Amber House # 2 Neverwas

Neverwas  (Amber House, #2)Neverwas by Kelly Moore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, I’m not sure what is up with the reviews of this book on Goodreads but after reading it, I can say that I don’t agree with the large majority of them. Reviews are supposed to be honest, so I will ignore the others with my usual amount of disregard for bullshit and give my honest opinion. This is about the book and only the book, not a pack of angry roving wolves searching for blood from other authors. I make friends in this industry every day, might as well counter-balance it with some enemies.

This book is different and in some ways that helps it out. I should begin by saying that I didn’t read the first book in the series, so I came into this one a bit blind. Still, the writing is good and the character development is interesting and well-thought enough to make me want to know more about the story.

This book delves into some very serious subjects, including race and social class and I was delighted by how well the authors gracefully covered these subjects. The main character is a reflection of the confusion that young people suffer when trying to figure out what they believe is a proper moral standard and code to live by.

There are magical and paranormal aspects to this story that made it intriguing for me as a reader and kept me looking forward to the next page. The story does jump back and forth a bit and at times was a little difficult to follow. Still, I liked the main character enough that I wanted to persevere and keep reading.

I didn’t expect things to go the way they did by the end of this book, and I now look forward to reading the rest of the series. Overall this was a story that captivated my senses and made me curious.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. My opinions are my own and in no way related to other reviewer’s thoughts on this title.



3 thoughts on “Amber House # 2 Neverwas

  1. For a second I thought you were going to bash this book. I once had the problem where all the reviews were glowingly positive for a book and I thought it duller than watching paint dry. It seems like the author is introducing social issues into a Fantasy book which is very good imo, for Fantasy to be taken seriously we need more of this. (Not saying all Fantasy books need to do this of course but it is nice to have a book make you stop and think).


    • Absolutely and thank you for pointing that out. I completely agree that there needs to be more reality in fantasy if we want the genre to be taken seriously. I think in the case of this book, the one stars were apparently related to an issue the author had with a certain group of reviewers. Sad to see, but I guess it happens.


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