Published by Simon and Schuster on July 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Young Adult
This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan PoeThe fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything. Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.
Christmas, nearly five years ago, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh landed into my hands. I dove into the novel and fell in love with Varen and had my heart broken by his preordained departure. It took two years after the monstrous cliffhanger for me to get the next book in my hands and almost three years for the last book to be mine. I actually proved to have a lot of self-control and tried to not pick up the book before the Excuse to Read-a-Thon was over. On the last day of the Read-a-Thon, I gave in and cracked open the spine.
Varen and Isobel have always had an interesting relationship. It began in Nevermore when they were assigned as partners for a project on Edgar Allen Poe. Varen had a secret, though: in the journal that he kept with him at all times, he wrote stories about another world that came alive with every letter. Varen eventually got trapped in the same world that Edgar Allen Poe fell victim to, which is the same place where he got all of his inspiration for his short stories, poems, and the one novel that he wrote. The second book, Enshadowed, focused around Isobel rescuing Varen from himself and bringing him back to reality before he lost himself completely. When she fails, all looks lost, especially Varen.
Enshadowed ended with Isobel on her deathbed—literally. You can’t read this series out of sequence and have to start from the beginning to understand what exactly is going on and why certain things are taking place. The third book started out with Isobel writing a note to Varen, who she had given up on for good. Her new goal was to defeat him before the real world and the dream world merged. If that happened, Lilith would rule and destroy the human race. There was a lot of action in this book, and sometimes there was too much going on. Some of the action scenes last for longer than I would’ve liked and didn’t included a lot of dialogue. Isobel was by herself most of this book. As a result of the events that took place in the first two books, Isobel was left nearly friendless, and the only friend she did have she was forbidden to see. Her love for Varen rang true throughout the entire series, never wavering, but changing constantly. For instance, Isobel knew they might not get a happily ever after, but as long as she saved him she would sacrifice her happiness.
Furthermore, the first book will always be my favorite of the trilogy. As a whole, however, this series has earned a spot in my top ten.
Since the entire series is on one of my shelves now, I highly recommend fans of Edgar Allen Poe and forbidden love run to the bookstore for their own copies. The books are like nothing I’ve ever read before and combine an unlikely pair to make for a tumultuous journey.