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October 29, 2015

Review: We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean | #CreeptasticReads

We'll Never Be Apart

Title: 
We'll Never Be Apart
Author: Emiko Jean
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Summary: 
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.


As I write this I happen to have just finished the book, not even 10 minutes ago, and I just don’t know how I feel about it. On Goodreads I gave it four stars, but it might be 3.5. We’ll Never Be Apart tells the story of Alice, her twin sister Cellie, and what really happened on the night of a deadly fire.

This is an extrememly short book. I read the e-arc, but I think it’s about 280 pages. It’s one you can fly through in one sitting. This story is so short that I don't want to say anything for fear of ruining it. Just know what if you're looking for something creepy, but not scary, this is a book you might want to pick up. There are disturbing scenes that will make you cringe, but you won't be terrified or scarred for life.

The characters were eerie and emotional. One of my favorite characters, if not my favorite, was Chase. He’s the guy that Alice meets in the facility she’s staying in. He's tough and definitely the bad boy type, but he's also caring and soft. He has a lot going on in his head but he still tries to set that aside to help Alice. Most of my favorite scenes were with him. Especially in the last chapter. I just melted and felt so much for him. I think Emiko Jean created fantastic characters, where even when they were disturbing, like Cellie, they were done well. The only character I truly disliked was Jason, and even he was done well.

The big twist? I guessed it from the very beginning. Like 5 pages in I was like, "oh, obviously this is happening" but then I started second guessing myself in the middle and by the end I was like "nahhhh" and then it turned out I was right. Even then that didn't ruin the story for me so it wasn't that big of a deal. 

The thing that left me unsure of my feelings was the ending. The last chapter left me happy and hopeful, and then the epilogue sort of ruined that for me. It left me feeling uncomfortable and a little upset. Maybe that was the point of it and that was what the author was going for. That's why my rating is wavering a little. Maybe in a few days I'll be able to work through my feelings and determine how I really liked We'll Never Be Apart, but for now I'm still a bit undecided.

★ ★ ★ .5 / 5 stars
(3.5 stars)

1 comment:

  1. I do love the cover for this book. Short books are nice sometimes but also it makes it harder to get connected to the characters. It does sound like a good book for Halloween since it's a bit creepy. I'm glad to hear it's not scarring though, that's good! Too bad it was a bit of a mix for you.

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