The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters ★☆☆☆☆ #BookReview

raven's talePrimary Genre(s): Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Published: 16 April 2019 by Amulet Books
Page count: 368
Format: eBook
Memorable: No
Cover: Creative
Pacing: Super slow
Ending: Okay
Would I recommend it: No
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My rating: ☆☆


Summary from Goodreads
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!”

My Thoughts
I did not enjoy this book. Here are my pros and cons:


  1. Creative concept and an interesting way to introduce Poe to YA readers.
  2. Author’s note contained interesting information about her research about Poe and his life.


  1. I absolutely did not buy into the idea of a muse as a supernatural, but living creature.
  2. The Lenore chapters bored me to tears.
  3. The pacing was slow. So little actually happened in the story – there was nothing to hold my interest. I noted above in the Pros that I thought this was a creative concept for a story, but overall I think the execution was lacking.
  4. Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed the story more without the Lenore character at all. Just make it about Poe’s teenage years and his dysfunctional relationship with his foster father and his own internal struggle with his writing. While I get that the author was trying to write about Poe in a Poe style, bringing in a living and supernatural muse muddied the story for me.
  5. Overall, the story felt a bit erratic and seriously stagnates quickly. The chapters alternate between Poe and Lenore so there is also a lot of repetitiveness.
  6. I literally didn’t connect to this story in any way.

In all honesty I would not have finished this book if I hadn’t personally requested it from NetGalley to read and review. The synopsis sounded unique and interesting, but the execution of the story itself did not work for me personally. I really struggled to finish this book. I appreciate the research and work the author put into the story, but ultimately this book just wasn’t for me.

Thank you NetGalley and Amulet Books for a free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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13 thoughts on “The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters ★☆☆☆☆ #BookReview

  1. Hmm, interesting. It’s not often a 1-star review motivates me to read its subject, but I may just seek this one out. I’m a huge Poe fan, and the concept does sound intriguing. It’s not something I’d purchase, though, so if my awesome Nashville Public Library doesn’t have it, I’ll just let it go.

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  2. Give it a shot if you can get a copy. If you do read it, come back and tell me what you thought. I’m always curious about different perspectives. 🙂

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  3. I agree. I specifically requested an ARC of this book and I was excited to read it…. but it just did not work for me at all. Maybe others will get something out of it that I didn’t.

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  4. It’s the best policy, right?

    I do try to be honest about my thoughts for sure. I also try to find at least one nice thing to say – even for books I didn’t like.


  5. Thanks for your comment. I sure don’t like writing reviews like this one, and I sometimes feel I might be a little too hard on a book. But I appreciate honest reviews, too… so I am determined to write honest reviews myself. 🤗

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  6. Ouch. I saw the title and loved it. I read the synopsis and wanted to love it. I read the review and decided I probably wouldn’t even like it. That sucks. I’m sorry it wasn’t more enjoyable.
    This was a fantastic review, thank your for your honesty!

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  7. You’re welcome! One of the biggest downsides to reviewing something you love.. is having to tell everyone you didn’t even like it and why. I feel bad about the authors and all of the work they put in to it, too.. but I know I’d rather have the honesty. 🌹

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