Remember Me by Amaleen Ison

Remember Me by Amaleen Ison
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (46 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Sera isn’t living. She’s existing—barely. Bedbound by illness, she has no memory of life before the freezing barn she now calls home. A mournful song haunts her dreams and hints at a past not completely buried—one she’s desperate to uncover. Yet Father’s whirlwind visits to draw blood and administer medication don’t provide answers. He only confirms the one thing she already knows; she’s dying.

A lonely death without ever knowing her past seems inevitable until a sudden, mystifying return to health coincides with the arrival of a boy in the opposite out-building. The inextricable pull to the stranger, and the broken memories that storm her mind when he’s near, warn of a history quite different to any she could have imagined. If she’s to uncover the truth she craves, she’ll have to decide whether knowledge of the past is worth forfeiting her second chance at life.

Sera can’t unravel the mysterious origins of the boy who arrives at her father’s farm one day without first remembering what her life was like before she got sick. The problem is that nothing she’s tried so far seems to be working.

In less a paragraph I felt as if I had tumbled into Sera’s blurry mind. Her initial confusion spurred me to formulate a half dozen theories about what might have happened to her, and even after I was fairly certain that I’d figured out her mystery I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the page as she discovers it for herself. Ms. Ison’s descriptions of the dilapidated, freezing cold barn Sera has lived in for as long as she can remember were so vivid I had to bury my toes under the comforter as I kept reading.

It was little too easy to predict what had actually happened to Sera, but this is a minor criticism of an otherwise unforgettable tale. It would have been extremely difficult to change this without deleting the most achingly beautiful scenes in the plot. The author made the right decision in providing these clues because the passages they were embedded in played in major role in what earned this book such a high rating.

I was surprised, though, by how Sera reacts once she begins to find answers to her questions. Her response adds depth to her character and it helped me empathize with her conflicting emotions even more than I did earlier on in her journey. Some of these experiences prompted the 14+ rating as they may prove to be slightly too intense for younger readers.

Remember Me is a wild ride. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories that effortlessly swirl several different genres together into a well-written, imaginative adventure.

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