Monday, July 13, 2015

ARC Review: In Memoriam by Cari Z.

In Memoriam
From the blurb:  
Lee Summers is past expecting to find love. He has a fulfilling career and a few human connections, and he's determined to be happy with those. When he meets Felix Clymenos during a vacation in Colorado, he doesn’t expect to feel so passionate about him. Felix is intriguing, but when he starts to feature in Lee's dreams—and his slowly strengthening nightmares—Lee wonders if it wouldn’t be a better idea to walk away. There's a mystery behind Felix's affections and somehow Lee feels like he’s known Felix his whole life. Before they can be happy together, Lee has to know why that is... and what that means for their future.

Rosa's rating:

For about 2 minutes last night, after I finished the first chapter of this book, I was like this:
AHA! Aha, aha, aha, a-ha ha ha! I figured it out! I am the smartest person to figure it out since figuring it out was figured out. Okay?
Then I went back to feeling fairly intelligent when I managed not to apologize to the vacuum cleaner for stubbing my toe on it for the 92nd time (I should probably put that thing away).

Anyway. Here's another story. In the fourth grade we were studying mythology. We had to read a story and then answer a question about it and then we would get a star for each story read. I had twice as many stars as anyone else in class, even that jerk Channah Whatsername (who was later our high school valedictorian--suck it, Channah!). There was one myth that was my absolute favorite. I've long blamed it for my love of dark, broody heroes who are a little dub con-ish. (Or a lot. Whatever.) (Oh, by the way, there's nothing dub con-ish about this story. Don't want to lead anyone on here.)

Anyway. That myth I loved so much is the basis of this story. Which is awesome, 'cause I love it and 'cause it means the story's really about dark, endless love, which is also awesome. Not so awesome is that I'm not so sure how to review the story without spoiling it. I'm already worried I gave away too many clues. Um, sorry?

Let me just tell you this: Lee is some kind of uber gardener who usually works with his mother and Felix is some sort of rich spelunking cave scientist with an awesome dog named Bear (why is the dog awesome? Because he's a dog. 'Nuff said.) They meet at a farmer's market in Boulder. They start dating, Lee starts having weirder and weirder dreams and then there's a big discussion. The end.

I absolutely love the idea behind the story. I loved the dreams Lee had. I adore the cover. What makes the story a 3.5* for me though is, in fact, Lee. For some reason, I thought he was an older man (it's the line from the blurb about Lee being "past" finding love--which I translated as "slightly older dude"), which I liked, but then he said he was almost 30. Whaa? He comes off as older. He's introverted and only his mommy understands him. He's a little...boring. At least until about half way through the book and the dreams start and then you get to the big finale. Then I quite liked him. Actually, for that matter, Felix isn't that interesting to me either. Until the big finale, then, again, I quite liked him. Before that neither character stood out to me. I feel like I'm going to remember this story, but quickly forget the characters.

But yet again I'm impressed by Cari Z.'s versatility. Whether she writes about the apocalypse, superheroes & villains, office workers or guys with a thing for gardens, she tells a really good story.

I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return.

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