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I Belong

Review: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

EnshadowedTitle: Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh

Genre: YA Horror

Series: Nevermore (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 429 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442402040 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1442402041 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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, is the only one who can save him.

Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.

Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But great dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.

Could Isobel’s greatest love also be her greatest adversary?

Quick & Dirty: This novel does suffer a bit from the slower pacing in the beginning but it is still a deeply imaginative world.

Opening Sentence: “Edgar?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Enshadowed is the sequel to the young adult horror/paranormal Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. A series that really highlights the work of Edgar Allen Poe in a dreamworld. I would highly recommend that you read Nevermore before delving into Enshadowed. The second novel really builds off of the events in the first. I was eagerly anticipating reading this novel after the ending of Nevermore and if you’ve read that book you know what I’m talking about. Do not read anymore if you don’t want the events of book one spoiled for you.

Two months have passed since that eventful Halloween when Isobel learned that Varen had been left in the dreamworld. Life has gone on for Isobel. She has pretended that the events didn’t affect her too much but she still doesn’t really hang out with her old friends and she isn’t really allowed to talk to Gwen. Gwen is Isobel’s one friend who kind of has an idea of the “weirdness” that is going on with Varen and is the one person that Isobel can confide in.

Isobel needs to get to Baltimore. She must meet with the “Poe Toaster” aka Reynolds. He is her only way towards finding Varen again. If she can confront him then she will be able to attempt to rescue Varen from his dreamworld and Lilith.

I compared a portion of Nevermore to the movie Labyrinth, and I felt another movie comparison withEnshadowed. I got a huge Nightmare on Elm Street vibe because Isobel had a hard time deciphering if she was awake or dreaming. She didn’t really have a Freddy unless you want to compare Pinfeathers to Freddy and I guess in a way you can. He has really sharp nails and a scarred hole in the side of his face.

Enshadowed does have a slow pace to it until Isobel gets to Baltimore. A few things happen but for the most part she is moping about seeing Varen again. Even though it started slow I couldn’t wait until she got to Baltimore so that kept me hooked. And aside from the prologue, the entire novel is told through Isobel’s third person view. My only real disappointment was how little Varen actually showed up in the book. I was really hoping for more. The ending isn’t quite a cliffhanger per se but if I had to wait three years before the sequel, I would go crazy. Thankfully I don’t have to do that.

I am a little crazy so I don’t mind a little moping over a character but I will say I can tell that many people may not like Isobel or Varen because Isobel is too mopey over Varen. Also, that she is willing to ruin her life for a dude. Her relationship with her parents is strained and she no longer associates with her old friends. Yeah, Varen might not be worth it but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be saved.

Overall, the slower pacing didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. I would still recommend this series for those who want something a little different. The ending had me screaming for the next one. I can’t wait to devour Oblivion.

Notable Scene:

“Gwen. I’m . . . I’m really scared.”

“Finally,” Gwen said without missing a beat, even though her fingers trembled while she tried to tear open the plastic packet of salad dressing. “Your first healthy reaction.”

“Things are different,” Isobel said. “They’re changing. I mean . . . they’ve changed,” she corrected.

“How about your mind?” Gwen glanced up, feigning hopefulness. “Tell me that’s changed.”

“No,” Isobel said. “I . . . I know what I have to do. I just . . . Gwen? I . . . I need you to do me a favor.”

“Should I just put that on your tab?”

Isobel ignored the joke. “If . . . if I don’t come back from this—“

Gwen dropped her fork onto her tray, her hands snapping into a referee’s time-out gesture. “This conversation is not going to happen.”

“Please,” Isobel said. “It’s important.”

“Listen.” Gwen propped her elbow on the table and aimed a finger in Isobel’s face. “Say what you gotta say, get it out of our system, and then keep it zipped about the not-coming-back crap,” she said. “This is the first and the last ‘if I should die before I wake’ spiel you get. Got it?”

“It’s not a spiel,” Isobel said, “it’s just, I need to know if you’ll do something for me.”

Nevermore Series:

1. Nevermore

2. Enshadowed

3. Oblivion


FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Enshadowed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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