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 coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?
She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.
Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?
Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.
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 experiencing what they were. The character development was on point and well developed. Each character grew in his or her own way and finally accepted who and what they were.I loved how Stacey put a twist on some Edgar Allan Poe classics. That is where Stacey weaves and creates a flawless, riveting story that never lets you go even after you finish it. I also loved how each chapter swapped from Edgar's story to Ridley's story.
Ireland along with Noah and Rip return in this sequel. Ireland, Rip and Noah are head into Manhattan on a quest of finding out more about the curse. The who and the why. Ireland still battles for control over The Headless Horseman. Noah, her boyfriend, is always there with the amulet in case she loses control. Rip is still there falling asleep when things get traumatic. I love Rip!!! He is one of my favorite characters in this series. Watching him learn new things, especially new words, was hilarious. Of course hiselective narcolepsy always kicks in at the worst of times and that made me laugh so many times. Ridley is a new character that joins their group in this story. Ridley is a big flirt who liked to stir a little trouble. He was always there pushing Noah's buttons. But like Ireland and the Hessian, Ridley was Poe. So he was suffering so much by being haunted by spirits. I honestly don't know what his true fillings are for Ireland. He was always making her uncomfortable, but they do have a connection of both being cursed. She makes everything disappear for him. So I can't wait to see what happens with that.
Raven was a great story from start to finish. I will admit that this story made me cry. UGH. I didn't see that coming and didn't want that to happen to one of my favorite characters. The ending definitely left off with a cliffhanger that definitely left me wanting more. I can't wait to see where the story heads to next time. That are so many twists and turns in this story that when I thought I had something figured out I was completely wrong. Some things I just couldn't figure out where Stacey was taking us and I loved that about this book. It wasn't predictable at all. This is a book that I will definitely reread and I highly recommend this series to everyone!!!!
Lifting her skirt enough to allow herself movement, Ireland ventured further down the line to those patiently awaiting her attention. Her breath caught, the next two faces turning to her like flower petals meeting the rays of the sun. Rip Van Winkle, not the decrepit shell of himself she knew but the man he had once been, knelt before her. Strong, strapping, and staring up at her with a level of trust and admiration that made a flush of guilt stain her cheeks. Forcing her troubled gaze to travel farther still, she found her heart seized in desire’s iron fist.
Crane is the fifth full length novel written by award winning author Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.