Publication Date: August 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Reviewer: Amber I.
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear that he'd rather not have anything to do with her, either. But soon Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her freinds and 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 shories 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 imagned and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Can she save Varen from the madness taking hold of him? Or will they both be consumed by the shadows of his nightmares?
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. I especially didn't know it had so much to do with Edgar Allen Poe, and even though I know who he is I am not all that familiar with his history or most of his stories but I now know I want to know more about him. I found just when they where studying about him really fascinating and I plan on doing some reading about him myself now. The way Kelly brings him out in the story just really captivates your attention.
I have been hit and miss with the YA world but this book totally got my attention. There was some high school drama mainly because Isobel the main character is a cheerleader and hung out with a certain click but when she is teamed up with Veren king of the goths her click and especially boyfriend are not too happy. That is where some of those pesky high school problems come in. But as annoying as they seem they really changed Isobel's character for the better.
This isn't a small book but yet I managed to read it in 3 sittings. The lore behind it was fascinating and the characters really drew you in. Its not a light read, you really need to pay attention. Kelly's writing style just has this poetic vibe is was very beautifully written. Its just not like a lot of books I have come across and I find myself thinking about it even when I am not reading it. I will definitely be checking out the next book, because of coarse this book leaves us off wanting more.
To some it up Nevermore is a dark, poetic read. Its very unique, the lore of Edgar Allen Poe is amazing and the characters where great. There was no any love at first site or anything. In fact the romance in this book is very very small but still had me totally engrossed. I am glad I picked this book up on a whim!