Something otherworldly is haunting Varen Nethers-invading his dreams and consciousness. But is it real? When does the line between fantasy and reality...moreSomething otherworldly is haunting Varen Nethers-invading his dreams and consciousness. But is it real? When does the line between fantasy and reality blur? When does it become deadly? For the rest of the student body of Trenton High, Varen, is a mysterious pariah, a black clad bad boy-a green-eyed enigma. And as Trenton mainly keeps to its segregated cliques, mixing is strongly discouraged-from all parties.
But when cheerleader Isobel Lanley is paired with Varen on an English project, the two opposites find that there is nothing more combustible than their unlikely attraction to one another. But that becomes the least of their worries. Because Varen is in deep, dark trouble. As they become more involved with their English project on Edgar Allen Poe, his life, his words, and the stories of his creation become sinuously alive in the hands of Varen. Something oily and evil is spilling over from Poe’s world and it wants the power that Varen has…and it will not hesitate at a body count. Their connection for one another has to take a back seat to the unfurling of an evil that threatens to pull Varen in-for good. Can Isobel manage to save him? Can they get out when they are trapped between two realms?
Creagh takes her time building the story, carefully fleshing out Varen and Isobel’s roles, who they are and what each of them need from each other. In many ways the readers are just as much a part of this romance as Creagh’s two leads. It doesn’t happen instantly-it is more of a gentle unfolding. She allows the readers to get to know both characters intimately-their motivations, and their untapped potential. It is these hidden characteristics that surface and makes them so appealing-that smashes the stereotype. Isobel realizes there is more to her than cheerleading and her former vacuous lifestyle-even her friends seem so different, so alien to her just from her exposure to Varen. Likewise, Varen lets Isobel into his life-sharing painful bits of it with her.
Nevermore was tender, and engrossing, so richly textured and acutely rendered. Creagh managed such an innovative twist on Poe lore, and turned it into a creepy reality. What an incredible premise! The chemistry between Varen and Isobel is positively simmering and as necessary as breathing. I love that Creagh painted these two as so dissimilar. Through the journey of Nevermore, they manage to build something, and forget what clique they are from-what their differences may be. The high school settings where Varen and Isobel cross swords is uncannily and brutally familiar. Creagh totally “gets it”, the whole painful and traumatic high school experience and it becomes a vital part of this fantasy piece. There is one scene where Isobel confronts Varen that’s a guaranteed tearjerker for readers. So get ready and grab the Kleenex girls! Many elements have managed to be woven together and it works to bring this beautiful story to the forefront-an unforgettable and graceful story. When you reach the end, just remember its not the end. Remember that “Nevermore” is a trilogy…so we will definitely be seeing more of Varen and Isobel!
In the not too distant future, in the Province of Oria, every aspect of your life will be controlled-and you will l...more4.5 Stars and Top Ten Favs for 2010
In the not too distant future, in the Province of Oria, every aspect of your life will be controlled-and you will like it. How would you ever know that things were not as they seemed? How would you fight back? Could you? And when it came time for Society officials tell you to shake the red pill out of your container and take it-would you?
Will you go gently into that good night?
Ally Condie’s jewel, “Matched” immerses you in the world of Cassia Reyes so much so, that you are swathed in the beauty and serenity of her world. Condie captures you and holds you prisoner in her story-you are elated and surprised when Cassia is matched to her logical choice at her Matching Banquet. Also, it looks as if she will be given a great assignment after Second School. Cassia’s future seems set. She’s followed the rules. She’s been a model Society citizen. Everything seems to have fallen into place. After all, isn’t that how the Society has planned it?
But when Cassia gets a moment to read her matching microcard-that will outline the Matching Guidelines, that will tell her all about her new love, and future husband, someone else’s face pops up. And it’s someone she recognizes.
Has the Society made a mistake?
That one mishap leads Cassia on bittersweet journey that will take an inordinate amount of courage, awareness, newfound hope, and inner rage, to propel her into a destiny of her own choosing-one that will dangerously deviate from the cloistered protection of the Society, making her a potential enemy of the state.
Matched is lethal in its simplicity. Its narrative is carefully cloaked in subtlety that portends a sinister and chilling dystopian future-with Ally Condie as its oracle. It is a stunning story that will both mesmerize and haunt you.
In many ways, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky and Xander takes a back seat in lieu of the overwhelming insidiousness of Condie’s totalitarian vision-its subversive tentacles into the minds, hearts and lives of the Society’s citizens chills me to the bone. This suspenseful fear lingers on throughout the books- causing you to question everything you know. It is an excercise in civil disobedience, dystopian style with an ardent love story at its center.
Condie’s words summon up an equal measure of bittersweet love and anger. You will feel both, and will not be likely to forget it. Ever. Matched was powerful-and stunning. Simply stunning.
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For fans of L.J. Smith who fell in love with her haunting tale of love lost and then reborn in Soulmate, (part of the Nightworld series), the story of...moreFor fans of L.J. Smith who fell in love with her haunting tale of love lost and then reborn in Soulmate, (part of the Nightworld series), the story of reincarnation is slowly emerging into another hot YA theme that is bound to appeal and reel in readers. Which is why Kirsten’s Millers new soon-to-be hit, The Eternal Ones is a good bet on a hot summer read.
Miller has capitalized on this theme in her newest release, chronicling the tale of sheltered Haven Moore who grows up in a small and narrow-minded Tennessee community. Her entire life, starting from an early age, has been plagued by memories of another life and a love…one that simply will not go away. The only way she can face whether the memories are a reality or a figment of her imagination is to confront them head on. And in order to do that she will have to escape Snope City first and follow a trail that leads into the past. And into perhaps…the arms of the Devil himself.
Miller takes her time as a master storyteller, focusing on peripheral characters and the strangely eerie setting of Snope City to strengthen the dynamic of Haven. The shadowy Ouroboros Society that lies at the center of the spider web and the dangerously mysterious Adam gives The Eternal Ones just the right amount of sinister danger. As Haven gets closer to the truth and closer to the Society, the frightening truth is revealed. Her past life with Iain is only the tip of the iceberg, and between the two of them, they must unravel the malignant thread that is intertwined in their lives, or suffer the same fate over and over again. Will Iain and Haven ever find peace when the Devil is hot on their trail?
From ancient and modern Rome to New York in the 1800’s, Moore’s tale tracks the past of two incredible characters: Haven and Iain whose love and loss through each life cycle is vividly re-told as they eternally battle a shadow that will not give up until Haven is his…forever. Will Iain make the eternal sacrifice to fight for her- to save the soul that has been merged with his since the beginning? Stunningly sweet and deep, The Eternal Ones is unforgettable. Miller has indelibly imprinted her leads with a sense of maturity garnered through the ages and pushes the theme of undying love to the edge.