Author: Kelly Creagh
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.
Review: I absolutely loved this book! First of all, I absolutely LOVED all the Edgar Allen Poe in this book. I personally love Edgar Allen Poe myself, and even did a research paper on him in 8th grade! Also, let me put it in here that this book was so good that I finished it in less than a day! 543 in less than a day!!!! So I really enjoyed the whole story. I really wanna talk about Varen first! OMG! I dont know if it's just me or what but he sounds so hot! I've always kind of liked guys that sound like him so I like got this immediate crush on Varen when I was reading! I really liked the whole not knowing much about him. It made you want to read more so you could find out about him. I also really liked how he read books! You cant go wrong with a guy that actually reads books!
Now for Isobel & Varen. I really liked them together. Even though they were never officially together. Lol. I loved how even when Isobel didnt know him that well after first getting assigned to work with him she still stuck up for him. Thats a big move for someone whose popular. I also really really liked when Isobel dumped Brad. I'm sorry. He was just way too obnoxious and in your face for my liking. Not to mention he got in Varens face for talking to Isobel. Uh, they were working on a project together! They kind of HAD to talk. I thought it was really stupid that everyone flipped out on Isobel for hanging out with Varen. I've hung out with people that weren't in the same "clique" as me and nobody flipped out like that. I mean seriously.
Now, the whole thing with the shadows. I thought that the shadows being based out of Edgar Allen Poe's works was so creative! I'll admit I probably wouldnt have thought of doing something like that. At first I couldnt figure out why the shadows just suddenly started appearing to Isobel. Then as the story went on it started making sense. I never really liked Reynolds. I always felt there was something shady about him and in the end, I was pretty much proven right. The end, I was sad with what happened at the end. But now I can't wait for Enshadowed to come out to see what happens next!