Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

Title: The Raven's Tale
Author: Cat Winters
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published By: Amulet (April 16, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
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!”







With a dark almost macabre feel, The Raven's Tale is classic Poe without being classic Poe.

With nods to both Poe himself and Shakespeare, this wonderfully imaginative and lushly enchanting tale was hard not to get wrapped up in.

With all the tragedy, angst and horror one would expect from both Poe and Winters, the two combined created on heck of a story line that was everything I was expecting and hoping for. 

Twisted, dark, and filled with all the things I remember from my Poe days, I loved both the lines from some of Poe's finest tales and poems right down to the twist of his muse taunting him in all the most horrific ways one can imagine for a muse to taunt and tease and torment. Truly a delightful read that had me completely captivated and wanting more. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

26 comments:

  1. Sounds haunting and you have me wondering about the horrific ways the muse chose.

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    1. The muse was definitely dark and maybe a bit unstable LOL!

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  2. Ooh this sounds so good, Ali! I haven't read a book from Winters in so long, but I have no doubt she does Poe justice. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. What Poe? Yes please. This totally flew under my radar. Wonderful review Ali!

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    1. Thanks Kim and yes, try it, I think you would like it!

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  4. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I'd read another review where the person didn't really love it, but I'm a big Poe fan.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I think you have to be a fan in a way to really get it. ;)

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  5. Oh intriguing! I thin it's the first time I hear about this one

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  6. Ahh, I really need to read this!! Thanks for the review!!

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  7. Oh this sounds intriguing Kindlemom, thanks

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  8. I so remember reading Poe and thinking how twisted and dark his work is! Great review, thanks for sharing.

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    1. It really is and I think, especially for the time he wrote it, makes it so great and stand out.

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  9. A Poe reimagining? Nuff said. :)

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  10. I've heard good things about Cat Winters. Poe does inspire the some spooky tales, right? Wonderful review! :)

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  11. I love Edgar Allen Poe! This sounds like a delightfully dark and alluring read! Thanks for sharing!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. It was and a really fun twist too on what his teenage years might have been light with a side of paranormal added to it. :)

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  12. It's been ages since I read a Poe-y book! I've seen this one around, but haven't read a review for it. It sounds like this is a book I need in my life! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. I hope you like it if you decide to try it!

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  13. OOh this sounds so so good! Love the cover too. Great review!

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