mystery · romance · Young adult

Never Never – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher ★★★★★

Blurb; Never stop…Never forget…Just remember.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Starts with Us joins forces with the New York Times bestselling author of The Wives. Together, they have created a gripping, twisty, romantic mystery unlike any other.

Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning…they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished. Now Charlie and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why.

But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with. Forgetting is terrifying, but remembering may be worse.

My Review; I am fast becoming a Colleen Hoover fan. This is another story that did not disappoint me. Told through two teens who find themselves forgetting EVERYTHING every few days. Their families, friends, partners, classes. EVERYTHING. They work together to solve why? Who are they? Their pasts and it gets quite deep and dark. Add in a little romance, a few fights, and you’ve got an easy, fast-paced, young adult story to enjoy. I loved their story and the happy ending. Highly recommend. A well-deserved five stars from me.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson ★★★★★

Blurb; The finale to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series. By the end of this mystery series, you’ll never think of good girls the same way again…

Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can’t help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?

Soon the threats escalate and Pip realizes that someone is following her in real life. When she starts to find connections between her stalker and a local serial killer caught six years ago, she wonders if maybe the wrong man is behind bars.

Police refuse to act, so Pip has only one choice: find the suspect herself—or be the next victim. As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle… and if she doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears…

My Review; I have loved every book in this trilogy, but this has to be the best book out of the lot. Oh. My. God. This was such a fast-paced, suspense filled read. The fact that our main character faces death herself in this book just shocked me and made this book as good as it was. A story that will be hard to forget. It’s a jaw-dropping, heart-pounding read that finished this trilogy perfectly. It shows just how clever our main character is and determined until the end. Highly recommend. Brilliant author. Brilliant story. A well-deserved five stars from me.

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Emotional · romance · Young adult

You’ve Reached Sam – Dustin Thao ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.

My Review; This is such a beautiful, delicate, and heartbreaking read all in one. A real love story dealing with the loss of her partner, Sam. She is clinging on with phone calls with him, but at some point, it has to end, doesn’t it? She has to move on and let go no matter how hard she finds it. But that’s easier said than done. The ending really did make me tear up. It is a beautiful read that will be hard to forget. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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