Sunday, March 15, 2015

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance with a splash of reincarnation
Transcend Time Saga, Book 1

Description (taken from Michelle Madow's website):
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.

The beginning of the school year has come about, and Lizzie has the perfect life: she's smart and she's got the boy.  But when Drew walks into her life, Lizzie realizes her life isn't so complete anymore.  In fact, she finds herself drawn to the 1800s, but she doesn't know why.

Lizzie realizes a couple of things after that first day at school.  One - her boyfriend, Jeremy, has become a little bit more cocky ever since becoming co-captain of the soccer team.  Two - the new boy has a bit of familiar mystery, but she can't figure out why he has a hot/cold attitude with her.  Three - her best friend, Chelsea, has a crush on the new boy and she's going to ask him out.  And four?  Well, there's this slight nagging feeling that Lizzie's been through all of this before.  In fact, she knows Drew from somewhere...

This is one of those books where I really wish I could say I liked it, but I didn't really care for it.  Yes - this is a contemporary romance that transcends time.  Yes - you will see a story from the past interweave into the present with specific triggers.  But - they're still in high school.  And the cynic in me kind of rolls her eyes when you talk about forever romances in high school.  So, I had a hard time with this story and the romance that presents itself.  And I really wish there was more to the story instead of just the romance.  I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I had read it in high school.

This is a book that I wanted to enjoy but just got caught up in my own reservations.  I can tell you that I want to read the next one, Vengeance, because it looks like a good one...  This story is definitely for the die-hard true romance fans (in a young adult setting).

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I remember reading this book a few years ago. I liked it, but I haven't had the chance to read the other books in the series (okay, maybe haven't wanted). I do agree though, you do need to really love romance because the characters are a bit cheesy in that department, predictable too.

    What I do love Michelle's The Secret Diamond Sisters series. Her writing has gotten so much better.

    Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef


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