Thursday, November 10, 2011

Remembrance book review and giveaway

Remembrance, a breathtaking tale of second chances, is a YA paranormalish romance written by Michelle Madow. And when she sent me a copy to review she signed it so I could hold a giveaway! To enter fill out the rafflecopter form at the bottom of the review, if you don’t see it click ‘read more’.


The Story- Lizzie Davenport has a typical high school life including a best friend, a boyfriend and a struggle with grades. As her Junior year starts, Lizzie is taken by surprise at the arrival of handsome Drew Carmichael, a boy she’s never met, yet feels eerily attached too.

In fact, he seems to know things about her that nobody else does. Whenever he looks at her she melts, which is making her boyfriend, Jeremy, very unhappy. Things get worse when Lizzie’s best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew and talks of love.

As Lizzie grows closer to Drew, he pushes her away, stating that it is for her own good. Confusion sets in, especially when Lizzie begins having flashes of herself and Drew in Regency Era England. What is happening? Has she been reincarnated? And why does the loving Drew she remembers from her past, want nothing to do with her in the present?

My Thoughts- This book took me by surprise. It seems a typical romance, but the author throws in juicy tidbits, like parallels to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, that make the book fun. There is also the mystery of why Drew spends his time switching between fascination and avoidance of Lizzie.

The book could have been same old, same old, but instead the subplots add flavor. As a reader, you worry with Lizzie about breaking up with her boyfriend Jeremy while at the same time, falling for her best friend’s boyfriend. There is no easy answer there. In fact, I couldn’t believe Lizzie’s courage in her final scenes with Jeremy. She has to boldly lie in a way that churns your gut.

The author does a good job stringing out the mystery of Drew. Lizzie really has no idea about what is happening until mid way through the book, when she has her first flash. Until then, the things that happen are strange and weird. There are also little hints given about the mystery, like Lizzie’s fear of speed and her meeting with an old antiques dealer.

Critically, I liked the first person POV. The main story and subplots are strong and the characters interesting. The book probably didn’t need the preface. In fact, it confused me, jumping from the future to the past. But, overall a great YA read.




29 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! This book sounds fantastic and has such a gorgeous cover! Thanks for the chance:)

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  2. Great review! I also really enjoyed Michelle's book!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  3. Great review! And thanks for the chance to win this cool book :)

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  4. Thank you. And i love the cover of this book!

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  5. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  6. You had me at "references to Pride and Prejudice". :)

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  7. I know, isn't the cover great! Thanks for all the comments.

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  8. Thanks for the great giveaway! It looks like it will be a really good book.

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  9. I've been dying to read this book! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)

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  10. This book is on my book list! thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Fantastic review, babe! :D
    I love, love, love Michelle, but didn't get a chance to read her book yet! I know, right?! I so want to, though! Fingers crossed :D

    Thank you for the thorough, detailed and honest review :) You got me super excited for this novel and I can't wait to get my hands on it! :D

    Cheers! <3
    Evie

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  12. I've been wanting to read this! I love that it was inspired by Taylor Swift's music video. :] Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gabi

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  13. this book is on my TBR pile but I've been putting it off for quite some time now. I think it's time I finally read it especially after the glowing review. thanks for the giveaway

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  14. I have entered EVERY giveaway to do with this book lol. I need it :) It's at the top of my to buy list when I get the funds to shop at the book drpo as chapters does not seem to have it :'( Maybe this will be my lucky giveaway for it?! Thank you so much for holding the giveaway and good luck to all who enter!!!

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  15. My hands are just itching to get on this book! Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity!

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  16. I'm so excited that everyone wants a copy. Of course, Michelle probably is too. Evie, thanks for the great words. I take my reviews to heart.

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  17. Great review love to read this book

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  18. I love the cover of the book and the plot does sound really interesting. It kinda reminds me of Fallen.

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  19. I have been all over the internet trying to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

    pkbw28(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Haha I too have been trying very hard to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity. Rememberance sounds amazing I can't wait to read it.

    Sthrnsweetie115@AOL.com

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  21. Appreciate the review. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win! ♥

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  22. Great review book sounds amazing :)

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