Rance and the mean girls theme put me in eye rolling mode BUT As the Raven theme crept and into the story and the clich s were left behind the plot turned into something truly and incredibly original I am sorry for those readers who dropped the book before getting to that part because really they missed out on something good The second part which takes place in a sort of dreamland a story inside the stories was truly engaging and fascinating for me The star crossed lovers got separated grotesue figures started appearing Isobel became a dark Alice in Wonderland right after she fell into the hole I ll admit not everybody will like it It can be confusing at times and many people won t like the romance being set aside to see other characters steal the scene with their bloody razor teeth Me I loved it I love when a book manages to surprise and frankly this did it successfully As far as I am concerned a success I can t wait to read Enshadowed when it comes out in August 2012 I m taking away one star for the name VarenFirst of all WHY the lame anagramSecond nfortunately everytime I read the name this was the image I had in my mind OpsFor this review and go to The Nocturnal Library This Book Is nothing like I ve ever read before Sure it starts out in a school like most cliche books But then it gets creepy and wicked And considering as how it s based on Edgar Allan Poe s worksit doesn t surprise me It excites me 3 Also it makes me want to read some of his pieces And I have The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe myself sohugs it tightly to my chestI really liked loved this book because it keeps me guessing on what will happen and whatwho people are Usually when I read books I sometimes see stuff coming or be like Oh I know who s been sneaking around on so and so s wife That s rhetorically speaking just so you know P But this didn t happen with Never It actually made me gasp in a few scenes And I freaking enjoyed the hell out of itVaren Oh Varen How I love thee You caught my eye right off the bat And the thing is this is related to my previous statement is that I could not for the life of me figure out what the fuck he was And I still don t know If someone knows or has an idea please enlighten me D Because it s driving me crazy And can I just say that I hate Brad Nikki Alyssa and Mark Like I know Nikki apologized and you d think it would be for all four of them But I didn t really get that vibe So I still hate them all not caring either D I don t care if view spoilerBrad broke his leg and ventured off into the Our Martyred Lady unknown land of Varen s mind hide spoiler I wrote this book thinking the entire time how much I would have enjoyed reading something like it when I was a teen And that s the best way I know how to write because then the rest just follows This review is difficult to write because Isually don t have that much to say about books I love It s mostly facial expressions gestures and noises when I try to explain why I like something Oh and it will look like this was written by a 17 year old not a 27 year old And I m sorry but I just can t help myself I even wish I could write this review in purple ink that s how much I m into this book And Varen If I ever had to describe the kind of guy I desperately want then I think Varen comes closer than anybody else minus the eyeliner I just can t imagine it looks hot on any guy just emo You wouldn t believe how much I m crushing on him Oh don t give me That Look Half The Planet look half the planet over a dead guy whose genitals sparkle in the sunlight so don t act like this is weirdSo meet Isobel your typical cheerleader who lives p to every stereotype that comes with being a girl who waves pom poms around
"In A Short Skirt Meet "a short skirt Meet your typical Um I dunno Nothing I say will make him look good So I ll stick with saying he s smart witty funny deep sardonic and not to mention interestingThey are forced to work together on a school paper on Poe and I don t think I need to make clear how much both of them are looking forward to working with each other To make matters even worse It doesn t go smooth to begin with and Isobel s overprotective I just say he s jealous and insecure as hell boyfriend decides to make Varen s life miserable because wrote his number on Isobel s hand in classIsobel didn t want Brad to know he would overreact but her friend Nikki who I didn t like from the moment I met her decided to tell anyway There was a part about how badly she wanted to tell Brad I could have punched her in the faceBut waring Varen didn t seem to be enough for Brad and the rest of his gang of idiots They mess p the ice cream parlor of all the places a guy like Varen could work much to my and Isobel s disgustI won t give away too much of the story because I want all of you to read this beautiful book but I enjoyed reading this so muchThe pink ribbon on the back The raven And the kiss That kiss I read those lines 50 times already and thinking about them still gives me chills I m in loveI can t wait to get my hands on the seuel When I picked Understanding the Mass up Never I was expecting to like it So many of my Goodreads friends rated it highly as did the overall Goodreads community Unfortunately after finishing the novel I m sorry to say that it was barely a two star read for me Never tells the story of Isobel Lanely a popular blonde cheerleader who is partnered with super goth Varen Nethers for an English project about Edgar Allen Poe This pairing which was chosen by the teacher causes outrage among Isobel s friends Herarterback boyfriend Brad is so enraged at Varen for daring to be partnered with Isobel against his will that he starts harassing him And this is where Never lost me during the very first chapterI found the characters and plot to be so completely Their Reluctant Submissive (Knights in Black Leather, unbelievable that I could never really get into the story I nevernderstood what was so scandalous about Isobel and Varen being partners for a class assignment Why would this cause gossip among Isobel s friends or cause her boyfriend to go ballistic It makes absolutely no senseBrad is a cartoonish villain There is no depth to his character He is a jerk plain and simple Isobel is shown to be. ?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 sto.
Download Never by Kelly CreaghI am SO happy to be re reading this oneMy baby Varen You never got a real review Hope I can rectify that Omg this bookit was beyond words spectacular and out of this world amazing I don t know why I ve never read this one before but for my vacation it has been PERFECT mesmerizing Sitting on the beach even at this moment not knowing the difference between dream and realityjust breathtaking Creepy deep and addicting I am officially hooked This series will consume my whole time in Florida lolAnd Varenjust Ethics Playbook ugh What an interesting complex and tortured character I adored this book from beginning to end and I still haven t decided if I rated high enough I ll let you know though Until I post a mini review again Latas For of my reviews please visit I loved this book I wanted to love this book but I was a little apprehensive I mean the goth boy and the cheerleader Haven t I read this story before No Kristi you have not read a storyite like this one beforeIn addition to loving the pages in this book I also love this cover I wish that BN hadn t had a little hissy fit and the publisher would have been able to keep Varen s lip ring it was so much hotter with the lip ring But I still love the cover regardlessThe characters are what made this novel for me Isobel Varen were extremely well written well fleshed ou My review can also be found on my blog CollectionsOMGThat was my reaction anyway to the majority of the book Maybe I had such a strong reaction because I started the book not realizing this was a paranormal Yes I read the summary but obviously it went over my head This is what I assumed it would be about The goth boy Varen would have some mental issues like schizophrenia and the popular cheerleader girl Isobel will fall in love with him and find help for him And they would all live happily ever afterI mean yeah they are opposites and they do fall in love but it was not that simple It s dark and creepy and eerie A horror paranormal Of course I should have realized that with Edgar Allan Poe involved Which made it very exciting for me because I had no idea what would happen next and how this would endThere were some other things I just did not notice before I read the book Like the length It is 500 pages Which is not a bad thing because Isobel Varen s relationship and everything in the story isn t rushed And at the same time it didn t feel slow I felt like something interesting was always happening And I really liked Kelly Creagh s writing It was like watching a movieNow for the other detail I missed Actually I just didn t know I m pretty sure not much people know so let me tell youThis is going to be a series A trilogy apparentlyI know That was really surpring to me You would think that a book this long would have everything resolved by the end but nope not the case I will not spoil the ending but let me just say that when I read the last line in the book I was thinking There should be seuel There has to be a seuel There NEEDS to be a seuel ooSo I haven t revealed much about the story Well I don t want to repeat the summary so I will say this I was very impressed with the book I thought
the story was really niue and original Isobel and Varen were great and likeable characters Istory was really niue and original Isobel and Varen were great and likeable characters I to hug Varen I was proud of Isobel she deserves a hug too because she worked so hard to save Varen Basically it all she deserves a hug too because she worked so hard to save Varen Basically it all down October 31 Halloween But it s not over Just wait till January 19 the day of Poe s birthSeriously can t wait It s been a while since a YA paranormal truly blew me away But this book did It actually made me stay ntil 3 am although I had to get p seven the next morning and yes I regretted this afterwardsDespite the praise it got from a lot of friends here on GoodReads I tried to keep my expectations low before starting it Books in this genre have disappointed me many times before After reading Ever Evernight Beautiful Creatures Marked and the like I ve become careful and a bit picky and stayed away from ite a few novels that received high ratingsBut this one definitely deserved the praise I found the paranormal aspect fascinating and original I have never read anything by Poe nor do I know much about his life and death for that matter but Creagh has succeeded in raising my interest and got me thinking about picking p some of his work view spoilerI also googled the Poe Toaster and found out that he didn t show this year I really hope that s not what happens in the novel hide spoiler They say not to judge a book by its cover That appearances are deceitfulI say this time you should not judge the book by how it starts off At first it very much looks like your garden variety paranormal YA jocks cheerleaders cliues mean girls emo goths star crossed lovers you get the gist There were a couple of scenes at the beginning where I thought I was probably going to ditch it if it went on like it was But it didn tFirst of all you should be aware that Du fährst zu oft nach Heidelberg und andere Erzählungen underneath the shallow clich d appearance this book is very dark and oneiric I don t know if you re familiar with the work of Edgar Allan Poe but the story is based and heavily influenced by several of his writings such as The Raven The Masue of Red Death and Ligeia among others Parts of his biography especially concerning the mysterious circumstances of his death are also a fundamental part of the plot The story startsite predictably with Isobel blonde cheerleader girlfriend of THE football player of the school getting paired The Winning of Andromache up for an English project with Varen goth guy aloof antisocial with a mean girlfriend but magnetically irresistible Despite a rocky start as Isobel s feelings for Varen change and grow into something even she is reluctant to accept strange things start to happen Isobel gets chased by voices she starts hallucinating supposedly Who is causing all this The key seems to be a book of the works of Edgar Allan Poe that Varen has given to her her for the project and that appears to have a life of its own Never came as a surprise to me really Despite glowing reviews and some non glowing I wasn t expecting much from it This seemed to be confirmed in the first few chapters when all the clich s made their ent. Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project which is due sonfair 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?. Disgusted by him from the very beginning which begs the The Dummy Meets The Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld uestion of why she was with him in the first place Brad has no redeemingalities and Isobel is shown to be a nice girl who lacks the kind of insecurities that would drive her to date someone like Brad The fact that he s a football player and she s a cheerleader does not adeuately explain their relationshipThe other secondary characters also lack depth and are mainly sed as plot devices Alyssa is your clich bitchy cheerleader with platinum blonde hair Her sole purpose in this novel is to be mean to Isobel and side with Brad Nikki s purpose in the novel is a mystery She and Alyssa could easily have been combined into one character and it wouldn t have changed anything Varen s sort of girlfriend Lacy also served no purpose and could easily have been removed altogetherGwen is slightly better developed in that she doesn t fit any clich and occasionally has a backbone but she is there only as a plot device Whenever Isobel needs someone to sit with someone to talk to or a ride Gwen shows p Gwen s life revolves around Isobel and Isobel does nothing but se Gwen Even in the end when Gwen confronts Isobel about avoiding her Isobel only reaches out to her because she needs her help with VarenIsobel s family doesn t fair much better Her brother Danny like Gwen serves only as a plot device Her father seems mostly to be another foil for her relationship with Varen At one point he refuses to let her leave the house to work on the class project with him even though her grade depends on it He also likes Brad and supports him over his own daughter for some inexplicable reason Her mother is completely forgettableI also found myself nimpressed with either Isobel or Varen Isobel s actions and decisions are often nonsensical like dating Brad not telling Varen about Reynolds and sneaking out to do homework so I never could see her as a real person Varen showed promise but his character wasn t fleshed out enough to be truly compelling to me I agree with other reviewers that if the novel had been written from his perspective it would have been a much interesting readAnother major problem I had with the story was that I did not buy the romance Isobel is drawn to Varen from the beginning before she learns that there s to him than just being a goth and by the end of the novel which takes place over the course of a month she s willing to die for him and risk the lives of her friends and family for him This was especially The Man They Wanted Me to Be unbelievable given that he was a moody jerk towards her for a large chunk of that month That said I liked that the love interest didn t follow the typical YA clich of being super beautiful and talented and the relationship whilenbelievable wasn t abusive or controlling My feelings about the writing are mixed While I enjoyed Creagh s writing style in terms of her sentence structure word choice and imagery there was too much description Very little is left to the reader s imagination and a lot of it was Literacy unnecessary I felt like it endedp bogging down the story Creagh freuently interrupts action scenes with description slowing them down making the story hard to follow at timesI do give Creagh credit for being original in terms of her mythology It was very creative to spin a mythology around the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe Creagh s love for Poe s works is evident in the text and the novel appears to be well researched though admittedly I am not the best judge since I
AM NO EXPERT ON POEI WISH I COULD SAYno expert on PoeI wish I could say I enjoyed this book but it wasn t my cup of tea To each their own What I want you to know about this book Of all the 2010 releases I ve read this year NEVERMORE ties with Tyger Tyger as my favorite The only drawback to it is the length of time we have to wait for the second installment So just be prepared to take نامه های عین القضات همدانی / جلد اول up chewing your nails pacing and crawlingp the walls once you finish thisThe basic setup for the story loner reclusive goth boy and Miss Peppy cheerleader are paired for an English project just really doesn t begin to cover this epic 500 page saga I was so curious as to how the author would incorporate Edgar Allan Poe and his works into a modern high school drama setting But boy howdy she did I saw so many Poe references brilliantly and cleverly inserted into the story and that made reading so very very enjoyable Watch for scenes from Cask of Amontillado a glass eyed dude bearing strong resemblance to the old man from The Tell Tale Heart a raven or two and Also one of the chapter titles is called Ulalume
which is one of my all time favorite poems What I m trying to say is that this book doesnis one of my all time favorite poems What I m trying to say is that this book doesn just name drop Poe a few times or make vague random references to the poet or his works Instead Kelly blends Poe s masterpieces with her own incredible imagination to create an original engaging and highly addictive storyThe characters too were so amazing First off the main character Isobel is not really what you d expect she is a cheerleader but instead of being an overly cheerful hyperactive airhead she actually is really smart witty and well spoken Varen too is not Die Plotter uite what you d expect either He was definitely likable but his cold and aloof personality made him very peculiar he was actually kind of the mean one in the relationship While maintaining a steady pace throughout the first 400 pages gave me a chance to really see the characters interact and get a goodnderstanding for them Everybody this is how to portray well rounded dynamic characters And at the same time Creagh subtly built The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl up the suspense something s notite right with Varen and his peculiar gift turns out to be Killing the Truth uite a curse The last 100 pages BAM accelerate you into a fantastical but creepy dreamworld that Poe himself would probably enjoy And oh the ending How it will make you desperate for the next installmentuick say Everybody NEVERMORE is an exceptional debut by an amazingly gifted author You will not want to pass thisp I have a new favorite And Kelly Creagh has definitely set the standard and raised the bar for exceptional Young Adult paranormal fiction THIS is what creativity and originality looks like THIS BOOK RIGHT HERE. Ries of Edgar Allan Poe come to life As her world begins to At Any Cost unravel around her Isobel discovers that dreams like words hold 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.