Saturday, July 21, 2018

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore #1
Hardcover, 543 pages
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 31st, 2010

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.

My Review:
My feelings about this book are still mixed up weeks later. I enjoyed it a lot, and barely put it down but Nevermore was beyond intense.

Isobel Lanley is a popular cheerleader who has it all. The perfect friends, the super hot jock boyfriend and a great family. When Isobel gets paired with Varen Nethers the boy who everyone thinks is a psycho, things begin to go downhill fast for her. Especially when strange creatures begin to attack her.

I honestly still don’t know what to say about this book. I liked Isobel, a lot. I thought it would take time for me to warm up to her, but it didn’t. I thought she was great. She wants to fit in and have friends and enjoy the whole high school experience. Despite all that I liked that when her friends were doing something wrong she stood up to them. That was a definite moment that made me proud. She has real character.

Varen is kind of a mystery. He’s really into Edgar Allen Poe and has a lot of secrets and a dark past. If you saw him on the street you would think, he was a Goth kid who really enjoys Hot Topic. Varen and Isobel definitely have a connection that while isn’t explicitly stated right away you can tell they care for one another. Varen is super sweet, especially bringing Isobel ice cream and standing up to her and all that. I can’t wait to read more about him.

While this book has the tellings of typical high school popular falling for the bad boy of the school it really isn’t that simple. Kelly Creagh definitely does a great job at incorporating some amazing supernatural and literary aspects into this book that just makes this book MORE than expected.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy YA and mystery novels. Not necessarily at the same time but this book definitely has some amazing aspects of both. If you’re a Poe fan this book is definitely one you should put on your read list. If you like books with a twist that leaves you guessing, again this book is for you. Cliffhanger ending!

As a child, Kelly would hold elaborate one-kid plays for patient relatives, complete with song, dance, and over-the-top melodramatics. Then, whenever Mom or Grandma called for a break, she would venture outside to slay dragons, run from make-believe ghosts and create magical feasts for fairies out of mud and pinecones.

In the third grade, Kelly wrote her first book titled Pink Lettuce, a story about a young girl who comes to the aid of her mad scientist neighbor, helping him to return his potion-pink lettuce patch to its original green and leafy luster.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Today, she finds true joy in transcribing her dramatic daydreams onto the stage of the blank page. When not writing or curled up with a good book, Kelly can be found teaching, learning and performing the ancient art of Bellydance.

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