Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard

Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Never Apart by Romily BernardNever Apart by Romily Bernard
Pages: 400
Published by Entangled Teen on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

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.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

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.

Review

Never Apart was an absolutely captivating novel that entranced, delighted, and entertained. This thriller was easily one of the best that I’ve read lately. The characters jumped off the page. The mystery was beautifully written and the ending was absolutely brilliant.

Grace has lived the same five days forty times. Caught in a loop, she’s forced to watch Finn kill Ander, her boyfriend, over and over again. Each time the loop resets, the three of them are in a different alternate version of their lives. But this latest “fall” feels different. Jem, Grace’s twin brother, is in this timeline and Ander has no memories of their previous lives. Grace finally decides to try something different to break the pattern.

I’m not going to reveal much more about the plot because this is truly one you need to read for yourself. This book does an excellent job of combining a heart-pounding thriller with an adorable romance and coming of age tale. It’s told in alternating stories – one is in Grace’s present as she tries to stop the falls and the other is in her past, slowly revealing the events that led to the first fall. This book will keep you frantically flipping the pages, desperate to find out what happens next as the mystery is slowly unraveled.

The characters were absolutely brilliant. They were flawed and extremely realistic. The character development was excellent, I loved how themes like ambition, family, and love were explored. Even as one character slowly started to spiral out of control, it was done in a realistic and believable way. The author also did a fantastic job of portraying how Grace’s emotional and mental state was affected by the constant loop of days.

I would recommend Never Apart to fans of mysteries and thrillers. The pacing was spot-on and the plot was utterly engrossing, The constant plot twists will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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About Romily Bernard

Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a literature degree. Since then, she's worked as a riding instructor, cell-phone salesperson, personal assistant, horse groomer and exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service representative. . . . She's also, of course, now a YA novelist. So don't let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed. Romily currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut novel, Find Me, won the Golden Heart Award for YA Romance from the Romance Writers of America in 2012.

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