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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,439 ratings  ·  456 reviews
The ultimate historical romance: one love story unfolds over many centuries and many lives in this captivating pageturner from Suzanne Weyn.

From prehistory to the present, theirs was a love for the ages. It starts with a fight in a cave over an elusive green jewel . . . and then travels over time and lives to include Egyptian slaves, Greek temples, Massachusetts witch
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
From the moment they first meet, this young man and woman have a powerful connection. But circumstance will not allow them to stay together; a fight for a green jewel ends both of their lives. However, their bond is so strong that it surpasses the boundary between life and death and they continue to be born into new bodies until they can finally be together.

Reincarnation is quite a unique story, and I have never quite read anything like it. Each story of these two lovers connects back to the
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reincarnation is about two spirits, or whatever, that meet again time after time, until eventually they can be together (because stuff, like death, usually keeps them apart).

Where to begin? First off, there was WAY too many stories in this book. We are barely introduced to the characters and circumstances before we are whisked away to another story. And in between each story is a vortex of confusion and shit, where the 'Wheel of Rebirth' is mentioned, and a whole bunch of seemingly meaningless
Anna Francesca
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
For people who enjoy books set in historical times and romances, this one is for you. This book goes forward in time historically following two souls through their many lives. There are also secondary characters who accompany them and a few unifying themes to help readers follow which soul is in which body.
In a book where little could happen as destiny seems to be stronger than free-will, Weyn does a good job making the characters still seem in charge of elements of their lives. The book
Aug 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
About halfway through this book became an eye roller with each page that is read. The idea of the book is neat - that's why I read it. I thought the author did not execute the idea as well as she should have....
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
It was an okay book.

While it bothers me that I can't call the characters by name since it changes and not by gender because it switched once, the fact that their past lives influenced their present life was good because without that I would just have assumed they never switched genders.

To me, it was basically a simple love story cut into pieces and each piece put in a different time period.

But the ending seemed a little too easy to me.
This book is going in to my very own entry in to the list of "books with so much potential but only if some one was wise enough to uncover it". "Reincarnation" is the kind of book you could have loved but only ended up liking in the end. It is not so much that it lacked interesting ideas or innovative concepts but it is the lack of focus that damaged this book. Personally I believe that the author could have created a much more captivating book if she had reduced on the number of past lives and ...more
Reader17 Der
Sep 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: others-read
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I read this book almost three years ago but it still sticks with me today. The compelling love story and beautiful historical details, combined with repetitive cameos from the same lovable and dreadful characters make this a great read.

It starts in the pre-historic era and goes all the way up until the present day. It's heart-wrenching and beautiful and frustrating because you just want them to be happily together. It makes you wonder if there's someone waiting out there for you who you've
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-young-adult
Reincarnation was an interesting concept - it follows two people through centuries as they continually discover their never-ending love for each other only to be tragically separated. They are continually reincarnated - most of the times the story inter-twining with previous lifetimes - until they meet and successfully unite as true loves for a lifetime. Sounds like a great love story! Maybe I was expecting too much as this is a YA novel, however, it was dry. I was hoping for a powerful ...more

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

Don't let that one star rating fool you though. The book was engaging and a pageturner. I just couldn't help myself from turning that next page. Suzanne's writing is captivating.

But the story was *insert hair pulling gif here. giphy is disabled at work sorry!*

Suzanne Weyn makes us travel through time. But these two characters who get reincarnated time and time again just can't get their
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-sale
Many lives. One love.

What if love is stronger than time?
What if love is stronger than death?

4.5 stars ⭐

I loved reading this book, and I wish that it were longer. If this would have been a 1.000 pages, I would have read every word.
Just deducting half a star because some of the stories were a bit sloppy. But I cannot rate this any less. Any story that gives you goosebumps this many times, deserve this rating.
The story of the baby girl that was afraid of fire, broke my heart. :(
So sad.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nope. This one was a serious serious struggle.

The idea of reincarnation as a story line was a promising one. And I was really looking forward to reading this. To be fair I don't even know where to start with the thing I didn't like about this book.

To start with it seemed to me that there were too many stories in this book, but the stories were too short to properly get to know our characters. It seemed that we were only just getting some insight into them before they were whisked away and the
Jennifer Wardrip
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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How long will it take you to hook up with your soul mate?

Samantha and Jake have been meeting each other throughout their whole lives -- starting from the Stone Age to Ancient Egypt and to Salem, Massachusetts, to Paris right before World War II.

Each time the two lovers connect something tears them apart. Will they finally overcome their obstacles in the present or are they doomed to repeat their mistakes and misfortunes forever?

Travel with
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008_reads
Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, and even whether or not you are a teen, if you like historical fiction, romance, and maybe a touch of coincidence, this is a great read. I enjoyed it very much, and could not put it down.
Shreya Kishore
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, It has blown me away completely. And I seldom bother with reviews, I am more interested in the reading part. Some stories are adorable, some are a one-time fling but some, mind you very rare ones, last a lifetime because only the best are memorable. This one was a subtle tale. It was a design which was spun with so much care. The author has done excellent word building drawing you into an intricate web. The story lasts several lifetimes and it has interwoven some real facts and history. It ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Reincarnation was essentially a huge disappointment to me. The story stemmed from an very thought-provoking concept and I was really excited to start reading it. The idea of this love story that began in pre-history and continued for these two souls throughout time was so promising. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that this really interesting concept was going to be lost to sub-par writing, undeveloped characters, and an extremely repetative and predictable plot. The book was ...more
Jan 30, 2010 added it
At first, I really liked this book. I though it was great how the many love lives were weaved through history. I became fascinated by all the times and different scenarios the author put her characters through. A story about two lovers being reincarnated intrigued me, but unfortunately towards the end, I found the book to get repetitive. The same plot got played over and over again. The two star-crossed lovers are always just out of reach for one another and tragedy always strikes. Even the same ...more
This book was kind of ridiculous, but I appreciated the diversity and the attempts at including important historical events.
Angelique Simonsen
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
quite a sweet wee y.a read. well written and intricate
Everything begins in prehistoric times when a Neanderthal and a Cro-Magnon meet and experience a connection so strong that they will forever be united in future lives. They, along with two other characters, are reincarnated repeatedly over time, as they seek to find the perfect ending and to finally get it right. However, it will not be easy. A lot stands in their way, including the reincarnated emerald stone, and they must gradually change in unforeseen ways over each lifetime in order to ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The actual rating on this book is a three and a half stars. Suzanne Weyn writes a story about two souls who first encounter each other at the dawn of recorded time. She is a woman from a hunter-gatherer tribe...strong, beautiful and betrothed to the future leader, a popular and fierce warrior. He comes from another, more ancient clan. He wishes to prove himself in battle and to regain his standing among his people. When the two encounter each other in a cave, they fight over a green stone which ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Lianne Downey
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful introduction to the concept of reincarnation, in story form. If you struggled through Cloud Atlas, try this book for easier tracking of the characters from life to life.

Weyn is a bit short on explanations for the how and why (most are), but she captures the momentum of consecutive incarnations very well, and she makes it enjoyable to read. I plan to add it to my Resources page in my upcoming nonfiction book about reincarnation, especially for those who've not explored the
I read this book for a book club and that is the sole reason I managed to finish it. It definitely ranks as one of the worst books I have read in a while. This is supposed to be a love story that transcends history, but it is really just one "love" story repeated over and over and over and over and over. You get the picture.

The story is incredibly repetitious. Instead of introducing new themes in each life, the same story is presented over again, just plopped in a different historical setting.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, but I was slightly let down. It was more a book for young teens and middle schoolers, rather than young adult or high school students.

It was very repetitive, in a way the author could have avoided. Yes this is a novel about reincarnation, but every story and every lifetime seemed to follow the same pattern. As soon as the two characters met each other, it was like "they'd known each other forever. Could this be real? Did he feel it too?"
It was incredibly hokey,
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
My opinion: This was a good book--the breath of fresh air I needed to get away from all my fantasy books. The idea around this book was fascinating and I don't come across it very often. I enjoyed watching how the characters changed every time around and watching the environment change as well was interesting and intriguing.

The only problem I had about this book was the ending. These two characters (can't really give them a name since their names change every generation) faced all these
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! This book was absolutely awesome! I believe it was written for teens because I know Suzanne Weyn has some teen books out, but this is a love story that people of all ages should read ... if you love "love stories" and if you enjoy stories which leave you thinking. Because this one surely will... and did for me.

It starts in prehistory and moves forward through the ages, where 2 spirits continually meet in various lives. They are fated to do so until they "get it right." But
Paula Bee
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paula Bee by: Annette
I liked this book very much. the autor does an excellent job of developing the complexities of reincarnation as the book progresses so that with each chapter, the reader gains more insight into the wheel of rebirth, as she terms it. Of course, it's difficult for the story to be other than predictable, but Suzanne Weyn is able to capture the lovers' emotions across time so that the reader is drawn into the story. Her insight into various time periods, from Greek civilization to the Salem witch ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
While I do not personally believe in reincarnation, I was somewhat intrigued by the idea that two souls are meant to be together, so they are given mutliple chances in life. The history buff in me loved reading about all the different periods of history, from pre-history (Cavemen) to Ancient Egypt, Babylon, Israel, Ancient Greece, Civil War, to modern day. The problem I had was that with only 300 pages to tell a story about 4 different people that keep getting reincarnated, it was difficult to ...more
Coucher de soleil
In general, I found this one to be disappointing. The concept was very interesting and certainly appealed to me (I love romance when it's well done). The best I can say about this one, though, is that it was *barely* acceptable if taken in a very light or 'fluffly' (i.e. read superficial) way. If that isn't your cup of tea, I'd recommend avoiding this one.

In general the various lives which the characters lived were shown in a very brief way, which left me with a perception of various unfinished
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Suzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing ...more

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