Never Look Back



Never Look BackFeaturing Contemporary Afro Latinx Characters, Acclaimed Author Lilliam Rivera Blends A Touch Of Magical Realism Into A Timely Story About Cultural Identity, Overcoming Trauma, And The Power Of First LoveEury Comes To The Bronx As A Girl Haunted Haunted By Losing Everything In Hurricane Maria And By An Evil Spirit, Ato She Fully Expects The Tragedy That Befell Her And Her Family In Puerto Rico To Catch Up With Her In New York Yet, For A Time, She Can Almost Set This Fear Aside, Because There S This BoyPheus Is A Golden Voiced, Bachata Singing Charmer, Ready To Spend The Summer On The Beach With His Friends, Serenading His On Again, Off Again Flame That Changes When He Meets Eury All He Wants Is To Put A Smile On Her Face And Fight Off Her Demons But Some Dangers Are Too Powerful For Even The Strongest Love, And As The World Threatens To Tear Them Apart, Eury And Pheus Must Fight For Each Other And Their LivesThis Own Voices Retelling Of The Greek Myth Orpheus And Eurydice Is Perfect For Fans Of Ibi Zoboi S Pride And Daniel Jos Older S Shadowshaper

Lilliam Rivera is an award winning writer and author of the young adult novels DEALING IN DREAMS and THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, both by Simon Schuster and available now in bookstores everywhere Named a 2017 Face to Watch by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam s work has appeared in New York Times, Elle, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few She lives in Los Angeles Visit her at LilliamRivera.com.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Never Look Back
  • Lilliam Rivera
  • English
  • 11 December 2019
  • 1547603739

10 thoughts on “Never Look Back

  1. Cande says:

    update feb 2020 I WAS RIGHT AND LILLIAM GOT THE BEST, MOST GORGEOUS COVER EVER ok, thanks let s cry until this book comes out A Latinx Orpheus and Eurydice retelling Yes, please I know for a fact this book is going to get the best cover because that s what Lilliam deserves

  2. Anna Banana says:

    Lilliam Rivera is an author that I ve been meaning to read for years now and I m so glad I finally took a chance on this book It was SO GOOD The writing, the imagery, the characterseverything about this was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much When I heard that this was a retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice I had to pause and actually look up the myth because the only thing I knew about Greek myths is that they always end tragically And this myth is no different But I Lilliam Rivera is an author that I ve been meaning to read for years now and I m so glad I finally took a chance on this book It was SO GOOD The writing, the imagery, the characterseverything about this was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much When I heard that this was a retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice I had to pause and actually look up the myth because the only thing I knew about Greek myths is that they always end tragically And this myth is no different But I do like how Lilliam took this myth and made itmodern, not to mention incorporated religion and Dominican culture I especially loved Eury who may come across as weak to many but she does a lot of growing in this book and honestly, it s ok to be scared and not know what to do She is a teenager, they both are and I loved how this book emphasizes that They re not going to always know the right thing to do, they re going to make mistakes and that s ok It should be expected Orpheus is a very likable character as well and I loved his relationship with his father The reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that I wish there wasdevelopment of the romance and I wish there was an epilogue The romance was definitely sweet but it didn t feel as strong and concrete as I wished it would be It felt a little insta lovey and while I do understand how it works in context of the Greek myth, the fact that this book takes place over just a span of a few weeks if even that and they are both from such different worlds, I was hoping for I think an epilogue could ve given that because by the end, I was unsure if they would even last long term Which, ok I know this is YA and they are teenagers and who knows what will happen, but it would ve been nice to have a little bitof reassurance than what we got But that could also just be me and my dislike of HFN endings This book is a must for YA fans who love Greek myths but also who are looking for a story that will transport you into a world that has you looking around your own world and looking at it a little bit differently I can t wait to readbooks for this author arc given in exchange for an honest review

  3. Lupita Reads says:

    I love this book so much More to come later because my heart is a mess right now.

  4. Mithila says:

    I didn t quite like the book because I thought that it tried to combine and speak up about too many topics at one go Moreover, the representation seemed merely symbolic and not woven into the story, which made it seem dissociated from the characters themselves I did like the fantasy element in the book, but didn t like the fact that it was exploreddeeply only in the second half of the book and not from the starting itself.I d like to thank Edelweiss for giving me an opportunity to read I didn t quite like the book because I thought that it tried to combine and speak up about too many topics at one go Moreover, the representation seemed merely symbolic and not woven into the story, which made it seem dissociated from the characters themselves I did like the fantasy element in the book, but didn t like the fact that it was exploreddeeply only in the second half of the book and not from the starting itself.I d like to thank Edelweiss for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book

  5. ♠ Tabi ♠ says:

    this is giving me Anna Marie McLe vibes so, yes, I m here for this this is giving me Anna Marie McLe vibes so, yes, I m here for this

  6. Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads) says:

    I JUST found out about this and I m SO excited This sounds like an amazing and sweet love story and perfect to read during these crazy times Please come fast September

  7. Ursula says:

    Hello Gemmies I have an exciting book review to share with you today Please note I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera is a modern Latinx retelling of the Orpheaus and Eurydice myth This was such an enjoyable read and one that I never knew I needed I love this absolute unique take on the tragic myth with diverse characters Never Look Back is set mostly in The Bronx, New York with Hello Gemmies I have an exciting book review to share with you today Please note I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera is a modern Latinx retelling of the Orpheaus and Eurydice myth This was such an enjoyable read and one that I never knew I needed I love this absolute unique take on the tragic myth with diverse characters Never Look Back is set mostly in The Bronx, New York with additional scenes set in Puerto Rico Being a Puerto Rican who was born and raised in the Bronx, I can tell you this book felt so authentic From buying coquitos from a street vendor, to shopping on Fordham Road, to hanging at Orchard Beach This is a love letter to the island of Puerto Rico, its resilient people, and an ode to growing up Latinx in the Bronx Never look Back is a coming of age urban epic fantasy all mixed into one Lilliam Rivera has created an incredibly detailed and rich world with a complex magical system in an urban setting Her descriptions are so vivid I can picture each location and creature Never Look Back has moments of action wrapped in the mystical, But it isthan that, it is also an extremely well written character driven story I experienced moments of joy, anguish, and grief with our two main protagonists Eury and Pheus This is a love story but it is also a precautionary tale on being patient, keeping your faith, and believing in yourself We are introduced to a diverse cast of secondary characters as this tale unfolds and I wish we learnedabout some of them, especially Pheus father and Ato Havingbackground information on them would have addeddepth to the fantasy aspect of the story All in all this is a well developed thought out and unique story If you are a fan of slow burn fantasies, urban settings, magic, and complicated relationships then go read this book This gem published by Bloomsbury YA is available for pre order from all major booksellers and set to release September 1, 2020 I give Never Look Back 4 out of 5 gems I cannot wait for this book to be out in the universe for all to read Happy Reading

  8. Gina Malanga says:

    I don t even have the words to express my love for this beautiful, poignant and heart wrenching retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice set in the Bronx with two young lovers who are caught between two worlds Eury is a survivor of the Hurricane that destroyed her home and island of Puerto Rico, now displaced and missing her home she believes that she caused the Hurricane by displeasing her spirit friend Ato Pheus has a gift for music, music he has used to manipulate people s emotion I don t even have the words to express my love for this beautiful, poignant and heart wrenching retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice set in the Bronx with two young lovers who are caught between two worlds Eury is a survivor of the Hurricane that destroyed her home and island of Puerto Rico, now displaced and missing her home she believes that she caused the Hurricane by displeasing her spirit friend Ato Pheus has a gift for music, music he has used to manipulate people s emotions, especially women These two young people have a connection but will it be enough to bridge the underworld Through this ancient story the author examines issues of racism, colorism, sexism and the heartbreaking situation of the island of Puerto Rico so quickly forgotten by the rest of the country The music of Antony Santos, Romeo Santos and many others help we ve this tale that spans from the Bronx to the underworld to Puerto Rico And back This book is as lyrical as the story and I can not wait to share this book with my students

  9. Nia •ShadesOfPaper• says:

    Just when I was saying I needed an Orpheus and Eurydice retelling. MY BODY IS READY

  10. Kathy Meulen Ellison says:

    I love magical realism, especially when it blends the mythology with the modern day This new young adult novel by author Lilliam Rivera is a well told take on the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, blended with Caribbean folklore and Latin music Pheus is our bachata singing musical hero He is spending the summer in the Bronx living with his dad just like he does every year He is grounded and also has some strong dreams about making it big in music He meets Eury through her cousin Eury is f I love magical realism, especially when it blends the mythology with the modern day This new young adult novel by author Lilliam Rivera is a well told take on the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, blended with Caribbean folklore and Latin music Pheus is our bachata singing musical hero He is spending the summer in the Bronx living with his dad just like he does every year He is grounded and also has some strong dreams about making it big in music He meets Eury through her cousin Eury is from Puerto Rico and endured Hurricane Maria by sheltering in her home s bathtub with her mom The experience has damaged her but she was also scarred before that when her father left the family when she was young That s when she started to see Ato At first, Ato seemed like a useful imaginary friend helping her through the loss of her dad but Eury eventually begins to realize that Ato is obsessed with her and won t leave her alone She s come to the Bronx in the hopes that it is far enough away from Puerto Rico to put Ato behind Pheus meets Eury and is definitely drawn to her even as he realizes that her problems run deep Is it mental illness or is she truly haunted by a spirit from the island There s a point where the novel turns into an action packed adventure story as Pheus has to fight the spirits for the life of Eury Who knew that the Bronx had so many connections to the Underworld That certainly keeps the story rushing towards the conclusion Looking forward to reading Lilliam Rivera s two other young adult novels after enjoying this one

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