Chasing Memories (Tala Prophecy, #1)by Published 10 Oct 2019
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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.
Chasing Memories (Tala Prophecy, #1) Reviews
The author did an amazing job on this book. I loved it. The characters were great and I loved Nana. Can't wait to see what happens next! *scurries of to buy the sequel*
Chasing Memories was a heart-pounding and suspenseful read. It surprised me in so many ways and for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out where the story was headed. Fans of YA paranormal reads will really enjoy this book!
I had a love/hate relationship with Reagan. Sometimes, I wished I had the ability to reach into books and shake some sense into characters. However, she was a very realistic teen character and I thought the author portrayed the thoughts and dialogues of teens in a very honest way. Her emotions were up and down, but she was still a sympathetic character.
The plot started off with plenty of action as Reagan and her brother are attacked at their campsite. Reagan survives, but her brother is presumed dead. Reagan has nightmares about the attack, but never fully remembers what took place. The book follows Reagan as she tries to unravel the mystery and also as she’s introduced to the world of the paranormal—most notably werewolves and witches.
Reagan has two love interests: Dex and Rafe. Unfortunately, both came across as psychopaths. Dex only wants to use her sexually and Rafe is a creeper who tries to get her drunk and lure her out into the woods. Luckily enough, a new guy made an appearance in the third act and it sounds like he’s a much better match.
The pacing was good and I finished the book quickly. The only complaint I have is that I wished the end resolved more. However, it is a series and I do plan to read the next one.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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Reagan loves anything paranormal, with young adult books being her favourite, but never did she imagine she'd end up in one. When Reagan wakes up after a family camping trip she discovers that everything has gone wrong, her brother, Sam, is missing and presumed dead and she was attacked, leaving her arm and back scarred. But that isn't all, Reagan keeps having dreams of that night, each revealing a little more than the last, and each containing a wolf, which she starts to talk to. Back at home she and her boyfriend, Dex, split up because she didn't want to have sex with him and she goes on a few dates with the mysterious new boy, Rafe. Relationships in her house are strained after the death of her brother, Reagan and her mother are constantly at odds, her Dad is MIA most of the time, and her Nana seems to be the only one that can help her, except her Mom is against the idea. Reagan needs answers, but she doesn't seem to be getting them, in fact all anyone seems to do is to give her pills and think she is mad.
I was pleasantly surprised by Chasing Memories, I'm not too sure what I was expecting but I don't think it was that! I really enjoyed the story, though I didn't want it to end so soon!
The main focus of the story, I would say, is Reagan's self discovery and her acceptance of who she is, which is also something that her Mom needs to work on in her opinion. It was interesting that, though a lot of the other characters thought that Reagan was mad, and a lot of the text could be read as she was mad, as a reader there was no doubt in your mind that there was something else going on. And in fact, I think I worked out what was going on quite a while even before Reagan did! Then again there were still gaps in her memory even at the end.
I liked the fact that in Chasing Memories was that Reagan was a normal teenage girl, as opposed to the loners you normally get as main characters in young adult paranormal fiction, I'm not saying that is a bad thing, it is just the norm. In contrast, Reagan was popular, she was a cheerleader, had a boyfriend, even went on dates after breaking up with her boyfriend. It just seemed more, real, for a teenage girl that is anyway. I also liked the fact that Reagan was interested in books, and read a lot, it really meant that I could relate to her (and I suspect a lot of people could!).
I found that the style of writing in Chasing Memories was really easy to read and it really kept me turning the pages, I didn't really want to put it down! Though action wise not too much happened, and I would say this is more of a psychological book than an action one, there was still a lot to keep you reading, namely seeing how long it took Reagan to figure out what had happened, and to find out the deal behind Rafe and his family. In fact I still want to know the deal with Rafe and his family!!
I also really liked that the name of the series, the Tala Prophecies, was linked into the story, when Rowan mentioned Tala. I'm going to say this again, and I know I say this about a lot of books, but this really is a gem that is worth discovering!
When Reagan and her family go to Yellowstone on a family trip, the worst possible thing happens. Sam is taken away, possibly dead and Reagan is severely injured with little memory as to what happened that night. With her nightmares becoming worse, she tries to put the pieces of that night back together but her mom wants to keep her on the medicine which only makes matters worse. Who can she trust? The voices in her head, the new boy in school Rafe and his family, her parents, or the one in her dream? Find out in this amazing first story from the Tala Prophecy!
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. FOUR moons out of FIVE!
I received this book to review from Bit'N Book Promoters. Thanks Tia!