Never Apart by Romily Bernard | Book Review

NEVER APART BY ROMILY BERNARD

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“Sometimes people come into your life and change everything. You become someone you would never have been without them. They crack you open, split you apart, let light into places that have only seen darkness, but it always comes with a price: you cannot go back to who you were before.”
― Romily Bernard, Never Apart

Publication Date : October 3rd 2017

Synopsis:
How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen and Romily Bernard for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

When I read the last page in the book I closed it and sat there bewildered with how I felt. This book caught me by surprise. It was much different than I thought it would be and the ending completely caught me off guard. It is labeled from what I have seen as a Mystery/Thriller, but I think it also falls into another category as well. Even as I write this review I am going back and forth with how I feel about this book.

I was completely gripped from the beginning of the book. It started off pretty vague and it worked because you needed to know more. I wanted to know what the heck was going on and where the story would go. It definitely had a mysterious vibe and left you questioning. The story was well paced and went back and forth between the present and the past. I was not completely sure how I felt about the back and forth, but it gave the story a slow reveal and increased the mystery and kept a fast pace to the read. There were aspects to the story that I felt went too fast or not into enough details. Trying to think back on the story about the characters its hard to remember the entirety of the characters.I thought there was some lacking in the characterization. There was definitely character development with the main character, Grace, but it fell short for the others. There is a love triangley vibe to the story. But thankfully it was not full on in your face. I liked that you learn about the characters through Grace and how they play a role in her life and finding herself.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. I would say go into it without really reading the synopsis or focusing on what it is about. It surprised me and went a totally different way than I was expecting. It was a gripping mystery that at the end tied up all the loose ends, which is very important in my opinion. It was also quite nice that at the end there was some bonus material of a few chapters written from the other characters perspective, it added a little something to those characters. This book is raw, intense and very true to what happens in ones life without trying to sugar coat the events that shape us.

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Friday Reads | My Attempt to Complete Some Books

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 I have been put in charge of another area at work and have to now do the work of 4 people. It has been completely draining me and making it nearly impossible to get any reading done. It is almost the end of the month and I would like to complete some of the books have started as well as read as much as I was at the beginning of the month. I am still listening to When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I am also over halfway done with Never Apart by Romily Bernard. I am really hoping to spend some time on these books and get them finished. I am also planning on creating my October/Creepy/Spooky reading list this weekend. After I do that I might pick a book up from the list. Or I might pick up the next book in the Mercy Thompson World Series, I just haven’t decided yet if I am going by publication or chronologically. I also am planning on starting another audiobook I just haven’t decided which one. 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Friday Reads | What Are Weekends Edition

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Work has really been getting in my way of doing any reading this week and I have a feeling that is going to be the case through the weekend too. I am still listening to When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I usually listen to it as I go to sleep each night, but I have been so exhausted that I have been falling asleep with the light on. Last night I decided to take a break from my Mercy Thompson World binge read and pick up a book I received from Entangled Teen that comes out in October. It is called Never Apart by Romily Bernard. I haven’t looked too much into what this book about, but so far I am 20 pages in and it is for sure fast paced and a lot is going on that makes me want to know more.  I feel like if I actually get some time to read this weekend it will be a fast read for me. If I do get this finished I plan on picking up the next book in the Mercy Thompson World I haven’t decided which direction I want to go yet with the 2 series. I am trying to decided between publication and chronological date order. I also really have been wanting to pick up Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut and reread Looking For Alaska by John Green, but who knows what is going to happen.

What are you reading this weekend?