Doing it at: N/A (We’re invoking the COHO exception)
Catnip: Deep Dark Secrets; This Shit is Bananas; First Love
Shame Scale: Negative shame, which is like pride? I don’t know, it’s confusing liking a book with no sex so much.
Fantasy Cast: Logan Lerman, Lily Collins
Never Never, a novella series. Book one of three.
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.
Cleone: We can’t tell you anything about this book. Its one of the few books I’ve ever gone in to completely blind and I would strongly advise anyone who wants to read this to do the same. Never Never is a serial collaboration by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, part one came out late last year and ended in a cliffhanger, part two came out on 05/17, and did the same.
Mary: We are romance junkies. It’s formulaic and predictable. We get happy endings. This is definitely a love story, but frankly it’s genre defying. It’s Colleen Hoover, and she’s never written anything that deserved less than an A. We even built a no sex exception for her into our ratings matrix, because we love her books so much. She’s an automatic pre-order. I’ll even order her books before she releases a description for them. And Tarryn Fisher. Her books are dark, and frustrating, emotional and heartbreaking, with terminally flawed characters… Everyone should read ‘The Opportunist’ (Love Me With Lies Series).
I think I read that they wrote this by emailing chapters back and forth to each other, which is brilliant. I’m not a writer, but I appreciate the craft that must have gone into this one. Originally it was going to be a stand alone, but then a few weeks before the release date, suddenly all our pre-orders were canceled and it became two parts. Then three… God help us if it grows to four.
C: The authors drop you into the story in the middle of the action and leave you to piece out what is going on, its disorienting and riveting. I couldn’t put the book down and I screamed out loud when it came to a jarring stop. You could wait until this mystery has a conclusion to meet Silas and Charlie; but then you couldn’t spend the next few months puzzling over the ending and cursing the authors with us.
M: I realized part two had been released when I wrapped up a book around 1:30 am on release night, and thought, “I’ll just read a few pages and go to sleep.” Next thing I know, it’s 3 am, I’m keyed up and unable to sleep – going crazy with predictions and questions, and I find myself on Twitter, calling out the authors for DOING THIS TO ME. Book one left us in the middle of the story with no goddamn clue what was going on. By the end of book two, I *think* I’ve picked up enough breadcrumbs to form some shaky predictions.
I dare you to start this series at a time when you can’t read it in one sitting.