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.Let's talk about Varen Nethers. I freaking adore him. Who wouldn't? He's mature, brooding, dresses well and has a way with words. I really liked that Isobel would be so drawn to him and that he would let her into his world. It's really interesting. I also loved that Varen wins over Isobel, her mom and her brother but her dad is convinced that the nasty jock she used to date is the better man. So not true. This story is so engrossing that I started it one night and just could not sleep until I'd finished it. It really sucks you in and makes you wish you could be a part of this world. I don't really care for Poe on his own, probably due to the dry way he is presented in high school English classes but this book make him appear real and interesting. Creagh really fleshes Poe out and heck, if Varen is Team Poe, I want to be too. This book is a new favorite for me and I really hope everyone will give it a try before the sequel, Enshadowed comes out in August. I really suggest this one for readers over 13 because some of the paranormal aspects can be a bit confusing for younger readers. But there is limited sexual shenanigans and cursing.
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.
Of course, Nevermore earns 5 Fairies for the abundance of VAREN NETHERS in this book.
You can find out more about Kelly Creagh and her books on her website or by following her on Twitter. You can find the Nevermore Series on Goodreads here. And finally, here is the cover for book two. I think it's pretty epic!