Happy Monday y’all! Today is my tour stop for Never Apart by Romily Bernard. I am SO excited to be sharing this book with you. It is unlike anything I’ve read before. If you enjoy science fiction, paranormal, a little romance with a dash of thrill, I highly recommend you grab a copy. Also be sure to make your way around the tour: click here for the schedule.
I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Never Apart by Romily Bernard
Published by Entangled: Teen on 2017-10-03
Length: 400 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017, 2017 New Release Challenge
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:
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.
Oh wow! WOW!!!! Seriously I have no words. I sat down to read Never Apart by Romily Bernard and wound up devouring it in one sitting. The characters, their plight….all of it sucked me. The book begins with Grace and her boyfriend Ander running from their mutual friend Finn who is going to kill them. How does she know he’s going to kill her? Because this will be the 41st time he’s done. Yep you read that right. Grace has lived the same fate 41 times. I knew I was in for a good book when the suspense and tension of those first few pages had me on the edge of my seat!
Grace is an interesting character. She’s a bit lost, what with the 41 deaths and all. But she’s tried to remain true to herself. She remembers her original life in bits and pieces and this story unfolds with chapters alternating between the “now” of her present life and the “then” of her first life. I loved seeing how the story unfolded and what Grace learns about herself in the process. She’s a strong girl, who has been far too reliant on her twin brother Jem and his best friend Ander. She’s shy, incredibly smart, and a social outcast (not because she couldn’t be popular, but because she’s so shy). It isn’t until the Falls, as she calls them, that she finds herself.
The other two main characters in this book are Finn and Ander. Throughout the Falls, they are the only two who remember who they originally were. Ander is Grace’s and Jem’s best friend. They’ve known each other since they were six and life was continually thrown Grace and Ander together. Their relationship, according to Grace, was inevitable. It developed naturally and she loved him. He understood her better than anyone, and yet he is also the one who seems to hurt her the most. Finn is new in town but bonds with Grace in a way that neither her twin or best friend could. He understands her desire for more than the small town offers her.
But something happened and now he hunts her and Ander. He finds them on the 5th day and he kills Ander and they Fall. Never Apart centers on the “what happened” as Grace cannot remember what caused her friendship with Finn and Ander to unravel. All Grace knows is it was something bad. I loved how the author was able to convey the tension and heartbreak and nerve-wracking fear Grace felt through the pages. I found myself holding my breath, my own heart racing, and even tearing up as Grace fought to uncover the truth. The alternating chapters between the now and then helped the story flow and I lived for the “then” chapters as I knew they were important to Grace’s current situation.
Overall I loved this story! I loved Grace, my heart ached for Ander, and I was drawn to the mysterious Finn. I missed Jem with Grace, and I related to the small town of Boone. If you enjoy paranormal, science fiction, and a little romance dosed with a dash of thrill, I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. It does not disappoint!
- Hardcover copy of Never Apart by Romily Bernard