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Nevermore [Hardcover]

Kelly Creagh
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31 Aug 2010
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 "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

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.


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  • Hardcover: 543 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402003
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 16.7 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly Creagh is a 2008 graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She works for the Louisville Free Public Library, specializing in teen services. When not writing, haunting bookstore coffee shops, or obsessively studying Poe, Kelly's passions include the ancient art of bellydance. She lives with her squirrely, attitude-infused terrier, Annabel, in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood.  Visit her at KellyCreagh.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and romantic 23 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
If I were to use one word to describe Nevermore, I'd go for haunting. Although part romance, this book leans more towards horror and mystery. Ingrained within the plot is the prominent figure of Edgar Allan Poe - and reflective of his works, Nevermore is just as dark and as fascinating. Knowing more about the poet would better your reading experience, but regardless, it is hard to resist this compelling book. It is superbly written, descriptive and genuine to its characters. The feel of the narrative is dark but smooth, fluid and completely captivating. Nevermore will drag you into its depths as easy as Poe's works - it's complex, it's twisted, but worth every word. It will have you turning pages well into the night, and leave your imagination running!

Everything begins when Isobel finds herself paired with Varen for an English project. Goth and poetic, and definitely outside of Isobel's crew, Varen finds himself threatened and bullied by Isobel's boyfriend, Brad. Isobel's defence of Varen and her subsequent distance from her crew endeared me to her. Her choice is not to stand by Varen because she is attracted to him, but because she knows her friends are acting wrongly - I liked that best about her. Her actions carry an air of realism and I never had a moment of doubt and dislike for Isobel. Varen is unlike many guys - he wears eyeliners, has lip piercing, he loses himself in the darkness of words, and is distant. He is complex, broken and... hot. It's a classic mismatch, but cheerleader Isobel is undeniably perfect for the Goth Varen. Their chemistry is one of the best I've read in YA romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly researched and enjoyable 27 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
Despite the thickness of the book, if didn't take me long at all to read this book because I loved everything about it.

It doesn't take long for the story to kick off and the secrets and mystery are beautifully panned out through the story.

Although it comes across as a normal average love story with vampires and warewolves, Creigh manages to create a brand new fantasey world mixing with a real poet called Edgar Allan Poe, she gives us background of his mysterious death and ties it in with the story really well giving her interpretation of why he went crazy and including him as a character in the prologue.

The characters were believable and lovable and very fun to read(especially Varen) and I read it for hours at a time in a space of four days- making the mistake of not realizing the sequel wouldn't be out until the summer of the next year.

Well done Kelly, Nevermore was the best book of the year for me :D
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3.0 out of 5 stars May not be everybody's opinion! 8 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hmm i'm a bit conflicted with this one. I loved it and couldnt put it down as i read it, but then the direction of the whole second half was a bit like, really? this is where you're going?

The book starts out with a stereotypical popular materalistic cheerleader with an inconsiderate jock boyfriend who she's only dating because that's what head cheerleader does. Then she starts sticking up and falling for the wierd kid.
Then the book goes in a very wierd direction where you're trapped in a whole other dark world.

People may love this book because that other world was amazing, well written, and Edgar Allan Poe. But i couldnt give a toss about Edgar Allan Poe, the story would have been fine without him. And the other world was wierd. I don't know whether i just couldnt keep up with all the descriptions, but i got a bit confused and couldnt picture or keep up with what (or why?!) stuff was happenning in the other world.

Essentially, the other-world part of the book makes it really original, but i was hooked by the everyday romance that i was rooting for. I finished the book down and yearned for #2, but that was despite of the Edgar Allan Poe stuff, not because of it. If this book had just been about a cheerleader falling for a goth, it would still have been original and a page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Jun 2011
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Format:Hardcover
Isobel has a great life: she is a cheerleader, her boyfriend is a star on the football team, her friends are great. That changes once she is partnered with the weird Goth guy, Varen, in English class to do a project on Edgar Allen Poe.

Varen is mysterious, and he doesn't seem too interested in Isobel. However, Isobel finds herself drawn to him, especially after she takes a peek at his notebook, only to find it filled with strange stories and drawings. Strange things start to happen both when she is alone and when she's with Varen. She can't tell whether it is a dream, or reality.

NEVERMORE was so captivating. I have never read anything like it before. It was really fast-paced and intriguing; however, the ending was slower than the rest of the novel. I loved how there was some history involved, too, because I don't know much about Edgar Allen Poe.

Varen seemed so weird at first, but right off the bat, I could tell that there was going to be something between the two main characters. Once I came to the end, I was mad because of the intense cliffhanger - but I was happy to find out that there will be a sequel!

Reviewed by: Ashley B
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nevermore
"You're a dream. Like everything else."

It's been ages since I've finished this book and I still don't know what to say. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rashika
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
They say not to judge a book by its cover. That appearances are deceitful.

I say this time you should not judge the book by how it starts off. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by O. Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world! Reviewed by Ali @ wingedreviews.com
This is one of those books where after only a couple of lines, I'm immediately hooked. I fell in love straight away with the story line, the characters, the setting, the mystery -... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Alison Wadsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Many attempts I could not get into this
I did like this book but it never draw me into other books which I have read in the past! I have made many attempts with this book and around halfway point I start to get... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by N.Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
I read this book last year and it only just occurred to me to leave a review. If i could i would write about every page but that would take forever so i'll sum it up in one... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Sevilay Aydogan
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy
I have had Nevermore on my shelves for a while and have been put off starting it because of its size, at over 500 page it is a bit of a beast, but I really shouldn't have worried... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Kirsty at the Overflowing Library
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Patricia's Particularity
Nevermore is a rare find in books. It is hard to know where to begin with how amazing this book is. While the book is Paranormal it is not overtly obvious when compared to other... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Patricia Leppla
4.0 out of 5 stars *Swoon*....Varen!
*Begin review*

AMAZING! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Totally crushing on Varen and really hope there's a happily ever after for him and Isobel. Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by Book Passion for Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Good :)
I got a lityle confused with the matter of going through dreams and hw and why it happens but other than that it was a great read.
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by neela
3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway there
Really good in fact fantastic till just over halfway then it lost it's way did NOT like the ending at all.i did like Isobel and Varan though good characters.
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by Ella
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