Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

(Nevermore, #1)
By: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published: Aug. 31, 2010
Genre: YA

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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 was intrigued by the mystery behind this book and went into it with high hopes but that didn’t last long. My first bump in the road were the characters. They are so incredibly immature. I mean, Varen writes his number on her hand so that she can call him and set up a time that they can get together to do this project that they’ve been paired up to do. No big deal, except to maybe EVERYBODY! Isobel freaks out that he’s writing some voodoo symbol and sentencing her to death while her big, buff, jock of a boyfriend goes ape-sh*t crazy because of it. Not because of the voodoo but because Varen is encroaching on his territory. So he starts beating up Varen and literally terrorizing the poor kid. Then when Isobel decides that this project’s grade isn’t worth the drama, she finds herself in a doozy of a situation. Her boyfriend and their “crew” go out for ice cream, which just so happens to be where Varen works. Is it a coinkidink? I think not! The boyfriend and “crew” start vandalizing the place and it isn’t until the boyfriend opens the register to steal the money that Isobel decides enough is enough. I mean, seriously?! Red lights would have been flashing the moment my boyfriend flipped out over someone giving me their number so that we can do a school project.

Aside from the characters being the clique teenage “populars”, the story had some merit. I like the mystery behind it and the fact that you really didn’t know what the heck is going on with Varen. Hell, even after finishing the book I still didn’t know what the deal was with Varen. One minute some freaky stuff is going on and then all of a sudden I’m thrust into chaos and I have no idea how I got there. I was completely lost the entire last quarter of the story when the sh*t hit the fan and that sucks because I’m sure that was the best part of the story. Maybe a page from the book was ripped out and I missed a vital part but I was left literally scratching my head. By the time I got to the last page I was thoroughly confused on what I read and what happened.

Will I be giving the second book a shot? No. Not until I figure out what the hell happened in the first book since no doubt my confusion will just roll over into the second book.

My fave character was Isobel’s younger brother, Danny. Her father is upset with Isobel and is yelling at her and Isobel’s yelling back, and the mother is yelling at her husband to stop yelling and Danny says…

“If this were in Japanese, it could so be an anime.”


2 Thoughts on “Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

  1. Eesh sounds like the characters would tee me off as well for sure. Great review though even if you didn’t like it.

  2. Aww, shame you didn’t enjoy this. I liked the concept and mystery to this most, but the characters got to me a bit-not as much as they did for you!

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