Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blog Tour: Like Never and Always by Ann Aquirre + Interview

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 6:00 AM
Title: Like Never and Always
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Thriller Paranormal?
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: TorTeen
Publication: July 17th 2018
Cover Rating: 3/5
Reading format: Provided ARC
Favorites Shelf: Yes

Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a book about a girl, two girls technically. These girls were best friends. These girls were in a car accident where one of them dies but when the other wakes up the dead friend's consciousness is in the living girls body. It is a crazy book with a lot of mysteries that are unraveled. Deadly mysteries.

Liv wakes up in the hospital after being in a pretty bad car crash with some friends. But when Liv opens her eyes she notices something very weird. Instead of her parents and boyfriend being in her room waiting, she finds her best friend, Morgan’s, father and boyfriend waiting. This leaves a lot of confusion and liv has to wonder if her face got so messed up in the crash that there was a mix-up. Then... Liv is told that she actually died in the car accident and when she is given a mirror she realized that she is, in fact, in her best friends body. 

Best friend is alive? Check
Your body is dead? Check
Your consciousness is somehow still alive in your best friends body? Check
Don’t know how to tell anyone without being committed to a mental hospital? Check
Falling in love while in your best friends body? Check
The author not knowing how a shellfish allergy works? Check

So after Liv leaves the hospital she has to pretty much live Morgans life and that isn’t exactly as easy as she thought it would be. Morgan might be a spoiled little rich girl but her problems in life go pretty deep for a girl her age. A lot of issues come up and it’s up to Liz to figure everything out. And things get pretty messy.

The subject matter alone for this book is not entirely unique. I actually think there is another book being published very soon that has a very similar premise. But the authors writing is what really makes this book stand out. Ann Aquirre has this way of making you truly care and feel for her characters. And not just the main characters. I tested up a little bit knowing how much Nathan, Livs boyfriend, was responding to her death. Well... until I found out how much of a scumbag he was. But that’s another story. The author sucks you in and can turn even the most used up storylines into something you would still want to read.

By the time we get to the end of this book, we have been taken on so many wild rides that it is hard not to feel a little bit of whiplash. Or maybe that’s from all the car accidents. Who knows! Either way, this book was fun and dangerous and had some really interesting characters. And aside from that one little rant, I went on about allergies on Goodreads, I really enjoyed reading Liv and Morgans story.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.

1) What was the hardest part of Like Never and Always to write?
I don’t want to give specifics because that would involve spoilers, but there are some dark aspects to the story, and writing abuse of any type is always intense and difficult.

2) How do you personally feel about the Mystery/Thriller genre?
I love both mysteries and thrillers. At one point, I was completely obsessed with Agatha Christie. I’ve never tried to write mysteries, but I’ll definitely be writing more thrillers, for the YA and adult markets alike.

3) Out of all of the amazing books you have written, which one is your personal favorite?
I’m an equal opportunity writer. Whatever book I’m currently writing, that’s the one I love (and hate) the most. Anything I’ve finished becomes part of my body of work, and I’m proud of it, but I have to let go once it’s published, because it belongs to readers and not me.

4) Please tell us 5 random facts about yourself:
 I grew up in a haunted house
 I have climbed Machu Picchu
 I love Korean, Taiwanese & Chinese dramas
 I can pick things up with my feet
 I once wrote 70K words in 10 days

5) What is your Hogwarts House?
Hufflepuff for life!

6) Are you currently working on any new books?

I’m currently revising a young adult novel, tentatively entitled Heartwood Box.

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