Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh Review

By Kelly Creagh
Aug. 31, 2010
Atheneum, 560 pages

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.

— description

I'm torn on this one.

On one hand, I felt like the book could have been half as long as it was. I'm a bad person, I admit it: I skipped ahead a chapter at one point. Is that why I was so confused at the end? I truly don't think so, but I was a reckless reader, so I am probably to blame and forfeit all rights to complain.

On the other hand, I was completely enchanted by Varen. Look, look at the cover. All I could think when I picked up this book was, "Really!?" But, no, really. He was dark and whiny, but he had depth and reason for being that way. It was fascinating to read about this sort of "beauty and the beast" dynamic, in which two people you would never place together end up being great.

Honesty/creepy old lady moment: At age 17, I promised myself I'd someday kiss a boy with a lip ring. As that CLEARLY will never happen now that I am a married to a boy who will roll on the floor laughing when he reads this and never let me live it down, I have to say that element of the story was a nice bonus. Whatever, I'm just being honest.

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  1. I'll be honest; when I first heard of this book, it reminded me of twilight.... *gasp* yeah i know! but overall i think i've read pretty good reviews for it, so i think i might give it a try :) thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    ps. no need to be embarrassed about your honest/creepy old lady moment... i think we all had weird thoughts at age 17 ;)haha!

  2. Hey there :-) I read this last year and, though I enjoyed it, I thought the author could have.... done more with the idea. It was a tad confusing in places and I thought it could have been shorter, but I found the idea fascinating and so I still enjoyed the book

    PS. An idea - your husband could go get a lip ring ;-)

  3. I just bought this one last week because I found it for a great price. I'm glad you liked it!

    LOL! Does your husband really read your blog? My husband "follows" mine, but he only really reads it if I ask him to look it over before I publish a post.

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  4. I read this book last year and lover it. However it could have been shorter. Nice review :)

  5. Don't think you're to blame for being a reckless reader - I read Nevermore a while ago and thought it was okay but could have been MUCH shorter.

  6. I hate when books are longer than they should be, it's just annoying. I haven't read this one because I've been on the fence about it, but I don't think I'm going to. The concept feels a bit cliche, cheerleader getting with the dark, silent type. Still, great review and the part about your husband made me laugh :) I look forward to more!

  7. It was soooooo long...and not in a good way. Some books I don't want to end, but this one could have ended a couple hundred pages earlier. And the ending, maybe it's because I'm not super familiar with Poe, but it was just really trippy. Haha. I wasn't really sure what was going on!

  8. I didn't like this book at all. I felt like the first half of the book was it's own separate book. The second half was confusing and I stopped reading 100 pages from the end, haha. I had to give up because it was weird and too confusing for me. TONS of other readers have loved this book...

  9. HAHAHAHA I am bringing you a clip on lip ring when i come see you.

    Also this does sounds fascinating, but wow, REALLY ANNA? a lip ring? I love your honesty even if it did almost make me pee in my pants.

  10. I had kind of the same reaction. I did really like it and I LOVED Varen (and I may or may not have made a similar goal when I was in high school) but something was missing for me.

  11. I liked the book, but don't remember loving it. I did like it once it started to let us know more about Varen. They length? I read it last year and can't remember all my thoughts! Maybe too long, but nothing that really stood out in my mind about it. I didn't get confused at all though. I don't think I did a review, but prob would have rated a 3 in Goodreads. Most YA will have common elements, so I don't look at things as being like Twilight or Cassandra Clare's books, etc. They are what they are and no one has a monopoly on genre formula. ;)

  12. Ick! I hate when a book doesn't hold you all the way through :(

  13. Count me among the minority who thinks Nevermore should have been LONGER.

    Seriously, I'm a straight up Varen fan girl and loved this book.

    I'm sorry certain elements didn't work for you, but hey LIP RING!!! :-P

  14. I loved this book, and the silly cover, so much! When my husband saw this book on the coffee table, he bust up laughing for 5 minutes straight... so I definitely feel for you on the lip-ring situation! :)
    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of "Nevermore" by Kelly Creagh

  15. Oh Anna, I didn't get the end either (and I didn't skip a chapter, even if honestly? I wanted to. :P

    Um, I kissed a guy with a lip ring. It was good ;)


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