by Stacey Rourke


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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

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ISBN-13: 9780991517442
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: 05/21/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Crane 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
I flat out loved Crane. If you are looking for a spoky Halloween read, Crane is a perfect pick. Stacey Rourke transforms Washington Irving's tale of the The Headless Horseman into a fabulous contemporary horror storytelling... Vacillating between Ichabod Crane's and Ireland Crane's encounters with the horseman the reader is given the past and the present story until they collide. Don't get me wrong, its not all horror. Rourke masterfully bring plenty of snark and humor to her characters, even when they are facing their darkest hours. I have to admit, many times I was thinking 'man I didn't see that coming'. The plot twists and turns leaving us with an exciting, original and fresh storyline.
KellyATX More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. OMGosh I love this freakin book. Amazing!!! I love the way Stacey switches settings of the past while watching the present unfold. I love all the characters especially with Ireland Crane and Rip Van Winkle. If you like Sleepy Hollow. This is the book I recommended it.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
When I met Stacy Rourke at a book signing last year and heard her talk about the Legends Series, I instantly loved the idea of those books. I bought a copy of the first two books shortly thereafter. Crane, which is book one in the series, had me hooked right from the beginning. The blend of past and present was masterful and the characters were vividly written, pulling me, the reader, right into their lives. The action built and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. My pulse was racing as I neared the conclusion and at the end of Crane, I was more than eager to jump into book two. I love the literary connections in this series and cannot wait to read more.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
Before I go into the book reviews, I have to remind you- I am a lover of book covers. Whenever I see a good looking cover, matched with an amazing blurb, I scribble the author and title onto a list that rests beneath my Mac. I later travel that list and seek them out on B& for purchase. I do this regularly, except when I love the covers so much, I desire them directly from the author, with hopes of getting it sighed too! Both wishes came true with the Legends Saga! Okay, so now that you know the book covers are Eye Candy and amazing to behold, know that these are not to be Shelf Pretties. These books pack punch and are so good- you... you, I just know you'll be blown away! Let's start with book one, Crane! Picture Crane is the story of Ireland Crane (I love that name). She's left behind a wreck of a life, looking to start fresh in Sleepy Hollow. She's seen all the movies and rad all the books, but to become a part of the legacy? Nuh-uh! When she finds a strange man with a very popular name, sleeping in a hidden room in the basement of the home she's renting, all things go from bad to worse. But this person's got information that could possibly save Ireland and the residents of Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown) from the blades of the Horseman, who seems to be riding again! *For the full review: **Book series provided by author, Stacey Rourke, for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love YA books and this is a nice change from what ive been reading. Its captivating and hooks you from the start!
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
Full review and more available at: ***** My Thoughts: I have a bit of a confession that may come as a huge shock to some of my readers. I'm not really a fan of the classics. Shocking, right? Don't get me wrong, there are tons of them I like, but when it comes to mainstream classical literature, I can usually take or leave most of it. One of the very few exceptions are the works of Washington Irving. Since I was a young reader, I've been obsessed with the tales of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle. I love the idea of literature from the 'New World'. That's really right up my alley. I never would have imagined that one day I'd run into a series based around the works of one of my all time favorite authors, then I was introduced to Stacey Rourke. I actually read Crane for the first time before I ever started blogging. The summary and that beautiful cover alone were enough to reel me in. I absolutely loved Crane but I had kind of forgotten about it to be honest. It wasn't until I met Rourke for the first time this past summer at UtopYA that I fell back in love with this series. All it took was seeing those covers again to my my heart leap out of my chest. I knew a reread was in order. And I'll tell ya what, I fell in love all over again. From the very first page, Rourke captures your attention. I can honestly say that I had the hardest time setting this one down, it's near-perfection on every page. Rourke uses one of my favorite literary elements to perfectly weave together two different stories in one fashion. Alternating chapters tell the stories of Ichabod Crane in the eighteenth century and Ireland Crane in the present day. Seeing the reflective roles and history behind each character really helped to shape the course of the novel's events in the greatest possible way. Everyone knows the story of Sleepy Hollow, or do they? Is the Horseman really what he seems? What fiction did Irving weave and how much was rooted in fact? Rourke combines history and the perfect amount of fantasy to keep even the most critical of readers at attention. Each alternating chapter had me liking that time frame the most, I couldn't pick which was my favorite. The plot to Crane is fairly straightforward, but at times can get very confusing if you aren't paying attention. This is true of any story with alternating timelines, but in a story where legends come to life and every detailed facet of the story is important, you really have to be reading on your A-game. When Ireland Crane moves to Tarrytown, New York in pursuit of a new career, she never imagined her surname would bring about the horrors of the town. Can Ireland, with her new-found knowledge of the history and the legend, unravel the clues before the Hessian takes another life, possibly even one she loves? Along with her mysterious new friend, Rip van Winkle, Ireland must fight the legends that seek to destroy her future. If you aren't sold yet, you're crazy. When it comes to the characters, Rourke does an incredible job of keeping true to both the time period and the original works of Washington Irving. She truly has crafted a 'legend' all her own. Of all the amazing characters in this novel, I have to say that Rip is my favorite. Having been awoken in the 21st century after nearly 300 years of sleep, I laughed so ridiculously hard at some of the one liners he had or that pertained to him. Can you
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Crane by Stacey Rourke is the rendition of the Sleepy Hollow classic with a modern twist. Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had to conceal the truth behind Ichabod Crane's disappearance. Centuries later, his descendant, Ireland Crane, returns to Sleepy Hollow. Away from New York City, Ireland can’t wait to get settled into her house and her new job. But soon headless bodies start to appear and Ireland unwillingly gets herself involved in the mystery. It seems the legendary Headless Horseman is back in town. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been one of my favorite classics and this is one of the compelling appeals of the book. Even though Ireland Crane is an important catalyst of the story, I gravitated more towards Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle and, of course, Ichabod Crane himself. Rourke definitely knows how to put a fresh spin on this old classic. There are some twists that I really love and this makes the modern Sleepy Hollow version a bit more fun to read than the original. The transition between the timelines, the past (post-Revolutionary) and the present, is flawless and excellently done. I commend Rourke for this as changing timeline can be quite confusing to readers if not handled well. That said, I slightly favor the past than the present, perhaps because it shares the same atmosphere and creepiness with the original version. Overall, this is a solid retelling of a classic. Any fans of the original Sleepy Hollow would definitely want to give Rourke’s version a go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Copy received in exchange for honest review.* 5 stars is not enough! So I give it 8/5! This book had me clutching my stomach with laughter and bulging my eyes out in horror and awe more times than I can count. It all started with the first sentence. After I read it, I was a goner and unavailable to the rest of the world. It's rare when a book grabs me like that but Stacey managed to do it in the first page. This is the perfect mixture of everything that is good in an author. There's suspense and humor engraved in every page with more than a dash of romance. The twists never seized to amaze me! This story was shockingly more gruesome and brutal than I expected... a perfect feat for a retelling of The Headless Horseman. Stacey blew my mind away! She introduced me to my new-found favorite and most unique character of all time, Rip. He is so hilarious... that word doesn't even do him justice. Ireland is a close second, her witty comebacks were highly anticipated. I loved everything about this book. I was completely absorbed as if I were experiencing everything alongside the characters. Stacey spoke directly to my love and devotion for horror and when I kept thinking "Wow, it doesn't get better than that!" she goes and proves me wrong at every turn. That ending is perfect... or should I say beginning? I can't wait to read Raven, oh boy oh boy. I need it like yesterday! Everybody needs to read this at least once in their lifetime! For everybody who loves a more than worthy retelling, this is a MUST read!!
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
Such a great re-telling of a classic story!! I love the way it crosses back and forth between past and present to keep you informed of what’s going on and link everything together! The whole story is packed with mystery and dark adventure. It’s a fascinating twist of legend and modern reality! And I have to say, this is one of my absolute favorite covers! It really gives you a feel for the story just looking at it!
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Retellings can only be really successful if they are good and add an ingredient to the original story. Stacey Rourke achieves this with Crane. Many readers know the legend of Sleepy Hollow, whether they have read the book, seen the 1999 Tim Burton film, the Disney cartoon or the more recent TV series. Stacey Rourke cleverly combines all these media versions in Crane and Ireland is even heard to say, with sarcasm, ' "I've heard the stories, read the book and even seen the Johnny Depp movie" ' However, the author is careful not to alienate any newcomers to the story because her strong narrative alternates between Ichabod Crane's nineteenth century Sleepy Hollow and the present day town which Ireland lives in. Her arrival here coincides with the decapitation of a local man, Charles Van Tassel and she is questioned by police. Scanning through the book again I have realised that the officers are named Potter and Granger; an indication of how Stacey Rourke injects humour into her story. Headless Horseman attacks continue in the town and the name 'Crane' is linked to these, resulting in Ireland being suspended from her position as the school counsellor. During this time Rip Van Winkle is introduced and not only does he link Ireland directly to Washington Irving, but he adds much of the witty repartee because of his innocence about modern-day society. In between his naps it is Rip Van Winkle's responsibility to help Ireland stop the Horseman and he does everything in his power to shed light on the mystery, even eating coffee and communicating with a ghost! Initially, Ireland feels Rip is a nuisance but a familial tenderness develops between them which we happily observe. Crane's events are often unexpected and I particularly liked how Stacey Rourke connects the romance between Ichabod and Katrina, to Ireland and Noah. This is a really good start to the Legends saga and I am now going on to read Raven.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful NA full of mystery, snark, and the paranormal. This book was told in dual POVs, but the catch? The two "main characters," so to speak, are from different time periods. Ichabod in the past, Ireland in the present. They are simultaneously telling the story in the third person narrative, and the paths they are going down are surprisingly similar and intertwine to bring the readers toward an epic conclusion that transcends time. The writing was very wonderful. Detailed, both the past and present flowed together to create an imaginative story. Though, at times, it could get too wordy. Too heavy. Sometimes I had to reread sentences to understand what was going on. But one of my favorite parts of this book were the characters! I loved them! I actually prefer 3rd person narratives, especially in a story such as this. It wasn't hard for me to like the characters, and it was great that all of them played such major roles in this story. But my favorite was, by far, Ireland! Sassy, tough, bright. She shined on the pages, and I loved her personality. She moved to Sleepy Hollow after catching her ex with someone else, determined to move on with her life and find the identity she lost over the duration of their relationship. Little did she know she'd get swept up into a past and legend that has never truly went away. In the sleepy town, Ireland meets two very sweet guys who help her figure out the mystery behind what's going on. Rip, who is in fact, the very same Rip Van Winkle who was friends with Ichabod Crane and Washington Irving. He's been asleep for over a hundred years, but Ireland's sudden appearance wakes him up. And stirs up the dormant beast that likes to chop off heads. But Rip won't let her do it alone. This dude, I loved him! In both the past and present, he was one of the most lovable characters (more so in the past). He was hilarious, charming, and utterly adorable. I actually thought he would be Ireland's love interest, but that was not the case (and I'm totally okay with that). No, her love interest was the very arrogant and sexy Noah Van Tassel. He's charming, rich, and not a huge believer in the paranormal. But he likes Ireland, and he gets swept up in the mystery surrounding her. Not just swept up, but pulled into it. The romance was not a heavy part of this story, and for that, I was grateful. I loved that it was more subtle and slow-burning. They became friends who cared for each other a great deal, and that made their relationship that much deeper. Though, I hope it develops much more in the sequel and has a little more focus. The plot was fantastically mysterious and intriguing! I never had any inkling as to what was going on (which, in hindsight, makes me feel stupid because it was a little obvious). The plot, aside from the sometimes heavy writing, was actually pretty fast-paced. I loved how the past and present intertwined with each other and how both played an important role. And that ending was majorly interesting, and I can't wait to dive into the sequel because Edgar Allen Poe is joining this hodgepodge cast of characters. Crane was a very well-written, engaging story that puts a new spin on the legend of the Horseman and the town of Sleepy Hollow. It was full of laugh-out-loud moments, wonderful characters, and a paranormal mystery that leaves you desperate for the sequel.
Ema_Volf More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic twist on a classic story! Where most books are a little difficult to get into, this author pulls you straight in with humor and hooks you from Chapter 1! Ireland, although the main character, is not even close to perfect, which keeps her likable. She's actually kind of a mess, which makes it extra fun to watch her grow throughout the story. She has to learn how to deal with what she's done while under the control of others while trying to figure out how to take control of her life again. The switch between past and present was fascinating. In my opinion, it's difficult to do without losing interest, but this author pulled it off flawlessly. She gave away just enough to keep you satisfied with where the story is going but not so much that you know what's going to happen before it's all over. My overall opinion? Buy this book. You'll thank me later.
CeeCeeLawson1 More than 1 year ago
This was a very unusual twist on Irving’s classic tale, but I found it extraordinary! The narration alternates between the present heroine, Ireland, and her ancestor, Ichabod Crane. This brilliant maneuver allows you to follow both characters as their stories unfold which builds anticipation and intensifies the mystery. I was completely engulfed in this exciting thriller as the pages seemed to race across my kindle! There are several supporting characters that make a complex addition to this story, and a few that add comedic relief when needed. With the perfect balance of gore, romance, comedy, and mystery, I found this novel to be an excellent YA read!
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
Crane will chill you to the bone! I am always excited to see what magical twists Stacey Rourke has planned for us, & Crane did not disappoint! Even on the brink of death Rourke still manages to make me burst out laughing! That's my favorite part of her writing, her comical lines always shine through. Even though this story is a dark creepy tale, and a VERY good one at that, I was constantly giggling throughout! Bravo!! Wonderful job on blending these tales! And I'm hoping to see more of Ireland & Noah!! ;-)
amckinney25 More than 1 year ago
Crane by Stacey Rourke Stacey Rourke has done it again; only this time, she has started a new series that will have you hooked! Crane gives a new twist on an old favorite; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As Irving, Rip, and Ichabod stumble upon the quaint town of Sleepy Hollow, they never imagined how their lives would change because of the horseman. Flash forward to modern day, and Ireland Crane also never imagines that her move to a new town could change her life forever. Rip is assigned with the difficult task of coaching Ireland through the changes she will encounter; all while helping her understand the truth behind the legend.  Rourke pulls you in to the story with her humor and wit, and you will not be disappointed! I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CityKat717 More than 1 year ago
Crane by Stacey Rourke is a wonderful mix of past and present, legend & truth, friendship & enemies. Ms. Rourke takes the legend of the headless horseman and puts a totally new twist on it. Throughout the book, Ms. Rourke shows the reader what happened in the past through Ichabod Crane's life and what happens with his descendant, Ireland Crane, in the present day. I'm not normally a fan of each chapter jumping back and firth between past and present but it really helped the story in this book. The characters in the story were interesting and well-developed. And the story was well-written. This was a great read and I can't wait to see what other legends Ms. Rourke decides to tackle in the other books in this series.
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ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
When authors re-tell well known stories, I'm always a little worried that there just isn’t going to be a unique enough spin to keep my interest. Thankfully I soon realised this wasn’t going to be the case with Crane and I forgot everything I knew about Sleepy Hollow as I was immersed in this modern version the author had created. I loved how both past and present timelines were easily incorporated, making it seamless and thoroughly enjoyable to read with the humour and wit used throughout. I really didn’t see the twist coming, but it was perfect – I can’t wait to read more from this saga. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
MommyMeg More than 1 year ago
Stacey Rourke placed a chilling spin on the classic “Headless Horseman” legend. Think you know what’s coming? YOU HAVE NO IDEA. This book is the perfect blend of old and new. Stacey walks you through the past as the present story plays out. There is the perfect amount of information, you don’t feel overwhelmed or like you’re missing something. Ireland Crane, the main character in the present day story line, searches for a new beginning in the small town. Little does she know the answers she finds there may haunt her forever. It's an easy read, and I cannot wait for the next book in the Legends saga. And encase I forgot to mention, the cover is beautiful and chilling at the same time. If you like bone chilling mystery, crime, plot twists, and love that’s destine to be; then this story is a must read. 5 stars!
Heather Dunn More than 1 year ago
Stacey Rourke has done it again. Crane takes some of our favorite characters we grew up with and intertwines them with new ones we can't help but love! When Ireland Crane, descendant of Ichabod Crane, moves to sleepy hollow, the past starts to come to life, with new twists we'd never expect. Who can help but love Rip Van Winkle and his play in both Ichabod and Ireland's lives? Stacey takes us back to the past to see what Ichabod faced, as well as letting us see how much the present mixes in with Ireland. Personally, I do not typically like books that skip back and forth using both present and past viewpoints. They tend to irritate me and often leave me not wanting to finish a book. I must say Stacey nailed it in such a way that this was not an issue whatsoever. It only added to the suspense! I don't want to go into detail too much and give anything away so I will end this by saying, Crane will keep you on the edge of your seat, suspensful, entertaining, with the added touch of Stacey's one of a kind humor. You will not want to put it down!
Crystalc23 More than 1 year ago
Again Stacey has written a master piece, Crane is a new twist on an old classic that you will love even more. The characters are riveting the humor electric and the writing is Amazing. This book will keep you engaged form start to finish as does all of Stacey's books. i am a huge fan and have all of her books but Crane I believe tops them all. Great job and wonderful book from an Awesomely Amazing Author.
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Lynn_Shaw More than 1 year ago
Think you know the story of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow? Think again. Stacey Rourke delivers a heart pounding thrill ride in her newest tale, Crane. Your heart will race and your breath will hitch with each terrifying step the Horseman’s steed takes as he closes in on his next unsuspecting victim. Some of the residents of Sleepy Hollow are not who they appear to be. Who has called the Hessian forth? Can a past injustice and a lost love be righted? Most importantly who dawns the Hessian's cloak in search of centuries old revenge? Fans of The Gryphon Series will love that the main character, Ireland, carries on the author’s trademark witty, flirtatious, and sarcastic sense of humor. The climatic end to the novel left me sitting up in bed gripping my kindle at 2:00am. I was so engrossed in the story. My heart was pounding. My dogs were pacing not understanding the palpable tension that seemed to hang in the air as I neared the end of this tale. Even after finishing the story, putting down the kindle and snuggling back into bed; scenes from the novel continued to dance in my head. I give this tale a 5 Star Review. Stacey Rourke weaves a tale that includes dark flashes from the past when Ichabod Crane first encountered the Horseman to present day Sleepy Hollow and the unexplained murders of 2 of its prominent residents. You will not be disappointed on the journey this book takes you. (Book received for an honest review)