Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Xpresso Book Tour Blog Tour for Raven by Stacey Rourke!!

Hey there everyone! Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Raven by Stacey Rourke, organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

I will be sharing my review & a Blog Tour wide giveaway, so click HERE for the full tour schedule! But before that, let's get you some more information about the book & author, shall we?

 Raven by Stacey Rourke
(The Legends Saga #2)
Publication date: May 26th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

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.


Crane by Stacey Rourke: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.


I was extremely curious about this series because I love gothic novels and paranormals mixed up so when I had the chance to review them for the blog tour, I jumped at it and am I glad that I did!

Where Craven was the story of Ireland finding herself dealing with her curse and finding a way to share her body with the Headless Horseman, this one continues to build into that but adds a few new elements that are quite a treat in themselves, namely Edgar Allan Poe and Lenore!

Ireland keeps on trying to find answers for what/who/why brought on the curse onto her and if it was thoroughly intentional or not and while looking for the answers, she and Noah and Rip find themselves embroiled into something that makes them realize this is bigger than they thought at first, having left Sleepy Hollow for New York in their search.

We get alternating chapters in alternating POVs, we follow Ireland, Noah, Rip and their newfound member of the gang on their search in present time, but we also follow Edgar Allan Poe's life and woes, having a new backstory of darkness that makes reading those chapters a treat, with the wonderful and creepy gothic darkness vibe that they have.

This was an extremely fast and engaging read that had me turning pages in alternatively mad pace to see what will happen next and slowly to enjoy the creepy gothic feel to it. I absolutely adore how well the author mixed both and managed to have that darkness present all over the book but never being too overwhelming. The ending was yet another cruel but not horribly so cliffhanger and really leaves you pinning for the next book, hoping to get some more answers to the many unanswered questions, new and old! Very well deserved 4 stars to this one!


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. I love any book that has a gothic feel to it, and this one sounds like a fast paced, addicting read! I haven't read the first one yet but it sounds like this sequel is great. And I love cruel endings. It's a bit masochistic maybe, but I just love an ending that leaves you shocked or emotionally uprooted or pissed off (like Gone Girl) lol. >.< Great review, Pili darling!

    1. The ending for this one is the kind that hints at a game changer information and then poof! It's over!
      I was extremely happy to read and love this one, thank you for the chance Giselle!

  2. Wow. That is a seriously creepy cover, but so beautiful too. LOVE IT! Definitely makes me want to pick it up even though anything having to do with Edgar Allen Poe scares the life out of me. I was traumatized by The Tell Tale Heart in school. *shudders* Thanks for putting this book on my radar though Pili!

    1. Beautiful and creepy describe the cover AND the book, Jenny! It's an amazing gothic story and I do hope you'll give it a try!

  3. I hadn't heard of this book at all but I absolutely adore the creepy cover! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Awesome post Pili :D And great review too. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much. It do look pretty interesting :) Thank you for sharing about it. <3

    1. Thank you so much sweetie!
      It's a very different kind of book and no love triangle, Carina! ;)

  5. The cover is so strange :o Like, good ish strange. Interesting choice! Glad you enjoyed the book :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. That cover is mesmerizing! I keep going back to look at it again and again. Anything that smacks of Poe is certainly welcome on my radar. Thank-you for the fab givie. :)


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