Published by Momentum Books on 12th February
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.
For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he's immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.
But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.
Or risk losing her forever.
*We received eARCs from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for reviews*
Every now and again I browse NetGalley and can’t stop myself from requesting a few books here and there. Not ones I had specifically gone on to NetGalley to request, ones that I had never heard of but saw and couldn’t pass up. Waiting for April was one of those kinds of books. I saw it and it sounded so good I knew I had to request it. I even did a little dance when I got the approval email! I know, I’m a geek – but book geeks are the best geeks, right?!
So, I got the approval and just had to start reading it right away, and I found that I couldn’t put it down! I love it when that happens! I’ve read one other reincarnation story before and unfortunately I couldn’t finish it. Waiting for April was different and definitely a page turner. The more I read the more I wanted to read and the faster I flew through it, resulting in me finishing it within a day.
There was a lot of information for the reader to learn in Waiting for April which resulted in it being a long book but thankfully it was well paced and never seemed to drag along. I was riveted as I found out more about April’s past lives, how she and Scott had met and fallen in love in each one and how she had died a premature death each time.
Scott was a worthy romantic lead and Jaime Loren wrote him well. April was a feisty, fearless young woman and took everything in her stride as Scott shared all that he knew with her. I loved how deep Scott’s love was for April and how he had devoted his VERY long life to solving the mystery of her early deaths. I also loved how April was involved in working things out, it’s safe to say that I would have been too freaked out to be of any help!
The biggest shock in the story was how other people were involved in April and Scott’s story, and it got to a point where I was wondering who they could trust. When things were revealed towards the end I was opened mouthed in shock!
One thing I will say is that the ending didn’t tie everything up as nicely as I would have liked BUT I have heard that there will be a sequel so I’m happy to wait and see what the author has in store for her readers. I’ll be in line patiently waiting for that one!
I was drawn to this book partly by the cover, but also the blurb intrigued me. I love paranormal stories but I’m sick of vampire and werewolves. This one was completely different, and refreshing. It explores the concept of reincarnation and immortality, throw in two lovers that are destined to be together but somehow get torn apart time and time again for the last three hundred years, and you have yourself a great story. There were twists and turns aplenty in this book, ones that I didn’t see coming. I loved Scott and April, and as the story really started to pick up pace towards the end I hoped that this time April would make it past her 18th birthday. There are still so many things that have been left unresolved, so I am hoping there’s going to be a second book. Great debut book from Jaime Loren.