It includes business bad practices, money mismanagement, greed, threats and danger together with romantic choices to be made in this riveting story giving life and love a second chance. Many thanks to the author and publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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Copyright Night Owl Reviews 3. They do need to be read in order for you to really grasp what is happening between the two characters. Their story is concluded in this second book, but I have to say that it didn't hold my attention as well as the first one did. Remembering Everly is the companion book to Forgetting August, which I really enjoyed. The first book ended on a cliffhanger that I had actually thought about but didn't put much stock into until it came in to play.
I was so excited to get into this story. I just couldn't wait to find out how August and Everly were going to work this out because in my opinion there was just no way that they weren't going to be together.
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The first part of the book was kind of boring. August was doing his thing, Everly was doing hers, and I'm just waiting around for that moment when they realize their lives mean nothing without each other. Jan 09, Shealea rated it it was ok Shelves: arc-review. Read the complete review on That Bookshelf Bitch! I found the sequel significantly underwhelming compared to its predecessor.
Typing that sentence alone makes me feel really, really sad. The second book immedia Read the complete review on That Bookshelf Bitch! The second book immediately picks up right where Forgetting August left. For the first one-third of the story, I was eagerly reading, finding myself drawn to how things were shaping up now that August started regaining his memories. I found myself empathizing with both Everly and August as they faced their respective inner demons; Everly second-guessing her future with Ryan unsure if it was just pre-wedding jitters or genuine regret over her decision and August struggling with his identity.
However, above everything else, I fell more and more in love with Ryan. In my earlier review of Forgetting August, I mentioned in detail how much I admired the strength of his character and how effortlessly easy it was for me to emotionally connect with him. That did not change.
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I struggled to appreciate the latter two-thirds of the book. In fact, I could not.
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I had a great deal of issues with a little bit of everything, which came as a shock to me considering how emotionally swept away I was with Forgetting August. Personally, Problem 1 was how badly the storyline seemed to drag. The pacing was sluggish at best and frustratingly tedious at worst. For a significant bulk of the story, nothing relevant was happening and nothing was developing — nada.
More than a handful of scenes were just mundane, filler-type content that collectively did not hold any bearing to the overall plot. Admittedly, Remembering Everly picked up at little in the last hundred pages or so, but it did extremely little to pique my interest. Problem 2 was the dreadful monotony. What began as empathy for the complicated romance between August and Everly quickly morphed into a seemingly endless series of eye-rolls.
There was a lot of back-and-forth drivel throughout the middle. I love August but he hates me now.
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Do I still want to be with August? Should I still fight for Everly knowing full well that Ryan is a faultless god compared to me?
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What do I do? That sort of repetitive shebang with cheesy dialogue tossed into the salad. Needless to say, it was not my cup of tea. In the end, the chemistry between the two fell flat probably because everyone got fed up with reading about how adamantly crazy they were for each other and how they kept trying to oppress their romantic feelings keyword: trying. Superman: Dawn of Justice the sole redeeming grace in that horrendous film , Trent was one-dimensional and forgettable as a villain. Similar to its predecessor, Everly and August were physically apart for a huge chunk of the book.
A part of me appreciated this as it paved way for Everly to find herself and to unearth her personal goals and ambitions as a capable woman. She finally addressed one of her flaws as a character: her overly dependent nature. Which was great. She finally decided to reclaim her life and to pursue her dreams. Which was equally great. She finally realized that she had to get her act together before trying to fix other people.
Which was, again, great. She finally learned the necessity of independence and personal strength. Also pretty fucking great. All right, so what exactly are you struggling with here, Shealea? While all her self-actualizations and tiny epiphanies were commendable, her actual progress as a developing character was ephemeral. My point is simple. Everly was not given the fullest opportunity to grow as a heroine. She should have been given more time to actually work through her issues. Instead, what we were given was an underdeveloped heroine and a ridiculously rushed resolution, the latter being Problem 5.
However, with Problems 1 to 5 in the mix of things, predictability quickly evolves into Problem 6. Now, onto the more pressing matter: Shealea, why should this book be read? I had a lot of mixed feelings, and I could not really fathom whether I liked him or not. After reading this novel, I have finally made up my mind.
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Truth be told, Forgetting August left readers, including myself, numerous questions—not just ones that wondered what would happen but also those that tackled what happened e. Why did August mistreat Everly in the first place? What scared August? The answers to these queries are all revealed in the sequel. Would I reread Remembering Everly? Probably not. Most likely yes.
Actual rating: 2.