Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

25454883 Title and Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Series: Never Never #3

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, 2016-Release

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Published: 19th January 2016

Ratings: download (1)


Summary: New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
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?

Review: This book should be renamed to- How to Disappoint by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

Never Never started out as a fresh and unique series. If you’ve read my review of Never Never Part 1, you’ll know how much i enjoyed the book. Even the blurb of Never Never had me all excited!

“I could spend every day getting to know you all over again, Charlie, and I don’t think I’d get sick of it.”

It told the story about how two high school students had lost their memories at the same time and together they try to put their lives into pieces whilst trying to figure out what was happening to them and why.

“‘What’s the one thing you’re the most scared of forgetting?’ he asks.
I open my eyes. ‘You.'”

I was really really excited to know how the series would end. Part 2 had us all guessing that it was probably something paranormal which had caused their memory loss. Atleast, that’s what we all thought it would be…or in my case hoped it would be.

But NO. All the suspense and anticipation was for nothing. The authors decided to give it the WORST and possibly the most cliched ending.

Are you kidding me?” Was the first thought that came into my mind after reading it. The idea of the book was interesting but I don’t think that the authors were able to properly execute it.  I have never ever felt so let down before. I had such high hopes for this one but well, seems like I was wrong yet again.

Final thoughts: This series had potential! I had a really good time reading the first two installments but the ending just kind of ruined it all for me.

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Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

24644814Title and Author: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row #2 

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, 2015 Release

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: 22nd December 2015

Ratings: download (1)


 

Summary:

Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. 

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

Review: I was really looking forward to this book because All Fall Down was the first book I reviewed when I started this blog and also because I love Ally Carter. Her books never seem to disappoint me so I had high expectations for the sequel. Sadly, I ended up really disappointed.

“This is my big brother, the boy who slayed all my monsters. But just as soon as I’m back on the ground, I remember: The monster is me.”

In this book, we finally get to meet Grace’s brother Jamie who is on leave from his military academy back in the US and as come to spend some time in Adria. Grace, however isn’t too happy to see her brother because she feels that now that she knows the truth about what happened three years back, nothing would ever be the same again. Not even her relationship with her brother.

Keeping that in mind, Grace spends more than half of the book whining and hating herself for what happened. I mean, I get it. I understand anyone would feel horrible but I don’t need to be reminded about it on every single page.

“history almost always repeats itself. And it is almost always written by men.”

Then half way through the book, Ally Carter introduces a 1000 year old secret society which has been and continues to influence all events that take place in Adria. This was just too ridiculous and yet I continued to read the book. But then Ally Carter went ahead and did the unforgivable. She introduces to the plot, a story of the baby princess of Adria who got lost (in a way) during a coup which took place 200 years ago. Naturally, even after 200 years have past, people are still curious to know what happened to the lost princess. Or better yet, whatever happened to her descendants. And ofcourse this curiosity turned out to be the reason behind why a few had lost their lives.

As much as I love Ally Carter, this book was too ridiculous. And the lost baby princess plot was the last straw. The only reprieve was that we get to see a lot more of Alexei and both Grace and Alexei seem to be a lot more closer to each other than before.

Final thoughts: I don’t know whats going to happen in the next series and frankly I don’t even want to know. I feel like the author herself doesn’t know what to do with the series anymore and frankly, I’d rather read a sequel to the Heist Society than a sequel to this.

 

 

 

Book Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

22929578Title and Author: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer #1

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 7th July 2015

Ratings: download


Summary: This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars. 

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.


Review: After being swamped by my university books for so long, I finally had time for leisure reading and I’m glad I chose this because I was sucked into the world created by Jennifer Barnes from page one.

“You’re telling me that my sister is a professional problem solver?” I asked tightly. “She just goes around, solving other people’s problems? How is that even an occupation?”
“Supply and demand?” Vivvie suggested. “Around here, we call them fixers.”

The Fixer tell us the story of Tess Kendrick who after living a quite life at her grandfather’s ranch is left with no choice but to move to D.C with her sister Ivy who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in three years. In DC, Ivy works as a professional problem solver for important political figures and when Tess joins Hardwicke, an elite school for the children of the rich and powerful, she soon realizes that the same is expected of her as well. Tess is an absolute badass. Shes strong, independent, incredibly smart and has a zero tolerance for bullying. She doesn’t intend to become a fixer but it soon becomes apparent that problem solving runs in the veins of the Kendrick sisters.

“Go away, Asher.”
“You say go away, I hear be my bosom buddy.”

Apart from Tess, even the other characters are very well rounded. Each and every character had an important part to play in shaping of the story and what I liked most was that all the characters had very different personalities. Tess’ group of friends included Vivie, who she becomes instant friends with at the very beginning, Asher, a troublemaker who seems to be everyone’s best friend, Emelia, Asher’s smart and resourceful twin and Henry, who doesn’t seem to like the Kendrick sisters very much.

The plot was absolutely terrific and intriguing!  Although it was a political thriller, a large theme of the book was centered around family and the relationship between Tess and Ivy. There were certain twist and turns that which would come as a shocker but unfortunately, I had already been suspecting them way before they were revealed. However, I’m sure I would have been completely blown away if i hadn’t been paying attention to little details. Another thing that I quite appreciated was the lack of romance. I like how the author felt that there was no need to throw romance into the mix as the mystery in itself was very engaging.

Final thoughts: The Fixer is an absolute page-turner. I really did enjoy reading it and I am definitely looking forward to book two!

Book Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Title and Author: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Series: No, its a Standalone

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: 13th November 2012

Ratings: download (1)


Summary: A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that HelloGiggles.com says you’ll love “if you’re into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in.” 

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love. Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Review: 

“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life? ”

I have never disliked a character as much as I disliked Julia who happens to be the protagonist. So this book and I were a no go from the very beginning and yet I somehow read through it because I don’t like leaving books unfinished.

Julia was irritating, judgmental, shallow and at times she said such mean things and didn’t even have the decency to apologize. She makes no effort in making friends either and that’s because she thinks she is waaay better than everybody else. She’s in love with a boy who she’s had a crush on for years and believes him to be her MTB i.e Meant to be but the thing is, she has NEVER even spoken to him so on what basis did she come to this conclusion anyway! When you pick up a book, you’re supposed to at least understand the character if not like them but the whole time I was reading this book, all I wanted was to punch her in the face. Infact, the entire book is filled with exasperating characters.

The main love interest, Jason, is a complete jackass. He is supposed to be the class clown but everything he did was really immature and annoying. He nicknames Julia ‘book-licker’ and uses the term one too many times. Moreover, he spends most of his time trying to humiliate her and Julia just takes his crap. On top of all that, he behaves like he’s 8 years old. These people are supposed to be 17 year olds so behave like it!!! There was nothing about Jason that appealed to me and there was no chemistry between the two except in this one scene when its raining and that’s because rain makes everything more romantic.

Final thoughts: This book had the potential to be really good. Despite the lame ass characters that ruined it for me, the book was quite funny and I did like the ending because I wasn’t really expecting it. However, lets just say that this book and I were just not Meant to Be.

Book Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

24378015Title and Author: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Series: Never Never #1

Shelves: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Paranormal

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Published: 7th January 2015

Ratings: 4 stars


Summary: 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.

Review: Can we please talk about the blurb. I think we all need to appreciate the smartass who wrote those three lines! I like to imagine that whoever was responsible for it, wrote it with a smug smile on his/her face and I would very much like to take this person out for a drink. I mean just look at it! Its possibly the vaguest blurb I have ever come across but its what made me yearn for the book.

“I want to know if she’s wondering the same thing I’m wondering: What does Never Never mean?”

When I finally finished reading it, I just closed the book and just stared at it for about a minute. From the outside it might have looked like I completely calm and just appreciating the book cover. However, the truth is that I was freaking out and fangirling inside! All I wanted was to shout from the rooftops that this book is FANTASTIC!

Never Never tells the story of two highschool students: Silas and Charlie who suddenly have no recollection of who they are, where they come from, what was happening to them and why it was happening. Together they look for clues and try to put together their lives whilst also trying to figure out what exactly caused their memory loss.

I’m not going to say much about the story because its best to go into it completely blind. But what I can tell you is that I really enjoyed reading it. The only drawback was that this book is divided into part two and three. I think I would have enjoyed the book even more if it was a standalone.

Nevertheless, reading this book was an enthralling experience. Never Never, which I found to be a perfect blend of mystery and romance was absolutely unputdownable and I was completely hooked to it from page one.

Final thoughts: Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover have together written one hell of a book and I will definitely be reading book two and three of this series.

Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Title & Author: All Fall Down by Ally Carter 81k35r7TWpL

Series: Embassy Row #1

Shelves: Young Adult,Contemporary,Thriller, 2015-release

Publisher: Scholastic Press  

Publication Date: 20th January, 2015 

Ratings:   4 stars


Summary: Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

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