Book Review – Never Never Part 3 by Collen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Recovering your past is never never what it first seems

Never Never Part Three Book Review Pic 01 by Casey Carlisle.jpgGenre: Y/A, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

No. of pages: 92

From Goodreads:

Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were? 

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this final instalment of the Never Never series after loving the first two books so much. It had all the mystery, sass and heart of its predecessors, but there was something lacking…

For one, Silas remembers. And though it is a key point in the plot, at first it felt like a cheap storytelling tool. But this argument only stands if you look at ‘Never Never part 3’ as a book – not the third part of one book. Colleen Hoover was contractually restricted from co-authoring with another writer outside of her publishers catalogue, so this method of three small novellas was a work around.

Another aspect was the solving of the amnesia mystery. Although I didn’t hate it, it lacked some punch. We had all this angst and conspiracy theories being thrown about in the first to instalments, so it would have been fantastic to still include some of these elements. Or alternatively, leave something unsolved or open ended, give one of the elements its own subplot.

Many characters and theories (like the voodoo angle) were completely ignored in part 3, which were the things that had grabbed my attention in the first place, so I felt a little ripped off that I was left hanging. (Me loves some paranormal storiesJ)

Ultimately, the conclusion felt “nice.”

Though, I will say I lurved the character development. Especially that of Charlie. We see a different version of her in each book. Every time her memory is taken, that whole nature vs nurture aspect comes into play in forming her personality. There are certain traits that are intrinsic to her character, and the others grow from her experiences. It was captivating to read her reactions each time she woke with a clean slate and how those first events shaped her opinions for the next 48 hours.

If this series ever gets a bind up, it will be a completely different reading experience, and I am planning to re-read these end-to-end again at a later date to see if my opinion differs to the initial read. Great, quick paced novel with a paranormal element I’d recommend to all my friends.

Overall reaction: Where was the rest of it?

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Book Review – Never Never – Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

If you’ve forgotten who you are – maybe there’s a reason.

Never Never Part 2 Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Contemporary, Supernatural

No. of pages: 158

From Goodreads:

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?” 

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The mystery deepens… and I’m loving it!

More clues, more answers and so many more questions.

(Here’s a short review for a short book in the middle of a series)

There was more of Silas in this book – his obsession with Charlie and finally questioning everything about him. I’m not sure if we get a glimpse of the mythology behind this story, but it is certainly intriguing. I’m buggin out for part three – it can’t come soon enough.

A fast read with real atmosphere, you can really feel Silas and Charlies frustration because just when they think they are getting somewhere, they uncover a clue that flips their entire world again. Struggling in a world to find some traction when the ground keeps moving and you’re questioning everyone and everything.

It’s short, sweet and one of my favorite series started this year.

Overall feeling: Mind blown!

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Book Review – Never Never (Part 1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

You can find love in the strangest of places… no matter who you are.

Never Never Part 1 Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

No. of pages: 159

From Goodreads:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. 
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.  

Page border by Casey Carlisle The author’s names alone had me picking up this title – plus it is a short novel, great for reading after some of the thick, heavy series I’m in the middle of at the moment without killing any momentum. ‘Never Never’ turned out to be exactly what I needed.

I nearly only gave this 3.5 stars because of the overdone aspect of amnesia in a story line, and the fact that the book resolves little… but I also liked that we don’t find out what exactly is going on, but uncover even more that needs to be sleuthed out.

Never Never Part 1 Book Review Pic 02 by Casey CarlisleCharlie and Silas really are different people from who they were sans amnesia – it is important to realise just how much memories make us the person we are… and how much it doesn’t. And we really get a sense of that here.

I loved the mystery, and how they both tried to uncover answers without spilling their own secret. Each fumbling along in unfamiliarity, it kept me on the edge of my seat. The only thing they have to go on is their gut feelings. Because of this, you see a lot of their true natures shine through.

There is plenty of intrigue here, and an obvious shiz-storm of a situation they had left behind… which they will have to deal with at some point.

I loved that this is a book on its own… like a prelude movie, or teaser.

One aspect that wasn’t so great was the insta-love trying to assert itself. It wasn’t exactly like that, but the undercurrent was looming in the periphery and, thank goodness it wasn’t all out unsubstantiated passion, we merely get a hint, we know there is a history, but it’s tied up in the mystery, so I managed to get past it.

I really appreciated the writing style – it was both melodic and edgy, really fitting the target market, but also with a touch of sophistication. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series, and jumped online and ordered ‘Never Never Part 2’ right away… part three is yet to be released (next year) but something I’m definitely adding to my collection.

Overall feeling: Wondrous and magical

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