Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- 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 hours 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 even greater 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.


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Kelly Creagh has officially been added to my favorite author's list. After the first book, Nevermore, I feel in love with these characters and was glad to find that their portrayal in Enshadowed didn't disappoint. Sadly, frequently an author will come out with an amazing start to a series, but the second book will be a huge let down. This was no where near the case. I loved every word. Isobel remains the same strong willed character she was in the first book, still searching for answers as well as a way to get Varen back. We get to see both sides of her, the one who will do anything for him and the one who feels guilty over those things. She's such a well rounded character, and it's easy to fall into her head and buy into all of the crazy that goes on around her. The only issue I had was how little she spoke with her parents. After something like that, sure, I wouldn't risk telling them about Nocs and the dreamland either, but by the way she constantly mentions she and her dad used to be really close, you'd think she'd attempt to talk to him about why she likes Varen so much. She doesn't do a lot of convincing, or attempting at it. For Gwen either. This is more of a personal annoyance than anything that actually ruins the story, however, so don't let it affect your decision to read. For the most part, I hate books where the two main characters are torn apart and we don't see them together almost the entire story, and yet Creagh managed to pull it off with flying colors, making sure to add Varen in places where he was most needed. I didn't find myself frustrated with the book, rolling my eyes and groaning until they got back together, which is what usually would happen in a situation like that. Usually it's because authors can't manage to make the rest of the story interesting enough, or they make the reasons behind their separation seem petty and unimportant. Easily fixable relationship issues aren't all that interesting. What's keeping Isobel and Varen apart however...I don't know how they're going to settle all of this, which is the best part. I've never been so thrown before with any series, usually able to at least guess one step ahead, but not here. It isn't just Varen and Isobel who are amazing in this book; all of Creagh's characters are vivid and enthralling. I fell in love with Pinfeathers in the first book for some strange reason, and in this one more so. She did a great job describing both the world they all live in as well as how it changed and shaped their personalities. I would without a doubt recommend this series to anyone who's interested in mystery, suspense, romance, and a good dose of the paranormal. Not only that, but anyone who's a fan of Poe will appreciate the subtle and not so subtle hints of his work throughout. Also, just as a side note, anyone who likes to draw can actually email their drawings of the characters to the author. She puts them in "Varen's Sketchbook" on her website. Something I thought was pretty cool. :)  



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