The Raven's Tale

The Raven's Tale

Cat Winters / Jun 25, 2019

The Raven s 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 un

  • Title: The Raven's Tale
  • Author: Cat Winters
  • ISBN: 1419733621
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 appea 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 path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request Let them see me Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication April 16th 2019 by Amulet Books More Details ISBN 1419733621 ISBN13 9781419733628 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Ravens Tale by Cat Winters Author Release date May 16, 2019 This is a galley copy giveaway Seventeen year old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family the wealthy Allans of Rich This is a galley copy giveaway 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 path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request Let them see me Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book YA Novels of 2019 729 books 1,308 voters YA Releases of April, 2019 33 books 189 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 17, 2018 Candace Robinson added it 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 forever Let 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 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 forever Let 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 famous.Now, 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 quite enjoyable with beautiful writing and real history entwined flag 43 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 15, 2018 destiny howling libraries marked it as to read Shelves young adult, paranormal, fantasy, owned physical, owned tbr, unread review copies, retellings, so pretty, historical fiction, 2019 releases I love everything about the entire idea of this A retelling about Edgar Allan Poe, and his Muse Yes Yes, please I need all of the Poe retellings flag 34 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 12, 2019 Hannah Greendale rated it liked it Shelves young adult, historical fiction, gothic 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 narr 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 quotes taken from an Uncorrected Proof flag 47 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 A.G Howard rated it it was amazing 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 quality at times Also, the nods to Poe s prose and poetry throughout are beautiful flag 27 likesLike see review Naomi I really want to read this, but I was prepared to just push it to the back of my list for awhile You review has peaked my interest and I think I m go I really want to read this, but I was prepared to just push it to the back of my list for awhile You review has peaked my interest and I think I m gonna go pick it up at the book store this weekend Jan 29, 2019 09 35AM A.G Howard Naomi wrote I really want to read this, but I was prepared to just push it to the back of my list for awhile You review has peaked my interest and Naomi wrote I really want to read this, but I was prepared to just push it to the back of my list for awhile You review has peaked my interest and I think I m gonna go pick it up at the book store this weekend I hope you enjoy it Jan 29, 2019 10 10AM Jan 19, 2019 Tabi rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites This is written in such a way as to leave me wondering if the ghost of Poe came to this author as her Muse for this book flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Emily May marked it as arc 2019 Shelves historical fiction, young adult, arc ARC provided in exchange for honest review flag 13 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Erin rated it it was amazing Find this and other reviews at am I only now reading Cat Winters Where have I been the last five years Under a rock maybe I m not sure, but I m incredibly pleased to have discovered her with The Raven s Tale.I can t remember the last time the quality of a novel s prose stopped me dead in my tracks, but the poetically macabre tones of this story were brilliantly drawn I ve no idea if this is a hallmark of Winters work, but this book alone lands he Find this and other reviews at am I only now reading Cat Winters Where have I been the last five years Under a rock maybe I m not sure, but I m incredibly pleased to have discovered her with The Raven s Tale.I can t remember the last time the quality of a novel s prose stopped me dead in my tracks, but the poetically macabre tones of this story were brilliantly drawn I ve no idea if this is a hallmark of Winters work, but this book alone lands her a spot on my short list of most talented writers It was simply that good.Historically speaking, the novel pairs nicely with both Cothburn O Neal s The Very Young Mrs Poe and Lynn Cullen s Mrs Poe Like these titles, the novel follows the course of one of Poe s relationships, but The Raven s Tale is a much different tale in that it blends Poe biographical history with the development of the hauntingly dark qualities of his imagination.Having said all this, I have to admit falling head over heels for Lenore I m a history buff and assumed I d favor the facts, but Winters unsettling muse grew on me and by the end of the novel thoroughly upstaged the rest of the cast Lenore is a deliciously chilling apparition, but I came to adore the allegorical nature of her role both in the novel and in the larger world of publishing.An absolute must read flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Noura Khalid theperksofbeingnoura marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves 2019 releases, arc, young adult, retelling, historical fiction Got an ARC One of my most anticipated Can t wait to start it flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Jackie rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs, 2018 reads, fantasy So much work went into creating this novel that it makes you wonder if Winters borrowed a raven haired muse herself The Raven s Tale follows a young Edgar Allan Poe as he struggles with his writing and the pressures of his father when his muse comes to life and wants nothing than to feast upon his writing and to be seen by the world only she is not a creature of beauty but rather the darkness and melancholy of his soul and she will not rest until her poet recognizes his worth I am a hug So much work went into creating this novel that it makes you wonder if Winters borrowed a raven haired muse herself The Raven s Tale follows a young Edgar Allan Poe as he struggles with his writing and the pressures of his father when his muse comes to life and wants nothing than to feast upon his writing and to be seen by the world only she is not a creature of beauty but rather the darkness and melancholy of his soul and she will not rest until her poet recognizes his worth I am a huge fan of anything regarding the infamous writer since there s so much about his life that remains a mystery given the conflicting accounts after his death and the subject matter of some of his famous works set him apart from your average writer and Cat Winters tapped into that mindset so perfectly I had to double check to see which lines belonged to each writer This story is the personification of adolescence and the constraints of society when your family wants you to go in one direction but your heart or in some cases your very soul pushes you into another and that became very real as Lenora refused to lurk in the shadows and pulled on the hand of Poe encouraging him to continue to write and explore his passions regardless of what others may think The blending of fantasy and reality through actual quotes, critiques and reviews blend this story together into something that gives us a glimpse into the past while subtly granting us whispers of what the future held for Poe and I loved every second special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 26, 2018 Elise TheBookishActress marked it as releases 2019 IT S CAT WINTERS AND I CARE ABOUT MYSELF flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 19, 2018 Chelsea marked it as on deck Shelves arcs, priority Cat Winters is writing historical fiction about Edgar Allan Poe Y ALL flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 USOM rated it really liked it Disclaimer I received this free book from Netgalley This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest First off, I cannot get over how intriguing the concept of the muses appearing both in personified form, but also their whole history in general is There were so many fascinating elements to The Raven s Tale such as the prejudice the characters have against the theater and the horror mystery genre as a whole The Raven s Tale is a story about Poe struggling to come to terms with Disclaimer I received this free book from Netgalley This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest First off, I cannot get over how intriguing the concept of the muses appearing both in personified form, but also their whole history in general is There were so many fascinating elements to The Raven s Tale such as the prejudice the characters have against the theater and the horror mystery genre as a whole The Raven s Tale is a story about Poe struggling to come to terms with the gothic elements in his work, but also of him struggling to come to terms with who he is Throughout the book there are all these characters who expect him to be other than he is And he has to continuously struggle with their expectations, and who he wants to be flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 lilly rated it it was ok Shelves anticipated 2019, arc 2019, we are never getting back together, you dont do it for me any Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy via Edelweiss As a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, I expected to enjoy this historical retelling about the author s early poetic endeavours, but after 20% of a snail s pace plot, vague supernatural elements and repetitive descriptions of nervousness, I m too exhausted to attempt to finish Winters novel While I applaud the author for her close imitation of Poe s literary structures and expressions, her claustrophobic crowding of the narra Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy via Edelweiss As a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, I expected to enjoy this historical retelling about the author s early poetic endeavours, but after 20% of a snail s pace plot, vague supernatural elements and repetitive descriptions of nervousness, I m too exhausted to attempt to finish Winters novel While I applaud the author for her close imitation of Poe s literary structures and expressions, her claustrophobic crowding of the narrative with objects and adjectives and her original concept of Muses as demonic, ravenous creatures kept alive by an author s output, she fails to capture the raw emotion of Poe s lyric and prose, resulting in a stilted narrative tedious to experience Even Poe s wonderful language is rendered artificial and melodramatic in its overuse.Despite its intriguing premise, The Raven s Tale remains a low class Young Adult novel with dubious plot and characterization and nothing to offer in terms of depth and complexity flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Leonie Byrne rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy Thank you to Netgalley, Cat Winters and Abrams Kids for my arc of The Raven s Tale This book really intrigued me, a retelling of the life of Edgar Allen Poe, how could I resist The Raven is my favourite ever poem Edgar Allen Poe is desperate for the moment he can escape to university and out from under the thumb of his overbearing foster father John Allen Once at university he can finally make his way in the world of writing and get enough money together to marry his sweetheart Elmira But w Thank you to Netgalley, Cat Winters and Abrams Kids for my arc of The Raven s Tale This book really intrigued me, a retelling of the life of Edgar Allen Poe, how could I resist The Raven is my favourite ever poem Edgar Allen Poe is desperate for the moment he can escape to university and out from under the thumb of his overbearing foster father John Allen Once at university he can finally make his way in the world of writing and get enough money together to marry his sweetheart Elmira But when his dark, gothic muse appears things start to go badly for Edgar I really liked this novel I m ashamed as a literature student to say that I knew next to nothing about Poe s life so it was really interesting to learn about it in the context of such a wonderfully dark and enthralling story flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2018 Ashley rated it it was amazing I absolutely cannot wait for this book For such a major figure in American lit, there s so little fiction out there about Edgar Allan Poe, and virtually none about his youth Dude was a champion swimmer and he got to meet the Marquis de Lafayette I am so, so, so stoked for The Raven s Tale, May 2019 is way too far away What if the world dissolves into a ball of fire before then Ok, world, no dissolving into a ball of fire until sometime after this book comes out In the meantime I m going to I absolutely cannot wait for this book For such a major figure in American lit, there s so little fiction out there about Edgar Allan Poe, and virtually none about his youth Dude was a champion swimmer and he got to meet the Marquis de Lafayette I am so, so, so stoked for The Raven s Tale, May 2019 is way too far away What if the world dissolves into a ball of fire before then Ok, world, no dissolving into a ball of fire until sometime after this book comes out In the meantime I m going to Poe s works and Kenneth Silverman s biography.Is it May 2019 yet Update Oh, hey, I got to read the book Woo Thanks to Edelweiss for giving into my begging for a digital review copy You can see the full review on my addlepated book blog It has gifs But to summarize The Raven s Tale was everything the Poe nerd in me wanted I cannot wait for this book to come out hopefully it will inspire people, especially young people, to study Poe Hopefully today s young people won t have to threaten to complain to the department head to get their American Lit professor to include Poe in the curriculum the way I did It worked and I have no regrets Thank you, and bravo, Ms Winters, fellow Oregonian and Poe Nerd Poevian Poe head The Poe museum never responded to my tweet This book made the lit geek in me very, very happy flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Mary rated it it was ok The Raven s Tale by Cat Winters is set to be released on April 16th, 2019 I was blessed with getting an ARC to review, and I could not finish my current read fast enough I wanted to get into this book.First off, before we get into the details of this story can we take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover art by Shane Rebenschied This, like 98% of all the books I read, was what convinced me to read the blurb for this book The moment I heard the word Poe I was in I am an unashamed Poe f The Raven s Tale by Cat Winters is set to be released on April 16th, 2019 I was blessed with getting an ARC to review, and I could not finish my current read fast enough I wanted to get into this book.First off, before we get into the details of this story can we take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover art by Shane Rebenschied This, like 98% of all the books I read, was what convinced me to read the blurb for this book The moment I heard the word Poe I was in I am an unashamed Poe fan Really, I am a Poe history fan He has some great works Masque of Red Death will forever by my favorite short story of all time.The Raven s Tale by Cat Winters is a new E A Poe retelling Someone out there please point me in the direction of or write a retelling of Virginia Poe s life However, rather than following a brooding writer in the trials of his adult life, Winters chose to take us on a tour of Poe s teen years, and they were just as angsty as the adult Poe was brooding.I have to comment about how in the first chapter a bishop is talking about the pursuit of art and how it leads to promiscuous debauchery in people I thought that was funny I had to have an inner talk with myself as a writer at that moment, but it was hilarious Then chapter one ended with Poe thinking of all the words he could find that rhyme with gore and it was so in the character of Edgar Allan Poe that I smiled.Getting into the story, this book opens with seventeen year old Poe sitting in church musing on his existence and how others see him as, that poor orphaned boy The real sense of Poe s childhood is captured in the way he calls Mrs Allan Ma or how he talks about his adopted father s hate towards him The interactions between him and Pa invoke the sense of dislike the real characters of history had for one another My favorite quote about this relationship Mr John Allan, my Scot blooded bastard of a foster father People who are Poe fans and are familiar with his life will be able to relate.This story is told in first person POV, and Winters was wise to choose this because it allows her to write young Poe in a way that really personifies the brooding, outcast romantic that Edgar was in his time Also, rather than being a talked about influence upon his creativity, Edgar s muse is given a real form As in, she is a real character in the story She is a haunting ghost that hungers for Edgar s words She thrives on them The only dilemma is young Eddy is wondering if writing is really a thing he should pursue, or if he is going to put it aside forever Then.well, things get very odd very fast.So, this muse is begging for a name and Edgar gives in and dubs it get ready for this Lenore The moment she has a name the ghostly muse becomes a real being In fact, she goes walking the streets of Richmond At first, I was okay with that Then it got weirder.People respond and think, Who drug that thing here As Edgar goes after it, hiding the evidence that it is his muse on the loose, he runs into his sister and they start talking about how muses sometimes get loose and they talk as if this is normal As if muses coming to life and wandering the streets is a totally acceptable practice in this world The book was going well until this point and I am had to sit and debate if I wanted to keep going Did I want to suspend my belief in order to make it to the end of this book After I decided that this wasn t that bad, that I could keep going on with this story, it got weirder Poe and his sister chase the muse to a graveyard Poe cannot bear to enter because inside is the grave of his first love, crush, how do you explain it The author is throwing in a lot of Poe facts and tid bits with this story which is something that you would expect in a book like this, but when stood next to the fantastical elements she is trying to invoke with a muse that comes to life and terrorizes a town, it all seems far fetched and too heavily pushed upon a reader.Then I had to stop for a moment and breath Mr Allan appears in the graveyard and starts talking to the muse like he knows her Apparently, he had a muse too that jumped to life one day In order to become a successful business man he pushed the muse woman into the fire Now he thinks Poe s muse is his own and the muse just goes along with it She begs for poetry because that is what she feeds on and then in the end says, Invite me to dinner at your house so that I can dine with you and know you are a changed man That is the short version It was weirder than that in the actual book.At this point, I am just turning pages for no other reason than to see what is going to happen How much cliche can be thrown into each chapter It is like Winters took a handful of Poe facts, a handful of smart ass comedy from Scary Movie scripts, and a touch of horror and threw them in a bowl to see what happened.Aside from the many odd occurrences that made me repeatedly want to put this book down, the one thing that Winters did in this story was make Poe human At least, he was human in the moments where the story was worth reading Often, he is remembered as that guy with the weird mustache or the brooding author that found only sorrow in his lifetime Winters focused on the many other aspects of Poe that we don t hear about often such as his education and the normal things that happened in his life that made him a normal person in his time.In the end, I give this book a 2 star review on It ended up on my Not Worth a Second Read shelf which is good considering it almost made it to the trenches of the DNF shelf It was good, but I don t ever see myself really reading it a second time around Actually, this is one of those stories that I feel would be an awesome 2 or 3 part Netflix original movie In fact, the way this story was written made me think it could have done for it if it were a movie as opposed to a book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Alyson Stone rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, supernatural Book The Raven s TaleAuthor Cat WintersRating 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Amulet Books, for sending me this ARC I ll let you in on a little secret I m really not a fan of Poe s work There, now that we have that out in the open, you are probably wondering why I ended up with an ARC of this book It s simply really the summary sounded cool and the cover was amazing So, this is the back story to some of Edgar Allen Poe s early poems With this book bei Book The Raven s TaleAuthor Cat WintersRating 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Amulet Books, for sending me this ARC I ll let you in on a little secret I m really not a fan of Poe s work There, now that we have that out in the open, you are probably wondering why I ended up with an ARC of this book It s simply really the summary sounded cool and the cover was amazing So, this is the back story to some of Edgar Allen Poe s early poems With this book being about Poe, you can expect it to have the same dark and gothic feeling that his writing has Now, I really don t know anything about Cat s writing style, since this is my first book by her, but I thought the dark atmosphere just leapt off the page It truly felt like I was reading a piece of gothic literature I was just stunned with how well written the visuals were and just how Cat managed to pull me into this world I also liked how this is based on history, but, yet, we have that element of the supernatural thrown in It just makes for much a delightful read I can tell that Cat has done her homework on Poe s life I mean, even though Poe is a well known author, we really don t know that much about him After reading this, do we really know that much about Poe s life No and that s okay Cat does a great job of bringing the man to the page and, yet, keeping the unknown there If you read anything by Poe, then you know what I am talking about I think that the way that this story is presented would had made Poe very happy Not only do we have all of that going on, but we also have something happening that most young adults can related to Poe s family wants him to go one way, but his heart wants him to go another This is a major part of the book and we get to see that struggle Poe does actually want to please his family, but has always been told that he s not good enough and needs to go the route that they want him to That struggle is the central focus of the book We even get to see this battle in muses Of course, we know who wins, but this is something that may not always be at the forefront of our mind whenever we think of Poe So, that brings me to the muses I loved them and I loved just how different they are Lenore was probably my favourite character in the book I loved the darkness she brought to the story and how she was bound and determined to win I like how she didn t give up, no matter what Edgar did to her if really does make you wonder what would had happened if Poe had given into the other muse So, overall, this is a very well written dark tale I found myself just flying through the book and wondering what was going to happen next This one comes on April 16, 2019 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Sarah Loves Books and tea rated it really liked it This was an intriguing and beautifully written story about the young Edgar Allan Poe and his ghostly muse Lenore who tries to inspire and encourage him to write his poetry even though it is against the wishes of his strict foster father Edgar and Lenore were amazing characters, I loved the development of the bond between them and some of their scenes together were heart breaking especially in the final chapters.The writing is lush and lyrical and very addictive and I raced through this anxiousl This was an intriguing and beautifully written story about the young Edgar Allan Poe and his ghostly muse Lenore who tries to inspire and encourage him to write his poetry even though it is against the wishes of his strict foster father Edgar and Lenore were amazing characters, I loved the development of the bond between them and some of their scenes together were heart breaking especially in the final chapters.The writing is lush and lyrical and very addictive and I raced through this anxiously to find out what happened in the end I will definitely read books by Cat Winters in the future and I also want to read about Edgar Allan Poe and his early life This is a beautiful and unusual book which I would highly recommend E arc received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Billie rated it really liked it When I first saw notice of this book being a thing, I immediately reached out to someone I know at the publisher practically begging for an ARC because Cat Winters writing about Poe was like catnip for me Said ARC arrived last week and I happily added this to my weekend TBR pile.Cat Winters is a master of YA historical fiction And not just any historical fiction, but the kind that is firmly rooted in reality and research but is still a cracking good read With The Raven s Tale, Winters not onl When I first saw notice of this book being a thing, I immediately reached out to someone I know at the publisher practically begging for an ARC because Cat Winters writing about Poe was like catnip for me Said ARC arrived last week and I happily added this to my weekend TBR pile.Cat Winters is a master of YA historical fiction And not just any historical fiction, but the kind that is firmly rooted in reality and research but is still a cracking good read With The Raven s Tale, Winters not only did her research, but she managed to capture the tone and cadence of Poe s writing This is not just a story of Poe s early life, but also an origin story of sorts for the raven of his most famous poem it interweaves elements from a number of Poe s other works as well and Winters employed a deft hand in integrating them into the story There is a lot to discover here for a reader who takes the time to find it, but the author never allows herself to be overly clever or to let her research bog down the story with exposition All in all, this was a darkly delightful way to pass the hours on a chilly winter s night.And as a bit of an aside I though the Brockenbroughs who appeared early in the book were a Tuckerization of one Ms Martha Brockenbrough only to discover, upon reading the acknowledgments, that they were real people, though distantly related to Martha Just goes to show that you should always read the acknowledgments flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves read in 2019, dnf, reviewed Not one of Winters s best Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Edelweiss I awaken in the shadows, ravenous for words, hungering for delicacies dripping with dread My poet in the black frock coat kneels in prayer beneath the windows in the ceiling that bathe his head in a weak winter light, bronzing his brown curls and the back of his neck He bends his face toward the floorboards, toward the crypt down below him, and I will the spirits of the dead beneath him to whisper Not one of Winters s best Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Edelweiss I awaken in the shadows, ravenous for words, hungering for delicacies dripping with dread My poet in the black frock coat kneels in prayer beneath the windows in the ceiling that bathe his head in a weak winter light, bronzing his brown curls and the back of his neck He bends his face toward the floorboards, toward the crypt down below him, and I will the spirits of the dead beneath him to whisper a song I m the best part of you, Edgar Poe 2.5 stars DNF at 58% DNFs are never fun, but this one really hurt Poe was perhaps my first literary crush, and I ve enjoyed several of Cat Winters s previous books, so The Raven s Tale seemed like a slam dunk for me But when, reclining on the floor of my library, reading about Poe s angsty teen years, I found my attention wandering to books I d already devoured sitting right there next to me head, begging for another go, I knew it just wasn t meant to be My heart had already moved on, even if my brain was too stubborn to accept it That came the next day, when my copy of Sawkill Girls arrived at the public library Whereas most books about Edgar Allan Poe concentrate on his teen years, Winters goes back a little further Here, Poe is seventeen years old, on the verge of escaping to the University of Virginia, a three day s drive from his philandering, abusive, and cruel foster father, John Allan Allan has been pressuring Edgar to forgo his artistic pursuits in favor of something profitable and is not above using his wealth as leverage The son of traveling performers, Edgar longs to fit in with his high born peers In love with and secretly engaged to a young woman named Sarah Elmira Royster, Poe is torn between his muse and his need to belong In this case, Poe s muse is a living, breathing creature given corporeal form by Winters She appears to him as a teenage girl a girl with hair the color of a raven s feathers, a girl who drips shadows and leaves footprints of coal, whose eyes burn like embers and who inspires in Poe his most deliciously macabre and grotesque thoughts But can Edgar learn to nurture that which he fears The plot sounds amazing, but in execution it just feels tedious The first half of the book mostly consists of Eleanor as Poe christens his muse chasing Edgar around Virginia like a spurned lover Edgar you can t escape me, this is who you are, why won t you commit yourself to me Meanwhile Edgar just wants to pass for one of the good ole boys Yawn.There are some pretty great things here, like Eleanor s necklace made of molars Rosalie Poe s admission that she has a muse want to know please and the similar secret life of the Allan family s slave, Judith need to know please Sadly, though, it just wasn t enough to keep me going emo face flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Amanda rated it liked it Thank you NetGalley and Amulet Books for this free copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own This book caught my eye because it s a fictionalized version of Edgar Allan Poe s youth Add a little mystical fantasy touch and I knew I wanted to read it.In school, you read Poe at some point, whether it s The Raven or The Pit and the Pendulum or The Tell Tale Heart He s seen as one of the great gothic writers of the weird and macabre But what if he dreamed of being a romanti Thank you NetGalley and Amulet Books for this free copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own This book caught my eye because it s a fictionalized version of Edgar Allan Poe s youth Add a little mystical fantasy touch and I knew I wanted to read it.In school, you read Poe at some point, whether it s The Raven or The Pit and the Pendulum or The Tell Tale Heart He s seen as one of the great gothic writers of the weird and macabre But what if he dreamed of being a romantic A satirist That s the question this book revolves around.We meet a seventeen year old Edgar Allan Poe, orphaned when his theatrical mother died of tuberculous when he was three and adopted by the affluent Allan family Poe is anxiously wanting to leave Richmond, Virginia, and cannot wait to start university classes at the University of Virginia But his adoptive father is threatening to not send him if he doesn t stop his frivolous writing habit, his adoptive mother is constantly sick and in a fragile state, and the love of his life is being wishy washy about commitment for fear of her father s disdain of Poe s lowly background Basically, Poe s feeling pressure from all around to be successful So this is not the most ideal time for his gothic writing muse to spring from his imagination into real flesh and blood His muse, named Lenore obviously , spends a year trying to convince Poe that telling ghastly stories about death is his true path so she can evolve into the raven she s meant to be.I really enjoyed the language in this book, the way Cat Winters weaves her words together using language from the 1800s I guess it s the English teacher in me The author also spent a quite a bit of time researching Edgar Allan Poe s life to keep it as accurate as possible However, the tale was just okay It was an interesting concept, but unless the reader is really into Poe, then I don t see them really connecting with this book flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Taylor Frayed Books rated it liked it 3 5 stars.QUICK THOUGHTS I was intrigued by this title and I don t actually know too much about Edgar Allen Poe but I like historical fiction so I tried this This book was ok Not bad but not my favorite I thought the idea of personification of his muse was certainly a unique point and it was actually cool to see how it played out I can t really attest to how historically accurate it is but it s a work of fiction, though I recognized some of the characters in it It was neat to see how he 3 5 stars.QUICK THOUGHTS I was intrigued by this title and I don t actually know too much about Edgar Allen Poe but I like historical fiction so I tried this This book was ok Not bad but not my favorite I thought the idea of personification of his muse was certainly a unique point and it was actually cool to see how it played out I can t really attest to how historically accurate it is but it s a work of fiction, though I recognized some of the characters in it It was neat to see how he was portrayed as a teenager and what he went through I enjoyed the snippets of poetry even though poetry also isn t my thing It was neat to see it woven into the story and how the muse worked with the development of the poetry I don t know what it was missing but it just wasn t my favorite Maybe because I read a really awesome book before this and then this wasn t as good as that one flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Brenda Kahn added it Shelves 2019 favorite, 2019 reading, muses, edgar allan poe, dual narrative The author imagines the master of the macabre as a teen who is eager to leave his foster father s house to attend the University of Virginia The chapters alternate POV between Poe and Lenore, his muse, who wants to be seen Vivid, compelling and intriguing Notes on Poe s life and works follow the narrative Gorgeous cover and one I d be interested in rereading with my ears flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Carina Olsen rated it liked it Shelves arcs i want I must admit that I know just about nothing about Edgar Poe But I do know and love Cat Which is why I had to read this one And I m glad that I did so It s a three star for me, but I liked it a whole lot I learned so much about Poe, and I will look for I loved being able to read a new book by Cat And loved her writing lots.There is so much to share about this book And so much I know I will not be able to write down To me the writing was pretty much amazing There were parts that wer I must admit that I know just about nothing about Edgar Poe But I do know and love Cat Which is why I had to read this one And I m glad that I did so It s a three star for me, but I liked it a whole lot I learned so much about Poe, and I will look for I loved being able to read a new book by Cat And loved her writing lots.There is so much to share about this book And so much I know I will not be able to write down To me the writing was pretty much amazing There were parts that were a bit too much for me, a bit too old, perhaps But the writing was easy to read so I loved that The book was also a pretty fast read, and I loved that very much.I will try my best not to include spoilers in this review I shall talk about the plot and some of the things that happen This book is a three star for me, because I did not fully love it There were parts that bothered me a little I will share all about that Will also share why I liked this book a lot even though I disliked parts of it I wish that I had loved it , but I m also so very happy that I did not hate it Was a little bit unsure, since poems and such have never been my thing, but I liked this book a lot And I m so glad I did That cover is also beyond gorgeous Can t wait to own print copies of this book Sigh It will be the prettiest The Raven s Tale is told from two point of views Seventeen year old Edgar Allan Poe And his dark muse born from the shadows of him, Lenore.This book tells the story of Edgar How he lived with his foster parents, how his Ma loved him, but his Pa pretty much hated him How he could not wait to finally leave this small town to go to school, and to write poetry While also writing letters to his sweetheart back at home Things so do not go the way they should, though, for Edgar I did feel pretty sorry for him Yet I also wanted to shake him because he was being pretty stupid at times, haha Yet I grew to like this strange boy a whole bunch, I think Maybe Haha.This story is about how a muse of darkness is born from his writing She steps out from his house, full of shadows and soot and darkness It was pretty awesome to read about But Edgar does not treat her very well, this somewhat girl, mostly a creature of his mind Lenore is a big part of this story I will not mention her Only that I liked reading about her a lot, and how she effected Edgar I liked her point of view too, though it was a bit too childish and dramatic at most times But still I enjoyed getting to know Lenore.One of the reasons for why I did not like this book all that much was because of how dramatic Edgar was Always crying and thinking about wanting to die when things were not going well He was not the best at dealing with things at all Ugh Also wish there had been romance His somewhat early romance with the girl in the beginning of the book does not count, because it made me feel nothing And how that ended made me a little disappointed There were a few answers that I never got, and that I needed a lot Hmph.I also wish there had been answers about some other things too I wanted his Pa to suffer I wanted to know about his friends Well, those that did not abandon him Hmph Edgar didn t have it easy But he did not truly have it that bad either And I sort of wish this book had been way darker Haha It was a great book, and I liked it lots, but yeah, I wouldn t have minded if it had been darker And bloody It was mostly just about Edgar and his whining and almost writing Still, liked it a whole lot Most of the time.Because it was such a quick read for me I was always interested in knowing what would happen next I liked the writing a whole bunch I wanted to know about Lenore and other muses But oh, Lenore She was so much like a child most of the time, yet she was not supposed to be I wish she had been way darker and a bit interesting Still, she was my favorite from the book, I think I also enjoyed reading about the poems they wrote together, when Edgar finally made himself do something Hmph Too slow.Even though there were parts of this book that I did not enjoy very much, I never hated it And I found the story to be pretty exciting And I needed to know what would happen next with Edgar I do wish that it had been darker, but it was also pretty exciting most of the time Slow, yes, but good I m happy with how Cat wrote this book She is awesome I have read all her books so far, and cannot wait to read even by her in the future You really must check out all of her books You will love them Promise All are so good.This book is not out until April, but you should definitely order it right away I think that everyone will enjoy this book And I think that those who know about Poe will end up loving this story I did not love this, most likely because of not already loving Poe But I did enjoy the story a whole lot And I can t wait to own all the copies of this book, to add to my very large Cat Winters collection I m glad I was able to read this Huge thank you to Amulet Books for approving my request to read it early via Edelweiss Happy I read it This review was first posted on my blog, Carina s Books, here flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Amanda Mae marked it as to read Shelves want to read Just got approved for an ARC of this book and IM SO EXCITED flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Nicole rated it liked it Shelves 2018, arc, historical fiction, paranormal, ya lit I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Raven s Tale is a historical fiction story about everyone s favorite Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe Edgar or, as everyone in the book calls him, Eddy can t wait to escape his oppresive adoptive father and go the newly established University of Virginia Edgar wants to become a full time writer, even if the entire city of Richmond is against that idea However, Edgar and his muse Lenore are going to escape and fin I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Raven s Tale is a historical fiction story about everyone s favorite Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe Edgar or, as everyone in the book calls him, Eddy can t wait to escape his oppresive adoptive father and go the newly established University of Virginia Edgar wants to become a full time writer, even if the entire city of Richmond is against that idea However, Edgar and his muse Lenore are going to escape and find freedom together that is if Edgar can commit his life to his muse without being distracted by other things This book is a bit of an odd ducky On one hand, I enjoyed it and read it in a single sitting On the other hand, a day after finishing the book, I m still not 100% sure what happened.I will say that the book is meticulously researched I really enjoyed the opportunity to read about Poe s early life and from what I could tell from a quick Google search, Winters got a lot of the facts details right Winters even went so far as to include a list of additional sources should a reader be curious about Poe s life Additionally, Winters works in some beautiful poetry in the work harkening back wonderfully to Poe s work The downside for the book for me was the whole muse aspect of it Evidently, muses are things that can be seen They change form Unfortunately, this whole huge, giant aspect of the plot was never fully explained to the point where I comfortably understood what was going on I just kind of eventually gave up understanding and went on with the book If you ve read previous works of Winters , then you ll probably enjoy this one as well Just be ready to be a wee bit confused over everything that s going on flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Kala Godin rated it liked it Shelves dnf Dnf ed at 15% just not my thing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Francisco Vogt rated it did not like it Shelves gave up on DNF40% flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Alexis Stankewitz rated it it was ok This was a very interesting retelling I liked it and thought Ms Winters did a great job I think the character of Lenora interested me the most flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Kara Gemian rated it liked it Shelves netgalley edelweiss Oh how disappointed in myself I am I was so insanely excited to read this book as I am deeply involved with dear Eddy I created an Edelweiss account specifically for the chance to read this book and I was ecstatic once I was approved I just didn t enjoy it that much.Don t get me wrong, this was a great story with great historical accuracy I think my expectations were simply way way too high that I set my self up to be disappointed I also just wanted MORE More Lenore and Poe interaction and Oh how disappointed in myself I am I was so insanely excited to read this book as I am deeply involved with dear Eddy I created an Edelweiss account specifically for the chance to read this book and I was ecstatic once I was approved I just didn t enjoy it that much.Don t get me wrong, this was a great story with great historical accuracy I think my expectations were simply way way too high that I set my self up to be disappointed I also just wanted MORE More Lenore and Poe interaction and just about the muses in general Plus the other realms that a muse can one day move between were never elaborated on and I wanted to know just of everything about that I also really wanted to see how Cat Winters introduced Edgar to Virginia Clemm, but that was too far off in the timeline of Poe to actually take place within the novel.Despite not completely loving this read, I am still so so happy that there is going to be a YA Poe adaptation at all I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT CAN WE HAVE MORE If Cat Winters just kept going with Poe and made a series continuing until the end of his life I am so there provided by Edelweiss for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share 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        Cat Winters is an award winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD TRUE, and a forthcoming novel about Edgar Allan Poe s teen years, THE RAVEN S TALE available April 16, 2019 She is also the author of two adult novels, THE UNINVITE Cat Winters is an award winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD TRUE, and a forthcoming novel about Edgar Allan Poe s teen years, THE RAVEN S TALE available April 16, 2019 She is also the author of two adult novels, THE UNINVITED and YESTERNIGHT She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and best of lists Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids Visit her online at catwinters


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    1. 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 forever Let 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 Edgar, Ed [...]


    2. I love everything about the entire idea of this A retelling about Edgar Allan Poe, and his Muse Yes Yes, please I need all of the Poe retellings.


    3. 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 nar [...]


    4. 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 quality at times Also, the nods to Poe s prose and poetry throughout are beautiful


    5. This is written in such a way as to leave me wondering if the ghost of Poe came to this author as her Muse for this book.



    6. Find this and other reviews at am I only now reading Cat Winters Where have I been the last five years Under a rock maybe I m not sure, but I m incredibly pleased to have discovered her with The Raven s Tale.I can t remember the last time the quality of a novel s prose stopped me dead in my tracks, but the poetically macabre tones of this story were brilliantly drawn I ve no idea if this is a hallmark of Winters work, but this book alone lands he Find this and other reviews at am I only now read [...]


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