Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while. It's size was a bit daunting. However, the purchase of my new nook took the issue of the size away. (I am loving my little ereader!) I was captivated immediately.The star-crossed romance was intriguing! I'll admit, I was even falling for Varen a little bit! Then the story took a bit of a confusing, albeit interesting turn. Isobel makes this story. She is easy likable and easy to relate to. I do wish she had been a bit more upfront with her parents about Brad and Varen...Varen seems to develop somewhat of a bad reputation for really no good reason. I feel like if Isobel had been a little bit more honest with her parents things would have developed differently in that department. Although, I have been a teenager myself and know how confusing things can be during that time. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and am very much looking forward to the sequel (which I will also be purchasing on my nook!).
"Unable to help a small smirk, Isobel raised one hand in a salute. 'Aye, aye, O Captain! My Captain!' He turned, 'Right era,' he muttered, 'wrong poet,' then vanished between the shelves."
Cover Art Commentary:
Gorgeous! Love this cover. It's dark and romantic. Perfect for the story!