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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  36 reviews
"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. W
Paperback, 1, 276 pages
Published March 6th 2013 by Kristina Circelli (first published February 26th 2013)
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Melissa Haggerty
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the synopsis of this book without even associating it with anything. It sounded interesting and I wanted to read it. I started the book and was a little ways into it before a commercial for Peter Pan came on and it clicked for me. I dove back in and drank the story up, loving every moment of what Kristina Circelli could tell me about The Never.

The story and characters were complex and always twisting. Every time I would think I had a grasp on something, a new lie or secret would be reveal
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the Peter Pan aspect of this story! I have always loved the idea of never truly growing up and I actually live by this notion each day of my life, in one way or another.

I liked the adventure and the overall plot involving The Never. The adventures in flying, saving/stealing talismans were lots of fun. I especially enjoyed the idea of the living things in The Never changing to evil things when their talismans are stolen.

Also, However I feel the concept of mental illness vs imaginary w
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I'd like to thank the author and Promotional Book Tours for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
What an awesome book. I can't say enough about it. The twist on the original story was amazing. I have to say, I kept waiting for Tinkerbell to make her official appearance, and at one point I thought she had. The story itself was great, and emotional for me at the end. I really needed a book to pull me out of my funk after the Boston Marathon bombing, and get me back into read
Lisa Markson
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. This is the second book that I have read from this author and I can say that she triply knows how to grab hold of the reader and never let them go. I fell in love with this book initially just reading the preface of the book. The author creates such a remarkable picture of each and every part of the story. Could you imagine going through like having everyone that proclaims to love you expect you to take medication becau ...more
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so .Shelley MA
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

The Never is supposed to be Peter Pan all grown up, with the main character Arianna serving as a modern, kick-ass Wendy. She's a modern 26-year-old artist who is engaged to man named John, and takes medication to fight off what are thought of as delusions, but are actually real--memories of a place called The Never and the people and creatures who inhabit it. However, she often forgets to take her medication, and when she does, The Never
BonSue Brandvik
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is Peter Pan, but for grown-ups. "The Never" is remarkably like Neverland; however, this tale is darker and has significantly more plot, so the story kept me intrigued all the way to the end.

Arianna is an artist who lives in two worlds; one she was born into, and one she discovered when she was a child and helped build with her imagination. Her mother and her fiance believe The Never is a symptom of mental illness and insist on medication to keep Arianna from dreaming, because that's
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A dark retelling of the Peter Pan story.

Arianna has been on medication for some time, taking little blue pills to quell her 'active imagination,' dreams of a world called The Never, where she had childhood adventures. Everyone believes she's crazy, and for a long time she believed it too.

Now her childhood playmate has returned, grown up, and takes her back to the Never. It has changed--grown dark and dangerous, and he believes she can save it. He doesn't want her to abandon him and The Never aga
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 of The 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 veer
Gina's Library
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.This book is different than any other book I've read.

We all have daydreamed, or played make believe as a child. What if the world we created came to life? That is what it's like for Arianna. Arianna can go to a different world that only she knows exsists. Her mother and fiance make sure to give her medication to stop what they call dillusions. Is it really a dillusion or just another part of what makes Arianna who she is? Things are
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Never by Kristina Circelli was absolutely gorgeous!!! 15% in and I had to breathe slow down...because I knew I wanted to, needed to savor this book. The writing style is beautiful. The story called to the girl in me that used to gaze out the window & try my hardest to see Peter Pan hiding in the trees, who spent untold play hours in Neverland. Heed the warnings, this is not a book for children. It is a book for adults who loved Peter Pan as children and still want that se ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
It's Peter Pan for grown ups - what's not to love? The story was intriguing and it kept me reading til the end. Some bits were confusing, and I'm not sure that Arianna is really a very likable character. She did a lot of terrible things, but everyone seemed to just gloss over that. I was left wondering the whole story whether she was trapped in her imagination and leaving reality forever (view spoiler)or if she was really going somewhere outside of ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book but some of it felt too child like while other parts felt too adult themed. Not sure which sub-genre this one fits into. Completely predictable plot and the protagonist was a little angsty for my taste. Liked all the other characters and romantic parts were pretty good. Flow was weak and the chapters felt a little disjointed to me. All that being said, the story was compelling enough for me to finish and the author does a great job of giving this book whimsy and charm that brin ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Kristina Circelli pens "The Never" in an extremely descriptive plot filled with twists and turns in this well written fantasy tale. Between the complexity of the the plot and the characters which were fantastically portrayed, the author kept me guessing throughout the whole book. Highly recommended for all fantasy lovers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Marinne Carter
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kristin has a very unique and vivid storytelling ability. I enjoyed the story and it was an interesting twist on the traditional peter pan story, but could have liked Arianna more. She didn't seem to want to take responsibility for anything that happened in the book and it would have been cool to get more insight as to what was going on with John while she was in the Never and what her mom was thinking about the whole situation.
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
A kind of dark take on Neverland sort of, for lack of a better way to describe it. There are very clear and blatant Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Lost Boys similarities but also some not quite as in your face a doctor with the last name Barrie, or a grandmother from England who told stories about magical places...So all in all an interesting, adult twist on a children's tale.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I do love Kristina's writing style, this is the second book I review and love from her. She knows so well how to describe characters and situation etc you feel you are there watching all this. Loved the fantasy in it as well (for my feeling) reality too. I look forwards to more books from this writer!
I LOVE Arianna, Fair warning it is hard to put the book down so be sure you have time for it.

I received a copy of this book for a honest review
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because it was loosely based on the "Peter Pan" books but from the perspective of the character of Wendy. It is a very quick, enjoyable read that had me hooked. I found it difficult to put down. I was a little disappointed with the ending as it seemed anti-climactic and abrupt. Overall, it is a good book.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jay Barber
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book based on the blurb on the back. It sounded inventive. Unfortunately, most of the potential was wasted. It had a very cool concept (is the Never real or in Arianna's (the Wendy analog grown up))head? That question, along with what was wrong with the Never and others never got answered. Great idea, but poor execution.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ariana is not a hero! She is a spoiled, selfish brat!
How did I finish the book I don't even know ... Thankfully this book was free on Amazon!

I hated the main character who hurts every single one who loves her (her mom, John, Malachi, Jim, everyone!!).

And the end?! CRAPPY!!!
M.R. Polish
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just about came unglued at the end, and couldn't read fast enough! The Never was incredible! Seriously, a journey worth taking, a dream worth dreaming! Holy COW! Love that I got the ending I wanted! lol
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is very entertaining. The story will hold your interest from the beginning to the end. It will also keep you wondering what the author will come up with next. It will remind you of other adventure stories but with a twist.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on the Peter Pan story.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting for it to get better or at least start to make sense. I did not enjoy this book.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this one. I tried. I tried hard, but I didn't care for the writing style. These were grown people, but it was so childlike, I had a hard time keeping myself interested.
Jen Wylie
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book. A touch of Peter Pan with a whole lot of awesome. Would certainly read more of this author.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A really different story and I loved it
Samantha & Tucker
pretty much what I had expected....a Peter pan based story....took me forever to finish it, became bored with it....
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
For some reason I just can't pick up this book. The characters have so much potential and the story seems good, but it's taking way to long for the plot to pick up. I just can't finish it.
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Kristina Circelli is the author of adult and YA fiction novels. A descendent of the Cherokee nation, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida. Currently, she works as both a copywriter and creative writing professor, in addition to writing her own novels.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, is steeped in the spoken narratives of N
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