Enshadowed | Kelly Creagh | Book Review

A few years ago, I read Kelly Creagh’s debut novel Nevermore and was head over heels in love with it. I was enamored. I told all my friends they need to read it, and a quite a few did. I found myself on pins and needs for the sequel, I absolutely had to know what happens next to Isobel and Varen. Just my luck though, it turns out the sequel that I preordered, Enshadowed is not even in the ballpark of it’s predecessor. I hate to say this, like it legitimately kills me to say this, but I thought Enshadowed was terrible.

Enshadowed picks up pretty much where Nevermore leaves off. Basically Varen is sucked inside a dreamworld. Isobel is left at home to cheerlead and go to school and figure out how to get Varen out of the dreamworld. Oh, and everyone thinks Varen has run away. Basically the book is super slow and some things happen. Like, Isobel makes a plan to go to Baltimore and visit Poe’s grave in hopes of seeing the Poe toaster aka Reynolds in order to save Varen from the dreamworld. ALSO, she is having visions and is seeing Varen pretty much everywhere. Really, that’s the whole book in a nutshell. OH OH! AND there is Gwen and she is awesome and I was glad to see her play a much bigger role in this book.

To me, I thought sad Isobel was kind of a letdown from the Isobel of Nevermore. Like, she just doesn’t have that page sparkle anymore. Sure, she is determined and that is awesome. She’s working hard to find information and a way to save her love. But, ugh, that’s like all that seems to define her. I mean, she even loses cheerleading and to me that is huge because it defines so much of who she is. I guess as a reader it’s just disappointing to see such a strong character lose herself in pining for a boy, who yeah got sucked into a nightmare for real.

As for Varen, y’all, I thought he had such chemistry with Isobel in Nevermore. It is what kept me turning the pages so fast, the hate blossoming into like and this deep attraction that permeated the pages. But then, ugh, this book. He’s such a douche in Enshadowed. And I get it, he is shadow-Varen and in the nightmare landscape he’s not the same person and he doesn’t trust Isobel and is basically really having an awful go of it. However. HOWEVER. I just miss the character that he was in Nevermore. He was interesting, he got more than five sentences of on page time. In this book, it’s like he’s there for the cover picture and like a few scenes here and there, but that’s it. Such a disappointment.

As for Creagh’s writing style, I think she has a certain talent for description and really chewing up the scenery. However, pacing is not this book’s friend. It took me over a year to read Enshadowed when I read Nevermore in a fever spell in the span of hours. I just think that Enshadowed lacks excitement. It lacks chemistry. It lacks romance. This all said in what is my shortest review in a long time, I will be reading the last book in the series, Oblivion because I need to see how it will all end.

 

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Well that’s no good. I really liked Nevermore, but for whatever reason I didn’t read this one immediately when it came out, so I decided to wait until book 3 was released. And it just never was . . .

    Maybe I won’t bother. Idk, maybe if Oblivion fares better.
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  2. Ugh. I have been hearing this about this book and it fills me with woe. Why? I loved Isobel & Varen . . . I don’t want them to be suddenly lame.
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