Series: Nevermore #1
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers on August 31, 2010
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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.
Isobel Lanley and Varen Nethers run in different crowds. As a cheerleader, she hangs out with her squad and the jocks, while he’s friends with the outcasts. Their differences have caused them to have horrible opinions of each other. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when they get paired together for an English project. However, as they spend time working on it, they start to see a different side of each other. Before long, Isobel finds herself being drawn into Varen’s dark, strange world. Her life begins to change when weird things start taking place around her.
I’ve never read anything like Nevermore. The book was unbelievably unique. Creagh created characters and a world that had me intrigued from the very first line. Nevermore has around 550 pages. Despite that, I finished it in a day. I just couldn’t put it down.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s definitely true for Isobel. At first glance, Isobel is the stereotypical cheerleader. Vain and judgmental are just a couple of the qualities she seems to possess at the beginning of the book. As the pages turn, however, it becomes evident that she doesn’t quite live up to the stereotype. There’s a lot more to her than what meets the eye.
Varen might just top my list of book boys. He was that great. The funny thing is that I didn’t expect to like him that much. The way he’s described in the summary made me weary. Varen ended up being nothing like I thought he would be. Though at the beginning his attitude got on my nerves, the more Isobel got to know him, the more he grew on me.
Nevermore is a looonnnggg book. That ended up being a good thing for the romance. The length allowed a lot of development to take place. Nothing felt rushed or insincere. Isobel and Varen start out hating each other due to preconceived notions. Slowly, Isobel starts to see the real Varen and vice versa. The speed of which it all took place felt very realistic.
The majority of the other characters were awful. Isobel’s “friends” were jerks and Varen’s weren’t any better. A lot of them didn’t really have a purpose either. They probably could have been removed without it affecting the story. Gwen was probably the best minor character, but that isn’t saying much.
I haven’t read much by Edgar Allan Poe. I own his complete works, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Because of that, I can’t really judge how well the Poe part of the world-building was done. However, without taking the Poe part into account, I must say that the world featured was incredible. The author used so much detail that I was easily able to imagine that I was there too. In all honesty, the world she created was unlike anything that I’ve ever read about.
Nevermore was one of the most unique books that I’ve ever picked up. Kelly Creagh is an amazing writer. The sequel, Enshadowed, is currently collecting dust on my bookshelf, but after reading this, that shouldn’t be the case for much longer.