ARC Review – Never Apart by Romily Bernard

Hey everyone! This is a little later than intended (sorry MaryAnn!), but I have the privilege to be part of the Never Apart blog tour with this review! Hurray! Here we go! This book knocked me on my ass, which is probably part of why it took me a while to write this review. So there will likely be a bunch of feelings in this review, and I’m not sorry about it. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the post!

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Grace is living the same five days over and over again. She continuously ends up in an alternate reality as herself, but not herself, and in each one, two things happen – she watches her boyfriend, Ander, die, and she watches her friend, Finn, kill him. And then she Falls into another new reality, and she finds Ander, and then Finn finds them both, and the cycle continues on. In her 42nd fall, Grace realizes that something is different. She’s herself, but she’s not. And Ander doesn’t remember her. And Finn… he doesn’t want to do this anymore either. She wants it to stop, and she realizes she’s the only one who can stop it.

But is she brave enough to face the truth?

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3 Things I Loved

  1. The writing. The writing in this book is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, right up there with Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon and The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro. I fell into this book, and the words wrapped around me like a blanket on a cold day, and I could have stayed there forever. I could have. I wanted to.
  2. Finn’s character arc. This is one of those things where I can’t say much because of spoilers, but Finn starts as someone we hate and turns into something else entirely. And I was here for it. I loved it.
  3. Grace’s unreliable narration. I haven’t read an unreliable narrator like Grace in a really long time, and I loved it. I started to get the feeling that her POV wasn’t the whole truth early on, and it kept me reading and wanting and craving more words. I love craving more words (especially after the book slump I’ve been in).

Dislikes/Problematic Content

Welp. Everyone is white. I’m starting to notice this more and more. I’m sick of pale skin and pale eyes and pale hair. I want some color in these small town worlds. And don’t try to tell me it doesn’t exist (nod to the stupidest Tweet I’ve read all week – you can read my response thread here), because I’m from a small town and I know it does. So yeah, I’m sick of all the white, straight people. I want more.

Also, I really hated the ending to this book, but I’d spoil everything if I said why, so that’s all you get.


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

I couldn’t stop reading this book, but the longer I sit on it, the more I realize I didn’t actually like it all that much? The ending really soured it for me. I really REALLY hated the ending. So I’m going to give Never Apart a YELLOWISH-GREEN rating, because I think there could have been more done with the book and I loved Jem, damn it, was that really necessary?

Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and thank you to Chapter by Chapter Book Tours for including me as a stop on this tour.

About the Author

romily bernardRomily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a literature degree. Since then, she’s worked as a riding instructor, cell-phone salesperson, personal assistant, horse groomer and exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service representative. . . . She’s also, of course, now a YA novelist. So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed. Romily currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut novel, Find Me, won the Golden Heart Award for YA Romance from the Romance Writers of America in 2012.

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