This box set includes all three parts of The Transcend Time Saga. They're reincarnated soulmates. So why is he pushing her away? Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England...but she doesn't know it until she meets her soulmate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return. When Drew Carmichael moves to Lizzie's town, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. She knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but that gets harder and harder as memories of her past life return. And the more Lizzie remembers, the more she's determined to unravel the mysteries of the past...no matter how deadly those secrets might be.
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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!
Narrator Review . . . Andrea Emmes’ voice was the anchor I was looking for. She gave cadence a new view. I enjoyed how she carried each character forward with the characterization she gave each one. Cadence, pitch, clarity all carried forward with the change in the speed. The audio was smooth and quick.
REMEMBRANCE (The Transcend Time Saga, #1) . . . I fell in love with the evolving aspect of the relationships her. We are in a world where relationships grow and flourish, some grow and the drift apart. There characters had depth. There was no one dimensional characters. Lizzie was a complex person. High school has a way of making you feel like you are all alone in the world, even when you have friends. The was much to this YA that you really needed to pay attention to what was going on and to whom. There was a cast of characters to latch on to including but not limited to Lizzie, Jeremy, Drew, Keelie, Chelsea, Amber, Shannon, and other. This was high school. Or was it. Things for Lizzie begin to change and flow. There are things that I don’t like about this read. Falling for your friend’s boyfriend, wanting another while you are with someone else, but these things happen in teen life and it carries through her with the same bout of accuracy. The flashbacks are the interesting points of Lizzie and Drew’s relationship. I found the past more interesting than the present. Time-transference, historical, high school, romance, love, reincarnation, repetition.
VENGEANCE (The Transcend Time Saga, #1.5) . . . This was a very quick look at Chelsea's view of things. We spend a lot of time within Chelsea's thoughts and her trying to cope with what is happening around her. Her exs, best friends (Lizzie) and boyfriends (Drew). Her dealing with what see feels is a betrayal.
TIMELESS (The Transcend Time Saga, #2) . . . Final installment in the Transcend Time Saga filled with young adult angst, drama, foolishness, and more. I was not so forgiving of Chelsea as Lizzie and Drew were. I found it hard to trust her or her motives in all dealings with her. There was more connection to the events of the past in this one than in the other two. There were some things during the read that I found fault with but they worked for the story. This was not a long drawn out read. This read matched the simplicity of the first two and there for left you feeling like things could have went in different ways. This was a way for new comers to YA fantasy to get their feet wet. It was not over the top nor was it scrapping bottom. The series as a whole makes more sense when put all together for a smoother cohesive read.