- Publisher: Atheneum Books (31 Aug 2010)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 9781442402003
- ISBN-13: 978-1442402003
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.
I had high expectations from this book and couldn't wait to read it and so as soon as it arrived I read it, and those expectation were met above and beyond!!
Cover: This is an amazing cover, and what I like about it is that the 2 people on it match the description of Varen and Isobel. On the original cover the guy also had a lip ring would would have made the cover perfect but oh well.
Plot: Ok Ok I'm sure we're all familiar with the old two opposites being paired together for a school project, and un-originally this happens to Isobel and Varen in their English class. At first it's a disaster and they hate each other but as they progress their feelings for each other change but creepy things are happening...is Isobel going mad or are supernatural things occuring?
Isobel- Seems to be a typical cheerleader but actually isn't as shallow as her friends, and when they start to harass Varen, she doesn't stand for it. Turns into a strong female lead character and one of my favs.
Varen- A goth. I love that the main male character is a goth...rare and it's sooo brilliant and I am in love with him. Sarcastic, witty and intelligent, he doesn't much like Isobel in the beginning thinking she's another dumb, blonde cheerleader but eventually he sees differently.
Writing Style: Wow this book went by fast! It's 560 pages but they just whizz by. The chapters aren't very long so that helps with the pacing but also Kelly Creagh's writing is just so easy to read but at the same time is clever. The reference to Edger Allan Poe don't mean you have to be a Poe fan to like this book or to understand it, anything you need to know Creagh includes and explains.
Rating: 5/5 stars, for me it stands out from other YA paranormal normal books at the moment because of its unique plot regarding the paranormal element or Varen creating a dark world in a journal, plus the references to Poe make it an all round amazing book and I am dying to read the second book Enshadowed which comes out January 2012.