Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
published by Atheneum Books
Genre: YA paranormal
What it's about:
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 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 ereated 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 was so excited to read this book and wasn't dissapointed by it at all.
Whatever you think this book is about, you are wrong but also right about it. When my mother asked me what the book was about, I had a very hard time explaining it. Most of the book was about the struggles Varen and Isobel had because of social pressure. It really wasn't till the last 150 pages that the paranormal really kicked in. Even though this wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be like, I loved reading about everything Isobel and Varen did. The book could have gone on for a few hundred more pages and I would have been perfectly fine reading it all.
When I saw that Isobel is a cheerleader, I thought I was not going to like her. I tend to not like the typical cheerleaders most authors write about. This was not at all the case. I loved Isobel's character. She wasn't an airheaded bimbo, but more of a normal girl. She was a great leading character. Varen I thought was weird for a little while (which is weird cause I normally love the goth boys in books) but I eventually fell in love with him. Didn't take long actually, but it wasn't an instant thing. Best character by far though was Gwen. Gwen brought in most of the humor and was the perfect addition to the complicated life Isobel is having.
Even though the book is 543 pages long, you can't help but be dissapointed in the ending. Stupid cliff hangers!!!! Worst part? Kelly Creagh isn't even finished writing the next book!!!! AHHH!!!!!! At least that is what it said on her website. So Kelly, hurry and finish the book!!!!
My rating: 10/10!
There isn't a single thing I can think of that I would change, so it gets a 10!
Favorite Quote from Nevermore: "...And don't look so worried. It's been my experience that the spooky ones usually know what they're doing." Gwen winked, then with a hand cupped around her mouth like a megaphone, called, "And they'll only bite you if you let them!" ----Gwen, pg 254