Published August 31ts 2010Young Adult
paperback 543 pages
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
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Review: 5x5 *with glitter, confetti, and some cheesecake thrown in!!
Ok I normally try not to but I may go a little fangirl here. Not since I have picked up Twilight to read *and NO I am NOT comparing the two!!* have I felt this way for a book! I literally wanted to crawl inside this book and live in the amazing story. This has also officially become my new Favorite book :)
The Goth and the Cheerleader....hmmm she made it work and made it believable. There is no ohhh dreamy love at first sight stuff here, which is refreshing. Isobel and Varen are well thought out and realized characters. You are actually going to care deeply what is going on with them, I know I do. The secondary characters are also very interesting and believable, liking some of them and hating them in the next minute. Some of the scenes with Isobel's friends are ones that I have seen similar things happen in real life and that was great!
Poe....Oh who doesn't like a little Poe? I love how she used him and wove him and his life/death into the story... you have to read it to understand it as I am not telling you :) The scenes that play out are vivid and as Isobel says at one point... The words disappear and you feel like you are seeing it instead of reading it. GET IT , READ IT , FALL INTO IT..... no really now drop what your doing and GO!