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Guest Review: The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch

Posted March 8, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn ScotchReviewer: Tracy
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Genres: Women's Fiction
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two-stars

She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the hospital with no memory of it, or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. Although Nell can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t sit right with the versions of her history given by her mother, her sister, and her husband.

Desperate for a key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

So Nell wakes up in a hospital and has no idea who she is. She is one of two survivors of a plane crash that killed 152 people. She meets a woman who says she’s her mother and a man who says he’s her husband but she doesn’t recognize them. She meets a stream of people including her sister, her best friend and the other survivor (who was sitting next to her on the plane) with no recognition.

After a month of hospitalization Nell heads home. The person that she’s told she is is not who she wants to be. She hears about a drab, controlling, serious woman when she feels like she should be a colorful, happy and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of woman. All she has to go on with regard to her past is what her family tells her. She relies on them but soon finds out that what they’ve told her are only half-truths and some flat out lies. She tries to rely on a reporter that she met who will trade interviews for any information he can dig up on her past and even that doesn’t go well.

Nell is obsessed with her father who she finds out is a recluse. He left when Nell was just 13 and though she can’t remember him she’s positive that learning about him, his life and their relationship is key to regaining her memory.

I really loved the blurb in this one. I have to say that I usually love amnesia stories but this one, while it started off well for me, went downhill and kind of stayed there.

Nell’s family, friends and husband are the ones that she’s relying on for information and let me tell you they are the most dysfunctional people on the planet! I disliked all of them almost from the minute I met them on page and that didn’t change throughout the book. I did like Anderson who was her fellow crash survivor but even he had his issues.

The story is a journey for Nell and what she discovers about herself and her past. Unfortunately the book was very slow with not much happening. I know it’s a journey but imho the story could have been AT LEAST 150 pages shorter, if not more.

Nell eventually figures out who she is and remembers her life but the end is not a HEA for her. It was more of a shedding the old and bringing in the new – with an undecided outcome as she planned to make a huge career change – but it truly didn’t seem to bring her happiness and frankly I found it a bit depressing. In the end it was just an ok read for me and I can’t say I’d recommend it.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars


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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 4, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 3 Comments

Well it’s another day in the neighborhood! I don’t know about you but I do not look forward to Monday mornings. lol They are a pain in my ass in many ways and of course it’s always hard to get back to work after having a couple of days off. 

My week was pretty boring until Saturday when my oldest daughter and I drove out and spent the day with Holly and Princess Bowie. We had a great time talking books and of course my daughter loved playing with Bowie (who is just incredibly stinking adorable!!). The day went too fast and it just never seems like enough whenever I visit, but it was a ton of fun.

Anyway, on to what I read:

I started off the week with Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride. The story is about a werewolf and vampire who fall in love but can’t be together. Both men know that they can’t stay together but they long for each other. It was really good and I very much liked the story. You can read my review here. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was the second story in the Arcada series, Silver/Steel by Belinda McBride. This one was completely different but just as good as book 1. In this story there’s Travis who is a were and he has his self-esteem issues and then there’s a Fae, Dylan, who at first uses Travis but then falls in love. You can read my full review here. 4.25 out of 5   

My next book was The Geek Girl and The Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm. This story is about Jamie who is from 2012 but gets sucked into a time portal and ends up in 1816. She is in an Earl’s house and was deliberately brought there by a witch who saw that she was the Earl’s soul mate. The story is about Jamie trying to adjust to 1816, deciding if she wants to head to her time and the Earl dealing with not only his feelings for Jamie but also his duty and a vindictive ex-mistress. The book was pretty darned funny I enjoyed reading it. I did think the Earl went a little nutty near the end but it all turned out well. 3.75 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey was a complete surprise for me. The story is about a pre-med student who is in town on Spring Break because she couldn’t afford to go with her friends to the Caribbean. She decides she’ll make her own fun, which is completely not something she would normally do, and ends up picking up a guy in a bar and taking him home. Josh knows Ellen because he’s pre-med as well but Ellen doesn’t recognize him. She thinks that he’s from out of town visiting during break and he doesn’t correct her. Ellen and Josh both do some growing during their week-long relationship and their lives change when they both go for what they want. It was really good and definitely worth the read. 4 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

 Down To You by M. Leighton is a story of a girl, Olivia, who finds herself falling for two men who happen to be twins – Nash and Cash. She loves Cash’s bad boy persona and attitude but she loves the gentler and more stable man Nash is. Nash is dating Olivia’s cousin though so that puts a damper on things, but not completely. The story was told in alternating 1st person pov’s and that was a bit much at first but once I got into the story it was good. It had a twist at the end that, while I had figured it out several chapters prior, was still a bit of a surprise. Not completely believable but it worked for this story and I enjoyed it a lot. 4 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

Last for the week was The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch. This is the story of Nell who is one of two survivors of a plane crash that killed over 150 people. When she wakes she doesn’t remember a thing and has to rely on her family and friends to tell her who she is and what he life is like. Unfortunately her family is completely dysfunctional and Nell ends up finding out that things she’s been told just aren’t true. The book is about Nell’s journey but the journey wasn’t exactly a riveting one. The book dragged for most of the middle of the story and in the end wasn’t all that great in the end. A great premise that just wasn’t completely realized, imho, and ended up as a just ok read. 2 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week: 
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

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Review: The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch

Posted January 18, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch.

She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the hospital with no memory of it, or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. Although Nell can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t sit right with the versions of her history given by her mother, her sister, and her husband.

Desperate for a key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

From the New York Times bestselling author of Time of My Life comes a novel that asks: Who are we without our memories? How much of our future is defined by our past?

I’ve never read anything by this author before and I’m not a fan of amnesia stories so I have no idea why I agreed to read this book but I did and now that I’ve finished the book, I’m glad that I took a chance.

Nell is one of only two survivors of a plane crash and when she wakes up in a hospital bed, she can’t remember a thing.  This book journeys through her life as she tries to put the pieces of her memories back together.  Her memories don’t come back straight away, they come back bit by bit and Nell comes to realize that she wants to be a different Nell, someone who isn’t so rigid.  She wants different things and she’s got her work cut out for her.  It wasn’t an easy journey but she endured to the end and while I didn’t think that the story ended with a happy ending, I thought the ending was a good one.

The entire time that I was reading this book, I couldn’t help wondering how I would react if I woke up from a plane crash and didn’t know a single person in my hospital room.  Would I be scared?  Would I panic?  I can’t imagine going through something like this and my heart went out to Nell.  She didn’t have an easy time of it and the deeper I got into the book, the more I became invested in how it all turned out.  I mean, I like to think that I’m an independent so having to rely on so many different people to fill in the blanks of my life wouldn’t be easy.  It wasn’t easy for Nell but that was her life now and she endured it better than I ever would have.

I thought Allison Winn Scotch did a fantastic job writing this book.  It’s an emotional roller coaster of a book and it didn’t take me long to read at all.  Nell was a very interesting character and everything she went through, every emotion she felt is all laid out in this book and I’m glad that Holly asked me to read it.  I may not have been excited to read the book but I’m glad that I gave this book a chance because I ended up liking it and will definitely be reading more by this author.  I definitely recommend this book.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley Trade. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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