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.

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: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Title and Author: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1

Selves: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, 2015-release

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: 12th May 2015

Ratings: 4 stars


Summary: Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Review:

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.”
The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

You know how sometimes you read a blurb and you just know that you’re going to enjoy reading that book?
Well, I had a similar intuition when I read the summary of The Wrath and the Dawn and boy, did I have a great time reading it! The Wrath and the Dawn which is a inspired by A Thousand and One Nights is more than just great — it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!!

The story is about Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, the Caliph of Khorasan who takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at dawn. After Shahrzad’s bestfriend suffers the same fate at the hands of the Caliph, she volunteers to marry him to seek retribution. However, to exact her revenge, she needs to somehow avoid being killed at dawn. Therefore, Shazi comes up with a plan and does the unthinkable — she becomes the first bride to have survived the dawn and lived to see many others.

“I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes.
And I will kill you.
With my own hands”

Shahrzad hates Khalid. He’s a cold blooded monster who killed not only her best friend but several others as well. However, as she spends more time with Khalid, she learns that he’s not at all the person she thought he was and this makes her question the reason behind the death of all those brides. As the story progresses, Shahrzad finds herself in an uncomfortable postion. She feels caught between her feeling for Khalid which had started out as hatred but had evolved into something that felt a lot like love and, her promise to exact vengeance.

I absolutely loved Shazi. She was smart, sassy, fearless and silver tongued. I
really admired her for her bravery and independence. She’s the sort of main character that screams girl power because she doesn’t depend on men or anyone else for that matter to get things done. Neither is she afraid of Khalid. Infact,she is so bold that she slapped the Caliph of Khorasan and even got away with it. She’s the sort of main character that you root for from the get go.

Khalid was so dreamy! At first he seemed so distant, cold and mysterious but despite all that, he was really polite and respectful. He was a quite person — he spoke less and observed more. His sad childhood and the weight of all the deaths that were on his shoulders were the reason for his icy demeanor and it was beautiful watching Shazi thaw through his cold facade but make no mistake because Khalid is a ruthless killer and we get to see that side of him a few times.

“Shazi,

I prefer the color blue to any other. The scent of lilacs in your hair is a source of constant torment. I despise figs. Lastly, I will never forget, all the days of my life, the memories of last night—
For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.

Khalid.”

I LOVED Shahrzad and Khalid as a couple. I SHIP THEM SO HARD! They were so good together and it was an absolute delight watching them fall in love. Together they make a formidable couple — a force to be reckoned with. Khalid is a good king but Shazi makes him even better. After all what’s a king without his queen. Honestly, they are so adorable together and I just couldn’t get enough of them. And the romance, OMIGOSH it is SO GOOD!! The chemistry between the two is amazing and I need more of it!
Can hardly wait for the sequel!!

As much as I loved the book, I felt that it lacked action and magic but I’m hoping to see more of that in the next book.

Final thoughts: Renee Ahdieh has made a perfect debut with The Wrath and the Dawn. The writting was absoultely wonderful. Even the setting, the plot and the characters were so well written and I am so looking forward for the next book.