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Short Description for Remembrance 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 ...
- Published: 05 August 2011
- Format: Paperback 314 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780615512440 ISBN 10: 0615512445
- Sales rank: 148,099
Reviews for Remembrance
Clean reincarnated romance
Read my full review post on my blog, http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-review-remembrance-by-michelle.html
Rating: 3.5 stars
Remembrance is a book about incarnated romance. I have to admit that I've read few books with the same theme and I'm hoping to be welcome by fresh kind of story and not exactly like the others. Remembrance is quite different, alas.
While other books about reincarnation talks about how the two protagonist loved each other, can't live without the other, how these characters have these uber cheesy lines but NO explanation why do they lived generation after generation..Madow puts a clear answer to the Why? of a reader. And for me, it's kinda refreshing and a good news.
The book was told in Lizzie POV and started right away obsessing about this new *hot* guy. I appreciated that it started on what is the point of the story. What I didn't understand was, it started, goes on, and on and on and ended with her talking about Drew. Drew. Drew.
When they're finally together, I didn't feel the spark or the romance that much. I just sit there, read and felt nothing. Another thing: some of the scenes are predictable. I knew what will happen next even before it will. I dislike that on the books I read. I feel like I've known it before I read it.
I really liked the fact that this book was inspired of the song and music video of Taylor Swift's Love Story. Well, if it wasn't that obvious, I'm a huge fan of hers. There are times when I was reading the book I wanted to ask the author, Are you also a fan of Taylor? Because some parts were like, described her. Or her music. Especially the guy's name: Drew. Was it Drew from Teardrops on My Guitar? Lizzie. She was described as TS. Blonde, curly hair (which was obviously her because this book was inspired by Love Story, after all). And other simple things that remind me of Taylor. And then I thought, maybe it was just me being a fan.
Overall, it was nice, easy read. The only things that I didn't liked much about this book were the ones I've written above.
I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. by Michelle Sedeño
Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Imagine that one day you find that you had a past life, and in that past life you found your soul mate, your perfect match. And everything that happened in your past life, just seems to be happening in this life as well.
That's what happens to Liz Davenport in Michelle Madow's debut novel, Remembrance, when she first sees Drew, the gorgeous new guy at school. There's something familiar about him, and then all the flashbacks start to happen...
The idea for this novel came from Taylor Swift's Love Story, and when I first heard that Madow had based this book that song, I thought "Oh my God, it's about bloody time!" Love Story was a book waiting to happen! Everything about this novel sounds captivating, from its cover to the whole premise that Liz and Drew have been reincarnated from Regency England - one of the most beautiful and romantic time periods ever (hello Mr. Darcy!) - to modern day America.
For all the wonderfulness this book is, however, I felt that it was just a little bit underdeveloped. With such a major OMG factor as a 'I can't believe I know you from a past life', Remembrance seemed to at first potter along at a reasonable pace, with Madow doing a wonderful job of introducing each character and setting out the scene for her book. But it seems to go too slow, and then suddenly everything happens within a blink of an eye and the book is finished. While I can't read what happens next, I almost felt as if the book was over before it truly started.
One of the great things about this book though was the OMG moments you have with some of the characters. Take Jeremy and Chelsea, for example. The first is meant to be Liz's boyfriend before Drew appears on the scene, and Chelsea her best friend. But as friends, they suck. Major time. Jeremy is pushy, rude and extremely self centred, and doesn't honestly give a fly about Liz. Why Liz is with him, I have no idea, and one of the things that constantly bugged me throughout the novel was Liz's lack of respect for herself. Jeremy is a bad guy, and they start drifting apart, which Liz realizes, but what she doesn't get is that none of it's her fault, and finds herself continually apologizing to Jeremy. Which is not cool!! The same goes for her relationship with Chelsea, yet it is only marginally better. Plus, I'm giving Chelsea the benefit of the doubt, as I'm very intrigued about what everything would be like from her perspective, and Madow has given readers the opportunity to see in Vengenance, a companion novel to Remembrance. by Hannah
This book caught me by surprise! Not only that it's inspiration was from Taylor Swift's Love Story music video but it was indeed enchanting though the beginning had a slow start. Leastwise, it didn't fail me. Up until now, the scenes were still fresh in my mind. I was really engrossed and just wanted to finish it.
Remembrance was quick and easy to love yet compelling. Madow wrote words that were simple yet full of real emotions thus bringing out an understandable story of love, passion, and magic. I loved the idea of incorporating Pride and Prejudice, and adding some historical facts too. It truly blended with the theme of reincarnation. Madow did make a great effort of researching about reincarnation and past lives. The blend of the parallel universe of past and present were perfectly paced.
I loved the characters in the story. I truly felt Lizzie's emotions and not to the extent of overmuch. Her voice was natural and pleasing without flowery speech. Her flashbacks were vividly written free from ruining the past and present. Drew was almost a perfect male lead, handsome, charming, smart, and rich. He tended to be arrogant to protect Lizzie from the worst thing of the past that gave way to their returning to another life. The connection between Lizzie and Drew were so magical. Their love for each other were surreal and beautiful. I believe that you can't just ignore your feelings towards the one you truly love because it is much harder and painful in the end.
The supporting characters as well were great components to the story. They were almost life-like and flawed. Madow did balance the characters both as best friends and enemies. She made Chelsea and Jeremy illusions of the past, perhaps they have their own past lives and I can't wait to find out. I can't wait for more of the Transcend Time Saga.
Remembrance is a one of a kind fairy tale with a fuse of the contradicting destiny. It will truly leave you believing in true love and second chances. If you believe in fairy tales, Remembrance is for you. If you believe in reincarnation, Remembrance is for you. If you believe that love could transcend time, Remembrance is definitely for you. A highly recommended debut love story.
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GRIPPING, FROM THE PREFACE RIGHT THROUGH TO THE END!
I've been into young adult fantasy books for a long time now and am always willing to give books a try from new authors or authors that I haven't heard of before. I was on Twitter one day a few weeks ago and an author that I like had re-tweeted a post by Michelle. Her display picture is the front cover of Remembrance and it automatically caught my eye. The first thing I thought was that it had an air of mystery to it due to the masked character on the front. I was drawn to it and wanted to find out more about the book so I looked it up on Amazon, read what the book was about and downloaded it onto my Kindle. I started reading it on Sunday night and couldn't put it down - I had finished the book by Thursday night!
The whole idea of reincarnation is fascinating as there is no way to prove whether or not it actually happens. I would like to think that it happens but am not so sure that it actually does. It would be lovely to think that it does though. Remembrance is a great fantasy story aimed at young adults but I wouldn't mind betting that people of all ages would actually like the story!
From the moment I'd read the Preface, I was mesmerised by Drew. As I read on, his air of mystery urged me to read more and more. I love the fact that Michelle keeps the reader hooked by not revealing too much about Drew straight away. I feel that she was very descriptive in the way she described the characters in the book and I could get a really good idea of what they were intended to look like. I watched Taylor Swift's video for "Love Story" for the first time after reading Remembrance and realised that the character Taylor Swift portrays in the video is exactly as I'd imagined Lizzie to look! So top marks to Michelle for her descriptions! I also loved how I was captured right from the beginning. "The world spun to the beat of the music, and I let myself sink into it, clearing my mind of everything around me. That was when the first flash came." Instantly I wanted to know what Lizzie saw in her flashback which is what spurred me to read on, only to find that Michelle was keeping the air of mystery! When I eventually read about the flashback it was fantastic! The detail of the scenery and music was brilliant, I pictured it perfectly!
Remembrance has lots of interesting characters in it, Lizzie and Drew being the obvious ones, but I also found Chelsea very interesting as well as Keelie. I would like to learn more about Keelie as she seems like she could be a good friend to Lizzie, I'll have to read Vengeance to find out if that happens!
I loved that Lizzie was really into Jane Austen as she's a very famous English author and I thought it was great how Hampshire, England was brought up in the story. As I read on I felt I could relate to Lizzie and her emotions and at one point (I don't want to give too much of the book away) I just wanted to give her a big hug! Remembrance gripped me from the Preface right the way to the very end. I felt that the emotion involved in the book was just the right amount. I also liked the fact that the story was being told by Lizzie as opposed to being told by a third person.
Lizzie is very much like your everyday girl. She has relationship issues, stresses about school tests and assignments and sneaks out in the middle of the night! We've all done it at one point! Gosh I still stress about getting my university work done and being up for work on time! So I really felt like I could relate to her. Michelle made the characters more than just characters; she made them into real people!
When I got to the end of Remembrance I really didn't want it to finish! It was a bit of a cliff-hanger in the respect that you really want to know what happens next and how things progress but have to wait for the second book in the series. Thankfully, I have it so can start it right away!
All I can say is if you enjoy a good fantasy story with a bit of romance, an epic plot and a thrilling ride thrown in, then add Remembrance to your reading list. I promise you won't be disappointed! by Georgina
Astonishing & Unique Love Story
The first thing that I noticed on Remembrance was the stunning and gorgeous cover. And then I found out that the story was inspired by Taylor Swift hit song "Love Story" (which I really love) that made my interest leveled up! I was also intrigued by the plot because I personally love stories with 'reincarnation' themes. So I asked for a review copy from the author, Michelle Madow, and she happily provided one for me. Thanks, Michelle!
Remembrance is an astonishing and unique love story. I enjoyed the story so much! I liked how well-balanced the story was. It wasn't over the top, all of the elements are in proportion which made the story very entertaining as a whole. Madow's writing style was very impressive especially for a debut author like her. It was simple yet really gripping. The story was simply captivating and the plot was original. I was also pleasantly surprised that Madow threw some Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in the story which really blended well with the book's plot.
Just like the plot, the characters are all very well-developed especially the protagonist, Lizzie and the charming Drew. The supporting characters are also wonderful, they definitely added some kick in the story.
Remembrance is a wonderful start in a series. It's a brilliant mix of romance, fantasy and reality. I seriously couldn't wait for the next book, Vengeance! I'm giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend this to all YA Romance readers! by Mia Carganillaunder review
Fantastic YA Read
WOW this book had me from the first page to the very end leaving me wanting book 2 Vengeance
In the Transcend Time Saga. Michelle creates a story and world that will leave you believing that when Lizzy remembers the Regency Era that you are living it with her. I must say that I loved Lizzy from the beginning and not so much Jeremy (Jere) I think he could use some anger management classes, and well Drew at the beginning he had my curiosity piqued with the mystery and the spark that Lizzy felt around him towards the middle I developed a LOVE/HATE relationship and by the end he had my heart just like he had Lizzy's through the whole book. Chelsea I liked her from the beginning but wow I did not know she had a vindictive said but as the old saying goes Hell Hath No Fury Like A Women Scored not that Lizzy meant to hurt Jere or Chels. She could not help the pull she felt for Drew there lives where written in the stars it was a love that was meant to be from the beginning that's why they had a chance to change the past and things might have went easier if not for Shannon who never liked Lizzy from the beginning got involved when she did not need to other then cause trouble like she wanted to do. So sorry no real spoilers. All I can say is this is a fantastic fast paced Ah~May~Zing read from the beginning to the end. I read it in one day. And to end this All I have to say is GO BUY YOUR COPY TODAY. You can buy it at the following links Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository, Books A Million (BAM)or a signed copy Michelle's Blog.
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Well-written and engaging!
There is a lot of great character development in this book. The MC, Lizzie Davenport, is your typical high school girl, not quite fitting into her boyfriend's world of "jocks". I was a little underwhelmed by her boyfriend, Jeremy's character, but I think that due to this fact, it sets up a stronger connection for what happens later in the book.
Anyway, the story starts off with setting the stage for the decline of Lizzie & Jeremy's relationship at the onset of the new school year. In addition to relationship problems, in comes Drew -- a new student, who Lizzie immediately feels a connection with, even though she can't quite figure out why she feels so strongly.
The book progresses throughout the year and interactions transpire between Lizzie and Drew. You start to find inklings of a prior connection between the two, though not from modern day. It is done in such a way, through "flashbacks" that are well written and very interesting.
Towards the end of the book, there is good suspense built leading to the denouement. I was really invested and pulling for Lizzie and Drew to work through what they were facing, and I'm glad that Ms. Madow crafted the book the way she did! I will definitely be reading the books that follow this one, as this is book 1 of her Transcend Time saga .
Overall, this was a very pleasant reading experience. The only things that gave me a little pause were Jeremy's character and the fact that this story is basically an expansion of Taylor Swift's Love Story video. Overall, taking a concept that you find elsewhere and making it your own can be very interesting, but when I first found the story, I thought that it was a completely original idea. Not a huge thing, but it slightly lessened the experience for me. I would definitely recommend this story as it was well written, interesting, and definitely draws you in/keeps you involved! by Jennifer Wilsonunder review
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Review By Maji Bookshelf
I LOVE books that deal with unrequited love, forbidden love (in the sense of girl being in love with her bestfriend's boyfriend, etc) and basically the tension and awkwardness that manifest in some of the scenes between the protagonist and the other 'guy'. The synopsis of this book raised my curiosity and i had to read it! my sister had it on her ibooks library so i borrowed it from her and started reading. I loved the beginning, exactly the type of book i always look forward to read, girl has a boyfriend, boyfriend being careless and too busy for her, girl meets new guy and instantly falls for him, new guy is taken! oh no! *giggles*.
One thing that kept me from being totally invested in the story is its similarity to pride and prejudice, the names of the characters all sounded too familiar "Lizzie - Elizabeth, Drew - Darcy, etc), ive seen too many pride and prejudice remakes and i hoped this wasn't one. So throughout the whole story I kept on wondering whether it'll be another pride and prejudice remake (which im glad it wasn't at the end). I really liked Jeremy, throughout the book i had a hidden hope that he would end up with lizzie, i just felt really bad for him because he was in the way of fate. I kept on hoping Lizzie would give him the explanation he deserved but it never came, which is why I was frustrated at Lizzie.
I give Chelsea kudos for being so level headed about Lizzie and Drew being together, she was a good friend to Lizzie and im just sad that she didn't get her happy ending, nor did Jeremy. (I guess you can tell I loved Chelsea and Jeremy more than Lizzie and Drew ).
I honestly loved the beginning of the book more and the ending for me felt a bit unfinished, but it was an entertaining and fun read; One that i would recommend to people who love contemporary retellings and destined love. I would definitely pick up any new book that Michelle Madow writes. She's got a way to make you keep reading.
http://majibookshelf.blogspot.com/ by Juhina & Farahunder review
An Enchanting Tale
I don't know why, but I always want to start my reviews with a one-word summary of the book. Not easy to do if you just feel "Meh" about the book, or worse, you hated it. But when you really enjoy or are swept away by, it's astonishing how easy it is. My one-word summary for Remembrance is ENCHANTING.
Remembrance swept me up and carried me away on a romantic, exhilarating ride. The ride started with the cover. This cover is just simply beautiful and full of promises. I've seen bloggers get aggravated because people like me talk about covers. And yes, I know "You can't judge a book by it's cover". I am a firm believer that for people, no it's not right. But for books? Oh yes, you can judge a book by it's cover. And the cover for Remembrance is spectacular. In fact, I noticed it a few months before the author asked me to review the book.
Once I began reading Remembrance, the joyful ride continued. Michelle Madow's writing has such an ease about it. I don't know if it's her natural writing style or if it was polished until it shined, but every word, every gesture, every nuance was perfectly placed. That perfection made Remembrance such an easy, enjoyable read.
I learned before reading Remembrance that one of the inspirations was Pride and Prejudice. I love that book, it's without a doubt my favorite from Jane Austen. I enjoyed being able to pick up on the influence while reading and loved the references to P & P from main character, Liz.
Speaking of Liz, I have to say that I loved the characters in Remembrance. Except the ones I didn't, but I'm pretty sure that was the author's intentions. Liz is what you find in a lot of YA heroines. She's bright, brave and reliable. Liz's love interest Drew was sexy, charming (sometimes) and romantic. Because of his actions at the beginning of Remembrance, I was afraid that I wouldn't warm to him. But as the story unfolded, Drew's motivation became clear and understandable.
The main arc of Remembrance is the hidden past/connection between Drew and Liz. The handling of that connection could have gone very wrong and become frustrating. Luckily, Madow handled it just right. As a reader, you know immediately about the bond between the two, but you don't know exactly what it is. The author builds the understanding at a nice pace. She gives Liz, and the reader, enough insight that any possible frustration is held at bay. Bit by bit, the realizations come, leaving you hanging on and wanting more.
Because of the slow reveal, I found Remembrance impossible to put down. Desperate to learn the whole truth, I kept telling myself "One more chapter". But I just couldn't stop. In fact, I stayed up way past my bedtime. Actually, I never went to bed. If you must know, a zombie who somewhat resembles me is typing this review.
Remembrance is the perfect book if you're looking for a girly, swoony (but not over the top) romance. Just be sure you don't start it close to bedtime.
"My feelings for Drew couldn't just disappear. They were ingrained within every fiber of my being, and I needed them just the same as I needed air to breathe."
* I received a copy of Remembrance from the author, in exchange for an honest review.* by Andrea Thompson
One to remember!
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. by Rebecca Earl