Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Indie Mania: [Review] Reminiscence by C. Marie Mosley

Title: Reminiscence
Author: C. Marie Mosley
Published: May 30th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
Rating: ★★★
Goodreads summary:
Can someone’s entire life – the only one they have ever known – be a complete lie? The truth is out ... and Coralie Collier is about the find just what lies within that truth - the truth about herself, the truth about her heritage, and the truth about her purpose...

In Reminiscence, lies a story of a natural born heroine, Coralie Collier --- she just doesn’t know it yet. Coralie lives a simple, almost boring life, that is, until things in her life start to get interesting. Outlandish dreams, bizarre and dangerous encounters, and missing pieces to her memory, are all incredibly important fragmented clues that could help Coralie in finding out her true identity. Along with these clues, and the help of an old family friend, maybe there is a chance for Coralie to find out what is going on around her before it’s too late … and her true purpose has been compromised. All of the characters’ lives within the story swirl around her – and they all know the truth - the truth about the lives they were all born to live... Could there be more to her life than she ever knew? Could there really be more to her surroundings than meets the eye?
Get drawn into Coralie’s world and explorations as she attempts to discover what secrets are hidden in her past and what journeys are in store for her future.
*Thanks to the author for supplying me a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review*

Emma's thoughts:

Reminiscence is a beautiful novel about a girl named Coralie Collier who has no idea about the true nature of her existence. Her whole life, her parents have been protecting her, lying to her, kept her completely in the dark, and the consequences of their actions are finally catching up to them. 

That being said, they seem to control everything in Coralie's life. She's a sweet, lovely girl, but she really has absolutely no idea what's going on around her. She can't even walk to the library without her mother worrying about her. But, somehow, she loves her parents. They seem like nice people, sure, but they take overprotective and overbearing to a whole new level. Yes, there's a reason for it, but sigh, I think Coralie could've done with a longer leash. 

Court, the new, mysterious boy who just popped out of nowhere is charming and irresistible. Heart-warming and delightful, but the connection between the two was a little insta-love. He just can't seem to get enough of Coralie and she can't get enough of him... after knowing him like two days. There's Alex too, who literally came out from nowhere and also is a whole new definition of 'stalker'.

Coralie has no friends. This really bothered me. Why does she have no friends? Did she not have a life before Court came along? That's the thing with most novels. The back story of the protagonist is either unrealistic or non-existent. Coralie being all pretty and sweet, you'd think someone would've liked her and wanted to be her friend before Court came along. I just... I don't get it.

Reminiscence does have a bit of action in it. Too bad Coralie can't remember it. It's a curious aspect in the novel that she can do all these things but not know about them and not remember them later. Frustrating, slightly? Yes. The dialogue was also a little frustrating to read. There was just too much use of ... and more ... and ... where periods should be ... or even commas ...

I feel like the book ended too soon. I finished it in under two hours and was left feeling a bit deflated. Reminiscence feels more like a prologue than anything. There were too many questions as opposed to answers. Coralie was just on the verge of something big... and it just ended! I really just wish there was more, sigh.

Overall rating: 3 stars~A short compelling read.
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The wind blew a warm breeze across his body. Summer was coming. The Watcher could feel it in the air.

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