by Suzanne Weyn
This book starts out in prehistoric times, with two people fighting over a precious stone that could change both of their lives, and it ends in present time with two teenagers, who just met. The whole book is the many stories of these two people; in love, but unable to be with each other before the end.
I had high expectations for Reincarnation. The cover is beautiful, the story is unique and interesting, and so many people have read it and liked it. Now I'll admit, my expectations were probably a bit too high. Because I was disappointed.
Let's start with the main idea. I love a good love story just as much as the next person. But in the beginning of the book, they die fighting... and suddenly it just seems like they're expected to love each other, just because they met in a past life. The main attraction between them is the fact that they feel an instant connection between them. More of the book is focused on them having met before, and not the actual relationship itself. I don't know as much about these characters as I would have liked.
Each section was written from a different time period, which was a good idea. But was it just me, or did the writing seem a bit choppy? I don't think the stories flowed together very nicely at all... and the dialogue didn't fit right, either. I'm not really sure, it just appeared to be too offhand and obviously set up. I couldn't imagine the characters having them as real conversations.
I know this review makes it sound awful... but it really wasn't terrible. It had it's good aspects. From this book, I get the idea that the author wants to convey the universal idea that love never ends, and that sometimes it may take longer for two people to be together than they can even imagine (in this case, thousands of years).
So, all in all, not bad. Just not as good as I was expecting. The idea was great, but the execution of that idea was poor.