Book Review: Enshadowed

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Title: Enshadowed (Nevermore #2)

Author: Kelly Creagh

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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 Review
(Warning: Contains spoilers for book 1)

I… I don’t… WHAT???!

OK *takes deep breath* So, I just finished it. *screams and flails* I’m going back and forth between “I loved it” and “I don’t get it,” but I think that’s what I’m supposed to do. Right?

When we finished the last book, we were left with Varen stuck in the other world and Isobel swearing she would come back for him. It was heart-wrenching, and made all the fans cry out in horror at the year and a half wait for the next book. This one picks up only a few weeks after we left off, but after the first few pages, I completely lost track of where I was.

One of the greatest things about the book is the confusion. Isobel’s life is crumbling around her. She’s no longer sure what is reality and what is dream, and as a result, neither are we. Even once Isobel had decided on one or the other, I didn’t quite trust her judgement. I could feel the claustrophobia of the strangeness closing in around me as I read and I both hated and loved it. At the same time I couldn’t stop reading, hoping I’d get some clue about what was going on. I have to read the next book, sooner rather than later, just so I can understand!

This book also made me want to go back to the beginning and read the first book again. I’ve read it twice now, but it was a few months between my second reading and reading Enshadowed. I think that certainly didn’t help my confusion. At the same time, these books are so dark and heavy, could I really stand to read them in a row without going crazy? I don’t know.

I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who has read the first book. Just maybe, if you can stand it, wait until book 3 is out?

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