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!”
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Odd & True, The Steep and Thorny Way, The Cure for Dreaming, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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The Raven's Tale based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I was all in on a Cat Winters book about Edgar Allan Poe. I absolutely loved this idea and it’s breaking my heart to rate this so low. Edgar was fairly captivating. He was passionate and creative and friendly. Lenore was creepy and it was interesting getting her POV. Their relationship felt toxic, even though it seemed imperative to Edgar’s writing. Plot wise is where I really struggled. The story dragged and even though I was intrigued, I could have easily set the book down and never finished it. I will say that the writing is reminiscent of Edgar’s writing and I love that Cat was able to imitate that. Overall, it was an amazing idea and the research behind it really shows the effort. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me. **Huge thanks to Amulet Books for providing the arc free of charge**
I wanted to love this one so badly as I absolutely adore Poe. However, this just didn't seem developed enough for me. The world building didn't immerse me and I spent most of the novel confused about how his muse could just come to life and everyone was okay with it. I am an absolute lover of magical realism, but this didn't feel right as either magical realism or fantasy. I didn't get enough personality from the characters, either. Poe seemed to spend all of his time hiding his muse/his poems or pining after his lover. I wasn't moved by the attempt to humanize the adopted father either. The mother was absolutely helpless and her only devotion seemed to be her adopted son. I know that all of these characters were modeled after real people, yet I felt like they were very dull and two-dimensional. I love the recent resurgence in love for Poe and all of the new books an anthologies we are seeing about him. This one, unfortunately, was a pass for me.
Seventeen year old Edgar Allan Poe and his Pa are at odds. Edgar wants so badly to go to college and dreams of becoming a writer. His Pa thinks he should abandon those ambitions and his muse and work for him. He thinks it so strongly in fact that if Edgar refuses, he threatens to kick him out of the house and leave him penniless. This is a combination YA fantasy and historical fiction. It covers just a short period of time in Poe’s early life. Edgar is a passionate fellow with a talent for poetry, but I thought it was his muse who stole the story. She’s dark and fiery, and thrives on the macabre. I enjoyed this story, and thought it was well done with just enough drama to move the plot along. I learned a little bit about Poe, and if like me, you’re still curious about EAP, there are some handy notes at the back of the book. The author has included a few of his early poems, some biographical notes, and a list of references if you’re interested in doing further research. 3.5 Stars