Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh Review

Hi Everyone! 
Today I am reviewing:

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28th, 2010 
Source: Bought!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Nevermore is one of my favorite books ever. It is completely unforgettable. It may be long, but each page is written with pure beauty and excitement. 

I will always remember how this book inspired me to research into the world of Poe's stories myself after I read Nevermore for the first time over a year ago. This book started my journey to loving my now favorite short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Poe and Poe's other works.

I really liked how Poe's work was incorporated into the story of Nevermore. I enjoyed reading Isobel's reactions to Poe's works and how the character's worked in the supernatural dream world. 

Isobel Lanley is one of the most courageous and ever-changing characters ever. She grows up and changes so much during one school project. She is funny, stubborn and determined. I love the creative idea she comes up with for the Poe project presentation. The presentation is one of the most hilarious and incredible scenes I have ever read! If I had thought of giving myself a pseudonym for my blog, I would have chosen Isobel after her. Isobel Ivashkov.

Varen Nethers has a more of a sly sense of humor and is a true intellectual. Varen is a reader and a writer. He is very smart in his knowledge of writers, especially Poe. I love the scene where he wears a shirt with the word's "hooligan" written on it. You have to read this amazing book to find out why that fact is so witty! He is satisfyingly quiet, a thinker and has a unique style. 

I enjoyed the steady blooming romance that occurred between Isobel and Varen. They start out the tale barely knowing each other and grow throughout the book from reluctant acquaintances, to unlikely friends to outstanding romance partners. I enjoyed every scene between the two of them. Especially the ice cream scene!

There are also amazing secondary characters. From Isobel's strict but caring father, Isobel's video-game obsessed younger brother Danny to Isobel's humorously eccentric friend Gwen. 

Every page of Nevermore is written in a captivating tone. Creagh is a true artist in writing descriptions of setting and events. My only complaint is that the dream world is, while enchanting, completely confusing.

Anyways, read Nevermore and fall in love with its amazing story!

Thanks for Reading!


  1. Oooh. You know, I wouldn't have looked at this book twice but after reading your review I'm interested! I've loved Poe since I was a little girl so stories like this definitely seem to offer something!

  2. I heard amazing things about this book so I'm glad to read another shining review! Hehe, love the idea of pseudonym - I think my last name would be Odair since you take Ivashkov! :P Ah, The Tell-Tale Heart. *shiver* That nightmarish story! x)

    Brilliant review like always, Rachel! <3

  3. Beautiful review Rachel! Your review has convinced me to pick up my copy sooner! I don't know why I've put it off for so long! :)

  4. I've been thinking about reading this one for a while now, so I'm glad to hear how much you loved it! I love the premise and it's good to know that it is well written with an awesome romance and captivating secondary characters.

  5. Awesome review! I completely agree. Nevermore is unforgettable. I read it a couple years ago and fell in love. The plot was so unlike anything else I've read.

    I can't wait till Enshadowed comes out in August. It feels like I've been waiting for forever.

  6. Great review, it looks like a great book and is definitely going on my to-read list! :)

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I fell in love with this book when I first read it and have been eagerly waiting for the sequel. Great review!

  8. YEAH!!!! I loved this one so much too Rachel, it was one of my very favorite reads last year! I hadn't read much Poe prior to reading it, but it definitely made me want to research more of his work as well. And that ending? *dies* I need to read Enshadowed immediately!

    Really thorough review, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did!

  9. A really great review, Rachel! I loved this book too so it's nice to see you enjoyed it. Weren't the characters just great? Isobel and Varen were very entertaining to read about. I can't wait for book 2 now! :)

  10. I LOVED this one too, Rachel!! Oh Varen!! I loved the romance, it grew at a slow and steady pace until it was electric. I can't wait until Enshadowed. I loved the Poe enactment too, definitely a crackup. Great review Rachel. :)

  11. I can't believe book 2 is finally coming out. I've read this ages ago and I've been dying to get my hands on the sequel. I know what you mean about the slowly developing romance, that was my favorite part as well. There was no instalove in sight. And the entire thing was so imaginative and gorgeous.
    Wonderful review, Rachel.

  12. Oh my gosh, Nevermore is one of my favourite reads too and I REALLY think you're going to love Enshadowed! (It broke my heart over and over again <3) Isobel is definitely one of my fave heroines too (along with Adrian, so your potential pseudonym made me giggle like crazy!), and I love how you mentioned Gwen and Danny. They play pretty big parts in book two, and I think you're going to love them more! :)

    Absolutely beautiful review, Rachel! <3

  13. Great review! Although I didn't love this one I have to agree that Isobel is an awesome character and that the writing is really good! Great review :-) I am looking forward to the sequel! Following your lovely blog :-)


  14. I have had my eyes on this one for YEARS, but have never managed to get a chance to read... seriously... I think I took it off my TBR a little while back... you've changed my mind. One of your favorite books EVER? Back on it goes! ♥



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