Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday #Review - Never Apart by Romily Bernard #YALit #Science Fiction @EntangledTeen

Series: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

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.
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.

"You can be with someone for a year and feel nothing, but you can be with someone for a week and feel everything. Time is not an accurate measurement for love"

Author Romily Bernard's Never Apart is a young adult, dark contemporary, science fiction story with romance. It's a story about a girl named Grace Freeman who knows that every 5 days she is going to die. She knows this, because it has happened over 40 times already. She knows that she will once again wake up in the same inescapable nightmare without any hopes of finding a way out. She knows that Ander Hall and Finn Larkin will also join her in the next reality as well because it has always been the three of them from the beginning. 

She knows that no matter what her life is like, or where Ander is, she will always find him, and Finn will always find them, and the death dance will repeat itself over and over again in a never ending loop. But, the 42nd time is much, much different. Grace wakes to a reality where Ander doesn't remember who Grace is, & her brother Jem is back in the story for the first time since the beginning. This is the first time there has been any sort of variation to the continuing nightmare. But, the strangest part may be that Grace is perhaps the closest to who she was before she fell the first time.

Never Apart is a story that alternatives between now, and then. It is a discovery of what truly happened that has caused three people to be caught up in a never ending loop that has seen once good friends, become mortal enemies. But, in this new reality, Grace finds that something has definitely changed, and it might finally be time to uncover what really happened that send her and the boys into a never ending loop where tragedy always strikes after 5 days.

Grace is an intriguing character. She is smart, she has plans, and she genuinely cares what her family thinks without just running off in a tangent and doing anything she wants. The sad part of this story was Grace and Jem, and that's all I can say without delving into the story itself. If you want to get down to brass tacks, I really didn't much care for Ander. He had major issues, including jumping to conclusions without actually understanding the situation. Which, surprisingly, leaves Finn who is much, much, more than the synopsis gives him credit for. 

Never Apart has been compared to Groundhog Day with the idea of waking up over and over and over again unable to stop the merry-go-round from spinning. The story is both heartbreaking and twisted because you really have to allow yourself some patience for the author to lay out the puzzle pieces so that you aren't left totally confused by what happened to Grace and the others. I have avoided the spoilers so that you can read this book yourself and understand the author's intentions and where the book ends up going. I did like the present story much better than I did the before because there was a whole lot of stuff in the past that didn't actually help understand the stories dynamics.

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