Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nevermore Review



Book:  Nevermore (Nevermore #1)
Author:  Kelly Creagh
Publisher:  Atheneum 
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted - nevermore!


--from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

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: 
I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. I am giving it a 4 star rating but maybe it deserves a 4.5 star. It seems like it took me a long time to read it, although it is a rather large book. I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning and most of the way through it. All the references and poems about Edgar Allan Poe was a bit much for me. Although it had a lot of high school drama I felt that at the same time it was rather dark. You have the popular cheerleader and the goth guy. I didn't connect with any of the characters or the story much. That said I did feel that it is a story that people need to read. I really liked it and enjoyed the second half of the book. The dreamworld and the ending had me confused sometimes. The ending left a lot of questions unanswered. I will be reading the sequel when it comes out. It really was a good book and I recommend if you like dark urban fantasy read this.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I hadn't even heard of this book. Have I been living under a rock? Now I want to read it! I'm adding it to my "I want to read it" list. :)

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