Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Title: We'll Never Be Apart
Author: Emiko Jean
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HMH Books For Young Readers (October 6, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars!



Book Description:
Murder. 

Fire. 

Revenge. 

That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.







I adore stories where the narrator is unreliable or where things aren't quite what they seem and in We'll Never Be Apart, Jean manages to portray both elements of unreliability and the feeling that you know a twist is coming. That things aren't quite right and at any moment they will turn for the worst. 

Woven with sly hints and foreshadowing as the story progresses from Alice's point of view to her journal entries, this was done well. Captivating as much as it was interesting, this was a story that I quickly read in a few short hours. 

And while I did see the ending coming, the twist for what it was, this was still a really fun read that is worthy of the YA mystery thriller title. 

I had a lot of fun with this and the characters were both engaging and well fleshed out. I would pick up another book by this author without hesitation in the future.  




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

50 comments:

  1. I like your review, I'm sure it makes for great reading. Thanks and greetings!

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  2. I am so happy to finally see a review on this one. I think it looks so good and can't wait until it comes out. I also love an unreliable narrator. Great review!

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    1. They are so much fun for so many different reasons. ;)

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  3. Ooh unreliable characters are always so interesting. I like that even though the end was predictable for you, that this was still very well-written. I'm going to have to look into this one. :)
    Great review, Ali!

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  4. I like stories about revenge and I like being kept on my feet. I'm getting on this one!

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  5. Ali, your review and the premise gave me shivers. I'm putting this on my list for the next time I'm in the mood to scare myself silly :) xo

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    1. Yay! Happy to hear it Debbie and thank you!

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  6. This sounds like something my sister would love. I am due to buy her a new book anyway ;)

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    1. I hope she loves it and what a great sister you are. ;)

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  7. Unreliable narrators are really great. I also like that it's twisty. It looks REALLY creepy but if it's thriller, not horror, I should be okay.

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    1. Yeah not a horror at all so you should be fine. ;)

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  8. I always like an unreliable narrator as well, I also like different formats like journal entries and such in the delivery. I will have to consider this one.

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    1. I do too, it makes it kind of fun and a bit different from the norm.

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  9. Unreliable narrators are close to my heart too :) Adding this one, Ali, thank you!

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  10. Hahah! You're probably the only reader I know who likes unreliable narrator. I like them too, sometimes. I get the most fun deciphering a story that way. :)

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    1. *high fives you*. It is fun guessing what is really fact and what is a bunch of crap. ;)

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  11. I think unreliable narrators can be fun! Glad you really liked this one- I hope to read it soon. :)

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  12. Unreliable narrators are really, really awesome! I love it when I'm always on my toes because of the narrator and other elements of a story. You bet I'm going to try this one out!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  13. I bet for young readers this would be an excellent thriller. I love the genre but usually solve things to quickly with YA. Fantastic review Ali. I love the creepy cover.

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    1. Yeah it can be hard not to sometimes. ;)

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  14. Sly hints, foreshadowing and unreliable narrators all sound like they make this a great mystery! I'm glad this ended up being a great read for you Ali!

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  15. It sounds interesting, I didn't know about this one

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  16. Sounds fantastic...I am suppose to be taking books off my TBR list not adding :)...hehe

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  17. Sounds pretty dang good to me. Happy you enjoyed it.

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  18. Oh yes, I so love an unreliable narrator as well Ali! It's so much fun to be kept guessing as to whether or not you trust them. Too bad you saw the ending coming, but otherwise this sounds awesome:)

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    1. It wasn't so bad that I saw it coming though. ;)

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  19. OMG I have been looking forward to We'll Never Be Apart! I love that cover and I'm super glad you enjoyed it. :) I am a huge fan of YA Thrillers :)

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    1. I really am too and I do wish there were more because they are always so much fun! I hope you love this!

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  20. That's awesome that even though you saw things coming it was still a great read :D

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    1. It was nice because sometimes that can ruin it for me but it didn't this time. :D

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  21. Yeah, it was still good despite 'knowing'. The prologue really gives a lot away though.

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    1. It does but that's okay, at least the writing made up for the knowing. ;)

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  22. It usually is way to easy to figure out the mysteries in the YA genre. That's why I have only read a few but this one sounds pretty good. I am glad you enjoyed it even if you knew what was coming :)

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    1. That is very true sadly. It is rare when they actually surprise you.

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  23. Yes, I'm so glad this turned out to be a good one! I have to review this like asap, and I'm sooooo freaking curious to meet this unreliable main character. You'll see what I think very soon!

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    1. Can't wait to see if you liked it as well!

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  24. I love unreliable narrators too! I loved this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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