Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
(Nevermore Trilogy #2)
Published: 8-28-2012 by Atheneum Books
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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 one that has 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.
Photo – Michael Frost Rating – 3/5
I love the eerie feeling and the purple title font. I’m not fond of the expression on Isobel’s face though. To me, it seems to be somewhere between clueless and angry, which doesn’t suit the character. I like how this cover goes well with the Nevermore cover, but I like that one better.
Once again, an amazing book. Isobel’s on her own in this one and she’s kicking butt to get to Varen no matter what. It made me want to go read Nevermore again. Read my review of Nevermore here.
- the Poe Toaster – The way Creagh worked the legendary Poe Toaster so fully into her story is great. I really loved the entire graveyard stakeout – every bit of it. Gwen and Isobel’s late night adventure amid the tombstones of Baltimore was such a fun whirlwind of a read. Taking a real-life figure shrouded in mystery and weaving him into a fantastic thriller so seamlessly makes the book seem even closer to reality.
- Isobel – It’s rare to read about a strong female lead who exists in a world where she isn’t some assassin, or paranormally gifted. Isobel is your average high school cheerleader, but she doesn’t just sit back and mope when Varen disappears, or when her life starts being invaded by the nightmare realm. She forms a plan to get him back and follows through. She doesn’t cringe when the plan involves a graveyard and venturing into nightmares by herself to find him.
- Gwen – Isobel’s best friend Gwen is pretty great. She’s always there for Isobel, and she helps her learn about what she might be up against. Gwen’s character isn’t extremely well developed, but a lot of her personality shines through every time we see her. Gwen never hesitates to do whatever she can to help Isobel reach Varen.
- nightmare vs. reality – This book was riveting and I loved it. At every turn, something eerie happens to make Isobel question whether she is awake or asleep while the dream world invades. Is she glimpsing Varen’s face in a dream or real life? Things begin to seep into reality from the nightmares and the suspense is intense.
- writing – I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. Kelly Creagh’s writing is spooky, beautiful, and poetic. The descriptions of everything, from books and trees, to Nocs and deteriorating dreamscapes, are vivid and wonderful. The plot is just as detailed, intriguing, and Poe-filled as the 1st book.
- Pinfeathers – I think Pinfeathers is such an interesting character. He’s sinister, he’s creepy, and his motives are largely unknown. He likes to mess with Isobel’s head, but he’s also occasionally an ally. I would love to see a lot more of Pinfeather in the final book.
- not enough Varen – The lack of Varen was definitely a bit disappointing, and very noticeable. Of course, there’s obviously a great reason he’s missing from the majority of the book – it’s difficult to be there when you’re trapped in a dream world. There were times when Varen broke through to Isobel, and he made quite the show-stopping appearance towards the end, but he was overall absent. Isobel is definitely capable of carrying a book on her own, but I missed the dynamic between the two of them.
- The hands of the clock looped opposite each other and spun lazily around and around, never stopping. She watched the needle of the speedometer tip to and fro like the pendulum of a metronome. The gas gauge read empty, but she could hear the engine growling, guzzling fuel. “Wait,” she whispered, more to herself than to him. “This isn’t…This is a dr-” “Don’t,” he snapped, silencing her. “Not yet.” – Isobel + Varen pg. 13
- Fine threads of ink curled upward and chased one another downward, spreading their way across the page like veins infused with black poison. They connected and layered with one another, intertwining and weaving in and out to depict the curve of a delicate wrist, or to convey the motion of wind through the swells of gossamer veils. – pg. 107
Acquired: bought (ebook)