Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Publication Date: August 31st 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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 books is a beautifully written story that is much like a paranormal version of Perfect Chemistry.
My favorite character in this entire book was probably Varen, the goth boy that Isobel gets paired with for her English report. Varen is a mysterious dark character at the beginning that it's very nice to get to know a bit after bit about him as Isobel and Varen spend more and more time together.
This reminds me of Perfect Chemistry because both same the same "opposites attract" message that I love to see in Young Adult Literature.
The relationship between Varen and Isobel is very gradual and you can really see them begin to fall for each other. Their relationship doesn't even begin to happen until the end of the book but when they finally become a couple it feels very rightly placed and a very natural place to add romance.
The paranormal aspect is indeed very creepy. Varen has come up with this very real world in the dream would that is based off of Edgar Allen Poe's stories. Slowly, but surely Isobel does become tangled in Varen's nightmares.
The ending was very sudden, though I really wouldn't have written it another way.
This is one of my favorite books of all time.