I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crane by Stacey Rourke
Length: 8 hours and 15 minutes
Genres: Supernatural, Horror, Mystery, Retelling
Published by Author Pages: 299
Narrator: Karen Krause
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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?
Cover by Najla Qamber Designs
Nothing like a good retelling of a classic spooky books. So today for Monsters, Madmen and Mayhem. Oh my! I have Crane by Stacey Rourke. I have a fellow book blogging friend who loved this saga and so I finally decided to give it a try and I really enjoyed it!
What I thought of this book.
Crane is the first in the Legends saga and it’s a retelling of of Sleepy Hallow. Ireland Crane is a descendant of Icabod Crane though she didn’t really know until she lands a job in Sleepy Hollow and strange things begin to happen.
It’s told in alternating Past and Present chapters and at first I wasn’t sure if I would like it but once you get use to it it weaves a really good story between what happened in Icabods time and what is happening now.
In the past you have Icabod, Rip Van Winkle and Washington Irving and the story of the horseman from their time. Then in the present you have Ireland Crane, Rip Van Winkle (yep, the same guy), and Noah.
Ireland finds Rip and he has been awaken from a sleeping spell (that part kind of reminded me a bit of the TV show) and he is really the only person who can help Ireland get a handle on the horseman. Noah is the guy next door who kind of likes Ireland. Won’t say any more cause I don’t like to spoil.
I really liked Ireland and her snarky attitude, she is a fighter and I like that. Rip was probably my favorite character as he was just a hoot, from past to present. Noah is the a really nice who is trying to figure out everything that is going on and I give him kudos for trying to stick it out cause he likes Ireland. 🙂
Overall, I really liked Crane and can’t wait to see what happens next. If you like retellings with a bit of mystery and light horror then I would recommend you give it a try.
This was my first time listening to Karen Krause and I am not sure if she was a great fit for this series, but she does a decent job. Her voice bugged me some times and I wasn’t very impressed with her male voices. Overall she was okay, but not a favorite.