6/10/12

Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh
Pages: 429
Publisher: Atheneum
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)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 Toaster 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.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Varen has been missing for over two months, and though nobody has any idea where he went, the general consensus of the student body is that Isobel had something to do with his disappearance. But Isobel doesn't care - the only thing she's cared about for the past few months  is getting to Baltimore and confronting the mysterious figure who calls himself Reynolds. She's convinced that he's the only way back into Varen's dream world - the only way she can keep her promise to rescue him from the living nightmare he's created.

My Thoughts: The minute I received this book in the mail, I knew I wouldn't be putting it down for a while. The first book in the series, Nevermore, was definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. Everything about the story pulled me in - the premise, the setting, the characters... and of course the fact that it was based on the works of Mr. Edgar Allen Poe. I flew through the book, refusing to put it down for more than ten minutes at a time. I had no doubt in my mind that the second installment would be just as amazing as the first.

I was not disappointed in the least. Kelly Creagh draws you back into Isobel and Varen's world effortlessly, with haunting imagery and enough suspense to keep you glued to the pages. Readers will see a lot of character growth in Isobel in this installment, as she is both figuratively and literally haunted by Varen. We also see a lot of changes in Varen, and a little bit more insight into his past. 

I was freaking out when I read the ending - IT WAS SO GOOD! You wanna know the only thing I disliked? I have to wait an entire year for the final installment!   

Final Thoughts: If you haven't already pre-ordered Enshadowed, then you need to. Right now. Get on the computer and order it, okay? Promise?!

If you haven't read the first book in the series, I definitely recommend you check it out as soon as possible. Fans of paranormal YA, darker fiction, romance, and - of course - Edgar Allen Poe will love it.

3 comments:

  1. I never heard of this but it sounds awesome! Now, I really want to read it.
    Janiera @ Books & Beauty

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  2. SOOOOO jealous!!!! Cannot wait for this one!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  3. I promise lol!!! I loved the first book Nevermore!! Thanks for the awesome review, can't wait to read Enshahowed :)

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