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Book two in the Amber House Trilogy, Neverwas continues the tale of Sarah Parsons and the mysterious connection she shares with her family’s ancient house. Sarah can’t put her finger on it, but she knows that something is terribly wrong with history. Using clues left for her by her ancestors, and guided by the Amber House itself, Sarah and her childhood friend Jackson must attempt to make things right.

“I gathered my frantic thoughts: I must have seen this picture when I was little. Seen Maeve’s little companion and adopted her as my pretend friend. That was the rational explanation. It was the only explanation.”

Neverwas is an interesting young adult fantasy that deals with the ramifications of a person’s choice. An extreme example of how one person’s decision can affect the future, (with some help from mysterious powers) this book also deals with the heavier topics of racism, class dynamics, and personal sacrifice. While readers who jump into Neverwas without reading the first book in the trilogy may be confused at the start, the book does a good job of bringing things full circle and can be read as a standalone novel. While the characters may not be terribly well developed, the narrative more than makes up for it. This is a good book for readers of the young adult genre who are looking for something a little bit different.

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