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Princess Nevermore (Princess Nevermore and the Wizard's Apprentice #1)

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Princess Quinnella is quite familiar with Mandrian truths. At 15, she's still allowed to come and go as she wishes in the kingdom of Mandria, visiting Melikar the wizard and playing at magic. But she knows that as soon as she turns 16, she will become a woman. A parade of suitors will court her until she chooses one--or the king chooses one for her--then comes marriage, ch ...more
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Published February 1st 2007 by Lerner (first published 1995)
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Mimi
This is a solid book that would be very enjoyable to the middle school (and perhaps freshman) aged girl. There is nothing offensive or objectionable, from a parents' stand point. I actually, from my jaded world view I suppose kept expecting the "bad guy" to do something truly heinous, and while he was still a bad guy, his monstrosity never left the middle-school spectrum.

I would have devoured this as a young girl, and even as an adult I enjoyed this sweet tale.

The story is of a young girl who li
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Casey
So I'm reading Neverwhere, which involves an underground version of London, and I remembered that, in middle school, I had read some terrible-cum-awesome young adult novel about a princess that lives underground who falls through a wishing well and ends up above ground. And, of course, she has to go to high school, and falls in love with some generic cool high school dude, and then she has to choose between true love or her home/destiny. You know, because that storyline is not at all contrived.

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Koori no hi
I didn't like this book al that much. It was a good enough read during the duration, but thinking about the story now that I finished it a few hours ago, it just wasn't a great book.
I don't think Quenn's actions throughout fit the situations she was in. She didn't seem to be all that much of a stranger to our world, and after hearing about (but not actually seeing) Disney's Enchanted, the idea of a princess falling through a wishing well into our world seems overdone. Yes I know this book was w
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MoonTea
I was in 8th grade, and I really enjoyed this, having read it around the same time as my best friend so we could reminisce over it together. What I remember both of us wondering, though, was why everyone found this girl so attractive above ground (away from her cavernous kingdom). The way she is described and then the way that boys seemed to fawn all over her made us laugh a little. But then, we were mere jealous 8th graders, envious of male attentions of any sort (oh it starts, lol).
Caty-Scarlett
5 stars!!! This is about a girl, a princess in fact, and is lonely and longs for an adventure. Her best friend is a wizard's apprentice and he secretly loves her. A bit slumsy with magic though, he accidentally sends her to the outside world. (They live underground.) She soon meets a cute blonde guy and so the drama begins. Read this and be blown away. And be ready for tears...:(
Dark Matter
This review was written by Elizabeth Manthos for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine. http://www.darkmatterzine.com.

Princess Nevermore follows the story of the Princess Quinella of Mandria, a magical world beneath our own. Ever since she could, Quinn would stare through the wishing pool into our world “outer earth”. Fifteen year old Quinn wasn’t ready for the responsibility of running a kingdom, getting married and producing heirs
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Karen
I remember reading this in middle school and absolutely loving it. I look forward to re-reading it now that I have re-discovered it's name and bought a copy.
Janemjemerson
I love this book. Though I just turned 16, I still love the clean language and actions of this book. If one is a parent looking for a book that is clean, and your daughter enjoys fantasy fiction with a touch of child-romance (meaning romance that is A LOT cleaner than most books these days with nothing more than a couple of kisses and crush-like thoughts), then this is a book I would suggest for her. Likewise, if you are a girl who likes such, then the same goes for you... Males will most likely ...more
K. Adams
I recently re-read this book, and remembered why it was the first book to make me cry as a child. The story is wonderful, setting up both a world of magic and a modern day world on Earth. The characters are loveable and believable. Think a much darker, more heart-rending version of Disney's "Enchanted" (which I still believe took a lot from this classic), and you'll have "Princess Nevermore." The ending is especially good, leaving it open to a sequel--which I believe it has. The romance in it is ...more
Ashlie L'Homme-Mueller
I'm not sure how I'd feel about this NOW but I know I really did like this when I first read it.
Nia
This is a really good book. It has lots of adventure, meaning, and romance.
Kat
I am stuck between giving this book one or two stars so I'll default it to two stars.
The story had potential, but didn't meet it. I suppose for middle grade readers it would be a good book, but I felt like I was reading a cheesy fanfic most of the time. Most of the characters got on my nerves, and the relationship between Quinn and Adam was so cheesy I found myself sighing over how ridiculous it was.
I would say it's a good read for anyone between the ages of 10 and 15-ish.
Overall, it was a bit
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Janis Kay
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Ashley Pasco
Regan captivated me with this novel eleven years ago. I'll never forget it. Princess Nevermore helped to further expand my imagination and took me on a journey I'll never forget for as long as I live. I still remember the day I got the book and how I took it home that evening and read it straight through. It jumpstarted me into reading YA fantasy and I've been loving that genre ever since. This edition of Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan is the new 2006 edition with added characters and a ...more
Janeen-san
I saw this book at my library and thought, Hmmmm. Sounds interesting!

This book was indeed interesting. I haven't read it in a while, but I remember remembering that it was really good.
I recall being upset when the evil main character stole the main object of the story: the ring:

Princess Quinn lives in a magical underground kingdom. At fifteen-years-old, she's allowed to travel out on her own. She explores, and climbs up the winding staircase to the strange tower that is the Wizard Mikiar's home.
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Taralen
This is another novel I rated high merely because it was an enjoyable read rather than something deep.

Quinn is a princess whose wit surprised me. Too often in YA novels do I see a heroine with poor intuition. Quinn, on the other hand, proved to be much more intelligent. Despite her ignorance to outer-earth, she still thought many of her decisions through. The only problem is her situation with Adam. It felt rushed that they only knew each other for a few days and became deeply in love soon after
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N.T. Embe
Dec 28, 2012 N.T. Embe rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love princesses, medieval/modern crossovers, with a taste of magic.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Library
Shelves: fantasy

I honestly don't know what I enjoyed so much about this book when I think back on it now. I'd read it several years ago and I remembered enjoying it, but re-reading it now again, I found myself slightly annoyed throughout most of it. It's not a malicious and frustrated type of annoyance though, I'll give the book that. The main character just bothered me mainly because of her reasonable ignorance. It was a cute story, but overall, besides the couple of interesting concepts of a magical realm und
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Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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Bonnie Gayle
Quinn is a princess, in a magic-filled world which is below this one. The only thing connecting our world with hers is an enchanted wishing well. Quinn and her friend Cam have always wanted to travel to this world through the wishing well to see how things are, and one day they snatch the opportunity to do so. Things go wrong though, and Quinn travels through without Cam, and without knowing how to get back to her own world.
Luckily, she is met by 2 teenagers, a boy and girl, and their grandfathe
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Mary
This is an easy and quick read seemingly meant for the tween age group, but this story provides a good lesson to all. Quinn, like many people, is enticed by the old "the grass is greener on the other side" belief when she has to choose between her world, where she is a princess, and our world. During her time in the real world, she begins to understand that it is not as amazing as she fantasized about, though it has its benefits. Adam is her love interest, though I felt the romance was poorly de ...more
Emily
I read this book more than ten years ago, as a child.

I don't remember it as well as I wish I did - just that it was a good read for a girl who liked both princesses and adventure.

My clearest memory is of being in near-hysterical tears at the end, which speaks for the book's emotional impact (though rather indicates it is not a light, fun read all the way through).
Fatesocruel
One of my favorites when I was younger, but when I reread it recently it didn't hold my attention as well. It is an interesting depiction of what an almost complete stranger to our modern world would find, but I wish it would have continued better in later chapters. I didn't feel Mandria was particularly well-developed, but it served its purpose. The characters themselves were fairly interesting, and the conflict Quinn faces in the world, to stay or go, feels real and true. It could have been be ...more
Shaya
It's pretty much what you'd expect from a thin paperback about a princess. It was enjoyable but won't make it onto any of my favorite lists.

Pretty simple story. Princess from a world under ours longs to come into our world, she can see ours though a wishingwell porthole. From one small hint in the book, I think her world might be King Arthur's Avalon after it floated away, maybe?

There's romance in it and a lot of notice paid to all the odd phrases we use that are not meant to be taken literally
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Cindy
Despite the fact that I am 25 and this book is geared towards middle school girls, I thought it was sweet.
Joleny Hernandez
this story is amazing is mixed w/ mysterious and romances, is very exciting book
Mary
One of those fantasy novels from my childhood. :)
Cassandra
It was a good book. I enjoyed it. But the idea isn't all that original anymore. A princess visiting the modern world. I like the idea of a land under the ground connected through wishing pools where magical creatures thrive. I also had a problem about her "suitors". I didn't know whether to root for Cam or Adam through the whole book! At times I'd like one other times I'd like other. It seems a little mean of her to force Adam to remember her and make his life miserable. He'll always be haunted ...more
♥Xeni♥
I love twisted fantasy books that deal with the issues between the real world and the fantasy world. This is definitely one of those books!

(And I do believe that there is a movie out that is similar to this book, by now. Girl falls out of fairytale, and into New York and finds herself falling in love with a business man, instead of Prince Charming.)

There is definitely something to be learned from books like this. If only to say: geez, I wish I could fall into the fantasy world now!
Tara
My fourth grade teacher used to keep a bookshelf full of paperbacks handy for when we finished tests early, preferred reading to recess, or simply wanted to take one home with permission. This was one of them. At the time, I absolutely loved this book. I can't even recall what made it so wonderful at the time, except maybe that the protagonist was a rational female character. I tried reading it again in high school because I was nostalgic, but I wouldn't recommend this to adults.
Michelle
It's a quick read and a cute story! The author, Dian Curtis Regan, began writing Princess Nevermore as a short story and it grew into a novel (this is in the "About the Author" blurb in the back). Regan could have developed this story into a longer book to give the characters more depth. I'd recommend Shannon Hale's princess-themed books more, especially "The Princess Academy" and "The Goose Girl".
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Dian is the author of many books for young readers, ranging from picture books to novels for teenagers. She graduated from the University of Colorado, her home state, and has also lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and Venezuela. Presently, she lives in Kansas.

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