Review of Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

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Review of Nevermore by Kelly CreaghNevermore by Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore #1
Also in this series: Enshadowed, Oblivion
Also by this author: Enshadowed, Oblivion, Phantom Heart
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-08-30
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Format: ARC
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And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted - nevermore! -- from

I deeply, desperately want the next book in this planned trilogy. Oh my goodness! Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is on my list of top 20 favorite books of 2010 so far. Holy Edgar Allen Poe was Nevermore good!

FIRST, there is build up. Y’all, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is LONG! But, we actually get to really dive into the characters and their motivations. I felt like when the characters took actions, it actually made sense. Mainly because I was given enough time to get to know the characters. Also, I sort of bet Nevermore by Kelly Creagh will be compared to Twilight, minus the vampires, ignore that. I honestly believe books are better when they rest on their own merits, not a comparison merit.

Right-o. So, there’s Isobel Langley who is a cheerleader with a not so empty head. She is paired up for this mandatory English project with a gothy dude named Varen who is totally make out worthy. He also has a pretty sweet ride. At first, things are very awkward between them, as Isobel would say, it’s awkward dot com. None of Isobel’s friends like Varen and bully him. Isobel gets pissed. I love that. I love that she stands up and calls people on their b.s. Of course, we know what is hinted at with Isobel and Varen. However, things happen very slowly between the two. Not to imply Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is a slow read, it’s not. I read Nevermore in two days. I was engrossed, plus I had symptoms of Post Amazing Book Depression afterwards. However, there were parts where I was screaming in my head OMG JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY. You, see I like my making out.

What’s cool about Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is that it is unique to me. There are no vampires or weres. But there are ghouls and a dream world. There is a heavy influence of Poe which makes Nevermore totally creeptastic. It also makes me want to trade in my paperback edition of the complete works of Poe for a black leather edition with gold lettering on the cover.

Also, can I just dish on the atmosphere of Nevermore super quick?! It is hella creepy, but hella awesome. Reading this, I wanted to shove on a sweater. Y’all I read this during the NY heat wave, it was 98 degrees outside, and I wanted to put on a sweater. I also had a strong urge to watch foliage and drink pumpkin spice. Nevermore just screams Halloween. I am telling you to add this to your fall MUST READ list. Then come rail with me for a sequel soon, because you’ll need it ASAP, mmmk?

Purchase Nevermore Here

Series Order:

Nevermore (Book one)
Enshadowed (Book two) – check out the cover of Enshadowed here
Untitled – (book three)

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  1. great review, I'm dying for the sequel tooooo!

  2. Great review, now I really have to go book shopping this weekend. LOL

  3. That was a great review. I've been wanting to read it and now your review just made me want it even more.

  4. This book sounds great! Thanks for the review

  5. Jessica Secret says

    I wasn't too sure if I wanted to read this, but your review convinced me. Thanks for the awesome review April!

  6. JessiKay89 says

    ::sings:: This sounds AWESOOOOMEEE! 🙂 As soon as you talked about how Halloween-y this one is, I knew I had to read it.

    I love your reviews, girl. It's totally refreshing to read a reviewer who knows who she is and doesn't try to be someone else to impress the crowds.

  7. Never sounds like a great read, I'll have to look into finding a copy of it. Great review. ^_^

  8. Natalie (Mindful Musings) says

    This. Sounds. FABULOUS!!! I ADORE Edgar Allan Poe, so the fact that you compared the atmosphere of Nevermore to his writing makes be super excited! I think I'll buy this one when it comes out and save it for a Halloween read. Thanks so much for the review and recommendation! 🙂

  9. Kris (Voracious YAppetite) says

    You are killing me. I've been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it and now your review has got me all antsy. It sounds incredible. Great review! (:

  10. ~The Book Pixie says

    Nevermore is actually on my list of Top 20 books to read for 2010. I've been wanting to read it for months now and your amazing review has got me about to go crazy for it. I can't wait to get my hands on it! 😀


  11. Haha awesome post! You've totally made me anxious to read this! This is definitely on my TBR list!

  12. Precious says

    Oh my God! Great review! So expressive, so energetic! You just made me salivate over Nevermore.

  13. April (BooksandWine) says

    Allison – Need more Varen!!

    Stacey – This is definitely worth a pre-order!

    Diana – Thanks! You won't regret reading this one.

    Heather – It really is great 🙂

    Jessica – Definitely read this, it's made of awesome.

    JessiKay – Awww thanks, you made my day!

    Maria – I think you students will really enjoy this one, plus it's one teachers can recommend because it kindles an interest in the classics.

    Orchid – Yes, GET A COPY!

    Natalie- That sounds like a perfect plan.

    Kris – I hate when that happens! I always get antsy over books!

    Briana – OMG, for real you need to get your hands on it.

    Nicole – Yay for putting this on the TBR!

    Precious – Good books deserve expressiveness 😀

  14. Jan von Harz says

    Wow fab review, I really want to read this and now even more so. Thanks

  15. Hannah Marie says

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the review. It was added to my goodreads TBR list before I even finished reading it. I had to start a booksandwine recommendations self just so I could remember where I found it. So many good books to read!

  16. WOW! I love how you review. I've just added it to my Goodreads list. 'Post Amazing Book Depression' made me lol

  17. I love my making out too. Apparently it IS possible for teenagers to fall in love in classes besides biology. I applaud that.

  18. i really wanna read this book! is it age apprpriate for 13 year old readers?????



  21. Hahaha! I love my making out in YA books, too. I absolutely LOVED how Isobel and Varen’s relationship developed! Just like you said, it was slow, but still a fast read. Great review!
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
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