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Sunday, June 13, 2010
My Name Is Memory
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
From the back of the book:
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia have been drawn together- and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory," the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn apart. A love always too short.
But as Sophia (reborn as "Lucy") finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always wrenched tham apart reappears. Ultimately, they must recognize what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
I haven't read many time travel books but as soon as I started reading this one I was instantly hooked. The book goes back and forth between Daniel's lives in the past and Lucy/Sophia's life in the present. They both live many different lives during the course of the book. Daniel is aware of his past lives while Lucy/Sophia is not. That is until the day Lucy visits a psychic and she begins to question what may have happened in the past. Every time Daniel finds Sophia something tragic happens and they are once again separated, usually by one of them dying. I loved the travel through time and history as the story of the two unfolds. The book takes place during some very interesting times in history. Some that I didn't know much about. I have to admit that at first I was not very thrilled with the ending. In fact I went right to the computer and found out this is the first book of a triology. Whew! Had there not been more books coming I would have been a bit upset with the cliffhanger ending. This book was both heartbreaking and heartwarming and I can't wait to read the next two installments! The book raises the question does true love ever die?
I give this book 5 stars.
I received this book courtesy of Riverhead Books for review.