother taught her. She had no real life; no spark to make me fall deeply in love with her. I feel that her entire story is too simple; not necessarily predictable but there wasn’t enough substance.

However, the story itself was creative; mixing poetry, love and creepy characters but it wasn’t as creepy and Gothic as the summary or the title implies. That is where most of the disappointment lies. I was thinking along the terms of jack the ripper when I picked up this book. I wasn’t expecting a gory story but I was expecting to shiver a bit.

The book also took too long to pick up and when it did pick up it was slacked. It felt like the author was trying to play a cat and mouse game but couldn’t get it down pack. Also the ending was bad and half-assed. Overall this story gets 2 Pickles. There does seem like there will be a book two by the way.