Jamais Vu (Jamais Vu, #1)
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A gunshot echoes thrusting Darby Lambert into a near death experience. Inside the confines of an ambulance, she meets “the man in white light”. He takes away the guilt, but makes her question everything.

“You will see them,” he whispers, as he catapults her back into the real world where she is plagued with dreams of demons, nurses, and rock stars.

Why has He sent her back...more
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Published October 4th 2011 by Astraea Press (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Sheila
If Déjà vu is a feeling of having seen something before, then what is Jamais vu? Author Monique O’Connor James plays with the idea very effectively in this novel of life after a near-death experience. After rushing towards the light, Darby Lambert awakes hearing voices in the ambulance, struggles through a hospital stay and recovery, and tries to pick up her life. But she can’t remember the day of the accident, doesn’t know why it happened, and, most importantly, doesn’t know why she’s survived....more
K.B. Miller
Ok...um...The heavens have opened up, and God has literally placed Monique O' Connor James on earth here for our reading pleasure! She's an Angel. Monique's writing captivated me with her amazing "The Keepers" and her caliber does NOT falter here! I honestly went through a box of tissues, and haven't slept to finish this tale of beautiful twists and turns. She has brought Darcy to life, and in a non vulgar, wholesome way. However, with this most writers would not be able to still draw you in, Mo...more
Bella
Ok so can I give it a 10 out of 5???? Omg I am so tired but I will write more to tomorrow it's 1am and I have just finished and WOW I mean WOW... Can I get me a Kasey!! Teehee

OK so Iam awake but had dreams of this book! LOL:) This was an amazing book, with so much depth and excitement in it. It had me at the first page and I NEVER wanted to stop reading. The characters were the best, Darby's story was nothing I have ever read before and I so enjoyed it. If you want love, adventure and just a fa...more
Kimberly Callegan
Monique O’Connor James is not only the author of Jamais Vu (and The Keepers- you can check out my review for The Keepers by clicking HERE), but she is also my mentor and my friend. She is amazing in so many ways; her writing, her imagination, her guidance, her amity and companionship.

I’m very impressed with Monique’s writing techniques. She steers her readers into such an awesome fictional state and gives them a rollercoaster for a ride. So, now that I’ve gushed a little bit over her, let’s get...more
Ressa Empbra
I give Monique O'Connor James' novel, Jamais Vu (even though I'm not sure how it's pronounced :D ) a 5-Star Rating!!

I read Monique's The Keepers a while back, and knew then that I would always enjoy all of her works. I wasn't wrong. The novel, Jamais Vu, did not disappoint and was even better than The Keepers. I must say, of all the books I've read - that would be a LOT - this is the only one I've ever read that I did not find a single typo. Not that I'm looking for them, but my OCD seems to so...more
Carly Wallace
Hea y'all Anne here and it's 1:52am on Christmas morning and yes I am writing a review about an amazing book I've just finished reading Jamais Vu by Monique O'Connor James has absolutely taken my breath away. I still have tears running down my cheeks from this book. Monique is the author of best seller The Keepers and like that book this one opens a whole new door into paranormal stories and your lured into a ride you'll never forget. The story takes place in Louisiana, Monique has such descript...more
Stacy Eaton
Several people have said that the first sentence will suck you in - and in my opinion - they are correct! That first sentence, "There is nothing easy about dying; not the act itself, and certainly not the coming back." makes you wonder right from the get go what on earth is about to happen.

I enjoyed the novel and liked the way Monique O'Conner James styled her writing. It was engaging, entertaining and thought provoking! This was the first novel I have read by this author and I look forward to...more
Rachel
Darby Lambert is a young girl with her whole life ahead of her, and everything changes when she shoots herself. She’s released to a world controlled by her dreams and her coming back has a purpose bigger than herself. That’s when she meets Kasey Kibodeaux, a good looking southern guy who is the lead singer of a local band. But she’s got a charge and she’s got to figure out why the demons plague her…. Kasey’s got a drug problem….but is she falling for him?? Matt is Kasey’s best friend and getting...more
Maegan Morin
Written by Monique O'Connor James, Jamais Vu is an amazing novel. The story line, the characters, everything just blew me away. The story is paranormal but its not just that. This is a story about being human, being flawed and being in love. Its about finding the courage to do whats right and how it is so hard to do that. The main theme of the book is that despite how someone may look, not everyone is all good but not everyone is all bad either and everyone deserves a second chance. I loved that...more
Kristina
The first sentence in JV is, "There is nothing easy about dying; not the act itself, and certainly not the coming back." Never before has a first sentence sucked me in so completely. I knew that Jamais Vu was Monique's favorite, passing up her other paranormal novel The Keepers, which I loved so much! JV is even better! I love Monique's writing style. She was already one of my favorite authors after I read her first book, and now even more so!



Jamais Vu is part paranormal, part thriller. In it, D...more
Cass
You are gripped from the first line "There is nothing easy about dying; not the act itself, and certainly not the coming back." Monique then throws you into a world of demons, afterlife, love, abuse, decisions, drugs, non-decisions, death and family. She thrusts you into the story and makes the characters come to life as if you are right there, part of the action. Your emotions are put through the ringer as you pull for Darby, Kelsey, Allison and Owen. By the end of the book your screaming NO, t...more
Bex 'n' Books
One thing that is immediately evident in Jamais Vu, is that it is very well written; clearly, Monique O'Connor James is a very talented writer. The novel's construction is faultless. It is very well edited and crafted. Monique's writing style is so very lovely to read, in many ways it's effortless to read. This made reading Jamais Vu a pleasure.

Now this is where I get even more gushy, apologies in advance. Jamais Vu is so unlike anything else I have read which is a feat in itself, since I am fai...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Ever since Darby was sent back from the brink of death, her dreams have never been the same. She is plagued by nightmares of people she knows and the choices they made that eventually lead to their death. Darby feels she was sent back to help these people right their wrongs so they can have a chance at life. Her family and shrink have a hard time believing her dreams as reality. What can Darby do for others if her own family doesn't believe in her?

This book is seriously addicting. I stayed up la...more
Katrina
I dont even know where to begin with this review. I got to page 180 and was in tears, - gob smacked and totally unprepared.. Read on and I thought my heart was doing flips............. even grinned to myself and thought - yayaya !

Jamais Vu is a riviting story, that will not only grasp at your heart strings but have you teary eyed and also sobbing by the end. Characters that will draw you into the pages, and a storyline that will make your heart ache way past the last pages.

I read this book in...more
Jenny
Without realizing it, Jamais Vu sucked me in right off the bat. I found myself totally glued to the book wondering what would happen with Darby.

Darby was such a complex character. She has a near death experience and comes back to the world unlike her normal self. She struggled with finding her place in the world after almost dying, and I totally sympathized with her. I imagine it's hard to come back from something like that and not be a different person.

Her family frustrated me, because they kep...more
  ღ☆ღ  Brenda
Jamais Vu By Monique James

Imagination....The true ability to turn a thought into an amazing,believable,heart felt story.And to have that story grip you and hold onto you.A story that is so emotional that it will have you wondering "What If".That's what makes a great story and the greatness you will get from Author Monique James.


Darby Lambert,living in Baton Rouge....It's also where she died...

Darby comes back from the dead with a memory of meeting a man leaning over her asking her "Do you Love m...more
January
Darby Lambert had the picture perfect life — a wealthy family, a nice car, a good education, a successful, good-looking boyfriend, a bright future. But one bullet threw her whole life, her whole existence, careening out of control.

Somewhere between death and life, Darby meets a man who sends her back to help people escape an untimely death. She sees these the deaths of these people in her dreams. One of these people is the talented musician, Kasey, who is in danger of overdosing on drugs.

The imm...more
Tonia Houston
This is a young adult paranormal romance set in the deep south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The tale is told through the eyes of the main character, Darby Lambert. Her story is indelible, spiritual, and I found myself in tears before the ending.

I've long admired Monique O' Connor James' work ethic, and now I've found a gift in her elegant prose. Her style, and ability to communicate the sanctity of life is something I would love to see in more YA novels.

The sequel, Deja Vu, was released yeste...more
Mandie *Foxylutely Book Reviews*
Oooh I love this title and the artwork (blue!) but more than that this book sounds intriguing and I can't really put a genre to it (not that we like to put things in boxes lol)

Jamais Vu = never seen. Hmm....

OK so I kept going back and back and back to finally read all the book but just kept getting side tracked as it couldn't hold my attention. I just didn't "feel" or "get the vibe" of this book. Strange seeing all the 5 stars this book has been given but I guess the day had to come when a book...more
Gunnar
Oct 28, 2012 Gunnar rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A powerful and compelling read that deals less with the urban fantasy aspects of angels and demons, and much more with the condition of one's soul. I did not see the ending coming, and author Monique O'Connor James gets extra credit for that because it doesn't happen often.
Ruth Hartman
Jamais Vu was amazing. The author has a way of describing everything so that you feel you are right there. Smells, sounds, textures and sights all jump off of the page. The twists and turns in the story had me anxious to see what would happen next. The ending was perfect, although it surprised me. This is a fabulous book!
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Wow! Such a unique and intense story. Loved everything about it, the way it's written brings it all to life, you feel drawn to the characters. So much is going on, you'll be eager to finish the book to find out what happens next. I'm looking forward to the next book, I need to read more about Darby! :)
Soccergypsy
I really like this story but can't detail why. it just grabbed me and kept me reading.
Charlene
I really loved this book.Looking forward to reading another from Monique.
Duane
Jan 08, 2012 Duane added it
Great book. Can't wait to read the sequal.
Bitten By Love Reviews
WOW WOW WOW ! This book was absolutely brilliant ! I have before reading heard that the very first sentence will amaze and entrance you so badly that not reading the book after that will just not be a possibility and I thought yeah right that is going to happen ,I have never read a book that the first sentence does it for me it is usually after about the first 5-6 pages that it only manages to grab my full attention. I could not have been more wrong

“ There is nothing easy about dying, not the a...more
Jennifer
3.5 This book is very different than books I typically read. Enough tension and intrigue that I liked it, but disturbing at the same time.
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Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author. On her eighth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said "write whatever you want, just write." And so, a love affair with words was born. She wrote poetry and short stories...more
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