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  • Slower read, but so many layers to peel back!

    The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville is a great addition to the magical realism genre! There are so many layers to this book that deal with the evil within, depression, family bonds, how friendships can heal, letting go, and learning to trust yourself. There is also a mystery intertwined which adds another wonderful element to The Memory Collectors. The first part of the book was a bit slow at times, but I still didn’t find myself skimming like I sometimes do with a slower paced book. I think this was because the details were so beautifully written, and Neville was able to capture human emotion so well. Neville writes relationships in vivid detail, whether it be between family, friends, or people just getting to know each other. The middle started to pick up and give more foreshadowing, and then the end… wow! The culmination of all the story lines and everyone’s emotions was a whirlwind of intense reading. I was hoping there would be more in regards to the museum and being able to see people’s reactions to the exhibits, but that just means there’s potential for another book! If you enjoy magical realism or a story with lots of emotional layers, I highly recommend The Memory Collectors.

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  • Magical

    First I'd like to say the cover is so beautiful and magical in and of itself, I do origami and I thought it was a wonderful way to bringing the inside of the book out. The Memory Collectors is refreshingly charming, honest and sweet. It's pretty different to most of the other books I've read recently. Instead of angst ridden drama or scare to death me thrillers, Kim Neville's story is playful and quaint - the definition of whimsy. As a Canadian it's always fun to come across an interesting story set in my home country and support authors from Canada. In The Memory Collectors we're treated to a couple plot lines set in Vancouver B.C. Although it's far more than just two character's stories. I loved how different plots are seamlessly worked together into one book. I love the idea of finding old objects and feeling what their previous owners felt. This story was magical, lyrical and enchanting, I hope Ms. Neville has more books on the horizon.

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  • Fantastic characters, great setting!

    This book sucked me in from the very beginning. I started reading it because I saw that it’s set in Vancouver, which I love, but the story took over from there. I really wanted to know more about this special gift Ev has. Then when Harriet was introduced, and Ev realized she has the gift too, I was curious to see what the two of them were going to get up to. Owen and Noemi are fantastic supporting characters, each in their own way. Neville’s use of mystery and suspense was fantastic and I loved the addition of mind-bending as well. Not only does this book shed light on the hold objects can sometimes have on us, but it really made me think about hoarding in a whole new light. Loved it!

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  • Beautiful

    The Memory Collectors is a beautiful story of love, painful memories and secrets and the ability of a person to become stronger as they try to overcome these hurdles. The two main characters are Harriet and Ev who possess the ability to feel the emotions that the former owners of objects have left on the objects. A small toy or a large piano, all objects are “stained” and touching, holding or even being in the vicinity of them can affect how you feel. Most people don’t realize that these emotions are affecting them but Ev and Harriet can. People have sentimental feelings about some objects and therefore keep them nearby and this book gives a different spin on these feelings. Maybe it is magic or maybe it is something psychic, nobody knows. The author does an amazing job of making this story feel realistic and true. Her characters are wonderfully created, showing depth and emotions that make them likeable. She paints a picture of the locations in her book that allowed me to easily see the Museum and Harriet’s house. I found I was drawn into the story and I felt the claustrophobia of being in the house. Working together the try to create a place where people can go and feel happy but while doing this they are forced to face their pasts and the pain and terror that they have tried to forget. Each of the women, along with their friend Owen hold secrets that they can’t share with others. It is the secrets that can rip relationships apart but with love, patience and understanding they are able to face these secrets. The personal strength that Ev possesses is hidden until she is forced to unleash it. The book started at a slow pace but it picked up and I found I couldn’t put it down. The author weaves a tale that contains mystery and intrigue along with a touch of suspense. It’s more than just magic, it’s a story of acceptance and love. I thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book.

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  • Edge of your seat read

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. The Memory Collectors is an urban fantasy novel set in present-day Vancouver. The story explores the premise that we leave behind feelings on the objects that belong to us, feelings that can be felt long after the objects leave our possession. Evelyn Marchand and her sister Noemi were orphaned when her father murdered her mother and committed suicide. Evelyn has always regarded her ability to sense the memories that objects hold more like a curse than a blessing, and she has arranged her life in order to protect herself from the stains, as she calls them. Harriet has taken the opposite approach and has filled every inch of her apartment with her treasures. She searches out everything she can find with memories good, bad and even some evil. The objects have taken over her life, and the collection she has created has begun to permeate the building where she lives to the point where those feelings are affecting the others that live in the building. She hires Ev to help her sort through her belongings and perhaps create a museum from the objects. I found this a fascinating story, both chilling and heartwarming and enjoyed reading it very much. Publishing Date: March 16, 2021. #TheMemoryCollectors #KimNeville #UrbanFantasyNovel #SimonAndSchusterCanada #NetGalley #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer

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