Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: The Amber House Trilogy, #2
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: Provided by Author for Blog Tour
Goodreads Summary: “I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss….”
At the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah made a choice that transformed everything–and now she must choose it all again.
Things are very different–better–for Sarah and her family: her Aunt Maggie grew up; her parents are happily married; her grandmother died after a long, productive and respected life. But other things are different too, and not for the better.
After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that’s been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It’s a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.
Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world–and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. Sarah must figure out what has changed, and why, and how she can fix it–how she can find her way to another otherwhen.
“Amber House was an odd place at any hour, but it was oddest when the darkness started to fill it at the end of a day.”
-Neverwas by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed
It was such a pleasure reading this book. A very good follow-up to this wonderful series.
Neverwas picks up where Amber House left off; after Sarah saved her brother Sammy, and unknowingly altered history, she must now live with those consequences. Bothered by visions of what once was, Sarah must try once again to alter history and choose the Otherwhen.
I will admit that it took me a while to get into this book because at first we were basically “re-living” what we had already seen in Amber House. This changes though, when we realize that the world is much different than we thought it was: there’s racism, sexism, segregation, and everything in between. Here’s where the book starts to take off. We’re eagerly anticipating cryptic clues being sent to us by the house, and the moment when Sarah will finally decipher them. The plot structure was definitely a very captivating one, full with twists and mysteries around every corner.
This time around, I found Sarah to be a bit annoying, but still likable. It was also nice to see all the characters we came to love in Amber House, plus also some new, intriguing ones. I’m so glad Jackson had a great part in this story, even if sometimes I felt like kicking him for being so secretive!
I loved how this book felt so eerie. It was what initially made me fall in love with the first book, so seeing it in this one was a great surprise.
The romance in this book was pretty low-key, which disappointed me at first, but I’m actually glad for that because in this book Sarah is sure of whom she wants, so there’s no pesky love triangle in the way.
I loved how the book ended. There were so many mysteries and secrets that I didn’t know how everything would play out. The way everything intertwined to make a mind-blowing ending definitely surprised me. It left me hanging for the next book!
Overall, this book was a wonderful continuation to the series full of everything you could hope for in an Amber House sequel.
Rating: 4.5 stars
In NEVERWAS, Sarah must piece together the mystery of her forgotten past with the help of clues left behind by her great-grandmother, Fiona Warren. For readers interested in the chance to win a signed first-edition hardback of NEVERWAS — with an exclusive hint for what’s in story for Sarah in the final book, OTHERWHEN, hidden inside — visit each blog on the tour for the month of December, collect the various lines from the poem, arrange them in the proper order, and submit the final sonnet by January 10th for a chance to win the special copy of NEVERWAS!
If you’d like to know what the previous puzzle pieces are, visit the other blog tour stops:
2. Marie Loves Books
3. Bibliophilic Monologues
4. Books Take You Places
5. Annette’s Book Spot
6. Zach’s YA Reviews
Visit the next tour stop, Novel Novice to get another clue!
About the Authors:
KELLY MOORE is a New York Times best-selling author, former litigator, and single mother of three. Her latest project, the young adult fiction series THE AMBER HOUSE TRILOGY, co-written with her two daughters and based loosely upon her own family history, examines fourteen generations of Maryland women and their ties to the past, present, and future. The first book in the series was nominated for the 2014 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award for its realistic portrayal of characters with autism; Moore is outspoken about her inclusion in the autism spectrum, and is dedicated to autism awareness.
TUCKER REED is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer. She has been recognized on the national level for her short stories, essays and poetry. She is also a notable political blogger and has appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC and HuffPost Live, as well as featured in articles published by TIME magazine, Marie Claire magazine, Ms. magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among numerous others.
LARKIN REED is a professional photographer, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in filmmaking. In 2013, Reed established her own multimedia production company, and has subsequently produced and directed several short films.
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