Synopsis:At once an homage to one of America's greatest writers and a page-turning psychological mystery that is equal parts horror, humor, and romance, NEVERMORE is the story of Varen -- a Poe-fan and goth -- and Isobel -- a cheerleader and unlikely heroine. When a Lit. project pairs the two together, Isobel finds herself steadily swept into Varen's world, one that he has created in his notebook and in his mind, one where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel slowly learns that dreams can be much more powerful than she'd ever expected, and that pain and despair come in all sorts of shades. As labels of "goth" and "cheerleader" fade away, she sees more in Varen than a tall, pale outcast, and a consuming romance is braced against the ever-clearer horror that the most terrifying realities are those within our own minds.
When Isobel has a single chance to rescue Varen from the shadows of his own nightmares, will she be able to save him -- and herself?
Review:I'll be honest, what drew me to this book was the dynamic of the main characters. Books that don't have some type of love interest I find a bit more boring. But I am so over this whole, "From the moment I laid eyes on him I KNEW I loved him" crap. I prefer it when the two main characters don't like (dare I even say hate?) each other. It is far more entertaining to see them claw, bite, and scratch to get where they end up together. One reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I didn't really feel it when Isobel realized she was in love with Varen. She mentioned that he peaked her curiosity, but I think I must have missed where that curiosity transformed into full-blown love. The only reason I believed her is because I WANTED to, not because the book made me feel it so much that there was no doubt otherwise. That being said...this book had a WHOLE lot more than just a love story that I wasn't expecting.
There were so many times when I was reading and mentally screaming, "What is flip is going on?!". They don't give you alot of answers up front, which keeps you hooked in a desperate need to understand. There is also a lot of descriptive detail. It was, at times, and bit overwhelming, but Creagh does a great job of giving a visual...as long as I stayed focused.
The other reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because there was a stretch there when I was just ready for it to be over already. I didn't understand what was going on and got overwhelmed. But by the time it wrapped up, alot of those questions were answered and I will definitely be reading the second book Enshadowed when is comes out in *gasp* January of 2012.
I am rating "Nevermore":