Book Review: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

Posted July 13, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 2 Comments

Book Review: Reclaimed by Sarah GuilloryReclaimed by Sarah Guillory
Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 15th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781937053888
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Jenna Oliver doesn't have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers-one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember. Ian can't recall a single thing from the last three months-and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can't remember is the one Luke McAlister can't forget. Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he's supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can't resist Jenna-which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

The Good…:

Sarah Guillory weaves together the story of young romance, sibling rivalry, and how we process memories. At the heart of the story is Jenna Oliver. A young woman preparing for her senior year of high school, the death of her grandfather, and her struggle to escape the small town life she feels trapped by. One day she meets Ian McAlister. He’s sweet, smart, funny, and incredibly hot, and he’s moved into her grandfather’s old house. Ian appears to be everything Jenna could want, but will falling for him keep her trapped in her small town life? This seems pretty easy to do, until Jenna learns that there’s two of them. Ian has a twin brother, Luke, who’s Ian’s opposite in every way. While Ian is the boy any girl would want, Luke is the type of boy her mom has warned her about.

This story was not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a sweet romantic story about a young girl torn between twin brothers. While Reclaimed was about that, it was also about something more. I won’t get into the story much, because it’s difficult to talk about it without being spoilery, but I will admit that I enjoyed reading this story, and found it difficult to put down. I really liked Luke, and felt for how much he longed to be close to Ian once more.

The Bad…:

While I liked Luke, I didn’t particularly care for Jenna. Maybe it’s because how she came between Ian and Luke. I think she would have been more likeable if she was more forthright about what she was doing with both of them. I also didn’t like her mother. Vivian was very selfish, and the scenes where she tore Jenna down was difficult to read.

The other thing about the book I disliked was the ending. It seemed really abrupt, and I think the story would have been better served if a few extra pages were added to the end. The end was so abrupt, that I actually looked for extra pages. Hell, I would have been happy if there was just one more paragraph. I really enjoyed the book, but the abrupt ending left me feeling dissatisfied.

Do I Recommend?

I do! Like I stated, this isn’t your typical coming of age, or romance story. Reclaimed gives you that, but also the mystery of what happened to Ian that caused him to lose his memories, and what secret his family is keeping from him. It also is the mystery of what tore him and Luke apart before they arrived to town. These mysterious elements are what made it difficult for me to put the book down, and kept me invested in the story.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

About Sarah Guillory

Sarah is a high school English teacher and young-adult author. Reclaimed is her debut novel.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

  1. Christy

    Oh, I’m super curious about what “more” is going on. The abrupt ending doesn’t sound fun, though. I guess as long as it’s still a good book, overall.

    • @Angelized_1st

      It was pretty good. I guess I’ve been on a bit of an ending rampage ever since I read Ensnared by A. G. Howard. I wasn’t happy with that epilogue either. Blame Rowling for all the HP goodness in The Deathly Hollows epilogue.

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