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Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Enshadowed is one of those books that just messes with your mind. Sort of like the movie inception. You keep having to ask yourself, is she dreaming?? Wow, so I adored this book. Kelly Creagh knows how to do creepy. I love the way she describes the dreamworld that Varen is stuck in. There's this dark beauty to it, even among the ash and decay. Enshadowed pretty much picks up where Nevermore left off. We're witnesses to Isobel's world slowly crumbling around her. From school to family home life, it seems that everything is slipping away from her. Consumed with trying to find and get Varen back Isobel decides that a trip to Baltimore to see Poe's grave site, is exactly what she needs. I really enjoyed Creagh's beautiful images, the detail within each paragraph and her writing style. I couldn't help but want more of Varen and that would probably be my one complaint about Enshadowed. Varen is pretty much kept in the background because he's stuck on the other side. Also the pacing of the story was a little bit slower, but in general I really felt Enshadowed was a great sequel to Creagh's first book in the series. I am really loving Gwen. She definitely grows on you and it was fun seeing her character really develop. She's one of the main positives in Isobel's life and that was refreshing among all of the despair happening. Pinfeathers is an interesting character because you want to hate him but there's something likable even among his monstrous appearance. There are definitely some questions that Enshadowed left me with, in a way more questions than answers but I can definitely tell you that I can't wait for the third book in the series. The ending surprised me and I'm not sure where Creagh is going to take it for the next book, but it's exciting. This story is definitely not predictable. At all. Overall, I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy the dark side of YA paranormals. Kelly Creagh's story is definitely unique and one of the kind. I hope to see more of Varen in the third book! 

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