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Posted March 12, 2013
REMEMBRANCE REVIEW: I was sent a copy of this as an ebook by th
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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 Lizzie goes through such an internal struggle and more withdrawn but Chelsea doesn't seem to notice, and nearly every conversation is about her and what she wants.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.
After reading Remembrance, I wanted more. I finally got hold of this short story but for some reason it got put on the shelf and I've only just picked it up.
It didn't take long to read, it's only 50 pages long and literally bridges the gap between book 1 and book 3, although very short, it sets the whole storyline for book 3 and so is very important. It's also a refreshing look into someone else's point of view. Book 1 and 3 are told from Lizzie's point of view, but this one is told from Chelsea's.
After being dumped by Drew and betrayed by Lizzie, Chelsea is out for review, but how far is someone willing to go to get revenge?
This story is to the point but still capturing and magical. Michelle Madow has a way of writing that truly sweeps you into the page.
Definitely a series to pick up.
Over the course of the series we have seen Lizzie really grow as a character, in the first book she is quite nervous and quiet being pushed around by her then boyfriend Jeremy, but she has found her voice and confidence, possibly with the help of Drew but has evolved into this goal driven, feisty girl who will fight for what she wants and when it comes down to it her very existence.
Drew irritated me a little bit in the first book, he seemed a bit arrogant and at times slightly obnoxious but as the series has gone on he has handled himself well and learnt to show who he is better, he also stands beside Lizzie and helps her more which was really nice to see. This book had potential to be an 'insta-love' situation but I'm glad that Michelle avoided this, although they have the link from their previous life together they have to work at their relationship and build it up together.
Chelsea really is one of the worst best friends ever up to a point, she doesn't trust her friend and turns on her when things get complicated, but she tries to make things right and I commend her for holding her hands up and admitting that she was wrong - it takes guts to do that.
This book carries on from book 2 perfectly and is full of plot twists, excitement and pure awesomeness. I loved how Michelle introduced the whole magic theme in this one, it can be hard to do but it was approached just right and not overdone. There is also a bit of a mystery plot in this book which kept me hooked and trying to figure out what was happening, my guess at who was responsible was correct but I did doubt myself a few times as Michelle threw more twists and turns in!
This book also features a time travel plot, now you may have seen me mention before that time travel in books tend to irritate and confuse me unless they are done perfectly. It has to make sense both before, during and after, there can be no plot holes or confusing loops or cross overs etc otherwise I just get a headache trying to figure it out. I am pleased to say that this was one of the few time travel books i have read that didn't confuse me. Michelle handled the whole situation perfectly and made it exciting and enjoyable. I actually found myself looking forward to reading and in fact finished the whole book in just one day. I couldn't put it down.
This series is definitely a worthy rival of some modern fairy-tales, it has that essence of magic and spark to it that captivate you, and the whole thing just leaves you feeling good. The ending is just beautiful and I felt my heart beat faster as i read it.
An absolutely breath-taking series. One worth picking up!