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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

REVIEW: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

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.

Book: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Nevermore, #1
Free or Purchased: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

Though there were some slow points when Varen wasn't around, I still love love loved this book! Warning, though, this book does end on a huge cliffhanger. If you don't like waiting to find out what happens, then pick up a copy of Nevermore now, but don't read it until the next book comes out.

Isobel, the main character, is definitely a cheerleader-type, but in a good way. She's immediately likable and fun to read, and I'm so looking forward to reading from her POV again in further books. She may be a bit of a drama queen, but in a very entertaining way, not annoying. Overall, a cute, enjoyable character with more loyalty than can be expected from any one person.

The Boy, Varen, is a big cuddly angst fest, and I totally <3 him, even if he has the weirdest name evah. Seriously, I spent most of the 550+ pages of the book going, "Is it pronounced VAH-REN or VEH-REN??? :'(" Yeah, that was me. Lots of :'( in Nevermore, in the best way possible.

The only side character that really stood out to me was Gwen, one of Isobel's friends, and I really liked her spunky, crazy, overly-pushy character! She definitely provided some great comic relief, but was also there for Isobel in the more serious moments. Her unquestioning trust was her best feature, and it was fun to read about her.

Anyone who is looking for a light, funny read should avoid Nevermore like the plague, though, because this humongous novel is filled with darkness, angst, and thwartage (by the way, 'thwartage' is totally not a real word). It's a really good book, though, and I recommend it to any more mature fan of the urban fantasy genre.


Savannah said...

Im just strating this book today. SO excited to read it. Nice review :)

Michelle said...

I'm a sucker for plots like this one. I think (well I know) it's because this could not be farther from my real life haha. And I love how you described Varen as a cuddly angst fest hehe.

And the internet tells me that Varen is pronounced VAH ren. I like when character have different names. :)

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

A cliffhanger? Then maybe I'll put off getting this one until it's closer to the second book ;)

Nice review! :D

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