Publish Date: 28 August 2012
My Rating: 3 of 5 Ravens
Synopsis: [From the back of the ARC] Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave.
Only the Poe Tosater holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Review: I was so pumped to get this book, I almost wept when I got it in the mail. I (and I know all of you) have been waiting and eternity to get it. Well, I have bad news for you...this was not the book I was expecting. First let me preface this review by saying: A) I LOVED LOVED LOVED Nevermore. I carried it around with me for an entire day until I had consumed it all. B) I adore Kelly Creagh, she is one of the sweetest, nicest people I have had the opportunity to meet.
Those things being said...this book didn't hit the mark. It was...ok...it was one of those books that seems like it is there to fill space while the next book is being written. The plot is slow and somewhat clumbsy...the entire first half of the book is Izzy whining and moping, and being misunderstood by her parents. The second half of the book seemed like a jumble of plot points that I couldn't string together in my head to make a decent ending. There was hardly any Varen in the story and when we did see him, he wasn't himself. There is more of Izzy's dad in this story that Varen, which just seemed wrong to me.
The writing of this book is beautiful, it's haunting and poetic. The imagery is amazing and stands out to me even now I as I write this review. I wish that the plot had lived up the writing. I put the sort of poetic feel of the way the writing is to how Maggie Stiefvater writes...just was missing the kick-ass hardcore go getting plot behind the words.
I will of course read the next book because I was so in love with the first book I can't help it. Also this book has a cliffhanger...teehee...I made a pun *you will get it when you read the book*. As usual that annoyed me but...means maybe the next book will live up to what I have bee waiting for.
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