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.Nevermore blew my mind. Left me speechless, left me stunned with the book still open on my lap after I had finished reading. It pulled me into this gorgeously-written world of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and didn’t let go until the very end. I can’t even find decent words to convey just how much I absolutely loved it.
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.
I had been expecting a contemporary romance about a goth boy being paired with a snooty cheerleader. It is more. So, so much more. Although I didn’t have a single clue what the hell was going on until the very end (and even now, I’m still a bit confused with certain things) the story is so entrancing and intense that you keep reading to find how exactly what is happening to Isobel and what Varen has to do with it. I think the only miniscule negative thing I can say is that I still don’t fully grasp the whole “dream world,” but I’m hoping for more explanation in the second book.
The characters were perfect. I’m glad that Isobel wasn’t as snooty as I predicted she’d be. The whole “evil cheerleader” stereotype, while it might be somewhat true, wouldn’t have worked for her relationship with Varen to take off. And Varen … *sigh* Brooding, mysterious, aloof and cold Varen. I wished we learned more about him and his life; it’s written so that you know he has a hard life and a lot of issues, but what are they? Another thing I’m looking forward to in book two.
Overall, Nevermore was an incredible debut that mixed Poe's amazing stories with a new, wicked tale of darkness and romance that absolutely blew my mind. I have found a new favorite series and a new favorite author! I definitely recommend this to everyone.
Other reviews for Nevermore:
Good Books And Good Wine.
Katie's Book Blog.
The Bibliophilic Book Blog.