by Kelly Creagh
Published August 31st 2010
Why I Picked It Up: Heard good reviews and always looking for a great paranormal romance.
Why You Should Read It: Great romance! Very unique paranormal story and you learn about Edgar Allen Poe
Isobel must work on an English project with Varen. Varen wears black, has a lip ring, and is known as a freak among most of his peers. Blonde haired, popular, cheerleader Isobel can not believe her luck that she is paired with him. Varen wants to do the project on his favorite author, Edgar Allen Poe. Spending time with Varen, Isobel definitely starts to see another side to him. When her jealous boyfriend and friends start picking on him she comes to his rescue. Realizing there is more important things than popularity Isobel continues to stand her ground while her ex-boyfriend and ex-friends make her life miserable. An intriguing relationship begins to form around Isobel and Varen and you can't help but root for them. Varen has secrets and a history more unique than you thought and has more depths than you imagined.
Now on to the weird paranormal aspect of this book. The love story is wonderfully told. But surrounding the relationship is Edgar Allen Poe. We learn about Poe's writing, history, and story throughout this story. His suspicious death is questioned during their research project. When Poe came back from missing in the last few days of his life he was heard calling out to a man named Reynolds. Isobel is beyond shocked to learn this fact because she has been having strange dreams involving a man named Reynolds telling her that Varen is in danger. Varen has been swept up into a dream world and the dream demons don't want to let him go. Isobel is determined to save him. An incredibly different story that also gave me an opportunity to learn a ton about Poe that I never knew. Also with a huge cliffhanger that will leave you demanding the next book.
"You're really a blond," she said, her tone just short of accusatory.
"And if you tell anyone, I will come to you in the night and smoke your everlasting soul.
"Gwen," he said in acknowledgement.
"Your darkness-ship," she returned with a bow.
RATING: 4/5 Poe Ravens!