Book #28: Crane by Stacey Rourke

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?

I actually bought the Kindle book a while back and in need of an audiobook, I went ahead and did the audio upgrade. What first drew me to this book is the cover. I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover. However, can you honestly tell me that you don’t look at the cover, go hmmm, and then decide to see what’s it about?

Yeah . . . I thought so.

So, yes, the cover got my attention. And then the aspect of Sleepy Hollow intrigued me. Sleepy Hollow is a place on my bucket list. I’m serious. There are probably only a handful of places in America that are filled with folklore that gets a folklore nerd like me excited. Sleepy Hollow is one of those places. Add in that the show was beginning shortly after I bought this book and I had to buy it.

Of course, I didn’t actually read it until I got the audio.

The narration is well done. The reading was well done and the narrator was a great choice. I wasn’t annoyed by the voice changes and I could tell who was who perfectly. The narrator had a similar spunk that Ireland possessed and that made the book even more enjoyable. Of course, this is also due in fact with the writing itself.

The book is separated into two storylines. We have the original Sleepy Hollow with Ichabod and the modern Sleepy Hollow with Ireland. The two are very different, but one is needed in order to understand the other. The writing is well done and does pull the reader into the world. It also has some pretty graphic and disturbing moments. So, if you are a little on the soft side, don’t bother.

I was naturally giddy over the gore.

This book is also the first in a series and though I tend to lean on series, I’m not completely sold on the idea of reading more. It’s not because of the enjoyment or writing value, both are well done. It’s more because I’m not sure what else could be done in continuation.

In truth, I’m torn. The sequel centers on Edgar Allan Poe. A literary figure I loved as a child and still do. I may continue the series, but as of right now, the first book was enjoyable enough, but not a book that pushed me to the brink of having to go for the sequel.

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