The Persistence of Memory: Deja vu #1 by Karen Janowsky

tumblr_n6hno2qixr1sfxmouo1_500Déjà Vu (The Persistence of Memory #1)

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Urban Fanatsy, Paranormal Romance


My Review:

How many times has it happened that we get a feeling of Déjà vu when we meet a person? Daniel and Nina are falling in love in a world full of supernatural elements, surrounded by paranormal activities and yet something in the back of their mind is keeping them apart.
Is there some history behind it or is it just Déjà vu?
Karen Janowsky has come up with a compelling story in the form of this book. I have long been a fan of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. It requires a certain mysticism for the book to be an enjoyable one and Karen has managed to write her way into the reader’s heart.
Daniel our main character is stuck in a different century than the one he belongs to. Still, being a war hero, there are some quirks that do not leave the nature of a character. Being the protagonist, he carried the entire book on his shoulder through a strong narrative and an appealing charm. After all, not everyone can manage to run a group of supernatural misfits.
The best part I liked about this book was that the superheroes were all complex characters with depth and a realistic storyline. They do not exist to just win over a situation, but instead are often their own worst enemy.
The writing of this book is quite steamy, so yeah one should keep that in mind before picking it up. But I usually enjoy reading books written for adults because they explore sexuality very openly, and that is something to be appreciated.
The premise of this book keeps shifting from World War Two to the contemporary scenario, ancient Sumeria and then current Washington D.C. This kept the flow of the book from turning into a bore.
I also liked the prose which has been made to look effortless but I am sure, it took a lot of rewriting to get it close to the perfect draft.
“Now, Daniel understood that his loved ones were dead or dying, and that he was never going home, and it was because people insisted on loving him enough to risk sacrifice. Daniel understood at that moment that there was no God.” 
“Daniel was spiralling into nothingness. Every time he opened his eyes, he remembered there was no point in doing so.”
I do have complaints with Nina’s character though. I thought that her character needed to evolve a little over the chapters and there was a lot of scope for her to become a strong character. I kept feeling that Daniel’s character was overshadowing hers throughout the book. But still, overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the second one in the series.

 

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