Review of Remember Pompeii by Kika Emers (earc)


 

 

Remember Pompeii by Kika Emers

 

“In the exciting series-opening fantasy novel Remember Pompeii, a powerful teenager resists coming of age through multiple reincarnations for reasons that she keeps secret from those she loves.”—Foreword Clarion Reviews She’s lived 200 lifetimes. And never turned 17.Kali Brewster isn’t like other teenage girls. She can’t be because her qi, her immortal soul, is 3623 years old. It’s what makes her a wanshiqi, part of an immortal race who can reincarnate into any form. But Kali’s different, even among her kind. She’s serving her sentence for what happened in Pompeii. As punishment, she and her family are forced to reincarnate into human bodies, shackling their existence to one life form. Reaching her 17th human birthday will end her sentence and return her family to their full wanshiqi existence. Once that happens, all her ties to them will be broken. She will come of age. Nothing will ever be like it was again. Her one goal for the past 200 lifetimes? To die before her 17th human birthday. She has yet to fail. The trick is making her family think her death is an accident. Because none of them are pleased to be a part of her punishment and all of them want it to be over. But it’s not up to them. It’s up to her. She doesn’t want everything to change. She doesn’t want to lose who she is. She doesn’t want to let go of her family. She’s about to learn that this is the lifetime where every decision counts. And living might be the only way to protect what really matters to her. Remember Pompeii is a YA contemporary fantasy that is sure to delight fans of Shereen Vedam’s Outside the Circle Mysteries with its complicated heroine, buried secrets, and mythical beings. This book has all of the family drama and historical moments of The Originals with none of the blood drinking.

Expected publication April 30, 2024

 

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This is a good start to a new series. I think that if you generally like Entangled Teen’s Fantasy books, you’ll really enjoy this one too.

First, love the setting! Didn’t realize this was San Diego County, so I love that.

Kali has lived a lot of lives. Not always as human though. Her Qi (soul) transfers and she can remember all her past lives. She also has a soulmate. Something bad happened to Kali in Pompeii and she destroyed it. Part of her punishment was that her parents don’t remember loving her. If she doesn’t make it to her 17th birthday, she is reborn and her parents and grandparents are still with her. If she lives, they will be separated. Her parents barely tolerate her now, but her grandparents are amazing. Kali even makes some human friends that she cares about. But as her seventeenth birthday is approaching, she is essentially blackmailed into making a deal to live. But there are others that don’t want to see that happen.

I read the first chapter of book two and it sounds like it will be good too. I’m looking forward to reading it.

I gave this book 4 stars.

Thank you to the author for gifting me with an earc for review.

 

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