Genre, Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project. Cold and aloof, sardonic, and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he'd rather not have anything to do with her, either. But 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 beings 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. Can she save Varen from the madness taking hold of him? Or will they both be consumed by the shadows of his nightmares?
What I loved the most about this book was that it wasn't your typical paranormal romance. The two characters weren't immediately 'drawn to each other' or anything like that. It wasn't even pure hatred that they had for each other. It was simply, dislike.
What I also loved about this book was the character development and the slow but steady build of romance between the two characters. The book was not just about the supernatural but also had a play on high school, and stereotypes. For once the female lead is not a 'stupid blonde', or the loner junkie of the school.
She is a blonde, preppy cheerleader, who is just an average person who wanted to remain popular, hang out with friends, and etc. For once, it is the female who makes a stand/the first move.
This book was in its own way, strange but extremely entertaining. I did not want to put it down because of the building tension. What slightly didn't like about this book was that it was quite confusing, but it got better in time.
I definitely recommend this!
Likes: Isobel, Varen, Nikki(sp?)
Dislikes: Mark, Alicia, Varen's ex, etc.