Fiction - Thriller - General
223 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2014
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Author Biography

Rachel M. Martens is the writer of “Poe: Nevermore”, the first in a six-book thriller series. She also specializes in horror flash fiction and short stories and occasionally writes poetry. She studied English at St. Norbert College and is a former participant in the Young Writers Conference hosted by the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
Martens has traveled extensively, having spent time in over a dozen of the United States, Mexico, and the UK. She currently resides in Wisconsin.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite

Poe: Nevermore by author Rachel M. Martens is a fascinating thriller, the first in a six-book series, inspired by the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Elenora Allison Poe is a young aspiring writer for whom life has not been at all easy. The death of her family when she was only a child and the abuses she suffered throughout her teenage years turned Poe into a frightened young lady, suffering from PTSD and insomnia. When she meets an intriguing young detective, her life takes an unexpected turn for the worse. She finds out that she is a direct descendant of Edgar Allan Poe and is being targeted by a curse that has been in the Poe family for generations. Poe and Frost engage in a fast-paced race against time and the forces of evil in an attempt to save their lives and the lives of the ones they love.

The first book of the Poe series was a wonderful surprise for me; apart from the stunning cover art, I had not expected to encounter such an original story with a writing style so truthful and unique. Poe's nightmare scenes blend perfectly throughout the story, giving us readers a more insightful view into Poe’s mind and making her emotions clearer with each page. Poe: Nevermore tackles taboo subjects, such as depression, rape, domestic violence and suicidal tendencies and it does so with amazingly raw emotions, as if the characters were actual people telling their story to a friend. Rachel M. Martens gave Poe a wonderful personality that stands out. There were moments when I thought Poe and the author are just good friends telling a story with the help of ink and paper, instead of writer and character.

I look forward to the next book in the series. The ending of Nevermore left me wanting to know more about Poe and Frost; it left me wanting to know whether their relationship will get stronger and if their fight again will be successful. Poe: Nevermore ends with an epilogue that sheds some light about the new book, and I think the author cleverly ended it this way to keep readers interested until the release of the new book. And it worked. I look forward to finding out what life has in store for Poe.