October 25, 2011

REVIEW: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Dreamscape Publishing

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.

Remembrance was a nice change for me. I didn't really know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to read it and was super excited when I got a copy for review. The plot was very unique and the characters were very convincing.

Lizzie heads to school one morning and starts her day like any other. When she gets to school she meets the new student, Drew. Right away she feels this immense connection to him and she feels that she somehow knows him, only she knows she has never met him before. Yet, she can’t shake this feeling. The way Drew looks at her doesn’t help either. It’s almost like he feels the same way and was taken by surprise. Lizzie tries to makes friends with Drew and get closer to him, but every single time he either ignores her, or makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. Of course they can only stay away from each other for so long. I mean, how long can you fight such a strong emotion?

I enjoyed Remembrance, but there were something’s that I had an issue with. I can’t really discuss them without giving spoilers, but I will say that the events that take place and keep Lizzie and Drew apart really bothered me. I just wish the story didn’t go in the direction that it did. It does have a happy ending and I was pleased with it, but I was a little annoyed and felt that it could have all been avoided. Even though things went the way that they did, I was still rooting for them both and loved their relationship whenever they were together. Drew became so warm towards Lizzie and such a romantic, it was really sweet.

Overall, Remembrance is a good story with a bit of real life issues and that makes it easy to put yourself in the characters shoes. I liked it and would love to read the second part if there is one, or any of Michelle Madow’s future books. Other than what I mentioned above, I didn’t have any other issues. I really liked the main idea of it and definitely recommend Remembrance if you want a fast and modest story.

3.5 out of 5 stars!

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