“Out of nothing, we create something.”
Arianna has spent her entire life being called a dreamer, an artist who created a world no one else can see. And for her entire life, she has taken the medication that keeps that world – and the one who brought her there – at bay.
Now an adult, Arianna reawakens that part of herself kept locked away in the darkest corners of her mind. When she hides her medicine from her fiancé’s ever-watchful eye, he returns – the shadow in the night who collects her for an adventure known only in her fantasies.
But something is different about this world called The Never. It is no longer the cheerful place filled with light and laughter that she knew as a child. Now, the sea creatures drag their visitors into the depths of murky waters. The natives battle to the death against the tribe of children. And the pirates, led by the feared captain called The Hunter, seek out Arianna for their own sinister plans.
As Arianna goes deeper into The Never, she discovers just what her connection to the land means – and must choose between her life rooted in reality, and the world where anything is possible.
My Thoughts: I read the synopsis of this book without even associating it with anything. It sounded interesting and I wanted to read it. I started the book and was a little ways into it before a commercial for Peter Pan came on and it clicked for me. I dove back in and drank the story up, loving every moment of what Kristina Circelli could tell me about The Never.
The story and characters were complex and always twisting. Every time I would think I had a grasp on something, a new lie or secret would be revealed. There was just so much mystery, and I didn't want to stop reading. I needed to learn about all of the secrets surrounding Arianna. I had to know what each of the three men in her life were hiding from her. The adventures were wild! These weren't the cheerful adventures from the movie my children love. Circelli wrote adventures that had me holding my breath. I desperately needed to know the outcomes, but I dreaded them as well. There were deaths and thievery, and darker things that were sad to read. But there was also love, joy, and redemption.
This was the first book of Kristina Circelli's that I have read. It was an amazing way to be introduced to an author. The Never will take readers flying, pillaging, fighting, loving, and learning. Circelli has amazing talent, and I cannot wait to read her other books.
About Author Kristina Circelli
A lover of the written word since the time she first picked up a pen, Kristina Circelli shares her passion for fiction in her multi-genre novels.
Circelli is the author of several fiction books, including The Sour Orange Derby, a young adult novel about family and childhood imagination steeped in southern traditions; Beyond the Western Sun and Walk the Red Road of The Whisper Legacy, which centers on Native American cultures and the legends that come to life in the spirit realm; and The Helping Hands, a book that follows a gang of friends who rescue abused children.
Currently, Circelli works as a copywriter, author, book editor, and creative writing professor at the University of North Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English. She resides in Florida, with her husband and two kittens.
I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.