Monday, June 22, 2015

Never Never Part 2 - Review

Never Never Part 2 (Never Never, # 2)

By: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Published: May 17th 2015 by Hoover Ink

104 pages

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated, nail-biting sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Never, Never.

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

I realize that the reason why this series has been broken down into bits and pieces like it has is because of a contractual thing. But man am I glad that books aren’t published like this on the regular. Never Never (Part 1) left off with a huge cliffhanger. Just as Silas is really putting the pieces together the memory relapse comes upon them again. Charlie is missing and we have no idea where she is or how Silas is going to find her and explain to her what’s happening since they’re separated.

Even though Part 1 released only a few months ago, I’d still forgotten a lot of information that happened in Part 1 so I feel like a few pieces weren’t clicking with me like maybe they should have while reading Part 2. Speaking of forgetting a lot of information, as the reader knowing more than Silas does and having experienced a prior memory relapse with him, it wasn’t as fun to go through the very beginning of his research as it was the first time. Considering Part 2 ended in another cliffhanger (though not as brutal as the first), I’m a little concerned about having to go through the discovery process for a third time with the characters in Part 3.

I wasn’t really interested in Charlie’s part of the story at all in Part 2. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure her piece was crucial to figuring out who’s behind their memory lapses and why, but there was really just a lot more down time with her. As she was separated from Silas and he was progressing a bit more in the discovery process than she was, Charlie’s chapters were less interesting.

Slightly over 100 pages, Part 2 flew by. It was easy to see fairly early on that pages were passing much quicker than answers were received, so by the time I got to the end and it said again “To be continued…” I wasn’t surprised. 48 hours is not a lot of time to research something so big as well as trying to remember who you are. There were a few differences between the memory lapse of Part 1 and the memory lapse of Part 2, so I’m interested to see what (if any) changes will be involved with Part 3.

All in all, there’s still a lot to uncover, and I truthfully wouldn’t be surprised if there’s ultimately a Part 4 as well. Part 2 wasn’t as exciting to me as Part 1 since some of the story felt like a repeat and because Charlie’s parts were somewhat uneventful. I did reconnect with the romance even though I wish the two had been able to spend more time together. I guess I relate this to how a trilogy normally works—book 1 is the build up and the excitement, book 2 is the lull and progression of information, and then book 3 (hopefully) is the exciting climax and satisfying resolution. As I typically feel with trilogies, Part 2 wasn’t my favorite. I’d give Never Never Part 2 3.5 Stars. It was good. I’m still intrigued, but it wasn’t as good as Part 1. Have you read Never Never Part 2? What did you think? Let me know! *Also, if you haven't read part 2 yet, I might suggest waiting until Part 3 releases before picking it up.

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