Series Review: Never, Never, Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Despite hearing tons of good things about Colleen Hoover, I’d never read one of her books. But never say never, right? (Yes, this review is going to be filled with references to the title, sorry, or not really sorry, haha). About one month ago, my incredible twinnie Fadwa @ Word Wonders and I decided to get into that book. More like, these three short, addictive books. Because once we start, we can’t stop.

Three A : Amnesia, Addictive, Anticipation

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“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

If there’s one thing I love, besides the best friend trope, and contemporary books, and…okay, well in the list of things I love, this “amnesia” trope is among my favorites. I am fascinated by the brain, and really, stories about amnesia just make me want to jump up and now because it’s so exciting and what happened to them?! This is what happens, in this book: amnesia hit, and HARD. Silas and Charlie can’t remember their own names, their relationship to each other, and their family. They can remember song lyrics and how to work a car window, but they’re clueless about so many obvious things in their lives. And they can’t understand why. Right from the synopsis that book was making me curious, but when I opened it, it was over: I was completely addicted, and I couldn’t stop reading, because I NEEDED to know what happened to them. Every time I closed the book, I was looking forward to opening it again to get back into the story, get more clues, and see what would happen to them next.

Little detectives are looking for lost feelings

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“I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”

The fact that Never, Never, is told from a dual POV certainly helped that matter… but to be honest, it kind of lowered a bit my love for the book, at times. On the one hand, we have Silas, wonderfully sweet, little detective Silas, trying to figure things out, fiercely protective of that girl he barely remembers, kind of stubborn, lost and confused as well obviously, a charmer with a smile and definitely a great book boyfriend, I’m guessing. Going through the story, seeing him slowly figuring out the truth, I felt like I could see him grow a bit, learn from who he was, and who he wants to be. I really liked his point of view and it was definitely my favorite part. On the other hand, we have Charlie. Sadly, I had a bit more trouble with her, as she’s such a stubborn, kind of mean character at times. It’s understandable in the end, given everything that happened to her and her family, but I had a hard time getting accustomed to her, and it’s only towards the end of the third book that I ended up really liking her, and who she was becoming. We could see her shell crack, and I liked what was underneath. Too bad it didn’t crack a bit before. Together? We have a good chemistry and people you will root for, especially towards the end. Lovers of love stories and ESPECIALLY that best-friend-I-have-known-you-forever kind of trope, this is for you. The amnesia definitely brings something more to the table, and makes us CRAVING for things to be right between the two of them.

From the rush of the rollercoaster heights, to the sadness of coming back on the ground

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

Never, Never, could have been a 4,5 stars, if it weren’t for that ending. I heard it was supposed to be a disappointment, and, sadly, everyone saying this was right, it was. Right from the first pages, I was so into the mystery, looking at every clue, building up ideas in my mind on how things were supposed to be, and then, well…when explanation time was there, I was screaming “THAT’S IT” at my book. For such an addicting book, I expected more of a compelling, tragic, or even mind-blowing explanation for their amnesia, the whole mystery we’re hooked on for three books. But it was nothing like that, sadly. It didn’t make the book BAD, or made me hate it. It was a “good” explanation, and it was definitely NOT something I saw coming, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I expected so much more. Just like I told Fadwa after we were done reading it, this book was like going into an incredible restaurant, but leaving it hungry and craving for more.

OVERALL

I’ll be honest here: Never, Never’s blurb is a tiny bit making us hope for INCREDIBLE things. If I were to make a check-list, it would go like this: suspense: YES. Heart-pounding story (and love story): YES. Good characters: Yes (not in capitals, though). Page-turner: YES YES AND YES. But ending: kind of a let-down. If you are looking for all of those huge YES above, then just GO for it. I’m sad I have to lower that rating because of the ending, but Never, Never, was still one crazy ride.

Final rating:  3 drops!

Did you read Never, Never? What did you think about that ending? Do you want to read it?

What are your thoughts on FANTASTIC books…right up until the end that ruins everything? Do you lower your rating because of a bad ending, or not?


 

Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher, Never, Never,  First ebook published by Hoover Ink, January 7th 2015.

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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.

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51 thoughts on “Series Review: Never, Never, Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

  1. I’ve actually never read a Colleen Hoover book and stiiiill am not convinced that I should, especially after seeing that you gave it only three stars. Someone told me (I think it was Ari?) that her works have a lot of insta-love, and I can’t see a scenario where I would willingly seek out to read that trope right now.

    Also I can relate to going to an incredible restaurant but leaving hungry (well, metaphorically). It sucks when books leave you wanting whatever the reason is! Sorry this one didn’t blow you away. Are you going to be reading anything else by Hoover? 😛

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    1. Ohh well that, I can understand. I’m not a huge fan of the insta-love trope, though I can look past it if the rest of the story is convincing enough. But Colleen Hoover’s books seem mostly like contemporary, sweet reads, so I don’t know :/ I think I might try another one, since that one was a collaboration, to see what she writes on her own, but I’m not in a hurry 🙂 Thank you so much Reg! ❤

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  2. It wasn’t so much the ending that bothered me, it was the Epilogue. It just took it to a whole level of cheesiness that wasn’t needed. I think you should read more CoHo and Tarryn, separately. All of CoHo’s books are on sale right now 😉 And I would suggest Mud Vein as well. It’s very dark, though. Great review!

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  3. I’m glad it’s not just me who didn’t love the ending. I love how you related this novel to a restaurant. Haha! That’s so true and so clever. I also thought Silas’ POV chapters were much better and could’ve done without the constant flip flop. I was so annoyed at the ending of this novella series. I still don’t get that ending in the epilogue. Are we to assume this will keep happening their entire lives? It made no sense to me. And the reason why it happened was so lame. Soul mates. Ugh! I just about threw the IPad across the room.

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    1. Haha well thank you so much, and sorry about the restaurant metaphor, it’s just really the first thing that came to mind when I thought about that book. Oh exactly, this is what bothered me as well: how we’re left with just one TERRIBLE explanation for it all, and we’re just supposed to figure out what happens the rest of their lives. I don’t like this kind of ending with an explanation that’s definitely NOT a great one. Made me a bit sad, that book could’ve been so good 😦

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      1. I like the restaurant reference. 😉 It’s such an accurate way of describing how you feel after reading Never Never. That ending was so bad I almost stopped reading CoHo all together. I took a peek at her co-author’s books, and I think the reason it was so bad is because that’s how she writes. She had this one book that was weird like Never Never and the reviews pretty much support that’s her writing style.

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  4. I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover either, and I probably won’t be starting with Never Never if I pick up one of her books one day.
    My friend read the first part of Never Never and she didn’t enjoy it, and, I dunno it may not be a good thing to admit this, but the fact that she didn’t enjoy it kind of put me off a little because we have very similar tastes in books. Also the fact that the ending wasn’t great, and knocked off a star and a half from your review, hasn’t helped. There have been series I loved but because the last book or ending was weak it just kind of ruined the whole series you know?
    Maybe one day I will pick this series up, but it probably won’t be soon. Still great review! 😀

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    1. Oh no it is a good thing, at least you know you can trust her taste and not go wrong with any book, just by listening to her 🙂 I completely understand, and I’m so sad I had to knock off a star because of the ending. It was a great series, but in the end I was disappointed. :/ Thank you so, so much Beth! ❤

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      1. On the other hand she has recommended some amazing books to me, so whenever she does have a recommendation I know it’s gonna be something great! 🙂
        Oh that must have been a real disappointment as well especially if the first parts were great to have the end ruin it a little is just horrible isn’t it?
        That’s all right ❤️

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      2. Ohh yes! I’ve read, and loved, The Winner’s Curse. Seriously I think it’s a great series so I hope you do as well. 😀
        And actually I think I was the same, I’d seen this series around before but it was only after seeing reviews on WordPress that I picked up the first book (and then the second and third immediately after!)

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  5. I have read the first two parts but not the third one. I just feel like I’m not up to reading the third part with all the reviews I’ve read, and also I wasn’t particularly attached to the first two parts. And I’m also fine with not reading it. 😀
    Great review by the way! 🙂

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