By Kelly Creagh
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Number of Pages: 543
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
**Minor Spoilers Ahead. You have been warned! Proceed at your own risk**
Oh. My. Freakin'. Good. Lord. I can't breathe. My heart just stopped beating when I turned the last page. It is such a beautifully written story. So poetic. So in tune with every cell and fiber of my being. The story flowed so fluidly and never was there a dull moment. At every page, the anticipation and adrenaline built up inside me. I was hooked to the spine of this book like how Isobel was hooked to Varen. How my heart aches just to think and utter his name.
The ending totally killed me. My heart was shattered into a million pieces. Waiting for a whole freakin' year - 2012 - just to read about Isobel and - owww - Varen again is totally driving me insane. I can't stop thinking about it. I can't stop staring at the hauntingly breathtaking cover. I so love the way Kelly Creagh crafted her story. So beautiful. So heartachingly gorgeous.
The characters and their relationships are so well written. So natural. She made you fall in love in the process - just like Isobel. Never in my literature life have I ever imagine to be so provoked over a Goth/Horror/Paranormal novel. So unforgettable. Isobel and Gwen. What can I say? They totally kickass. Go Girls! Danny oh Danny. Though you appear less, but you totally stole my attention. Varen Nethers. God.
Oh yeah..I forgot to thank Mr.Poe. My hugest gratitude to you. If it weren't for you, Varen and Isobel will cease to exist. And so will this book and its mind blowing contents.
And now I shall torture those who haven't read this book with a few teasers.
She'd never been kissed like that before - like the shell of her soul had evaporated.
My beautiful, my Isobel. My Love. You
ask me to wait. And so I wait.
For all of this, I know, is but a dream.
And when, in sleep, at last we wake,
I will see you again.