Remembrance (Trascend Time Saga #1) — Michelle Madow

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Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England…but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s high 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 get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.

Lizzie Davenport’s life is pretty average. Once a shy girl, Lizzie has come out of her shell since befriending Chelsea and dating soccer player Jeremy. She’s content with her life until Drew shows up. She feels an instant connection with Drew, but he makes it clear the feeling isn’t mutual. Lizzie can’t help wanting to be closer to Drew, despite knowing that his would be a bad path to travel down; after all, Lizzie already has a boyfriend and Chelsea has already set her sights on Drew.

The beginning of Remembrance is ridiculously similar to Twilight, which kind of irks me: new student shows up, Lizzie feels drawn to him, he switches from being cold and aloof one moment to friendly the next, he tells Lizzie it’s “better if we’re not friends.” For Twilight fans, maybe this setup will appeal to you again. Or maybe it’ll seem like a ripoff, though as you continue to read, the similarities stop. Aside from the Twilight-ness of the beginning, I had a huge problem getting into the story because I felt like the only person who noticed what a douchebag Jeremy is. At first, I thought Michelle Madow was just highlighting his flaws so that we’d be more receptive to Drew, but as the story progresses it becomes painfully obvious that Jeremy has no redeeming qualities. Yet for some reason, Lizzie has been with him for three years and though she admits he’s changed “a little,” she doesn’t even stop to consider breaking up with him until Drew enters the picture. Not only that, but she blames his behavior on his recent election to co-captain of the soccer team, when it’s clear to me, at least, that he is just an inconsiderate jerk. Yet Chelsea and Lizzie’s mom both encourage Lizzie to stay with Jeremy and overlook all his douchebaggery, which just makes absolutely no sense to me.

Then there’s Drew, who’s not exactly a ray of sunshine either. At least, not at first. While his actions and bad attitude are at least for the sake of Lizzie’s best interest, as Drew believes, I still think Lizzie forgives him too easily. Clearly, this girl is used to being trampled upon by guys. I feel bad for her, but her spinelessness kind of grates on my nerves. I get that Drew is trying to “protect” her, but he could probably go about it in a less harsh manner. Though their relationship is destined from the beginning of the book, the “Insta-Love” between them still feels rushed and superficial. Just because they were in love in a past life doesn’t mean they know anything about each other in the present. Can’t they at least date a little before dropping the L-bomb?

Despite my problems with the book, it’s still an enjoyable, quick read. I rooted for Lizzie and Drew one hundred percent (as you might be able to tell from my Jeremy rant) and the tender moments between them are adorably romantic. A lot of the book is predictable, but that doesn’t end up mattering to me by the end. The ending is a little hard for me to stomach — I’m a big believer in not putting romantic relationships before your friendships and I think Lizzie could handle the situations with Chelsea and Jeremy much better. But I supposed in the heat of the moment, with hormones running rampant and two lifetime’s worth of emotions coursing through her veins, I understand why she acts the way she does. And I’m definitely still interested in reading about how this love story plays out.

Interestingly enough, Michelle Madow was inspired to write this story after watching the music video to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” I’d highly suggest watching (or, as the case may be, re-watching) the music video before reading Remembrance. The male lead in the video is absolutely gorgeous and it’s definitely worth picturing him as Drew while reading. If you’re looking for a light romance, I’d suggest Remembrance. It offers a bit of a unique twist on the classic love story. Plus, there are some fun Pride & Prejudice parallels.

Pages: 314
Publication Date: July 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Format: Amazon Purchase
Rating [rating: 3]

Teaser Quote: “But it was time to realize that I wasn’t Cinderella, and no matter how hard I wished it were true, life wasn’t a fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after.”

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