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Monday, August 27, 2012

BOOK REVIEW Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh @simonteen @Kelly_Creagh

Book Description

August 28, 2012
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling 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 has also now 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.

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 terrier, Annabel, in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood. Visit her at KellyCreagh.com.


Varen is stuck in his dreamworld and Isobel is trying desperately to reach him and rescue him.  After some searching and a tip from her teacher, she tracks down the Poe Toaster and convinces her father to take her to Baltimore and wait for him.   Even though, Izzy is still on major restriction after her Halloween debacle and although she seems to have come through unscathed but she is having major nightmares where she communicates with Varen.  She meets him in a garden consistently through her dreams and relives the same thing over and over again.  Gwen is having similar dreams and tries to help Izzy even though the two are not supposed to talk or meet since her parents blame her for Halloween.

This installment brings in Pinfeathers again, an annoying Reynolds and Lilith, who is evil incarnate and out to ruin Izzy's life.  Then Izzy becomes a reincarnation of Buffy, ok, not really, but she may as well have been.  A cheerleader kicking the butt of paranormal beings.  So, there aren't any real demons here, except Izzy's own.  Gwen helps give Izzy a backbone and unravels the clues that will help lead Izzy to Varen and fight Lilith.  

Sigh, there is very little Varen.  I know, that is a bit disappointing but now there is a reason for book three since things are pretty unresolved in the ending of this one.  I really enjoyed reading more about Izzy and I adore Gwen.  Maybe in the next one, I will have more of Gwen and her wonderful comments.  This is probably one of the few young adult books I have read where the parents are actually involved with the main characters.  YAY!  For that point alone, parents should rush out to buy this series for their kids.  There isn't much to worry about in this one, just a bit of kissing and a bit of violence.  


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402041


  1. Ahhh! I am so sad that I can't buy this until next week. I have been dying for this since I finished Nevermore. I'm a little sad to hear there's only a little Varen, but absence makes the heart grow fonder, right[I hope!]?

    Great review, made me even more anxious!

    -Kait @ YA Vixens

  2. It's disappointing that there's very little Varen, but I'm still SO excited to read this one FINALLY! I'm so happy to hear it was amazing! I can't wait until I can finally get my hands on it!



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