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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  152 reviews
A snowy adventure, set in the wilds of Siberia, full of magic and wonder.

Born in a Soviet prison camp, Lina has never seen the world outside until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need every ounce of courage – and a wh
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Walker Books Ltd.
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C.G. Drews
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely and icy magical adventure! I really loved how it tangled historical fiction and Russian fairytales together, and all the snow and ice and dubious sorceresses gave me Narnia throwback vibes (which was my entire childhood) so I just really enjoyed gobbling up this middle-grade magical fantasy this afternoon. Also that cover? Can we just say entirely gorgeous!

It follows Lina and her best friend Bogdan who are in a Russian concentration camp, planning an escape that goe
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I knew it won't be easy to rate this book form the moment I opened it and realized it was something different than what I expected. This is a historical fiction middle grade book with polar fantasy elements. It is not, however, a polar fantasy book per se, and actually the fantasy elements were not that great. The story felt a little dull and, even though I loved the characters and the setting, I kept on feeling like something was lacking. I think that this book has a gorgeous cover and one of
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Jade Ratley
Reading for the Middle Grade Monthly book club February 2020.

Lina has spent her entire life trapped inside a prison camp in the harsh wastelands of Russia under Stalin’s rule. So when the night comes to escape with some fellow prisoners, including best friend Bogdan, she seizes the opportunity to be free for the first time. But the other prisoners have been hardened by life in the camp, becoming cold and untrusting, leading Lina and Bogdan to flee for their lives. On their journey to safety thro
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned
this sounds like Narnia meets X-Men and I'm definitely absolutely here for it ...more
Whispering Stories
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Eleven-year-old Lina was born inside a Soviet prison camp where she lives with all the other inmates and her mother Katya. One night she is approached by a trio of older male inmates who tell her that her mother said she could help them.

They have a plan to escape the prison but the camp is situated in the Siberian wilderness about three weeks from civilisation. They need food to survive the journey and that is where Lina comes in. She works in the greenh
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars-books
“Bodgan had pitched their hopes on a gamble. An extreme one, at that. But what was it her mother always said? Life is a gamble. Lina couldn’t tell the truth now without getting him into serious trouble. It was all or nothing.” – Nevertell, Katherine Orton.

When I first freed this novel and overset to the first folio, the very first sentence of the novel had already captivated me to read on as the writing style was so beautifully crafted and the prose used was on point. It was spontaneously explic
Cat Carstairs
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: middle-grade
"set in the wilds of Siberia"

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Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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It is always amazing to see a fast paced middle grade read that is not only entertaining but brilliantly written. Growing up there wasn’t a wide variety of middle grade books to read, or even YA for that matter, so you pretty much dived into adult fantasy from such books as the Deltora Quest series.
Nevertell is based in Russia, in a magic based wilderness were two escaped children work out who to trust in the unknown world. Lina and Bogdan have left the ar
Sietske (Thebooksofwonder)
This book is amazing!
Nen & Jen
Nevertell was a perfect read for my mood this week. With fantastical wolf-beasts, a vengeful sorceress and themes of friendship and love this story kept me happily entertained! Orton’s writing is fast-paced and full of energy. I was expecting a wild, adventurous ride and Nevertell certainly delivered on that.

Lina and Bogdan were easy-to-like characters that had a level of strength I hadn’t been expecting, considering their age. Forced to grow up fast in the Soviet Camp, these children faced batt
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This just didn’t cut it for me. I didn’t feel the sense of atmosphere that I really wanted, nor did I really feel the danger for the characters. I just wasn’t invested in them enough by the time of their escape to really understand or feel the bad for them. However, the idea of a novel set against the backdrop of Stalinist purges and prison camps is extremely interesting, I just wish it had been executed better.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read- March 2020 for Femme Fan Tale (Stand Alone and Non-Human Protagonist), Backlist Readathon, Animal Crossing Readathon (Recent Purchase) and Middle Grade Monthly Book Club

- This was the Middle Grade Monthly Book Pick for February but I've only just got around to finishing it but I am glad that I finally got around to it.
Beth Cato
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance galley of this book via NetGalley.

A prison camp in Soviet Russia is the starting setting for this fantastical middle grade book from Katharine Orton. Lina is a young girl born and raised in that terrible camp. Life is bleak, but she finds joy in working with greenhouse plants--that strangely seem encouraged by her touch--and the company of her dear friend Bogey. Lina's mother pushes her to go along with several prisoners as they make a bold escape into the wilderness--and B
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This did I adore it. This book was AMAZING!! It made me realize how much I apparently love Russian fantasy stories! This author did an amazing job! I really felt like I was there with these characters. I could see everything so vividly in my mind. The story was just so captivating too! Highly recommend!
John Moore
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, work for the publisher.

Didn’t know anything about the book and really enjoyed it. A snowy, magical and mystical middle grade perfect for fans of Katherine Arden, Abi Elphinstone and the like.
J.L. Slipak
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After escaping a Soviet prison camp, Lina is pursued by a powerful witch and her shadow wolves in a riveting debut that imbues frozen wilderness with fairy-tale magic.

All that twelve-year-old Lina knows of the world is the Stalinist labor camp where she was born, a place of hunger, cruelty, and deprivation. After a daring escape into the frigid Siberian wilds with her best friend, Bogdan, Lina vows to reach Moscow and find her long-lost grandmother, whom she hopes will help her return to the cam
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An extremely well written winter read about eleven year old Lina and her trek across the treacherous Russian wilderness to find her grandma.

The story starts off within a prison camp; the opening chapters were so compelling and so beautifully imagined that I felt as though I was Lina trying to escape with vegetables shoved under my coat. This extends to the description of the wilderness, where Lina’s bravery was about the only thing that forced me to keep reading as a terrifying sorceress with h
Claire Booksnink
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this story, I thought it was a bit quick to begin with and too much happened within the first 50 pages; this soon levelled out though and things changed and more of a plot began to grow and grow.

Loved how this story turned out with the revelations that came out and it was very heartfelt and in some ways heartbreaking for one of the characters.

At times during the story things happened very quick and slowed, this was repeated quite a bit through the story when in certain parts yo
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read
This was a fun, if not wintery, read. Good steady plot, and a lovely ending. Kinda reminded me of The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. A great first novel for Katharine Orton
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need more books like this in my life
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, I’m not sure how I feel after reading this book, it’s such an interesting story with a lovely and slightly dark magical feel to it but at the same time I’m not sure about some part of the ending….Lina has grown up inside a Soviet camp in Siberia. She has never known the outside world and spends most of her days tending to the greenhouse plants for the camp’s Commandant. But one day Lina overhears plans of a break out, and those who are escaping need to take Lina with them. For the first tim ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This books tells us about Lina, who grew up in a Soviet labour camp with her mother. She escapes with her best friend Bogdan, and together they try to get to Moscow and find Lina's grandmother. Along the way they are however hindered by the sourceres Svetlana and her pack of shadow wolves...

The atmosphere in this book was superb. You could really feel the cold of the Siberian wilderness (and reading it during a storm whilst curled up with a blanket was lovely). Also, the magic is just wonderful
Kirsty Baggs Morgan
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A magical story set in Stalin’s Russia in a bleak, Siberian labour camp. Loved every page - a fantastic story!
Elizabeth Molyneaux
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall, this got a 7.71, which is a 4 star!

Characters (8) - The characters in this were generally well rounded, and I enjoyed the arcs they underwent. Lina was a sweet and firey 11 year old, with a heart full of love and determination. The love she has for Bogdan and her general quick witted-ness was completely endearing! Similarly, Bogdan, although a little more mysterious, stuck me as a very honourable character. After reaching rock bottom when he ended up in Prison Camp 9, it seems that all
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A whisper hung in the air. It felt as if it hd grown there, like a piece of fruit, rather thn having been spoken." p146

Nevertell is a fast paced gem. It is a middle grade work, so for someone a little older, it does read quite simply. I am filled with Hansel and Gretel vibes as I read this book. Two escaped children, working out who and what to trust, all in the magical scenery of the Russian wilderness.

I am curious about the internment camp that we started the book in. It reads like a World W
The vapid part of me was so into the beautiful cover that Nevertell by Katharine Orton has. This is the first book by this author that I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed. Russian literature is high on my list of favorite world literatures and the nods to Russian folklore in this was intriguing. I am a big fan of icy and polar fantasy books so I dove into this with high expectations. For the most part it delivered and I’m giving this a high 3-star rating: 3.6.

The book centers a girl named Lina w
Tonja Drecker
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With dark tones, hope, a little history and even more magic, this is a read which surprises in many ways.

Lina and her friend, Bogdan, are held captive in a Siberia labor camp. When they have the chance to escape, things run amok. To save themselves, they venture off on their own and happen across a witch, who turns evil men into wolves to form her own shadow army. The witch harbors tons of hate, and when she senses the magic in Lina, she wants to use her for her own evil purposes. Lina not only
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars.

Nevertell is another middle grade book for me that I surprisingly enjoyed. I was not expecting it to be such a good read for me, but it did become one of the reads that I genuinely enjoy and show my sincerest interest in. Here are my thoughts on why I think this book managed to grasp my attention wonderfully.

I shall begin with the plot. The story began with Lina, who was escaping from her Soviet prison camp with her best friend. For me, it sounded dark at first, but the magical part
Cori // ghostlightbooks
This was an exciting middle grade adventure through the snowy wastelands of Siberia that will resonate with fans of A Wish in the Dark and Brightstorm!

We follow Lina as she races away from the only life she has ever known- a Soviet prison camp in Siberia's wildlands. Accompanied by her best friend Bogdan, she must fight her way through the sleet and snow to a better life, and possibly even a reunion with her Grandmother. But when there's trouble escaping the camp, Lina must work to find both her
Julia Thum
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

An enchanting, whirlwind of an adventure. The magic builds slowly and keeps you guessing right up to the final few chapters.

The friendship between Lina and Bogdan is heart warming (and they need as much heat as they can get crossing the frozen wilds of Russia together) and I really liked their devotion to one another, even when one of them got it wrong and the pair got into even deeper trouble.

With whispering stars, freezing words and magical capes, Nevertell whips you up into a 'snowpocalypse
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