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
was a surprisingly good book. Although this book is 543 pages, it seems
much shorter because you want to keep turning the pages!
Isobel is paired up with goth/emo Varen for a school paper for an
English project. She's completely horrified to have to work with Varen.
Varen suggests they do their English paper on Edgar Allan Poe- which he
knows a lot about. While working with Varen, Isobel realizes there is
far more to him than he portrays.
I really like how Edgar Allan
Poe's work is intertwined within this story. Toward the end of the book,
it can get a bit confusing.
There is no happily ever after at the end of this book. Because of this, I can't wait until the next book!