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Author: Kelly Creagh
pages: 543
Publication date:August 31 2010

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

Love this book so much, I have been stuck in a book rut lately, but after reading this book I’m back on track, I couldn’t stop myself from reading this. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book!
This story is so unique and different; I love the characters and the mystery of the book.

Isobel and Varen are paired up for an English project; at first it’s awkward and not at all fun but then after a few times with meeting up with Varen, Isobel starts feeling protective and she might just have a crush on Varen, soon after her jerk of a boyfriend threatens Varen and vandalizes the place where he works Isobel calls it off for good, she drops all her friends and even quits the cheerleading squad for awhile.

As Varen and her get closer strange things keep happening, her whole life gets thrown upside down. She’s no longer popular Isobel, she’s a freak, and then Gwen befriends her.

I really loved Gwen, she was my favorite character, she made me laugh so many times and I wish I had her personality. Varen is secretive, mysterious, dark, and handsome. I wish I could actually meet him in real life, he seems to keep all his emotions inside, he doesn’t show any on his face that’s for sure, and he seems like a sweet guy, underneath all that angst.

I was so mad at the end, I read that big thick book, entranced in every page and then I get to the last few pages and my jaw drops, I had no idea there wasn’t going to be a happy ending, thankfully there’s going to be a second book, and thankfully I read it close to when the second one comes out!

Kelly created a magical book, with some paranormal aspects, lots and lots of suspense and thrill, romance and drama, not to mention wanting to punch her ex-boyfriend in the face and then feeling bad for him near the end, *sigh* I am in love with this book.

5/5 stars


Anonymous said...

I loved this one too. Unique indeed, looking forward to the sequel. Great review!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Great review.
I liked Gwen too!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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