Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Blog Tour: Review + Interview // Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1) by Michelle Madow

I feel horrible right now because this post was actually supposed to go up yesterday. And I just realized. Somehow my little date planner book has me marked down as the 14th - how that happened, I have no clue! Apparently I'm a major idiot. So, without further ado... This is a stop in the Remembrance Blog Tour hosted by Stuck in YA Books

Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1) by Michelle Madow

Published: July 27th 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Page Count: Paperback, 314
Source: E-arc provided by Author
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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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. - Good Reads
I've always been fascinated with reincarnation. As a child, without anyone telling me anything, that was my natural assumption. I thought I was someone before and I thought I'd be someone else again after I died. I also wanted to name my future son Lucifer after I watched Cinderella. I think some might have considered me to be a little demonic as a child. Ha ha! But jokes about my childhood aside, I love the reincarnation aspect of Remembrance. That is definitely what drew me to it. Even more than the gorgeous cover that happens to fit in perfectly with the story inside! 

Lizzie, the main character of our story is a good girl who is focused on all of the right things. Sometimes though, she was a little too good. Overall I still enjoyed her as a character, but I wish I would have seen her take charge more than she did. Though I can say I was immensely proud of her the times she took charge with Drew. I just wish I could have seen that part of her character reflect more in her relationships with some of the other characters, like her boyfriend who treats her, in my opinion, quite badly and her best friend who I felt was more of a frenemy than anything. There were also times with Drew, the love interest in this story, that I felt that he was a huge jerk and I couldn't understand why Lizzie was still wasting her time, because at times he felt irredeemable, but there was a huge surprise towards the end that revealed a lot and I definitely understood his previous actions and the reasonings behind them.

Overall, I really did enjoy Remembrance and I'm looking forward to reading the next book Vengeance. It wasn't perfect, but I did get caught up in this tale and I look forward to hearing more! 

To Young Adult readers who love a reincarnation twist. Also, this had inspiration from Pride and Prejudice, which I love and could see throughout the story, so that was another quality I love and would throw out there for recommendations. And if you have a Kindle or Nook, you can get this for only $1.99! That's a STEAL!

                             4 out of 5 Hello Kitties!

In the fall of 2009, I saw Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video for the first time. I thought up a story to go along with the video, and decided to write the beginning of this story as a homework assignment for class. That story eventually became my first novel, Remembrance. I'm so happy to be able to share this novel with you, and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it! 
Check out my website,, to add me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and my many other social networking sites. I love making new book friends! :) 
I'm currently studying creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, and am hard at work writing more novels for young adults. 


Michelle Madow was nice enough to answer a few of my questions in an interview! Thank you for your time, Michelle!

1. What was your favourite book as a child?
It’s so hard to choose just one! I was a huge fan of the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, the
Goosebumps series by RL Stine, the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal, and the Animorphs series by KA Applegate. (Wow—three of the four used initials instead of first

2. What song have you been loving lately?
I’ve been jamming out to “Better Than Revenge” by Taylor Swift all the time—mainly because it’s the theme song for Vengeance.

3. You wake up one mor ning stuck in the past! Which time per iod would you want to be stuck in? And what would you do in this time period?
I would want to wake up in the Golden Age of Rome, so I could see what the Roman ruins looked like when they were brand new. (Hopefully when I magically woke up in the past it would be in traditional Roman clothing and knowing how to speak Italian, so I wouldn’t have to deal with not knowing the language and people looking at me like I’m crazy for wearing strange, modern day clothes!)

4. What is your best advice for finding inspiration? (<--- yeah, I'm trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo ahahaha!)
Let it come to you. Just pick your favorite story idea you have and write it! And good luck with NaNo.

5. Do you like to outline or plot by the seat of your pants?
I am a total outliner. I like to have my entire story outlined before I start writing. I’ve found that plotting the story and the actual writing of the first draft are two entirely different creative processes for me, so I like to separate them. When I’m writing the first draft I don’t want to have to worry about the plot not working, so it’s better for me that the plot is decided ahead of time. However, if a cool idea pops into my mind mid-way through writing the first draft, I’ll incorporate it into the story.

Thank you so much for interviewing me on your blog, and for participating in the Remembrance blog tour!


You can enter in a giveaway for 
One signed copy of Remembrance,
One mask that resembles the one on the cover of Remembrance,
Three signed Remembrance bookmarks,
Two Remembrance stickers.

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  1. Great interview with Michelle! I loved the book too, as you can see on my blog today as well :)

  2. I totally am dying to read this one!! I loooove this cover too!!

  3. I'm super excited about this book, and your review has only made me more excited!! Great review, and interview Liza! :)

  4. Great review, chica! You were able to let us know honestly how you thought about the book but you didn't give anything away..instead, you reminded me I REALLY need to read it already. :D

    Molli at Once Upon a Prologue

  5. d'awwl your not an idiot!!! Love your interview way better than mine lol. I felt the same about this book =)

  6. I had a cat named Lucifer when I was a child lol.

  7. Thank you for reviewing Remembrance -- I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  8. Ugh! I hated Jeremy while reading this! Glad you liked it though, Liza! I can't wait to read Vengeance! :)

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