I just finished reading My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares for a Crazy Book Tour.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.
Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.
I liked the premise of this book. That true love will always find each other, through every lifetime. But I not sure about the actual book. I just didn't connect with any of the characters.
First of all, I didn't really care for Lucy. She was not the tad bit interesting to me. Sort of boring. And I guess I liked Daniel. I liked that he loved Lucy (Sophia) so much that he spent eternity looking for her. But I wasn't crazy about him.
There were lots of flashbacks in the story and maybe that's partly why I didn't really enjoy it that much. I guess they were kind of historical in nature (and I don't like historical fiction). Oh well, I can't like every book. Not that I disliked it. It was just a book that read, nothing to rave about.
I gave the book a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 16
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 14
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Crazy Book Tours.