Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Title: Nevermore 
Author: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 31st 2010
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Quick Review: 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.

Detailed Review: First part I was interested because not many authors write about cheerleaders falling in love with a goth. No ordinary goth either! It was interesting to read about how a cheerleader's life is well, Isobel Lanley's life. From being glamourous to nothing, Isobel knows how to hold it in. After being assigned to Varen Nethers to do a project where Varen chooses specifically the subject and poet 'Edgar Allen Poe'-at first we see that Isobel doesn't feel so comfortable with Varen. We see their relationship bloom. Her problems with her best friend and boyfriend and the rest of the crew. Next thing we know Isobel's sneaking out of her own house to finish her homework with Varen. As the story goes on when her boyfriend finds out, he starts to act a little strange. Over protective boyfriend? 

Later on, she dumps him when ice-cream trip goes wrong and her boyfriend's desperate to get back together! Further through the story, Isobel finally learns to stop being a snob and becomes someone no one thought she would be. Making friends with a girl who wears skirts to the floor and jingly bracelets, meet Gwen. Fun, quirky and wayyy different than the other girls, Isobel starts to learn the perks of being the underdog. There are so many moments with Varen as she starts to spend time with him. 

“You're really a blond," she said, her tone just short of accusatory.
"And if you tell anyone, I will come to you in the night and smote your everlasting soul.” 

Little secrets of Varen's existence does Isobel learn about. We learn that Varen has a black note book. His stories of Edgar Allen Poe and poems he's written about a wretched beauty called Bess, Lilith and many names belonging to her. For the first time a whole chain of events start. Meeting a mysterious figure who called himself, Reynolds. Living the nightmares of Varen's dreamworld. How long did it take for Isobel Lanley to break down? 

She never did. 

In the end, fights among the dreamworld start to merge with reality. Reynolds saves Isobel once again through the story and finally the conclusion in which Reynolds lies to Isobel about Varen's safe being. Instead she burns Varen's black book that links reality to dreamworld.

Now the link is destroyed, Isobel thought she could go back to her life with Varen but finding out later that he didn't make it out of the dreamworld. Isobel Lanley is miserable and now is on the quest to get back there! 

Ending the book with such an epic conclusion of Nevermore, it'll leave you wanting for more! 

Brief Summary: 'Epic, beautifully written and completely a wonder, you'll be left wondering about the dark secrets and mysteries to Varen's dreamworld and Isobel's insights to reality. I love Nevermore and can't wait till the next book comes out!' 

My Rating: 5/5  'Totally Amazing!' 

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