Book Review

Madly, Deeply Book Review* An Edgar Allen Poe Themed Story

*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

My Rating: starstarstarstar_emptystar_empty

Published: June 12th 2012 by Mariner Books

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Edgar Allen Poe, YA, Retellings, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance,

Pages: 209

Released: June 17th 2014

Published: Patchwork Press

More Information: Goodreads

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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:

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org

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!

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