Content Warnings: gun violence, murder, suicide
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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 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.
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 story telling, multifaceted characters, and twists and turns at every corner.
blood on the carpet, blood on the walls, blood dripping, dripping downremember me by chelsea bobulski
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.
You can’t escape me, darling. I already told you. I’m everywhere.remember me by chelsea bobulski
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.
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