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  1. says:

    What a lovely tale Once upon a dark December in a year we mustremember Morbid mounds of ash and ember told agruesome tale of gore Wow I think Cat Winters did a great job on this book I was reading through her author's notes etc and she was telling how she went about finding out as much history as she could before writing this book I think she made a remarkable book on fiction and fact to create a young Poe I loved reading about Lenore The book is written in two POV's; Edgar and Lenore I must say it's bloody brilliant I loved the creepiness to the book and the way the author incorporated a muse for different people It was so freaking gothic and awesome and like I said a bit creepy If you accept what you have created then the creepiness goes away and you find that you have a friend for life That's all I'm going to say before I sit right here and type a spoiler before the book is even out yet This is February and this fine book will be out in April; I'm putting it on my birthday book buying list for myself Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for reviewHappy Reading Mel ♥ MY BLOG


  2. says:

    I can't tell if I hate this or am just not in the mood for it either option being depressing as hell because EAP was my original literary love and I was so pumped for this I'll pick it back up soon and try again


  3. says:

    DNF 50%I'm sorry I tried I really tried I love Winters' writing but I just cannot care about this I guess I just don't find the life of Edgar Allan Poe anywhere near as interesting as I thought I would ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🦅


  4. says:

    Edgar Edgar Edgar—what a magnificent writer he was So when I heard there was going to be this book on a young Edgar Allan Poe I was so incredibly interested Lenore Lenore Lenore I want to read about you anywhere foreverLet me tell you something my dear friends I loved Edgar and his struggles and his sensitivities in this book This boy definitely needed a muse to help him escape his terrible adopted father and all the things that occurred because of him And Lenore? She was such a lovely and horrific creature who was the perfect muse to draw out the tales that one day become famousNow what I wanted and what I thought this book was going to be about DID NOT HAPPEN I repeat DID NOT HAPPEN I wanted a romance between Edgar and his muse that was so dark and twisted that it would haunt me for days with its beauty sadness and passion I wanted that and needed that still do However this strange and lovely little book was still uite enjoyable with beautiful writing and real history entwined 


  5. says:

    An atmospheric and inventive nod to one of literature's most memorable writers In portraying a young Edgar Allen Poe Winters has clearly done considerable research to achieve a sense of authenticity and her idea to characterize Poe's muse as a raven haired maiden in a gown spun from threads made of cinders and soot is marvelous Chapters alternate between Edgar and his muse Lenore which lends itself to an unfortunate amount of repetition The stakes are low and by the midpoint the narrative starts to feel stagnant However readers who push to the final page are rewarded with a chilling poem crafted by Winters in the style of Edgar Allen Poe What are you? he asks once again and he gulps with a grimace as though swallowing swill Why do you look so cadaverous and so raven ous? The word is pronounced ravenous I say with a smile Note All uotes taken from an Uncorrected Proof


  6. says:

    Sad DNF at 42% After a really interesting and excellent beginning I think this has stagnated pretty hard – the stakes feel a bit low for the story being told Edgar's romance with Sarah Elmira Royster and desire to stay at UVA are just not high enough stakes; knowing the history I'm really struggling to get invested I think this spends too much time introducing the characters and the horror just isn’t terrifying enough to hold up the book The Raven's Tale plays with the idea of art as a rebellion something others attempt to suppress; one of the narrators is Lenore Edgar Allan Poe's muse The characterization of this book holds that the father has pushed his muse Cassandra into a fire which is fascinating The first 15% was really fantastic; I just think the ideas haven’t gone any further Maybe those who like flat out horror will find this one compellingBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  7. says:

    I adore Poe and really admire how much research Ms Winters put into this tribute to his teen years The story almost has a magical realism feel to it over straight up fantasy which gives events a very surreal and dreamlike uality at times Also the nods to Poe's prose and poetry throughout are beautiful


  8. says:

    What a delightful surpriseA finished copy of this gorgeous book just showed up in my mailboxThank you so much Amulet BooksSomeone must have told them that ravens are my spirit animalI am really excited to have this and will probably start it soonI love it


  9. says:

    375 Stars → THE RAVEN'S TALE is a fictionalized account of 17 year old Edgar Allan Poe and his turbulent relationship with Lenore his muse In this world muses are real physical beings and they're considered corrupt and dangerous by polite society Lenore comes to Edgar at a particularly vulnerable time in his life at odds with his foster father and leaving for university Edgar's passion for poetry and dreams of making a living as a writer are in sharp contrast to the wishes of his practical and cruel foster father Will Lenore save Edgar's creative spark or will she be snuffed out forever? I enjoyed that this book imagined what a teenage Poe would have been like and how his muse buried the seeds in his mind for many of his greatest works The plot struggled in parts moving slowly especially during his time at university though the writing was lovely and atmospheric I was also hoping for explanation of what the muses actually were Living spirits maybe? As a fan of Poe there was much to appreciate in this well researched novel ♥


  10. says:

    Thank you Amulet Books for the free gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review Cat Winters weaves together a creative and melancholy story in this Edgar Allan Poe retellingThe Raven’s Tale takes us on a journey following Edgar Allan Poe Edgar struggles between writing his poetry and putting up with all the pressure that he receives from his father Edgar’s writing soon turns into a muse named Lenore A muse that is frowned upon by the inhabitants of RichmondIf you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe’s work than you will definitely appreciate this retelling Edgar has a lot to put up with in this story from following his dreams of becoming a poet to sticking to his father’s demands A story where Edgar has to either hold onto his muse or to banish her completely along with his poetry This story is filled with beautiful pieces of poetry as well as some pretty macabre stories of Edgar’s makingThe language and writing style that Cat Winters uses is amazing and very fitting for the setting of the book and events Although there were some parts that felt a bit slow the writing was easy to follow and was entertaining most of the time The story is also told from both Edgar and Lenore’s points of view but this retelling is to honor Edgar Allan Poe as stated by the author Cat Winters truly put in so much love when writing this story and I found myself loving every second of itThe story is whimsical and gothic all at once and you could see the difference between the world from Edgar and Lenore’s eyes The prose is breathtaking and seeing Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry written and weaved through the story was perfect Cat Winters included Poe’s deepest fears as well as a look into his love for writing deep and dark stories I would definitely recommend this book to fans of dark fantasy and historical fiction Got an ARC One of my most anticipated 😍 Can’t wait to start it


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The Ravens Tale [PDF / EPUB] The Ravens Tale 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 u 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 The Ravens PDF or Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one reuest “Let them see me”.