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Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh Publisher: Antheneum (August 31st, 2010) Reading Level: Young Adult Hardcover: 543 pages Source: Publisher for review Series: Nevermore, book #1 Rating: 4 of 5 stars 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: I don't think anyone could say this book isn't unique. The story starts with Isobel being paired with Varen on a writing project. She is not pleased with this and neither is her boyfriend, Brad. She tries to stop the chaos that results but it proves to be too much for her to handle. Soon her perfect world with cheerleading, a boyfriend, and friends falls apart. This brings her closer to Varen and into his obsession with Poe.
The plot in this book was amazing. Poe's words are within the story many times and we don 't fully grasp their significance until the end. Isobel was an outstanding character. She was strong and never afraid to stand up for herself or Varen. I really felt like I got to know her. Varen, of course, is far from the typical love interest. This made him so fascinating but I do wish I would have gotten to know him a little better throughout the story. Plus, I didn't like that it seemed Isobel always had to save the day for Varen. I wanted him to stand up for himself a little more.
I'm thrilled this book put a new spin on YA and it is so well written. Kelly brings in fabulous descriptions and a plot that keeps you guessing. I thought the ending was well done, although a little hard to follow in places, but I was happy with the way things turned out overall. I thought it wrapped book 1 up nicely and set up what will come next in book 2.
Nevermore is a brilliant story existing in the present day but bringing in aspects of the past through the work of Poe. Kelly Creagh flawlessly puts them together to make the story completely irresistible.

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