Crane by Stacey Rourke (received with thanks from NetGalley)
That cover art is something special. Am I right? Gorgeous!
This book ended up a bit middle of the road for me. Going from such a strong start, and believe me, it’s STRONG. I love the character we’re presented with and I was totally up for following him through the story further. He’s an Ass, with a capital ‘A’, and he made me feel a little uncomfortable. And I love that.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t really figure in the story at all, really. This made me sad.
I also found that with such a sparkling, exciting start, the narrative suddenly dropped off. This is told with a dual perspective. Ichabod? He was sensational. I loved the sections that belonged to him. Ireland Crane, however? Meh.
I just felt nothing for her. She was a wishy-washy character, for me, in that I couldn’t get a real feel for her, and I didn’t have much empathy. This might be a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’, so if you really liked Ireland’s character, please do feel free to defend her in the comments below. I think it might have had something to do with her attitude, or how she was trying to act like she had attitude. I dunno. Just wasn’t feeling it.
You gotta love a re-telling of something like Sleepy Hollow. That’s an exciting concept for me because I LOVE Sleepy Hollow. (Even though Ichabod will forever look like Johnny Depp in my head).
Naoh. Didn’t like him. There was something ‘off’ about him from the start and I wasn’t feeling the ‘feels’ there at all.
And Brantley? (is that right? I forgot.. lols!) I felt like his presence was a bit redundant. I didn’t see what his appearance really did for the plot overall.
The writing is good. I mean, I was ready to full-on gush after that opening scene. Pow! A killer few pages right there. And in general, I found the writing to be easy to follow with some real nice touches. There’s no doubt here that Rourke can really write! *clicks*
In the end I gave this book 3 stars. I liked it enough, but I just don’t think it was a good fit for me.