Sunday, August 03, 2014

Review: Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

Synopsis-

The Northern Alliance Betterment Society, better known as the Hunters, has persecuted the Gifted for years. When Sam Benson is taken and her memory stolen, she certainly isn't their first victim. But she’s determined to use her family's influence as memory-bringer elders to make sure she's one of the last.

As soon as she escapes the Hunters' compound, anyway.

Two Hunter guards claim to be working to get Sam free, but only one has her best interests at heart—and holds the key to mounting an offense against the Hunters. With her memory fractured and the Hunters set against her, can she choose the right person to trust?


Book Links-

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My Review-

In Elusive Memories we meet Sam; who has found that she is locked in a compound with no memory. Sam is slowly learning what may have happened from someone else who is being held in the compound too. She has also begun experiencing memories; these memories aren't necessarily always her own either. You see Sam is gifted, she is what is known as a Memory Bringer. Her family have been Memory Bringer Elders in the past.

Whilst in this compound Sam has witnessed and experienced some of the methods the Hunters are using on and against the Gifted ones. Sam is determined to stop this treatment and end their cruelty, but first she needs to escape. Two of the guards begin helping her and both claim they want her to escape. But do both guards have her best interests at heart? Can Sam figure out who she can trust?

I have to say I like this book, that said it did take me a few attempts to get into it. I do not know why because it's very unusual for me to feel that way. Maybe it was the book I read before this, maybe I had just hit a patch of right book but wrong time, I'm not sure. But when I did find the right day to be reading this I did enjoy it.

I like the way Amanda has chosen to write this in that we learn what is happening alongside the main character. I thought the world that has been created is both realistic and believable, I have no problems imagining that this place could well exist somewhere out there! It is clear to me that Amanda has given her debut fiction book lots of thought and consideration.

The characters are good. I could imagine being alongside Sam, sharing her visions and experiences with her. Sam did show signs of growth throughout the book but I'm unsure if she reached her full potential as a lead character. I have my reservations about the guards and I found I was trying to second guess who Sam should have been trusting.

Overall this is a good first book. I'll be keeping an eye open for more books by Amanda to see how she develops as a fiction author.

About The Author-

Amanda Shofner (n.)

1. Writer who creates stories to satisfy her opposing desires: adventure and staying home
2. Coffee aficionada and "wine away the whine" proponent
3. INTJ: introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging; HSP: highly sensitive person; left-handed; curly-haired
4. Secret admirer of quirky and unapologetically passionate people

Origin:

Made by combining the words Amanda (lovable, worthy of love) and Shofner (an Americanized German surname, thought to be derived from Schaffner), Amanda Shofner is from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Places To Find Amanda-

Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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