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This is possibly the best book I have read so far this year. It literally blew me away in its awesomeness.
The main driving force of this story and the thing I loved the most about it is Daniel's ongoing love for Lucy a soul he keeps finding time and time again in the many different lives he has lived. The love he had for came across throughout the book beautifully. It really made you think about the whole concept of soul mates as they seemed destined for each despite the various circumstances they were in, in the different lives they were born into.
I really enjoyed the idea reincarnation used as the book's premise. I loved the idea that Daniel could remember all of his lives and enjoyed the chapters where he went back to explain his different lives and what he and Lucy/Sophia had been through. I liked the idea that he picked up something (be a language or a skill) with every life and carried them through to the next one. I loved the idea that he kept associating with the same souls time and time again (not just Lucy).
I must admit that I saw the twist coming but it didn't make it any less thrilling to read. There was no way anyone was prising the book out of my hands at this point as I was desperate to know what happened.
The only thing I didn't like is the way the book ended as it seemed to cut short. I am hoping that this means there will be an equally superb sequel as I really want to sees what happens next (in his life or beyond) with Daniel and Lucy.
To sum up a fantastic book, beautifully written, totally engaging with an intellident and gorgeous storyline.
I rarely write a review on good books but this one is an exception I feel must be said. This book really does make you wonder whether the whole theory of regression and reincarnations is possible. The author is very articulate in describing human feelings and emotions, it's almost a pity that the book is titled the way it is.
The book takes us on a journey which mostly told by the perception of Daniel and most of the times felt like it is the diary of Daniel or as if he wrote his life(s) history for the world to discover. It switch back and forth to Lucy's thoughts too but somehow it always manage to stay a step away from being intimate. Lucy's voice in the book is more about her confusion and journey to explore her thoughts about Daniel, however nearing to the end they meet and the book present one cohesive voice.
By the way, this story better have a follow up as it would be too cruel for the fans of the book, ie; my self, to be left hanging like that! Read it with an open mind and you will be taken in to a journey of incredible human spirits evolution that not too many people dare to venture in to. Throughly amazing!!! I wonder who my name was on my recent past life?!
This book is not what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting some cliche, teen romance with all the love/hate, love triangle scenarios that are so often found in this genre lately but it completely took me by surprise. I found it a little slow to start, but I soon became lost in it. I found parts of it profoundly sad and heart breaking, but beautifully so. I also found my new favourite life quote inside this book's pages: "Love who you love while you have them. It's all you can do".
I haven't yet finished this book but I already know it's going to be one of my all time favourites. If you liked the Time Travellers Wife, The Lovely Bones or Ronlyn Domingue's The Mercy of Thin Air, you will love this. Very well written and out of the ordinary. A love story with a difference. My only concern is that I've read reviews that the ending leaves you hanging and that there's no sequel, so I'm writing this while I'm enjoying it, and possibly before I become impossibly frustrated!
This was like nothing I had ever read before and I genuinely relished every page. It is extremely well written and the author exemplifies a great deal of research in beautifully describing the chronology of how the characters encounter one another in their life/ lives.
Un libro que leí prestado y que terminé comprándome porque es una de las historias más bonitas que he leído. Puedo leer en inglés y lo disfruto, pero una pena que no haya sido traducido. A ver si hacen la película!!!! Ann Brashares es una de mis autoras favoritas.