Book Review - Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Monday September 13, 2010

Nevermore 
by Kelly Creagh
August 31, 2010
Atheneum
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.

Review: Kelly Creagh has taken the real-life mystery behind the death of Edgar Allen Poe and created wonderfully spine-tingling psychological mystery! As a lover of Poe it was very cool to see how his poem's and life history were threaded through out this contemporary read. If you didn't know much about Poe before you read this book I guarantee you'll be "google-ing" him at some point while reading this book....hey maybe you'll even become a new fan!

There really is a LOT to like about this book and I loved every minute of it. The only drawback might be its size because some teens are  intimidated by anything over 300 pages and at a hefty 543 pages this book can seem imposing! I'm going to do some classroom book-talks to really push for readers and then I think this one will spread with word-of-mouth like most good books do. 

Great characters in this book and I especially liked how vague the author was when it came to Varen and why he is like he is...it made the revelation towards the end of the book much more impacting. Isobel turns out to be the popular cheerleader with a conscience and as she starts to learn more and more about Varen and the part she will play in his life I couldn't help but liken her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (despite the absence of vampires:)

I recommend this book to any and all paranormal lovers and Poe lover's alike. With star-crossed lover's Varen and Isobel, romance lovers will be swooning too.  The ending is left open to what seems to me could be a sequel so I'll cross my fingers!

Recommend for ages 14 and up.

4 comments:

Tiffany said...

I just bought this one a few days ago. I can't wait to get to it! I don't know much about Poe, but I'm sure I'll have to start reading him next.

Michelle said...

Gah, I really want to read this even more now. Sounds awesome.

Ginger said...

I saw this book online, read a few reviews & decided to pick it up. I'm ALMOST done with it....

There is A LOT of description in this book and I think that's why it ends up being 500 some odd pages long. There were a few times I felt myself wanting to skim over because I thought it was TOO MUCH detail and stalled the story a bit. I also found myself getting a bit confused in parts when it's a dream and when it's reality. I felt like the author didn't do the best job of explaining that concept. I do like the characters, however Isobel got on my nerves sometimes. It was so blatantly obvious what was happening, yet she was the clueless one.

Over all, good read so far. And I've heard this is the first to a series.

Lorielle said...

This is in my TBR pile and I keep overlooking it because it's so thick. :) I'll have to just do it!