Series: Nevermore #1
Genre: Horror, Young Adult
Published by Atheneum (8.31.2010)
Hardcover, 543 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.
I never read much Poe, just The Raven as high school required reading. Maybe I would have understood this book a little more if I had. I didn’t even know what was supposed to be happening until the last quarter (not gonna lie, I didn’t really read the whole synopsis). That’s when things finally started picking up and sh*t got freaky. I liked the strange and twisted occurrences, but it mostly left me confused. I didn’t understand a lot of the dream world. Like, who is Pinfeathers to Varen? And what motive did Reynolds have?
Isobel was pretty cool – for a cheerleader, ha. She never did anything to irritate me, which is commendable in a female lead! I was able to relate to her fairly well.
I really liked Varen! First sight (in my mind) had me hooked – he has a lip ring, ahh! So, so sexy. He has black hair (more sexy), and wears black (I love the rebel bad boy look). He was kind of a pain in the arse sometimes (stoic, sullen, and eternally morose as Isobel puts it), but the few of the romantic moments made my heart beat faster. I liked that things progressed slowly between Varen and Isobel. It wasn’t too gushy or lovey-dovey, which is what I like in a romance.
Most of this book dragged, but there were a few parts where I was absolutely riveted. Sadly, they were few and far between, but it was somehow enough to keep me interested (for the most part, anyway).
“You’re really a blond,” she said, her tone just short of accusatory.
“And if you tell anyone, I will come to you in the night and smote your everlasting soul.”