Never Never (1-3) by Colleen Hoover

I didn’t want to write my thoughts down until I finished all three “books.” AND apologies in advance. This is an incredibly disjointed review because I am tired and I think that reading these books back to back also did something to my own brain. Thanks Colleen Hoover.

WARNING: This review contains many spoilers.

So thought #1 – why are they separate books? Why not different sections within the same book? I mean, I get that ((spoiler)) each book is a separate memory reset but the books are so short they could easily just be put into **A** book. This kind of thing always bothers me. Sorry – I’m not an author or publisher so I suppose its all about money and publishing books and whatever things I, the lowly reader know nothing about. But from my end….its annoying.

Thought #2 – I did really enjoy the ‘series’…if that’s what we are calling it. Trilogy? Whatever. Silas was almost one of those too-good-to-be-true guys but the books kind of proved the theory that certain parts of your personality are ingrained within you. This held true for Charlie too. I liked that they really acted on what “felt” right and natural to them and could feel their personalities and it really led them, ultimately ((spoiler)) back to each other as soul mates.

Thought #3 – This is also my above thought continued. I liked all of the mystery surrounding the memory loss and Charlie and Silas having to figure out why they lost their memories. (I was convinced it was some voodoo stuff from the crazy affair fortune teller lady from downtown!) I liked the romance aspects of the story and all of the letters and the journal entries and them falling in love again. However, cheesiest. ending. ever. I threw up a little. Like, really? Wow. So that’s really all I can say about that. Epilogues are a NO-GO.

Listening to: “Never Be Alone” by Shawn Mendes

“The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo

32956365Whatever you are doing right now, STOP. Go get this book (once it is officially released on May 9th) and read it. Seriously. Oh, and buy a box of tissues as well, because you are going to need them because….ALL. THE. FEELS.

Lucy and Gabe are two binary stars rotating around each other in a love that is out of this world; the kind of love that poems and sonnets are written about, and artists find inspiration in and musicians compose from. The book is all from Lucy’s point of view as if she is talking directly TO Gabe….but why? Very unique for an entire novel to be written from this perspective and it definitely takes a little getting used to.

Eventually, Gabe wanders away, following his passion for photography to the Middle East, leaving Lucy shattered. She finds new love that isn’t quite the same, but she settles down nevertheless and starts a family, still occasionally keeping in touch with Gabe. Without ruining the full story, we follow Lucy’s journey for thirteen years and through it all, the author does an amazing job of keeping the characters and the story real and so beautiful.

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Hundreds mourn Associated Press video journalist killed in Gaza. (credit)

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who reads fiction, who likes a good cry, who appreciates contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, or romance. Jill Santopolo’s writing absolutely shines so bright in this book and even brings honor to those in the field of photojournalism. That is not a piece of cake artistic line of work. Beautiful book!

Soundtrack: “The Fault in our Stars” by Troye Sivan