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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Can the truth set her free?…
 
A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith’s death was an accident—or murder.  Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks
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Paperback, 269 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Lyrical Press, Inc
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Anastasia
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5/5 stars

Trigger Warning: death of a loved one, self harm, depression, abuse, and off the page rape

Disclaimer: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Place of Never was a beautiful book about grief, forgiveness, and new starts.

A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith's death was an accident—or murder. Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people
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Emily
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I generously received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was very delightedly surprised with this. To be completely honest, I did not have high expectations, but this book turned out to be wonderfully enjoyable!

There are so many concepts in this book that are extremely hard to write about and make it good. Of course there will always be controversy over such issues, but this novel did an incredible job of portraying them. It writes about issues such
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Abbie
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Mercy was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her. She lost a lot in a short space of time.

This wasn't a bad read, but after a while I just lost interest unfortunately. The pacing was a bit too slow, so it ended up dragging in areas for me.

Overall, An okay read, but couldn't hold my interest well.
Michelle Dare
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that no matter what I write in this review, it won't do it justice. I absolutely LOVED it. So, here goes.

Mercy has spent the last three years in her room. She lost her sister and her mother within a short period of time. To deal with it she stayed inside, stopped eating, and stopped interacting with anyone. Her father firmly believes that the people with the traveling sideshow that was in town when her sister died, were responsible for her death. When the gypsies appea
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Emma
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was set three years after Faith's death, it showed how much her death had affected her family in different ways. How they were still trying to find themselves without her. How to be a family again when members are gone forever.

Mercy was a good main character, she thought about her sister a lot and it was good to learn about what happened this way. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a sister who was also y
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Cynthia
View this review and more others on Let's Say It's a Blog.

*Digital ARC was received from publisher through Netgalley*

After 3 years of curling up in pain and grief, Mercy was now ready to come out of her shell and find the answer behind the mystery of her sister's death. Mercy was sure that Faith didn't commit a suicide, despite what the town rumor said about it. Whatever hidden behind the curtain had been stayed too long while her family grieving over the losses of two family members in a row. N
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Daniela  (Lost in a Book Blog)
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This was a really nice surprise. I requested this book because the cover drew me in. After I saw it, I went and read the blurb of the book and thought it sounded like something I would like. And it was.

This book introduces you to Mercy's life, a girl who's had to see death way too many times for someone so young. For years she's had to suffer and live with the pain and guilt and the doubts that those deaths left her with. What if she
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-RadioactiveBookworm-
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: Can the truth set her free?…

A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith’s death was an accident—or murder. Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks. He’s a kindred spirit, someone who sees into her heart for the first time in, well, forever. Yet stirring up
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Paula  Phillips
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite things about being a member of Netgalley is the chance to read releases before the actual release date and some of them are amazing like In Place of Never. The book starts a bit omnious with the main character Mercy's household being like the walking dead as they move like sloths from one thing to another . We discover that it has been three years since the family lost not only a sibling but also their mother three months later. Mercy went through a rough time and blamed hers ...more
Terri
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

3.5 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is February 2nd, 2016.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. you see the thing is circus' freak me out. So does the idea of a travelling sideshow. I find the idea of gypsies (the ones found in fiction) extremely creepy. I don't know why, its just something I can't explain. At least t
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Connie
Source: I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, with thanks to Lyrical Press and Netgalley.
Cost: Free

Title: In Place of Never
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Genre: YA, contemporary
Overall Rating: 3 stars

This was okay.

I wanted to love this book so much, usually I really enjoy this type of book, the whole losing a sibling thing seems to be a main theme in a lot of books I've read and it's something that every author tackles differently as it's something that a
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Melanie McFarlane
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Where do I start? I love the elements of romance in this novel, it is both sudden and all consuming, just as a first love should be. As for the mystery element, I was continuously strung along, and just when I thought I figured it out, I was pulled in a different direction. I would have liked to see more of the Roma life, but was please with what I did see. Judgement and forgiveness were two important elements addressed. This is the perfect standalone novel, filled with love, mystery, and i ...more
Lorraine Montgomery
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Place of Never is the latest novel by Julie Ann Lindsey. I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book by Lindsey that I've read and it won't be the last, of that I'm certain.

Lindsey is telling a story of romance, mystery, small town paranoia, loss, and restoration. Mercy is the middle daughter of the Porter family. Her father is the pastor of the local church, her younger sister Pru (Prudence) is a fairly typical teenager, and
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Madison
This truly is a stunning book. With a unique, lyrical writing style, jaw-dropping romance, a heroine you can really get behind and all the intrigue of a good mystery, this book has it all.

Mercy' sister died three years ago in a tragic drowning everyone labelled an accident. Mercy's mother committed suicide not long after, Mercy's dad, a pastor, buried himself in work and Mercy herself checked out of life altogether, leaving her younger sister to raise herself. But the three-year anniversary of
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Angel - Angel Reads
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and more on Angel Reads.
I received an e-arc of In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey from Lyrical Press, Kensington Books via NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this book. I hadn’t heard much about, I read it on a whim as the synopsis intrigued me and I am glad I did.

In Place of Never follows protagonists, Mercy as she tries to come to terms with the death of her sister. Even
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Emily
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery
Published: February 2, 2016 by: Kensington Books
Pages: 269
Rating: 5/5 stars



*Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to receive this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Mercy Porter has been living in darkness ever since her sister Faith tragically drowned. Now three years later, Mercy wants to piece together what happened that fateful night, by interviewing a travelling band of gypsies who were accused of being involved in th
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Audrey
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review posted on my blog, Audrey's Bookcase :

First off, I should mention that there are a couple of trigger warnings; the story deals with self-harm, abuse, suicide, and depression. It's not for the light-hearted, and it's not something I'm usually the first in line to read, but to say this book surprised me is a bit of an understatement. I mean that in a good way.

I have to admit that it took me a while to get into the book. About a quarter into it, I wanted to drop it and move on to the next,
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Laurie Treacy
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey is a poignant and powerful read. The cover simply spoke to me and the summary made me want to read it (like NOW). I devoured the book in one evening. Mercy's voice drew me in with its mixture of melancholy, unbelievable honesty, wit and gentle strength. This girl has had to endure so much in her young life and before she leaves for college she needs answers. Answers to some of the most troubling events in her life--in particular the death, and the mystery ...more
Alyce Hunt
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
"We all have scars. They aren't always visible, but they're there. Life's hard on everyone, no matter what people show the world. Don't be ashamed of these. Scars are proof of healing. Scars say you survived."

It's been three years since Mercy Porter's sister, Faith, drowned. The official cause of death was accidental drowning, but the rumours have swung from suicide to murder and back again. Mercy had completely closed herself off from the world for three years, ignoring her father and her youn
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Riki
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an absolutely delightful find. I had no idea what to expect when I requested a review copy, but I was so intrigued by the synopsis and needed a dark, twisty YA in my life like nobody's business. Boy, was I ever pleasantly surprised!

This book has everything I love about a deeply moving and intense mystery, all wrapped up in a darkly atmospheric, richly depicted underworld. In this instance, that underworld is a traveling family of performers who may or may not have the answers to a
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Betty
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC copy via NetGalley for an honest review**

This was my very first book of the year, and let me say that it was a great book to start me off. In Place of Never is a beautifully written story about loss, grief, guilt, prejudice, love and redemption. To be honest, the summary seemed interesting enough, but I didn’t really have high expectations for the book. The idea of gypsies however (Roma is the correct term though) did catch my interest. I was wonderfully surprised by how much
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Sharon
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Years after Mercy Porter's sister Faith drowns in a tragic accident, Mercy is struck with the feeling that it may have been a deliberate act. A chance meeting with Cross and the band of traveling gypsies, who had been in the area at the time of Faith's death, provides Mercy with the opportunity she needs to find out what happened to her sister, once and for all. She is stuck between
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Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
SHORT: A dead sister, a mother who committed suicide, and now, after three years of wallowing in misery, cutting herself, starving and living isolation, Mercy has decided to come out of her hole, at the exact time that the circus roles into town. The circus disappeared the night her sister died, and they're the only ones who really know what happened to her...

The first thought I had about this book was: Faith, Mercy and Prudence. I get being preacher's daughters, but WOAH! You get it, right?

My
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Irene
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley! :D

Rating: 3/5.

To my utter surprise, I liked the book. I enjoyed reading Mercy's story. Obviously it's not the revelation of the year, but it's strangely entertaining and easy to read.

My favorite quote: Fixing was not love. Fixing was like saying: "I do not like you this way. Let me change you into something That makes me more comfortable. "

But although the book amused me, there were some details that I didn
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Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
pooled ink Reviews:

In Place of Never is a heart-tugging story of loss, grief, hope, healing, and romance. It explores prejudices, pain, family, and faith. Sharing a story that cries out with pain and yet never loses this hesitant feeling of relief and hope. It dips into depths of darkness and reaches forwards towards healing. A beautifully written book.

Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.wordpress.com/2015/...
Melinda
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I have to be honest this book has a special place in my heart. I remember sitting with Julie Lindsey as she plotted this story. I loved Mercy before I even started reading it! This book though drew me in. I think as teens we all struggle with something. And the one thing we want is someone to hear us. Mercy and Cross did that for each other. I loved the tenderness and honesty. Such a great book!
Nancy
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Interesting story and good ending.
Shannon
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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***I received this book through NetGalley for reviewing purposes; the following is my HONEST opinion of the book as I was in no way obligated to give a positive review. Thank you NetGalley and Lyrical Press for letting me read this book in advance!***

In Place of Never
is about a teenage girl named Mercy who is trying to come to terms with her older sister Faith’s death before she leaves for college. At the time her sister drowned, a
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Ruthsic
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith's death was an accident—or murder. Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks. He's a kindred spirit, someone who sees into her heart for the first time in, well, forever. Yet stirring up the past puts Mercy in danger…

Suddenly someone i
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Ace
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Place of Never starts out on the anniversary of Faith’s death. It’s been three years and Mercy is still reeling at the death of her older sister. This book holds onto a hefty amount of triggers for people who have had depression, issues with death and losing a member of the family as well as self harm. I would not recommend this novel to people who are still in recovery or are easily triggered by graphic detailing. While Mercy is a victim of all of these things, the novel focuses on her heali ...more
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