by Kelly Creagh
Summary: 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.
So I don't think my words would be able to fully convey my thoughts on this book, so before I get to even attempting that, here is a little visual interpretation of my reactions:
I started the book:
Then cute boy was there:
And the bad guys made me like:
And with all of the other characters I was just:
And when creepy stuff happened:
Then the ending had me all:
And if I could say one thing to the book, it would be this:
...Yeah, I think that about sums it up. This book was amazing and my words are already failing me, as predicted.
I loved the plot so much, it was crazy original (although, I bet I would've enjoyed it more had I read my complete works of Poe first to understand all the references). Normally I'm good at guessing the course that stories are going to take, but this one kept surprising me.
The characters? Can I just like, keep them all?
Well, maybe not them all - I'd only like the bad ones to be real so I could have the pleasure of punching them in the face. But the rest? I can haz?
Gwen was so quirky and brilliant, she was a great side character and I really liked Nikki and Stevie and Danny too. As for the main two, Isobel and Varen, they were just awesome. Especially Varen. But hey, isn't that almost always the case for the cute, mysterious, brooding boys? At times, I literally wished he was real just so I could hug him.
Isobel... I just really liked her. She was the kind of protagonist that could have annoyed me but the way Kelly wrote her, giving her actual personality instead of making her a stereotype, made me adore her. She wasn't perfect, she did have moments where she annoyed me (like expecting her dad to understand things when she didn't tell him anything... or the end when - well, I can't say without spoiling), but those things weren't flaws in Kelly's writing, they just made the character more realistic.
I have a love/hate relationship with the way the book ended. On one hand, it was pretty awesome... but I don't want to have to wait for a sequel for certain thing's to be explained or resolved. I'm gonna be pining for another Varen and Isobel fix until the next book is out.
I guess that's all I can say about the book. I really loved it (and considering I've been in a total reading funk recently, that makes it even more awesome, I think this book might've snapped me out of it).
Oh, one last thing... I made crappy Nevermore fan art/a fan cast (true sign of me loving a book):