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ARC review: The Raven’s Tale, by Cat Winters

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Title: The Raven’s Tale

Author: Cat Winters

Genre: historical fiction, gothic, young adult

Pages: 368

Publication date: April 16th 2019

Goodreads rating: 3.66

My Rating: 4

Trigger warning: death, blood, ghosts, violence

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Synopsis:

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!”

 

Review:

“Give me a name that means “light”, not shadow, and we may be able to show them there’s beauty in horror.”

I’m very emotional because this is the first ARC that I got approved on Edelweiss! And it’s from one of my favourite authors!

The cover is amazing, and shows perfectly the character of Lenore, Edgar’s muse.

Let me say this: Cat Winters is fantastic writing gothic and horror books. She has a talent to let you fall into the story.

In The Raven’s tale, I completely fell in love with Lenore from the very first time she appears on the page.

However, this is not the best Winter’s book, and that’s why: we understand that it’s made for a younger audience, so the writing style is lighter and easier to read; we read of the conflict of young Edgar, who want to be a student in a prestigious university but it’s attracted to this dark and frightening Muse; we also participate in his success and his failures, but in the end we know that he has indulged in the horror tales that Lenore inspires him.

I comprehend that with this story we know more about the young Poe, about his family and what in the world inspires him to write, but in the end I was like: well, he’s known to everyone for his horror tales, so I already know that he will follow Lenore, no matter what.

“There’s nothing wrong with tales of fright and horror told late at night. They make your listeners appreciate waking up in the morning, discovering they’re still alive.”

But the most disappointing thing in this book is the ending: I honestly thought it will be another chapter but no, it finishes like this, with a scene that seems to lead to a great revelation and a great scene of Lenore and in fact it ends with nothing.

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I was also disappointed because in the ending that’s not a reference or a connection to the most famous poem of Poe, The Raven. With a horror muse that resembles a raven, and with this title, I was eager to read a scene when Edgar writes the poem with Lenore on his shoulder.

To conclude this review: the setting and the characters are all well done, we know better about Poe, but this is really far away from the first and still best book of Cat Winters “In the shadow of blackbirds”.

All the quotes are from my ARC copy, that I received in exchange for an honest review.

 

1 star, 5 star, wrap up

July 2018 Wrap Up

 

The blue and black are the colour of this month covers!

Hello, how are you doing? I had a little accident involving my head and an iron door this month, so I still feel dizzy and tired when I’m reading. Hope to feel better in August!

In July I read a total of 9 books (but one is a re-reading) and 5 are in english:

The Uninvited by Cat Winters: I didn’t like it as much as I liked In The Shadow of Blackbirds, but this book has an amazing plot twist, and can break your heart in tiny little pieces. 4 stars.

Skulduggery Pleasant #1 by Derek Landy:  this book was totally a surprise to me! I heard positive things about it, expecially on Instagram, but I didn’t think it was so good and funny! I will continue this series. 4 stars.

The bone season by Samantha Shannon: I know that my review is in italian, but you can admire the GIFs, really funny. I know too that it’s a popular/super hyped book, but I didn’t like it. 1 star for me.

The watchmaker’s daughter by C. J. Archer: I read and review with entusiasm The Last Necromancer, another book of the same author. But this was like a copy: the plot, the background of the characters, their interactions, and now I’m feeling teased. It’s enjoyable and a lot less dark than The Last Necromancer, but I’m worried that all the series of Archer are the same. 3 stars.

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut: I received this ARC from Netgalley. I love the cover, the story that had made me cry, and the author is so kind! She appreciated my review, and I’m so happy! 5 stars for me, the best book I read in July!

How was your reading month?

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When translation goes wrong: EngVsIta titles #1

Hello! Here’s another little meme of my own, in which I confront the original English titles of the books with the Italian translated ones.

Why? Because a lot of times, I didn’t know/comprehend that a new release in Italian it’s the same book I put on my wishlist, because of the absurd/weird/wrong title it has.

Or because I’m stupid and out of vogue, I don’t know.

The first example will be with (obviously) with the book after this blog is named:

Fortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman.

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I personally own this hardback edition: it’s so shiny and colourful, and it’s my preciouuusss.

But I really like the white hardback edition too.

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The dinosaur is pretty different, but it’s okay.

And then BAM, we have the italian edition:

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The cover is pretty plain and simple, and I didn’t dislike the “newspaper” style. But if you are wondering, “L’esilarante mistero del papà scomparso” means “The exhilarating mistery of the missing dad”.

“Fortunatamente, il latte” will be the exact translation of the original title, but as the author made a parody of the famous quote “Where there is life(milk), there is hope”, maybe a title referring to this quote will be better.

I’m not creating this post to discredit the italian editors/graphic, and I’m curious about other editions too. What title this book had in your country?

What’s your favourite cover?

book tag, challenge

I spy book challenge

I saw this funny challenge on MelToTheAny blog, and I immediately decided to do it, even if I am not tagged!

The rules: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!

1) Food

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2) Transportation

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3) Weapon

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4) Animal

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5)Number

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6)Something you read

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7)Body of Water

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8)Product of fire

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9)Royalty

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10)Architecture

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11)Clothing item

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12)Family member

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13)Time of day

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14)Music

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15)Paranormal being

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16)Occupation

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17)Season

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Shadowed summer

18)Color

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19)Celestial body

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20)Something that grows

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Wow, that’s a lot of books!! The Wonder has a wonderful cover, along with Hand and Talon. I can’t wait to read it!

Inkdeath has the italian title, because “Alba” means dawn!


5 star, wrap up

June 2018 Wrap Up

And also June has passed! How was your reading month?

I read lesser than the past month, only 8 books, and 3 were in italian.

But look! A lot of amazing covers! And I love most of the books, only Maplecroft was a disappointement.

Maplecroft, Cherie Priest: I’ve watched The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Netflix, and I love Christina Ricci. She’s amazing in the series, so I decided to read Maplecroft, based on the same characters, but the Lovecraftian turn has disappointed me. I was bored, and totally not afraid. 2 stars.

The long way to a small, angry planet, Becky Chambers: I don’t like sci-fi books, I’m sorry. I fell in love with the characters, but the plot was boring. 3 stars.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven, Episode one, Pauline Creeden: An interesting fantasy, with an original main characters, with a dark and misterious past. But I didn’t find the steampunk part, and it’s a shame, because I love steampunk books! 3 stars.

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate: I know in advance that this book will made me cry a river, and that’s it. I cried every two pages, but it’s one of the best books I ever read. 5 stars!

Bring me their Hearts, Sara Wolf: this book is fantastic, with a range of unforgettable characters, full of emotions and sassy dialogues. Definitely a 5 stars for me!

What’s your favourite cover? I’m undecided between The One and Only Ivan and Bring me their hearts!