Thursday, May 3, 2012

Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Red is for Remembrance - #4 in the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Click here: Blue is for Nightmares to read my review of the first book in the series.

Click here: White is for Magic to read my review of the second book in the series.

Click here: Silver is for Secrets to read my review of the third book in the series.

Stacey is now at college, on her full ride scholarship at a prestigious school. She doesn't really care, though. After Jacob was proclaimed dead after months of search for him, Stacey has no reason to live. 

However, Amber and her mother want her to start living again. For their sake, Stacey goes to Beacon University. 

The first week, Stacey didn't go to classes. All she wanted to do was dream of Jacob, get premonitions that he was still alive. 

When the president of the university wants to talk to Stacey, she thinks she's in trouble for missing all of her classes. 

But really, the president's daughter, Porsha, has been having nightmares - the same as what Stacey got during prep school. The president heard of Stacey and her time at prep school and realized that she could help his daughter. 

At first, Porsha was not willing to talk to anyone about her nightmares. Whenever she did in the past, she was sent to doctors, psychiatrists, and was told that she was crazy and insane. 

Stacey was able to get through to Porsha, though, and get her to talk about what she was dreaming. A boy is going to die and Porsha needs to stop it. 

While all of this is going on with Porsha and Stacey, there is another story being told, through a boy's perspective named Shell. He is living in a camp where there is no electricity, no TV, just the simple life. 

That simple life also means "stealing" from rich people. They aren't really stealing though.... They are taking what the rich people don't need and they won't miss the items. 

Shell doesn't like this way of living, but he has no where else to go and this is his life... Or is it?

Read Red is for Remembrance to find out what happens to Stacey, Porsha, and Shell!

My Thoughts/Reflections
So, this is a spoiler for the third book about Jacob - it couldn't be helped. However, I didn't spoil this book. 

I have enjoyed this series so far. Not only has Stacey had different dream/nightmares but they aren't all the same, which is nice because that can be repetitive. 

Now Stacey is in college. She realized it was definitely different than her prep school because the teachers don't let her give lame excuses for missing the first week of classes. She has to cram hard and fast to catch up in hopes of keeping her scholarship. 

This was a little different than the other books in the series because there were two narratives: Stacey and Shell. 

For Stacey, it was first person like usual but for Shell it was in third person. This gave the reader two stories to follow which would end up combining together at the end of the novel.

Again, there are a ton of subjects in this series, including witchcraft, first year in college, losing a loved one, and premonitions of the future. Many readers can find something in this novel to relate to while also getting a fun and new storyline they may not have read before. 

There is one last book in the series before Stacey's story is finished. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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