- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum (August 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442402008
- ISBN-13: 978-1442402003
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!
-- from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
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 have to say, at first, I was a little....no....not a little.....EXTREMELY annoyed with Isobel's character. She was just about the most spineless, self-absorbed girl I could think of. Her boyfriend was a total douche and treated her like his own personal dog to kick around. I couldn't believe all that she put up with, and still wanted to be with him. But, as the book went on, she really grew, and definitely started to stick up for herself. As she and Varen got closer, and she left behind the superficial life she'd been living, I really started to like her a lot. With over 500 pages, and this just the first in a series, there's a lot of room for a character to grow!
The developing relationship between Isobel and Varen was so fantastic to read! There was SO MUCH tension between them! I love that! It's my favorite!! I despise when the guy and girl in a book fall for each other after two seconds of looking at each other, or, even worse, when there's "just something" about the other one that connects them....ugh! Talk about not having imagination! Well, that certainly wasn't the case with Isobel and Varen. I felt like they fell for each other against all odds, and even against what they wanted themselves.
The storyline was unlike anything that I had ever read before. Although there were times that I felt there was too much description for my taste, for the most part, I loved reading the world created in Nevermore. I don't feel like "not knowing or caring" about Poe's writing left me behind at all. In fact, it's almost made me want to read some of his stuff......almost. The creatures and the setting in Nevermore were so creepy-fantastic!! The ending got completely Alice in Wonderland/Labrinth, trippie, bizarro world. All I could think was how it would make an amazing movie! Of course it also ended in a MAJOR cliffhanger, which I hate, but I guess that's how they keep you coming back for more!
I did not expect to like this book. I definitely didn't expect to love it! I am not a poetry lover, and certainly never cared to delve into the world of Edgar Allan Poe, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It had so many of the characteristics that I love in a book. It was so original, and the writing was amazing! I've never read anything like it! Let me put it this way, if you had told me a couple of weeks ago, that I'd have a book crush on a pale goth boy who loved Poe and wrote poetry, I would have laughed in your face. But somehow Kelly Creagh made that happen!
You might like to know: There's some kissing and some moderate use of minor profanities, along with general creepiness and some violence. For more information go to Nevermore on Parental Book Reviews.