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.
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 133 x 203 x 18mm
- 05 Aug 2011
- Michelle, Inc.
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Michelle Madow
Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and fellow classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed! Along with the Transcend Time Saga, Michelle Madow has written two other young adult novels, both which will be developed into series'. Michelle Madow graduated from the Park School of Baltimore in 2005, where she always took two English classes each semester. She graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Rollins she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010. For more information on Michelle and her books, please visit www.michellemadow.com. Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.
Our customer reviews
I've always been a fan of Taylor Swift. She inspired me to pursue a music career, and she got me into singing in the first place. So when "Love Story" first came out, I was obsessed. But I was even more obsessed with the music video. I remember watching that video over and over, absolutely enthralled with it. So when I heard that it inspired someone to write a book, I knew that I needed to read it. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. There are a lot of things that I do like about this book. I like the overall idea for the story; while it's not exactly a new idea, the author did a good job putting her own spin on it. I like most of the characters, even thought they make me want to rip my hair out sometimes. And I love the writing style! This book made me feel all of the emotions that the characters felt, and I love feeling like I'm a part of the story. It amazes me that Michelle was able to take a song and a music video and create a whole story based off it. That said, there are a few downfalls to this book. One is that the drama in this book is pretty cheesy. I feel like some parts are extremely unrealistic and overdramatic. However, I didn't mind it that much. It was easy for me to overlook while reading, because I was so engrossed in the story. Another is that while I like all of the characters, there were a few times when I wanted to scream at them. This mostly applies to Elizabeth (MC). Lizzie is very relatable to me, because of her slightly withdrawn and creative personality. I found myself particularly drawn towards her as a character, until about halfway through the book. It was then that I realized a terrible flaw in her character: she's spineless. I get when characters are shy, but it annoys me to no extent when they don't stand up for themselves. Lizzie lets everyone walk all over her. It got almost pathetic at some points. Although, I'm holding on to the hope that there is some serious character development in the next book. The reason I gave this book four stars is because I really enjoyed reading it. It left me excited for the next one and to find out what happens next to Lizzy and Drew. I just hope that some of the problems in this book are fixed in the next one!show moreby Bryce
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.show moreby Michelle SedeÃ±o
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.show moreby 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. Visit http://mrbookwonder.tumblr.com for more of my reviews.show moreby Kristoff Peralta
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!show moreby Georgina
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!show moreby Mia Carganilla