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.

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Book #1 in Series

“When there is no way, you must make a way.”

Even though I am not usually into this kind of paranormal stories, and the goth things are not my type either, Nevermore had something really special that kept me reading from the first page to the last one (and wanting for more).

The story seems simple in the beginning: Isobel is paired with Varen in an English project and, as different as they are (she – a cheerleader, he – a strange goth boy), they get to know each other better and slowly fell in love one for the other.
NOTE: If you think that this is the typical american story, then guess again because the book is anything but typical, and it is not as predictable as you might think.

What I liked the most about this book was the way the author handled the relationship between all the characters (Isobel and Varen, Isobel and her (ex)boyfriend, Isobel and Gwen, Isobel and her (ex)friends, etc.) and how the action took place step by step.

In this book, as long as it is, K.C. took her time for all little details as the story unfolded, and the characters started to grow on me slowly, making me feel like a part of the book, feeling like it’s my own journey and not Isobel’s only. At the same time, it never felt slow because there was always something interesting about to happen.

Another thing I love about this book is that it feels real – the connection between main characters, the dialogue, the action, even the paranormal elements were made to feel real, possible. Also the incorporation of poetry, of Poe was great (amazingly well done) and it played such an important role into the story.

The writing was impeccable, the plot is complex with so many turnarounds, the characters are unique (and smart), the suspense makes you keep reading almost without breathing. I just can’t wait for the second one to come out 🙂

“My beautiful, my Isobel. My Love. You ask me to wait.
And so I wait. For all of this, I know, is but a dream.
And when, in sleep, at last we wake, I will see you again.”

PS: I definitely have to say one more thing: the English project was NOT just a way to start the story, but it turned to be a great moment in the book too.. just wait for it!

See, this is what i like about this author, nothing is there just to fill in the blanks, everything has a reason in this book, and after reading this novel I got the feeling that I need to read it one more time.

Happy midnight reading!

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