Monday, September 17, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh


Published: August 28, 2012
Atheneum, 429 pages, hardcover
Source: purchased
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.
It 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.

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.

12 comments:

  1. I haven't read this series but the fact that you just referenced Jumanji is reason number 24 billion of why we are blogging bffs.

    Sorry this one was so disappointing! I hate when the first book blows me away and then the second one just lets me down when I was SO excited to dive in.

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    1. JUMANJI is the shiznit. Agreed with the second book syndrome. So disappointing. BUT, like I said, I will find true love in the third book. I HAVE HOPE.

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  2. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.

    I have not even worked up the energy to go past the first 100 pages yet.

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    1. Is it horrible that I'm RELIEVED that it's not just me? I feel your pain, sister.

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  3. I'm so disappointed that I've been hearing Enshadowed isn't living up to Nevermore. Nevermore made me giddier than any other book in a long time. I'll still be reading this one, but now I'm thinking it's going to be a library borrow, rather than one I buy. *le sigh*

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    1. I share your feelings on Nevermore. That book blew my effing mind. And now.... now this? REALLY? I agree with the library borrow. But I stay optimistic for book three.

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  4. Okay, I skipped a good chunk of your review because I haven't read Nevermore YET, but I think I will still read the series except....I'm going to wait until the third book is out so I won't be all disappointed by book 2 and not finish the series ever. Thanks for the honest review, Jen!

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    1. This is my struggle. This exactly. I will read book 3, but I'm afraid that it'll take me forever to get around to it once/if it's released.

      Kelly C is a fantabulous author, though. She knows her stuff. She knows how to write the SLOW BURNS. I think she'll pull through in the third book.

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  5. BLERGH i honestly hate when that happens so much :( I read nevermore but it took me abso ages to read and I spent most of the time not really knowing what was happening, so i never really wanted to read book two because I still don't even know what happened in book one but hot damn, this totally blows. fab review though doll.

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    1. Yeah, it was really confusing :( But VAREN. That's what it's about. Varen.

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  6. I'm so very very confused right now. So very very confused. I love love loved Nevermore, but that might just be because there was a lot of Varen in it. He's awesome. But I really don't understand what just happened. There was no romantically teary reunion like I was hoping for. That's practically the only reason I kept reading! I hope the next book gets better.

    Irene (CashFund)

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