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Never Forgotten #3

Always Remembered

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One clue… what does it mean?

Ken, the leader of the Blue Men of the Minch, has kidnapped Evan. Before they left, Evan was able to leave a package for Meara—her grandfather's necklace wrapped in a cloth napkin with one word written in blood. Azuria. Unfortunately, Meara doesn't understand it and neither does her dad or Kieran.

When Dad and Aunt Brigid attempt to rescue Evan, Meara and Kieran begin to train the clan on how to fight and defend their home. A war is brewing, and Meara is determined their people must prepare for the battle. The training sessions are long and arduous, but the Selkies work hard to learn.

Meanwhile, Evan wakes and finds himself in Belle Tresor, the home of sirens. He's bound to his blue form, unable to transform to human, and Ken has plans to use Evan's powers to destroy the Selkies. Thankfully, he's not alone. He befriends a siren named Deanna and several Blue Men. Can he trust them to help him escape or do they have ulterior motives?

As both sides prepare for an ultimate confrontation, the stakes are high and friendships are tested. Some will rise to be victorious. Some will be destroyed. But love and loyalty will be always remembered in this exciting conclusion to the Never Forgotten series.

248 pages, Paperback

First published May 19, 2015

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Kelly Risser

35 books275 followers
I love books. I love reading books. I love collecting books. I love reading books aloud to my kids. It's been a lifelong dream to write a book, and now, I've done it! It's so much fun creating a world, and my characters have become family to me. I hope that you'll love them, too.

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Profile Image for Lorna.
1,347 reviews62 followers
August 10, 2015
(RabidReads.com)The word Selkie sounds way more interesting than seal shifter-at least I think so. This is the third and last book in this series about an older teen girl that finds out that she is half selkie. And that her father is leader of the Scottish clan of selkies, located on an enchanted(warded)island off the coast of Scotland.In the last book, Current Impressions, Meara had just moved to the island to live after her mother’s death. Her boyfriend, Evan, had come to Scotland as well to do a work study with his professor, and of course to be able to see Meara. Things really went wrong in the last installment, and Evan has been captured and taken prisoner by Ken, the man the professor was supposedly working for. Selkies are being murdered and war is imminent.

As before, the book’s point of view changes back and forth from Meara to Evan. I really appreciated that the author chose to write it this way, as both stories are compelling and needed to be told in their entirety. Now that the two have been apart, the couple does start to act like they really are broken up. However, Meara never stops trying to find and help Evan.

I am going to be vague about the rest that happens as I don’t want any more spoilers than I have to. We do find out who is starting the war and why, and that person becomes the main villain of this read. We get to see Meara come into even more of her powers and while her father is away, she starts to teach her people to fight. Meara was born to help lead her people and she never shies away from it. She wants her people to be able to defend themselves and even tries to teach them the magic that her and her family wields so easily-something no one has ever tried before.

In the end, this book genuinely surprised me with the way it all wound up. I knew things were pretty impossible for some characters, but never imagined that it would end up like it did. I was happy about most of it, although we do lose a good character to the war and I hated that. I enjoyed this series and thought that it was well written with good characters to root for. Romance, intrigue, and lots of action will keep you turning pages-at least it did me.

This book is published by Clean Teen Publishing. However, I would probably not put this in the young adult category anymore. In the front of the book, there is a disclaimer about the book with a NA rating. It may have been posted in previous books, but I didn’t notice it until now. There isn’t anything explicit, but I would say 16+ would be correct due to some sexual situations.

FYI-I posted this as paranormal romance, but in a way I would say it’s almost an underwater urban fantasy of sorts.
Profile Image for Laura  Hernandez.
789 reviews82 followers
September 5, 2015
I received an ARC when I signed up and was selected to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed are solely my own.

I loved this final installment of the Never Forgotten series. The book picks up where the last one left off. This beautiful and well detailed story will leave you in its grip as the surprises just keep coming and we find ourselves dealing with many emotional moments throughout this book.. The relationship between Meara and Kieran continues to deepen and Evan learns the truth about himself. Kelly Risser did an amazing job in creating and weaving this mystical series and you will not be disappointed with how this story ends. Please note that all three books in the series must be read in order. Make sure that you add this entire series to your MUST read list and I look forward to reading more by this very creative author.
Profile Image for Cassie C.
631 reviews61 followers
August 27, 2015
Always Remembered was a fantastic ending to an amazing series. This series truly has it all, and features selkies, mermen, and sirens, a genre that isn't currently very popular. This is a wonderfully unique and creative series and a must read for fans of this genre. The second novel in this series, Current Impressions, set this book up perfectly. As soon as I was finished reading the second book, I knew this was going to be chock full of action, and plenty of twists and turns. Ms. Risser delivers in the best way, and serves up a conclusion that will satisfy all fans of this series. Her writing is perfect and the story flows effortlessly. This novel is well paced and the perfect length.

One of my favorite elements of this story was the different settings in which the story took place. For about half of the story we alternate between Ronac and Belle Tresor (the home of the sirens). We also visit Azuria (but I'm not going to tell you much about that because I don't want to give away any spoilers). While these places were talked about before or described before, this novel makes these places come alive. You felt that you were living in these places as they are richly described. While we already knew about Ronac previously, I felt that we got a much better feel for the community and safehold. Put simply, Ms. Risser's writing created a wonderful atmosphere and experience for the reader, and allowed the reader to live in the moment when reading about these places.

Another excellent element of this story was the development of the characters. Throughout the course of the series--and this book in particular-- Meara grows enormously. She is more determined than ever and (at least in my mind) much more responsible. Meara has finally accepted her position in her family and realized that she needed to step up to the plate to help her clan and people. She has a wonderful tenacity and fierceness that serves to further her plans and mission. However, the best thing about her character is that she always remains optimistic. No matter what troubles or set backs come her way, she always stays positive. Evan also matures quite a bit, and I did like how he stuck true to his character. Kieran is amazing and I loved how much he supported Meara. He remained her partner and believed in her, even if the face of danger or trouble.

There is a great wrap-up that brings the story to a nice conclusion. Overall, this is a fantastic series that definitely deserves more attention. With Ms. Risser's wonderfully creative and descriptive writing, as well as characters that you will quickly and easily fall in love with, this series is a major win. Don't miss out!

Happy reading :)
Profile Image for Bianca Hanganu.
23 reviews
June 5, 2015
Review originally posted on my blog.

Always Remembered is almost as I have imagined it would be after reading Current Impressions. The second book in the Never Forgotten series predicted more or less the energetic action in this volume. Yet, there are new, surprising and mesmerizing elements. To start with, I am very pleased with the plot shifting from one place to another, places which are beautifully described. Belle Tresor (the home of sirens), for instance, is so well depicted that it gives the impression of a veracious community where sirens live their regular lives, enjoying various activities. The image of Ronac (Meara's and her family's home), too, is developed to a greater extent. And then is Azuria, but I don't want to enter into particulars that may give you any spoiler.

Secondly, it is a pleasure to see the evolution of the characters. Meara, the protagonist, does evolve, maybe not as much as I was expecting, still, she is obviously more able, determined and, fortunately, more responsible. I must say, since the first book I have been getting along with her really well and I am certainly going to miss her. In Always Remembered her most powerful traits surround her continuously. The optimism, tenacity and the tenderness she owns are her definitory features and, likewise, the ones that make her truly unforgettable. I also got to know the other characters from different perspectives - Kieran, Evan, Ula, Brigid are just a few noteworthy examples.

Lastly, I need to express how happy I was about the epilogue. After the venturesome journey, which was full of ups and downs, strong emotions and wonderful landscapes, it came as a calming wave. It took away a bit from my "I-don't-want-to-finish-this" sadness and, one way or another, it opened the way to a new adventure. I do believe the author did a great job with this glimpse into the future of our beloved characters.

Overall, I am absolutely satisfied with the entire trilogy. I do feel it could have been even better, but, anyway, I strongly recommend Always Remembered as it successfully takes up where Current Impressions left off and makes up the ideal ending of a story that I have read, felt and that I will never forget.
Profile Image for Ren nerdychampagne.
213 reviews34 followers
December 28, 2015
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review



this book is precious. The whole series will always have a special place in my heart (right in the middle probably, they’re quite a stack but yes.) It’s the kind of book with a pretty much cliche flow that you don’t mind because details and characters weigh heavier. The writing is great. The flow was good. And the plot, I love it. What I love the most about this book is that my heart broke because of too much love. Okay, so there was a hint of sadness but generally, this book is great adventure. I love the character development, I love the romance, I love everything and everyone (if I hadn’t said that enough times yet) Just. Read. The. Whole. Series. This is the kind of book you read when you have lots of time to spare because I am telling you, you will calmly want the next book after the other. If you love fantasy, romance, and the water, this book is for you. The waves are telling you. You better believe them.

Go. Especially since the first book is free.
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100 reviews17 followers
June 24, 2015

I really enjoyed the first book. I thought that the idea of selkies turning into human form was creative and a very fun idea. And I really began to be invested in Meara's story.

That being said, the second book was a little harder to get into and more obviously meant for a younger audience. I found myself wondering where the plot was going. So I was really looking forward to reading the 3rd installment to get back into it.

I did enjoy the story and I would recommend it to teens. Always Remembered was very sweet. For myself, I didn't feel drawn in enough and felt that there were too many plot lines going. Also, switching POV from Meara to Evan was hard to follow. I did like the ending, and felt that there weren't many loose ends that needed to be tied up.
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November 30, 2018
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I loved it. The different species, the story, I really enjoyed it. The bad part: I read the story and is over :-( but I really loved it.My favorite character: Kieran! Also I liked Meara, great strong lead character. Great job 👍🏻😁
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141 reviews2 followers
July 18, 2019
Just WOW!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as the other two in this series... It held all the elements of which I enjoy in a good book. Love, magic, mythical creatures, and suspense.
55 reviews1 follower
May 12, 2017
I bought books 2 & 3

Immediately after finishing Book 1. While I thought the price should have been less (I'm frugal 😎), I loved this series.
Profile Image for Hayley Anthony.
6 reviews2 followers
April 11, 2016
I stopped reading halfway through. To be honest, I lost interest a book ago but kept reading as not to waste the time I'd already spent reading the books.

The more I thought about this book series, the more dissatisfied I became. Honestly, I'm sure I'll get too angry to continue if I list all the reasons this series (which had great potential, mind you), annoyed/angered me.

First off - that scene with Evan's internal commentary on his sister not wanting to eat a whole hamburger (oh, Meara is sooo different - she loves food!!). I'm so sick of a main character's love for food making her so 'different', 'special' or 'unique'. It doesn't.

The Evan and Meara break up was another thing that never made sense. It went straight from "wait for me" to "there's something external making me hate you so let's break up". Even when they realised that it wasn't actually his thoughts, they never second-guessed their decision.

Kieran. God. Don't even get me started. First off - he's the bad guy that 'seduced' her at a club. Okay, I can accept that. What I can't accept is him suddenly becoming the serious, strong, honourable hero. Hello, he broke up with his girlfriend's aunt because she wasn't powerful enough for him? Charming, really honourable, I'm sure. If I was Meara, I'd be sure to make sure he actually liked me for me, and not my wonderful Mary Sue-like powers.

The whole "you can't be Selkie and human" think made no sense. The time spent with the selkies just highlighted how very human-like their existence was - so, explain that to me.

Like I said earlier, there were numerous other things that bothered me, but we'll leave it at those - super disappointing, as, like I said earlier, the story had so much potential. I really did enjoy the first book.

I'll finish this review with the disclaimer that, as previously stated, I didn't finish reading the book, so maybe some of my above points were cleared up. Either way, I didn't stick around long enough to find out.
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1,456 reviews18 followers
March 11, 2017
On the cover in the foreground we see Meara on the edge of the beach and in the background looks like a Selkie who is trying to be converted. In this third volume there is Evan who is kidnapped by Ken, the head of the blue men. Just before his kidnapping Evan has let a package to Meara a necklace, her grandfather, to communicate between Selkie. They tempted to save Evan as the uncle and the aunt of Meara. And Meara will be preparing for the war. Ken want above all: destroy the Selkie thanks Evan powers. A third tome full of twists, too eager to immerse myself in the last volume reading.

Sur la couverture au premier plan on y voit Meara sur le bord de la plage et au second plan on dirait une Selkie qui est en train de se tranformer. Dans ce troisième tome on y retrouve Evan qui est kidnappé par Ken le chef des hommes bleus. Juste avant son kidnapping Evan a laisser un paquet à Meara un collier, celui de son grand-père, pour communiquer entre Selkie. Quant à l'oncle et la tante de Meara ils vont tentés de sauver Evan. Et Meara va se préparer pour la guerre. Ce que Ken veux par dessus tout : détruire les Selkies grace aux pouvoirs d'Evan. Un troisième tome pleins de rebondissements, trop hâte de me plonger dans la lecture du dernier tome.
Profile Image for Annabelle Garcia.
Author 15 books59 followers
May 21, 2015
Unbelievable! How much more can a person take? Well I can't wait to read more from one of my favorite authors. Kelly Risser doesn't dissapoint in this final instalment of her Never Forgotten series. I will not spoil the story for you, but for me this had the perfect ending. If you haven't read the first two books I would suggest that you stop reading right here.

When I first met Meara Quinn I really had no idea of how involved I would become in her life. I laughed, cried, hoped and felt every let down. After meeting a great guy, losing her mom, finding out that her father is a great ruler of a selkie clan we come to the end of this journey and the final battle between the selkies and their enemies The Blue Men. I suggest that while you read this final instalment you remember to breathe.

It was hard to say goodbye to the world of the selkies, but I have hopes that someday Kelly will revisit Meara and her family to let us know how our old friends are doing.

Kelly, I just want to say thank you for the best adventure I've been on in a long time.
3,871 reviews108 followers
June 27, 2015
I would like to thank Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy to review. In this explosive conclusion to the Never Forgotten series, Meara and Kieran train their fellow Selkies to fight for their lives against the impending attack by the Blue Men. Interdispersed with the action scenes are many quiet moments, to allow the reader to feel more of a connection to the main characters. With a strength and maturity beyond her years, Meara leaves nothing on the line in her endeavor to protect her kind and save her father. On her quest, she learns that one person's truth is another person's lie. Although I did not find this book as compelling as book 1, I am still a big fan of strong and capable Meara. I recommend Always Remembered to readers that are fans of YA fiction with a paranormal twist, or to those who like a story with a good plot, magical twist, and a little romance to tie it all together.
2 reviews
May 27, 2015
This is the final installment of the Never Forgotten Series. I couldn't put the book down. I was sad to see the adventure come to an end, but all of my questions were answered and I left as a very satisfied reader.
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99 reviews
August 12, 2015
Oh Man, it's finished! I feel like I've lost my best friends. If your into this genre of books then the never forgotten series is for you. I very much enjoyed reading the whole series and Always Remembered had me wide eyed and crying. Thank you Kelly for writing a wonderful series.
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5 reviews
August 7, 2016
in my opinion the best book in the series. it had me gripping to wanting more and I couldn't put it down.
and that ending!! Oh my God I was not expecting and yet it was freaking amazing! it made me cry, laugh and left me wanting more! Thank God for sea of memories!
23 reviews1 follower
June 11, 2015
This was a great end to a wonderful series! I can't wait to see what else Kelly Risser will come up with! If you haven't started this series yet, don't wait
June 4, 2015
I enjoyed the way this book completed the story. All three stories in the series grabbed my attention and had me wanting to keep reading.
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78 reviews1 follower
January 24, 2016
Always remembered never forgotten!

This was an excellent series.. I am a 72-year-old grandma who loves fantasy stories.. And this is one of the best ones I have read.
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May 19, 2019
well those books are fantastic i love magic and other worlds and this book gave me the chance to discover a new one thanks for that kelly!
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