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Never Never Series- Book Review

Never Never

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

I blew through these and not only because they were novellas but because I could not put them down. I had to know.

I’m a girl who has a love hate relationship with suspense/mysteries. I love them because I love trying to piece things together and see what happens in the end. I hate them because I absolutely cannot stand the wait. I feel like I cannot read fast enough. I especially love them when I don’t see what’s coming.

Written in alternating point of views, we start of with Charlie in a classroom. She hasn’t a clue how she got there, who she is, or any immediate memories. Then we go to Silas and he cannot remember anything either. I will admit at first it was strange and I found myself being sort of annoyed. As if I wasn’t in on something. A few chapters later and I was past the point of no return.

We follow Silas and Charlie through their journey to find out who they are. Through their days in school and meeting their friends and families for the first time, you feel like you’re there with them. Their anxiety about who they are and why they don’t know is so real. I felt as if I was with them on Bourbon Street trying to figure things out.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say without spoiling. You just have to go for the ride yourself. Hoover is one of my favorite contemporary writers and this didn’t disappoint although I think I would have preferred one book but it was fun and the cover art on all the books is beautiful and sort of foreshadowing.

Destiny. Fate. They are real. I believe that.

 

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Book Review – Bright Side

Bright SideΒ by Kim Holden is a story about Kate. Kate up and moves from California to Minnesota leaving her best friend Gus behind and marking college of her bucket list. She’s nicknamed Bright Side by Gus because he claims this is where she lives, on the Bright Side. Kate is all about optimism and beingΒ a good person. It was so wonderful to not hate the heroine at any point. She meets Keller Banks and falls in love. Keller is smart and focused and not the typical “I’m good looking and I’m allowed to be a giant tool” guy. Both carry secrets and we all know secrets in books have a way of knocking you on your ass, and this one did just that.

Bright Side

The characters were stunning. All of them, even the loathsome aunt.

I’m so sad that I bought the Kindle version because I would have loved to mark this up and dog-ear it. This book is filled with life lessons and damn good advice. It’s filled with gems like this:

I’ve always been pretty good at accepting the whole of someone, the good with the bad. I see it all, but try not to let it cloud my judgement. People are complicated. Life is complicated

Today, my life is awesome.
I don’t want to think about tomorrow.
Or the day after that.
So I repeat to myself: Today, my life is awesome.

Don’t judge each other. We all have our own shit. Keep your eyes on yours and your nose out of everyone else’s unless you’re invited in. And when you get the invitation, help, don’t judge

There isn’t much I can say about this book that doesn’t spoil the ending and I don’t want to do that. I hate that. But I will say that you will probably cry a river of tears, I certainly did, but it was worth every single one. I feel like a better human after reading this beautifully crafted story.

I’ll leave you with this final quote and thought:

Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.

Life is full of change. No matter how hard you fight change, it happens. You have to accept those changes and keep going and look at the Bright Side because there is one, you just have to find it.

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Left Drowning – Book Review

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I loved this book.

Jessica Park’s ability to write interesting and deep characters is one that I’ve been finding hard to come by lately. Especially in the contemporary genre. Many authors now get stuck in overly descriptive, explicit sex scenes with no substance to their characters.

Blythe was not just a one dimensional college girl with an obsession over a guy. Her pain, guilt, and hurt were easily felt and it made me connect with her almost instantly. Sabin was a lovable teddy bear of a first friend and the entire Shepard crew grabbed me from their entrance to the story. I could easily see what they all went through as something totally realistic and tragic and Christopher was right up at the top of the list of guys who think they aren’t deserving of love but who are deserving of it the most.

I was slightly bothered by the swearing and the sex scenes were explicit but also real and in the end I didn’t mind reading them. The story was so much more than sex.

4 stars Ms. Park, well done!

**This review also appears on my Goodreads.