Friday, March 4, 2011

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

By: Kelly Creagh
Source: Bought E-book
Released: August 31, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"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." (Summary from
Kelly Creagh's Nevermore is the original story of opposites Isobel, the cheerleader, and Varen, the goth, who are forced to be partners for an English project. Isobel is reluctant in the beginning to spend any time with Varen, but she soon finds herself curious to learn more about him and the strange writings that he keeps in his notebook. Isobel begins to pull away from her boyfriend and friends, especially when she stands up to them for Varen. Eventually, Isobel finds herself stumbling into a world where dreams hold power and the stories of Edgar Allen Poe come to life. Isobel must find a way to save Varen before he gets trapped inside the terrifying world forever. 

Nevermore is a unique and dark story that dives the reader into a mysterious and suspenseful plot. The relationship of Isobel and Varen slowly develops over the course of the book. At the beginning both are reluctant to work together, but as they spend more time together, the attraction between them grows as well. Another great aspect of the book were the minor characters such as Gwen, the quirky girl who is a surprising friend to Isobel. I particularly loved how creatively Creagh incorporated Edgar Allen Poe throughout the story. The plot develops at a steady pace which gives time for the characters to be deeply developed. The ending leaves readers at a cliffhanger and I am definitely anticipating the follow up to this story.

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