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(Nevermore #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,830 ratings  ·  877 reviews
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dreamworld—a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation,
ebook, 429 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Atheneum
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I'm going to write this review in the form of a letter because I think Ms. Creagh deserves a letter because I LIKE LETTERS so here you go:

Dear Kelly Creagh,

I would tell you that I love you, but I'm not sure how tolerant you are of creepiness.

So, instead, I'll just tell you that
Enshadowed made me cry and slobber and squeal and scream and also made me throw it across the room.

Maybe that'll be an adequate expression of my love for you, without me directly informing you of my predicament.

I began
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
This is how I felt before reading this book:

"How am I expected to wait that long?? FML, someone should change the date to this year NOW. Not to sound crazy, but I Need My Varen!!! >.<"

...And this is how I feel now:

I almost feel like crying. This doesn't seem fair, that the sequel to such a great debut should fall so flat; I almost don't know what to feel, it's all a mess of disappointment, sadness and confusion. What do you do when something you've waited for with such high anticipation and deli
Melannie :)
Jan 09, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: most-anticipated

until 2012?!?!?!?!?!?!


Dude, it's TOO LONG.
I want to know what happens to Varen NOW.
And it better be GOOD.
He deserves some HAPPINESS.

go, Varen!


March 28, 2011:

seems like book #2 has a title!!
and a summary: Varen goes to THE DARK SIDE?!!?!?!


I can't wait any longerrrrrrrrr *locks herself in mental sanatorium*
Mimi Valentine
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Maybe it's a little early to post my review for this, but I couldn't help it because this kind of love needs to be shared! Enshadowed isn't just about Varen and Isobel being together; it's about them being apart and fighting all the shadows — literally — to reunite. It's less about school life, more about the haunting dreamworld we only got a glimpse of in book one. In short: I loved Nevermore, but this installment just blew me away!

Some people may not be sa
This book was beautifully confusing and frustrating.


Enshadowed is one of those stories that can simply leave you breathless and exhausted from so much beauty.
I kept turning pages furiously inhaling every word and, even in the moments when there was no actual action, my elevated heart-rate made me feel like I was reading the most exhilarating of the books. In a way I was… because this story is awesomely intriguing and confusing, even though also terribly frustrating.

Now I need to
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Enshadowed is a disaster; pure, terrifying, earth-shattering literary disaster, hurling your way at velocities too fast to imagine. Ever since I finished Nevermore, I've been dutifully stalking Kelly Creagh's website for any mention of a sequel; a release date, a cover, a summary. Thus, on August 28th when I finally held Enshadowed in my hands, I was breathless, shaking, and oh-so-very excited. Well, talk about a slap back into reality because it took me nearly five months to read Enshadowed. Ye ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Side by side we'll fight the tide
That sweeps in to take us down
Hand in hand we'll both withstand
Even as we drown."

I have this desire to want to dust off some Edgar Allan Poe and get lost for a little while after reading this second installment in the Nevermore series.

This was better than the first book because it didn't feel like the story was divided into two halves - the "before dreamworld" (realistic romantic fiction) and "after dreamworld" (paranormal horror) segments. Enshadow
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Ahhhhhh this author is killing meeeee!! Why why whyyyyy do these things keep ending this way??? And the damn terrifying. Though, I can't help but to love every minute of this mix of dream and reality, never knowing where Isobel is and what she needs to do to save Varen.

And Varen...what a lost, poor, tortured soul-His story is a sad and desperate one. One where no matter how hard Isobel tries, he sinks lower and lower, slipping farther from her grasp. I am so beyond invested in this
Jillian -always aspiring-
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoyed Nevermore (since Enshadowed is honestly more of the same)
Shelves: 2012-reads
Some thoughts (in place of a review for now): Enshadowed is a suitable sequel with some delightfully creepy moments, but while I was reading it I honestly felt it could have been more. This is not a story about a girl saving a boy or even about two lovers trying to save each other: this is the story of a girl's mental, emotional, and physical undoing as her sanity is stretched beyond ordinary bounds in her attempts to rescue the boy she loves. In the face of the current YA market (where almost e ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I feel sick.

Edit:Oh!A cover! :titters:
Errrrrrrm....why is this guy more ugly then the one on the first book? :/

Edit No.2:
Yeah. I don’t really remember book one any more. And if there is book 3…gosh, what will be first? The end of the trilogy or the end of the world?

This will sound harsh, but, who needs two years to write and edit a book who’s backbone you had to already have (seeing as how you sold the idea to a publisher)?
I mean, it’s not like you are writing a Russian c
Oct 04, 2010 marked it as abandoned
I have to admit that my excitement to read this has been dampened considerately by the long wait and the reviews I've read so far ... but lets see. ...more

Two years ago I read a book that really made me happy - Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. I enjoyed the world that Creagh constructed, the conflict and the characters. I waited... Book 2, entitled Enshadowed, was announced. I waited... Time went by and more people found this book. We waited...

Last week an ARC of the sequel was sent to my home by the fine folks at Simon and Schuster. I squealed aloud. And I might have danced a little. The wait was over.

I knew that immediately leaping into book two woul
*****FINAL RATING: 4.30 STARS*****

I loved Nevermore. Most of you probably know that. I though it was a seriously awesome book with one of the most original plot concepts I'd ever seen. Plus, I happen to be something of an Edgar Allan Poe addict—I have the complete collection to prove it. Anything Poe, I probably have an answer for. But oh! Moving on. I don't think I enjoyed Enshadowed as much as I did Nevermore mostly because I missed Varen. Even so, I definitely loved this book.

May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

Despite everything Isobel is determined to bring Varen back. Despite the fact that those around her turn their backs on her, despite the horror and the danger she is willed to risk everything.
Her family eyes her with suspicion, her old friends mock her, her new found friend is horrified by the dark and ancient creature Varen awoke and Isobel herself does often not know whether what happens is real or nothing but a dream.
She finds herself between the worlds. She finds herself on the edge of
Anzu The Great Destroyer
The Poe Toaster.

Oh wait, I have an even better one!

Don’t give me that look. I’m sure I‘m not the only one who imagined this.

Starting Enshadowed was a huge mistake. And before you go all berserk on me, no I don’t mean that it’s a bad book. On the contrary, it’s a very good book. What actually made me say this is the ending. That god forsaken ending. Then again, Nevermore had a frustrating ending as well, so I guess I should have seen it coming.

What bothered me about the ending, besides the obvi
Okay. Okay. Okay.

Firstly, and most importantly... What the hell was that ending. I just. I'm. What.


- I loved Isobel's family, and the relationships she had with them. tbh they're what salvaged the book for me. They were so... blissfully normal. Her dad really came around in this book too! And (view spoiler)
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Memories. They are the cobwebs of the mind.

Not quite as good as the first book because it was very slow-paced in comparison, but I still enjoyed it a lot. The story world Creagh created is simply brilliant. I'm such a huge fan of Poe's stories and poems, and the way she brought them to life in this book is amazing.

"Sleep now a little while
Till within our dreams we wake
Unfolding our Forever
If only for Never's sake."

I love everything about the Nevermore series, from the characters to the writing
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

It has been an agonizing few months since Varen Nethers has disappeared - the rest of the world thinks that he, a misfit and outsider, has simply run away. But Isobel Lanley knows the truth - that Varen is trapped in the Dreamworld, tricked by creatures called Nocs and a beautiful, cruel demon named Lilith that reigns with deception and fear. Ever since losing Varen to the Dreamworld on Halloween, Isobel has grappled with her guilt and broken heart, and i
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh how I wanted to enjoy this book...

Yes, I am shocked at what I have just read...and I don't even...just, what?!

First of all, I should clarify this book is not getting a low-rating because of anything that has to do with the writing. I think Creagh is a terrific writer, as expressed in both Nevermore and Enshadowed, and she doesn't let a sentence go by without decent explanations. So there.

But that's pretty much the only thing GOOD about this book.

Nevermore was fantastic. It didn't suffer
Dec 08, 2010 marked it as looks-promising  ·  review of another edition

I really want this book.
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) by: Wren
Shelves: july-2017
4.5 Stars but I round up on Goodreads.

First off... that freaking cliffhanger!? I can't even... I could not imagine having read this the year it came out and then waiting for the third to come out. That is full on torture! That is why I dock this half a star.

Now moving on, most of this novel is spent with Isobel trying to find a way to get to the Poe Toaster. She is also coming to terms with everything that had happened in the first book. She's dealing with the loss of Varen. She's dealing with
For book 1 Nevermore, see my review here:

Edited@17/09/2016: thoughts after re-reading:

I have been re-reading this trilogy, and after this round of re-reading, I can appreciate Ms. Creagh's imaginary even more than before. Although some parts of the story and some of the MC's action are still frustrating to me, yet I now find a new favorite character: Pinfeather! He is such a sweetheart! ^_^

And I just can't resist pimping my fanart a little:

This is a really difficult review for me to write. Mostly because I was so, SO excited to read this book. I read (and reviewed) Nevermore last year, and I was desperate for the sequel. So when NC over at Truly Bookish let me borrow her ARC, then Simon & Schuster was kind enough to send me my own, I was basically ecstatic. Unfortunately, Enshadowed just didn't live up to my expectations.

First and foremost, I feel like I need to give the author major props. Kelly Creagh is a great writer! That's v
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok

Isobel is determined to save Varen from the dreamworld, but with no idea as to how to reach him, Isobel must seek out Reynolds - the only person who seems to know anything about the dreamworld. Isobel thinks she can find Reynolds in Baltimore as she believes he is the Poe Toaster - the mysterious man who visits the grave of Edgar Allen Poe every year on the date of his death. Isobel has no choice but to find a way to get to Baltimore and confront Reynolds in order to have any chance of g
Varen, you fucking stupid bastard!!!!! $&?#}^¥Г§¿¡©€%!!!!!!

4,5 Stars

I've been thinking a long time about this book and I think my rating was rather high since a lot of things frustrated me in the story and felt disengaged towards Isobel so yeah I believe 3 stars is a far more appropriate rating. Varen still remains a fucking bastard though!!

Kris Irvin
Oct 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
So here is my question: have people actually read this book? Or are they just giving it 4-5 stars because they love Varen OH SO MUCH.

Now my friends, I am with you. I, too,, was... on the Nevermore train. I re-read Nevermore yesterday to prepare for Enshadowed and it got me so excited. I've been waiting forever for this book and it's October - perfect time to read it and here I go and

Hey, I'm 80% through the book and all that has happened is one giant review of book 1. Are you kidding?
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really liked the first book so much so that I jumped right into this one without hesitation. What I got was...something different than what I expected.

Being blown away by the darkness that was very reminiscent of a good Poe story, I pretty much devoured book one. And while this did have the same feel as the first book something was off about it as well. Maybe because Varen wasn't as present and it lacked his dark moods and broodiness, I'm not sure, either way, this didn't quite have the same u
Marissa Pullen
Dec 27, 2010 marked it as to-read
Waiting until 2012 to actually read this is going to kill me. The end of the first book took me off guard a little bit because I didn't expect it to end that way. Of course, that's how Kelly made it out to be, haha. I guess I'll have to occupy myself with something else in the meantime of waiting! ...more
*crawls off into a corner to wallow in my heartbroken misery*
Damn you, book! *shakes fist*
Final rating: 3/5 stars

“Dreaming aside," he went on, "how can you be so sure your world is the real one?”

⚠ Despite me writing a review for the first book and the series overall, I will also share my thoughts on the sequels. I read this book in August of 2012. In October of 2015th, i reread it, because i wanted to write review for all three books, and to remind myself of the books.

✍ ☘ ❦ ☕ ❂ ✄ ☸ ⚡ ⚓ ☁ ☂ ✎ ✍ ☘ ❦ ☕ ❂ ✄ ☸ ⚡ ⚓ ☁ ☂ ✎ ☸ ⚡ ⚓

Like i said before, while I did enjoy the story,
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“Is — is any of this real?" she asked. "Are you real?"

He lifted a hand to her cheek, his fingers brushing her jaw.

"Even if this is a dream," he whispered, "I'm not."

Isobel's eyes widened, recognizing those words as her own, the same ones she had once uttered to him. She reached for him, her arms twining around his neck, drawing him closer so his scent poured over her, that combination of incense, citrus, and dried leaves overriding the funeral funeral smell of the crowding flowers.

"Don't leave," she breathed.

"I'm here," he whispered. "Right here. Waiting.”
“He clutched the watch hard in his fist, determined to destroy it, to prove that it couldn't be real. That she hadn't come here because of him, for him.

That he hadn't done what he knew he had.”
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