Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published August 28th, 2012 by Atheneum Books
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.
But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.
I loved Nevermore when I read it ages and ages ago. It was such a creative story and had the most amazing characters. And I was very eager to read this book but by the time I did I wasn't able to remember a lot about the first one and it concerned me whether it would be an issue. But luckily there was enough recap that it wasn't a big issue, but a reread would have been nice anyway because my connection with Varen kind of faded. I mean, it's just been so long! And Varen isn't really present in this book at all so I missed that and I wanted to remember what Isobel loved about him.
I really like Isobel. She's gone through a lot and she suffers nightmares (and daymares) because of the dream world and what she's experienced but she's also sort of being haunted by someone there as well. And I guess this is part of the mystery. Isobel has dreams of certain things, but she also hears certain music and I think she's suppose to piece things together and figure out what she's suppose to do, or where she's suppose to go. And later when she finally gets somewhere she just doesn't listen to anyone and that part annoyed me a bit. I know she's been lied to in the past, but these are the only 'people' who know anything, she should at least listen. I did like that her parents and brother were pretty important in this one and that she hates deceiving them in any way. And I love her friend Gwen and her outrageous personality. She's the only regular person who knows what's going on and she does a good job at trying to help Isobel and be a good friend.
This book is over 400 pages but I read it in a single morning. Seriously, it was a very fast read. I was compelled to read and didn't ever want to put it down. I was never bored with anything and just needed to know more and figure it out. But when I look back it seems like so little happens through most of the book, I'm not sure why it was all so interesting. But it was so that's what matters. And honestly, I liked it so much I was going to give this 4.5 stars. I really really loved it. But then the end happened.
I hate cliffhangers. I hate, hate, hate cliffhangers. Some work okay and others make me want to throw the book. I will admit, this one made me want to throw the book. I need more! Seriously, that ending killed me. Okay, so I think you get the point. Other than that ending this book was pretty fabulous and I will sit here dying slowly as I wait for the next book, which BETTER come out next summer!