Author: Sarah Guillory
About: Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.
All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.
Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.
Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you
My Thoughts: Um, WOW! This book made my expectations look pitiful indeed! I started out liking the book. As things progressed, I wasn’t as happy with it because I found myself hating most of the characters – especially Luke and Jenna, and more her than him. (How selfish can you get?) But then I was blindsided completely by something later in the book … and, yeah, suddenly I didn’t hate the characters. Knowing the full story (not the whole story in the book, but the whole backstory, I suppose) made all the difference. I no longer hated the characters. I no longer was ready to smack someone. I was stricken, and pulled into this book immediately. (Now, don’t think this means the book before then was bad; it’s not. It’s very good and well-written. I wanted to like the characters, but Jenna especially got on my nerves. More on that in a bit.) From this point on, I couldn’t read fast enough!
So, about the characters. I started out really liking Jenna and Ian. I was very sympathetic to Ian, felt so bad for him! And then Jenna met Luke, and I hated him instantly – what kind of guy goes for his twin’s girlfriend (or, perhaps love interest is a better term)? And as he and Jenna spent more and more time together – and she didn’t stop seeing Ian either – I started hating her. As I said above, how selfish can you get? And, yes, I also didn’t like Jenna’s mom – and that whole situation was partly why I felt like I wanted to like Jenna even though it became increasingly difficult. Mops? Awesome! Anyway, back to the teens … Suddenly I’m shocked – and suddenly I don’t hate anyone (except maybe Jenna’s mom) anymore. Jenna is off the hook. Luke is off the hook. And I found myself pulling for the two of them!
The blindsiding? Yeah, OK, in retrospect there were hints. Hints I didn’t catch until I thought about it later. They are very subtle hints. This is one of those books I might have to read again simply to see where the foreshadowing I missed is hidden!
There are parts of this book toward the end that reminded me of another book I’ve read somewhat recently. Unfortunately, just the mention of which book would act as a spoiler. If you want to know, comment and I’ll email you about it – or PM me on Facebook or Twitter. Those parts were very, very well done.
Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory is an excellent, well-written book that I would highly recommend to just about anyone – that’s how much I liked it!
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: Reclaimed is scheduled for release around October 15, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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