Review: Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch

Posted July 23, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 8 Comments

Madly, Deeply

Author: Erica Crouch

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Patchwork Press

Genre: YA Paranormal/Retelling

Format: ebook

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley

Rating: 2 Stars

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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
from Goodreads:
It was many and many a
year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea…

Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was
as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their
souls to fit perfectly together.

With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings
from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of
the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly,
tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one

So I had this English
teacher in high school who was OBSESSED with Edgar Allen Poe. I’ve read a LOT
of his work. And I honestly really enjoyed it. There’s something so dark and
creepy about his stuff and I love how each of his stories feel unique. So when
I saw this book that was a retelling of what may be my favorite Edgar Allen Poe
poem ever, I had to read it.
This book was…boring. I
wanted it to be so much more. I wanted it to be creepy, romantic, sad, twisted
like the poem. But honestly, it just dragged on and nothing really happened.
The author could have taken so many more creative paths with this one, but she
really just stuck straight to the poem. But the thing is, a poem doesn’t make a
novel. Stretching out a poem into novel length just doesn’t work. For me at
least. I finished it. Probably because I’m bad at quitting books. But I kind of
wish I hadn’t.
Besides the fact that
it was boring, I also didn’t really connect to the characters. This is a SAD
story and I cry really easily, but I didn’t shed a single tear over this book.
I also really wanted to know what time period we were in. It was back in the
day because there were corsets, but other than that detail, we were given no
indication of what period in history we were in.
Basically this book had
potential, but ultimately stuck too close to the original work, making it
repetitive and boring. I’ll just stick to the original poem from now on. Happy
reading all!
Much better. 
Let’s talk! Have you read this one? Read this poem before? What do you think of the poem vs. the book? 

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