Monday, April 22, 2013
The Never by Kristina Circelli
“Out of nothing, we create something.” Arianna has spent her entire life being called a dreamer, an artist who created a world no one else can see. And for her entire life, she has taken the medication that keeps that world – and the one who brought her there – at bay. Now an adult, Arianna reawakens that part of herself kept locked away in the darkest corners of her mind. When she hides her medicine from her fiancé’s ever-watchful eye, he returns – the shadow in the night who collects her for an adventure known only in her fantasies. But something is different about this world called The Never. It is no longer the cheerful place filled with light and laughter that she knew as a child. Now, the sea creatures drag their visitors into the depths of murky waters. The natives battle to the death against the tribe of children. And the pirates, led by the feared captain called The Hunter, seek out Arianna for their own sinister plans. As Arianna goes deeper into The Never, she discovers just what her connection to the land means – and must choose between her life rooted in reality, and the world where anything is possible.
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When I read began reading the Never, I thought of The Never Ending Story meets Peter Pan with a female lead.
With beautiful lands depicted and entertaining swordplay with pirates, I enjoyed reading The Never. Parts of the story reminded me ofThe Never Ending Story with the amazing lands and characters and parts reminded me of Peter Pan; the pirates and their Captain and the mermaids. The twist was a female lead and the storyline. At times it was a little like Never Ending Story but quickly veered into something bigger and darker which was a plus. Having that little extra something was pure genius. The Never is definitely not kiddyish with some scenes and language.
This was an amazing story that took two of my favorite books and movies and smashed them together and spiced them up.