Remember Me – Chelsea Bobulski
Young adult, horror, ghosts, past, present, curse, fiction.
Nell had moved to the Winslow Grand Hotel and plans to stay due to her father’s new job. Nell was recovering from a traumatic experience and thinks her post traumatic stress disorder is causing her to see things happening in the hotel. Aurelea or Lea, for short, comes to the same hotel centuries before Nell to get married in an arranged marriage to get better financial stability. Lea doesn’t like her husband to be and wishes to get out of this arranged marriage. Both Nell and Lea interact with this mysterious boy with a chilling history, his name is Alec. Alec first fell in love with Lea and somehow history is repeating itself. Alec finds out that there is a curse that was put on both where whenever iteration of Lea arrives at the hotel, she can’t ever leave after entering and Alec is stuck there permanently. Alec tells this to Lea and Lea is in disbelief. Until she remembers her past lives. They race to break the curse.
I found this novel at first slow and boring but then the plot thickened deeply. I enjoyed reading this young adult novel. Sometimes YA novels are good or bad, this one was good. The alternating perspectives between the past version and the present version is something I hadn’t read before. Bobulski made the form work with the plot and made the story more sinister in the end.