Review: Never Never (Part 3), by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3)Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was the third, and final, part of Silas and Charlie’s story. While I didn’t hate the story’s conclusion as much as most of my friends did, I am definitely disappointed. I feel so….underwhelmed.

Charlie and Silas continue digging around, following the clues that they’ve left for themselves. Eventually, they unearth some disturbing truths. The reasons for their relationship’s decline were explained at last, which was kind of sad.

However, after all the build-up and suspense surrounding the reasons for their amnesia, we are given a cheesy, ridiculous reason. Seriously? It was a total let down!

I was willing to accept aliens, government conspiracies/government testing, drugging by one of their angry dads, some sort of accident…virtually anything but what we got. Instead, after all the anticipation, we are given a sweet, but completely unbelievable explanation. It was almost like they just got sick of the story and just wanted to end it quickly. Again, it was disappointing.

That being said, I didn’t completely hate Part Three. There were some very interesting revelations and I was still very engaged right up until the ending. I’m a bit torn because I actually liked most of it, but the ending really dragged it down. So, I’m going to average it and go with a 3-star rating. It started out as a 4, but the ending was a 2.

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Review: Never Never (Part 2), by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the huge cliffhanger at the end of the first book, Part Two has Silas searching for Charlie. She never made it home after they left the club. With the help of the clues they had written down, Silas does his best to find her.

If you thought that the first book was unbelievable, Part Two takes it to another level. The “amnesia” that these two seem to be experiencing keeps getting stranger and stranger. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that the “amnesia” storyline was unrealistic enough in the first place. It didn’t need to be made more so.

For most of this book, Charlie and Silas are separated. She has been imprisoned and must try and figure out exactly who is holding her captive and why. Meanwhile, Silas falls under scrutiny when Charlie does not turn up. He was the last person seen with her and the number one suspect in her disappearance.

Despite the fact that this story continues to get more and more far-fetched, I found myself listening the audiobook intently. I would have liked it if it were toned down a little more, but I can’t deny that I enjoyed it.

As short as each of these audiobooks are, the story doesn’t seem rushed at all. I wouldn’t have minded a little more information on Charlie’s escape and some sort of revenge against her captors. I thought that particular aspect of the story was a bit anti-climactic.

Overall, I’m still very interested in finding out what happened to Charlie and Silas. This story continues to hold my interest, even if this book seemed to get a little crazier. I didn’t think it could get any more unbelievable after the first one, but I was wrong.

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Review: Never Never, #1,by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never (Never Never, #1)Never Never by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t expect to like this serial as much as I did. I had seen plenty of bad reviews for this series, but I am always looking for quick audiobooks that I can finish between other, “deeper” audiobook selections. ‘Never Never’ was exactly the type of quick, “filler” audiobook that I was looking for.

Admittedly, I was wrong about this story. I was completely captivated by this story right from the start. It was just so different from everything else I’d read. I ended up reading all three books back to back, because I couldn’t pull myself away until I knew what happened.

The story is centered on two high school sweethearts, Charlie and Silas. It is immediately apparent that Charlie has some sort of unexplained memory loss. She can’t remember her name or anything about her life. She is scared, but decides to go through the motions at school until she can piece her missing memories back together.

Charlie walks through her school day, doing her best to soak up every detail. She does her best to change her behavior in response to the reactions of her “friends”, slowly identifying her usual behaviors and preferences. She is introduced to her boyfriend, Silas, but has no recollection of him either.

After spending the day together, Charlie figures out that she isn’t the only one faking it. It is clear that Silas has absolutely no idea of who she is either. Things go from strange to outright bizarre!

Circumstances throw these two virtual strangers together. They form a fast alliance, working together to try and figure out what is going on with them. Despite growing closer to one another, all the clues that they unearth paint a disturbing picture.

They were not the happy couple that everyone thought. Both of them had secrets…big ones! Now, they risk losing their newfound happiness as they come to terms with their betrayals.

Emotions run high and tempers flare. Like most YA stories, there is plenty of angst and back & forth to hold your attention. There is no shortage of teenage drama here.

That being said, you need to be in the mood for this kind of story. On another day, I might have found the exact same story to be immature and irritating. However, it was exactly what I was in the mood for at the time.

The first of three serials, this book ends with a huge cliffhanger. That shouldn’t be a surprise. If you’re like me, you’ll want to finish the series immediately.

This story was highly unbelievable, but greatly entertaining. It’s one of those books where you’re thinking, “Yeah right” and rolling your eyes…but you can’t stop listening anyway because you love every implausible minute. Yep, I was hooked! I started the second book immediately after finishing Part I.

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Wonderfully Painful

It Ends with UsIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phenomenal!

This book will make you fall in love, rip your heart out and force you to reconsider your preconceived ideas about abuse. This is the most moving book that I’ve read in a LONG time. It was absolutely addicting, but so difficult at times. I don’t cry very often, but this one had me crying big, fat tears.

It’s been a couple of days since I finished ‘It Ends With Us’ and I’m still thinking about Lily’s story. It’s one that’ll hang with you. In so many ways, her story gutted me. Yet, it was also inspiring.

Lily grows up in an abusive household. After watching her mother suffer for years at the hand of her father, she tells herself that she’ll never allow any man to treat her that way. She grows into a strong and independent woman, leaving behind the horrors of her childhood…Or so she thinks.

Despite everything she’s promised herself, Lily finds herself in an abusive relationship. The behavior and cycle is so insidious that you almost can’t believe what is happening. Ms. Hoover manages to weave the violence into a relationship that is otherwise seemingly perfect. It is so skillfully written that you won’t want to believe what you’ve read.

I found myself making excuses for the abuser. I didn’t want to believe that he wouldn’t change. For the first time, I could understand why women make excuses for abusers. I can only imagine how strong that pull must be in reality if I felt so strongly about a fictional character.

I am in awe of Lily. Her strength and conviction blew me away. I don’t think I would’ve been strong enough to do what she did. She was an amazing character.

This was a beautiful and heartbreaking book. I recommend it to everyone. It is a must read.

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