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Sunday, May 25, 2014

{New Release Book Review} CRANE by Stacey Rourke

Book Title: CRANE
Publisher: Stacey Rourke
Publishing Date:  MAY 24, 2014
Length: 221 pages
Source: Bought from Amazon

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?

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. I loved the nods and following the storyline, but with Stacey's unique twist. Ireland Crane is feisty and demonstrates both her age and maturity in her responses. She is 24 years old, a new counselor at a school, and despite her education, her youth shines through in her smart aleck remarks and thoughts. I really liked her.

I loved Rip, too, and his addition as well as how the souls of those previous possess those in modern times for the shortest of bits. If you watched the show, SLEEPY HOLLOW, recently on TV, I think you'll enjoy this book. It has the same characteristics of a man from a different time who knows and fights things we brush off as legend. We all too often forget that in legends there are hints of truth!

Incredibly enjoyable, marred only by one or two edit hiccups, and rollicking with action, love interest, and legend, this was a fab read. I cannot wait for RAVEN, book 2. 

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