Edgar Allen Poe, high school cheerleading and true love, not three subjects you might think would naturally work together to create a richly crafted love story. Especially not a tale of two teens fighting against not only the world we live in but one beyond. And yet it works and beautifully so, Kelly Creagh has created a magically engrossing novel in her debut work Nevermore. Knocking down the barriers of social stereotypes and crossing lines long drawn, Creagh has presented a story unique in its combination of a classical literature figure and the modern young adult novel. The author shows an amazing scope of Knowledge of the great poet himself and high school life with added in dashes of paranormal in a twist that makes the work wonderfully dark in it’s own special way.
When assigned to partner with the high school’s infamous “King of the Goths” in her English class, the popular Isobel Lanley is horrified as her journey into another world begins. Being the top flyer on the cheerleading team, her star football playing boyfriend Brad and “the crew” all used to fill her days but now she finds herself mysteriously drawn to Varen Nethers and his dark looks and jade eyes.
However soon her life begins to fall to pieces around her as another world appears in her dreams. Edgar Allen Poe once just the subject of their English project now takes on a new light, as visions and a mysterious figure named Reynolds appear to warn of dangers ahead in what is surely just an imaginary place. As Isobel fights to keep control of her life, she is also losing her heart to Varen who himself is a swirl of secrets and mysteries. Whoever said that opposites attract might have been right but in the end it’s the person that matters and Isobel and Varen find themselves clinging to each other as other forces try to force them apart.
Nevermore is a book that keeps you guessing until the very end and opens the door for more from Creagh in the future. With characters such as Isobel and Varen who are so vividly imagined and realistically crafted, the next book will be highly anticipated for sure. Always once step ahead of the reader Nevermore is a book to engage with, wonder over and leave the troubles of your world behind if only for a little while.
As a librarian and former Kentuckian myself I was so excited to learn more about Kelly Creagh after reading this amazing book. I truly enjoyed all 541 pages and cannot wait to see what comes next!