a trip down memory lane for myself

Remember Me – Christopher Pike

Murder, mystery, ghosts, paranormal, young adult, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Shari is living the best out of her teenage life as a senior with a month left until graduation. All that is taken away when she wakes up to finding out she is dead. Someone murdered her and she doesn’t want the world to see her as suicidal when it was homicide. She unravels her own murder as well as some shocking dark truth.

I had read this book so many times in middle school. I love this trope and can’t get tired of this trope. I had to reread this book once more as an adult to fully appreciate Pike’s writing style. This was nicely paced and the bread crumbs of information never felt too forced nor felt out of place. Everything pieced together as the plot continued. The characters are always interesting as well as the interactions with other characters. I will have to read the two other books in this series and review them because they deserve some love and attention. However, this book is hard to find because this novel is rather old, but I got my copy at thrift books. This was not sponsored but I recommend shopping at thrift books. I might do a review of the thrift books website knowing that I am not sponsored but the website is incredible.

A Cursed Hotel..

Remember Me – Chelsea Bobulski

Young adult, horror, ghosts, past, present, curse, fiction.

Rating 9/10

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.