Review-Reminiscence by C. Marie Mosley

Title: Reminiscence
Author: C. Marie
Publisher: Smashwords
Publication Date: May 30, 2012
Source: e-copy from Author

From Goodreads

Can someone’s entire life – the only one they have ever known – be a complete lie? The truth is out … and Coralie Collier is about the find just what lies within that truth – the truth about herself, the truth about her heritage, and the truth about her purpose …
In Reminiscence, lies a story of a natural born heroine, Coralie Collier — she just doesn’t know it yet. Coralie lives a simple, almost boring life, that is, until things in her life start to get interesting. Outlandish dreams, bizarre and dangerous encounters, and missing pieces to her memory, are all incredibly important fragmented clues that could help Coralie in finding out her true identity. Along with these clues, and the help of an old family friend, maybe there is a chance for Coralie to find out what is going on around her before it’s too late … and her true purpose has been compromised. All of the characters’ lives within the story swirl around her – and they all know the truth – the truth about the lives they were all born to live… Could there be more to her life than she ever knew? Could there really be more to her surroundings than meets the eye?
Get drawn into Coralie’s world and explorations as she attempts to discover what secrets are hidden in her past and what journeys are in store for her future.

When I was first approached by C. Marie Mosley to review Reminiscence I was pretty excited. The story sounded pretty great and the prologue set me up for a great story. There was a mysterious man who could feel the emotions of a girl he was supposed to be protecting. I was ready for an epic story about a stranger swooping in and protecting a girl who then realizes she possesses her own incredible strength. The general storyline was there but unfortunately this book was just a miss for me.
There were a few things in the story that I just couldn’t get past. I’ll start with the least important first. The main boy-toy of the story has been bestowed with the name Courtland, Court for short. Names are really important to me in stories and they can tell a lot about the character. Every time I saw that name I cringed. I could not get over it.
The next issue that I had was the extreme overuse of ellipsis. It was completely overdone and very distracting from the text and story as a whole.
Pacing was probably the biggest issue for me. It. Dragged. On. And. On. Like I said before the basic storyline is really interesting but I wanted to see more of it. In the opening of the story there is a really cool scene that I enjoyed..and then it stopped. There was a lot of talk and … happening but no actual actions.
I was not a fan of Coralie, my one wish for her was that she was a stronger character. I don’t like reading novel’s where the female lead is weak and overall “Bella-like”. I really wish that Coralie would have stood up for herself and took control of her life! I felt like she spent way too much time wallowing about things she doesn’t understand instead of standing up and deciding her own fate. I understand that it wasn’t not all her fault to blame for her lack of knowledge, I blame her parents for most of that, but I wish she would have done something.
For all of the words that I read in this book I left with a sense of loss. I can see so much potential in this book but it just didn’t strike me. I looked online to provide you with a higher star review to show you that this is just my opinion and others have theirs too! Check out this 4.5 star review at Book Passion For Life: The Reviewing Corner

I would really like to point out that C. Marie Mosley is not a bad writer. This book was just not for me as it is now. Like I have said before I really love the overall storyline and I am open to checking out the sequel if it doesn’t have the same problems as I had with the first.

I feel like I cannot stress enough how much a person’s feelings towards a book are completely their own. While I found a lot of things in Reminiscence that I did not enjoy, like the review above you all have the opportunity to read and form your own opinion on this novel.