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The Transcend Time Saga is a fantastic story and journey for characters and readers. Remembrance is the first book, and oh my goodness, I have goosebumps just thinking about the tale. Michelle Madow is a familiar author to me, and she has a knack for her craft. Lizzie Davenport and Drew Carmichael are the perfect match. As Lizzie slowly remembers her past life, and memories of Drew flood her mind, it is so beautifully put how everything falls into place.
Andrea Emmes is familiar to me. I've listened to quite a few of her narrations and loved them. She portrays Lizzie in a way that I did not find myself while reading the book prior to listening to the narration. Andrea has a wonderful voice and I always want to meet the characters she narrates because they feel real to me. She is definitely a great match to Michelle's writing. Loved it.
Second installment to The Transcend Saga, and it had me going for a moment. Mainly because I was so annoyed with Drew's ex-girlfriend, Chelsea. I mean, I think I could sympathize with her. She lost her boyfriend. She's back with a vengeance. Hence the title. Chelsea is pissed off. I guess I would be too, but because I fell in love with Drew and Lizzie in the first book, I'm a bit partial to them. Chelsea is not terrible, the entire story works and gets you animated. Michelle Madow has skills!And again, Andrea Emmes. It's cool how she can narrate a different character and still be within the same parameters of a story. Because, Vengeance follows a slightly different situation, but is still within the same aspect of magical realism, time travel. She's amazing at what she does.
Third and final book in the Transcend Saga.
In the second book, Chelsea returned Fate to it's original course. This book returns to Lizzie's POV, and everything is okay at first, until the change takes place. So, her relationship with Drew is no more. Everything is out of whack and it makes you not like Chelsea again.
The audio had me going crazy. It is always a different experience to listen to a story being read to you. Rather when you are reading it yourself. Which is fantastic. This audiobook is fantastic. If you haven't listened or read it yet, get on it!
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Remembrance review -
I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed the mystery - waiting to find out what was going to happen with Drew and Lizzie, as well as waiting to find out what happened with them before. I loved the concept of a past life, especially the way Michelle Madow wove it into Pride and Prejudice (one of my favorite Jane Austen novels). Of course, it's the first in the series so I was left grabbing for more at the end (and had to hastily pause my audiobook before it continued to Vengeance so that I could process the mass of content from book 1).
Okay, characters . . .
Chelsea - You know, for someone who is supposed to be Lizzie's best friend, she spends so much time focused on herself. It's always "hey Lizzie, look at me and Drew" or "me, me, me". Both Chelsea and Jeremy go on and on about Lizzie changing once the school year starts (and Drew shows up), but neither one of them seem to notice anything other than how it affects them.
Jeremy - what a douchy loser. I hated his character. He was so needy when things would go rough and so self-centered and conceited when they were good. Maybe he's a typical jock, I don't know. But I just didn't like his character at all. I think it was more than jock-y-ness. I, personally, don't want to see too much of him in the other two books.
Lizzie - I really enjoyed her character, and not just because she's the main character. She tried to do the decent thing (when Chelsea started dating Drew) and kept her feelings for him as hidden as she could . . . not that Chelsea paid her any attention. I definitely saw her character growing throughout the book, embracing her past life and everything that happened with Drew.
Alistair - oh, he was my favorite character, by far! The narration portrayed him perfectly and I just loved him! You could tell from the first time Lizzie meats him that there's something he's not telling her. And his character just gets more entertaining with each encounter!
Narration - oh, it was done perfectly! Andrea Emmes did a great job! I loved how she was able to change her voice just enough that you really didn't have trouble distinguishing between characters. And it was consistent - if she changed her voice once, it was always like that for a certain character. Her pacing was great and with the narration, on top of the story, I really enjoyed this book!
Vengeance review -
Let me start by saying that I am 100% NOT on Team Chelsea. And if it’s possible, this book made me hate her even more. Do you know what I heard every time Chelsea opened her mouth? Jan Brady. Yes, that’s right . . . “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” She is a jealous, vengeful, whiny little snot! Oh, and I know they’re both supposed to be guides and all, but Alistair is far less creepy than Shannon’s great aunt! And, if we’re going to call a spade a spade, I’m still trying to figure out what Shannon’s angle is – she’s just as manipulative as Chelsea is turning out to be!
So, she goes to see Shannon’s great aunt to figure out how to get Drew back. Well, in the old timeline, Lizzie dies so Drew and Catherine end up getting married. All Chelsea sees from Madam Creepy Guide is that she ends up marrying Drew. So, Chelsea does this little spell to make things turn out the way they did last time. There’s just one little catch that she doesn’t think of – for that to work, Lizzie has to die! I know Chelsea is conceited and self-centered and whiny and so many other things but is she really evil on top of it? Does she really want her best friend DEAD?
Chelsea has made it onto my list of Favorite Characters You Love to Hate! So don’t get me wrong – just because I hate Chelsea doesn’t at all mean I hate the book. I absolutely loved this one (well, not as much as the Lizzie centered ones but still, very much love here!). The writing and narration were excellent. Michelle Madow did a great job creating Chelsea to be such a hate-able character and I loved how Andrea Emmes portrayed Shannon’s creepy great aunt. Gave me chills!
Timeless review -
In Remembrance, I thought Chelsea was a pretty whiny, cruddy friend. In Vengeance, I was 100% NOT Team Chelsea. Now, thanks to Chelsea and her short-sighted selfishness, the three of them have to go back in time to stop Lizzie’s past self from dying an untimely death. Way to go, Chelsea.
I still don’t like Chelsea.
This book was written just as well as the other two. I enjoyed the characters . . . well, most of them. Still NOT Team Chelsea. I loved the time travel addition to this book, as it gave a whole new level to this world. And with plot twists thrown in that I really didn’t expect, this book wrapped up the trilogy perfectly. I assumed they would just make Chelsea undo the spell and that would be it. Nope. No easy cop-out. It almost read like an old murder mystery, with the suspense and suspicion.
I was glad that I read Black Bird of the Gallows a while back because the book starts out with Lizzie being attacked and followed by crows. Harbingers of death. Omens of very bad things to come. Yep, all Chelsea’s fault.
Timeless was a great conclusion to the trilogy, wrapping up all loose ends well. And the narration – Andrea Emmes did a fantastic job again! I love the way she changes her voice for the different characters and this book was definitely fun because a big part of it was set in England. Very entertaining by both author and narrator!
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