ARC Review: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

ARC Review: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
Oblivion
Nevermore #3
by Kelly Creagh

Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication date: July 28th, 2015
by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Format: eARC

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This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

It’s hard to believe I waited almost 3 years for this book. The time seems to have stretched out forever but diving back into this series wasn’t hard for me (possibly because I continued to obsess over it for the past 3 years.) As soon as I opened the first page of the book, it felt like coming home; and how could it not when there are so many things to appreciate about this series.

As one can imagine, when one waits for a book for 3 years, expectations build. Maybe to insane amounts. So I am not going to tell you that this book was everything I had hoped it would be. If it had been, I probably would have died from all the awesomeness, but this book was fantastic. It was the finale this trilogy needed and it was WORTHY of this series. I never felt disappointed by the book and I felt so HAPPY with how things were worked out, even if I did have some minor issues.

One of my major issues with the book was the time frame it took place in. I  just feel like these last moments should have taken longer than a day. Especially since there was a showdown involved. They certainly felt like they took a lot longer and I would have just liked it had everything taken place at least over the time period of a week instead of a day. But that’s just me, I am weird about time frames and there was a fantastic build up to those final moments so there isn’t much to complain about.

My other problem was that Gwen still didn’t get enough spotlight. Gwen is a fabulous creature, let me tell you that. If there is anyone you want having your back, it is Gwen. She is a great friend and she puts up with Isobel even when Isobel takes Gwen for granted. She also calls Isobel out on her shit which just makes me like her better. She is the best best friend ever and I just wished we could see more of her awesomeness like we did in Nevermore.

I also wish we saw more of Isobel’s brother. He is adorable and I love his relationship with Isobel. They fight but they also care about each other dearly and I cannot help but wish we saw more of them together.

Isobel is a great main character. I will say that I think she developed more in Nevermore than in the latter books but I still enjoyed being in her head. She is someone who cares about her friends and family and has definitely matured over the course of the books. She also cares a LOT about Varen. Which also makes me sometimes wonder if this book wouldn’t have been a lot more interesting had it been adult instead of YA (and I am not only saying that because sexy times. :P)

Varen is also the apple of my eye and the person I wrote a Valentine’s letter to last year so we know I love him. And thank the gods he got more page time in this book because my poor heart would have broken otherwise. He did some shitty things in Enshadowed but I will forgive him because he is Varen but also because he caught up right away this time and had faith in Isobel.

This book is full of so many amazing characters and I also wanted to mention Reynolds who is one of the best things in this series. He is a mysterious character and you never know what he is up to but you know he is and never will be Isobel’s enemy. I was so happy with how things turned out with him.

I will miss every single one of the characters in this series but I will also miss the gorgeous world that Creagh built. Her haunting prose brings the creepy, Poe inspired atmosphere of this book to life. My eyes were glued and I was flipping pages, trying to devour this book in one go (but also since I’d be waiting for 3 years, it’s not a surprise I devoured this beauty.)

The epic finale was exactly what this series deserved and made me happy. There was an epilogue to follow and while I am not a 100% sure how I feel about it, I will say that it wasn’t cheesy which made me really happy. It had the kind of sweetness that the characters deserved given everything they had been through over the course of the 3 books.

This series will be missed SO FLIPPIN much but I needed this closure and I needed to know what would become of these characters. For all of those who have followed the Nevermore trilogy as enthusiastically as I have, it’s here. The book is here and it won. LET’S CELEBRATE. For those who haven’t, definitely give it more than a glance (especially if you enjoy gothic reads with fantastic characters and haunting prose.)

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Overall: 4.2
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    Woo hoo! I couldn’t have said anything better. This really was a worthy conclusion to the trilogy and I’m thankful it held pretty true to the rest of the books. So happy you liked this every bit as much as I did!
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  2. says

    The beauty of me being completely oblivious to these novels is that I get to binge read the trilogy lol! I haven’t heard of this tril before, I actually had to look it up on goodreads, but I am soooo intrigued to pick up the first book and give it a go. I’ve read one other gothic novel before, The Witch Of Painted Sorrows by M.J Rose and boy did I absolutely love it! I’m hoping these books will give me that creepy and dark atmosphere that I received while reading TWOPS, and after reading your review, it looks like it will! I also need to read more paranormal, so great, give me another excuse to buy more books lol. Great review girl :)
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  3. says

    I’m glad that despite some minor issues that this still wound up being a wonderful read for you, Rashika. I can understand why you had such high expectations. I mean, I certainly would as well because holy cow! 3 YEARS!
    I’m excited to binge-read these books once they all release. I think I’m going to enjoy these characters quite a bit. I can’t wait to steal Varen from you! ;)
    Lovely review, Rashika!!
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  4. says

    I loved Nevermore so much. Then, as you know, there was a loooong wait between the books (two years for book two and three for book three (that’s very matchy, though…) and so I didn’t read the second book because I was a little afraid that I’d forget everything. Now that all three books are out, AND that I see you were happy with the way everything turned out, I’m going to read them all back to back.
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  5. says

    Wow, sounds like an incredible final book to the series. I can’t believe you had to wait 3 years to read it though, I can’t even imagine how you remembered what even happened during the first two books haha. I forget things so quickly, so I would definitely be really confused if I had to jump back in after 3 years.

    I’m not a fan of plots that revolve around a single day either – how the heck can a single character fit that much drama into a single day?!

    Great review Rashika – I’ve never heard of this series before but it sounds cool!
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  6. says

    I read the first book, and LOVED it! I was so obsessed with getting my hands on the second, I even bought a copy, but as happens with me and a series spread out over years, I lost interest. I also didn’t hear great things about the second book. I’m happy to hear this last book was a satisfying conclusion and I’m even happier to hear there’s an epilogue. It feels there’s not a lot of YAs that have an epilogue and I like ‘seeing’ my happy couple down the road and still happy. Thanks for putting this series back on my radar. Lovely review, Rashika! :)
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  7. says

    Yayyy Rashika, I am so glad you enjoyed this book after the long 3 year wait! It sounds like it was a really epic wrap up. Isobel sounds like she matured a lot over the course of the series which is great to see. It’s always bittersweet for a series to finish up, especially one that you are enjoying! This one sounds lovely and haunting. Lovely review hun!
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  8. says

    I’ve actually never heard of this series before, why have I never heard of it? Three years is such a long time to wait for a finale, and I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint, especially when finales are such a hit and miss lately. The writing sounds absolutely divine! Poe inspired? I’m there. Going to hunt down a copy of book one to buy and binge read the series seeing how much you’ve loved it. Wonderful review as always Rashika, so happy you’ve enjoyed it, even if you’re sad to have to say goodbye <3
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  9. says

    I’ve been interested in this series for years but it hasn’t gotten the love I think it deserves in the blogosphere all that much and for one reason or another, I just never picked up the books. BUT, I love your review, and I love that you are so passionate about this series, about this ending. So yeah, i’m intrigued enough to want to start reading it.
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