Neverwas by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed

Posted January 5, 2014 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments


Today’s review is part of the official blog tour for Neverwas by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed. See our review for the first book in this trilogy, Amber House, here.

What began as an intriguing ghost story in Amber House becomes a truly genre-defying thrill ride in the new sequel from authors Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed, Neverwas.

neverwas“I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss….”

At the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah made a choice that transformed everything–and now she must choose it all again.

Things are very different–better–for Sarah and her family: her Aunt Maggie grew up; her parents are happily married; her grandmother died after a long, productive and respected life. But other things are different too, and not for the better.

After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that’s been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It’s a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.

Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world–and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. Sarah must figure out what has changed, and why, and how she can fix it–how she can find her way to another otherwhen.

Once again, family and doing what’s right are at the heart of this captivating story — but the authors have really gone above and beyond the ghost story premise they began with in Amber House. With Neverwas, the authors have crafted a truly frightening alternate reality — far more scary than the ghostly aspects of this series.

This “other when” is richly imagined, with an alternate history in which the United States never came to be; in which the Nazis took over Europe and have their sights set on the world; in which slavery endured far longer; where women are not as equal as they should be. The authors have taken a “what if” concept and gone in a fascinating direction. In some ways, learning more about this horrifying “other when” was one of my favorite parts of reading Neverwas.

But the plot to fix this world and get back to the right course of history offers up even more motivation for turning the pages. As a reader, you want to know how Sarah will fix this future — and at what point in the past did everything change for the worse.

Neverwas is a captivating read, full of action and intrigue — and a fascinating premise expertly executed. Look for it in stores on Tuesday.

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