Friday, September 23, 2022

Rockstar Book Tours presents... RAISING THE HORSEMAN by Serena Valentino - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the RAISING THE HORSEMAN by Serena Valentino BLOG TOUR hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. If you're looking for a spooky read for the current season that takes a legend of old and gives it a few good twists and turns...this is definitely the one for you.  So, check out my post, make sure to enter the giveaway, and then click on over to the other sites participating for more bookish fun! 


Author: Serena Valentino

Pub. Date: September 6, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

From the New York Times best-selling author of Disney’s Villains series comes a ghostly new stand-alone novel that reimagines The Legend of Sleepy Hollow through the eyes of a modern teen.

The two-hundredth anniversary of the Headless Horseman's legendary haunting of Sleepy Hollow is approaching, but Kat van Tassel wants nothing to do with the town's superstitious celebrations. As a descendant of the original Katrina van Tassel, Kat knows she’s expected to fulfill her ancestor’s legacy by someday marrying her longtime boyfriend and running the prestigious family estate. But Kat dreams of a life outside Sleepy Hollow.
Then Kat meets Isadora, a new girl in town who challenges Kat to reexamine those expectations, opens her eyes to the possibility that ghosts are real, and makes her question who she truly wants to be . . . and be with.
When Kat is given the original Katrina’s diary, a new legend begins to take shape, one that weaves together the past and the present in eerie ways. Can Kat uncover a two-hundred-year-old secret, and trace its shocking reverberations in her own life, in time to protect what she truly loves?

Fans of Serena Valentino will delight in this supernatural coming-of-age tale that finally gives the women of Sleepy Hollow a chance to tell their side of the story.


“A sweet retelling of a spooky classic.”Kirkus Reviews


This is the story of the infamous Sleepy Hollow like you've never seen it before.  It takes the myth and legend, gives it a modern day twist, and reveals truths lost along the way that shed a whole different light on A LOT of the subject matter.

I liked getting the know the Katrina of today.  Her interactions felt genuine, her frustrations easily echoed, and her current predicament understandable.  Who wants to be locked into a family legend against their wishes?  Who doesn't want the chance to follow their dreams and become who they were meant to be...not simply their ancestor of yesteryear in the here and now?  Kat was a strong young woman, but even the strongest among us needs someone by our side, a person to help us see the way, a light to shed the darkness and confusion of night, letting in the sun of another day.  For Kat, it's her new friend Isadora, and while friendship may blossom first, it's not the ending emotion, and all the better for them both...that  is, if the Horseman lets them be.  Yes, the history of the legend isn't all cloak and dagger, and the supernatural definitely makes more than a passing appearance here, but it's all part and party to Sleepy Hollow...who would expect anything less?  The add-in bonuses of getting to know the first Katrina through the diary, the strange parallels drawn between then and now, plus the paranormal activity that seems to be reaching a crescendo, all go into making it a retelling you won't soon forget.

Come to quench your curiosity about the tale.  Stay because the story so intrigues you that leaving before the final page is turned would feel like an endless night.  Spread the word about this release so others may discover this sleepy tale brought back to life for a new generation...and you'll never have to fear the Headless Horseman!


About Serena Valentino:

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, Odd Sisters, Evil ThingCold Hearted, and Never Never. She is also the author of the Villains graphic novels Evil Thing and Fairest of All.

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~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~

1 winner will receive a finished copy of RAISING THE HORSEMAN, US Only.

Ends October 7th, midnight EST.


Special thanks to the Rockstar Book Tours team for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, wherever books are sold. Catch the rest of the tour for more!

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