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Friday, July 18, 2014

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Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Transcend Time Saga #1
Michelle Madow
Publication Date: July 25, 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England ... but she doesn't realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but fighting fate isn’t easy, and she’s determined to unravel the mysteries of the past.

I mentioned in my Secret Diamond Sisters review that while I may not have liked The Secret Diamond Sisters – to be honest, contemporaries, romances and realistic fiction are either a hit or a miss for me – I would most likely like Michelle's other series, Remembrance.

Apparently it turns out I was right, therefore, no hope is lost. I really felt like I knew the characters in a way, and it's most likely due to the fact that I read Transcendance, which is essentially "behind the scenes" of the entire series, well before I read Remembrance. It may have been a bad idea, but it's a rarity to know what you're getting into and meeting the characters without literally meeting them. ;) I personally think it's a really neat idea.
Remembrance, in a nutshell, is a reincarnation story. There are no angels or demons involved. The story actually starts off with an abbreviated version of a scene that happens later in the story, which I found interesting because most books don't do that. They're usually a flashback or something that's already happened and the rest of the book is the events leading up to that moment. Then later when the scene actually happens, it's in more detail and visual.

Most of the book is focused on Lizzie Davenport having a perfect life – at least until Drew Carmichael comes in on the first day of the school and she feels as though they've met before. She also starts getting random flashbacks to the past, draws stuff from the Regency Era as accurately as if they were from memory, starts speaking perfect French and plays the piano perfectly within weeks (normally that's pretty impossible unless you're some genius like Mozart. That's rare).

Lizzie is also a likable character. She's a loyal friend, but she doesn't really realize that Jeremy seems to be... obsessive until further on. At least she does something about it later before anything bad happens. Also, despite the fact she's thinking of Drew all the time, it's not to the point where it's really annoying (to the point where she's just OBSESSED with the dude and I just want to reach through the screen and shake her). It's more of an internal conflict.
I definitely found Remembrance an enjoyable read – the reincarnation is so much different from others, which, as I mentioned, are usually fallen angels. What was supposed to happen was supposed to happen – if it failed, the person(s) usually got a second chance.
Those who are reincarnated can try fixing what went wrong the first time as long as they’re given a trigger of some sort, which can be a person, place, or thing. Others can go their entire lives and remember nothing— many believe it’s because they’re not supposed to.
The ending, though, is making me pull out a certain GIF so early after I found it. Oh, and Lizzie sums it up perfectly.
I was just thinking. Since my memories of the past ended with what happened that night, then what comes next?
NEMOOOO (I loved that movie. Anemenemeneme – alright. Don't hurt yourself. :D).

4.5 Owls

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