Raven Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop in the Raven Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I'm thrilled to be part of this awesome tour and I hope you stick around to check out this awesome book (and series!). Below you can find my 5 stars review of this book and a tour-wide giveaway open to US and Internationals! Go enter and don't forget to spread the word. ;)


Title: Raven
Author: Stacey Rourke
Series: Legends Saga #2
Genre: NA Paranormal 
Published: September 21st, 2014
Page count: 276 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From tour host in exchange for an honest review

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Book Summary:
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 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.

     *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars
Stacey Rourke is brilliant! I'm awed with her talent of bringing back to life dreary legends that rarely get attention nowadays in the recent literary world. Her rendition of the Headless Horseman and Edgar Allan Poe tales are phenomenal, and while I thought that Crane was awesome, Raven made me re-consider my terms. For lack of better words, it's kick-ass!

Raven's storyline is fantastic and one that made me turn its pages in record speed. I laughed, I clutched my heart and I feared for the characters in every step of their hunt to help out Ridley Peolte as his life is intertwined with Edgar Allan Poe and his love, Lenore. It's a dark book, just as much as Crane, but it glows with the rich personalities of every character, not to mention with the breathtaking twists in the legends.

Ireland, Noah and Rip Van Winkle are now hands down my new favorite trio. Scratch that, foursome now with Ridley included. You won't spend a single dull moment with them around I assure you. And why would you? The Hessian, the nice sarcastic boyfriend, the few centuries old cursed man, and the Poe possessed guy are bound to make an interesting group, and since trouble follows them around like a hungry cat, you can bet they will fight and crack many sarcastic jokes in the process.

But of course, despite everything I went through with this book, it still killed me at the ending. I still can't quite wrap my head around what happened, only that I'm not okay and I seriously hope for a miracle. It may happen, right Stacey? Please do your magic, I beg of you!

*Sigh* For now, all I have left to say is that Stacey Rourke needs to be praised more often. She's the master of the art of both raising the hairs on your arms and making you want to laugh out loud. It's not a usual mix to stumble by, yet it works perfectly well for her. She's amazing and her books won't ever let me lie so you have to trust me in this one. 

P.S. Go Team Horseman!

About the Author

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She 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. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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Tour-wide giveaway
1st prize: US only
$25 Amazon gift card
A signed copy of Raven 
Ebook copies of the books 1 & 2 of The Legends Saga

2nd prize - INTL
eBook copies of all six of Stacey Rourke's books

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  1. Eep this sounds so good and addicting! I love Poe retellings they have such awesome atmosphere (when done well) and this one sounds like it has everything I love about them! Maybe it's best I wait until the 3rd book is out the ending and wait sound killer! >.<

    1. Sounds like a wise choice if you can't stand the wait. Sometimes it's just too much. :( I think you're going to love this series!

  2. I love retellings, especially of Poe, so I'm really excited about this book! I have Crane on my Kindle already, and I"ll definitely be reading it soon so I can get to Raven!

    1. Yay! I can't wait to hear your thoughts about it. :)

  3. Gosh, that cover looks really creepy. But in it sounds like a good book lol help me idk what to do :D Great review Melissa!

    1. Try it Olivia! The covers were the ones that brought me to this book in the first place. I am so in love with them <3

  4. Thanks to you I grabbed book 1 & 2!! Can't wait to read these books <3

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. I'm so glad you did! Don't they look awesome? <3