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Enshadowed: A Nevermore Book [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Creagh
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Book Description

True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy that channels the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.

While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but one that has taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

Editorial Reviews


“For readers who can't get enough of Varen, Isobel and Poe.”

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012

About the Author

Kelly Creagh is a 2008 graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. When not writing, haunting bookstore coffee shops, or obsessively studying Poe, Kelly’s passions include the ancient art of bellydance. She lives with her squirrely, attitude-infused dogs—Annabel, Jack, and Holly—in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood. Kelly is the author of the Nevermore trilogy. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1685 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S1WMH6
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a "sophomore slump" sequel... September 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Let me say that this book is not one that everyone will agree about. Just look at the reviews. That being said, let me dive into my own list of pros and cons.

Some SPOILERS ahead. You have been warned.

The good:

Enshadowed is just as well written as Nevermore. Descriptions are detailed, elegant and brief. Unlike most books I've read in the YA/Teen genre, word usage isn't dumbed down and it's written in third person while maintaining a clear narrative from Isobel's POV. One of the things I dislike most about this genre is the dominance of first person narrative, so I can't tell you how much I enjoy Creagh's style.

Moving on to plot - and yes, plot DOES happen in this book. Let's make one thing clear; this is in no way a book that can stand by itself. It's also not one that you should read if the first isn't pretty fresh in your mind, because chances are you will miss connections. And I feel this trilogy will dig deep throughout with branching hints and clues that will come together in the third book and may be easily missed by anyone who skims pages or lets their mind wander during the less exciting parts. We learn a lot about the dreamworld and various side characters in this one, particularly about Varen's past, though many holes remain to presumably be filled in the third book.

We get insight into character relationships with the now-missing Varen, and his absence in the book is a key to the overall feeling. While I wanted to see more of him (as everyone does with favored characters) the whole point of book two is that Varen is gone from the waking world, and that only glimpses maintain our connection with him. If she had more dream interactions with him, I think we would have seen Varen being caught in inner turmoil and unable to do anything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it all the way!!! August 29, 2012
I adore everything about this book except for the ending. Why, must you ask? Because when I turned the last page, the story is, for now, over. We have to wait to see what happens next and that is driving me crazy because the story got so much better in this sequel to Nevermore. I closed the book and I said out loud, "No, no way, it can't end like that! I need to know now!"

I think it's pretty obvious that I love this book. After finishing Nevermore, I was so psyched for Enshadowed. It has everything I love about Kelly Creagh's writing: pulsing action, realistic emotion, and amazing imagination. In several ways, this book was a little more darker than the previous one. I think I feel this way because there is so much at stake in this installment.

There is so much that is reveled in this novel. Like a complex puzzle, a lot of the pieces start forming together to paint a clearer picture of what might be going on. What is real and what is mere fabrication, though, is often blurred by the dreamworld. I felt as confused as Isobel as she struggled to work through the hints and facts to get Varen out of the dreamworld.

Of course, it's always awesome to read about one of my favorite writers, Mr. Poe himself. I learned a lot about his burial site, the Poe Toaster, and the festivities that surround his birthday. Now I definitely want to go to Maryland and visit Edgar Allan Poe.

Even though the ending is driving me crazy, I still enjoyed the novel thoroughly and I am so happy I went out to buy it on release day. I usually borrow books from the library or buy them at thrift shops, but I just had to get this one the day it came out. Now I will patiently wait for its sequel. Or at least I will try to wait patiently.

5 stars all the way.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Story Which Is Enshadowed With Some Disappointments August 29, 2012
By Leah
Isobel Lanley is trying to recover from losing the boy she loves, Varen Nethers, to a ghostly woman who inhabits a dangerous dream world. Things in her life begin to unravel. Her family is on edge and her relationships with friends are shaky. But Isobel is determined to find Varen at all costs, even if it means going back to the dream world and facing the mysterious woman head on.

First off, I loved the first book in this series, Nevermore, which was the right amount of love story between polar opposites and horror story. Isobel was the perfect protagonist and Varen was compelling. I anxiously awaited two years for the next installment, planning to forsake eating and sleeping to read ENSHADOWED.

ENSHADOWED has author Kelly Creagh's trademark writing style: creative descriptions of places, actions, and three dimensional characters who walk off the pages. Her fantasy world is creepy yet beautiful and the creatures who inhabit it more so. However, there was something off about this book. Maybe the dreaded sophomore slump? After I was a quarter of the way in, I realized that I missed Varen. He pops in, but that's all it really is: popping in. I missed his interactions with Isobel. And poor Isobel, she is hurting, which is understandable, and she is a strong enough character to carry the story, but she also has moments of selfishness and becomes blindsided in her quest to find Varen that everyone and everything in her life is brushed off.

There were passages which just felt irrelevant to the book. Long passages. A lot of speaking in code and whispered things. I was still determined to read it, yet the passages kept coming up like road blocks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Enshadowed
Unfortunately, Enshadowed is the dreaded filler book of the trilogy. I was fully expecting a dark and dangerous adventure as Isobel attempts to rescue Varen, but nothing really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as amazing as the first one!!! And the plot twists just keep coming!
Published 4 months ago by Danielle S. Christian
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Nevermore
Not as good as Nevermore, but still an okay sequel. Mildly disappointing at some points with the plot, though.
Published 6 months ago by Alexandra Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Okay so...this book irked me so much, but I LOVED in the same token. I hope the third one finds Varen sees himself as worth more than he does at the end of book two because he... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars not enjoyable. (i'll try not to spoil it much)
My advice to those that have not read this yet but are considering it:
1. WAIT. don't begin to read Enshadowed until the last book (Oblivion) has come out, and have it next... Read more
Published 11 months ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Book II
Everything about this book was fantastic, except the unfortunate ending. It ended so shockingly sad and making you just want more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by His Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Enshadowed
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes with action. Sometimes it's hard to follow though, so you have to read some parts again and then you understand better.
Published 14 months ago by Ashley Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM ADDICTED!!!
I started Nevermore (Firstly, because of the awesome cover) because I love romances as the one between Varen and Isobel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulled an all-nighter
I was a tad disappointed in how V acted and the loss of my favorite character, PFs, but other than that I enjoyed the book. I can't wait for the next book!
Published 15 months ago by Ja Dai Buie
4.0 out of 5 stars Eh, I couldn't resist lol. Btw, contains a bit spoiler.
I liked it. But didn't love it as much as I did the first part, Nevermore. There's only one problem I really didn't like about it, and that is the whole going to Baltimore trip. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Skeletons93
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More About the Author

In addition to being an author, Kelly Creagh is a professional bellydancer and instructor. According to her loving family, she also happens to be a dark villain, a character trait she feels has come in handy when writing about Poe, treacherous dreamworlds and other things that go bump-in-the-night.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts, which inspires her to burst spontaneously into song-and-dance routines in public despite being unable to sing. She figures this is better than bursting spontaneously into flame, despite her ability to do so.

Kelly is also a graduate of Spalding's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

When not writing or perfecting her maniacal laugh, Kelly enjoys baking and decorating fancy cupcakes and spoiling her three small dogs.

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