18 June 2012

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Book: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum
Pages: 543
Source: Library
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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.

Before I start my letter, I would like just like to say to you all: OH SWEET GOD. THIS BOOK MADE ME FEEL. This was such a gorgeously written book, a true hidden gem in the endless plains of generically made YA. People should know more about this book. FORREAL. *calms down, takes a deep breath*

Dear Ms. Creagh,

I'm at a loss for words. What can I say? Well, I know I can say thank you. Thank you for writing this amazing novel, which picked me up when I was in a tough time. It helped me escape the troubles and sorrows that was tying me down to this world. Needless to say, I was incredibly entranced by your writing and just the whole story itself.

I would also like to say a few things:
  •   I also loved the characters you created, especially Isobel and Varen. 
    • Isobel was such a well written heroine. Her personality and determination shined in this book, and I found it very admirable. I would love to meet this girl in real life!
    • Varen, on the other hand, was weaved with intricacies that made him a complex and swoon worthy character nonetheless. 
      • I loved how I couldn't just label him as a good or bad boy; he was his own personal brand of loveliness. ♥
  • The dreamlike world you breathed life to was deliciously creepy and fascinating.
    • I completely admire with all of the world building you have done in this book. I expected something rather simple, but you absolutely blew me away! 
    • I was haunted by the lush, morbid depictions of this dark phantasm with its grotesque creatures, and yet, I absolutely loved every second of it.
  • I absolutely adore how the romance was crafted in this book.
    • Slow burning and steadily growing best describes how you wrote the romance in this book. The romantic tension between Varen and Isobel was laid on thick, which had my heart pounding and me squealing like a little girl. 
    • This is a how romance should be written, and I thank you once more for not making me  have to put up with another over saturated, instant love that was heated in a microwave for five seconds.

Oops, I ended making my letter longer than I originally intended! Ending on that note, I'm in (author) love with you and your writing, Ms. Creagh, and I look forward to reading the sequel and the rest of your future works. ♥


18 lovelies:

Gianna said...

awesome review
i so need to read this book 

Gianna said...

I've enjoyed reading this wonderful letter. Nice! I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time! Am excited to hear that it is a well written book. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

Gianna said...

I've heard nothing but great things about this book. And now seeing how much you enjoyed it, and loved the letter by the by C; I really need to read this! Glad you loved it :D 

Gianna said...

You must! It's such a great read.

Gianna said...

Aww, thank you! <3 I think everyone should know about this book and read it, so they can go "EEEP!" about it with me. x)

Gianna said...

<3 Aww shmanks! :) I hope you love it when you get a chance to read it! :D

Gianna said...

Awesome review! :D I'm starting to think you love this book more than me! :o

Gianna said...

:o Who knows? I just know that I reallllly loved this book. <3 XD And thannnks! :3

Gianna said...

I also really really loved this book! Creagh did an awesome job incorporating Poe into the story as a whole and giving Isobel and Varen great personalities. I can't wait for Enshadowed to be released!

Gianna said...

WOW. Just... how do you do that? You read all the books I have yet to read and convince me even further that I need to read it ASAP, how can I resist? *goes cry in a corner* And oh, I like this new reviewing style, too! <3

Now, about the book... I don't think it's even possible to resist reading it after reading your review. SUPER CREEPY cover aside, sounds really really good! The characters (can I meet them too? you make them seem so awesome!), the intriguing plot and the romance are more than convincing. Kind of reminds me when I read your review (well, not really, but the reasons as to why read) Sweet Evil. And since we have similar taste in books...

Hoping to read it asap! Have a nice week, Gianna~ <3

Gianna said...

Oh my gosh, Gianna, I love it that you write your review as
a letter! <3 It's just so cute! If I were an author, I think I would love to
have this kind of a review too LOL! <3 I must be the last person in Earth
who hasn't read Nevermore! Seriously, what is wrong with me? O.o I was thinking
to pass this because I'm not a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, but your review
definitely convinces me to give it a try! <3

Amazing review, lovely Gianna! ♥
 

Gianna said...

Wow I loved this review Gianna! It really gave me more motivation to read this baby. And the format was so creative! I shall read this one very soon... :)

Gianna said...

I feel like I've been seeing so much about this book and its sequel around lately! I don't think I've actually seen a negative review of this yet which makes me interested. I love that Isobel was a girl you'd love to meet in real life, those are the best kinds of character. Varen seems like such an enigma and I can't wait to meet him. Fantastic review, Gianna!

Gianna said...

I know right? :D I loved the Poe twist in this book. Kelly Creagh is so awesome. *-*

Gianna said...

The Dear Author letter was just a spur of the moment. :3 And I don't know! O-O Maybe I have psychic powers?! Maybe that's how I convince you? ;D But thanks for the compliment, darling! <3 :3

GAH YOU MUST MEET THESE CHARACTERS. So amazeballs. I know you'll love this book when you read it! <3

Gianna said...

Gaahhhh, okay, I think all non-Edgar Allen Poe fans should read this so they can be converted! This book is just like I said above: deliciously creepy. It's totally not scary, and I ate this whole book up like a piece of candy. ;D

And thanks love! <3

Gianna said...

XD Thank you Jen! I think you should read this one very... now! :D

Gianna said...

Thank you, Elena! :D I think you should try this book out. It's seriously made of awesomeness! :3

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