Oh lambies. It is book review time, but this is a really great YA novel that I'm almost positive you'll love just as much as I did. So much so that you will audibly scream, "Where's the effing sequel?!" because oh yes, it ends with a major cliff hanger.
Chasing Memories - Tia Silverthorne
There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…
Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.
Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.
Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?
Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.
I will tell you right up front that this book feels very much a cross between the Shiver series and the Beautiful Creatures series. The story is about Reagan who loses her brother in a really horrific accident though his body is never found. This accident seems like the catalyst of her breaking up with her boyfriend, her learning more about her Wiccan relatives, and her crumbling relationship with her parents. There's something wrong with her but she doesn't know what it is and all she's getting is a vague runaround from everyone who seems to know but can't come right out and tell her.
What I really loved about this book is Reagan isn't a wussy. She's angry and rightfully so, she's skeptical, but she's also trying really hard to figure out what's actually going on. In the meantime, she's learning more about her mother, there's drama between mom and grandma, Dad is MIA, brother is presumably dead, she's got a hottie named Rafe who seems sketchy and has a really creepy family and then there's Rowan and you just don't know WHAT to think. I mean, I can understand why the girl is confused and torn on what she should do.
Fortunately, her presumably dead brother Sam's voice rings in her head and helps her out of situations. So there's that.
Overall I really liked this book a lot. It was fast paced, it kept you going, you kept discovering new pieces to the larger puzzle and it ends in a bang. And then leaves you. It leaves you frantically searching for a sequel and I can't find one this is my very public plea- GIVE US THE NEXT BOOK. The problem with books that have sequels is that the sequels are never readily available unless they have been out for awhile. It leaves me with a case of the sads.
Where is Reagan going? Is Rowan a good guy? Because I really hope so, he gives her the flutters whereas Rafe made her puke. If a guy makes you puke, it's usually a bad sign.
So yes- you need to check this book out. This was a great book to have on my Nook and pull out when I was waiting and/or bored somewhere. Finished this thing in no time. Here is the Kindle, Amazon paperback and Barnes & Noble paperback links. Definitely a book to check out!