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

Don't Breathe A Word

Don't Breathe a Word
Author: Holly Cupala
pages: 304
publication date: January 3 2012

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.

Joy can take her cruel words until the night they go too far.

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe…if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.

Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the hurt of bullying, the meaning of family, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.


 I had no idea this book was going to be so good; honestly I didn’t think it was going to be that tough of a subject.

I have read another one of Holly’s books and I liked it, but this one was amazing. I read it from start to finish in a couple of hours, and although it was such a tough subject and a tough book to read I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the words. I was in a trance wanting to know what would happen…. What the outcome could be.

I have read many books about runaway teens and homelessness but nothing has compared to this. This was so raw and real, it’s almost like the author actually experienced it herself.

It’s tough putting a book like this into words. Everything felt so real from the characters down to every last detail. I loved the characters changes, knowing their feelings and emotions, feeling their despair each day that they have to look for food and shelter.

I think that everyone who reads this book really has a different perspective on teen runaways and homelessness.  I know I sure do, it makes you say there half of it instead of looking at it in your own point of view.

I felt like the ending came together a little bit too well and too quick, but I was happy with the outcome and what happened to them in that little period.

If you’re looking for an emotional read then please pick up a copy of Don’t Breathe a Word. This book shows how the darkness turned into light and there incredible journey getting there. Holly did such an amazing job approaching the subject and I am excited to see what she comes out with next.