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Meara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there's a secret being kept from her and knowing it's a life-changer. After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, sheMeara Quinn is about to find out there are worse things than moving to a tiny oceanside town before her senior year. Like discovering there's a secret being kept from her and knowing it's a life-changer. After experiencing vivid visions of her absentee father, Meara decides she deserves answers. With the help of her new friend Evan, a guy she happens to be falling for, she embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is... but what she is....

Title : Never Forgotten
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ISBN : 9781940534534
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Number of Pages : 169 Pages
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Never Forgotten Reviews

  • Ben Alderson
    2018-11-25 00:48

    SERIOUSLY! THAT ENDING!I need to go to Scotland with this character! omg her dadomg her boyfomg omg omgLITERALLY DYING..IM DEADCALL HELPOMGREADTHIS

  • Bianca Hanganu
    2018-12-15 23:38

    Review originally posted on my blog.A short time ago I felt the urge to read a book in English, so I opened my pc kindle and I saw I have more than one hundred titles ready to be devoured. Problem is, many of these titles are the first book in a series, and, because I don't like to start something and not finish it, I hesitated for a while. Finally, I chose Never Forgotten by Kelly Risser, thanks to its cover. After reading the book, I can say it is really illustrative. Though I had no big expectations, I knew that somehow this book was going to be different.Never Forgotten is narrated in the first person through Meara (gorgeous name, by the way), an average 17 years old (nearly 18) teenage girl, living with her mother in Wisconsin, USA. At this point I started to imagine a lot of scenarios in which a new guy and, possible, with some kind of supernatural mojo enters in Meara's life and she suddenly falls in love with him, and so on. You know, same old and full of cliché story. But I was wrong. Karen (Meara's mom) receives some bad news: the cancer, she thought she had beaten years ago, is back with fresh forces. I am really pleased that the author had chosen to bring in this subject because it helps a lot with Meara's characterization and, of course, the mother-daughter relation characterization. Knowing that her chances of survival are minimal, Karen decides to move back to her parent's in Peggy's Cove, Canada. For Meara, both pieces of news are horrible, considering her mom was the only person in her life and considering her past, her memories, her best friend (Kim) were all in Wisconsin. But she accepts.I realized that Never Forgotten truly is something different from what I have read so far when the two women arrived in Peggy's Cove, a small, quiet place, located near the Ocean. Meeting with the grandparents she has never seen before is a special moment for the protagonist, but, soon, they will become really good friends. She also gets acquainted with Evan (there has to be always some romance, too) and Katie, Lydia's children, and Lydia is a good, childhood friend of Karen. I didn't really enjoy how quickly Meara and Evan got together, neither Meara's reaction when she first saw him: Wow. Hot. I patted my ponytail nervously and again regretted not taking a few more minutes to get ready. How perfunctory sounds that? Oh, and later comes this line: Opening the door, I found Katie and Evan. What was I wearing? Oh yeah, jean shorts and a tank top. Did I put on makeup this morning? Yep. Relax. Really, girl?! I am pretty disappointed Kelly wrote these words. I may be a bit too harsh, but my kind of heroine would have never said that. Anyway, skipping this fact, I must admit, the relations, initially forced, start to evolve smooth and pleasant, and this is available for Meara-Evan too.From the first night spent in her new bedroom, Meara dreams about a strange man, a few years elder than she, speaking to her, near the Ocean. Soon, she finds out the identity of this interesting and mysterious apparition - none other than her father, David, who was absent her whole life. But with these dreams, more secrets start to arise and put a lot of pressure on Meara. She, actually, becomes really rasping, being sick of all this hugger-mugger, and I totally understand her. But I think the author didn't really succeeded in explaining the secrecy. Everyone loves a bit of enigma, but, at some point, there have to be explanations, reasons, strong ones, and Kelly, unfortunately, didn't entirely satisfied my demand (let me just say the "You're not ready to find out yet." became really annoying).Overall, Never Forgotten is an easy and enjoyable book I don't regret reading. As I mentioned above, I had a few problems with Meara and the too-much-hiding thing, but Kelly Risser introduced me in a beautiful world and to a topic I haven't read about before. I look forward to reading the next book.

  • Crina (Reading Addict)
    2018-12-16 02:38

    All in all this book was very weird, because in some parts was good and interesting, and in others it felt dragged and really boring. Sometimes or almost everytime I felt that the characters a lot younger than their actual age, because they were acting so childish and the dialogue was so flat. Also, I don't even remember clearly how they look and who is who, because there's a plethora of characters and I have no idea why. The first chapters were interesting and I was really asking myself what is going to be about. Somehow I was right, but otherwise I was so wrong! Because in my head the book was getting better and not worse. From 30-50% I felt like reading a page for eternity, the plot wasn't moving, nothing was happening, the characters acted like God knows what logic. I feel like the author tried to play with a lot of things and it didn't work. Or this is my opinion. As I said the first part was interesting but when I find out the 'secret' I got bored. Things stopped making sense, characters started acting even more weird, each plot twist was like dropped on its head... I won't continue this series, because this book was in the end kinda meh and if at first I didn't take in account the plain characters, the I'll-make-you-sleep writing style, the SO cliche and predictable plot and others things, in the end I couldn't take it anymore. Plus those characters don't act at all for their age. So, I won't recommend this to anyone or maybe if you're bored or too young to see all the stuff that bothered me. Or if you're both then try this. Or maybe I'm the only one disliking it and the only one that wasn't blown away by the secret and what was Meira.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2018-12-17 22:42

    This was a poignant story of a young girl who has to come to terms with an awful lot in her life.The opening pages get to the heart of the matter right away, I love a book like that, I just know instantly then that I will grasp the writing throughout 9 time out of 10.Her Father has left, the marriage is over, her Mother assures her its not to do with her, her Father still loves her.One day, in walks Meara, she calls for her Mother, no reply, she looks for something to eat, grabs a carrot stick, whilst looking in the cupboards and fridge for other sustenance. Hm where is her Mother?The she notices her Mother stood there at the sink. She NEVER day dreams, she is always so practical. Something is wrong, she can feel it.Her Mother takes her hand and explains that the cancer is back.The story flows from this and its not all doom and gloom. The subject matter is handled delicately and although its has moments of sadness, it also has moments of hope.There is a touch of paranormal in this [which I wasn't aware of] but it was great, I really enjoyed this piece of work. What an excellent journey I have been on. I am so looking forward to book 2.Thank you to Clean Teen Publishing via Net galley for my copy

  • Holly
    2018-12-04 20:42

    As an author and mother of six kids, I’m extremely picky about what I spend my limited time reading. Most books I pick up, I put down after the first few pages. Unless it’s a compelling beginning, I don’t waste my time reading the rest. The day I picked this book up, I’d already started and gave up on five other books. But Never Forgotten…I don’t even remember making the decision to give it a full read. I was simply swept up in the story. Meara is such a relatable, sympathetic main character and my heart went out to her and her terminally ill mother. Evan was the perfect male protagonist—equal parts understanding, sympathetic, and hot. The setting was unforgettable, and described so well that I almost felt as if I were there. In fact, I swear I could literally feel the biting chill coming off the Atlantic Ocean. And I read this in August! This book is paranormal, but light on the fantasy and heavy on the character relationships. I thought it was a perfect balance for this story. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series. I’m seriously anxious to find out where the author will take us next. Great job, Kelly! You’ve written a beautiful story!

  • Emily
    2018-11-25 02:46

    So it has been established that I love mermaids. Well, the next on my list of awesome, underwater creatures is Selkies. From Irish and Scottish folklore, they are a type of seals that can shed their skin to become human. Many of the legends feature women selkies whose seal skins are stolen from them by fishermen, preventing them from returning to the sea. So they marry the fishermen and stay with them until they find where the men have hidden the skins. Never Forgotten, I was delighted to discover, features selkies! If I had known, I might have read it immediately after buying it instead of letting it sit on the shelf for a couple of years. I enjoyed the book. The romance was a bit of "love at first sight," but as the characters got to know each other better, I could tell that there was genuine affection and care between them. It was sweet, and I have high hopes for them, provided a certain someone doesn't get in the way in book two. Never Forgotten was a little bit slow. It focuses more on the main character getting used to the new location, finding new friends and a boyfriend, dealing with her mother's cancer, and meeting her father for the first time. There was much less of a focus on the mystery she's trying to uncover about why her father left her so many years ago. But that mystery is the main plot line! So the slowness was a little irritating, as were some of the main character's reactions to the major events around her. Her reactions were a little immature, though I can't say I wouldn't have reacted the same way in her shoes. I liked this series, couldn't put it down, and am starting right into book two!

  • Wendy C
    2018-12-04 03:00

    My REVIEW for Never Forgotten by Kelly Risser is based on the ARC and not completed book.Never Forgotten by Kelly Risser tells us the story of Meara who is ending her junior year of High School. Sharon, Meara’s mother, informs Meara that her cancer has returned and they will be moving to live with her estranged Grandparents in Canada.Meara and her mom arrive at Peggy’s Cove and get settled in. Meara went to bed and fell asleep right away but, she had a dream about her dad. (Meara keeps having these “dreams” and she feels confused and has mixed feelings about them.) Shortly after arriving, Meara is introduced to Evan and Katie (who are brother and sister and kids of her mother’s best friend at Peggy’s Cove). It turns out that Meara is in the same grade as Katie but a year behind Evan. As the summer progresses, Meara and Evan become closer, even though he is heading off to college.Meara goes to watch one of Evan’s hockey games and then goes to a subsequent party. Meara can’t believe how well Evan can play hockey. After the party, Meara goes back to Evan and Katie’s house. Everyone except Meara is settled or passed out asleep but Meara is having a hard time sleeping. She hears a noise which ends up being her father. Meara can’t believe he’s there, in the room. Meara starts to ask him questions, one of which is if he human. He answers some of her questions, others he doesn’t. Meara’s father does advise her to be careful with Evan, to take care of her mom and he then vanishes into thin air. A little bit later David comes back into Meara and her Sharon’s life. David and Sharon get married and Meara doesn’t know how to feel about it. Later she discovers that David is helping her mother by lending his power to her to ease her pain and keep her comfortable. Meara realizes how much David loves her mother.Meara watches as her mother deteriorate and die. David gives her a letter that was from her mother. The letter tells Meara that she thinks Meara should go with her father to meet the other side of the family and learn what it is like being something other than human.Meara has a tough time deciding what to do because she doesn’t want to leave Evan. Evan tells her to go, which she eventually does.Risser’s style of writing seems to flow freely. The story is paced well and there is never a dull moment. The story has a great setting which makes the story all the more enjoyable, Without question, the narrative captivates the reader and you are invested in the story and have the need to find out what type of being Meara could be. I do wish we knew a little more about Evan and his sister and about David’s brothers and sisters. I think this has the potential to be a great series.4.0 stars*I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book.*

  • Jen
    2018-11-29 02:46

    Slight quibble with the book contents and the publisher name. Publisher is "Clean Teen Publishing" and there is teen underage drinking and sex. The sex happens off-screen, as it were, but you know it still happened. The drinking isn't glorified, but it's in a few scenes. That quibble aside, this book was pretty darn awesome. The characters felt real to me. There was drama, but it was all realistic. The MC is going through a really hard time, but she has a strong support network and she is strong enough to realize that she needs help and she isn't afraid to reach out for it. My second quibble, this time with the book itself, I HATE it when those in the know REFUSE to tell the MC information that is important for them to know. The father kept saying, "It's not time, when you're ready," BUT when he DID tell her, the time wasn't special. There was nothing differentiating it from when she was asking for the information prior. That really bugged me, as it did nothing but cause the MC to try to get the info from elsewhere and she wasn't able to protect herself from those who wished her harm. Classic "Harry Potter" syndrome. I don't like it. Other than that, I really loved the characters. Again, they felt real. Well, except for the amazing, unbelievable love interest. No guy is that perfect. But he wasn't so perfect he was annoying. Just kind of sigh-worthy. Perfect for this book and the YA demographic.The setting was good, though other than the cold and Canadian Thanksgiving, I kept forgetting it was Canada. I think I need to go visit Canada so I have some basis of comparison! The characters are what made this book for me. Yes, I know, I said that three times now, but it's true. The grandparents were your typical warm, loving grandparents, with Grandmom being a kitchen Goddess and Grandpop the big teddy bear, gruff but loving manly man. The best friend we didn't get to see a lot of, unfortunately, as she was a little spit-fire. Evan was a dreamboat. Every girl's dream, even though his penchant for hat-tricks was a bit unbelievable. The MC was real and made decisions that also felt real. Heck, they were decisions I would make. You don't get much more real than that! Stellar book. A solid 4.5 stars. Half a star deducted for the "HP" syndrome and the less than "clean" content. Not horrendous, realistic, but not 100% as advertised. I would not feel badly suggesting this to the YA audience in my store. I would definitely recommend it to YA and above. Stronger middle readers too. This is the first of a trilogy I believe and I'm buying the next book NOW.My thanks to NetGalley and Clean Teen Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2018-11-30 19:58

    Life as you know it can change within minutes and Meara Quinn has just realized that fact. One minute she was planning out her summer vacation and the next she finds out that she is moving to a different country altogether. With her mother’s cancer returning, she is forced to move to live with her grandparents, who she’s never met before. It takes a toll on her to handle her mother’s cancer while simultaneously settling down in a different country with virtual strangers. To make things tougher for her, she starts getting dreaming of a father she has never known. One would think that it is enough of a mystery but there’s more… there is a secret that the family seems to be keeping from Meara. Will this young girl be able to handle everything or will it all turn out to be too much for her?I really could not connect with Meara at all. With a terminally ill parent, I would have expected her to devote some time to the dying person. I never expected Meara to give up her life for her mother, but I did expect her to have her priorities right. She seemed very much childish and whiny most of the book. I also did not really ‘get’ the insta-attraction between Meara and Evan. I felt no connection with Meara and as such I failed to enjoy the book completely. I have to admit though that the secondary characters are much better developed… specially Meara’s Grandma – I loved her. Even Evan seems like a much better character than Meara. I have to give it to the author for the fact that I completely failed to guess the family secret. I knew where it was going, but failed to catch the actual point. It was an interesting change and even more so as I wasn’t expecting a fantasy/mythological twist in this book – not from the blurb at least. The author’s narration style is something different. It felt stingy and abrupt at the beginning but once I got into the story I actually started enjoying this style of her’s.My failure to connect with the protagonist left me not enjoying this book as much as I would have if only Meara was a bit more loveable.

  • Jordan
    2018-11-24 01:01

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Meara Quinn’s life is suddenly uprooted when she finds herself moving from Wisconsin to Canada due to the return of her mother’s cancer. She’s suddenly living with her grandparents, who she’s never met. Meara attempts to handle the sickness of her mother while simultaneously getting used to living in a new country. On top of that, she begins dreaming of her absent father, whom she has never known. But the dreams appear to only be the start as she discovers that there’s more to who she is than what she thought.Never Forgotten is a story about family. It had some romance in it, and some friendship, but I liked how the main focus seemed to stay on the family side of things. I enjoyed watching Meara grow as she tried to find her way in a new town, in a new country, while trying to take care of her mother.To be honest, when this book starting hinting at a big secret and the fact that Meara wasn’t entirely human, my mind automatically jumped to mermaids. I even told someone who asked what I was reading that I thought it was a mermaid book. But no. I discovered the focus was on selkies. I have never read a book centering around selkies before, and it was such a nice change.The only complaint I have is that the writing fell a bit flat for me. The tone was passive, which made it hard to connect with the characters and feel their emotions along with them. I would have liked to see a little bit more of build-up of Meara’s life before she moved so that the move would have more of an impact on the reader. The writing just seemed very jumpy to me, which took me out of the story.For the most part, I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I first started it. I recommend it to those who love stories about family. And while it’s about selkies, I think any lover of mermaid books should check this out. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series!I give it 3/5 stars.

  • Maggie
    2018-12-12 02:37

    In Scotland we have stories of selkies, kelpies, Nessie & the Blue Men from Minch. I grew up loving the stories of women waiting by the shores for their loved ones to return from fishing only to be lured into sea by selkies or kelpies, never to be seen again.  I struggled to get into this story of Meara who moves to Canada with her mother suffering from terminal cancer. Her mother brought Meara up alone as Meara's father left them when she was born. Meara makes new friends, finds a love interest & bonds with new family members. I didn't like Meara finding her immature & childish at times. There seemed to be no depth to her character & while her mother was dying she was out with friends rather than spending as much time with her as she could. I found her to be whiny, too forgiving of her prodigal father.The story itself dragged along quite often, taking forever to put a point across & even though I can be emotional - I wasn't when reading the sad scenes & Meara once again had her priorities all wrong.There were a few mistakes: missing words, missing quotation marks, spelling "Beetles" instead of "Beatles" when mentioning the band.Never Forgotten gives Scottish myths & folklore legends a modern setting but unfortunately it didn't enthrall me & I wouldn't read the rest of the series. 

  • Quimataz
    2018-11-24 18:39

    ***I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ***The book is free on amazon at time of posting this review. I'm going to begin this review by being honest. When I started this book I didn't know how to feel. I imagined it would just focus on one thing but that wasn't the case. In my opinion, the book was a breeze to read despite the subject matter. The author eased me into each chapter in such a way that I didn't find myself shocked or surprised by the outcome. Regardless, I found myself disappointed when the final page was turned (I wanted to read more!).Let's talk a bit about the story. From the first chapter Meara had her life turned upside-down and from then on things only got tougher for her. She had to cope with something no Seventeen-year-old should have to deal with and on top of that she also had to question many things about herself. Also this book is a mix between reality and paranormal, something I really liked. You must know that I dived into the book without reading the synopsis (something I do from time to time). What can I say about Evan? Mmmm... I really liked his character, dreamy thoughtful, polite, attentive... Yes, perfect! I have high hopes for the other books in this series. I'm really looking forward to exploring more and see how it will all evolve.

  • Shannon Thompson
    2018-11-28 21:32

    After her mother's cancer returns, Meara returns to her mother's hometown and comes face-to-face with her mother's past, her questionable future, and the truth behind her existence...and the sea holds all the answers. This fantastic YA novel includes a realistic family dynamic among a mysterious, mythological backdrop and a unique setting that is often unseen in literature. Romance as well as friendship are important roles in Meara's life, and I enjoyed how many types of relationships she builds, including the fact that she remains close to her friend from before the move. I loved Meara's grandma, and I especially loved Ula, but the setting was just as lovable as any of the characters. Recommended to anyone who enjoys YA, light paranormal, mythology, sea life, coming of age, family dynamics, and more. Favorite quote: ...somewhere, inside of me, some of the hurt from all those years ago began to fade.

  • Angela Oliver
    2018-12-06 20:52

    This is mostly a teen drama with love, life and sorrow, but there is also a fantastical edge. The characters are reasonably well developed, the writing evocative and reasonably paced, although it did feel a little of a slow simmer rather than a fast boil. I found myself drawn into Meera's world, experiencing her uncertainities, her loss and love and longing. I found it quite a compelling read, despite the fact that not a lot really happened for about 2/3s of the books and some of the more potentially serious matters were more-or-less brushed over (although the most serious - her mother's cancer - offered most of the emotional impact of this novel).There were some strange obsessions with determining what everyone was eating and/or drinking ("I wanted this, but she felt like that, so we split up and met at a table") - although I can identify with Meera's diet coke addiction.Advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elizabeth Emily Browne
    2018-12-13 18:53

    **Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publishers for allowing me a copy of the book to read and review**I enjoyed this book especially the relationship between Evan and Meara. However, I know that this is a fantasy book but I found it unrealistic? If that makes sense? There were also gaps in the story. For example I would be reading one chapter that had a problem but there was no fallout to it but also no solution? They just carry on as if nothing even happened. I thought the story line had potential and I liked Meara and her friends and also her mums illness was dealt with well. However there was also something off about David? Like how could they just get back together like that after 17 years apart.. Somehow the story just doesn't add up.

  • Taylor Knight
    2018-11-19 20:57

    I loved the girl on the cover's hair and that's what interested me to get this book. I didn't read any reviews, any blurbs, nothing, before starting this book. It has a sort of cool concept and plot but it's not really all that original or super interesting. The characters are fine. Plain, mildly boring, not really creative. But the thing that kills, the thing that made me quit this book, is the writing. It's really rough and not quite... right. I not really know how to explain it. It's like the first draft before the rewrites and fine tuning. I bet with more work and editing, the writing could be really good.

  • Maryalice
    2018-12-17 00:38

    I won't say much about the plot because I don't want to give anything away. I enjoyed the book, it was interesting, well written and am glad I read it but didn't give it 5 stars because I like faster paced stories, but thats me. I hope there is going to be a book about Meara's adventures finding her other half. I won this book and would like to thank the author.

  • Anna
    2018-12-17 23:49

    I got this book because it was free on amazon and the summary sounded interesting. I guessed correctly this book was interesting. The plot had a good pace. The characters were likeable.I felt for the main character what she went through. A great book I was happy that I picked up.

  • Vivien
    2018-12-02 22:50

    Thank you NetGalley for the chance to review this book.I wrote a review for this book on my blog

  • Kayla/Michaela (mindcrazed)
    2018-12-02 18:38

    An interesting story that didn't turn out the way I expected, which was a nice change. Full review on the blog:

  • April
    2018-12-10 18:48

    Something differentI really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. It's fresh and new. A +

  • SimpleyChristi
    2018-11-24 23:31

    overall I really loved the book I like how the author was able to take real situations and sensatise them such as mom getting cancer she really put a lot of thought into it I love how the author drove home the point of letting fear stop you from enjoying life and having new experiences in one's life could be a good thing I just thought she drugged out the suspension about her father to long and didn't go into enough detail on explaining everything to his daughter her parents really failed her when it came to knowing who he was it was to secretive for my liking I loved the role the grand parents took how loving they were and how easily she made new friends and really grew as a person her life was so much better in Canada than in Wisconsin I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a boost in confidence and fear driven about life great read

  • Fern
    2018-12-16 19:37

    Surprisingly good read! Excellent storyline and tasty morsel with an ending leaving you hungry for more. Life, love, death, magical and mythical transformation. Bring on round 2.

  • Laurie Nathan
    2018-11-23 22:01

    Immediately after finishing this book,I immediately bought the next two books. I resented work because I could not read it in one sitting. After finishing book 3, I bought the next volume. No regrets.

  • Elaina
    2018-12-11 20:33

    While this is YA/NA, I do think all ages will enjoy this. I know I did! It’s excellently constructed, with hints to the ‘something more’ spread throughout to brilliant effect. A great read; I will definitely be reading the next in this series.

  • Cindy Ferraresi
    2018-12-08 23:53

    Great read. I loved this book and couldn't put it down and then went and bought the other two! I highly recommend this book.

  • Gracie Mata
    2018-12-13 02:53

    Never forgottenI absolutely loved it . First time I've heard about selkies and looking forward to reading book 2. I'm hoping she stays with Evan.

  • Bigbear Woolliscroft
    2018-12-12 21:32

    A well written YA fantasy story with a good storytelling and interesting characters.

  • Dawn Ireland
    2018-12-03 01:36

    Enchanting book. I read this last year (2016). Since I read 2-5 books a week, I can't keep track of dates. Sorry.

  • Cheryl
    2018-12-07 01:47

    Pretty good book. I never would have guessed the secret of the story, so it was refreshing to read about something that I haven't ventured into before. Well done!