4/5 stars – from the beautiful setting to the vibrant characters to the creepy hallucinations, every part of Remember Me came together to create a spectacular, atmospheric book that begs to be read in one sitting
Title: Remember Me
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal/Romance
Synopsis: “Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls–and most horrifying of all–visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea.
Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.”
“To choose love.
Again, and again.
To choose love.”Chelsea Bobulski, Remember Me
I bought this book last year around October. I always find myself buying spooky reads for Halloween, but this was one of the few I didn’t actually read last Halloween and idk why but I was just feeling it the other day, so I finally read it! It was definitely not what I was expecting
(AT ALL) when I first started it, but I actually really really enjoyed it!
This was a beautiful book, from the eloquent writing to the wondrous setting to the final page. Honestly, it was just beautiful (well.. Aside from the nightmares and creepy hallucinations and the blood and tragedy of course.. *crickets*). The writing style was first person present time and had alternating chapters between Lea in 1907 and Nell in 2019. I’m usually a bit skeptical about books that do this but Remember Me was so well done I don’t think any other way would have told the story properly. And props to the author for nailing the language and separate identities of the two girls, they had such distinct voices telling their stories and I really enjoyed both the perspectives (yes, you read that right. I ENJOYED TWO ALTERNATING PERSPECTIVES).
My absolute favourite part of this book by far was the setting. Particularly in the 1907 chapters. The way the author described the hotel and the island and then how it had changed through the years was just so well done, I could so clearly picture it in my mind and I wish I could visit the Grand myself, but alas, I have fallen in love with something that doesn’t exist. Again. What a surprise.
The characters were good, but they weren’t the best part of this book for me personally. The ones from 1907 funnily enough felt more real to me than the 2019 ones did. Each one was just so well developed and had such striking personalities that the present day characters just felt a little underwhelming after that (but I still liked them, don’t get me wrong!).
The book was a little too insta-love for me (I always have a problem with this with reincarnation type books *cough* LOOKING AT YOU FALLEN SERIES *cough*), but it was the characters’ first meeting in 1907 and like falling completely in love by day two that had me a little wary. There was just enough enemies-to-lovers action of the characters’ meeting in 2019 to salvage the romance aspect for me though (thank God, cause this book was centred around the love story).
It was not nearly as creepy as I was kind of hoping it would be. It definitely had its moments, although the creepy hallucinations at the start felt kind of awkward tbh. By the end though I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down! This book definitely leans more towards the romance genre than the horror or thriller genres. I’d describe it as a YA romance/mystery I think.
The ending was great! I really loved how the plot got wrapped up and the epilogue just made me so dang happy. I honestly could have cried. It was the ending I was hoping for and it was well and truly delivered!
I’d definitely recommend this novel for anyone that likes those reincarnation love story type books and if you’re looking to dip your toes in the scary/horror pool but don’t want nightmares for four years then this is perfect!
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