Author: Jaime Loren
Waiting for April is an ambitious debut from Adelaide’s own Jaime Loren.
I am at a bit of a loss with this review, I’m not quite sure how to approach it. I really enjoyed the book, I read it really quick which is something of an effort for me lately. The characters drew me in and I had to keep flipping pages to find out what was going on.
I have to admit it took me quite a while to really get into the story. In the beginning I found it very similar to a series I have read. The basic premise shares a lot of similarities but there are a few glaring differences. Once I could make myself stop comparing the two we were on a roll. Even though it took some getting past similarities I found this book to be original, engaging and quite tragic.
At first I was a little thrown by the similarities but when I think about it now it is really hard to have anything that’s completely original. Waiting for April is a touching novel that is very different from anything I’ve read before, despite the basic similarities to another series.
April Anne Fletcher has been here before, 19 times before and not once did she manage to make it to her 18th birthday. In her first life she was tragically shot the day before she was to marry her soulmate. In her current life she has an amazing best friend, a boyfriend who absolutely adores her and no idea that her days are numbered.
Waiting for April had some extremely unexpected twists which really did set it apart from anything else I’ve ever read and they came at me completely out of the blue. I like to pride myself on being able to predict what’s coming and being quite intuitive about it but this one had some surprises in store that left me wanting more – needing to know what comes next and crossing my fingers for sequels.
I am a believer in reincarnation, I think we keep coming back but Loren has put a completely different spin on it. April isn’t just reincarnated, it isn’t just her soul returning for another life, another stop on her journey to enlightenment. No, April comes back quite soon after each death and she comes back as April Anne Fletcher every time, but that’s not all – she also comes back with the same physical characteristics and that’s something I wasn’t expecting. She has no memory of her earlier lives and that I was expecting.
Waiting for April has a little bit of everything. There is romance, friendship, suspense, mystery, love triangles and villains. There’s flashbacks, so we get to see bits and pieces of history and there was one scene I really wasn’t expecting, and I’m not going to spoil for you. Let’s just say that as well as heartbreaking there are some stomach turning scenes too.
Well written and well paced with three dimensional characters that draw you into their plight and have you planted firmly in their corner. Waiting for April is fun as well as tragic and I can not wait to see what she has in store for us next. More Scott and April please Jaime…. Soon.
Waiting For April is Book #8 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2015.