Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Remembrance

Title: Remembrance
Author: Michelle Madow
Pages: 314
Release Date: July 27, 2011 
Publisher: Dreamscape

Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to 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?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

My Thoughts:

I am one of those people that do in fact enjoy a Taylor Swift song. Yes, I realize that there are a lot of people that tire of her constant complaining of her ex-boyfriends. However, I am not one of those people. So when I heard there was a book that was inspired by one of her music videos, I was intrigued. I thought the story had a lot of potential and was curious to see what Madow had in store. 

While I loved the story in theory, I felt that it lacked a little in actuality. I didn't find Lizzie a likeable character in the least. The fact that she was essentially cheating on her boyfriend with her best friend's guy just kind of did it in for me. That being said, I couldn't hold it against her too much because I found her boyfriend and best friend equally unlikeable. I felt the whole of group was a cliche', the mean popular crowd that was too good for anyone the least bit different. I thought Keelie was one of the better characters but she doesn't play a huge role in this book. Drew was your classic bad boy but there wasn't really anything that made him stand out in comparison to all of the other bad boys within the YA genre. 

I enjoyed the idea of reincarnation but felt that the plot could have been developed a little more. There were some things that just miraculously happened with little explanation given. I would have love to have found out more about the reincarnation aspect but perhaps, Madow intends to further explore in the two remaining novels in the series. 

Despite it's flaws, Remembrance was a quick read and entertaining. Madow's writing style flowed well and did a great job of holding my attention. It was easy to keep the pages turning and I was eager to see how things would turn out for Drew and Lizzie. Before I knew it, I had reached the end of the book and found myself wanting to know what happened next. 


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