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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Review: Nevermore (Nevermore, #1) by Kelly Creagh

Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Rating: YA 14+
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 543

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.

Nevermore was not what I was expecting. Cliché characters, a boring storyline, and a typical, static romance between the goth and cheerleader. Yadda yadda yadda, been there, done that. 

 I admit, the Edgar Allen Poe influence did add flavor, depth and intrigue to the book, but it wasn't executed as well I wanted. For me, Edgar Allen Poe is the only reason I'm giving it 2 and not 1 stars. I understand that this review is not going to be popular, because of all the love Nevermore seems to have churned up over the years, but the book didn't click for me.

 Everything was overrated and exaggerated, and while I appreciate that this is a piece of fiction, there were times I winced and felt like slamming my head against something... hard. Because it was just so cliché! Just because a guy likes the color black, has long black hair and wears earrings does not make him a goth. And the fact that he writes his number on your hand because you're working on a project together doesn't mean that your neanderthal boyfriend should beat the living daylight out of him. Why would you even date a guy like that in the first place? 

 I can't remember the last time I met such an annoying, self-righteous, stupid character as Isobel. I think we have a winner for most exasperating YA female protagonist right here, guys! Well, if I was in charge anyway. As soon as she saw Varen she felt attracted to him and his, ugh... smoky eyes? I honestly can't even think of one good thing about him. But, anyway, insta-love alert! Sound the alarms! 

If you know me you probably are aware that I detest insta-love, so it's no surprise I wasn't into this love story. It's not just the fact that these guys were into each other from the get go, it was more the fact that I just couldn't wrap my head around why Isobel would like Varen, and Varen, ditto. What did Isobel see in Varen? Really, I would love to know. Someone enlighten me, please. And now onto Brad. Oh, Brad. Sugar plum, if you want girls to like you, don't go around treating them like they belong to you! Again, Isobel, really??? I didn't even feel bad for her, she was kind of asking for it. First Brad, the gigantic jerk with an even bigger ego, and now Varen, the creepy, mean, loner? 

 Meanwhile all this psuedo High-School drama was going down, Isobel kept on having dreams about a strange dark realm and a random guy who was trying to warn her about the turmoil to come including Varen. Again, why didn't she just take the hint? Varen=trouble. Those supernatural aspects of the plot were actually pretty cool and had me enraptured, but then it would be back to Isobel and her 'homework'. Am I the only one who treats homework as what it actually is- work? 

 I don't think I'll go out of my way to read the second book, but if I see it in the library I might pick it up. It really depends on my mood... I'm not particularly concerned about Isobel's wellfare and whether she makes it through the realm/nightmare alive, but I'll reach that road bump when it comes. I struggled my way through 500 pages of bookish torture, and if nothing else, reading Nevermore taught me how truly persistent I can be when I'm desperate to like a book. Nevermore am I hearing more about Varen or Isobel. Please.

If you like this, try:

Intrinsical (The Yara Sliver Trilogy, #1) by Lani Woodland

Falling Under (Falling Under #1) by Gwen Hayes

Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols


  1. This book was really long and I feel like it could have used some editing. Brad was a ridiculously cartoonish character with his possessiveness of Isobel-probably the most annoying part to me.

  2. Aw, it's such a shame that this one really did not work for you. Isobel sounds like she'd make me tear my hair out, and insta-love makes me wants to throw the book out of the window! And the length of the book obviously couldn't of helped! I congratulate you for actually finishing such a boring book! :P

    Thank you for sharing your honest review with us. I think I'll keep away from this one! :P

  3. Oh my gosh, it's so nice to see someone who feels this way too! So many people love this book, but I'm with you--I thought it was so predictable and exaggerated. I was drawn to it because I love Poe too, but I didn't think that was executed in an interesting way.

    Have you read Bethany Griffin's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH? That's not a perfect book by any means, but I do think she got the mood and setting right for a Poe-influenced book.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  4. Aww how sad! I have this one on my TBR list. (I haven't bought it yet though luckily!) I appreciate you giving your honest opinion though, it's always nice!

    I found you on Book Blogs and I am now your newest follower! I hope you are having a great Tuesday and that you'll stop by for a visit sometime when you get the chance. :)

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa's Book Corner

  5. Ugh. I felt hope at the synopsis, but I could NOT be able to handle the character as you described Isobel. And about the insta-love and guys involved. Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  6. I'm sorry this didn't work out for you, I can see how some of these things would bother you. I actually loved this story, but hated the cliffhanger. Nice honest review. :)

  7. Ugh I had never heard of this series before but since I can see how much you loved (insert sarcasm here) the second one I won't be starting this series! There is nothing worse than an incredibly cliche novel full of overexaggerated plot points. Wonderful review, Riya, love the honesty!

  8. Awwww sorry this one didn't quite work for you Riya! I absolutely adored it (save for the ending which I wasn't thrilled about because I didn't want to have to wait to find out what happened), but it's definitely not a book for everyone. Hopefully you fall madly in love with whatever you read next!

  9. I have been wanting to check this out but never got around to it. The sequel failed to impress and now after reading your review. I am reconsidering. I hate immature characters and I don't need a dreadful ending and the pseudo H.S. thanks!

  10. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, so I'm glad that to hear something negative. All that you mentioned, insta-love, annoying main character, etc ... are a huge turn off for me. I'm going to stay very very far away from it.
    Thank you for your honesty, Riya! :)

  11. Oh no! I really loved this book so I'm sorry it didn't work for you. But it's nice to get a different perspective on things. You make some valid points that I didn't even notice when I first read this. The sequel hasn't managed to grab my interest though, funnily enough. I'm not sure if I'll attempt it again. Lovely review, Riya! :)

  12. I'm sorry Nevermore didn't work out for you Riya, I think the insta-love and clichedness would make me mad too. I hope your next read is a lot more enjoyable for you!

  13. Aww, I'm so sorry you didn't end up liking this story, Riya. I have heard of this book a lot of times and I noticed that a lot really enjoyed it too but I'm still not sure if I'm going to read this especially now after your review. Hopefully, your next read would be much better. Thanks for the honest review, Riya. :0

  14. I don't think I've heard much about this book but just from the blurb I knew it would not be for me and your review confirmed it. I am so over all paranormal YA books being the same and filled with annoying characters!

  15. Hahaha, I'm sorry to hear you disliked this book so much, but I had a fun time reading your review. This book sounds like something I would throw against the wall. Stupid main character, annoying instant-love, two dis-likable guys, that definitely makes me hate this book already. Thanks for the warning, because there were so many positive reviews I was thinking about reading it. Now I will stay away. Far away.


  16. I think what bothered me the most was the high school drama that felt so completely out of place! It didn't make much sense, all things considered.
    My rating was a bit higher, but I'm ready to admit that was mostly due to peer pressure. I never even felt the slightest need to read the sequel.
    Great review, Riya. I'm sorry you wasted your time.

  17. Ahhh, that really sucks that the book is not a great book. I love Poe so I was looking forward to reading it. I hate insta-love as well. I may borrow it from the library though but I won't go out of my way to get it.


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