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Nevermore

Author: Kelly Creagh
Pages: 543
Publisher: Atheneum
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



Summary (from Goodreads)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.
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My Summary: From the moment Isobel is told she'll be working with Varen for an English assignment, she knows her life is never going to be the same. First off, goths and cheerleaders don't mix. Second, he already hates her guts. And third? They're going to be doing their entire project on some dead guy's creepy poetry. Things could not get much worse for Isobel.

But when things start to happen and Isobel realizes there's more to Varen than just the eyeliner and the chains, their project takes on a life of its own...

What happens when you can't awaken from your own nightmares? 

My Thoughts: I pride myself on being a well-versed, well-read person with a great vocabulary. Really, I do. But when I finished Nevermore at around 6 am last night (after starting at around 11 pm) the only word I could think of to describe what I'd just read was OMG!!!! (I know it's not even a word, guys. Also, it wasn't even an adjective. I am aware.).

I adored everything about this book. The author's use of imagery was amazing; you could vividly imagine each and every scene, and the eerie atmosphere of the entire thing was reminiscent of one of Poe's poems. I loved loved LOVED the inclusion of Poe's works into this novel - it added so much depth to the story, and rekindled my love of all things Poe (if for some strange reason you have made it this far in life and haven't read any of Poe's work, this novel will definitely make you want to). And you know what else? There was no insta-love! (Thank you, Ms. Creagh. Thank you so much for not ruining a great story with that. I happen to loathe the YA habit of 'OMG our eyes locked and we were in love after only three hours it was meant to be!' with the fiery passion of one thousand imploding suns. And you can quote me on that, guys). I adored Varen and all his complexity, and even Isobel started to grow on me after a while (after standing up to those jerks who called themselves her friends). With this long of a book (around 550 pages) you usually find yourself wishing the story would hurry up and conclude, but with Nevermore I found myself dreading the last 100 pages because it meant the book would be ending soon. And the ending! It broke my heart, so, so bad. I put the book down and raced to the computer to find out when the sequel, Enshadowed, would be coming out, and my heart (or what was left of it) sank when I found out I had to wait until AUGUST (8 months!) to find out what happens next. Oh well. It's going to be worth it.

Final Thoughts: If you haven't already picked up Nevermore, get yourself to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy ASAP! I recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal YA, romance, and anything by Edgar Allan Poe - especially if you're looking for an original, fresh story. It's definitely one of my favourites so far this year.

4 comments:

  1. This was a really good review! I'd heard Nevermore was a good read, but this review made it seem really amazing! It's definitely going on my tbr list! And I totally agree! I hate insta-love with a passion! It's completely unbelievable and everytime it happens I'm just thinking, "Shut up!" *gags* I love romance, but please make it believable or don't even include it at all!

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

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  2. Wow, sounds really good! I'm adding it :)

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  3. lol'''OMG our eyes locked and we were in love after only three hours it was meant to be!' with the fiery passion of one thousand imploding suns. And you can quote me on that, guys''

    ''if you haven't already picked up Nevermore, get yourself to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy ASAP!''
    easier said that done/ no ya section in bookstores here / very little amount of us published books /int you know

    tnx 4 reviewing

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  4. I really need to read Nevermore soon. I've been dying to read it for years, but just...haven't gotten around to it. I definitely need to make it priority to read it before the middle of the year. Great review. =D I'm glad you loved it.

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