the raven's taleI mean, yes and no. A part of me is well aware that The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters is a book I wouldn’t ordinarily want anything to do with. I’ve never liked Edgar Allen Poe, never seen his work as something worth my time to read. I’ve pretty much hated all of his stories, but is that really a surprise? I mean, I don’t like horror at all. I barely can bring myself to read thriller. I don’t enjoy crime fiction or mystery. Of course I’m not going to like Poe’s stories. It just make sense.

The thing about this book that gets me is that it reminds me of a close friend of mine who would probably love it. And a part of me is like, sure, let’s give this book a chance and then see if it’s a worthwhile Christmas gift because there’s always the possibility that it won’t live up to expectations. So, yes and no.

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!”

How do you feel about The Raven’s Tale? Is this the sort of book you’re excited to read? What do you think about the muse bit? Do you think it’ll end up on your TBR or no? Why or why not? Feel free to drop all your thoughts in the comments!

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