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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 endl 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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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 endl 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.

30 review for Like Never and Always

  1. 3 out of 5

    Clara Gerner

    I gave this book a 2 star rating because it felt really odd. I never knew what the book was supposed to be, was it a romance? Ghost Story? Mystery/thriller? Every time it started to get dark, it shied away from it and moved quickly back to safe territory. Every little mystery and detail tied up in a sweet little bow. It also had a habit of introducing things in odd places that almost felt like the author had to add it later on and didn't know where, so it doesn't quite fit. Not sure I would recom I gave this book a 2 star rating because it felt really odd. I never knew what the book was supposed to be, was it a romance? Ghost Story? Mystery/thriller? Every time it started to get dark, it shied away from it and moved quickly back to safe territory. Every little mystery and detail tied up in a sweet little bow. It also had a habit of introducing things in odd places that almost felt like the author had to add it later on and didn't know where, so it doesn't quite fit. Not sure I would recommend it. I read an uncorrected advance copy I picked up at a conference.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Tammie

    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. 3.5 stars. Like Never and Always had me at the first sentence. It's a mild thriller/mystery that involves a bit of a supernatural twist and some romance. The best thing about this book to me isn't 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. 3.5 stars. Like Never and Always had me at the first sentence. It's a mild thriller/mystery that involves a bit of a supernatural twist and some romance. The best thing about this book to me isn't really the mystery aspect of it, but how Liv learns to live her life as Morgan and all the repercussions that involves, including dealing with feelings for two brothers, one that Liv was dating at the time of her 'death' and the other one that Morgan was dating. This would be one of those times a love triangle adds to the story in a good way. The lack of thrills in this book may disappoint some people since it is billed as a thriller. Normally I would agree with that, especially since it seems like most thrillers aren't nearly as thrilling as they promise to be, but this time around I was able to appreciate other aspects of the book and that was ok. I do feel like there was a sub plot thrown in that should have either been left out or expanded upon because it got lost in the story. I don't want to spoil what it is but it's something we learn about Morgan's father near the end of the book. It felt kind of random and tacked onto the story to me. (view spoiler)[ It appears he was a serial killer that had been going around dating and then killing women that looked like his dead wife. (hide spoiler)] There also seemed to be some political bias that seeped into the story and I didn't really care for that. I don't get political in my reviews because that's not what they are about, and I also prefer my reading material to not be about that either. Overall I liked this a lot. Some things about it reminded me of Parallel by Lauren Miller, but this is a lot better. Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with an advance copy of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie Parks

    This was easy to read, at times hard to believe story. But it's well explained at the end, so don't worry. For a YA novel, it was very well written with stellar character development which for this plot played a major role in getting my 4 stars. Love, envy-jealousy, teenage uncertainty seemed to all play at least some parts. But the best was the authenticity of her inner journey. Guess it's never what you thought it would be to be in someone else's skin. Thank you Tor Teen for the chance to read th This was easy to read, at times hard to believe story. But it's well explained at the end, so don't worry. For a YA novel, it was very well written with stellar character development which for this plot played a major role in getting my 4 stars. Love, envy-jealousy, teenage uncertainty seemed to all play at least some parts. But the best was the authenticity of her inner journey. Guess it's never what you thought it would be to be in someone else's skin. Thank you Tor Teen for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/05/... In the history of real mistaken identity cases, the one about the fatal accident involving two girls and one survivor is probably the most heartbreaking. Most of us have probably heard about the incident or seen the story or some variation resembling it in popular media, but in Ann Aguirre’s new YA thriller Like Never and Always, the scenario is given a disturbing and paranormal twist. On a hot summer evening, best friend 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/05/... In the history of real mistaken identity cases, the one about the fatal accident involving two girls and one survivor is probably the most heartbreaking. Most of us have probably heard about the incident or seen the story or some variation resembling it in popular media, but in Ann Aguirre’s new YA thriller Like Never and Always, the scenario is given a disturbing and paranormal twist. On a hot summer evening, best friends Liv and Morgan are passengers in a car along with their boyfriends, brothers Clay and Nathan Claymore, when an accident changes all their lives forever. Liv wakes up in the hospital, but the visitors by her bedside are not her parents or her boyfriend Nathan but instead Mr. Frost, Morgan’s father, and Clay, Morgan’s boyfriend. They and all the hospital staff are also calling Liv by her best friend’s name, which frightens and confuses her—especially when they break the news that Liv did not survive the crash. Any hopes that this is just a horrible case of mistaken identity are dashed, however, when they remove Liv’s bandages and it is Morgan’s face starring back at her in the mirror. Not wanting to appear crazy or upset anyone further, Liv decides to go along with it in order to buy some time to figure out what’s going on, but becoming Morgan and stepping into her life is turning out to be more difficult than Liv realized. Her best friend, heiress to her father’s successful tech company, had lived in privilege and luxury, but her life had not been as well put together as anyone thought. Liv also discovers that, despite being popular and beautiful, Morgan Frost was a lonely girl with not a lot of close friends. And underneath that perfect and happy exterior, she was hiding all kinds of dangerous secrets, including an underaged affair with a married man. All of it was part of Morgan’s plan to uncover the truth behind her mother’s mysterious death ten years ago, and now it is up to Liv to finish what her best friend started. I was of two minds regarding this novel. On the one hand, I loved the premise, as well as the mystery and suspense. On the other, this being a Young Adult novel, it also comes with a heavy dose of romance, as practically required by the genre. Normally, I wouldn’t mind so much, but when soppy romantic drama starts encroaching on my thrillers, that’s when I can get a little cranky. Aguirre had an amazing opportunity here to drum up some real tension behind an interesting conflict, and to be fair, she did a great job exploring the tumultuous relationships behind what I thought was a seriously messed up love triangle involving Liv and the Claymore brothers. But where the story faltered was the timing. I could never tell whether this novel wanted to be a thriller or a romance; the plot would be constantly swinging back and forth between these two genres, and more frustratingly, these shifts always seemed to come about at the worst times. It’s never wise to stop when you have momentum on your side, and yet, so many times it would be interrupted just when the mystery was heating up, and I would get brothers drama when all I wanted was for Liv to get back to investigating Morgan’s mom’s death. Apart from those complaints though, this book was actually quite good. I enjoyed the premise, as well appreciated the story’s attempt to at least provide an explanation for Liv and Morgan’s body-switching, which in fact turned out to be rather touching. I would even praise this one as an emotionally charged tale of female friendship, which might sound weird at first, considering how one of them is dead, but everything Liv does is because of how much she loves Morgan. After literally living in her best friend’s shoes, Liv begins to understand Morgan as she never did when both girls were still alive and in their own bodies. The story also boldly delved into some difficult and delicate subjects, not shying away from them even when things got dark. Had the plot stayed on this track a bit better, I might have enjoyed Like Never and Always a lot more. That said, it is by no means a bad book and I still had a great time, but too much mishandling of the romance and wonky pacing ended up dragging the experience down a little. I suppose I would still recommend it, especially if you don’t mind a hefty amount of romantic drama served with your thrills and chills.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ⇝LEAH⇜

    2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left 2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left me confused and let down.  There was this tidbit of a plot twist thrown in at the end of the story that just leaves you feeling like…wtf was that all about?   ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏ ~~~~~MY RATING~~~~~ ☆2.8☆STARS - GRADE=C- ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏   ~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~ Plot~ 3.2/5 Main Characters~ 3.8/5 Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5 The Feels~ 2/5 Pacing~ 3.8/5 Addictiveness~ 3/5 Theme or Tone~ 3.3/5 Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5 Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5 Originality~ 3.5/5 Ending~2.5/5 Book Cover~ Very Cool…way cooler than the story. Narration~☆4.5☆ for Emily Bauer, her pleasant voice may have influenced the overall rating of this book. Setting~ Renton (not sure of the spelling because I only had audio version) Source~ Audiobook (Library)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher via NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Thrillers & Suspense *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* Ann Aguirre's Like Never and Always is a dark, romantic, Young Adult suspense novel edged with a bit of paranormal. There's plenty of angst for those who love that sort of thing, mixed with layered secrets, a screwy love triangle, and the underlying story about how well we really know the person we claim to know best. The plot centers on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved *Source* Publisher via NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Thrillers & Suspense *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* Ann Aguirre's Like Never and Always is a dark, romantic, Young Adult suspense novel edged with a bit of paranormal. There's plenty of angst for those who love that sort of thing, mixed with layered secrets, a screwy love triangle, and the underlying story about how well we really know the person we claim to know best. The plot centers on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  7. 3 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    I want to thank to Tor Teen and NetGalley for having provided me with this copy in exchange for an honest review I think the main idea of the book is so interesting and captivating, it was what kept me wanting to know what would happen at the end. On the other hand, and being very honest, I think that it failed in the way in which this idea was executed. Even so, I think I would like to read something more about the author because I liked her writing 2.7/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my I want to thank to Tor Teen and NetGalley for having provided me with this copy in exchange for an honest review I think the main idea of the book is so interesting and captivating, it was what kept me wanting to know what would happen at the end. On the other hand, and being very honest, I think that it failed in the way in which this idea was executed. Even so, I think I would like to read something more about the author because I liked her writing 2.7/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. After a car accident Liv wakes up in the hospital and feels very confused because everyone calls her Morgan, at the beginning she thinks it's a mistake, but after seeing her face in the mirror she doesn't actually see herself but her best friend Morgan reflected. Liv will have to lead now with the fact that she's trapped in the body of her best friend, and even when everyone sees Morgan as the rich girl of the perfect life, Liv will be immersed in her life and discover dark secrets and crimes, that surrounds her best friend and her family, of which she had no idea. And meanwhile she also have to deal with her best friend's last request The synopsis doesn't say much actually, but I've tried to put together a little more informative one here , without spoilers of course. The thing is that when I read the synopsis for the first time I felt that this was the perfect book for me, because as you already know, I LOVE mystery, and more when it involves best friends, besides you have to admit that it sounds incredible. And honestly I was very happy when I was approved with the ARC and even though I had some problems with it, I'm glad I gave it a try, I think the author has very good ideas. I liked, as I said before, the idea that there's an accident and then something supernatural happens, that's always interesting. Liv's trapped in her best friend body, and has to discover how to get out of that situation, find a way to return to normality or even follow her life that way. All these things are super interesting, because as you read the story many questions begin to appear in your head, and obviously you want answers. And here's the thing, I really don't feel that we have answers to all those questions, I think the author deviates a lot the main issue, to other things. In fact, I really would have loved to know why this happened in the first place and after finishing it you never know it for sure, and I hate that, because it makes the story feel incomplete for me. There's, in fact, a moment where our MC begins to think that she's suffering from some mental illness but this never develops, and I think it would have been a VERY interesting. I didn't like Morgan, I mean the real her, not even a little, I think she was very manipulative and such a liar, I usually enjoy unlikeble characters, but this girl is impossible . I think the fact that Liv defended her all the time made me irritate even more. I love best friends plots, but in this case I think Liv adored Morgan but not the opposite around, you know? Liv begins to find out some secrets that her friend hid from her, that are really painful, things that only a treacherous person would do, and she lets them pass so easily, I'm sorry, but I would be SO angry. There was a love triangle here, and I have nothing against them, sometimes I even enjoy them, but this time it was awful. The triangle involves Liv (who's now in Morgan's body), Clay (Morgan's boyfriend) and Nathan (Liv's boyfriend/Clay's brother), so you can pretty much get an idea of how complicated this was. I feel that Clay's a lovely person, I loved him as an individual and I feel that in other circumstances they would have made an adorable couple, but everything happens in such a strange and dramatic way that it wasn't to my liking. Nathan on the other hand, I just couldn't stand him. After finishing reading it I think it's a kind of messy book, if the author would have focused more on the main idea and less on the romance, maybe it would have worked better for me. I think maybe she was scared of going for a darker side with it but I feel that it would have worked well if she had taken a risk. I really enjoyed the interactions with Liv's family, I think that helps me to know how she really was like before all this happened, even so, I would have liked a bigger development of this aspect because we know all about Morgan's life, but not much of Liv's, which would have been interesting. There's also another aspect in the plot that involves a crime, and it ends up being quite important in the book until becoming a central part, and honestly it was a bit boring and predictable, which I hate to say because I look for the opposite in this kind of books. But, I was not really interested in that aspect really. And the plot twist almost at the end was SUPER convenient In summary, I think the idea is brilliant but I would have liked to see it more developed, especially because it's a paranormal aspect and it would be nice to have seen something happen with that, it was handled in a very strange way. I think the first 50% of the book is great, quite engaging and leaves you wanting more, but then nothing ends as I would have liked and seems like the author has taken the easy way out and left me with more doubts than I had at the beginning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hristina

    I’m on the fence about this book because I really wanted to love it. The synopsis sounded so interesting, but the execution fell short. I'm not actually sure what the genre of this book is, and I got the feeling that the author was afraid of going too dark with the plot and writing on account of keeping it YA. In my opinion the strongest thing about this book are the characters. The writing style is decent and easy to consume, but there are a few odd choices made when it comes to the flow of the I’m on the fence about this book because I really wanted to love it. The synopsis sounded so interesting, but the execution fell short. I'm not actually sure what the genre of this book is, and I got the feeling that the author was afraid of going too dark with the plot and writing on account of keeping it YA. In my opinion the strongest thing about this book are the characters. The writing style is decent and easy to consume, but there are a few odd choices made when it comes to the flow of the plot that frustrated me a little. Again, this synopsis sounded so promising to me, I expected to be blown away. I’m not sure if I recommend this book. It depends on what kind of reader you are. You might enjoy it a lot, I found it meh. Just like the text that appears when you hover over the second star when you leave your rating, for me this book was okay.

  9. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    I truly loved this book. It has everything! Suspense, intrigue, danger, romance, heartbreak – and it’s all in a story seamlessly told. Again and again, the author surprised me – sometimes with something that made me extremely happy (like Oscar) and other times when she broke my heart. This was one of those reads that I didn’t want to look away from – and it had me reaching for a tissue more than once. Aguirre knows how to tell a story that simply captivates the reader. Five well deserved stars! *ARC I truly loved this book. It has everything! Suspense, intrigue, danger, romance, heartbreak – and it’s all in a story seamlessly told. Again and again, the author surprised me – sometimes with something that made me extremely happy (like Oscar) and other times when she broke my heart. This was one of those reads that I didn’t want to look away from – and it had me reaching for a tissue more than once. Aguirre knows how to tell a story that simply captivates the reader. Five well deserved stars! *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  10. 3 out of 5

    Princess

    I received a copy of this ebook from Netgalley and Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I loved Clay and how kind and sweet he was. I couldn’t read it fast enough to figure out what would happen between Liv and Morgan. There was always this drama going in to that added an extra layer. This was a very pleasant surprise and I would definitely recommend it

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Like Never and Always was a strange story - quite compelling in some aspects, and just strange in others. Full review to come. 3.5 star - ARC review.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Amanda

    I absolutely love this book! This gripped me from the first page. I can’t imagine waking up and seeing me as someone else and having to live their life or someone would think I was crazy! I loved this journey and how she grew as a character while living the life of her best friend. From deciding who to be with and wondering if anyone is going to notice that it’s her. So touching when she went into her bedroom and saw her real parents. But she learns things about her best friend that leads her to I absolutely love this book! This gripped me from the first page. I can’t imagine waking up and seeing me as someone else and having to live their life or someone would think I was crazy! I loved this journey and how she grew as a character while living the life of her best friend. From deciding who to be with and wondering if anyone is going to notice that it’s her. So touching when she went into her bedroom and saw her real parents. But she learns things about her best friend that leads her to realize that she is here to help expose dark secrets. This has everything. Murder, awkward romance, betrayal. What a journey! I’m in love with this book! I must read more by her! Thank you!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    *Physical copy kindly provided by Tor Teen* I feel very MEH about this book. I could understand Liv's confusion, as she reexamines who she is in Morgan's body, and has to reconcile that with this new life of hers. So the fact that her relationships with people are complicated, it makes sense. But I just was SO annoyed by the love triangle. It completely took me out the story at multiple points, and I wish I could've gotten into the romance. Clay was the actual best. But I just did not really care *Physical copy kindly provided by Tor Teen* I feel very MEH about this book. I could understand Liv's confusion, as she reexamines who she is in Morgan's body, and has to reconcile that with this new life of hers. So the fact that her relationships with people are complicated, it makes sense. But I just was SO annoyed by the love triangle. It completely took me out the story at multiple points, and I wish I could've gotten into the romance. Clay was the actual best. But I just did not really care about any of this, or the main character. And the explanation over what happened was definitely not what I expected? I could suspend my disbelief in a way, but I didn't always like the treatment of mental health here. Plus the whole mystery behind Morgan's secrets wasn't thrilling at all, and some of it felt WAY out in left field, man. Like, all of the shit that happened near the end? It felt like it was there purely for drama's sake, not because it moved the story or the MC in any way. You still don't get all the answers, and in the end, I was left being like that's it?! I don't know, I just think none of this came together that well at all. Rating: 2.5 Paw Prints!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kisses A

    Mediocre. Strong start. Boring ater 60%. Could have done better

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peachy

    "Do monsters always know what they are?" Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figures Engrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excit "Do monsters always know what they are?" Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figures Engrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excitement, it far surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed every moment of it, and the unique and exciting plot does not at all sacrifice great prose. I found myself rereading several sentences over because of their beauty and depth of meaning. Ann Aguirre is a master writer, not only hooking the reader with the plot, but also with her prose. I will definitely be checking out her other works, and will be on the lookout for her future ones! Liv (trapped in Morgan’s body) is a very compelling narrator – far to be the self-centered and overly dramatic teen we’ve come to expect in YA contemporaries. She is caring and considerate, but also smart and strategic. I enjoyed that she was fierce and brave without being cruel, but she’s not too proud to show vulnerability. I loved how the author expertly wrote the parts when even Liv started to doubt her identity – was she really Liv? Or was she Morgan who was grieving so much about the loss of her best friend she couldn’t tell who she was anymore? The plot centered on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. Somehow, it managed to stay thrilling and suspenseful without reaching negative levels of creepy. Speaking of creepy, the ARC I got actually have a much creepier cover – not sure if that made it to another edition of a final cover (I think it might be the Kindle edition cover?), but here, let me show ya! To add even more flavor to this already extremely enjoyable read, the romantic aspects of the plot is veeeryy much to my liking. I’m already a fan of the love triangle trope, but the version found in Like Never & Always add lots of spice. Initially, it sounds like the oh-so-common rivalry between brothers, but there’s more where that came from, and pretty soon, you realize there isn’t any chance for the other one at all. Our main love interest is very sexy and is quite the perfect male lead for this kind of story. He’s so swoonworthy, he might even be featured in one of my #SwoonySaturday posts… if only I get to writing those again.. Hmmm, what else do you want to know? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out yourself! BLOG TOUR + REVIEW https://goo.gl/MqaNFU Buy your copy!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    If you woke up in side your best friend's body, would you be able to live her life the way she did? Do you really want to know THAT much about her and how do you cope with your new situation??? What an interesting concept. With elements of paranormal, this somewhat suspenseful story is less thriller and more contemporary mystery in my opinion. Through Liv, we get to learn more about Morgan and what's really going on in her life. How being a "rich little girl" may not be all it's cracked up to be. If you woke up in side your best friend's body, would you be able to live her life the way she did? Do you really want to know THAT much about her and how do you cope with your new situation??? What an interesting concept. With elements of paranormal, this somewhat suspenseful story is less thriller and more contemporary mystery in my opinion. Through Liv, we get to learn more about Morgan and what's really going on in her life. How being a "rich little girl" may not be all it's cracked up to be. Like most YA novels, we do have a bit of a love triangle going on but luckily that's not the front runner of the story. Instead, we get a story about grief, forgiveness and never judging a book by its cover. Everyone deals with grief in their own way but having to mourn the loss of your body and the loss of the best friend whose body you now reside in takes this to a whole new level! "Funny how the human body can heal trauma in a matter of weeks whereas scars on the heart and mind can last for years." I did wonder how Liv felt the first time she had to really deal with being in her best friend's body. That first shower must've been AWKWARD! haha - but all jokes aside... this was a very compelling read. Easily a one sit binge. If you're looking for a quick read that has a touch of thriller, paranormal, romance and YA, then this is PERFECT for you. Thank you Tor Teen for this copy!

  17. 3 out of 5

    Aymee

    If you've ever wanted to live someone else's life, this is the book for you.  For the entirety of their friendship, Liv was in awe of what she assumed was the perfect life. Morgan had her own car, money, and all the freedom that came along with it.  What Liv didn't realize was that with all that freedom came a ton of responsibility. For the most part, Liv was the girl next door.  She had loving, involved parents, an annoying younger brother, and your average middle class life.  Waking up in Morga If you've ever wanted to live someone else's life, this is the book for you.  For the entirety of their friendship, Liv was in awe of what she assumed was the perfect life. Morgan had her own car, money, and all the freedom that came along with it.  What Liv didn't realize was that with all that freedom came a ton of responsibility. For the most part, Liv was the girl next door.  She had loving, involved parents, an annoying younger brother, and your average middle class life.  Waking up in Morgan's body changed all of that drastically.  Compared to Morgan, her life was boring, but predictable.  The deeper she gets into Morgan's secret life, the more Liv comes to understand that boring and predictable have a comfort all their own.   The premise behind Like Never and Always was a good one.  I think I may have watched entirely too many soaps with my grandmother as a child, but the whole idea of waking up in someone else's body immediately attracted me to this novel.  I'll be honest, I first thought that it was due to a brain injury or some kind of selective amnesia, but I was wrong.  While the reason for Liv being in Morgan's body wasn't explained well enough for my curious mind, you are at least given a somewhat decent reason for the swap.  The way Liv stumbles into Morgan's secret life is interesting and true to the teens I know.  And while the sort-of-maybe love triangle could have been left on the editor's desk, it did work out well in the end.  Overall, a well-written young adult thriller suitable for teens or adults.   3.5/5  *Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    4 1/2 stars RTC for blog tour

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak

    As a thriller, this wasn’t thrilling enough. And I’m sad. RTC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I am an Ann Aguirre fan so Like Never and Always was an auto buy, listen-on-release-day read. This one definitely did not disappoint. One thing I love about Ann is her ability to write across many genres, with romance being a central plot point in her stories. I’ve read her scifi, contemporary, romance, and now thriller-speculative-contemporary and she makes it work, drawing you into the characters. Liv is one of those characters that you grow to love deeply as her story progresses. See, Liv wakes I am an Ann Aguirre fan so Like Never and Always was an auto buy, listen-on-release-day read. This one definitely did not disappoint. One thing I love about Ann is her ability to write across many genres, with romance being a central plot point in her stories. I’ve read her scifi, contemporary, romance, and now thriller-speculative-contemporary and she makes it work, drawing you into the characters. Liv is one of those characters that you grow to love deeply as her story progresses. See, Liv wakes up in the body of her best friend after a devastating car accident. Like Never and Always is her journey of reconciling the life she lived, the life Morgan lived, and the life she now lives as Morgan - but without Morgan. It’s easy to suspend belief here because the science is not central to the story - the emotional journey is. Ann carries us through all of the stages of grief. On the flip side, Liv must solve a mystery left by Morgan…and the stakes are high. I found myself unable to take my earbuds out because I wanted so badly to know the future (and past) of Liv and Morgan! I would recommend this story by audio. Emily Bauer portrays emotions and sucks you right into the story. Her voice felt very natural and I easily settled in. Fans of Before I Fall and If I Stay (two of my fav books) will love Like Never and Always!

  21. 3 out of 5

    Sha

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and Netgalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not big on romance. Do I hate love? No. But I find that too many YA books (which I adore and read almost exclusively) rush couples to the po Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and Netgalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not big on romance. Do I hate love? No. But I find that too many YA books (which I adore and read almost exclusively) rush couples to the point that readers end up with insta-love, cliché meet cutes, and the corniest break-up/makeup moments. My eyes are basically rolling all over the floor. Obviously this isn’t the end of the world; it’s YA, and sooooo many young adults (no shame to it!) adore the fluff. My lovely co-blogger Mandy loves the fluff!! But I’m just like, “Ew. No. What is this? Stop.” What I’m saying is: Give me a solid relationship or GIVE ME DEATH. You can imagine my curiosity going into a book that pitched not one but two romances (ya know, a love triangle, sure to be rife with drama). Will I abhor? Or will I adore? To put you out of your misery now, I’ll tell you: I was on the edge my seat, wide-eyed, drooling, because the love interest (like, the one the main character chooses at the end) is SWOON WORTHY. THE MAN OF MY DREAMS PEOPLE. I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY. (In as vague of a way as I can because dang I can’t spoil the love triangle for you!) He is respectful, kind, aware of the main character’s needs WITHOUT TELLING HER what she wants (think Twilight, where Edward is like, Yes, Bella, you are cold now, go put on a sweater), hard-working, and selfless. I’m sobbing just thinking about it. GET ME A MAN LIKE THIS. As for the other love interest, was he terrible? Um, no. I totally got why he was a valid options for the main character, and then I understood why she didn’t choose him. It wasn’t a simple case of “Option A is better” but also “Option B doesn’t need me/isn’t good with me.” Other love interest is fully developed, a viable option, and um, they totes had chemistry too — but Ann Aguirre did not exploit that chemistry and throw in a bunch of “will they/won’t they” for shits and giggles. Aguirre made clear from pretty early in the book who our MC, Liv, would be choosing. (Ugh, I can’t stand when the MC just wobbles back and forth between guys. Like, if you seriously can’t choose, then maybe the answer is neither? And it’s all just lust? But that’s a problem for another day, because NONE of that hot mess was here!) Clearly romance was a strong aspect of the book, but Like Never and Always included aspects of mystery and thriller (and some maybe paranormal). I did snoop some reviews on Goodreads, which I actually generally refuse to do before my own reviews. This is so you get 100% my own thoughts untainted by what others think. BUT I saw on Goodreads some reviewers disliked the book because they felt the genre was too unclear. IMHO: This is first a romance, second a mystery, and the softest hint of paranormal. Aguirre is VERY clear on what direction she wants to take with her book, so not once are you like, “Wait, what happened to the romance aspect? Why are we suddenly focusing on paranormal?” I only include paranormal because … duh, Liv wakes up and she’s in Morgan’s body. That’s some out of this world business. But Liv does her best to explain this (and other creepy events) away with science (as she is a massive science lover), so paranormal stuff? Not very strong in this book. It felt very grounded and realistic, despite a body swap kicking things off. Okay. Mystery element. This gave the book its plot. I loved how some of the mystery turned out to be a complete red herring, and some parts Liv needs to accept will never truly be solved/she has to keep “her little secret.” Honestly, this book had me up until 3 AM on a WORK DAY because I needed to know everything as soon as possible. Now I need everything Ann Aguirre ASAP. One little disclaimer/spoiler/warning for readers who are sensitive to sex scenes in books, there is a little something that happens between Liv and one of the love interests near the end of the book (no page numbers and I’m afraid I don’t pay attention to the Kindle percentage count!) It’s faaar from explicit but still there, so if you’re like, NOT FOR ME, then well, now you know. It actually surprised me, since I did not see the book going there, but like I said, if you are not aware of these things from experience/learning, then you might not even know what just happened, it’s that subtly described. I could ramble about love for this book forever. The characters were so well-developed. Everyone was aware of their flaws, their strengths and weaknesses. People could develop throughout the book. I feel blessed to have read this, not even kidding. Please excuse me while I read it again now? Five crowns because I want to read it again immediately and this never happens with me. Also Aguirre NAILED it with a respectful and caring boyfriend which we need more of in books (like, please, stop with giving MCs BFs/GFs who disrespect them and then readers are all SWOON. NO SWOON!) I also want to buy an actual copy to own and hold and lovingly embrace. Join me on my book journey!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    **Review posted at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ ** Liv and her best friend Morgan as well as their boyfriends were coming home from a party when they were in a car accident. Liv wakes up in the hospital, but something is just not right. When Morgan's father and boyfriend hover around her, call her Morgan, and tell her that Liv is dead, Liv knows that this is more wrong than she could have ever guessed. But when she looks in the mirror, she sees Morgan's face and body. It seems that Liv i **Review posted at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ ** Liv and her best friend Morgan as well as their boyfriends were coming home from a party when they were in a car accident. Liv wakes up in the hospital, but something is just not right. When Morgan's father and boyfriend hover around her, call her Morgan, and tell her that Liv is dead, Liv knows that this is more wrong than she could have ever guessed. But when she looks in the mirror, she sees Morgan's face and body. It seems that Liv is now somehow in Morgan's body, living her life. But Morgan had secrets and was playing a very deadly game that Liv is now in the middle of... Wow what a hot mess of a book, and I mean that in the best of ways! Look as how pretty and creepy the cover is- I had to pick up this book to read for that factor alone. I was not certain what I was getting myself into when I started the book. I mean really, based on the synopsis and the first chapter I had my doubts as if this was a supernatural read or a psychological one. And that is a question I will not answer and leave up to the reader to guess or speculate about for themselves. But this is one for the mystery lovers regardless of anything else. I liked how this was a mystery inside of a mystery as well as all the drama of high school, romance and family. And the angst!! It was practically tangible! I was so wrapped up in the personal drama that I was not certain what I wanted to happen or who I wanted Liv/Morgan to be. And yes, there was a love triangle of a sort- maybe a love square? It was seriously the most complicated of romances- Morgan was dating Clay who is Nathan's brother who Liv was dating. So, yeah... try to puzzle that one out. I will say the end choice was perfect and filled me with happiness but the journey to get there was so emotional (and at times swoony, and boy did Clay need a hug). I will say that the ending was a little bit rushed for my liking. There was a lot of build up and then within a chapter everything was resolved and I was left slightly miffed. I would have liked the ending to be just a little bit more drawn out, or a little bit more complicated to match how freaking complicated the entire rest of the book was. (and can somebody please tell me who was responsible for the missing girls? I know there was speculation but I would love a direct answer.) Overall I was really happy with this story and I blew through it in just a day or two, it was easy to keep reading because I wanted to know more. This was my first read by this author and I would love to try more now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    Like Never and Always was a fast-paced contemporary thriller with some eerie paranormal elements. At its heart, this novel is ultimately a story about a girl trying to fulfill her best friend’s last request while also trying to find her place in the world. Like Never and Always keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find out whether the story ends happily or in blood. After a car accident, Liv wakes up in her best friend’s body. Afraid of telling anyone the truth, Liv must figure out how to n Like Never and Always was a fast-paced contemporary thriller with some eerie paranormal elements. At its heart, this novel is ultimately a story about a girl trying to fulfill her best friend’s last request while also trying to find her place in the world. Like Never and Always keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find out whether the story ends happily or in blood. After a car accident, Liv wakes up in her best friend’s body. Afraid of telling anyone the truth, Liv must figure out how to navigate life as Morgan, her best friend. However, she soon finds out that Morgan’s life wasn’t as perfect as it seemed from the outside. And that her assumptions about Morgan’s boyfriend may be dead wrong. Caught up in Morgan’s dark secrets, Liv must find a way out while also figuring out who she wants to be now. Of course, it doesn’t help that Lis is also struggling with her growing feelings for Morgan’s boyfriend. Liv was such a relatable character. Totally out of her depth, in an unimaginable situation, she manages to survive. With no one who truly understands her situation, she is alone in dealing with her grief, both for her best friend and for her own life. Liv was such a strong character, her iron will giving her the strength to persevere. The other characters were incredibly realistic as well. Aguirre did an excellent job exposing each character’s flaws, revealing who they were as opposed to who they pretended to be. The concept of identity played a large role in Like Never and Always. Some of my favorite parts of the novel were when Liv was questioning herself. Was she actually Liv or was she Morgan, unable to cope with her own reality and convinced she is her dead best friend? Aguirre wrote those parts brilliantly and ultimately allows readers to determine the answer for themselves. Additionally, I thought she did a wonderful job with her portrayal of grief. Each character handles the loss a different way and their reactions felt so raw and honest. I loved how the mystery was slowly unspooled. There were so many different layers and each reveal made me see the situation from a different perspective. Each reveal uncovers a new part of an incredibly disturbing situation. I would note that there are trigger warnings for rape, stalking, and physical assault. The romance was a nice counterbalance to the darker parts of the storyline. Even as Morgan’s life is coming apart, Liv is beginning to create one of her own. The romantic lead was a wonderful character and I loved the slowly developing relationship between him and Liv. Like Never and Always was an intriguing read that kept me hooked until the very last page. I would recommend this one if you’re looking for a heavier and darker YA contemporary. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Brittany Lamb

    **3.75 stars As always, thank you the publisher and to Netgalley for the reading copy in exchange for an honest review. My feelings about this book are really confusing to me. For the first 15% or so, I was really bored and absolutely terrified that this was going to resemble I Was A Bitch because it really seemed headed in that direction. You've got the car accident, the confused identity, the god forsaken brother love triangle... and I was not happy about all of this. Whatsoever. But, I'll give **3.75 stars As always, thank you the publisher and to Netgalley for the reading copy in exchange for an honest review. My feelings about this book are really confusing to me. For the first 15% or so, I was really bored and absolutely terrified that this was going to resemble I Was A Bitch because it really seemed headed in that direction. You've got the car accident, the confused identity, the god forsaken brother love triangle... and I was not happy about all of this. Whatsoever. But, I'll give it to the book. It took a nice turn by bringing some deeper, darker story lines and I really believe that it saved the whole story for me. No matter how fun it might be to ogle between two very attractive brothers, I'm just not interested in reading an entire story revolving around trying to pick one. And I'm not sorry for it, either. So, it definitely picks up and even though I think that this could've been written a little differently to possibly give it a sequel, I'm not disappointed. All of the secrets that get unveiled in this story are one's that I definitely didn't expect, even up until the end (this means good mystery writing). However, there were some things that kind of seemed thrown in at the last minute with no closure or much explanation, which is another reason I thought that maybe this was headed toward a cliffhanger to get me uber excited for the next installment. But it definitely ended on a note that makes it feel finished, so I guess maybe the author just wanted to try and spice some things up a bit and it just kind of fell short. I can only speculate. As for characters, I actually found that I liked the way that they were written. For whatever reason, I find myself hating main characters often, but I thought that Olivia's story was very unique and I stayed interested. There was a very sweet connection between her and Clay and even though Nathan was basically just a sad drunk the entire time, I didn't blame him for it, because... well, he thinks he's at fault for his girlfriend being dead (not a spoiler, so don't hate me). No one had an attitude that I couldn't stand or a stubbornness that was just annoyingly unrealistic. The characters felt solid. Overall, I'm glad I stuck with it because in the beginning I was definitely considering just giving it up. I'm not sappy enough for a story solely based on a love triangle. But, the book picks up and I think that it has a nicely paced plot with just enough mystery to keep you going, even when the brotherly love triangle feels pretty awkward.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Erin Laidley

    As soon as I read the synopsis - specifically the portions relating to identity swapping and criminal secrets - I knew that I had to read Like Never and Always. By the end of the second chapter, I was already formulating hypotheses as to how the mistaken identity occurred so I was surprised (and slightly disappointed) when this story played out in an entirely different way than expected. I haven't read any of Ann Aguirre's works before, though Enclave has been on my TBR for what feels like forev As soon as I read the synopsis - specifically the portions relating to identity swapping and criminal secrets - I knew that I had to read Like Never and Always. By the end of the second chapter, I was already formulating hypotheses as to how the mistaken identity occurred so I was surprised (and slightly disappointed) when this story played out in an entirely different way than expected. I haven't read any of Ann Aguirre's works before, though Enclave has been on my TBR for what feels like forever, but I definitely intend to pick one up after this. There's something about her writing that immediately immersed me in the story; perhaps it was the use of first-person narration, which allowed me to more closely identify with our protagonist, Liv. The pacing was excellent and I was able to finish Like Never and Always in a single sitting. While Like Never and Always provided plenty of intrigues and an unexpected plot twist, the final reveal fell short for me. There were a number of potential plotlines that were mentioned on multiple occasions (i.e. the friendship bracelet) but were never brought to a resolution; rather than serving as red herrings, they felt like portions of a greater and more interesting story that remains untold. The explanation for the mistaken identity also felt underwhelming when compared to the extravagant (and very incorrect) conclusions that I had drawn early on in the reading process. I really enjoyed Liv as a protagonist. She was resilient, fiercely loyal, and determined to make the most of her new life, which is a far cry from how I would react if I were placed in similar circumstances. I was less enamoured with her romantic endeavours; I can completely understand how her partner is seen as desirable, but the romance itself just didn't make me feel anything. Overall, Like Never and Always was a fast-paced, fairly enjoyable read with plenty of twists. I likely won't read it again, but I will definitely read more from this author. I received an advanced copy of this book from Macmillan-Tor/Forge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles

    **4.5 stars** Like Never and Always is a uniquely intriguing story that delves into the world of secrets and friendship. With many mysteries to solve for a girl in the wrong body and a conflicting romance that equally excites and thrills, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages from the moment Liv wakes up as Morgan and has to come to terms with the fact that she—and the life she had—died in that accident. For a story with an intricate premise, I was surprisingly quick to feel and understand **4.5 stars** Like Never and Always is a uniquely intriguing story that delves into the world of secrets and friendship. With many mysteries to solve for a girl in the wrong body and a conflicting romance that equally excites and thrills, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages from the moment Liv wakes up as Morgan and has to come to terms with the fact that she—and the life she had—died in that accident. For a story with an intricate premise, I was surprisingly quick to feel and understand the despair and grief of a girl who was no longer herself and struggling to adapt to a world so unlike her own as the best friend she thought she knew. The slight supernatural flair of a soul transferring bodies had the chance to create so many problematic issues but it was written and handled so skillfully that it skipped outlandish and instead became incredibly engrossing from the very start. I loved that every element blended smoothly to create one full-figured story; that the loss of the life she had—from family to college plans to boyfriend—took time to overcome and accept while still being confronted with reminders of that life at every turn; and that the life she was now living was unraveling at every turn with it being up to her to finish what was started. And the romance, both captivating and full of crackling tension—sexual and emotional—, was amazing beyond expectation and rounded the story off perfectly. I devoured Like Never and Always in one evening and, though I wish there had been a bit more meat to the last few chapters, I fell in love with everything it had to offer. There wasn’t a slow moment where the pace or plot dragged or was too hard to grasp, and I was beguiled through every twist and turn thrown at Liv. With a resilient heroine hellbent on making the best of her new life, it made for a truly compelling read. **Received an early copy; this had no bearing on my opinions**

  27. 3 out of 5

    Kelly

    I...sort of don't know where to start with this review. This book was everything I thought it would be and nothing like I thought it would be. It took a few turns I wasn't expecting, but it ended up going down the perfect road and delivering a story I didn't know I wanted until I read it. In other words, I'm a messy tangle of confusion. Just a mess. (so excuse any rambling, because my thoughts feel like they're all over the place.) At it's heart, this is a book about secrets and lies and the lengt I...sort of don't know where to start with this review. This book was everything I thought it would be and nothing like I thought it would be. It took a few turns I wasn't expecting, but it ended up going down the perfect road and delivering a story I didn't know I wanted until I read it. In other words, I'm a messy tangle of confusion. Just a mess. (so excuse any rambling, because my thoughts feel like they're all over the place.) At it's heart, this is a book about secrets and lies and the lengths a person will go to to keep those secrets hidden. Frankly put, everyone has secrets. Liv is hiding her true identity from everyone because (a) who would believe her when she's living it and she hardly believes it herself and (b) as Morgan's secrets start coming out, she doesn't know who to trust. Honestly, as a scientist, Liv is surprisingly level headed about her predicament. She analyzes and draws conclusions and does what she has to do to keep everyone thinking she's handling things. It isn't until she gets deeper and deeper into Morgan's mystery that her handle on things gets shaky. (Okay, I'm going to be intentionally vague here so as not be all spoilery...) The romance. MAN, I didn't see that coming. It worked. Perfectly. But I wasn't expecting it. It was sad and sweet and surprising and I want to read this book all over again just to see it unfurl. (My fangirl heart is honestly swooning a bit. I loved it. Hard.) Like I said, this book ended up being the book I didn't know I wanted to read until I read it. So say I came away from it totally satisfied would be an understatement. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  28. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    It’s an interesting premise – and that intriguing title comes from a Pablo Neruda poem. So does this YA thriller live up to the promise of a cracking read? Oh yes. I enjoy Aguirre’s writing and the dramatic beginning hooked me in as I slummucked in bed, reading this offering in one greedy gulp. Liv’s first-person narrative is well realised. Although she suffers serious physical injuries and keeps encountering nasty discoveries of the knee-buckling sort, Aguirre manages to avoid her becoming some It’s an interesting premise – and that intriguing title comes from a Pablo Neruda poem. So does this YA thriller live up to the promise of a cracking read? Oh yes. I enjoy Aguirre’s writing and the dramatic beginning hooked me in as I slummucked in bed, reading this offering in one greedy gulp. Liv’s first-person narrative is well realised. Although she suffers serious physical injuries and keeps encountering nasty discoveries of the knee-buckling sort, Aguirre manages to avoid her becoming some put-upon victim. Given the nature of some of the secrets that float to the surface, as she continues investigating Morgan’s life, that is harder to pull off than you might think. I found myself rooting for Liv throughout and was even able to endure the dreaded love triangle. In fact, it actually made sense within the story’s premise. The character progression also works well and I was also pleased to see that while Liv initially dreads getting any kind of professional counselling, when it becomes crucial she does avail herself of it. I would have liked to see her make more use of it – and have her still attending some ongoing counselling sessions for the foreseeable future. Other than that quibble, I thoroughly enjoyed this YA adventure, which had me turning the pages to find out what happens next. It’s an entertaining thriller that delivers plenty of surprises featuring a well-realised, sympathetic protagonist. Recommended for fans of family-based mystery thrillers. While I obtained an arc of Like Never and Always from the publisher via Netgalley, the opinions I have expressed are unbiased and my own. 8/10

  29. 3 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    4.5 Stars '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 4.5 Stars '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. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    I received a free copy of Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and post-apocalyptic series. This book steps outside these genres; it’s a supernatural romance. Morgan and Liv, Frost/Burn, have been best friends their entire lives, so it seems natural that they would date brothers. Coming home from one of their double dates, there’s a terrible accident. While both brothers are practically unscathed, the same is not true I received a free copy of Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and post-apocalyptic series. This book steps outside these genres; it’s a supernatural romance. Morgan and Liv, Frost/Burn, have been best friends their entire lives, so it seems natural that they would date brothers. Coming home from one of their double dates, there’s a terrible accident. While both brothers are practically unscathed, the same is not true for the best friends. When Liv awakens from her coma, she’s surprised to find the wrong brother at her bedside and the wrong parent coming to her door. The doctors could not possibly have mistaken her for Morgan; after all, Morgan is six inches taller. This is odd and alarming. When the bandages are removed from Liv’s face, she finds out she isn’t herself, she’s Morgan. With her own body buried, Liv has no choice but to assume Morgan’s life, which is troubled in ways Liv never suspected. I enjoyed this book and think that you will, too, if you are a fan of suspenseful supernatural romances. #LikeNeverAndAlways #NetGalley

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