Nevermore (Nevermore Series #1)

Nevermore (Nevermore Series #1)

by Kelly Creagh
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfection! I have so many wonderful things to say about it that I don't even know where to start, not to mention it would take a while. But I will say this... I LOVE Isobel and Varen, especially together. The author did such a great job that I felt Isobel's emotions. My heart was racing the first time they kissed and I cried when she cried, (I won't ruin it for you by saying why she was crying). The "paranormal" aspect of it was so creative and original and just so different from what everyone is writing these days. It was a bit slow going at first but once it got to that point we anticipate in all books, I couldn't stop reading. I finished in a day and have thought of nothing else since. I can't even decide on something new to read because I'm sure it won't measure up to the perfection of what I've just finished. Don't skip this book!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I love it when I come across a book that seems completely unique. It is hard to find a good paranormal YA book that is not about Vampires, Werewolves, or Faeries. Not that I am saying that I don't love books on these subjects but I think we can all agree there are a lot out there right now. Nevermore is fresh and new. I also love books that pull in real historical events to serve as a backdrop for paranormal events. It makes the story seem more realistic. Isobel Lanley: perky, blond, cheerleader Varen Nethers: mysterious, dark, goth The simple laws of the high school class system says that they can never be friends, but when they are paired up for an English project they are forced to work together. Varen and Isobel are not the only ones who are upset by their pairing. Brad, Isobel's boyfriend waists no time putting Varen in his place and Lacy is not to fond of Isobel spending time with her boyfriend either. Despite their initial aversion to each other, both soon discover an attraction hiding beneath the surface. The closer that Isobel and Varen become the stranger their lives become. Soon Isobel is being followed, watched and visited by various beings who seem to be sending her a message, "Stay away from Varen Nethers." Despite their warnings Isobel falls hard for Varen. When he vanishes before her eyes Isobel ventures into the dream world Varen created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life in order to save him from a fate that seems inevitable. Choices are made, lies are told, and Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined. Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending this one is a series! I simply could not put this one down. Kelly Creagh's debut is enticing, exciting, and nerve racking. And it's all balled up into this fresh take on the mystery that surrounds America's first master of horror, Edgar Allen Poe. Interesting tid bit: I love the cover art for this book but I was surrprised to find that when the book arrived Varen was missing the lip ring shown in this picture. He has one in the story and on most cover art you find online but on the actual book it has been removed. Weird!
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Poe's dark and dreamy landscape of the imagination, you will fall into this novel with both a sigh...and eventually a scream. Kelly Creagh does a fantastic job (in her first book yet! You go, girl!!!)of creating a realistic picture of high school life with its dangers of both fitting in and not fitting in while simultaneously penning a spookily surrealistic world of whispers and creatures seen only from the corner of the eye. I've noticed that some of the best YA paranormal lit of the last few years are the ones with great guy characters (i.e. Hush, Hush's fallen but redeemable Patch, Bleeding Violet's crazy/sexy Wyatt, Beautiful Creatures' loyal and romantic Ethan, Wicked Lovely's awesomely awesome Seth (did I mention he was AWESOME?!), and the upcoming (9/21) The Replacement's otherworldly (seriously) Mackie...and, of course, that Edward guy. But somebody's gonna have to do some serious creatin' to beat Nevermore's wondrous and winsome Goth, Varen Nethers. I mean, does the picture on the front of the book not paint his Gothic-y, smart-but-maybe-troubled-boy in all his dark Princelyness? Great cheekbones, interesting nose, even Isobel mentions his lips, a suggestion of a cleft to the chin, and all that black hair...which becomes even more attractive when we learn he dyes it - why...maybe to indicate that the innocence of that blonde boy in the photo has long ago been destroyed. One trip to the beautiful Victorian house and a meeting with his drunken and abusive father shows Isobel and the reader all we need to know about beautiful facades covering the rottenness within. For all the "dark and dreary" of this Poe inspired novel, there is deeply felt romance between the odd couple pairing of smart but withdrawn (and pretty much universally feared as some sort of vampire)Varen and the blonde but no dummy Isobel. The family dynamics of both kids are well layed out, that swift revelation of Varen's showing us all we need to know about his psyche whereas Isobel's habit of arguing with her little brother and her dismissal of his game-playing just shows how normal her family is in contrast...and little bro does come through eventually. Also the whole popular crew showing themselves as a violent, vandalizing pack when everything doesn't go their way pretty much fuels the fire of Isobel's growing interest in Varen. If you're not a fan of Poe's 3M's - misery, melodrama, and melancholia - don't worry because there is humor, too. Isobel can be very snarky in her internal dialogue - "Mr. Creepy McCreepers," and her efforts to fit in with other less popular cliques after she's ousted from her old pack are funny and tragic simultaneously. Poe and his tales and mysterious death are just the engine behind this book...he's the matchmaker, you might say, along with the English teacher who puts Isobel and Varen together on their project to write about a dead American author...right before Halloween. The last quarter of the book is where the real creepiness ensues as both the characters (and the reader)are submerged into a nightmare world from which everyone can't return. And if you know your Poe, you shouldn't be surprised that the ending leaves you...hoping and praying for an immediate - if not sooner - sequel. Loved it enough to read it in one evening and cannot wait for book 2.
xoxomlrxoxo More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I read the synopsis for Nevermore a week before it was released and I was hooked. So I went to buy the book on Saturday. I've been reading since then and I'm pretty fast at reading, so I'll be done tonight-maybe. In my opinion, Kelly Creagh has done a fantastic job at writing this book, and for some reason, (even though I'm not a big fan of cheerleaders) I am super excited to see what happens in the end with Varen and Isobel. And (for your information) I never heard of Edgar Allen Poe before reading this book, so I'm gonna tell the fans of this amazing poet, that its not a book that COMPLETELY revolves around him. Poe IS included in this book for projects and events, but the story isn't completely about him. BUT THAT COMMENT ISN'T SUPPOSE TO STEER YOU AWAY FROM READING THIS BOOK! It is a VERY, VERY, VERY great novel that I will definintely be wanting and waiting for more!! So please try this book out--IT IS SOOOO WORTH IT! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of the book, I was already captured in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will actually be my third time reading this book. I have reread this one quite a few times and the third one is FINALLY out and I can see how it all ends! I absolutely love Kelly and her writing style. I think the world that she has brought to life in Nevermore was just amazing. It was so thought out and made me feel like I was right there in the book. Not to mention the characters and the relationships surrounding both Isobel and Varen. To me none of them felt one dimensional. Honestly Isobel is one of my favorite characters in YA. I absolutely love her. Sometimes stories like this make me so mad because the minute they find the boy they become hopeless and emotional, but that wasn’t the case with her at all. She is such a strong character, and there is a part where she does get a bit mopey but I thought it added so much to her appeal. Now I have to admit one story trope I will never really get sick of is the bad boy/good girl. I think it’s one of my favorites, but it has to be done right and I think that Kelly gets it right. Now Varen.. Where to even begin with him. I pretty much loved all the characters in this book except for Brad. But Varen is another one I love. I did find that he wasn’t really in the book a whole lot but the moments when he and Isobel interact where some of my favorites. I love that he wanted to protect her. One thing I also really loved is the fact that Isobel is a cheerleader, but she wasn’t just in it because it’s the only thing to do, but she actually enjoys it. She does it because she has a love for the sport and it was such a small thing but I think it really added to her character. I really do love this book. I just think it was really well done. The way Kelly entwines Poe’s stories in to her own is just amazing. The world! I mean I really wish this would be made in to a movie so that I could see the scene where Isobel is brought in to the world of Poe’s Masque of the Red Death story. That would be amazing. That scene is just so well done and creepy and I would love to actually see it in real life. Honestly Kelly is just so amazing at writing a world that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported there. I love the time and the effort she has put in to each character. The way she has built the relationships around Varen and Isobel was just so well done. I loved the how different Isobel and Varen’s parents were. Overall I just thought this was such a great story, and I have already read the second one (i’m rereading it now) but I think it is just as good and I need to hurry up and read the third one. I highly suggest that you guys pick this one up. If you like creepy, crazy worlds, with an awesome female lead read this one! I love it and I think you guys would as well! I gave this one five stars.
KristiHulsey More than 1 year ago
http://hulsey2007bookblog.blogspot.com/ This review was really hard for me. I just completely fell in love with this story. These characters and this world was just so amazing. This book was just so thought provoking. I love the story line and the Edgar Allen Poe parts. I am not really a fantasy person. But this paranormal fantasy was just fantastic. I got so invested in this story. I just couldnt stop reading it. I am so glad this story is in a series and not a standalone. I need more of this world. So I am really looking forward into diving into the next book. The characters of Varen and Isobel. You wouldnt think they would have feelings for each other. Because their characters are just so much different than each other. Isobel being head cheerleader and Varen being more gothic than anything. Their characters are just so different. But when they got paired for the project together. I didn't know how I would like them together. But their attraction grew on me. Their feelings for each other. It just became so emotional. I kept thinking when will they kiss. Because I love the romance in these stories. But it never came. The buildup was just so overwhelming. Of course they do kiss, but at the time its not important because its close to the end of the story and other things are happening that are more important. It was just a great story. So much detail went into this story. You really should invest your time into it. And just fall in love with it like I did. I cannot wait to continue on with this story. And see what happens with it. Because there was a bit of a cliffhanger in this one. I just need to know what happens to certain characters. 5+ stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe a ton and these books just captured me. I really would suggest this series to anyone
WynterBooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  I got it when it first came out, because I loved the Edgar Allen Poe aspect of the book.  It was incredible.  
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Really good book. I loved how a mystetious death can bring about ideas of such immense story plot. I loved it!!!!!!
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When I went to the library, I grabbed the wrong book- I meant to grab a different book besides this book. That being said, this was the best accident ever! This book gave me a different look at Poe's works. I suggest this book to anyone who loves Poe!
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Wow! This book took my breath away! I love Poe and I loved Varen. The cliffhanger killed me. I can't wait to read the next book!
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This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved Isobel and her feelings toward Varen that have yet to be descovered. It made me look at the world a whole new way. This is by favorite book. Trust me whem I say I have read a lot of books. This is by far the best.