Author: Kelly Creagh
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published: August 31st 2010 by Atheneum
Special Note: ARC Review
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.My Thoughts:
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.
What I really LOVED about this novel was the unlikely relationship between Isobel, the preptastic cheerleader, and Varen, a gothic guy who never socializes. Their relationship isn't the typical instant attraction you see saturating the Young Adult market currently. It's gradual, which is more believable. They get to know each other when they are paired together for a a school English project.
There is some weaving in of Edgar Allen Poe, which makes this story a little creepy, in a cool way. The dream world had a few shaky transitions and I had to reread parts a couple times to figure out what was going on.
Overall I liked this one. It was in 3rd person, which is always a struggle for me, but I got through it--in large part, because the relationship between the two main characters kept me hooked.
I would recommend this to someone who likes creepy romances told from a 3rd person point of view.