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Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory — A Book Review

October 1, 2013


Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory
Spencer Hill Contemporary

Book Description

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two. All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers–one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets. Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember. Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months–and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle. The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget. Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna–which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return. Jenna, Ian, Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.


I gotta be honest with you guys. The idea of a love triangle made me pause for a few moments before reading Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory. Lately, I feel as though so many YA stories are centered around an emotional love triangle. Well, I also need to tell you that I’m incredibly glad I went ahead and read this particular work of art.

It was a bit slow going at first as I gradually warmed up to the characters. Watching Jenna struggle with certain situations was tough, but my heart truly felt for Ian and, later on, Luke. I had to take a few breaks to protect my heart from all the emotion emanating off of the page.

Sarah constructs an incredible world with just a few characters. She draws you in with her simplistic yet intricate prose. I enjoyed reading Sarah’s book not only for the characters and story, but for Sarah’s control of the written word. It was easy for me to find a rhythm while reading Reclaimed and that is due to Sarah’s beautiful writing.

This story isn’t just about teen angst and finding love. Oh no, there are much deeper issues contained within. Sarah attacks the difficulty of finding oneself with gusto! Not only is the main character, Jenna, struggling to discover what she wants from life, but the twin brothers are in a battle to figure out who they are, both together and separately. There are even some words of wisdom for you writers out there;)

What really got me was the humor that would jump up and surprise me throughout the story. It got quite serious a few times, but Sarah made sure to interject little snippets of comedy at just the right moments. One of my favorites is:

“I invited him for dinner.”

“Great!” Mom was practically floating. “Hope you like frozen lasagna.”

“Well, I prefer it cooked, but whatever,” he said. 

So simple, but it made me laugh out loud all the same.

If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary story about identity, love, acceptance, strength, and a top secret topic I refuse to reveal, you need to read Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory. Pick up this book and forget your worries for awhile.

*I am an intern with Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary and was provided with an ARC of Reclaimed in order to provide an honest review of the book.


About Sarah Guillory

Sarah Guillory is a YA author. In addition, she teaches sophomore English and loves that they pay her to fan girl over books and authors and to watch her students fall in love with the written word. Sarah lives in Louisiana with her husband and ridiculously spoiled bloodhound. RECLAIMED is her debut novel.

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Want more!?

In honor of Teen Read Week, Sarah Guillory is donating several copies of RECLAIMED to school libraries.  She’s also having a huge giveaway that includes a $100 giftcard to the bookstore of your choosing and a 30 minute Skype chat with you or the classroom of your choosing. Stop by her blog to learn more!

Also, on Friday, October 18th, at 5:00 PM EST, we will begin the 24-hour RECLAIMED read-along. This is the time for everyone to be reading, tweeting, and reacting to RECLAIMED.  No Spoilers, please, just good reading fun!   Sarah will also be doing a live online chat on Monday, October 21st, at 9:00 EST so tweet your spoiler-free questions using the hashtags #RECLAIMED, #RWM, and #askGuillory. To learn more about these wonderful events, stop by Sarah’s blog!

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