*I was kindly given an e-copy of this title by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Title: Madly, Deeply
Author: Erica Crouch
Published: June 12th 2012 by Mariner Books
Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Edgar Allen Poe, YA, Retellings, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance,
Released: June 17th 2014
Published: Patchwork Press
More Information: Goodreads
This book is based of of the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabelle Lee. I’m obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and therefore grabbed this as fast as I could. I had high hopes for this book, but I went in knowing the poem and therefore knew that this wasn’t going to be a happy story. So if your looking for a sweet, happy, nothing bad happens story then go ahead and skip this one.
For those who have not yet read the poem, here it is:
Now for the book itself, the first thing I want to talk about is the characters. The three main characters consist of Annaleigh, her beau William, and his sited Mary. Annaleigh and William have a very sweet relationship, almost a little too sweet. Their relationship seems perfect, which makes it unrealistic and kind of took me out the story, but it does lend to the fairytale aspect of it. Annaleigh was sweet and innocent while William was nice but also had a sad past that haunted him. Mary was my favorite because she was feisty and felt more real to me. She also has a paranormal talent that comes into play later.
As for the setting, I thought I was great. I felt like I was back in the 1800s. The author is very detailed so that the screens really poppa off the page for you. However, this brings me to the writing style which I didn’t like. It was too wordy and full of metaphors. I felt like every other sentence contains a metaphor and it was extremely distracting. I would have a preferred a more straightforward writing style.
The story alluded to the raven as well which I really enjoyed, Poe fans will have searching for these references.
As I was reading this book I kept thinking how cheesy it was and getting distracted by the metaphors, and I thought should I just go ahead and put this down? I didn’t and in the end I cried, hard. It was then that I realized that I has connected with characters and I truly did enjoy and like the story. This is the reason I’m giving it 3 stars.
I liked it, but I didn’t love it.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a big Poe fan and loves romance, and maybe a little paranormal as well. Will you be picking this up and will you skip it? Let me know and why in the comments below. And don’t forget to hit the like and share button. And click one of the many follow buttons on the side to stay up to date with new book posts like this one. Have a great day!