By Kelly Creagh
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9781442402010, 543pp.
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore
-- from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
At once an homage to one of America's greatest writers and a page-turning psychological mystery that is equal parts horror, humor, and romance, NEVERMORE is the story of Varen -- a Poe-fan and goth -- and Isobel -- a cheerleader and unlikely heroine. When a Lit. project pairs the two together, Isobel finds herself steadily swept into Varen's world, one that he has created in his notebook and in his mind, one where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel slowly learns that dreams can be much more powerful than she'd ever expected, and that pain and despair come in all shades. As labels of "goth" and "cheerleader" fade away, she sees more in Varen than a tall, pale outcast, and a consuming romance is braced against the ever-clearer horror that the most terrifying realities are those within our own minds.
When Isobel has a single chance to rescue Varen from the shadows of his own nightmares, will she be able to save him -- and herself?
"Tender, and engrossing, so richly textured and acutely rendered. . . . The chemistry between Varen and Isobel is positively simmering and as necessary as breathing. . . . Creagh totally “gets it”, the whole painful and traumatic high school experience. . . . An unforgettable and graceful story.” – FiendishlyBookish.com
"Verses from Poe's poems and synopses of his stories are woven seamlessly into the story, and the ghoulish spirit Pinfeathers is memorably menacing and gory. . . . a creepy, otherworldly climax." --Kirkus
"This Gothic Romeo/Juliet story is an English teacher's jewel box, with high appeal for readers who might ignore classic literature. Veiled and overt allusions to Poe, Shakespeare, and Frost will support discussion about love, loyalty, popularity, and independence beyond the trendy, dramatic, supernatural action." --VOYA
“Always one step ahead of the reader, Nevermore is a book to engage in, speculate over, and savor.” –New York Journal of Books
“ . . . I fell in love with Nevermore. . . . The chemistry is perfect and it simmers slowly throughout the novel at a beautiful, restrained pace. . . . Absolutely recommended.” –TheBookSmugglers.com
“One of my favorite 2010 debuts. It has all the components of an amazing YA novel. A sympathetic, fun main character; a sexy, dark dude; a perfectly-paced plotline; a classic-inspired story arc; and a damn good love story!” –NaughtyBookKitties.com