Wednesday 30 April 2014

Review ~ Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters

Title: Life Lived Twice.
Author: Sherrie Wouters.
Publisher: Bermingham Books.
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Romantic Fantasy.
Release Date: June 6, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Pre-Order: Amazon UK | Amazon

Some promises are made to last forever...

What if you fell in love with a stranger...but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met?

When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can't explain.

Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought.

Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams...dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor.

As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn't the only thing that can find you after an eternity.

Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.

Life Lived Twice was a real surprise package for me. I didn’t expect to be drawn into the story so much or to have finished it as quickly as I did but this was a captivating novel with a great plot. It was a really impressive debut by Sherrie Wouters and I’m eager to read more from this author.

Tess was an interesting character. Straight away, I was fascinated by why she was drawn to the mysterious guy at the airport so suddenly and as we learn more about her nightmares and her past, the concept never let me down. I loved how intricately the present was linked with her recurring nightmares and how realistic they felt. As the story unfolded, I felt like Sherrie did a great job at making sure everything previously mentioned was linked and not forgotten.

This book wasn’t perfect by all means but it was really gripping and entertaining. Although this book was intriguing right from the start, towards the middle I thought some parts of it felt a little too over-explained. Minor things like Tess being speechless at someone opening the door for her or stunned by someone querying her question seemed unnecessarily detailed. I just felt like Sherrie didn’t need to over-express and spell things out for us so because we could come to the conclusions ourselves.

What I loved most about this book though was the part I wasn’t expecting – the suspense. Life Lived Twice led Tess on the road to discovery and along the way, the twists and turns as more things were uncovered made for a great suspenseful read. With a spectacular ending as well, I thought this book was fantastic. I’m yet to move on to another book yet as I’m still left considering the events in Life Lived Twice, which I think is a great judge on how much I enjoyed it!

Review also posted on Goodreads


  1. The synopsis of the book didn't really draw me in. However, your review did. Whilst I have my suspicion that there was going to be somewhat of an insta-love phenomenon taking place, you saying that is was really entertaining has me hoping that it won't be filled with cliches after all. As about the descriptions, I don't really mind them going into detail. I do however prefer it when the author lets us experience what the character is feeling through the characters actions and reactions and not by telling us how they felt at any given moment. A book where I think this is done very nicely is Divergent. :)

    1. I know what you mean about insta-love but that didn't feel like the case in this book. It's much more complex and well written than that and that's why I found it so intriguing! I prefer us to be able to understand how the character is feeling without it being explained. I think I'll have to check out Divergent! (I know, I'm the only person who hasn't read it yet.)

    2. *gasp* you haven't read Divergent?

      On you go fellow blogger to try to save your dignity by reading it. Now. ;)

      Joking aside, though. It's a really good book. I can only recommend it!

    3. I knew I shouldn't admit to it so publicly! ;) I will give it a go!


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