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In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth. Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls--and most horrifying of In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth. Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls--and most horrifying of all--visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea. Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.


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In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth. Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls--and most horrifying of In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth. Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls--and most horrifying of all--visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea. Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.

30 review for Remember Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    "Pitched as a cross between The Shining and The Titanic"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    So somebody said this was pitched as a cross between The Shining and Titanic and I lost control of myself as the spectre of a young Leonardo Di Caprio temporarily took over my body to press the 'Want to Read' button

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Oooh this was such a gem! I had a hard time stepping away from the world once I got into it. So let us break down the positives and the less-than-positives, though the positives far outweigh anything else! What I Loved: •The entire story was so easy to become immersed in. Off the bat, the author does a great job of setting up the tone and vibe of the story. The whole atmosphere of You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . Oooh this was such a gem! I had a hard time stepping away from the world once I got into it. So let us break down the positives and the less-than-positives, though the positives far outweigh anything else! What I Loved: •The entire story was so easy to become immersed in. Off the bat, the author does a great job of setting up the tone and vibe of the story. The whole atmosphere of this southern hotel in summertime radiates. And the feel of the early 20th century permeates, both in the past timeline and the present, as the historical timeline was its heyday. •The characters are incredibly sympathetic. Both main characters (Lea in 1905 and Nell in the present) are facing some real struggles, struggles that will play a huge part in who they will become. While it took me a few chapters to really connect to Nell (though I definitely did connect to her!), I was enamored with Lea immediately. She's being pressured to marry this awful dude who will never respect her, and she is so torn. While she wants to help her family, she can't fully fight the dread surrounding her future. And as you put yourself in Lea's shoes, you certainly can't blame her! Nell, on the other hand, is trying to find her way in a whole new city, and is still coping with the loss of her mother. Two very different narratives, but both equally compelling as the story goes on. •There is some romance, and wow it delivers! I loved it a lot. And I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that it is most definitely swoon-worthy. •The mystery itself was a page-turner! Yeah I needed to know what was going to happen. While some aspects of it became apparent during the course of the book, how things would turn out wasn't. And I absolutely could not book the book down until I found out all the things! What I Didn't: •The ending felt a bit rushed. We spent a lot of time leading up to it, and I actually had to go back and re-read it because it was over pretty quickly. But that said, I felt satisfied that the story was tied up properly. •I would have liked a few more answers in terms of world-building. I think this is probably another one of those "me" things because I am a very logical thinker. So I can't always accept things at face value, I need to know the hows and the whys of the world/plot/etc. I doubt a less annoyingly analytical person would have the same reservations. Bottom Line: Atmospheric and full of likable characters you can't help but root for. Also, some serious swoons and a unique mystery!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ I was not, honestly, expecting this book to be creepy. In my experience most YA books that try to be “horror” or even just plain mystery are usually only vaguely so. I am thrilled to report that Remember Me was better than most! I actually felt the hair on my arms raising at points. It was awesome! It did have a little trouble getting off the ground, in my opinion, but once the settings (yes, plural, as the POV alternates with a modern day one and a h ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ I was not, honestly, expecting this book to be creepy. In my experience most YA books that try to be “horror” or even just plain mystery are usually only vaguely so. I am thrilled to report that Remember Me was better than most! I actually felt the hair on my arms raising at points. It was awesome! It did have a little trouble getting off the ground, in my opinion, but once the settings (yes, plural, as the POV alternates with a modern day one and a historical one) were established I absolutely couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend if you enjoy both YA and mystery/paranormal type books! Check out my blog for some awesome quotes from the book (no spoilers). My one caveat: mental illness is somewhat used as a plot device. Treatment is given respect and not made fun of, and Nell’s feelings about her mother’s death and her subsequent therapy and very common, but I didn’t like the way it was made to be just a result of a THING in the plot. Terribly vague to avoid spoiling. This is a very hard book to review because of the risk of spoiling, which really would ruin a lot of the story…so here are some quotes to whet your appetite! It really is an amazing, multi-layered tale and I strongly recommend it. Also, there’s a good bit of sweet, swoon-worthy romance. 😉 Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram |

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Glenn Marsh

    Official Comments: From the first gasp of fear to the final, heart-pounding moments, Nell's story will take your breath away. Unofficial Comments: This story had everything I love. Chelsea took my favorite elements and combined them into a fresh new mystery that had me compulsively turning the pages. From the scares to the romance, this book really does have it all!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    “I can feel myself losing something as I stare up at him, but I have no idea what it is. It terrifies and fascinates me in equal measure .” Trigger Warnings: Forced Marriage, Abusive Spouse, Physical Abuse, Mental Illness, Gun Violence, Death of a Loved One, Grief. When I saw a creepy looking cover and even spookier sound synopsis I knew that I had to sign up for this blog tour, so I could read an early copy of this book. Did it live up to my expectations? Was it spooky? Let’s get into tha “I can feel myself losing something as I stare up at him, but I have no idea what it is. It terrifies and fascinates me in equal measure .” Trigger Warnings: Forced Marriage, Abusive Spouse, Physical Abuse, Mental Illness, Gun Violence, Death of a Loved One, Grief. When I saw a creepy looking cover and even spookier sound synopsis I knew that I had to sign up for this blog tour, so I could read an early copy of this book. Did it live up to my expectations? Was it spooky? Let’s get into that. Remember Me starts out going back and forth between two characters: Lea (Set in 1905) – a young girl who is being forced to marry someone who she doesn’t love and isn’t turning out to be a nice man. Our second POV is another young girl, Nell (set in current time) – who recently lost her mother and has moved to the hotel that Lea stayed at so many years prior. I though both Nell and Lea were extremely likable – I did enjoy hearing about Lea’s story a little more but that is probably because for the first half, it gets a little more focus and depth. We see Lea miserable and her soon-to-be-dick-husband ordering her about and saying disgustingly sexist and abusive things to her. Lea, also ends up falling for a handyman guy that works for the hotel and they have a summer romance (completely falling madly in love, of course), while all the turmoil is happening in her life. I connected more to Lea because I felt her story was more thought out and the pieces connected. I can’t say the same for Nell’s story. We find out that Lea and her finance were murdered a little before their wedding and no one knows the truth (not a spoiler, this is revealed at the very beginning). Nell seems to have a connection to Lea, and while she is doing a summer job working in the basement sorting out old articles and items from the hotel’s history (how convenient), she starts to piece together the story of what happened to Lea. Of course, we also have to have a brooding love interest who seems very familiar. Nell also starts having nightmares and sleepwalking – she is being chased by someone that she can’t really see clearly. We get some creepy scenes of her wandering around the hotel and some weird shit happening around her and some whispering and music that seems to be coming on out thin air. I’m keeping this really vague because this is the kind of story that would be easy to figure things out if I went into it too deeply. What I did really like about this story was the non-creepy parts, just watching the story unfold – particularly Lea’s. She was easy to follow and root her. I wanted her to be happy and safe. I also enjoyed the setting, who doesn’t love the a big fancy hotel setting? It gave me all the summer vibes and was easy to slip into the summer romance that Lea was in. Unfortunately, there were things that I didn’t really enjoy. I thought near the middle the story started to get shaky – I had figured out what was going on but I wasn’t sure how the author was going to take us there and I’m not positive she was either. There were a lot of things that never get explained and needed it. When the reveal happens, things get way too rushed and we have to believe that characters are accepting things very fast and it was a stretch at best. The very last was also kind of anti-climatic, I was left with the feeling unsatisfied. It’s like when you wait for a big fight in an epic adventure movie and they just punch each other a couple times and it’s over. I know I was a little hard on that second half but it really did let me down some. I think the book was worth a read, I’m not sure it’s something that people would read over and over again. It might be one you want to request from you library (that helps support the author as well). It’s a bit spooky but I don’t think most people will have too much trouble with it but it does have some creepy scenes, so go in knowing that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen • The Book Return

    Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nell is trying to recover from the loss of her mom when her dad moves her across the country. The move is for his new job in a historical hotel. In 1907 Lea is being forced to marry a man she doesn't love to improve her famili/>*I Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nell is trying to recover from the loss of her mom when her dad moves her across the country. The move is for his new job in a historical hotel. In 1907 Lea is being forced to marry a man she doesn't love to improve her families circumstances.   I love me some historical fiction and some spooky stories. So when this novel was described as a cross between 'Titanic' and the'Shining', I knew this story was for me.   The Winslow hotel in this novel was a character in its self. It is so full of life and history while still being so very creepy. Having worked in the hotel industry I really loved some of the hotel lingo and inferences in the novel. This really made both Nell and Lea's hotel stay seem so real.   I liked Lea's perspective more than Nell's. I felt there was more of a mystery there and that her story was more thought out and interesting. I did notice that her story was very similar to Rose's from 'Titanic' though. Her story was nothing unique but it is one that I really loved.   I really liked Nell's character and that of her dad. I really felt for her and the loss of her mom and how that affected her life. I thought her story was different and yet similar to Lea's.   Loved the story. Definitely not something you read in YA often. Loved it. It was just the right amount of creepy and scary with a dash of history.   Follow the Tour Here a Rafflecopter giveaway      This review was originally posted on The Book return...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an enjoyable read detailing a haunted hotel mixed between the past and present. It was easy to connect all the pieces from the start so that was a bit of a let down. Lea's point of view was far more entertaining then Nell's; things actually happened with Lea while Nell experienced hallucinations multiple times a day. It grew tiresome a few chapters in. Part two arrives and confusion sets in. Pieces are forced to connect to obtain the illusion of making sense, but it was too f This was an enjoyable read detailing a haunted hotel mixed between the past and present. It was easy to connect all the pieces from the start so that was a bit of a let down. Lea's point of view was far more entertaining then Nell's; things actually happened with Lea while Nell experienced hallucinations multiple times a day. It grew tiresome a few chapters in. Part two arrives and confusion sets in. Pieces are forced to connect to obtain the illusion of making sense, but it was too far stretched. The ending was rushed and was easily solved to stop the bad guy and though Nell and Alec spent far too long constructing plans of escape, the obvious answer never appeared to them. The scenes between Lon and Nell were aggravating. He always pushed her around and though she claimed she was stronger this lifetime, she struggled until Alec saved her. Descriptions portraying women being rescued by men from evil men are eye rolling, and they're beyond cliche. I guess I can tie this to 8.5 years of karate, but it pains me to read any scene where the girl is being knocked around by a guy and she just lets him and doesn't try to fight back. Like Nell's case for example. When Lon is strangling her, she tries to pry his fingers away while succumbing to passing out. That won't solve anything. Weave your arms in between theirs and shove them away to break the hold. Can't do that? Pinch the inside of their arms until you draw blood. They'll let go, trust me. I'm aware not every women has been fortuitous enough to take karate, but I wish authors would include stronger women in their writing. Not a martial arts expert, but a girl who knows how to defend herself and doesn't rely on others to save her because in real life good guys aren't waiting around every corner to save girls in need. I knew the story would have a happy ending, but I wasn't in the mood for one this time. It would have been stronger if Lon and Alec perished and Nell lived on independently because it was quite laughable how Nell and Alec fell into instant love. Remember Me was an entertaining read that would have been stronger with a few tweaks, especially if Nell hadn't been so dependent on Alec. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: gun violence, murder, suicide Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski completely captivated me until the very end. I’ve found that, for me, a lot of YA horror has the tendency to focus completely on the scare factor without bothering with any of the other necessary story elements. Remember Me had everything I need in a book – good storytelling, multifaceted characters, and twists and turns at every corner. Content This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: gun violence, murder, suicide Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski completely captivated me until the very end. I’ve found that, for me, a lot of YA horror has the tendency to focus completely on the scare factor without bothering with any of the other necessary story elements. Remember Me had everything I need in a book – good storytelling, multifaceted characters, and twists and turns at every corner. Bobulski’s characters were crafted incredibly well. Remember Me is told in alternating POVs between Nell and Lea. Each of the had such strong voices that made telling them apart easy while still making them similar enough that switching between their chapters never felt jarring. I also completely loved Alec and found all of the side characters to be a good addition to the story. The plot was intriguing and made getting through the book a breeze. There weren’t any points where I felt like things were dragging and I enjoyed seeing the parallels between the past and the present. Everything was woven together amazingly. I just wish the curse had been explained a little more. I like to really know why and how things happen and that wasn’t given to us as much as I would have liked. Horror books are something I love to read but don’t have the best luck with. I’m so glad to say that the creepiness factor was definitely present in Remember Me. Some of it was more subtle with other parts being directly scary. There were multiple times when I felt very unsettled and it was great. Chelsea Bobulski’s Remember Me is definitely one of the best young adult horror books I’ve ever read. It will keep you awake at night and desperately turning pages until you get to the very last one. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next! A finished copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Clever Reader

    I haven’t read too many YA Horror novels so when this one popped up for a tour I was so excited to sign-up for it because I want to expand my reading tastes. This was the perfect one for that because it’s a great mix of horror with historical aspects, duel timelines, and duel POV’s. It’s such a unique story and includes some great characters! Nell has moved around the past four years and now she finds herself in a historical mansion. Soon after she settles in she starts to experience I haven’t read too many YA Horror novels so when this one popped up for a tour I was so excited to sign-up for it because I want to expand my reading tastes. This was the perfect one for that because it’s a great mix of horror with historical aspects, duel timelines, and duel POV’s. It’s such a unique story and includes some great characters! Nell has moved around the past four years and now she finds herself in a historical mansion. Soon after she settles in she starts to experience strange things happening. Little does Nell know that the history of this mansion is connected to her in a way she’d never have guessed. Nell definitely goes on a wild ride in this one. I enjoyed her character and watching her make connections between the past and the present. She’s strong and not afraid to take a stand for what she wants. By the end of this story she’ll have to find away to save herself . Alec is the mysterious boy who knows how to do any job the mansion needs done. Nell isn’t too sure about him in the beginning because he doesn’t seem to like her but that’s just not the case. Alec has a secret and keeping it is the only way he believes will change things. Alec is a complex character who’s had to adjust to losing the love of his life not only once, but multiple times. He’s had to learn to harden his heart in order to protect himself from what he’s had to experience. I loved the atmosphere of the setting. It really lent to the creepy aspects of the book and you could really feel the tension. I listened to the audio book and the two narrators did a wonderful job! It was a very well produced audio and I would definitely recommend it in that format.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    'Remember Me' is a perfectly blended YA fantasy/mystery that will leave readers hanging on every word until the very end. I'm a huge fan of these genres, so when I read the description I knew I had to read it. It has all of the elements to make a book that I'm almost sure to love - ghosts, old haunted resorts, the ocean/beach, curses, mysteries, and love. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I'll admit that I had pretty high hopes. Luckily, the book turned out to be even better than I thou 'Remember Me' is a perfectly blended YA fantasy/mystery that will leave readers hanging on every word until the very end. I'm a huge fan of these genres, so when I read the description I knew I had to read it. It has all of the elements to make a book that I'm almost sure to love - ghosts, old haunted resorts, the ocean/beach, curses, mysteries, and love. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I'll admit that I had pretty high hopes. Luckily, the book turned out to be even better than I thought it would be. The author's use of vivid imagery and detailed descriptions brought both Nell and Lea's stories to life. I was immediately hooked from the prologue and I didn't (couldn't) stop until I had devoured every last page. I wasn't expecting to feel so lost in the two timelines - especially not the past. Somehow, the author wove her magic and made me immediately fall inside Lea's world just as easily as Nell's. I felt like I was there with the characters as the story unfolded and went on every emotional roller coaster with them. And trust me - between the mystery, the alternating time lines, and the romance - it's one heck of a ride. I don't normally enjoy when romance is an aspect of a different genre because it feels like it almost always takes over the main story line and gets in the way. That was not the case here. I loved every single minute, romantic or otherwise, and I definitely felt "all the feels," which is rare for me. Another thing that really hooked me was the author's writing style. Not only did she bring these two characters and their lives to life before my eyes, but did so basically immediately from the beginning. One big factor for me was the author wrote the story in alternating perspectives between Nell and Lea. On top of this, the book is written in the first person point of view of both girls. I almost always prefer the first person POV because I feel like we can connect with the main characters on such a deeper level than any other style. The author did alternating chapters from Nell's and Lea's perspective, which sealed the deal for me. I absolutely love that she chose this style for the book. I honestly believe that it made a huge difference and that I wouldn't have been as invested in the plot or characters if done in another writing style. Since it's done in the first person, I really got to know both Nell and Lea - their inner thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, emotions, and everything in between. I really can't emphasize enough what a huge impact this made on me and my reading experience - in the best of ways. I can't go into details about the plot because I don't do spoilers in my reviews, but I will say that it was full of mystery and intrigue, history and contemporary, horror and paranormal, fantasy and romance. It's a story that refuses to stick to one label and demands to be put on a level all its own. I very highly recommend this book to fans of YA, mystery, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, and romance. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 Stars Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC. Remember Me has been described as a cross between Titanic and The Shining; a forbidden love story between a rich, upper crust socialite and the help combined with a haunted hotel that exists to torment and kill its victims. Alternating chapters are narrated by Nell, who moves into the hotel in 2019 and Lea, a guest in 1907. I very much enjoyed reading about each of their experiences at the hotel and was invested in each character of this story. Al 3.5 Stars Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC. Remember Me has been described as a cross between Titanic and The Shining; a forbidden love story between a rich, upper crust socialite and the help combined with a haunted hotel that exists to torment and kill its victims. Alternating chapters are narrated by Nell, who moves into the hotel in 2019 and Lea, a guest in 1907. I very much enjoyed reading about each of their experiences at the hotel and was invested in each character of this story. Although the book was very gripping and I couldn't wait to find out what happened, I felt that, ultimately, the climax was disappointing. The entire book built up to this one event, and it literally fast forwarded it! I wanted more! The author also never reveals why the characters were cursed. Why did this event cause the curse to happen? Was the hotel built on an ancient burial ground? Why was this never discussed!? Despite my disappointment in the climax, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Fenner

    Remember Me was everything I wanted and more! This book hooked me from the first time I saw it, months before I read it. It’s an eerie, haunting, beautiful story of star-crossed lovers, murder, reincarnation, and the ghosts of the past that echo through time. Nell and her father move into the Winslow which is this beautiful historic hotel with a tragic past that is more like The Shining. Nell herself is haunted by the past and the loss of her mother and begins to question her own sani Remember Me was everything I wanted and more! This book hooked me from the first time I saw it, months before I read it. It’s an eerie, haunting, beautiful story of star-crossed lovers, murder, reincarnation, and the ghosts of the past that echo through time. Nell and her father move into the Winslow which is this beautiful historic hotel with a tragic past that is more like The Shining. Nell herself is haunted by the past and the loss of her mother and begins to question her own sanity when nightmares begin plaguing her nightly and weird unexplainable things begin to happen. There she meets the mysterious Alec Petrov who seems to hate her on sight. But is his hatred masking a century of pain and longing? They’ll need each other if they want to correct the mistakes of the past. Overall, I highly recommend this book, it has stuck with me long after I finished the last page, and will definitely be one of my favorite reads of 2019!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charis

    *Thanks to Netgalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review* I couldn’t put this down! This enchanting, thrilling story tops my reads of 2019. The characters crafted in this book pulled me with them all the way. I deeply cared about them and their fates. Exciting twists and turns lined the story! Not a page of the book bored me. It was original and creative, not at all like anything I’ve read before in the YA genre. The romance was so well made, as were each and *Thanks to Netgalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review* I couldn’t put this down! This enchanting, thrilling story tops my reads of 2019. The characters crafted in this book pulled me with them all the way. I deeply cared about them and their fates. Exciting twists and turns lined the story! Not a page of the book bored me. It was original and creative, not at all like anything I’ve read before in the YA genre. The romance was so well made, as were each and every one of the side characters. I was held enraptured by this read and recommend it to those looking for a romantic thrill, who also don’t mind a bit of historical fiction and Groundhog Day-ish time travel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and the time changes. I admit books set in he past can make me lose my concentration. I’ve never been one for period set books so appreciated the present chapters more. However this love story worked for me. I loved the characters and found the book flew by till around 60% in. The reason for my 3.5 stars is I felt it went on a little too long. Some chapters leading up to the ‘event’ weren’t really important I felt or could have been condensed. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and the time changes. I admit books set in he past can make me lose my concentration. I’ve never been one for period set books so appreciated the present chapters more. However this love story worked for me. I loved the characters and found the book flew by till around 60% in. The reason for my 3.5 stars is I felt it went on a little too long. Some chapters leading up to the ‘event’ weren’t really important I felt or could have been condensed. Generally this was a good read and one I enjoyed by an author I don’t believe I’ve read before. 3.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    N.K. Traver

    The Shining meets Titanic was the *perfect* comp for this. What a compelling, unique read! I loved both girls' prospectives from 1907 and 2019, and immersing myself in the gorgeous (and creepy) world of the Winslow Grand. Bobulski's books always pull at my heartstrings and this one is no exception.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    actual rate: 3.75 stars 🌟

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A fast read due to an intriguing story. Really enjoyed this book. ***EDIT*** I originally rated this book 3 stars. However, this book consumed my thoughts for several days after I was finished. So I've come to the conclusion that it deserves 4 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    This was an amazing story! I definitely recommend it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lori Goldstein

    I was lucky to read an advance copy of REMEMBER ME and was entirely swept away by the beautiful prose of Ms. Bobulski and the mystery spanning the world of 1907 and the present day set in a lush, hundred-year-old grand hotel. Told through the POVs of two strong young women who must battle internal and external (read: haunted hotel!!) obstacles, this is a captivating read about family, duty, and following one's heart. Oh, and not for nothing, but the romance is totally swoon-worthy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Okay, so I gave this book 3 stars. This is because I like Titanic. This book was Titanic mixed with a ghost story. I enjoyed that. But it was Titanic. The plot is twofold: one being told from the POV of Aurelea Sargent, 1907 pretty young socialite come to the Hotel Grand (Grand Hotel?) for the glorious summer, as rich people are wont to do. Only, she's here to get married to a rich and boorish man. Her family is in dire straights (the money is gone!) and they are pinning all their hopes on Rose I MEAN Aurelea to fix t Okay, so I gave this book 3 stars. This is because I like Titanic. This book was Titanic mixed with a ghost story. I enjoyed that. But it was Titanic. The plot is twofold: one being told from the POV of Aurelea Sargent, 1907 pretty young socialite come to the Hotel Grand (Grand Hotel?) for the glorious summer, as rich people are wont to do. Only, she's here to get married to a rich and boorish man. Her family is in dire straights (the money is gone!) and they are pinning all their hopes on Rose I MEAN Aurelea to fix things by marrying Cal I MEAN Lon, a man who just wants to break her. The other POV is from modern-day Nell, a girl who's coming to live in the hotel because her dad works in hotels. She meets fiery-eyed boy, can't understand why she is both drawn to him and he seems to hate her. Has psychiatric problems because her mom died tragically and although she tries to lose herself in ballet, it really just doesn't work. Okay, so the Nell storyline wasn't really Titanic (but who names their daughter Nell anymore??), but the Aurelea storyline completely, completely was. Poor little rich girl, fated to marry boorish, controlling, borderline abusive man she doesn't love so that her family can survive in their rich world. Literally, they even made reference to the whole "do you want to see me working as a seamstress?" thing. Then she meets Jack/Leo DiCaprio oh wait his name is Alec but he's smoldery and handsome and she's never met anyone quite like him and she's going to do naughty things with him not as quietly as she ought to in order to avoid being caught. Feels like she's suffering from the pressure of being forced to marry. Wants to run away with cute, poor boy with the floppy hair. He's so much smarter than he looks or his background warrants. If she doesn't go with him, Rose, that fire that he loves so much is going to burn out. She'll be fine, they break up, but she loves him too, so let's kiss on the beach/kiss on the bow of the ship. Oh wait, the Titanic still sinks, tragedy still awaits them. Anyhow. The Nell storyline was okay. I liked that portion of it tolerably well, though it seemed like the girl never slept. Her life would literally bleed from "I was afraid of nightmares so I didn't sleep, I practiced ballet" to "then I worked all day" to "I was so stressed out and wound up I couldn't sleep at all, so I went to practice ballet". Girl, how had she not dropped of exhaustion?? And there were a few continuity errors and things that didn't quite make sense. Like, one character had Converse in one sentence and combat boots in the next. Lame. A basic editor should have been able to catch that. Anyhow, I still enjoyed it, but again, mostly because I like Titanic. When Alec kept sweeping his hair out of his eyes, too, I started to picture Park Jimin from BTS and that was nice. Would I recommend? Nah.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). Ideally, I'd give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. When I read the blurb, I was hugely excited. That, along with the cover of the book, really grabbed my attention. And there were a lot of bits that I really liked about the book. For example, the main characters. Both Nell and Lea were well-written, well-rounded characters, although I did feel that Lea slipped a bit too much int (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). Ideally, I'd give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. When I read the blurb, I was hugely excited. That, along with the cover of the book, really grabbed my attention. And there were a lot of bits that I really liked about the book. For example, the main characters. Both Nell and Lea were well-written, well-rounded characters, although I did feel that Lea slipped a bit too much into the rebellious young woman stereotype. One thing I really struggled with was the switching viewpoints. This probably wouldn't have been such a problem had the chapters been longer, but some of the chapters were so short, I'd barely got my head around the time period I was in before I was thrust back into the modern day. Or vice versa. I liked the other characters in the book, but I would have liked a bit more detail about what Alec was going through. I saw everything from Nell or Lea's point of view, but apart from a few vague hints, all I saw of the love interest was someone who was miserable most of the time. I did like that the stakes were quite high in the book. The premise and the characters were strong enough to keep me reading. But I was left with an awful lot of questions even as I learned more about Lea's history; and I felt that plot devices were a little over-used in places. I wasn't especially sold on the love triangle aspect between Nell, Alec and Max. I would have liked to see more of Max standing on his own two feet, not just as another area of conflict that I see all too often in young adult books. There were glimmers of his own personality coming through, but by the end of the book, I felt he was very much there as another plot device. The strongest supporting characters were his mother and Nell's father. I did feel that the ending was kind of anticlimactic. I was left with a very strong sensation of, 'Wait. That was it?' The whole buildup throughout the book was awesome, but I did feel like the ending let it down somewhat. There were a lot of hints that I felt didn't really come to fruition. I would read more books by this author in the future, but although I did enjoy reading this book the first time through, I think it's one I got all of my enjoyment from in the mystery threaded through the pages. I would recommend reading it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh man, what a ride! I’m not sure what I was expecting to find between the pages of Remember Me, but what I did find was such a pleasant surprise. This book is an excellent example of a mixture between historical fiction and horror. Nell’s story has just enough intrigue, and just enough of a creep factor, to really make things interesting. To say that I was upset every time I had to set this down is absolutely a fair statement. I had a ton of fun reading this. First off, thank you so Oh man, what a ride! I’m not sure what I was expecting to find between the pages of Remember Me, but what I did find was such a pleasant surprise. This book is an excellent example of a mixture between historical fiction and horror. Nell’s story has just enough intrigue, and just enough of a creep factor, to really make things interesting. To say that I was upset every time I had to set this down is absolutely a fair statement. I had a ton of fun reading this. First off, thank you so much to Bobulski for writing a character who is infinitely likable. Nell is kind, funny, and her love for her father shines off the page. Her past is haunted, and her present isn’t all sunshine and roses either, but she’s a strong character who makes you want her to succeed. I loved following Nell, as the Winslow Grand Hotel slowly pulled her further and further in. Even when things got darker, and her sanity was stretched to the breaking point, she was still a beacon of light. I appreciated that so much. Pairing Nell’s story with her former counterpart, Lea, was a brilliant move as well. I loved flipping back and forth between the two of them, while the connection between these women was slowly revealed. It was so easy to picture the Winslow Grand Hotel in my mind, in both time periods. The inclusion of little snippets of history, and descriptions of the building, really helped me achieve falling right into the story as progressed. Lea and Nell. Nell and Lea. They led me on a thrilling adventure, complete with illicit love, and I ate up every bit of it. So why a four star, rather than a five star rating? My only qualm was the ending. This book swept along so grandly for the first three-quarters. It built things up to a breaking point, and amped up the tension to the point that I couldn’t stop thinking about this book when I set it down. Then the ending just flew by in a few chapters, and felt a little anti-climactic overall. I would have loved just a bit more time with Nell as she fought for the life she wanted. She was so brave, and I just wanted her fight to be a bit more worth it. Still, this was a solid read and I highly recommend it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    REMEMBER ME is an engaging mystery/thriller that goes back and forth through time. We follow Lea in the past when she stayed at the hotel and Nell in the present, as she lives there with her father now. Lea is engaged to Lon, whose family are titans in the steel industry. This is not a marriage of love, but of finances- her family has been hurting financially, and the marriage will help them recover financially. As she spends the summer with Lon, she likes him even less than she thought possible REMEMBER ME is an engaging mystery/thriller that goes back and forth through time. We follow Lea in the past when she stayed at the hotel and Nell in the present, as she lives there with her father now. Lea is engaged to Lon, whose family are titans in the steel industry. This is not a marriage of love, but of finances- her family has been hurting financially, and the marriage will help them recover financially. As she spends the summer with Lon, she likes him even less than she thought possible. As she gets to know a Runner for the hotel (a jack of all trades), named Alec, she finds herself feeling things she never expected. In the present day, Nell has moved to the hotel with her father, where he will be working. She had a lot of trouble after her mother's death, which left echoes in both her and her father's lives. She wants to be a professional dancer. As she lives in the hotel, strange things start happening to her- doors locking, things being written in the mirror, music only she can hear, and horrifying dreams of a dead boy. As she sifts through the history of the hotel, she begins to learn of how it is all connected with the past- and with Lea. Absolutely engrossing, the book comes together beautifully in a thrilleresque mystery. The history and present are equally entertaining, and the inclusion of both perspectives adds a lot to the overall air of the story. The beginning is perfectly paced, drawing you in to the story. I felt that the later parts were a bit rushed, but that added to the intensity of the plot. The romance that builds for Nell in the story was a little harder for me to believe and I would have liked more time to see it happen and connect. However, it certainly didn't stop me from hoping for the best and following it eagerly to the end. Overall, this was a engaging read, and I think the descriptors of The Shining meets The Titanic are apt- this is a romance, thriller, mystery, and historical fiction all in one that will keep readers turning pages until the satisfying conclusion. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan Houde

    This story spans 100 years, and between our two main characters Aurelia (1907) and Nell (2019). Nell’s dad accepts a job at the Winslow Grand Hotel and they travel across country to move into their new home. The hotel was built in 1879 and has seen many famous people and holds many secrets. Strange things keep happening, Nell begins seeing a little boy and sleepwalking. Some voice keeps calling out to her and then she meets strange but beautiful Alec. He’s the biggest mystery of all. But her mi This story spans 100 years, and between our two main characters Aurelia (1907) and Nell (2019). Nell’s dad accepts a job at the Winslow Grand Hotel and they travel across country to move into their new home. The hotel was built in 1879 and has seen many famous people and holds many secrets. Strange things keep happening, Nell begins seeing a little boy and sleepwalking. Some voice keeps calling out to her and then she meets strange but beautiful Alec. He’s the biggest mystery of all. But her mind keeps playing tricks on her. Is he real? She can’t shake what she knows and soon finds the past a present colliding. Details of a murder that took place in 1907 come to light, involving a girl named Lea aka Aurelia and she looks just like Nell. What truly links Nell to the history of the Hotel and this mysterious boy. This book is a hauntingly beautiful ghost story. We meet a character who realizes she’s not who she though and a boy who loves her more than life. Aurelia’s spirit seems to return every 16 years while Alec’s spirit is stuck in Winslow hotel. These two souls are intertwined and their souls can’t rest until they are together forever, but something keeps stopping that from happening. Two people from different worlds who want to belong together. Aurelia comes from upper class money and is marrying a rich guy, while Alec is low class and works at the hotel. They shouldn’t be together but sometimes the heart is something you can’t fight. Aurelia doesn’t want to marry Lon. He’s abusive and wants to belittle her. And Alec can’t let her go even though he should. I would have loved to give this a 5 star but some things didn’t add up. For example even in the synopsis and the newspaper it states Aurelia died in 1905 yet she doesn’t go to the Winslow until 1907.. so a couple times I was like huh and double checking dates. I hope they catch that in the final copy. Other than that I love how the story comes together and in an almost Romeo and Juliet way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taffy

    Opening line: "He'd known somehow, as he pulled the trigger, that death would not be the worst of what he would face." (after you read this book, go back and read the prologue again). Nell's dad loves working in the hospitality industry, so the two of them have moved a few times. This time, they are moving to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. Nell has plans for her future, like going to a prestigious school where she can do ballet. She doesn't plan on sticking around l Opening line: "He'd known somehow, as he pulled the trigger, that death would not be the worst of what he would face." (after you read this book, go back and read the prologue again). Nell's dad loves working in the hospitality industry, so the two of them have moved a few times. This time, they are moving to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. Nell has plans for her future, like going to a prestigious school where she can do ballet. She doesn't plan on sticking around long and doesn't plan on making friends...or falling for a hotel employee. Lea doesn't plan on having a life and in 1905, that's exactly what society and her father think as well. Lea will marry a wealthy man to save her family from destitution, even if she doesn't love, or even like, the man chosen for her. She didn't plan on falling for one of the hotel's employees who is beneath her in status. Nell and Lea's stories are told in alternating chapters and eras at the Winslow. But all is not as it seems (obviously!) at the hotel. This was the aspect of the story that kept me reading. I wanted to understand the mystery and what was happening, I wanted to know the two girls were okay and had a good life, and I wanted the bad guy to get caught (or punched hard). Ms. Bobulski did a fantastic job of writing characters, scenes and weaving in enough tense that I couldn't put the book down. I would read another one of her stories! I just would have liked a little slower ending, or one that better explained...something that I can't reveal or I'll spoil the story for you! Thank you to the publisher for the early read in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Just A Hufflepuff Reading

    TW: physical abuse, emotional abuse, suicidal thoughts and possible mental illness This was just the kind of book I needed. Short. Simple. Spooky. I really enjoyed this. "When Lon and I are alone, he handles me like an object -a toy he can’t have yet. And for a boy who grew up in a world where nothing was ever off-limits, this is a very dangerous thing for me to be” I really liked the plot of this story, the atmosphere and the characters. I liked how in the beginning I didn’t know if it was TW: physical abuse, emotional abuse, suicidal thoughts and possible mental illness This was just the kind of book I needed. Short. Simple. Spooky. I really enjoyed this. "When Lon and I are alone, he handles me like an object -a toy he can’t have yet. And for a boy who grew up in a world where nothing was ever off-limits, this is a very dangerous thing for me to be” I really liked the plot of this story, the atmosphere and the characters. I liked how in the beginning I didn’t know if it was haunted, she was having hallucinations or what was going on, I also really enjoyed the actual thing that was happening, I just wish it was explained more . There was discussion or the idea, of women being used as just toys to men, and how they are to obey in all. It showed the ways of men and women in the 1900s vs the ways now in 2019 very well I thought. I really enjoyed that aspect, getting to see the HUGE differences in the way women were seen and treated. The meeehhhh parts 🤷🏼‍♀️ One thing is the ending kind of wrapped up super easily and I thought to myself “why couldn’t they figure that out to begin with?” So that’s why it’s 3.5 stars instead of 5 and because we only really got to see 3 characters. There were more side characters but none that we really go to know. We never find out how the curse came about, or what broke it.... why they were stuck inside the hotel. How she was seeing Lea’s dead family, did they die in the hotel too? I really wish all of that would have been explained... but the enjoyment factor was there. It was a lot of fun and a fast read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    3.5 stars Old houses and hotels make for good hauntings and that’s what Nell discovers when she and her dad move to the Winslow Grand Hotel, a huge Victorian posh resort, the largest hotel her dad has ever worked for. Before they even walk through the lobby door, Nell’s uneasiness turns to near-panic and for no good reason as far as she can tell. Her dad’s somewhat precarious health is her main concern but this new feeling is different. More than a hundred years earlier, an 3.5 stars Old houses and hotels make for good hauntings and that’s what Nell discovers when she and her dad move to the Winslow Grand Hotel, a huge Victorian posh resort, the largest hotel her dad has ever worked for. Before they even walk through the lobby door, Nell’s uneasiness turns to near-panic and for no good reason as far as she can tell. Her dad’s somewhat precarious health is her main concern but this new feeling is different. More than a hundred years earlier, another young girl, Lea, was a guest in this same hotel and dealt with a situation far removed from anything Nell has ever, or will ever, encounter. Lea’s father is intent on marrying her off to a man she barely knows, an heir to a fortune that will return Lea’s family to financial prosperity. Much like Nell, Lea experiences a sense of dread upon entering the hotel and coming events will take her down a path of heartache. Several days after reading this book, I’m still not quite sure what I think about it. It’s a tale that offers interesting characters but the plot is fairly derivative—not totally surprising because haunted hotel/house stories are frequently based on the same concept. Also, I understand why this is labeled as horror but I really think that’s too heavy for Remember Me and it could more accurately be called a gothic mystery. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, just my personal observation. At any rate, while I didn’t find anything particularly exciting or surprising about Remember Me, I do think it’s an enjoyable way to while away a few hours.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenna

    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway, and waited about a month to actually start reading it because, paradoxically, I LOVE ghosts in fiction, and I can't stand horror. Finally finished it, and while the horror elements would have definitely made me uncomfortable in a movie, as a book I was able to get through them no problem. Phew! All in all... this book could have used some more work, but it was well written, I found the characters interesting, and I enjoyed reading the my I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway, and waited about a month to actually start reading it because, paradoxically, I LOVE ghosts in fiction, and I can't stand horror. Finally finished it, and while the horror elements would have definitely made me uncomfortable in a movie, as a book I was able to get through them no problem. Phew! All in all... this book could have used some more work, but it was well written, I found the characters interesting, and I enjoyed reading the mystery unravel. This could have easily been a generic horror haunted hotel story, but writing half the book from Lea's perspective, getting to see the past firsthand, gave the story a lot of needed depth. The last quarter of the book is what I mostly had problems with. Everything resolved itself a bit too quickly and easily, especially for how much buildup was given. We spent a good half of the book just trying to piece together what was really going on, but as soon as we did the characters zipped along to an easy solution, all the remaining problems easily overcome. There were still tense moments, but it fell a bit flat. Also, this definitely felt to me more of a love story than a horror story, which I was perfectly fine with, but if some readers are expecting a scary haunted hotel thriller, I can imagine they'd be disappointed. The romance was really cute, though again the final stages of their development felt a bit rushed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Those who firmly believe that true love never dies and can last across decades will enjoy this supernatural thriller. Still mourning the loss of her mother, Nell Martin and her father are continuing to pick up the pieces of their lives. He's excited to move into his new post in charge of guest relations at a swanky hotel in South Carolina. Built in 1878, the Winslow Grand Hotel is still impressive. But almost from the start, Nell hears strange music where none is playing and has unsettling dream Those who firmly believe that true love never dies and can last across decades will enjoy this supernatural thriller. Still mourning the loss of her mother, Nell Martin and her father are continuing to pick up the pieces of their lives. He's excited to move into his new post in charge of guest relations at a swanky hotel in South Carolina. Built in 1878, the Winslow Grand Hotel is still impressive. But almost from the start, Nell hears strange music where none is playing and has unsettling dreams. Her brief encounters with Alec Petrov, who works at the hotel, are just as unsettling. As Nell and Max, the son of another woman who works at the hotel, begin sorting through newspaper articles and memorabilia for a planned exhibit, Nell stumbles on information that helps her start to make sense of what's happening. Lea Sargent, the fiancee of a wealthy and privileged young man, died right before her wedding in 1907, the victim of a murder/suicide. Could it be that Nell and Alec have some past connection? As readers peruse the book's pages with parts told through Nell's eyes and other parts through Lea's, they are likely to be caught up in this story of a love that survived the decades. I enjoyed the sections concerning Lea more than those about Nell since she was trying so hard to go against her parents' wishes and finding it hard to conform to the societal norms of her time.

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