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

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,362 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
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
Hardcover, expanded edition
Published February 1st 2007 by Lerner (first published 1995)
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Jan 21, 2013 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: teenagers
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
Apr 25, 2011 Caty-Scarlett rated it it was amazing
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...:(
Jan 21, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-re-read
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.
May 15, 2013 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school me
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.

Koori no hi
Sep 14, 2009 Koori no hi rated it it was ok
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
Lydia Kramer
Feb 23, 2015 Lydia Kramer rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantasy book, set in a modern day city in the United States. This book is really good to read if you like stories about princesses, but stories that aren't too guessable and typical.
The main character, Quinn, has only ever known her life below the pool, as a Mandarin princess.The pool is a wishing pool inside of a park, where people can throw their coins into it and make wishes. However, these people do not know that beneath the pool lives a whole other world of the Mandarin peo
Aug 09, 2011 Velvetea rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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).
I loved this book when I was a kid/teen and decided recently that I had a hankering to reread it. So I bought a copy on Amazon for under $1 and tore through it.

Not quite as charming as I remembered: very typical old-school YA fiction. Pretty strict gender roles, princess stuff, sparkly gowns, etc. It still had charm because I was so nostalgic for it but I think that was the best aspect of it. Quinn is a bit headstrong but not rebellious, and ultimately is a bit too timid for my liking now. (I wa
Read this years and years ago. about middle school age probably. I really enjoyed the story, and when the movie enchanted came out a few years back i was all like, I read that plot in a book somewhere! It was this one I was thinking of. Of course with changes such as the main characters being in school and such. I do remember the joust which our crush well the princess's crush lost so then she had to go to the school dance with the school bully, who tried to kiss her without permission which sen ...more
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 Dark Matter rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.

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
Jun 03, 2014 Janemjemerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Lynn Adams
Sep 03, 2014 K. Lynn Adams rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 05, 2010 Nia rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. It has lots of adventure, meaning, and romance.
Jun 23, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok
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
Janis Kay
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Oct 29, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Ashley Pasco
Nov 20, 2014 Ashley Pasco rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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
N.T. Embe
Jun 12, 2016 N.T. Embe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love princesses, medieval/modern crossovers, with a taste of magic.
Recommended to N.T. 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
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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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
Penelope  ~Conversations with my cat~
This book was kind of what I expected from it. It wasn't the greatest read ever, but good. (view spoiler) I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but it was a nice break from the other books I've read.
Abhilasha Rai
Feb 11, 2015 Abhilasha Rai rated it really liked it
I read this book when i was in 7th class and that time i fell in love with it as i never read a beautiful love story meant for a kid of 11years old. It has a unique sense of narration. But at first it was really boring to continue but then it became interesting.Two worlds: one which is beneath the earth and magical,the other a regular world; are being united by love of an enchanting princess with a regular teenage boy.Can't wait to grab the sequel of this novel.
Mar 10, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hours-of-crying
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).
Feb 22, 2016 Carolina rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I really liked the innocent, sort of naive, point of view of Quinn. I enjoyed most of the characters of this book. I don't mind villains, but if there is going to be a villain in a book there has to be a proper amount of character development and that wasn't here for the main villain. Truthfully, this was a pretty solid book with pretty solid writing, but it didn't go into depth enough to really leave an impression.
Apr 13, 2015 Peri rated it really liked it
Loved this book so much! After reading this book I found myself speaking similar to Quinn (Princess Nevermore). I did not realize however, that there was a second book in this series! Hopefully I will be able to read the second one and soon! Can't wait to see how this exciting story plays out in a second book!
I'm so happy I found this book!I read it years ago and I had only a blurred photo of me reading it while travelling by train.I have been searching for the title these past few years.Unfortunately,I don't remember the story;so I can't rate or review it.But I know I loved it!
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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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