Book Review: Nevermore by: Kelly Creagh


Publisher: Atheneum
Publish Date: 31 August 2010
Origins: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback ARC
Blurb: 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. 

Review in 5: Dark, Sensual, Luring, Amazing, and hmm...Wonderful.
Review: First off, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Ok, so you know how inarticulate I can get when I am gushing over a book I love. We will go one deep breathe of excitement at a time. This book is everything you could possibly want in a young adult novel. There is excitement, bad guys, jealously, drama, cliches, universe-opposed love and then a dash of dark literature thrown in. If you haven't read any Poe before reading this book, you will definitely want to afterward.

The characters in this story are so like every cliche young adult character ever written but at the same time they are the opposite. Ms. Creagh takes the best from the cliche and marries that with characters who have their own personalities, charm, and charisma. Isobel and Varen both have something that draws the reader to them and makes them care about every single nuance of their lives. I wanted to know Varen's favorite color (well maybe that is obvious), his favorite sports team, and his most prized possession and I wanted to know the same for Isobel. They draw you into the story and make you want to keep reading just so you can get to know them better.

The plot starts out slow but it feels like that was purposeful on the author's part in order to get you to understand her characters and their motivations before you have to jump into some twisted plot. I love that the author keeps a bit of the mystery until the end but not so much that the reader is confused and in need and grasping for something to hold onto...she actually pretty much throws everything out in the beginning but not so much so that you won't want to read the book.

I love Ms. Creagh's writing for many reason. One, I think that I saw various lines throughout the story that were from 'The Raven'...expertly sneaked into the pages...I may be wrong but...that is what I thought I saw, let me know if you saw it too. I love the poetry and love that Ms. Creagh also puts into her story, there are a few snippets of Poe's work throughout the book (DUH) but you can feel the love Ms. Creagh has for the poet in the pages of her book. I also, as I have said many time before, love when YA authors add older classical authors into their work, opens the door for more young adults to take an interest in classical literature outside of English class. The last of my favorite part of the author's writing was her imagery, her imagery in some parts are almost poetic and she writes them in ways that are so different from other authors but make the most sense as a reader. I love love love this book and with the ending of this one I have to wait with baited breathe for the next.

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  1. So glad you loved this book! It was effin amazingggg :)

  2. I'm not big on Poe, so I was iffy on this book, but your review totally sold me on it! I love when a novel is character-centric - it really draws you in. I can't wait to meet these characters!

  3. Really want to read this one.


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