Review Time! I've been dying to review this book! It's an "unofficial" part of my Bucket List Challenge meaning I gain nothing whatsoever from reviewing this besides your lovely comments :P *hint hint*
(Goodreads) 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.
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
The Short Story ? - One of those books that grab onto you and never let you go. I currently in a state of depression because the publication date of the sequel is still unannounced. This book was originally part of my 2010 Debut Author Challenge, however I never got around to reading it until last week? Such a shame...
The Long Story ? - I wasn't planning on reading this book when I first saw the size of it. It's HUGE like more than 500 pages huge. Sure, I wanted to read it but there was always the thought ' I could read two books in the time I read this one...is it worth it?' Especially since this is one of those books that I picked to read not for review purposes, this one was just for fun.
In the end I decided to read it because - I have this thing for opposite attracts and stories involving goths. I find Goths absolutely fascinating ever since I read Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley :P Anyway, I am very thankful that I did pick it up because IT IS TOTALLY AWESOME!!! No exaggeration, I loved, loved, loved, loved this book! I think it's safe to say that this is one of the best 10' debuts and my new favourite fantasy!
The characterisation in this book was absolutely amazing! Each character in this book was carefully created, every personality was different and I felt a deep connection to both Isobel and Varen. I developed a soft spot for Varen who is a total sweetie, you wouldn't be human if you didn't! The whole book evolves around the fact that Varen pretty much hates his life ( for good reasons) and escapes to this dreamland where he wants to stay forever...until he meets Isobel.
Which leads me to my next point - the romance in this book is fantastic! I love romance, I live for it and Varen and Isobel's relationship is jut too cute. Both trying to fight the urge to be with each other only to let it pull them closer together? awwwww, it's really just that cute <3 Another thing I liked about the romance is that there is a development. I can't tell you how many books I've read where girl and guy fall instantly in love. Um, I pretty sure you don't walk up to someone and say' I want to spend the rest of life with you' in the first five minutes of meeting. In Nevermore, there was a hating stage, to a attraction stage, to a friends stage, to a more than friends stage and then we get a glimpse of couple stage before chaos strikes! I took the bait and I'm hooked!
All in all, this is a great book that YOU should read and you can't even doubt my word because I gain nothing from this review besides your lovely comments *hint hint* The writing is comfortable, the imagination is individual, the plot is great, the Poe theme is great and the romance is to die for! So listen up! If you don't read this book...it's your loss! Rating 5/5 ( deserves nothing less!)
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Badass Bookie xx