The Raven’s Tale: If you like Edgar Allen Poe this is a must read!!!

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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…

Non-Spoiler Review

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

There is so much I want to say about this amazing book! First I'll say that I've been a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe since I was a little girl. Something about his writing drew me in, and I loved all of his poems. My father would read me a lot of his poems at night. I distinctly remember him reading A Tell-Tale Heart on more than one occasion and it quickly became one of my favorites. I remember getting a huge book with all of Poe's works in it and thought I was the coolest person ever. When I saw this book on NetGalley and saw what it was about I knew I had to have it. I was elated when I got the email that they were giving me the arc!

We follow a young Poe, not even 18 yet in this book. Cat Winter has said that most of young Poe's life in this book is true. She has done a lot of research but added to the story with other information she had. What makes this book not a biography is the fantastical gothic muse that Winter has created for Poe. And not only that but we get the muse as a POV which is so awesome. 

Poe has lived a life that does not fit who he is. He lives with his adoptive mother and father who took him in when he was younger because his parents passed. His adoptive father is not a nice man and hates that Poe wants to be a poet. He wants Poe to become something successful and doesn't believe he can become successful writing. Poe tries so hard to do what "Pa" says because he wants more than anything to go away to college to get away from him. That's when his muse, Leanore pops up and wants Poe to write his dark gothic stories and poems. 

I loved this book so much. Winters did an amazing job capturing Poe's own writing style in this book. I couldn't put this baby down because I was so intrigued by it all. The way she used the muse in the story was brilliant. I am definitely recommending this book to everyone I know. There should really be an audiobook for this as well because it would be amazing, especially if the narrator could capture the mood perfectly. I'm a huge fan of Cat Winter's now and can't wait to see what she comes out with next. 

 

Character Love 

Edgar Allen Poe ~ Honestly, I love Edgar Allen Poe. He makes some bad decisions in this book, but it's mostly because of the circumstances he is in. I often wondered while reading this book if his thoughts could have been close to the real Poe's thoughts. What an interested man he was. 

Lenore ~ I loved everything about this strange, gothic, grotesque, muse of Poe's. Every time we got her POV it made me so happy. She is definitely an interesting creature.

John Allen ~ John Allen is Edgar's adoptive father and I disliked this man from the get-go.  I felt so bad for Poe, that he had to live with this man. He has done such terrible things. 

Ma ~ I loved this lady. She is Edgar's adoptive mother and I loved her love for Poe. I'm so glad that he had her in his life. 

Elmira ~ Elmira is the Poe's love interest who he is madly in love with. The only problem is, is that her parents despise Poe. I'm not sure what else to say about her because she didn't make a huge impression on me. 

 

Spoilery Review

 

Spoilers Ahead

 

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I seriously loved this book so much I had to make myself stop and write notes before I got too far. Once I started reading I just didn't want to stop. Here are some of my thoughts while reading this amazing book... 

  • I loved how we get Edgar's POV and Lenore's POV. It makes this book even more interesting.  
  • The muse was so weird, but I really liked her the moment she showed up. I really wanted to do a ton of research on Poe's life when he was younger to see how close this book was to it.
  • John Allen was the worst. I hated how he treated Edgar and his poetry when obviously John also used to have a muse and killed her. So strange.
  • Morella was super interesting. I really loved the idea of muses being a physical being.
  • Elmira seems to really love Edgar and she did actually say yes to marrying him but I didn't think it was actually going to work out.  
  • John Allen is the worst!!!
  • I loved Ma. She loves Edgar so much and that made me so happy. 
  • I was so glad that Lenore did stay away so that nothing messed up Edgar going to college. John Allen was waiting for his chance to ruin Edgar's life even more. 
  • John Allen is a Jerk! Just because Lenore said Edgar's name he was horrible to her. I really loved how she pretended to be his old muse at first. 
  • Lenore going to Edgar's real mothers grave and talked to her. I thought that was a pretty neat scene. 
  • Eek! I was so anxious to see what happened next. 
  • Edgar making it to college made me super happy. I was a little worried that something crazy was going to happy. John Allen not giving Edgar enough money was a horrible thing to do. He had to have done that on purpose. 
  • I was so glad that Edgar has made friends and they get together to hear his stories on Saturdays. 
  • Garland O'peale. What the world? I did not like him at all. Lenore had to be Poe's only muse! Even though Garland did give Poe some pretty cool stories. 
  • Miles wanting to see Lenore was awesome. Edgar needed that. 
  • How stupid that Garland pushed Lenore in that grave when she was trying to come to a truce and have them both help Poe. 
  • Lenore had to win!
  • One thing that I really loved is that some of Poe's work is actually in the book, and his writing style is also. Clever Cat!
  • I really enjoyed Lenore and Garland's banter. Garland is definitly growing on me. 
  • I hated how Poe kept digging himself more and more into debt. He needed to seriously stop gambling. 
  • I was so glad that the muses were working together. That's how it always should have been. 
  • Poor, Poor Edgar. I felt so bad for him when he found out what Elmira's father did and that she was getting engaged. I wish she would have just chosed Edgar. He was definietly the better man. 
  • Lenore was getting so good at being Poe's muse. I loved that moment Poe realized he loved his muse and gave into her. Her helping him with the poem was so cool. 
  • The repetition of that one paragraph was the best. How time trudges on like a funeral procession. And how each time it's repeated a new adjective was added. Brilliant. 
  • Dumb John Allen killed Lenore! I'm glad that it didn't actually work. I seriously hated that man. 
  • Edgar trying to save her and then taking her away to Boston was one of the smartest things he did the whole book. 
  • Lenore dying broke my heart. I loved how he tried so hard to bring her back. 
  • Seeing Garland again actually made me happy. And I was so glad that he did because he got Edgar to go to that printing press guy and that got the ball rolling for him to make his book! Also, Garland telling Poe that Lenore wasn't actually dead was amazing. 
  • Chapter 55 when Lenore was waking up and waiting to be dug up was perfect. It seemed like it was straight out of Poe's actually poem about Lenore, The Raven!
  • Lenore coming out as a Raven was the most perfect ending ever!!!

I seriously love how the book is called The Raven's Tale and the muse is named Lenore. How clever and perfect of Cat to do!!! Get this book and read it ASAP and then come back here and let's chat about it!!!!

 

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