July 9, 2018

Like Never and Always Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Tor Teen


On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request. 

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Like Never and Always is a thrilling new young adult contemporary novel by bestselling author Ann Aguirre. I'm a huge fan of the author and her other works, so I knew right away that I had to read this one. As always, it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of the novel. Although I really liked it, it didn't completely blow me away and that's the reason I didn't end up giving it a full five stars. Everything was incredibly well written and the book's pace kept increasing along with the mystery and suspense, which kept me turning pages as quickly as I could finish them. I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting over a few hours.

The characters were all well rounded, especially our main character - Liv. She's in a crazy predicament that I couldn't fathom myself being in and I liked watching her figure things out as she went. We get to know Liv very well during the book and I thought she grew and matured as a person by the end. She went in thinking she knew most things about her best friend and the lives around them, but she found out she really had no idea. The secondary characters, like Nathan and Casey, were all rounded as well and made the story more interesting with a weird love triangle type thing happening.

The plot was twisty and a bit mind bending at first. It's hard to imagine finding yourself in someone else's body. As I mentioned, the story had a quick pace and lots of things you don't see coming which keeps you on your toes and fully immersed in the drama unfolding. One thing that was a huge plus for me was the author's choice of writing style. She used the first person point of view with Liv's perspective being the focus. This is by far my favorite style because of the deep connection it allows the reader to feel with the narrator. I could identify with Liv early on in the book and was pulling for her to figure out and fix things during the story. I definitely enjoyed this one (like I knew I would) and I highly recommend it for fans of the author's other books, along with readers of YA, mystery, thriller, and contemporary. 

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens. 

(1) winner will win a Kindle Oasis - US Only. 
(5) winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS - US Only.

Tour Schedule: 

Week One: 
7/2/2018- BookHounds YA- Guest Post 
7/3/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
7/4/2018- YA Books Central- Interview 
7/5/2018- Literary Meanderings- Interview 
7/6/2018- The Desert Bibliophile- Review 
Week Two: 
7/9/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 
7/10/2018- Twinning for Books- Review 
7/11/2018- Parajunkee- Excerpt 
7/12/2018- Wonder Struck- Review 
7/13/2018- Christen Krumm- Interview 
Week Three: 
7/16/2018- Jena Brown Writes- Excerpt 
7/17/2018- Novel Novice- Guest Post 
7/18/2018- Hauntedbybooks- Review 
7/19/2018- Book Dragon Lair- Review 
7/20/2018- Eli to the nth- Review 
Week Four: 
7/23/2018- Under the Book Cover- Review 
7/24/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Review 
7/25/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous- Review 
7/26/2018- Simply Daniel Radcliffe- Review 
7/27/2018- Two points of interest- Review 
Week Five: 
7/30/2018- For the Love of KidLit- Interview 
7/31/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Excerpt 

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