Published: August 28, 2012It pains me to write this review. After waiting an agonizing, torturous two years following the mind-blowing (albeit confusing) cliffhanger that was Nevermore, I feel as if Enshadowed accomplished absolutely nothing. Seriously, there was practically a two page dialogue over a drive-thru transaction.
Atheneum, 429 pages, hardcover
GoodReads Summary: 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.
As April and I had discussed via text, two years is a long time to wait for a book. I figured Kelly Creagh put off this book because she needed it to be perfect. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I was expecting perfection. I was at least expecting some sort of semi-closure that would tide me over until the conclusion. I wasn't expecting everything to be wrapped up in a bow, but I wanted to feel like progress was made for Izzy and Varen. I wanted fireworks and explosions and action and jaw-dropping revelations.
What I got was....well, not that.
This was very much a middle book. Sure, there were glimpses of Varen that teased me, but not enough to satisfy. There was one swoony moment. ONE. Am I even reading the same characters? Nevermore was oozing tension and sensuality and this? Honestly, I'm a little angry about it. I feel cheated, like this was some sort of Jumanji and I've been stuck in a board game for two years except now I'm a little older (yet still less hairy than Robin Williams) BUT I'M STILL AT THE SAME DAMN PLACE IN THE GAME.
I will still finish the trilogy, because Nevermore was so incredible that I know there's still some mind-blowing left for Kelly Creagh to do. I love all the Poe mythology. I love the WTF factor. I love that I remembered this world so well, even after two years. Perhaps I'm just cranky pants about it because I WANT MY VAREN.
And I hope to get him in book three.
I mean Isobel. I hope Isobel gets him. That's what I said.