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Kelly Creagh's Nevermore

My Evaluation of Nevermore
Did the plot make sense?
Kept me interested?
What about the characters?
It had a good ending?
Overall Rating


I’ve been reading awful books lately, and I had this horrible premonition about this book. I was haunted since the cover is pretty and had an interesting premise. I was almost sure it was going to be a complete disaster.


But, heck, no. It was a surprise. Forget the cover and the premise, the book hooked me up and I was desperate to read more and know more.


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

This summary was taken from Goodreads.


How did I get interested in this book? I was reading recommendations while I was browsing through the iTunes store. I read two five star reviews about he originality of the story and the big fuzz about including some works of Edgar Allan Poe. I thought it was promising. But I'm not gonna lie, I just know Edgar Allan Poe just by name since English is not my native language.


I can’t judge the complexity of the language since, heck, English is not my native language but it was decent to me. Similes or excessive use of commas are not a problem like some other books. Maybe the descriptions were too elaborated. But I was fine with the writing overall.


The plot started with a cliché situation with two students paired involuntarily to do an English project. And guess what? The two characters fall for each other. But things got better from there since the relationship seemed plausible and realistic. They didn’t fall for each other right away and that kept things interesting. I like when the relationships are built and not forced into: I was in love and I knew we belonged together forever and I will pop out his kids, whatever. Ok, once in a while is fine (not the pop out kids of course xD). But I was getting bitter, frustrated and tired of always reading the same story about how inexplicable two characters are drawn to each other. This story was the exception. 


Isobel was an okay character and at least she was brave enough to leave her friends rather than watch them doing something she thought was wrong. Their best friends are the typical popular bullies and you wonder how Isobel could pair with them in the first place. Varen Nethers was an enjoyable character; even with his gothic personality he had his own sense of humor. I felt so childish wondering: when he is going to appear again? But don’t take me seriously since I thought him being the younger version of Severus Snape from Harry Potter and I fancy anything that smells like Severus Snape.


His interactions with Isobel kept me craving for more and when they finally kiss I was like: Me gusta!


Sometimes he is too cryptic and I was wondering what was going on with him really. But I felt frustrated a few times when he was talking to Isobel and suddenly they had to say goodbye and the conversation was cut off at odd times.

I also enjoyed the family dynamic between Isobel and the Lanleys. At least the adults were there worried for her and not just painted and always out. But sure I found the reaction of Isobel’s father a little bit too exaggerated regarding to Varen in the house.

Brad, the boyfriend of Isobel seemed like a walking stereotype of this jerk popular teenager. One of the characters I enjoyed was Gwen, she was crazy and her introduction seemed a little bit rushed but I enjoyed her interaction with the other characters.

One of the problems I had with the ending it was that Isobel committed the sin of trusting the wrong person even she had the suspicion she shouldn’t trust that person. I felt cheated because of that! She could have been smarter; I know she can be smarter if she wants. And I can’t forget how she was supposed to use the power she had and she didn’t touch until the very end because she didn’t have any other option.

Please Isobel, be more proactive next time! When you are a proactive driver, you can avoid collisions and save lives. When you are a proactive character you can save us from being annoyed and do some good to the world and avoid becoming the typical female doormat character or worse! the typical kitty swiffer character like this one:

Gif taken from AwesomeGifs

I can say that I enjoyed the reading very much. I suffered and I was at work sneaking into reading the book when my boss wasn’t watching me. It reminded me of two things: when I used to read Harry Potter when I was a teenager and when I read Twilight in College (I liked both series, deal with it!). But I almost cried when I knew that the second book is due to August 2012.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA literature and has hopes to find something better than the average crap that is published. I am craving for the next book and know about what will happen to Varen and Isobel. 

 pd. I have to comment on the cover, I swear that I thought the girl in the cover looked like Kelly Clakrson to me. Some scenes I just imagined Kelly Clakrson being Isobel, it was funny and cute. And yes, no more remarks on how beautiful the cover was. I give two peanuts about the book cover of any book. For example the new edition of the book The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce has a horrible cover but the story is flawless. 

 Here my Isobel: 


Picture taken from SingLikeaPro


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