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(The Legends Saga #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  327 reviews
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 liv
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 26th 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing (first published May 21st 2014)
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Ben Alderson
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
wow wow wow
this book was so interesting, i was creeped out through out reading this which i loved!
I like this take on mythology retold .. headless horse man freaks me out very much! brilliant job by the author!
I can not wait to get onto the rest of this series!
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Three stars, rounded up from a middle of the road 2.5 stars.

Dark grows near, sense the fear,
Cloak of night, brings Horseman's plight.
His pricy toll, will be a soul.
Run and hide, before his ride.

I seem to have a bit of a Headless Horseman addiction.

This is the second book in so many months I have read about him, but I can't help feeling that if I had read this book without reading Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution I might have liked it a little more.

Crane follows Ireland Crane, as she mov
✭☆Jodie Louise  WitchinnReadin☆✭

Four Headless Stars!

sleepy hollow photo: Sleepy Hollow SleepyHollow8.gif

Dark grows near, sense the fear
Cloak of night, brings Horseman's plight.
His pricey toll, will be a soul.
Run and hide before his ride.
Or the dead,
Shall claim ye head! 

Can i just kick off this review with saying how much i LOVE the cover for Crane? It's gorgeous and perfectly fitting for the story! Hats off to the designer! 

Crane is an retelling of the epic legend of The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Now i am a huge fan of the Jonn
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, arc
I received this book to give an honest review.
What can I say about this author not only does she write freaking amazing books, but she writes these stories that have a sense of humor written within the story line. You get so engaged with the story that it is hard to put down.

This is a new twist on Crane (and I can not wait for ya'll to check out the cover of this book) It will be one of my favorites if not the only one I love for the year. But anyway back to the review of the story and not the c
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: An exciting twist on a classic tale.

Ireland is relieved to be away from New York City. She is looking for a quiet reprieve in Sleepy Hollow. She can't wait to get settled into her cute house and her new job. Unfortunately, a quiet reprieve is not what she gets. Right after Ireland arrives in town, someone starts murdering people by cutting off their heads, leading people to wonder if the legendary Headless Horseman is riding again. Ireland discovers a strange guest in he
Ellen Gail
Jun 24, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-pretty, kindle, freebie
1-clicked, because "whore for freebies" is my middle name. ...more
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
So this was a first of it's kind for me. As a fan of all things horror and creepy it has never occurred to me read a book in that genre especially one that is a Retelling of the classic Headless Horseman.

Well I am glad I made Rourke's story my first. Because I wasn't sure whether to be scared or laugh myself into narcolepsy.

“Dark grows near, sense the fear,” a voice, possessing the deep rasp of death, croaked in the sing-song tempo of a nursery rhyme.
“Cloak of night,
brings Horsema
Joy Whiteside
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was an amazing read that I finished in one sitting. This is a must read for 2014.

Stacey Rourke has written a book that moves along at a great pace, has interesting and amazing characters and a story that will grab you and keep you enthralled till the very end.

A must read.
When Ireland Crane moves to Sleepy Hollow, mysterious things start to happen. And those mysterious things include a headless horseman chopping off people's heads, weird dreams and a narcoleptic man who has, apparently, been asleep for centuries waiting for Ireland's arrival.

I don't the know much, or anything really, about the legends around Sleepy Hollow and the horseman, nor do I know the famous figures at the center of the story. However, I do love the show Sleepy Hollow so I was pleasantly su
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Crane (Legends Saga #1) by Stacey Rourke

4 Stars

Starting a new life in a small town didn’t quite turn out as expected for Ireland Crane. A gruesome murder within days of her arrival was bad enough, but when the police told her the victim had Irelands surname carved into its chest, that should have been enough to have her running for the hills. But it didn’t, she stayed, and things only got weirder by the day. She found a hobo in her basement and woke up from a bad dream with a cut on her arm. Add
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Stacey's retelling of the story if Ichabod Crane, in this new book that revolves around his descendant, Ireland, is perfect. She has done an amazing job.

She goes beyond the classic tale, adding twists you never even thought of. She also brings Rip Van Winkle and Washington (Irv) Irving along for the ride.

One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Ireland pretends that her face is going numb, which causes Rip to fall over, sound asleep. He does that a lo
Stacey Rourke
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A fresh new series that kicks off by delving into one of my all time favorite stories; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I am SO excited to share this one with all of you!
Tracy (Cornerfolds)

I've had my eye on Crane ever since I saw that AMAZING cover! I couldn't really figure out what the super weird, painted face had to do with the Headless Horseman, but I knew it was probably good. I'm a sucker for a good retelling and this one was truly unique!

Right off the bat it's obvious that this is not a normal retelling of the classic myth. This is primarily the story of Ireland Crane, a distant relative of Ichabod himself. She's had a rough breakup and moves to Sleepy Hollow to make a
Jenny Zimmerman Black Words-White Pages
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 18+
Recommended to Jenny Zimmerman by: Stacey Rourke

What would you do if you found out you were a descendant of a fairy tale story in a strange fairy tale sort of town. And that fairy tale has come to life in a blink of an eye and becomes you? I for sure wouldn't know what I would do.

For Ireland, that very thing happens and we are lead to believe the twisted characters of our childhood stories are just that stories, but in reality of this book they are actually real life people and their events in the town have been fabricated to a point fo
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

“Perhaps they know of your reputation,” the soft-spoken schoolmaster jabbed, “And have busied themselves locking away their daughter’s virtues.”

I’m a bit at odds with myself about how I feel about this book as it’s actually two different stories at once. We have the story set in the past of Ichabod Crane’s battle with the Headless horseman, which was actually my favorite parts of the story. The banter between Ichabod Crane, Wash
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May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received a free ARC for an honest review**

Note: This review contains no spoilers

Wow! What an enjoyable twist of the classic stories that we have grown up with and learned in school. Stacey Rourke brought a hauntingly touching story of lost love in this telling of a small town named Sleepy Hollow. Again, an author takes stories that we learned about during our youth and brought it to life...with the whole premise that the stories are true! Loved it! I enjoyed all the references of little know
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Think you know the story of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow? Think again.

Stacey Rourke delivers a heart pounding thrill ride in her newest tale, Crane. Your heart will race and your breath will hitch with each terrifying step the Horseman’s steed takes as he closes in on his next unsuspecting victim.

Some of the residents of Sleepy Hollow are not who they appear to be. Who has called the Hessian forth? Can a past injustice and a lost love be righted? Most importantly who dawns the Hessian
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good re-telling. Whether they stick to the story or not, as long as the bones of the story are there, I will find it fascinating and interesting and really get into it.

This book by Stacey Rourke is one of those immensely satisfying re-tellings of one of the most famous American legends, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

I loved how it went back and forth from modern times to the story of Ichabod Crane and his two friends, Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle.
Shannon Thompson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors-i-ve-met
If you’re looking for an awesome Halloween read, check out Crane right meow. Revolving around a Sleepy Hollow retelling, this exciting, gory, and hilarious novel flips back and forth through time and the present to introduce new characters in a priceless spooky tale you thought you knew. I loved, loved, loved Rourke’s writing style and how she seamlessly threaded in humor with horror. (I especially loved Rip.) The book is well-written, extremely entertaining, and the perfect fall read. I definit ...more
Cheree Castellanos Edits
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great spin on an already epic story. I honestly am not super familiar with the Sleepy Hollow story, except that Johny Depp is hot ;) but I know the basics. But this, what an amazing book! Right off the bat I loved the main character Ireland, she is funny and talks out loud to herself, I can relate to this woman! But the story itself was kind of frightening! Next thing you know you find yourself sucked into a story you never could have anticipated. This is a great tale with twists you won' ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The first in the Legends saga, Crane by Stacey Rourke is a chilling retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Hoping to start life over after a bad breakup, Ireland Crane moves from New York to the small town called Tarrytown. But a quiet life isn’t what she gets as she discovers the monster from the tale lives inside her; if she doesn’t learn to take control of the Headless Horseman, she’ll leave a trail of rolling heads and dead bodies behind her.

Written in a parallel structure, Crane alternat
Jenny Whetzel
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time reading anything by this author and it will not be my last. I definitely want to continue the series and possibly check out this author's other work. I thought this was a great twist to a tale we all know. For a majority of the book it goes back and forth from the past to the present, which made it difficult for me to put down. It was as I couldn't read it fast enough, I just had to know what happened next for either of the main characters. ...more
Ginny  Gallagher
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Gin's Book Notes
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CRANE by Stacey Rourke is awesome sauce with a cherry on top. I loved it. It was the perfect book to kickstart my Fall reading and it didn't disappoint.

I'm not going to go into a lot of details because I don't want to ruin any of the surprises that await you but I will say that if you are looking for an fantastic retelling that is full
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-read
WHY is this not more popular????

But seriously, I never thought it would live up to its cover. I have been deceived before, BUT NOT THIS TIME. No, Crane is a surprisingly, well-written, new adult paranormal story without a huge emphasis on the romance. It's actually more about the suspenseful plot.

Just hear me out. To anyone who doesn't know where to start with New Adult, this is for you.

Crane starts out with our two main characters from two different time periods, Ichabod and Ireland. At the be
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing such does not sway my review in any way.

When I was a child, I loved reading about different legends and lore. This book brought back those years to me, spun a contemporary take on them and gave me comfort in the creepiness of the story. Comfort of the known and comfort with the fact that this author didn't just tell me about the legends but treated them with hon
Let's take a moment to absorb the absolutely awesome cover this has!!! Anyway, I have had this on my kindle since it first came out and have been dying to read it, so when I got the chance to listen to the audio, I jumped at it, well I'm so glad I did because I loved this!!! So freaking fantastic in audio.

Who doesn't know the Sleepy Hollow story by now, and if not, why not?? Stacey Rourke has taken that story and made it her own. She has created a seriously creepy and engaging book and one which
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The author was kind enough to provide me with an Ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was freaking AMAZING!! I loved it so much! I love anything that has to do with Sleepy Hollow and The Headless Horseman and Stacey wrote the perfect retelling. Ireland is going through a horrible break up and decided to move to the town of Sleepy Hollow in search of a new start it is there where she wakes Rip from a year’s
So here is how this is going to go down
I am going to quickly write this review then go ahead and get started on Raven because
I need its right now

This was beyond unique, this blown past that and beyond.
I am always up for an original story, something that I can't even begin to fathom how the author could think of something so .... different.
Thank you Stacey Rourke for doing just that and more.
This is story telling at its finest. Not only are you throw into the story with practically wearing you
I flat out loved Crane. If you are looking for a spooky Halloween read, Crane is a perfect pick.

Stacey Rourke transforms Washington Irving's tale of the The Headless Horseman into a fabulous contemporary horror storytelling... Vacillating between Ichabod Crane's and Ireland Crane's encounters with the horseman the reader is given the past and the present story until they collide.

Don't get me wrong, its not all horror. Rourke masterfully bring plenty of snark and humor to her characters, even whe
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Re-tellings are one of my favorite things to read as we get to see old stories with new twists. It’s like a mix of an old comfort and a new experience that can’t be beaten. Crane is no exception.

Now I readily admit I haven’t read the original Sleepy Hallow or Rip Van Winkle, but at this point, I know the stories well enough to enjoy Crane and see the parallels without issue. I think what Stacey Rourke has done here is pretty clever in its delivery and the cool little parallels to the original wi
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