Title: Never Forgotten
Never Forgotten, Book One
Author: Kelly Risser
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Risser keeps her focus on the little details of Meara’s everyday life, lending the book a nice, homey charm. ~Kirkus 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 embarks on a journey in the hopes of unlocking family history and finding her true self. But when she meets a handsome stranger at a local club who knows far more about her than he should, her world is again shaken. In him, Meara may have uncovered the key to the very secret that will reveal not only who she is… but what she is.
We start the story meeting a teenager named Meara who is faced with some drastic changes to her normal, boring life in Wisconsin (which is where I live…just wanted to say that). Meara’s mother, Sharon has cancer and ultimately knows that she’s dying, so she has decides to leave Wisconsin to go back home to live with her parents in Canada. Parents that she hasn’t spoken to in years and who Meara doesn’t even know. Right off the bat you know that this story has a very emotional and mature storyline from death to new beginnings.
It takes a lot for Meara to become fully comfortable with the fact that she’s starting her senior year in a new country and meeting her grandparents that her mother more or less ran away from. The plot thickens as she’s visited by a man in her dreams that she believes is her father, her father that she never met either.
After arriving at her new home she’s introduced to several more people one of which is her mother’s childhood friend, Lydia. This is where she meets her new friends who are Lydia’s children, Katie and Evan. Katie is the classic popular girl that loves to shop and demands attention. Her character is developed well and has good contrast to Meara’s subdued personality. Katie’s brother, Evan is older and is the typical boy that’s about to start college.
Not soon after meeting, Evan and Meara’s friendship turns into a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. I was a little thrown off by how fast they fell for each other, but that could just be how time in books come across. The quick pace friendship to relationship isn’t the only one that is created almost instantly. Meara meets a girl who she believes is around her age at her mother’s treatment clinic. After just meeting this stranger by the name of Ula, she leaves the clinic and goes to some secluded park. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it strange to leave with some random stranger. While reading I kept waiting for someone to do something very awful and become an untrustworthy character. And further in the book we find out that Ula isn’t who she said she was. However, no one becomes that hated character that most books have.
A lot of secrets and lies start to unravel as the story goes on. Those dreams Meara thought she was having of her father aren’t dreams at all, he’s really there and he has some pretty crazy things to say…like the fact that he’s not human. I’m not one for spoilers and it almost takes the whole length of the book to find out what exactly he is, what Meara is. The mystery that is woven throughout book puts you on edge and causes you to read faster just so you can find out. And I’m not one for ruining the suspense that the author creates.
Meara deciphers clue by clue what her father, David is hiding and slowly revealing to her with Katie and Evan’s help. And it’s Evan that has some skepticsm, but figures out what exactly Meara and her father are. Let me say that they both take it quite well, better than I think an average person would or should. Another person that took this all too well is Meara’s mother. She knew what David was before she had gotten pregnant with her daughter and what David is plays a crucial role in why she ran away from the country that has an ocean shoreline to the states.
From the mystery and secrets comes heartbreak and goodbyes. With the inevitable death of Meara’s mother, she is faced with the option to go with her father to discover and learn about what she is. To meet the side of her family that her mother kept her from. To Change and become something of myth and longer human. By deciding to take the plunge and leave she’s also saying a farewell to her boyfriend Evan and her grandparents.
If you’re a lover of the sea and all mythical creatures (I’m still not saying what) then I recommend taking some time and reading Never Forgotten. If you love a read that has mystery, love, secrets, and heartbreak then this is a book that won’t disappoint. I would lying if I didn’t say that I didn’t cry at least once.