Never Never, a novella series. Book one of three.
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of 14. Complete strangers since this morning. He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget. This novella is recommended for readers age 16+ due to mild language and sexual content.
Okay, fair warning, if you haven’t read Never Never Part 1, this will give away spoilers for that novella. Okay, now that’s out of the way, Let’s get to it. Never Never Part 1 left us with one hell of a cliffhanger. Silas and Charlie have been separated and Silas has just discovered that they are both going to loose their memories again. Silas at least has a note in his possession that explains part of the situation, but Charlie is out on her own. Charlie is in the middle of a city with no money and no memory of who she is. Charlie won’t even have a phone or wallet to help her out because Silas has both of those things. And that’s the end. It just stops as soon as the memory of the past two days fade away. I was unhappy to say the least. I don’t like cliffhangers. Actually, I hate cliffhangers. I won’t say exactly how Part 2 ends, but I will say that there isn’t as bad as Part I.
Charlie and Silas are the same characters they were in book 1. I still love Silas and I’m still on the fence about Charlie. Silas is so sweet and determined to help Charlie. Even here, when he has absolutely no memories of the girl, he is hellbent on finding her and helping her. He’s driven with a fiery need to save a girl he has never even met. If he hadn’t already won my heart in the first part, he definitely would have here. Charlie, on the other hand, I didn’t completely love. I mean, the situation she is in here makes it difficult not to sympathize with her. Where is she? Who is she? Why is she here? All very valid questions, but she doesn’t have a way to answer then just yet. But the more I learn about her past actions, the more I am hesitant to really like her. She’s done bad things and yes, she’s been manipulated into doing them, but that’s not the best excuse. All said, she’s just not a character I trust.
This is an very intense story. You don’t know who to trust, you don’t know who is the bad guy. What the hell is happening to Charlie and Silas? That is the biggest thing I’ve been trying to wrap my head around. This series hasn’t shown signs of being on the supernatural side of things, so what can cause memory loss like that? What causes amnesia like that? What can cause an identical case like that multiple times in two different people? They aren’t taking any drugs or exposed to the same people when this last relapse occurred, so what the hell is going on?
Basically this novel is a big mystery. It gives us a little more insight to pre-memory loss Silas and Charlie, but still leaves so many unanswered questions that I don’t see how just one more installment will solve everything. One thing is absolutely certain, just like Charlie and Silas, I NEED MORE ANSWERS!
I liked the narrators a little better this time around. Maybe I was used to them. They were better this time around, but they still weren’t amazing. I’ll definitely give more of their work a shot, but I won’t go out of my way to seek it out.
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****