“It’s terrible and lovely, longing for someone you know will only break your heart.”
“They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing to forgive them.”
“I’m hurting, but I’m not ruined. Things get ruined, not people.”
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.
***I received this ARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Tor Teen
Read the book if:
You like complex romances of epic, triangular proportions.
You have enough time to plough through in one sitting (I started and did not want to stop, I was completely engaged).
Steam and angst are your best friends. The romance will make you want to melt. It builds and blossoms and it feels like you’re sinking into a really comfy blanket on a cold night. Clay is AMAZING. Where can I find one of those? He’s loving and supportive, and OH SO SEXY. Clay is definitely new book boyfriend material.
I liked Liv. She freaked out for a bit, understandable, but she turned it around. Her emotions were raw and confused, and so authentic. The voice was super strong and believable despite the unbelievable situation.
Morgan was a fierce and compelling character, for someone who wasn’t actually alive. She had a huge part because Liv took over her life and had to sink into her lifestyle, uncovering all of the lies and things she hid from her best friend. It really makes you think about how well you know your loved ones.
The plot itself was confusing at first. It was hard to tell what the book was supposed to be-contemporary, drama, paranormal, romance, murder mystery, thriller? It had elements of all of these. Genre-bending.
The mystery was intriguing. It was complex and full of two generations of scandal. The twist surprised me.
If you’re looking for a love triangle with a blend of mystery, pick this up.
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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre”
Great review! I loved Clay, too!
Thanks 🙂 he was just a great guy. I feel like in YA, a lot of the time we get just sexy, broody, and excessive sarcastic. To have a genuinely good guy was a positive shift.
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