Saturday, 29 September 2012

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Goodreads Summary : [From the back of the ARC] Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- 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 hours 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 even greater 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

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Varen Nethers is prisoned in a perilous dream world and Isobel is haunted by disturbing nightmares of Varen’s creation. But she is the only person who can save Varen from the treacherous dream realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Her only hope is a mysterious “Poe Toaster” who makes his annual homage at the grave of Poe on the morning of the legendary poet's birthday and he is the only person who holds the key between two worlds. With the help of the “Poe Toaster” Isobel must fight an ancient evil much more powerful and cunning than her, who has turned Varen into a dark evil force; malevolent and dangerous.

I finished Nevermore just few months ago, and I was lucky that I didn’t have to wait nearly one and half years to read Enshadowed. As an avid Poe fan, I respect the darkness he had infused in his work and I adore the way author Kelly Creagh twisted the legendary works of Poe into such a praiseworthy and remarkable love story, which itself is a milestone,

Nevermore was unlike anything I have ever read: an unusual gothic love story, where we, Poe fans can envision his stories come to life. Here, in Enshadowed, the doomed lovers cross the fine line between love and hate, where Isobel faces her new advisory, a changed Varen who is no longer the brooding and gothic boy she loved.

Beautifully and poignantly written, Enshadowed again showcases the gorgeous prose of author Kelly Creagh .Throughout the book there is a perfect blending of dreams to reality and paranormal to normal, to beautify the entire story.

"Even if this is a dream," he whispered, "I'm not."
-Kelly Creagh, Enshadowed

We see a brilliant improvement in Isobel character, her journey from normal cheerleader to an extraordinary and brave heroine, who is willing to go to any extent and take any risk to save the boy she loves. I found it wonderful how the book unfolds depth of her character over the course of the novel, I feel more connected to her.
Varen appears later in the book in way we never expected, like a complete stranger. He is enshadowed in a veil of darkness and deeply affected by the desolate realm he is trapped in.
I loved Gwen in Enshadowed, she enlightens Isobel’s gloomy mood with her witty and funny lines, also and give the readers the pleasure of laughter. As a loyal bestie she helps Isobel in her quest.

The ending was a full-blown, on-the-edge cliffhanger with lots of questions but no answers. It’s been only a few days I have finished Enshadowed but the waiting for the final installment is already killing me. The book makes me shock and speechless in same time with excitement and rips off my eyes.

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