“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.
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?”
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Format: Trade Paperback
Part of a Series: Yes. Never Never #2.
Release Date: May 17, 2015
Publisher: Hoover Ink
No. of Pages: 158 pages
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Fiction
The Cover: Just like the cover of the first book in the series, this, too, screams mystery. However, the evident difference between this cover and it’s predecessor, is the reddish color etched on the right which creepily looks like blood mixed with water, come to think of it. The absence of the other hand also gave me chills. Upon seeing this, I immediately thought that Charlie might have died. (You will understand if you’ve read the first book) I liked this one. I appreciate the incremental difference. (4 out of 5 stars)
The Story: I liked this one better than the first. One thing I liked better about this sequel is that the story is a lot more vivid than the first one. Silas’ confusion as to where Charlie was did not, in any way, confuse me as a reader. It is in this sense that the character development is obvious. Even thought he forgot everything that happened for the past 48 hours (which can be found in the first installment of the series), his easy acceptance of the situation (e.g. reading and comprehending the letters he found and written for his eyes only) was great, especially for him, considering the short amount of time left for him to find Charlie.
I grew afraid of Charlie and her welfare upon my discovery of her detainment. In a span of less than 48 hours, she became confused, afraid, and violent. I thought she was going crazy, which was understandable, considering the “occurrence” that she keeps undergoing, but I don’t know. When she was capture by The Shrimp and her Tarot-card reading mother, I was really scared. Good thing she got out in time to meet Silas. *sighs*
The incremental unraveling of the mysteries behind the story was deeply educating and was well appreciated. When the part 1 was finished, I was mad because, not only was a huge cliffhanger awaiting me, but there was also tons of unanswered questions. Now, in this sequel, although there are still some parts and points that are unrevealed, the slow unraveling of the stories’ mysteries were very appreciated. It answered quite a few of my questions, thus, making me understand the whole story a lot better. I loved that!
It’s official. I loved this more than I did the first part. I actually am hoping for an even better next installment. (4 out of 5 stars)
(Again, I seem calm, right? Just you wait. Rants are coming in 3…2….1…)
The Ending: I actually thought that the cliffhanger in the first one was cruel enough to get this sequel a better ending. But no… Colleen and Tarryn are cruel beings FOR ENDING THIS BOOK MID-SENTENCE!!! Why would you do that? I’ve been a good reader. I post reviews accurately and promptly. Why would you do this to me, Colleen? Tarryn? I’m so emotionally attached to Silas and Charlie that I basically forgot to keep track on this book’s pages. I finished it in less than 5 hours and I cannot believe that I still have to wait for 3 months for the next installment.
One thing’s for sure though. Colleen and Tarryn really are great writers, doing an amazing job in making me, and I’m sure a lot of other readers out there, fall in love with Silas and Charlie in less than 350 pages. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: Not only am I in love with Silas at this point. Now, I actually ship him with Charlie! I disliked Charlie during the first book. But now, having been educated with her past struggles, I now have a clear vision of her and her character development. And with that said, it just goes to show that I really did like this better than the first one. (4.33 out of 5 stars)
“Dozens of books. I wonder if she’s read them all, or if she just needs them for comfort. Maybe she uses them as an escape from her real life. From the looks of this place, I don’t blame her.” – Silas Nash
“I know that’s weird, but that’s what you love about me. You love how much I love you. Because yes. I love you way too much. More than anyone deserves to be loved. But I can’t help it. You make normal love hard. You make me psycho-love you.” – Silas Nash
“You told me once that too much good in a person’s life will stunt their growth. You said pain is necessary, because in order for a person to succeed, they must first learn to conquer adversity. And that’s what you do… you deliver adversity where you see fit. Maybe you do it to gain respect. To intimidate. Whatever your reasons, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t watch you tear people down in order to build yourself up.” – Silas Nash
About The Authors:
Colleen Hoover is the author of ten New York Times bestselling novels. She self-published her first novel, SLAMMED, in 2012. Five months later it debuted on The New York Times. Colleen has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Her next novel, November 9, is scheduled to release in November, 2015.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Tarryn Fisher is cooler than you, but not one to rub it in your face. She graduated first in her class at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is a lover of human nature, and a real life villain (House of Slytherin). Her heart is dark, but she loves you with it anyway. Currently she lives in Washington with her son and daughter, and is working on her eighth novel, F*** Love, which will be available this fall.