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Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,980 ratings  ·  537 reviews
Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England ... but she doesn't realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Dreamscape Publishing (first published July 25th 2011)
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Inspired from the Love Story music video by Taylor Swift, Madow created this wonderful unique love story that will make you want to be young and fall in love all over again.

I really loved the characters in this novel. I completely connected with Lizzie. She wasn't the most popular girl at school, nor was she a complete loser. She was your average American girl with normal teenage problems and worries. She has great friends and a not so perfect long term boyfriend - we'll get to him in a second.
Sita Sargeant
Remembrance was a nice debut from a new author, I liked the plot and the main idea’s behind the book, I think the characters could have been improved (they were a bit one dimensional, not that believable), but other than that, a good book. I read it all in one sitting, so yeah it was interesting, it had just the right amount of twists and turns. I look forward to more books by this author.
DNF 3%

This has got to be the fastest I’ve ever put a DNF stamp on something, but I already had a foreboding at the preface that this wasn’t going to end well. I read one chapter that was filled to the brim with offences, so I’ve decided I’m not going there. I’m not jumping on a train wreck.

When this happens:

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You know you're fucked.

Page 3: "Today was going to be different. I could feel it." Yes, you and every other YA main character out there. You're all secretly a bunch of psychics.

By page 4, I
Remembrance is VERY avarage YA book about love and reincarnation. It's about Elizabeth, a very normal girl who lives a calm and peaceful life until the day she meets Drew. She falls for him almost instantly, but it's not that simple: She has a boyfriend, and Drew starts to date Chelsea, her best friend.

What can I say about this book? The writting is good, but the pace is too slow. Nothing ever happens. I put it away many times, and I just rushed to finish it because I wanted to be done with it.

Michelle Madow
Dec 23, 2012 Michelle Madow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm not going to review my own book, instead I'll share with you how I got the idea for Remembrance. Remembrance was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video.

The “Love Story” music video premiered in the fall of 2008. The first time I watched it, I was entranced. Taylor sees a guy while walking through campus, and the moment their eyes connect, the scene flashes to the two of them dancing at a beautiful ball dressed in clothes that appear to be from around the year 1815. It’s ma

I am deeply sorry to give a bad rating to this book that most of my friends loved (also because the author seems really nice), but at this point I am really looking for something new to read, not necessarily to blow my mind but still to keep me interested and if possible in love with the story. Otherwise I'd read one of my favorite books again and get over with it.

So, maybe a while back (quite some years back, to be honest) I would have found this book more compelling. See, this the problem whe
Oh my gosh, if a book contains a constant droning of rehashed, uncreative sentences like "You know I'll always be here for you, right?", "Always and forever", "I've never been so sure about anything in my life.", "You’re everything to me—you always have been, and you always will be." and "It would be like losing a part of who I am", OMG, I think I would rather scroll through the list of Goodreads quotes to while away my time, and I can even get more decent and original quotes there. Of course if ...more

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To sum it up: 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
Emma (BelleBooks)
Firstly I want to say a massive thank you to the author Michelle Madow, who contacted me offering a review copy of Remembrance. If it wasn't for that email, I would probably have never came across this amazing book!

Remembrance follows the story of high school girl Lizzie, just as the summer has come to and end and it's time to head back to school for a new term.
As the story unfolds the reader meets Lizzie's boyfriend Jeremy who has recently been made co-captain on the school football team, and s
I love discovering new YA authors. And, when I got Remembrance from Michelle I was excited. This novel, I'm happy to say, lived up to my expectations. It is a story new to me, I've never read a novel with a theme like this, but it never disappointed. I mean, the story flew well, the characters were interesting, I liked how the author payed attention to the small details like names (you have to read the novel to see what I mean here ;)).

Let me find one passage for you. Ah, here it is.

But it was t
I told Michelle that I think I found her book by fate. I happened upon it on Goodreads and I'm glad I did! I want you to go read this book, so I'll try not to spoil anything.

If you were to take a dash of Romeo and Juliet, a handful of Pride and Prejudice, and pinch of a Disney fairytale you'd probably come up with Remembrance. No lie. AT least that's my opinion.

Lizzie, short for Elizabeth of course, is like a real person. Actually all of the characters were pretty real. They weren't perfect and
Steven Graham
This isn't my usual genre but I decided to take a chance and give this one a read. The book was a very refreshing read and was written extremely well. The flow of the book kept me reading and reading. Excited to see more from this author in the future! I would definitely pick up more titles from this up and coming superstar in the YA genre :)
I think, I have two and a half things to say as the selfpublished, paranormal YA romance 'Remembrance' and its half-eaten (I actually swallowed only 15% and regurgitated them for quotes and evidence) and dejected state on my plate is concerned:

1) The moment my eyes met with his, the other students in the room blurred into the background. [...] A spark of electricity shot up my arm. Part of my dislike/boredom/urge to ridicule is probably at least partly not the book's fault. The author published
Joy (joyous reads)
I’m not going to lie. I had to listen to Taylor Swift’s Love Story for me to understand how this book was related to the song from which the author took her inspiration. I had to You Tube that baby and soon realized that the entire book was NOT based from the song but parts of the lyrics inspired some scenes in Remembrance.

This book is pure romance. The subject of reincarnation was glanced over but never really explained. Basically, it’s about Lizzie and Drew who had shared a past – maybe even
H.D. Tolson
A solid debut from an author that has a lot of promise. Michelle's writing style is light and well-done, but a few signature author pitfalls keep Remembrance from achieving it's full potential."

I was extremely reluctant to start reading Remembrance. I knew the author was one of the nicest people I'd ever met, and when I got her book in my hands, I read the first chapter and...lost interest. Putting the book down, I noticed how Michelle seemed to try a little too hard to prove that she knew how t
Annabelle Marie Veronica
****FINAL RATING: 4.40 STARS****

Ordinarily, this book would probably sit on my review less shelf for longer than a day before receiving a review. I am drastically behind on my reviews, so um…yeah. I'll get to them eventually. The main reason I'm writing my review now is Project Tell Taylor. Even though Taylor Swift isn't exactly my favorite singer, I like doing giveaways and helping others. I was also, through this, offered the chance to read and review Remembrance. But wow! I thought
Overall, the story isn’t horrible, but that’s the extent of the good in it.

I had a lot of issues with this book. Most of the issues originated from the similarities between Remembrance, Twilight and Pride & Prejudice. The similarities between Remembrance and Twilight ended by the 50% mark, but the similarities between Remembrance and Pride & Prejudice were prevalent throughout the whole story. It also didn’t help that the author kept bringing up the story and had Lizzy make comparisons
Reading Vacation
Remembrance is a story of love that transcends time. It is a story of a couple who belong together, no matter where or when their paths cross. A story that is presented in such a way, that I became entranced with the idea of reincarnated love.

I imagine this is pretty typical of what goes on in high school romances and that is why I liked it so much. Lizzie is dating Jeremy and she has a crush on Drew; and Drew is dating Chelsea, but he has a crush on Lizzie. Ha! On the surface, Lizzie is a dream
Howdy YAL
Dec 25, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Barbie History
I just did not like this one. It involves a Mary Sue MC with a love triangle that is just too ridiculous for words. I mean, what love triangle? I can see this being appealing though to the right audience. I'm just not that audience.

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Nov 13, 2011 Jennifer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy! So I guess now I will be reading it! WOOOOOO
Review posted on Alexa Loves Books

Honestly, I'm having the most difficult time trying not to gush about this book (because I could probably just type I loved it about a billion times instead of reviewing it properly). It's exactly the kind of book I love - a YA novel filled with romance, a swoon-worthy leading man and a hint of the impossible. And, as I suspected, I couldn't put it down!

Michelle's book is entirely based on the premise of reincarnation and the possibility of two lovers meeting an
Oct 06, 2011 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I literally just put the book down seconds ago. Jumping right into my review was definitely a must. I simply couldn't wait to gush about how much I loved it! Words I often use for books like these... Brilliant.. Amazing... Unforgettable.. I could go on and on! Everything I consider as "must haves" in a story... this book had it... and more! There's no doubt in my mind that Remembrance deserves to be ranked amongst my most adored reads. My two favorite parts of this book... the strong and beautif ...more
Tiffany (About to Read)
There were things I needed to while I was reading Remembrance—like eat breakfast—but I kept telling myself I would get things done after one more chapter. Lizzie and Drew have so much chemistry, even though it was sometimes hard to tell because Drew was so hot and cold. Michelle Madow’s engaging writing style really sucks you into Remembrance. The character development in this book is fabulous. I loved and hated things about every single character—sometimes they were sympathetic and sometimes th ...more
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Gaah! I love stories about past lives! It's even better when it's more realistic, and the guy doesn't turn out to be this immortal jerk who knows every goddamn thing.
Drew was very human and very sweet, even if he was a bit strange at times. I have to say, I was very impressed with this piece of work, mainly because the plot seemed predictable to me when I read the summary, but the beautiful cover and the hint of some serious drama coming up dragged me in.
I especially enjoyed how th
Rachel Harris
When Michelle Madow approached us to review her debut novel REMEMBRANCE, and then pitched it as Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video meets Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I literally squealed. I am ALL about Regency inspired historicals, romance, and magical realism, and this book proved to have it all.

I simply adored this book. The connection between Lizzie and Drew was palpable, the romance between them completely swoon worthy. I went into my read with hopes of a love story—a few hours l
Madow’s debut novel, Remembrance, was beyond wonderful; I simply couldn’t put it down! The protagonist, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Davenport lives in Pembrooke, New Hampshire, is about 17 years old, and on the first day of school locks eyes with her meant to be love, her soul mate, Drew. The only problem is: she has a steady boyfriend of three years, Jeremy, and a best friend (Chelsea) that at the same time has her eyes on Drew. What a story right? But there’s more! When Drew and Lizzie lock eyes that f ...more
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I picked up Remembrance because of the idea behind it - reincarnation, it's something that's always interested me. And of course after I heard that Madow got the idea from Taylor Swift's song Love Story which I also adore I knew I had to read it.

I flew through the first half of the book, mainly because I was really wrapped up in all the drama between the characters, I was eager to find out what was going to happen. Yet at the same time I didn't really connect with any of the main characters on a
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
OMG and Epic is what comes to mind when I think about this book. I have read a lot of reincarnation stories but this one is totally EPIC! Michelle has taken and weaved two stories into one and it works.

I have been wanting to read this book for some time because of the cover. I love Masquerade masks. This cover is of a beautiful girl wearing a rare Masquerade mask that is gold and has rubies in it. This book screams to the readers to pick it up and I was glad I did. I am so glad I did not pass it
Nov 17, 2011 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: recommended to those that love a good YA Romance book :)
Not sure what it was about this book that kept me so interested, but I just couldn't put it down!

The book starts off as Jeremy and Lizzie were driving to school, the first day of school. Jeremy had been acting differently, more distant, always worried about his new friends on the Varsity soccer team. In line to be the next Co-Captain of the team. Sure the pressure was on him, but they didn't seem to have that same connection they once had 3 years ago when they started dating.

First day of school
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Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they ...more
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“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.” 80 likes
“Whatever problems we had back then don’t exist anymore. It’s why we have this second chance, and we can’t throw it away. Besides, you were the one who said we’re not exactly the same as we were back then. If we’re not the same, then things can turn out differently.” 44 likes
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