Friday, September 17, 2010

ARC Tour & Review: Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) by Kelly Creagh

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.

I'm a little confused...about a lot of things actually.  Normally I catch on quick and have no trouble keeping up.  This one I think got the better of me and still has question marks floating around in my head.  I'm not sure about some details in the beginning, the middle threw me a little and the ending...whoa nelly!  Like I said, I'm a little confused, and to be honest I'm not even sure if I'm supposed to still have questions or if I'm just not up to speed when I should be.

What starts out as a partner project in a high school English class where team members are picked at random (gotta love teachers for that one), Isobel thought her biggest problem was going to be getting through a project with an anti-social boy who is the polar opposite of her popular jock boyfriend without failing the class.  She was so very wrong.  Not only is the project not a walk in the park, far from it, but that was only a small obstacle in the grand scheme of things.  Her possessive boyfriend takes being a bully to new heights, her friends jump on the "I hate Isobel" bandwagon and now she's got to work through the fact that she's possibly developing feelings for her project partner and Edgar Allen Poe aficionado, Varen.  Talk about a full plate, yikes!

Varen's got secrets and a deeply dark and murky past.  His ties and obvious connections to the famous writer Poe are eerie and unbalancing.  I'm not sure to be quite honest what I think after I've read this first installment in the Nevermore series.  I know I'm confused and would love some clarification but I'm also a little irritated with myself (mostly) on this one.  I think I'm making it too complicated maybe.  I'm going to let it all sink in and hopefully after a while my brain will catch up with the plot.

I gave Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) 3 shamrocks!!!


  1. Thank you for the honest review! I have heard good things about this one, but sometimes I don't get it either with certain books. Maybe with time it'll get better...

    Following you now. :)

  2. Hey Katelyn! Really enjoyed reading your review
    *raises hand*
    I was confused by some things too. I did rate it a little higher, but I bet a lot of things (including more about Varen's personality & past) will be explained in book 2. I got a really good feel for Isobel as a character, but Varen remained pretty much an enigma.
    Great review!

  3. This book sounds so fascinating. I must read it ASAP.



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