Must Rememberby Colleen S. Myers
Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor.
When the E’mani—those pale alien freaks—destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her/p>
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Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor.
When the E’mani—those pale alien freaks—destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them.
Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost—the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin—he of the hot hands and slit eyes.
But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back—dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.
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It started out slow for me, but it got better. Really liked it. My first from this author, plan on getting more.
This was my first of Colleen's that I read and it will not be the last. I enjoyed how I was taken on a journey to another world and the adventure between all the characters. Elizabeth (Beta) was an ordinary college student, until one day she woke up in another world not knowing what happened to her. She goes in search of where she is and runs in Finn (a Fost) who takes her to his friend's (Ute) home. There she learns she is not on Earth any longer, but can't remember anything that happened. As bits and pieces of memories surface, she learns that she has magic and a strong friendship with Finn develops, but also a stronger attraction is to Marin, the Clan chief. She remembers that the E'mani tortured her, but can't put the Adots together. However, the E'mani want her back, especially Xade who was the one torturing her. As two children are killed in the town, Beta must be hidden away at Marin's residence. Does this give Marin the advantage over Finn? Does Xade find and catch Beta again or do the Fost people protect her? I loved how I was fed bits and bits of information as it kept me page turning. Beta's POV was a normal teenager response when confronted with two men who wanted her. Marin and Finn's POV was strong, protective and loyal to their people. If you like adventure to a new world, this book is for you. I look forward into diving into book 2.
*ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review* The book blurb does a great job of explaining what this book is about. I love Elizabeth's strength and honesty. She faces her fears and accepts this new world that she has awakened to. Marin is a strong leader who wants to save his people from their enemy, the E'mani. He also possesses a deep desire for Elizabeth which provides some nice little sexy scenes. Magic long lost from his people is returning with her arrival and it flows through Elizabeth as well. Coincidence? And can we talk about the mysterious tattoos that are slowly appearing on her body? This scifi/mystery/suspense/action/romance is a great read and I am looking forward to the next book.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. What to say of this book? Sadly, I didn't like it. While the concept seemed attractive and original enough, the MC's killed everything for me and didn't let me finish the story. I think that this is a general problem of first-person narration lately. In first person, everything, even descriptions of clothes and surroundings, is voice. Annoying comments/thoughts of the heroine inserted too often for my liking just stall the plot, much like it happened to me with Fifty Shades. Ana's voice is the reason I could never finish those books, nothing else. Another issue that bothered me a lot, was a double hook in the beginning. First, we're hooked by the strange behavior happening all around Elizabeth, but then we were thrown right onto another planet. I would have preferred just one hook, the second one. the first just misleads the reader and offers a wrong atmosphere and feel for the entire book. I can't say much more about this book, since I didn't finish it because of my struggles with the MC. I think that the entire book would be so much more pleasant to read if the author toned her down a little.
I had not read the blurb for the book, just plunged right in, and without it, the opening scenes were somewhat confusing. I wasn't sure if Beta/Elizabeth was going mad, or if everyone around her was, and if they were, was it biological warfare among humans? No. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and I am acquainted with the author via social media. I thought the development of the planet and culture in which Elizabeth found herself, moved well. Elizabeth is a smart, spunky character, and I really liked the way she battled to assert herself. One disappointment was her attitude toward relationships. She accepted a number of things about the culture of the Fost (language, religion or lack thereof, magic, food), but gagged on their sexual culture of ethical non-monogamy, which is paradoxically presented as having very valid reasons among these people. Being an ethical non-monogamist myself, I know I'm somewhat biased, but I felt Elizabeth should have struggled harder to "do as in Rome," even if in the end she decided to choose monogamy for herself. However, that this bothers me, points to how very real Elizabeth felt to me. The world-building was excellent, the details of the self-inking tattoos wonderful, and the love interests hot. The bad guys are defeated in the end. Or, are they? As the first in a series, this didn't leave me feeling played by a cliffhanger, but intrigued to read what comes next.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers is about Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden, a 19-year-old girl who was abducted by aliens, the E’mani. She was experimented on in the most excruciating ways, but she was waiting for the day when she would be able to break free and live her life the way she wanted to. When she does manage to escape those pale aliens, she falls in the hands of another alien race. The Fost and the E’mani are ancient enemies, and they both want something that Beta has. As time passes, she discovers that her body has changed. There are tattoos that hold a magic in them and that magic is developing in her body. But now she has the Fost and one particular alien on her side. They teach her their ways because the E’mani will be back to get her. And when they do, they will show no mercy. WOW, if I didn’t know it already, I would never have known that this novel was Myers' first. Although alien abductions and interracial romance is not my cup of tea, this novel was a definite exception. The novel was good. It was fast paced (but, not too fast), had a developed plot line, and an amazing protagonist who makes you laugh. I don’t like girly-girl protagonists much, but again, Beta was different. She was smart, ready to change and ready to survive. She knew she had no option, but to survive and she did that exactly, albeit with the help of one hot alien. A really good novel that kept me entertained.
I got this book through NetGalley and after reading it, I will definitely be buying it. This book falls under the New Adult genre. I was pleasantly surprised as I was reading this. It's a bit of Sci-Fi and a bit of Fantasy mixed together. There's humor that you wouldn't expect either. I was laughing out loud which is extremely difficult. There is sarcasm, romance, magic, action, aliens, and more. Elizabeth/Beta is our heroine and the narrator in this book. I love the nickname Myers chose for Elizabeth. I've seen Beta used as a nickname. I found it clever. Beta is a college girl and her entire world ends one day when everyone around her stars going crazy. That was how the book opened. That whole first chapter had me going "What the hell am I reading?!" Then she wakes up on another planet with two suns in a uniform she doesn't recognize with no memories of how she got there. Some books that have amnesia dive me crazy because they tend to drag it out. Beta gets flashbacks and dreams that slowly clue us in without ruining the plot. In fact, I found that Myers paced the plot and action quite well. She didn't info dump us on too much and allowed the characters to describe the world. One thing I did have a problem with was the love triangle. I'm just not a fan of them. We do know who she prefers pretty early on but she kept going back and forth which is annoying. Thankfully she chose by the end of the book so it wasn't too drawn out. Of course, the rejected guy won't be giving up that easily. I'm on team Marin. The character development for Beta was great. Things weren't dragged out and when she started getting bored, she decided she wanted to do something about it. But she was very real. The memories that began to return scared her and at points she was very human in not wanting to remember the pain. I enjoy fantasy more than sci-fi and the fact that this was both made it great and unique. I love the elemental magic that was included and I love the jatua. They are tattoo-like markings that appear on a person's skin. They are basically the person's story. I just found it cool. I'm excited for the next book, Can't Forget. Must Remember didn't end on a cliff-hanger exactly, but it's enough to make you want more. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic, aliens, or romance http://reviewsbykatelin.blogspot.com/2015/11/must-remember-by-colleen-s-myers.html