Friday, October 16, 2015

We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean + Make it a Gift


We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from BEA; all opinions are my own

Official 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?

Review: We'll Never Be Apart is a fascinating young adult thriller. It has a slow suspense to it, as you learn more and more about Alice's past through her journal entries. These appear at the end of every chapter and help readers understand more of what Alice and her twin Cellie went through. In the present time, Alice is stuck at Savage Isle, a mental institution surrounded by a lake. The weather is almost always dreary and raining, painting a dark atmosphere full of secrets and suspicion.

Alice pretends not to remember much about the accident that killed her boyfriend, Jason, but she knows more than she lets on. However, she keeps this is a secret because she doesn't want help. She wants to find her sister and exact revenge, because Cellie is the culprit. Cellie is the crazy one, not Alice.

We'll Never Be Apart is a book you don't want to hear too much about, as it could possibly ruin things. I thought it was well done and I loved learning about Alice's past as she goes through her present. I was also curious about Chase, a new guy at Savage Isle who may or may not have killed someone. Despite this, Alice needs his help and she finds herself growing close to someone again. Besides Jason and Cellie, Alice has mostly been alone, going from foster care to foster care. She wants to feel independent, especially after Cellie and the fire, but at the same time, she needs someone.

This was a well written novel and definitely perfect for the current season!


One of the coping mechanisms that Alice has used since she was young is to make origami. She just needs paper and she make a whole zoo of animals, going through the motions by heart. In honor of that, I thought it would be nice to include an origami themed gift if you were going to give this book to someone!


These black and white origami stars (you get 100 stars for $8.50). I think they would look nice with the cover; the shop also offers purple stars! I like the idea putting these in a small jar and gifting them! No, they aren't animals like in the book, but they are super cute and would make a really nice decoration. 

21 comments:

Melliane said...

I always like a good thriller from time to time and I confess that I'm intrigued by this one now! thanks!

Faye M. said...

Can't comment much on the origami as I have never been good at them, but the book definitely sounds intriguing! I've read some review of it from others before and it seems to be the consensus that it's a decent thriller :D Will check it out (not looking forward to the romance though... then again, I've always been a firm believer that romance has no place in thrillers XDD)

Faye at The Social Potato

Shannon Miz said...

Ohhh I am intrigued by this book! I am hoping to read it during the Halloween season but... it likely won't happen ;) I love the origami stars too, I see them all over but had no idea you could just order them! Thanks for the great review :)
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

Christy @ Love of Books said...

Glad you liked this, I did too. And the origami is cool.

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

Wait..there's origami in this book!? THEN I 1000% NEED IT!! I love origami! I have an etsy store full of origami, haha, (although those lucky stars are KILLERS, gah. I have like a success rate of 1 good one and 5 bad ones. -_- I don't think I'm patient enough, tbh.) Anyway, I also would like to read the book because thrillers are amazing. and this intrigues me so so much!!

Kindlemom said...

Glad you liked this! It isn't a read for everyone but I really did enjoy it's strangeness. :) And origami! Neat!

Gingi Freeman said...

I'm not much for fiction thrillers... but I did enjoy your take on this book. What is your FAVORITE book in the genre?? - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Cascia Talbert said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing your review!

Claudia Arroyo said...

I've seen this book on more than a few blogs. It certainly has a mysterious intrigue to it and with a cover like this one, it only seems appropriate to read in the month of October, wouldn't you agree? ;) Fabulous review Lauren

Nicole Hewitt said...

I hadn't heard of this book but it sounds really good. Of course, as soon as I read that I can't know too much about the book, I start coming up with theories why. I have a really good guess (of course I could be wrong!) - I wish I could turn that part of my brain off sometimes!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Jennifer Humphries said...

I think I have missed a lot over here! I got this terrible flu and it has wiped me out this week! This sounds fabulous! I am glad you enjoyed it and then shared it!

Erika Sorocco said...

This book sounds incredibly intriguing!

xx

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Sounds like a dark and interesting read! And, I love those origami stars :)

Karen Alderman said...

Nice gift pairing!

I guess I missed out on this one at BEA :-((

Karen @For What It's Worth

Cleo Bannister said...

A great review and I love the inclusion of the origami to fend off stress, a nice change from more radical methods.

Liviania said...

Those stars are so cute!

Naomi Hop said...

Ooooh... you have me curious about this book. I like the slow building suspense, and I want to know more about Chase. Great review!

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

So glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I have heard some mixed reviews but most were positive. I really cannot wait to read We'll Never Be Apart for myself :)

kimbacaffeinate said...

We'll Never Be Apart sounds good, and you're right I haven't heard a lot of buzz about it. I love the craft idea and how it ties to the book.

Lexxie Lin said...

I have this on my TBR, Lauren, and I am really looking forward to it! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for keeping any kind of spoiler out of your review.
I hope you're having a fantastic week.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Beth said...

Oh, I've seen quite a few reviews for this, and I'm intrigued. The cover art is so beautiful, and I LOVE the idea of giving this with the origami as a book-related gift. Thank you for the idea!
Beth x
www.thequietpeople.com