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Review: Oblivion

Title: Oblivion

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

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 Poe

The 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.

My Review:

The last book, of course, had a super huge cliffhanger, so I was anticipating how this next book would play out! And unravel like a spool of yarn with interesting things, it did.

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My biggest complaint again was, not enough Varen. Definitely more than the last book but still no real conversations or relationship development between him and Isobel. This would have all been fine if  book one had way more development and interactions between the two of them. I mean, they’ve only had one kiss and not a lot of real conversation, yet there is this love that drives Isobel to fight so hard for Varen in two more books without new development to their romance! However, I do love them together, just needed moreeeeeeeeee!

The shades of gray with Varen are awesome, and even Isobel has those same shades, of course not as intense as him but still. We all have them! The descriptions in this one were so good! Loved the dark things—ALL THE DARK THINGS! The writing and Poe stuff again, were just beautiful! Just a super fun and interesting series as a whole!

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When you think of Poe, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

 

 

Review: Enshadowed

Title: Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dreamworld—a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But great dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Could Isobel’s greatest love also be her greatest adversary?

My Review:

Oh man, book one had a doozy of a cliffhanger! And so of course I had to dive right into this one! A paranormal world inspired by Poe is just one of the coolest things ever! Give me raven wings!

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So we’re back in Isobel’s hometown. My boy, Varen, is missing in action … for a very long time, I might add. This is where things get tricky for me because as addicting and page turning as this was, I missed him! I kept saying to myself, “Find him already, shoot!” Except more cursing was involved in those sentences! I was really hoping to see more of Isobel’s and Varen’s relationship truly develop!

However, I loved seeing the side characters again like Gwen, who had a much larger role here. Even Brad made me want to give him a hug—even though I hated him in book one! And there is more weirdness, and the weirdness I do love with all my beating heart. And then my heart got crushed with the cliffhanger!!!! On to book three now!

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If you wander into any Poe story, which would it be?

Review: Nevermore

Title: Nevermore

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: August 31st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

At the words Edgar Allan Poe, this book had me extremely interested. Also, I haven’t read a good paranormal book in a while, and I’ve been very back and forth with all the new books lately. So I thought that this would do the trick to slip into the past! And do the trick it did!

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It took me a little bit to really get into this because I kept wanting Varen and Isobel to get together and have some real conversations! However when they were together, I loved it so much!!! What I loved best about this book was there was some great mystery and a whole lot of cool weirdness. I love weird!

The writing was so addictive, too! There were people I wanted to slap in the book like freaking Brad, and there were people I wanted to hug, like Gwen, Isobel, and Varen. Oh, especially Varen! I think I would have given this book ten start if I’d had his POV!! And seriously, that cliffhanger was so soul clenching! I’m starting book two right now!

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Are you an Edgar Allan Poe fan?

Review: The Raven’s Tale

Title: The Raven’s Tale

Author: Cat Winters

Date of Publication: April 16th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

My Review:

Edgar, Edgar, Edgar—what a magnificent writer he was. So when I heard there was going to be this book on a young Edgar Allan Poe, I was so incredibly interested! Lenore, Lenore, Lenore! I want to read about you anywhere forevermore!

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Let me tell you something, my dear friends, I loved Edgar and his struggles and his sensitivities in this book. This boy definitely needed a muse to help him escape his terrible adopted father and all the things that occurred because of him! And Lenore? She was such a lovely and horrific creature who was the perfect muse to draw out the tales that one day become famous.

Now, what I wanted and what I thought this book was going to be about DID NOT HAPPEN! I repeat: DID NOT HAPPEN! I wanted a romance between Edgar and his muse that was so dark and twisted that it would haunt me for days with its beauty, sadness, and passion. I wanted that and needed that … still do! However, this strange and lovely little book was still quite enjoyable with beautiful writing and real history entwined!

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Do you read work by Poe?

Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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