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Remembrance by Michelle Madow


About the Book:
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time - Book 1
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Teen Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: high-school junior, Lizzie Davenport isn’t the most popular girl in school but she is intelligent with good grades. Her jock boyfriend wants desperately to change their “status” at school. He is now on the soccer team and is a rising star amidst his senior peers – and he wants Lizzie to ditch her closest friends and form new, less rewarding friendships with his teammates girlfriends. Turns out, Jeremy’s petty grievances are going to be the least of Lizzie’s concerns when she meets and feels an instant connection to the new transfer student, Drew Charmichael… and his arrival triggers memories in Lizzie’s sub-conscious mind that she never expected to feel… with results she never would have imagined…

Review: in reading about Michelle Madow’s journey to writing this novel, she has unknowingly inspired my ambitious aspiration to write something – and actually complete a first draft of a novel. This is Michelle’s debut novel and while it is definitely for the young pre-teen and teen crowd, I really enjoyed the creativeness that she put into its pages. Reading this novel, what you’ll pick up on in Remembrance is its simplicity. There is very little detailed prose in the plot. Michelle often skims over something that could have been better explained or she allows for events to happen before they should and given time, such twists would have been allowed to strengthen while seeming more… realistic. Lest my words suggest something else, please do not misunderstand what I am saying; I don’t mean this as a negative, quite the opposite. I enjoy simplicity in stories – the less complicated the story, the better the reader is given opportunity to get to know the characters so that they become more than just characters on the pages of a novel. 

Michelle’s novel was inspired by Taylor Swift’s beautiful “Love Story” music video and although I can see similarities to the story that Taylor wrote so eloquently, for the most part, this book is nothing like Taylor’s words. Michelle created a story that is all from her own imagination - it's so much more than I expected. If you like Alex Flinn or really any teen fantasy fiction, Remembrance is a must-read. It keeps its reader entertained without breath-holding suspense and I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters. I’ll confess that when I was reading the back cover’s description, I couldn’t help but cringe at the plot outline. It involved reincarnation and that really isn’t my “thing,” but that subject is something Michelle subtly allows time for in her writing – it is also one topic she barely addresses in terms of her characters recognizing that they are connected from a past life. There are references to Pride and Prejudice, a touch of fantasy, second chances, some beautifully well-worded plot twists and an overall lovely story that is - for once, wonderfully pleasant

I certainly hope in future works that Michelle stays grounded in the tender, wholesome nature of her debut novel. If she does so, then I am one reader who is already anxiously awaiting what this up-and-coming author has in-the-works. This new twist on that always-longed for “love story” is charming. 
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  1. I really want to read this book now! :)

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  2. Oh, and I LOVE your blog's new Christmassy look! It's so cute!!!! :)

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  3. I have to say, I love the cover. It looks very renaissance and Italian. It sounds interesting...though the reincarnation bit doesn't sound to good. I may try it. I do tend to be pulled in by covers sometimes ;)
    And you Christmas-y look is very cute :) I like it! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

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  4. love your new design, and i really would love to read this book, but i'm in the middle of the way of kings. you should review it, when you've got time to go through 1,000 pages XD

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  5. Trinka - glad this post "inspired" that reaction. =) It is a really cute, but really sweet read.

    Sierra - the cover is cool, isn't it!? I don't like it as well as some but its very pretty - and the author designed it herself! I like a well-made cover also, so if the cover art design is eye-catching, it makes the story seem all the more interesting!

    I was skeptical about the whole reincarnation bit too, but believe it or not, that isn't used as an "evil" plot or to seem "creepy." This novel is really well written... so you should look into it sometime. =)

    Jessica - check this one out when you're ready to read a new book - it's super sweet.

    Hmmm, I'd not heard of The Way of Kings, so I had to look it up. You are so right - it sounds like an epic novel! Thanks for the tip, girl. =)

    And, thank you all for your sweet comments about my new background look! I love it too. I was actually going to go with something more modern (this look is more country infused) but the background I was going to use wouldn't "tile" correctly. With that one, I was going to use bright purple text instead of red and blue... but oh, well! What's done is done. =D

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