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Raven (The Legends Saga #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  238 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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 c
Published (first published September 21st 2014)
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Ireland is back and now she’s come to New York to find answers. She’s bent on finding out why was she cursed with the Headless Horseman tattoo, and with her are her trusted companions, Noah van Tassel and Rip van Winkle. She then meets Ridley who can see and conjure the dead with just one touch! He’s the incarnation of Edgar Allan Poe and he is one really interesting bloke. (I bet Poe has been turning on his grave whenever Riley encounters the dead. Or is it the other way around?)

I loved this se
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
So, I'm over here having a bit of a sad. I waited almost a year to read this, so I could save it for (hopefully) close to when #3 would come out. I gave in and read it yesterday -- I didn't hate it. But I didn't love it either, so I'm gonna break it down for you.

It felt rushed. The detail level/set-up was nowhere near the level of the first one and it kind of read like an action film. Ireland, Noah and Rip are the main characters again, but if you didn't know them from book one you'd think they
Cassandra Curiel
*Copy provided in exchange for honest review*
"In death even our flaws are raised up on golden pedestals."
Six. Stars!! (again)
God, I love Stacey Rourke's characters so much! I fell in love with book 1 and now I have fallen for book 2!! The characters that were introduced in this one were amazing as well! Especially Edgar! He can make the hardest of hearts swoon into a puddle at his magnificent feet. And Ridley. Oh, don't even get me started. He can hold MY hand all he wants. Rourke is a master wh
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that a book comes along that renders me unable to write a review about it. Not that Raven was a bad read; just the opposite in fact. I find myself befuddled when trying to write a coherent statement. How does one review the mind of Ridley and Poe? Well, here goes.

Rourke still brings the wit, humor and sarcasm that she is known for as she intertwines Washing Irving’s The Headless Horseman with the morbid, craziness that is Edgar Allan Poe. The cast you fell in love with from Crane; Noa
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We've seen twisted fairy tales, now with Rourke's brilliant writing we have twisted classics...and I love them. Age old favorites come alive in the Raven, a contemporary, suspense filled, mystery with a dazzling paranormal twist.

Ireland Crane is back. She is trying to track down the mystery behind her cursed tattoo in Manhattan. But she soon finds herself caught up in more than she ever imagined.

We've got horseman, ghouls and ravens, oh my.

I loved this story. Rourke hooked me immediately. Fast
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! I was fortunate enough to get to read an early copy of this and have to say, this book is sooo good! I loved Book 1, Crane, I thought it was so fun and creative and the characters were great! Super funny and the comradery is great between Ireland, Noah and Rip, and I think that was one thing that made this book that much better! Raven starts right where Crane left off. The trio are in New York, tracking down Ireland's infamous sugar skull tattoo and who the heck wanted her cu ...more
Pratr- Authors
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Yet another awesome chapter in the Legends series.

Stacey Rourke has captured my attention with these wonderful stories. All of my old favorites as a committed bookworm are here, drawn together by a fantastic young heroine and her devoted sidekick. In this book, the Headless Horseman meets the infamous Lenore, of Edgar Allen Poe’s broken - hearted lore. Filled with the same excitement, more touching tragedies, and a growing romance, it kept me captive from front cover to final page.

As in the fir
Spenser Barranco
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
We have another winner here! This series continues to keep me guessing at every turn. I like this new interpretation of Poe and Lenore, Ireland is great and Rip is still my favorite character. One more to go!
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-read
3.5 stars!!

So here's to another well done book by Stacey Rourke! I received an e-arc Raven from a Xpresso Reads blog tour, and it was in pdf form, and most likely not the published form. However, Raven, the sequel to Crane, was actually published yesterday! The e-book is on Amazon, and also Smashwords, I believe?

Since this is a sequel, I'll just sum up the awesomeness of the first book in bullet-point form:

- If you're looking for your first NA, LOOK HERE. This is a great read that focuses more o
Christina  Torretta
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing.. 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 with
Veronica of V's Reads
Young Edgar Allen Poe had an auspicious beginning: cut from his mother's womb by his (literal) witch of a grandmother, he was cursed with the power to raise the dead. But, at what cost? His soul? And, when they rise, are they the same? (Think PET SEMATARY) He is hounded by angry ghosts, furious that he refused to use his power to avert death, which drives him to madness and alcoholism--until he meets beautiful Lenore. Shame that Edgar was not destined for a happily ever after. No, death crouches ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
My Review:

 It would be safe to say that this one was my favorite in the series. It’s also safe to say this is one of my favorite series. I can’t even explain how much I love this book. One of my favorite author’s is Edgar Allen Poe, I have read his stories and poems so many times, I can give great detail in explaining the stories, as weird of a guy as he was I found him and everything he wrote to be fascinating. When I read the synopsis for this book and realized that Ireland, Noah and Rip wer

Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was extremely curious about this series because I love gothic novels and paranormals mixed up so when I had the chance to review them for the blog tour, I jumped at it and am I glad that I did!

Where Craven was the story of Ireland finding herself dealing with her curse and finding a way to share her body with the Headless Horseman, this one continues to build into that but adds a few new elements that are quite a treat in themselves, namely Edgar Allan Poe and Lenore!

Ireland keeps on trying to
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
WHOO! A nailbiter ending has me itching for book 3! Stacey brought some new historical figures into the story with this sequel, and I’m so curious to see who else we have yet to see added into the mix.

I love the new characters! Well, maybe “love” is too strong a word for this mixture of emotions I feel. Ridley is our newest main character, in modern times. I love his sass, especially when it comes to pushing Noah’s buttons, but I feel like I really can’t trust him either. He always seems to have
Maria's Book Blog
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you read my review for Crane (Book 1) you know that I debated whether or not I should throw in the towel because of my inability to connect. I also mentioned that I was SUPER glad I didn't because this series is unbelievable! To quote myself from the previous review, "This series is just so rich in classic fictional history it's a dream come true!"

In this second installment we explore the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe via The Raven, while Ireland Crane still tries to deal with the force w
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
What do you get when you mix snarky attitude with a monster who has a conscience, why Crane but Mrs. Rourke was not done there she just upped it another level with Raven. With an amazing flare for darkness with a dash of light we step into the twisted story of Poe and his truest love. Ireland and her crew take on this new twist in their story with the same heart and action as before.
This book was impossible to put down and
Diana Kathryn Plopa
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the "Legends Saga", and it is just as compelling as the first. The author has a wonderful ability to take a story and a character we thought we knew well, and infuse a new sense of tension, excitement, and detail that surely, the original author would have exploited, had he been as creative.

Put aside everything you think you know about Edgar Allen Poe and his history, for this story will introduce you to his parents and his wife in a way that you never could have imagined. Co
Ethan Gregory
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

As anyone who read my review of Crane will remember, I'm not a huge fan of mainstream 'classical' literature. One author, however, has always intrigued me: Edgar Allen Poe. His stories aren't ones that I generally clamor over and to be honest, I only know much about them thanks to a well versed high school instructor who was obsessed with Vincent Price (The Pit and the Pendulum is AMAZING). Anyway... Poe
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Actual Rating - 3.5 Stars

I love the notion of bringing classic literature to light with a modern twist so I was super excited when I stumbled on Stacey Rourke’s Legends Saga. The first book had me utterly captivated so when I learned that the series would continue on, I couldn’t wait to dive in and see how Rourke would put her own personal spin on Edgar Allen Poe. Though I am less familiar with his background than I am with the Headless Horseman, there was something that pulled me in and made my
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
so much love.. i love this series.. it will be a need to buy in paperback for me. :D
Jessica Delgado
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
*Review can be found here.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series! I love the mix of paranormal and romance, the past and present, and the twisting of famous literary works and legends. In Crane, the legend of the Horseman comes to life and wreaks havoc on the people of Sleepy Hollow. But in this book, the life of Edgar Allen Poe unravels.

Rating: 4 Nevermore Stars!

I love Edgar Allen Poe. I love that his work is so dark and dreary, so of course, I was excited about the sequel to the first book. I kn
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.

As a child, I devoured all the classics. I couldn't wait for Halloween time to see the TV specials about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. I was draw to them, captivated by them and held them close to me all the years that followed. As an adult, I was looking at rentals, found one that didn't realize please me but almost s
Kayla West
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in this series, Crane, I knew immediately that I had to read this one. I mean, the segue between books is so perfect that I could not resist. And boy was I definitely not disappointed with this continuation of the Legends Saga.

The beginning of this novel is met with a bit more humor than we saw in the first book. With Rip learning a new word that we can blame Noah for, the Horseman basically being forced into submission because of country music, and a situation invol
Kristina Snyder
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raven was a fun, fast-paced thrilling story that took me on an exciting adventure from start to finish. After reading Crane, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this sequel!!! It was just as awesome as the first book. Stacey knows how to weave a perfect story together. Then I get to tag along and see how the whole things unfolds and I love it!!! The world-building in this story was crafted perfectly. I was able to vividly see what the characters saw. I felt as if I was transported into the story ...more
Darcus Murray
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, own
Oh, this series. Stacey Rourke is twiddling my heartstrings and quickly becoming an auto-buy author for me even though I've only read two of her books.

The Legends Saga is absolutely AMAZING. There's really no other way I could put it. The way she weaves the past and the present and brings old fiction to modern day with a twist of truth and makes each one of these characters and stories her own. It's simply wonderful.

The first book, Crane, had it's creepy moments. I mean, it's inspired by Washin
Lynn Worton
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Legends Saga. I absolutely LOVED it!

Ireland Crane is twenty four years old and a relation of Ichabod Crane of Sleepy Hollow fame. I liked this stubborn, witty woman very much. She is still struggling with having the spirit of the Horseman inhabiting her body. Whilst looking for answers she meets Ridley Peolte, who finds he has a curse of his own.

I have been eagerly waiting the release of this book. I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the first page. This stor
Tnt Reviews
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster"

The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe (Poet 1809 - 1849)

The Raven is a poem written in the 1800's, that tells of a raven's enigmatic visit to a distraught lover, following the man's slow fall into madness because of the loss of his beloved, Lenore. It depicts a love that is to be 'nevermore'.

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The moment I put Crane, book one of The Legends Saga, down I started anticipating the nex
I devoured book one of this series and couldn't wait for this to come to audio, so when I got the chance to review this, needless to say I jumped for joy!! Book 1 centers around Ireland finding out what she is, and this one centers on her trying to find answers to where and why she has the magical tattoo. Well along with Noah and Rip, Ireland encounters the enigmatic Ridley whom has his own problems in the form of him being like Ireland and having an alter ego by the name of Edgar Allen Poe. So ...more
Melissa Robles
Stacey Rourke is brilliant! I'm awed with her talent of bringing back to life dreary legends that rarely get attention nowadays in the recent literary world. Her rendition of the Headless Horseman and Edgar Allan Poe tales are phenomenal, and while I thought that Crane was awesome, Raven made me re-consider my terms. For lack of better words, it's kick-ass!

Raven's storyline is fantastic and one that made me turn its pages in record speed. I laughed, I clutched my heart and I feared for the chara
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