Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review of Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)
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 was intrigued by Nevermore ever since I first heard about it. I’m a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, so the idea of tying his work into YA fantasy-esque novel piqued my interest. While I had a few small problems with Nevermore, I definitely chose to read this creepy story at the right time of year.

The plot of this story is definitely original. Unfortunately, I thought that Creagh could have done a slightly better job of executing it. A lot of thought went into carefully putting this story together and tying in a good deal of foreshadowing. While that is something I appreciate, I almost felt like the build up slowed down the story a bit too much. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the writing ventured on being a bit too dramatic and repetitive at times.

Otherwise, Nevermore was a fantastic story. The characters were particularly likable, especially Varen. Some people might find Varen boring, but I liked that he was creative and had a side that was willing to stand up for himself. He had both a snarky edge and a romantic side, and I think Creagh nailed his character by not overdoing the sensitivity. I loved Isobel because it felt like she wasn’t just following the herd.

By the last one hundred pages, I was unable to put this book down. Nevermore had action, romance and a serious creep factor. Creagh left us hanging, so I will be eagerly awaiting future installments in this series.


  1. I definitely have to agree with you. It was a bit slow getting into, but those last 100 pages I was hooked. Great review.

  2. Hey! I wish the execution had been a little stronger, too. It seemed like it focused a lot on the high school aspect and not really enough on the fantasy/paranormal until the very end. I also think Varen could have been a weeeeee bit more romantic. We get pretty much just 1 kiss (maybe 2) and that's IT! Ahh! But this is still definitely one of my alltime favorites. I'm a Poenerd, I guess. Glad you liked it too, but I definitely agree with your points!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this! It's my favorite of 2010, for sure. And even though the ending threw me off and I had to read a couple sections twice, I thought it was a beautiful, intriguing story. Cannot WAIT for the sequel!

  4. Just wanted to drop you a comment and say THANKS for the book - Beautiful Darkness came and I am so excited! Thanks again for hosting.

  5. I fall in love with Nevermore as soon as I read the reviews, and I've read lots of them because I had to wait a week for my book to arrive and when it did I just couldn't believe it, I had such a fan-girl moment! :D I've read it in one day and at night I dreamed about VAREN, lol. The same happened to some people after finished reading Nevermore.

    I gotta say Kelly is an AMAZING writer, and this first novel is one of the best I've read this year. Nevermore has definitely become my favorite book, yep, because it was totally a different story from any other books I've read, and I've read about vampires, werewolves, angels, fallen angels, witches, faeries, the list goes on, but for me, Nevermore was SO unique. I love Nevermore. And the cover of the book is stunning. :) I really can't wait for the second book to come out.



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