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Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Author: Michelle Madow
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 324
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 3 Stars
Release: July 25th 2011

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.

My thoughts on Remembrance...

Remembrance starts out with Lizzie, just your average teenager. She's been best friends with Chelsea since elementary school, Chelsea helped Lizzie come out of her shell so to speak. In fact Chelsea pretty much set her up with Jeremy, whom she's been dating  since before 8th grade.

Everything changes when the new guy, Drew Carmichael shows up. Lizzie & Drew have an immediate attraction that cannot be denied as soon as they meet. I was expecting some super swoon worthy romance right off the bat, I was surprised when that did not happen. Drew is super sweet one moment, and stand-offish the next, a little too hot & cold for my liking. So I asked myself, "Why is Drew so cold to Lizzie, what happened in their past together?" I mean he obliviously cares about her.

Then he goes and starts dating Lizzie's best friend Chelsea! 
Everyone in Lizzie's life, besides her mom is so self absorbed that they don't see that Lizzie is going through a tough time. I liked her boyfriend Jeremy in the beginning, then when their relationship starts changing he turns into a total jerk. He takes Lizzie for granted, he doesn't realize her true worth, pretty much their whole relationship revolves around him. Jeremy is disappointed that their relationship is changing, he pretty much blames everything on Lizzie. Her best friend Chelsea just doesn't understand why, or try to understand for that matter, why Lizzie isn't absolutely infatuated with Jeremy. 

Lizzie is going through a turning point in her life, and I like how Lizzie stays strong and determined to find out what's going on with her visions of the past, she doesn't shy away from difficult situations. She's not afraid to take control of her life. I like how she stood up to Drew saying "Whatever exists between us is powerful enough to transcend time, but instead you ignore it."  

Overall this was fun read that was pretty quick paced. Imagine a modern day Pride & Prejudice with  just a sprinkle of  Twilight. I will most certainly read the rest of the series! 

My favorite scene...

There's a particular scene that sticks with me. Lizzie is trapped in a torrential downpour and Drew saves the day by showing to help Lizzie get out of the rain. It was a really sweet scene. :)

Michelle was inspired by...

Michelle was inspired to write Remembrance from watching Taylor Swift's music video  Love Story, after reading this book then watching the video I had chills!


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