Review: Once Again by Amy Durham

Once Again by Amy Durham
Series: Sky Cove Series (# 1)
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher:  Amy Durham
Pages: 287
Source:  Author

Reincarnation sucks! Unless it comes with a cute guy. That’s what sixteen year-old Layla Bradford discovers when she moves to Sky Cove, Maine, a small-town she thought was ordinary, but turns out to be an episode of “Cold Case” on steroids.

Layla doesn’t want to fit in; she wants to blend in and stay out of the spotlight. But the spotlight is where she winds up when she catches the eye of school cross-country star and all-around-nice-guy Lucas Ellis. She quickly learns there’s more at stake than high school reputations when she and Lucas discover they are the reincarnations of a young married couple from the mid-1800s who suffered a horrible tragedy at the hands of a madman who was never brought to justice. After a series of frightening visions show Layla and Lucas glimpses of their past-lives, they realize that the villain of their previous existence has also been reincarnated, in the form of a fellow high school student who targets them with teenage pranks that soon turn dangerous. As they grow closer, will Layla and Lucas be able to uncover the truth in time to stop the same tragedy from unfolding once again?


Review:  Once Again is a nice mix of fantasy and romance. It showed how unconditional love lasts even in another life.

The main characters are very likable. But I think they’re both too good to be true. I just wish they weren’t perfect; that they should have something to improve on. I know it’s a fantasy novel but I just wanted some unpredictability. They were just TOO perfect. How the romance started was too fast but a bit understandable as to why. It took me sometime to be convinced that their feelings, especially that Lucas’ feelings are genuine.

Another issue I had is that the building of suspense was so long that it took 90% of the book and when it came down to the revelation part, it went in a blur. My reaction was, “That was it?”

Despite those, I still liked the flow of the story, it wasn’t confusing at all. Another good thing about it is that the mystery part was very intriguing which made me eager to finish the book. I already had an idea who was the “bad” guy, and I was right!

Overall, I enjoyed the book! It has a good story and I’m glad I have taken a journey with Layla and Lucas.

Favorite Quote:  “Think you your acts will bring you joy. But hate and malice you employ. For the things you want you’ll always yearn. Until the day you finally learn.”