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Never Forgotten

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,419 ratings  ·  167 reviews
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, she
Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 14th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. - Anatole France

How can one day go so very wrong? One minute Meara Quinn is making plans for how she will spend the Summer before her senior year and the next she's finding out that her mother's cancer has returned and they are moving away from the only home she's ever known.
Ben Alderson
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I need to go to Scotland with this character!
omg her dad
omg her boyf
omg omg omg

K.S. Marsden
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Meara's mother gets ill, they return to Canada and the family she never knew existed.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Meara has been living an ordinary life, with ordinary plans. When her mother's cancer comes back with a terminal prognosis, all that normality is uprooted.
Wanting Meara to have some family after she's gone, her mum takes her back to her estranged grandparents. Meara quickly settles in, with her new family, new friends, and handsome new boyfriend. But t
Crina (Reading Addict)
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
Bianca Hanganu
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 expec
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

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,
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 discov
Secretly Adorkable Readers
A YA Light paranormal read that will leaving you breathless and cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series! I got this book for free and love mermaid, sire, fae stories.
Alicia Huxtable

What a story! I enjoyed the way this story played out. The way the characters grew throughout was really good to.
Wendy C
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 t
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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 t
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
***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.
Angela Oliver
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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 potent ...more
Elizabeth Emily Browne
**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
Taylor Knight
Aug 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something different

I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. It's fresh and new. A +
Kayla/Michaela (mindcrazed)
An interesting story that didn't turn out the way I expected, which was a nice change. Full review on the blog: ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Thank you NetGalley for the chance to review this book.
I wrote a review for this book on my blog
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My ears pounded with the tidal beat, and I began to hear voices speaking in the rhythm—jump in, go now, come to us, we’re waiting. Was I losing my mind? Panicked, I looked at David. He watched me carefully. “You hear them.” He nodded to the sea. “Yes,” I said. Then, “Who are they?” “They are us. We are them. You will meet them in time, but it’s best that you try to ignore them for now.” He reached for my hand. “They will grow more persistent.”

It is Meara's senior year in high school in Wisco
Book Wyvern
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I really did enjoy this book. I thought that I wouldn’t, given all the vague answers that David gave her and the high school aspect of it. The author did a pretty decent job with the execution of it that I actually found myself enjoying reading that as well.

I’m also very glad that this didn’t turn out to be yet another mermaid book but was something a little different. I’m also very happy that she didn’t have to keep this a secret, that’s starting to get played out and predict
Normalee Mitchell
Engaging...and no not about mermaids lol

This book is well written and engaging. The plot is believable and the story flows effortlessly. I must point out that in the very beginning, there was a conversation between Meara and her mother that felt really off to me. However, I was relieved to find that the conversations that followed were all very realistic; and I guess it could easily be rationalized away that that initial conversation was affected by/was a result of shock.
If you're like me and y
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 wh ...more
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Bit disappointing, if I'm honest.

I found it quite boring. There seemed to be a whole lot of nothing-ness for majority of the book. It felt like a good chunk of it was just filler and added nothing to story, I mean I don't even know what happened between 20%-65%... Nothing! I really struggled to finish it because of this.

Meara was boring and bland. I didn't connect with her as a main character or even care. She seemed a bit childish/immature. I didn't think any of the characters were any
Meg R White
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book. It started out okay but the writing was poor and some of the characterisation was pretty awful. Meara was such an annoying character that I nearly gave up but I had to see if it would get better.

It was extremely cliche all the way through, things like going to a carnival and him winning her a bear. So you could always see where it was going to go.

Towards the end of the middle section, she obviously ran out of ideas because nothing happened and then she bri
Amanda R
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy, enjoyable read with a paranormal aspect, though it didn't really dominate the plot. There were a few typos that jumped out at me and I didn't feel like a whole lot happened, but all in all, it was a decent read. There was one scene in particular, however, that might make sense tied in to future books, but felt out of place and jarring in this one. What I did like, though, was the relationship between mother and daughter and the fact that the narrator wasn't angsty! It was refreshing rea ...more
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