Poe: Nevermore

Poe: Nevermore

by Rachel M. Martens

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Poe: Nevermore by Rachel M. Martens

"Poe: Nevermore" is an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired thriller in which a young woman must race against time and death to save those she loves while struggling with depression, a new relationship complicated by her past, and an abusive former foster-father. Elenora Allison Poe is twenty-four years old, drowning in debt and depression, and very alone, having been orphaned at the age of two and raised in an unloving household. Suffering from insomnia and PTSD from a traumatic experience seven years before, Poe keeps everyone at arm's length. Then, she meets homicide detective Caleb Frost and her life changes dramatically. Frost sees Poe's brokenness in perfect clarity and sympathizes with her. However, just when Poe is starting to let him in, she discovers a horrible truth: she is the sole direct descendant of Edgar Allan Poe, inheriting not only the last name of one of the world's most famous poets, but also a terrible family curse that takes the form of Edgar Allan Poe's most haunting tales. If Poe cannot recognize the curse unfolding in time, it will destroy the lives of all those close to her and annihilate her sanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483531403
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 972,746
File size: 542 KB

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Poe: Nevermore 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this is a genre is not usually my thing, I loved, loved, loved this book. So suspenseful and well written. I really liked the darkness and and suspense this book offered the reader and not being an avid Poe fan I really enjoyed learning more background. I enjoyed the characters as they developed and really enjoyed the relationship that develops between "Poe" and Caleb. Can't wait for the next book int he series. This is definitely on my next to read list!
SPRcom More than 1 year ago
This Edgar Allen Poe-themed story follows Elenora Allison Poe, a desperate young woman suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a terrible event. She meets homicide cop, Caleb Frost and is dragged into a new truth about her life – and possible demise. As an opener to the works of Poe, this novel definitely will have you reaching for the nearest anthology. Personally, I don’t enjoy Poe but that doesn’t really matter because it’s his legacy that enthralls here – so even if you aren’t a Poe fan, this book goes deeper than just his works – this is a tale of spiritual turmoil, with witches and the paranormal distorting the world that both Elenora and Poe exist in. I learned a fair bit of back story about him; whether that is true or not doesn’t matter – this is almost fan fiction; this is definitely Metafiction, and with its Steampunk vibe there’s a lot of readers willing to lap this up. There is a visual nature to Martens’ writing. Descriptions, when they work, go over exceptionally well by painting a picture of what is in front of us, and Martins conveys her imaginative world in detail, meaning that it becomes hard to stop reading at any point. There are nice modern touches that anchor Elenora in the real world, such as her job at Starbucks and her snarky attitude to those around her. But there are timeless accents – there is a Gothic, smouldering shroud across this book, as if Anne Rice or Poppy Z Brite have infected the writing. Martens writes clearly, but sometimes her prose is a little trope-heavy. Adjectives hang on perfectly good sentences where narrative would suffice. Some of this style can be pinned to the fact this book is really for the new adult market, because maybe the themes in the story are a little too grim for a YA audience; having said that, fans of the likes of The Book Thief and The Goldfinch are going to enjoy the horrible nature of mental illness and somewhat magical darkness Martens weaves – there are definite chimes of Theo Decker and Liesel Meminger here in Elenora’s character; that kind of inner-worldliness that many young people lack is the exact reason you will want to follow Elenora on her forced path of gloom and discovery. She becomes a highly haunting voice throughout the book, and somehow the the tropes fade as Martens writes, as if she became more comfortable and confident as she told her tale – later, original and witty prose becomes the norm and really colors the story. Because of the development of the writing, the winding plot will carry you as Elenora fails to reach a happy place again and again, heartwrenchingly broken and bothered by her family legacy as she goes deeper and deeper into her investigation with Caleb. Warning: You may just stay up at night to read, read, read…I know I did.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite Poe: Nevermore by author Rachel M. Martens is a fascinating thriller, the first in a six-book series, inspired by the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Elenora Allison Poe is a young aspiring writer for whom life has not been at all easy. The death of her family when she was only a child and the abuses she suffered throughout her teenage years turned Poe into a frightened young lady, suffering from PTSD and insomnia. When she meets an intriguing young detective, her life takes an unexpected turn for the worse. She finds out that she is a direct descendant of Edgar Allan Poe and is being targeted by a curse that has been in the Poe family for generations. Poe and Frost engage in a fast-paced race against time and the forces of evil in an attempt to save their lives and the lives of the ones they love. The first book of the Poe series was a wonderful surprise for me; apart from the stunning cover art, I had not expected to encounter such an original story with a writing style so truthful and unique. Poe's nightmare scenes blend perfectly throughout the story, giving us readers a more insightful view into Poe’s mind and making her emotions clearer with each page. Poe: Nevermore tackles taboo subjects, such as depression, rape, domestic violence and suicidal tendencies and it does so with amazingly raw emotions, as if the characters were actual people telling their story to a friend. Rachel M. Martens gave Poe a wonderful personality that stands out. There were moments when I thought Poe and the author are just good friends telling a story with the help of ink and paper, instead of writer and character.  I look forward to the next book in the series. The ending of Nevermore left me wanting to know more about Poe and Frost; it left me wanting to know whether their relationship will get stronger and if their fight again will be successful. Poe: Nevermore ends with an epilogue that sheds some light about the new book, and I think the author cleverly ended it this way to keep readers interested until the release of the new book. And it worked. I look forward to finding out what life has in store for Poe.
Scatty More than 1 year ago
“My only consolation was that this was the lesser of two evils, the greater being not telling her and having her replace her usual two olives in whiskey with my eyeballs when she found out.” – Poe: Nevermore, loc 2571 The first thing that popped out at me about this book was the writing. It was very well done with a nice mix of easy and yet more advance vocabulary. I liked that the writing was more suited for an adult book (although I still got a somewhat YA vibe from it so I guess it could be considered a NA novel). The writing was smooth and you could easily picture what was going on in the story. Marten’s writing was also very good in describing how characters felt. They literally came alive from the words that its hard not to feel for them. I loved how real the characters felt. Poe had been through so much in her life that I just felt so bad for her. She just couldn’t catch a break. While I can’t relate to her experiences, my heart still broke for everything that happened. I loved Frost and how gentle he was with Poe. I loved their dynamic and although many of their arguments seemed repetitive it made sense. After everything Poe has gone through, it made sense that she would need constant reassurance and reminders that there are people who care. I do want to warn people that this book could be a trigger for many reasons. Poe and Frost have gone through hell and then some, so this book is really heavy and may not be for everyone. It’s also a tad gory but not overly so. The story line was also interesting. I liked the idea of a family curse that is spread down from Edgar Allan Poe. Though, I feel like this main plot line took a while to get to just because we were getting introduced to Poe and Frost and learning about their horrible pasts. It somewhat seemed like a slow read but I really enjoyed every minute. It was sad and heart-wrenching but so very well done. I look forward to the next novel to see what else the curse has in store for Poe and Frost. Novel provided by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. 
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Poe 1: Nevermore This was a well-written and fun story. I mean, what an AWESOME idea for a storyline. Poe is one of those characters that you will never forget - so "real" and one I could easily relate to. I really like the character Frost and the adventure that the author takes us on throughout the whole story. Very impressive and I can't wait to read more of this series. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.