Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Published: 2010
Publisher: Atheneum
Pages: 543
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 350 Page Books Challenge
Other: First book in the Nevermore series. The sequel, Enshadowed, will be published in January of 2012.
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. 

Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. 

Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. 

His life depends on it.

Isobel is a popular girl in school. She has it all - the looks, a place in the cheerleading team, the popular friends, the football boyfriend. She gets teamed up with Varen for an English project, and she is horrified. The feeling is mutual. Varen makes it clear that he'd rather not have anything to do with her either. But from the moment he scribbles his phone number on her hand so they can talk on the phone about their assignment, something starts to change. Isobel finds herself finding excuses to be with Varen. They decide to do their project on Edgar Allan Poe, and Isobel discovers that Varen's been creating a world based on Poe's stories in his notebook.

When I got this book in, I was surprised at how thick it was. Well over 500 pages, it was a pretty big book on my shelves. This made me hesitant on picking it up, so it stayed there for several weeks. But when I picked it up and started reading it, I was hooked. Don't let the amount of pages scare you!

When Isobel is introduced, she appears to be the standard snobby, lazy, popular cheerleader. But quickly after that, she develops into a great character that stands up for her newfound friend Varen. I really liked her as a character. She realized that life's not all about how popular you are and started acting like it. She was easy to relate to after that.

I loved Varen. Varen appears to be a silent goth guy, but he has so much depth to his character. I really liked how he developed in the story. I'm curious to see how his home situation develops in Enshadowed - why his father did what he did (besides because he sucks. Sorry, he's just a lousy father imo.). Underneath the appearance of the tough guy that couldn't care less, there's a sweet, caring and lovely guy that only comes out when he's with Isobel.

Creagh has created a magnificent world in which the stories of Edgar Allan Poe are woven into, like it's no big deal. As if it's totally normal to suddenly see Pinfeathers appear at a lunch table!

I loved her writing style. Yes, the book is long and yes, some of the Poe parts required a re-read of the passage for me to understand it, but oh boy how I loved reading this book. I was actually sad that it wasn't longer when I was finished.. Can you believe it? It was just so wonderfully written and such a great story. I can't wait to read Enshadowed.

My overall rating:

Because I loved it. I was enthralled by the story and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out.

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