Book Review: Chasing Memories

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Title: Chasing Memories

Tala Prophecy Book One

Author: Tia Silverthrone Bach

Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

 

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.

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Chasing Memories follows a young girl by the name of Raegan whose life resembles a typical teenager. She has a boyfriend that she’s not too fond of but everyone else loves and two best friends that share everything between each other. There’s also a mother that tries her hardest to fit in with the young crowd, a father that loves hunting and a brother…that we don’t really get to know. However, everything changes for the worse when her father plans a family trip to Yellowstone.

It’s there that the story truly begins when Raegan and her family are attacked by some animal leaving her in the hospital and her brother Sam missing, presumed dead. It’s everything following the deadly trip that leaves her second guessing her sanity.

After the attack, she grows distant to the people around her. All except her grandmother, which she becomes very close to, almost dependent on. Her boyfriend in the beginning of the book gets replaced with a boy she barely knows who later in the story attacks her. Why? We don’t find out all the details why in this book, but I’m hoping in the sequel (Chasing Shadows) questions that arise in Chasing Memories will be answered in.

Boyfriends come and go but family is forever and Reagan’s family is as cryptic and not very understanding as one can get. Her mother and grandmother, her mother’s mother don’t get along due to different beliefs. Which is where Reagan finds out she’s a witch –well Wiccan- by her grandmother. She’s stuck between her grandmother who wants to help her cope with this traumatic event whereas her mother just wants to shove pills down Reagan’s throat…which is said multiple times –a lot of times-throughout the story. Her mother wants nothing to do with her Wiccan blood and refuses to let Reagan rely on it either. However, Reagan needs her witch blood to help her through what’s happening to her.

Reagan starts to experience dreams of that horrific night that a wolf with golden eyes occupies. She begins to get overbearing feelings of lust along with fits of rage for no apparent reason. Her mother sees only one way of helping her daughter and that’s to see a shrink, but when she admits to being attacked by a wolf instead of a bear like the reports claimed, she gets questionable stares. Matters get worse when she admits to hearing her brother’s voice in her head, her brother who has been resumed dead.

There’s only one place someone ends up after expressing irrational behavior and hearing voices that belong to supposed dead people, a mental hospital. But an unlikely savor comes to help her escape, to help her understand what’s happening to her since the only person that was trying to help her, her grandmother, was sent away by her mother.
The character development is well written and is very realistic given the story is pure fiction with elements of the supernatural. There was a lot of name dropping of popular novels that you’d find in bookstores, but then I had to remind myself that the story follows a young girl that’s not even eighteen yet.

I admit I didn’t like her mother being called mom or grandmother called nana throughout the story that’s written in third person. It felt awkward to be reading the story from someone else’s point of view and calling a character mom or nana. If it would’ve been in Reagan’s perspective than by all means call them that, but I feel like their actual names would’ve been better to develop their character on a personal level. In one of the final chapters Reagan’s mother was called by her name, but from her being referred to as mom the whole book when I read her actual name, I had to really think about who was talking.

As for romance through the story there’s teen love and there’s even an attraction to a complete stranger that we don’t really get to know that well, which leaves me trying to remember who he is and if I remember correctly I can’t help but to think he’s too old for her. But overall the relationships that Reagan has between friends –male and female- and family is well written and allows you to understand Reagan’s emotions well.

In conclusion, there’s much more I’m sure I’m missing, but I can’t tell you all the goods can I? No. The story leaves you wanting more and having you ask yourself question after question as to what’s going to happen to Reagan and how does everything fit together.
Even though I had some criticisms about the story, I really can’t find anything truly wrong with it. It was an enjoyable read that had a great plot full of mystery. The storyline is great for any supernatural lover and Reagan as a character is very relatable.

4 STARS

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