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Forever Layla Paperback – 27 May 2014
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It's the story of Layla and David. It's the story of how they fell in love and how knowing what's around the corner can affect the way you see things. Layla is from the future, it wasn't her choice to come back but now she's here - here being 1994 - she's got to figure out how to live in a time she doesn't belong. Although, as time passes and David becomes an important part of her life, Layla starts to question whether she was always meant to be living in the past. What time does she really belong in? And can she be in the past without screwing up the future?
Forever Layla is another dual narrative that at the beginning seemed a little one sided but the Layla chapters started to become more frequent and you were able to really submerge yourself into the story. Their story. Both character's also had very distinct voices, making it easy to tell who's point of view you were reading.
As I've said this book is unique and compelling and very well written. I actually would have liked another 50 pages or so as I felt there was more to Layla and David's story that could have been told. Some of the in between moments. Which yes, would have slowed the pace down but also I think it could have given the reader more time to feel for the characters.
The last 20% of the book had me holding my breath. I had a feeling I knew where it was going but no idea how it was going to get there. It's the kind of book that has you wishing for that all important happily ever after. Overall the way the whole story twists back on itself is ridiculously cleaver and I think Melissa Turner Lee deserves a medal for keeping it all straight in her head as she wrote it!
Forever Layla didn't disappoint. It's quirky and fresh and I think you're going to really enjoy it!
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(Short version of the review: It was so good I bought a Kindle and paperback copy. And no, I don't know the author.)
First, the genre. It's being marketed as romance. If you don't like romance, but love time-travel books, you still need to buy it. I'd call it sci-fi and romance.
If I'm counting right, this is Melissa Lee's fifth novel. Her first few were good, and they keep getting better and better.
I love everything about this book. The romance is just right. Once again, Melissa Lee paints a picture of romance that is accurate and beautiful, and, better yet, isn't confused with lust. Parts of it get a little weird.... but if they didn't, it wouldn't be a time-travel story ;)
Speaking of which, I generally don't like time travel stories. I've been a sci-fi fan forever, so usually the bad physics and lack of thought in a story ruins time travel stories. Pick a Star Trek episode with time-travel. Most of have you thinking "Why didn't they just...."
Forever Layla avoids all these pitfalls. The story is solid, and it had me thinking about it for days. It's beautiful how all the parts fit together, even when you mentally re-construct the timeline from another characters point of view. I could go on and on about the great stuff in here, but it'd all be spoilers... on the one hand, it wouldn't matter too much, because one of those books, you know the kind, the ones that you can re-read again and again and delight in noticing little hints and things you didn't see, or wondered about the first time through. But people don't like when I do that, so I won't. I'll let you discover them on your own. Go read this right now.
How would I rate Forever Layla? Well, let's put it this way. It's easily in the top five books I've reviewed here so far (and that's facing some pretty stiff competition.... including Armored Hearts... also by Melissa Lee (and Pauline Creeden....))
Five Stars. Easily five stars.
When I first began reading Forever Layla I groaned inwardly. Im sure when I signed up for this tour that I looked at the cover and liked it well enough to sign up. But as I began reading I was so confused I didnt know which was up and thought I would never make it through to the end. Clearly I was super wrong. Somewhere in there I got hooked! Probably around 30%.
Layla as we call her travels from 2014 to 1994. And meets David who shes had a crush on forever shes 24 hes 17 going on 18. They meet, she refuses to tell him her name so he begins to call her Layla. Shes basically heartbroken over this. The Epic love story that is David and Layla ends in heartbreak. Eventually she comes to accept that she really is Layla and they build a life together.
There is a weird kinda instalove, im actually quite on the fence about the instalove. When you read it please share your thoughts with me Id love to get another persons opinion. The characters are likeable. The brilliance (at least to me) is all in the storytelling. You are given tiny bits of info just in passing that later play pretty big parts in the story. Im pretty sure I uttered OooOOhhh more than 3 times while reading. Melissa Turner Lee is nothing short of an amazing storyteller, Forever Layla completely captured me as a reader I couldnt help but smile, laugh and cry with the characters.