Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Never Say Never by Kailin Gow

What girl wouldn't want to be surrounded by the sexy guys from the hottest teen rock sensation in the country? 18-year-old Never "Neve" Knight, not only is surrounded by the hottest boys to hit the music charts, but she is the band's lead singer. As the band's lead singer and manager, Never formed and shaped the band to where it is today, a band on the rise and on the brink of being signed by a label. As one of the guys, she knew each of the band members since they were all snot-nose ten-year-olds. While her boys were the cutest guys and they would protect her like knights, she couldn't date any one of them and ruin the chance at being signed with the record label of her dreams. That changes when one of the band members suddenly drops out of the band, and in walks Danny Blue, with his dreamy blue eyes, hot body, and British accent. Suddenly, Never's solid world has turned to mush, and her rule for not dating one of her band members is seriously challenged. Can she keep her head straight and get her band signed with a label without losing her heart? Age 16 and up for mature subject matter and sexual situations.

I really enjoy the concept of the book, it is very different from what I normally read. When I first saw it on the blog tour, I knew I had to try it out.

First let's begin with how I really liked how everything started rolling from the first chapter. A lot of the characters were introduced without sounding amateur. You know some books just straight out say "I am blah blah, age blah, gender blah, in love with blah, has superpower blah." This book didn't directly introduce the characters in a "list" format but it still maintained the fast pace. When the story just began it felt like I was at one of the concerts (sure I never been to a concert in my life but I guess that was what it felt like). It was really easy to be transported into the world Kailin created. It really felt like the words and music notes wrapped me up and dissolved me into the book; it was a thrilling ride.

I immediately took a liking to Neve; she wasn't like any girl I had ever read. It was easy for Neve and the boys to joke and have fun. It really felt like they were buddies. She was a badass too. Can we take a moment and appreciate Neve? She basically managed with these dudes and held the band together. She was ambitious, and driven, but not in a stupid way. Some female characters are ambitious in a stupid way, you know what I mean? You don't? Well some female leads appear like they are some god who can just walk into a room full of gunmen and take everyone down. I don't care if you are Black Widow or Cat Woman or Wonder Woman, don't be stupid. Neve was smart. Sure she had feelings for some dudes but she kept it under control. She was smart and efficient. She was also the daughter of a rock star. If I was a daughter of a rock star I would be lying around all day going on the internet all day (not saying I am not already). She never took advantage of her dad' status.

Steve was like your Neville of Never Say Never (at least the movie version where he is now GORGEOUS!). Geoff was your annoying douchebag of the bunch; he was the guy that thought he was all high and mighty (yes I wanted to punch him). Luc seemed like the super awesome dude that ladies love and wanted a little more with Neve. Kyle, soft, gentle and knowing type of dude. He was protective type especially toward Neve. He also had a tough childhood. I really liked that, it provided so much more character to him.

And oh helllooooo Danny Blue. British accent, check. Jet black hair, check. Piercing blue eyes, check. Ladies, are you in love already? Oh and did I forget to mention that he was mysterious too? When he was first mentioned I was doubtful of him. I was thinking "oh no, not another gorgeous dude again." BUT! Oh Ashley *hits self*, why did I doubt him? Danny was the whole package. He was kind and mature, dark, and mysterious. Trust me, I wanted to know everything about him. I wanted to know his past, his present, and his future. Whoa, I am turning into a crazy stalker? (Yes I am.) But seriously guys, he was normal (and by normal I mean in a he-actually-sounded-like-a-real-person kind of way). Maybe this was my hopeless dreaming talking but he really felt realistic. Sure he was described as toned and gorgeous, but the actions he did made him sound like a human being. I probably don't make any sense right now. Blame my fangirl mind. Oh, did I forget to mention he is a TA? Hello university! (If you don't know, I am starting university next week). If I had a TA like that...(I'll leave your imagination here).

Furthermore, I just love the forbidden love thing. There was just something in the writing I loved. I don't know how to describe it. Maybe I had been watching quite a lot of anime with forbidden love recently or maybe it is something else but wow, I want more! The pace of the book was fast but to me I liked it. I never liked a draggy book. This book was able to provide enough details and thoughts but at the same time not introducing a lot of unnecessary fluff.

This book is a must read! I never read anything like this. The story will trap you while it electrifies all your senses. PLEASE! I WANT THE SECOND BOOK RIGHT NOW, LIKE NOW! Have I just encountered my favourite read of 2012? Yes I have my friends.

Author Info: Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.

Never Say Never


  1. Great review. I won it in a contest but haven't read it yet.

  2. Great review. I really would like to get my hands on this for sure..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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