Monday, August 30, 2010

Nevermore by Kelly Craegh

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.

Edgar Allen Poe! I love Edgar Allen Poe, even before I read this. I think that this book could have been trimmed down in pages. At times it dragged on and I was tempted to skip parts. What kept me reading was Varen. Varen was an oh-so-interesting character. He was mysterious, artistic, and dark. Isobel kept denying to herself that she liked him, I wanted to yell at her!
For being Kelly’s first book, she did well. I like how Nevermore incorporated the darkness of Poe as well as his poems. I recommend this book to almost everybody. If you like Edgar Allen Poe, mysterious guys, and dark stories. This book if for you!

PS- This cover is just plain gorgeous. It is frightening, and draws you in!

FTC- Received from publisher.