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Friday, October 28, 2016

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Oblivion by Kelly Creagh #AtheneumBooks

TITLE: Oblivion
SERIES: Nevermore, Book #3
AUTHOR: Kelly Creagh
PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
PUBLICATION DATE: July 28, 2015
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 434 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world—for her sanity and Varen’s, especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

MY REVIEW:

This is the final book in the Nevermore trilogy, and there was so much going on that it seemed a bit overwhelming and also confusing at times!

Varen’s fate lies with Isobel. Because of the heroine that she is, she will not stop trying to rescue Varen even to her own detriment. It’s the ultimate battle of good versus evil, with Isobel going up against the demon Lilith. I truly loved the ending, and that part of it was very satisfying and did not disappoint.

I read the first two books in this series (Nevermore and Enshadowed) nearly back-to-back in 2012, and I really enjoyed both of them. I had high hopes for the conclusion of the series, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. There was something a bit off with this one. I was a huge fan of Creagh’s literary style in the first two books, and I found it so hard for me to tear myself away from the books! This one did not suck me in the way the others did. I think part of the issue was the long delay between books. This book was originally scheduled to be published in 2013, then it was postponed to 2014, and then finally was published in 2015. Perhaps another reason is that Varen was, once again, absent for a good chunk of the book! However, my favourite character is still Pinfeathers! I think the most special aspect of this series is how Creagh masterfully tied Edgar Allan Poe into it!

Overall, I still recommend the series as a whole to fans of darker YA fantasy. I think that I probably would have enjoyed this installment more if I had read the entire series back-to-back!

MY RATING:

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