Jul 2, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: CRANE by Stacey Rourke

by Stacey Rourke

Series: The Legends Saga #1
Genre: Paranormal "Horror"
Publication Date: May 26, 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing
Format: Print
Source: Purchased

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?

For a book with such an interesting cover, I expected it to be a lot "more" than it was. I say "more" in a general sense because I felt it could've used a lot of more of a lot of things. I liked this book though and made it to the end. I'm even interested in reading the next book in the series. However, if Raven is just like this one, I may have an issue pulling it out.

Crane is one of those books that tried too hard to be a lot of things. Here are a few:

1) Scary. Don't let the cover fool you. This book wasn't even the least bit scary despite the "Horror" genre tag that keeps being attached to this book.

2) Funny. I can admit that there were some pretty damn funny one-liners, but they came around too often. It was like the author decided to just throw in a bunch of jokes and hope for the best and that we would at least find a few funny. Mission accomplished, but it was also annoying.

3) Clever. Though I think the choice to retell the story of Ichabod Crane was a good one, the execution was off. It didn't WOW me and it didn't really intrigue me either. The plot held promise at first, but by the end of the book I was just like "Meh".

The best parts of this book were the flashbacks. They were far better written than the present day scenes with the MC Ireland Crane. They may not have been the most exciting scenes, but they sure were witty. Honestly, it was the characters and the way the author wrote them. Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and Rip Van Winkle.

All hail RIP! He was the refreshing comic relief this book really needed. Most of the time when I was laughing, I was laughing at something he did or said. His "relationship" with Ireland was a riot as well since he was a dirty old kook that had just woken up from a centuries long nap and she was a school counselor. Funny stuff.

Overall, I can't see myself going into too much detail about this book. The plot was so-so, the characters were just all right and the ending was a bit lackluster. However, as I said before, I will read the next book in the series just to see where the author is taking it. Raven blends the Sleepy Hollow legend with Edgar Allen Poe, which basically means I almost have to read it just to see if the author can pull it off. But if you're looking for a new take on the legend of Sleepy Hollow I will say give this book a try. I didn't love it, but who's to say if you will?

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