For Never and Always by Ana J Phoenix ~ Book Review by Caroline

28923188Title: For Never and Always

Author: Ana J Phoenix

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/10/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Fiction


Seth finds himself alone at an abandoned train station, with no idea what happened, or how he got there. He boards a train, only to discover it’s a special express transporting the recently deceased to their final destination. The conductor tells him he’s having a near-death experience. Seth wonders if it has something to do with his violent boyfriend, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting the hell off the train before he actually dies. But when he spots his best friend and secret crush among the traveling dead, the urge to leave fades…

My View:

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would and I don’t often get to say that.

It took me weeks to garner the bravery I felt this story would require – I’ll freely admit when I read the blurb my initial thoughts were “hell no!” I’ve read and previously reviewed Ana’s books here on Prism but I was ready to pass this one over rather than let it devastate me. It did devastate me but not until the last 20% and not in the way I expected either, so if any of you out there are feeling like me when you read that blurb – fear not – it’s not as painful as you are imagining and totally worth the ride.

I like the idea that in death there is a train that takes you onto your next journey, not only that it provides everything you require to get you to that place. You can’t get off that train until you make peace with yourself and the life you have led. It’s not a tool to make you feel guilty or bad more a gentle push to open your eyes to things you may have missed. There is very little on this train – a place to eat, a place to rest, a library and a baggage hold. Each of these places are significant and cleverly thought out.

You are compelled to board this train yet you are not compelled to leave. To not leave is dire but to get to a point where you want off is often difficult and painful.

Many reviews have already outlined the story so I feel no need to. I will say that is a romance like no other that I’ve read. It is often painful as Seth recounts his abuse and rape but his journey with Carter, his best friend and long-time secret crush, gives him the space and the ability to start to heal. It gives him strength and finally it gives him the promise that with patience he will get what his heart truly desires.


For Never and Always on Goodreads

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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