Saturday 22 October 2011

Book Review - Remembrance

Title: Remembrance
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time (book 1)
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0615512440

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's 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 seem to get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

My Review
I was sent a copy of this as an ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review. Although I have purchased a copy since as I loved it so much.
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. The author was inspired by Taylor Swifts "Love Story" song, now anyone that knows me, knows I love Taylor Swift. She is the only person I've ever seen in concert, so of course the book was sold to me on that only. I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. 
When Lizzie sees Drew for the first time her breath catches and her stomach flutters, but she's in a relationship and her best friend Chelsea falls head over heels for Drew. maybe it's not meant to be. But with a strange connection between them and flashbacks from the Regency era of her and Drew together she knows something is pulling them together.
I loved Lizzie as a character, she was thoughtful, creative, impulsive, and just came across as really real, she's not perfect but she tries hard. 
Lizzie's boyfriend Jeremy is a bit of a g*t. It all starts off fine, but there were so many times I wanted to slap him and telling him to stop being such a pig. I did feel a bit sorry for him later in the book, but not for long. I was praying Lizzie would see sense and leave him - I was practically shouting at the book in places.
Chelsea seems very absorbed as a best friend. Lizzie goes through such an internal struggle and more withdrawn but Chelsea doesn't seem to notice, and nearly every conversation is about her and what she wants. I will admit, I have had friends like that and have struggled to break the friendship, but here I would have told Lizzie to leave and spend her time with her other friends like Hannah or Keelie.
Drew - the mystery man, mmm, so nice. He is a real puzzle, one minute he is soft and gentle with Lizzie, the next he is shutting her out and I hated the way he treated her, I yelled at him a few times lol.
This is the ultimate star crossed lover, love triangle (or square?) scenario and I love how it all unfolded.
The imagery in the book is beautiful and I really want one of Lizzie's mask, even the dress she gets as well. I was swept into a world of whirlwind romance.
The plot is well written and flows well, I connected with the characters and events and places and didn't want it to end. 
This book made me feel for the characters and the world really did come alive.

My Rating
I would give this book 10/10. So beautiful, I cannot wait until the next book. Incredible. x  


Komal Kant said...

Great review! The cover is so beautiful and it sounds like my kind of book! *puts on TBR list*

barmybex said...

Thanks! I hope you like it, it really is worth reading. :D