Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by: Kelly Creagh

Release Date: August 28, 2012 from Atheneum Books
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"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."

My Thoughts:

The wait between Nevermore and Enshadowed has been longer than most YA novels; and while this wait proved frustrating I’m sure, Enshadowed is also worth the wait. Enshadowed takes everything that you loved about Nevermore and somehow makes it even better. The story proves to be original, despite containing the cheerleader and goth aspect, and the world that Miss Creagh has created is one that is sure to frighten, intrigue, and captivate you all at once.

Enshadowed was nothing I expected it to be, but still everything I wanted. Things I expected to occur didn’t, and things I never even dreamed would happen did. The book surprised me from beginning to end and I could not get a grasp on what was going to happen at any given moment. Some events literally had me staring at the page with my mouth hanging open, waiting for my brain to process what I had just read. Do yourself a favor and do not even try to guess the outcome, because it just leads to a mushy brain. The book is incredibly confusing, but in the best way possible.

The Isobel in this book has come a long way from the shallow cheerleader we first met at the beginning of Nevermore. The past two months, she has been putting on a façade, but she is not very good at it. Her family is worried and therefore more overbearing than ever, which makes it incredibly difficult to find your missing boyfriend. The whole school is convinced she had something to do with Varen’s disappearance, and nobody other than Gwen really talks to her anymore. Cheer isn’t what it used to be for her, it has become her way to try and prove to the world that she is the same Isobel and not the Isobel she actually is after meeting Varen. So, yeah, lots going on in the life of Isobel. However, despite all of this, she still remains strong. She is determined to find Varen and save him from the dream world he is trapped in. Even when she realizes that she is up against more than she bargained for, it does not deter her. Also, with all of this going on, she still manages to worry about her family. She genuinely cares how her actions will affect them and that some of the things she has to do will disappoint them. However, she does not let this scare her or stop her; because she does what she feels is right. I always find doing what you feel is right, especially when difficult, an admirable quality in a character.

In order to bring some lightness to the chaos that is Isobel’s life, we have her bestie Gwen. I’m pretty sure Gwen is my favorite character in this one. Her character brings a lightness to this book that is very much needed in contrast to Isobel’s depression (for lack of a better word.) She has some great one liners and I simply love the way she reacts to some of Isobel’s crazier ideas. I also like that she is a loyal friend. Despite being scared out of her wits, she is willing to help Isobel and stand by her side. She is also the only one to stand by her in the aftermath of the whole goth and cheerleader relationship scandal. Now, I know you are probably thinking; what about Varen? Well, sadly there is not much to report on that front. Most of the book is spent searching for him and he does not have an overwhelming presence. Do not take his lack of presence as a bad sign, the book is perfect just the way it is.

Now here is the part where I warn you about the ending. It. Will. Kill. You. Closure, yeah- not so much. I don’t know if I would classify it as a full blown cliffhanger, but you are definitely left with something to be desired. For every answer I received, I was left with even more questions. There are so many pieces to this puzzle that are still hiding under the couch somewhere. If only I was strong enough to move the couch and find said pieces or to build a time machine that travels into the future so I could get my hands on the next book.

All in all, Enshadowed was worth every single day I had to wait for it. Kelly sucks you right back in to this beautifully crafted Poe inspired world. Fans of Nevermore, your wait has been rewarded. If you have not started this series yet, I recommend you do for a wonderfully refreshing and original read. 


  1. OHHHH...I am beyond excited for this one! Truth be told I still haven't read Nevermore....but I am definitely looking forward to starting this series. The plot and the characters sound very likable. And I like the fact that it' you original read!

    Brilliant Review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. Ohhh you really need to read Nevermore, it is one of my favorites! I love love love Varen and Isobel's story and all the Poe inspiration.

  2. Hey, sorry I'm so late responding to your comment on my review! I agree with what you said and I think you managed to phrase your thoughts better than I did ;) I was still reeling from the mind-boggle that Enshadowed is. Lots of answers, many more questions! And I agree, Gwen is awesome! I really can't wait to see how Kelly Creagh wraps it all up in the last book... I have no idea what to anticipate apart from more amazing writing.

    1. I know, it is one of the few series where I really can't even begin to guess what is going to happen!

  3. Wow, great review and I really need to rush out and get Nevermore so I can get started! Sounds like a great series!

  4. I ended up clicking really well with the book (mostly due to the prose–ooh, what lovely writing), but it wasn’t quite up to Nevermore‘s standards. Ignoring the issues was much harder this time around without Varen and Isobel’s interactions around to distract me and get me all starry-eyed. I’ve got hopes book three will be better and plan to stick around, though.

    1. Completely understandable. The loss of Varen does make some of the book hard to get through, cause you just want him back already!


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