Never Say Never by Justine Manzano

After she walks in on her mom doing the horizontal mambo with a man that's decidedly not her dad, Brynn Stark swears to NEVER fall in love. One of her friends--Val-- reveals her true identity--Aphrodite, goddess of love, and promises to show Brynn why she shouldn't lose faith. But when Brynn realizes she's beginning to fall for Adam, Aphrodite's boyfriend, Brynn's forced to decide if she'll choose her goddess-given fate, or risk it all for the wrong-but-right guy. One thing's for sure. Love sucks. And it's all about to blow up in their faces.


Age: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Contemporary

Genre: Fantasy/Romantic and Erotic

Genre: Fantasy/Mythic, Retelling, and Folklore

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SKaeth ✓ author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

This is a fun, snarky, quick-paced YA novel, perfect for those who want their fantasy blended with the real world. The characters were relatable and the story was light and fun, even with the teenage angst. The writing doesn't slow the pacing with too much description.


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