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(The Legends Saga #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  97 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
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published September 21st 2014 by Anchor Group
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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 (Thebookishcrypt)
*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
Baker St Shelves
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!
Cupcakes & Machetes
DNF at 63%

This installment just lost it's pizzazz for me. Which is unfortunate because I love Edgar Allen Poe and having a character cursed by the dark poet seemed like it would be a lot of fun. It also included one of my least favorite tropes; the love triangle.

It was a difficult decision to abandon this one since it wasn't bad by any means, but it lost it's flair and without that flair, well...there just wasn't much there. I probably could have pushed through to the end since it's a short bo
Sadie Forsythe
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
While not bad, I didn't enjoy this one anywhere near as much as the first. It picked up directly after the end of book one, but I generally felt like the characters randomly went to meet some guy, who randomly had a tragedy befall him, and they all randomly went about trying to save the day. I actually wondered if I'd missed a chapter or two in there at some point, because it seemed to jump about.

It was still funny and the characters dropped lots of witty one-liners and I liked the pop culture
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
Chris 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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book starts out terrifying with a witch feeding a nasty, macabre concoction to a baby. I was immediately drawn into this grotesque tale of the baby Edgar. The story then moves to Ireland, Noah and Rip van Winkle as they continue their investigation of the Headless Horseman and his connection to Ireland. I really like the Edgar half of this book a lot, so much so that I was trying to hurry through Ireland's adventures so that I could get to the Edgar chapters. I am a fan of Edgar Allan Poe a ...more
Jasmine Lace
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Shakespeare, folklore and mythology. So, when I come across film, tv series or novels that dabble in these topics, I'm immediately down to experience the writer's craft of reinvention. I have to respect the art and boldness to take loved stories and make them the writer's own.

This is the main reason why I read Stacey Rourke´s Raven (The Legends Saga Book 2). The novel is about Ireland Crane's search to find out more about her tattoo and her ability to turn into the bringer of
Dannica Zulestin
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was kind of frustrated with this one. The first book in the series, Crane, tells the story of a woman possessed by the spirit of the Headless Horseman, and this one brings her and her comrades to New York, where they meet a man possessed by the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. So...I like Poe. I expected to like this. But I kind of just didn't. For the following reasons:

-I know Poe better, so I get more frustrated by the fact that the book barely attempts to reference his actual life, instead saddli
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
Cindy Mathis
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The basis for this series by Stacey Rourke is genius! Book 1, Crane, was a new twist on Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horsemen. Book 2, Raven, brings Edgar Allen Poe with a new take on Lenore. So much differently than the poem, in a really exciting way! With the addition of extra characters, I read a Raven slower in order to make sure I was in the right POV. I’m moving right on to Book 3, Steam, because I really need to know how Ms. Rourke is going to tie these books together. It’s going to be ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Raven by Stacey Rourke is the second book in the Legends Saga. After reading Crane I was eager to see how things would unfold for Ireland. Based on my experience with Crane, I went into this instalment with high expectations. Unlike the story of Ichabod Crane, which I was familiar with, Edgar Allan Poe on the other hand was a mystery. However, after conducting a mini research I was keen to discover the twist the author would put on the legendary Poe.

What the Story is About.

In this instalment we
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**Audiobook review** I listened to the saga on audiobook. First of all the narrator is fabulous! She does a great job with distinguishing voices of the characters and delivering an entertaining story. The author had me enthralled with this whole series! Each book seems is better than the next. Fantastic storyline, great character development, and a few surprises you may not see coming. I highly recommend this Saga series.
Heather Rizkallah

This book had it all. Ireland, as the hessian, has struggled to keep him at bay. But when she comes across a couple people, things start to change. With the addition of Edgar Poe and his bride Lenore, things get complicated. Can Ireland keep the hessian at bay
Cecilia Rodriguez
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
In the second novel, Rouke's plot immerses itself in the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
There was a strong "Buffy" vibe now that Ireland and the Headless Horseman have melded.
The story has a cliffhanger ending, introducing a new character that will be the focus in the next novel.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. All of the ties to Poe and his works were very well done. The hints of a love triangle were not really appealing to me, so I’m glad they were just hints. Hopefully that is how it stays. Now on to HG Wells!
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good sequel to Crane! I definitely enjoyed the introduction of Edgar and the further character development of Ireland and Noah. The ending also had a nice bit of a twist, hinting at more revelations to come in the next book! Can’t wait!
Julia Stephanie
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve set a goal to get more reading of my KU stuff done and found this at the very bottom. It’s still a fascinating concept, but it felt so much more juvenile to me than I remember the first book and struggled to get into it. The ending was intriguing though!
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