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When cheerleader Isobel Lanley is assigned to work with goth, Edgar Allen Poe fan Varen Nethers on an English project, she is swept into a horrific dream world that he has created in his mind.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442402003
Branch Call Number: TEEN HORROR Creagh Kelly 11/2010
Characteristics: 543 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 07, 2016

At first, I really liked it. Isobel was a likeable protagonist (if a tad whiny), and the romance with Varen was slow-burning (read: well-developed). Until it wasn’t. Until hardly two weeks went by and it was insta-love.

And I couldn’t understand why. I mean, I understood why Varen fell for Isobel -- she was there for him in ways that no one else was and gave up her safety and popularity for him. What did he do for her? As far as I can tell, she fell in love with him because he stared at her. His Goth-hotness was the only thing he had going for him. I was about to write “maturity,” as well, but then I realized that only shows part time. I understand that Varen’s situation is unique, but some of his behaviour toward Isobel is borderline abusive. This isn’t exactly a healthy relationship in the making.

Also, it wasn’t creepy enough. Can I say that? Sometimes, Creagh was really good at amping up the spooky atmosphere, but most times, it was just silly. I mean, the aggressive creatures that only Isobel can see, and one of them is named Pinfeathers? Please. That’s what you name that poor bird you rescue after it flies into your window and knocks itself out. That’s not a scary name. You have to try harder than that. Scaring people through suggestion and possibility, through the eerie and mysterious, usually works better in literature than outright horror does.

Kudos to Creagh for incorporating the mysteries of Poe’s life and death into the story, though. That was pretty well-done.

All in all, though, I couldn’t finish. I got three quarters of the way through and said “a-nope.” If it had been creepier, if Varen had been developed more, and if the romance had been slower, this would have had far more potential to be a great read.

Dec 05, 2013

This novel is a wonderful dark fantasy that uses the haunting poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe in a unique way. It is about a girl named Isobel who is a senior-year student at her high school. She is a typical, somewhat clichéd blonde cheerleader; Isobel is “popular”, has a strange adoration for the colour pink, and is dating the star of the school football team. Along the course of the story, Isobel is paired with the gothic Varen Nethers for an English project and discovers that perhaps her sugar coated cheerleader lifestyle isn’t what everyone has… Especially for those who mess with the Faeries.
To the author of this review, “Nevermore” is one of her favourite novels. It is a wonderful read that combines fantasy with a subtle amount of horror and romance. The characters are incredibly likeable (with the exception of characters that are meant to be unlikeable!) with each their own personality, thoughts and unique appearance. The setting does a wonderful job of setting the mood for the story and the plot will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat. The author never brings in “slow moments”, as the story is always moving and staying interesting.
“Nevermore” by Kelly Creagh is a wonderful pleasure read. It does not have many technical elements to it, but is instead a plot driven story. It would not be recommended for a school project (unless it is a project based around Edgar Allen Poe works), but is a lovely book to read on your free time.

22971003jk Jun 30, 2013

<3 it!!!
looking forward to read the second book, but can't find it in the library,

Mar 09, 2013

I loved this book! I couldn't stop reading it!!!!

Chloe711 Jan 06, 2013

This book had me turning pages like no other... it is absolutely

Oct 13, 2012

So, I did blast through a good chunk of the book in one sitting but stopped near the end for a few weeks before forcing myself to finish it. I guess I just got a little tired of it. For one thing, considering how long this book is, I found that Varen and Isobel had surprisingly little interaction with each other. Varen's character itself seemed very ill-conceived and flat, a little too enigmatic for my taste (he actually made me think of a gothic Edward Cullen at one point). Isobel, in contrast with Varen, was actually a very well fleshed out heroine who grows tremendously throughout the book as she finds the guts to stand up for herself, do what's right and fight to save the guy she loves. All in all, this wasn't a terrible book, but it wasn't great one either. I might read the sequel because I am still slightly curious.On a side note, I loved Isobel's interactions with her little brother, very cute and funny! :P

SweetTreatsz125 Aug 22, 2012

This book definitely held my interest because of Varen. He was very intriguing to me, and I was glad Isobel turned out ot be different than what she was pegged out to be. You need to read the next book to fully understand what is going on.

lauhginglexia Aug 22, 2012

this book is good some parts were a bit draggy .but for the most part it's good i just might check out the second one

Jun 28, 2012

Wow ! There is nothing "Twilight" about this book. Not sure how anyone sees parallels other than there is supernatural aspects in both. This was one of the best YA book I have read, if not the best. The romantic timing was great, in that the desperation and tension was high by the time they finally kiss; which, in my opinion is much better that when the characters immediately fall in love and have accepted that they are soulmates. This was much more realistic, especially between a popular cheerleader and a loner goth. The dark horror of Poe's writing bring fantastic creepiness to Varen's dream world and made shadows in the real world seem like monsters about to kill. i will say again GREAT BOOK!

MinniGappieo Jun 10, 2012

The reviews above, have it exactly right. It has a twilight-esque feel to it, but maybe that is just what teen romances have become. It was sweet and very strange. You do not have to know anything about Edgar Allen Poe, going into the novel, but it is interesting to compare the information to the history we have of him. I liked it, but I can't say it will be one of my favorites.

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