The Persistence of Memory Book 2: All Our Yesterdays
Frequent readers might remember that I enjoyed the first book in the Persistence of Memory series. Déjà Vu began a saga of superheroes, romance, and quite possibly the end of the world. (I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say the world doesn’t end in the first book, especially when there are two more coming.) Daniel Hecht, a Jewish Holocaust-surviving supersoldier who mysteriously survived to the present day, works for WISE, an organization that essentially collects superheroes. There, he meets and falls in love with Nina Asher, a woman with an equally mysterious past, amnesia, and the ability to swear in Sumerian. The book is funny, sweet, and sexy by turns, providing an excellent superhero romance. By the end, we learn Nina is actually Inanna, daughter of Ishtar, and realizing her divinity has brought out a new and somewhat terrifying personality in her.
All Our Yesterdays, the sequel, picks up right where Déjà Vu left off. On the whole, it’s an excellent continuation of the story. Many sequels struggle with where to go next, but the author neatly avoided that trouble by not having much to wrap up at the end of the first book. Rather than starting fresh with a new plot, the reader dives right into where things left off, and the storyline feels very natural. I would suggest anyone who hasn’t read the first book in a while to go back and at least skim the last couple of chapters to ease back into the world. It’ll help you follow the first chapter of All Our Yesterdays a bit better.
Unfortunately, continuing the story from one book to the next also exposes some weaknesses in the first novel. I hadn’t minded them at all in Déjà Vu since it was a quick, breezy read that was easy to fall in love with, but through the second book, I found myself forgetting who some of the minor characters were and getting lost in chapter transitions. All the chapters begin in medias res, which lends immediacy to the action, but sometimes makes me wonder how we got to where we are.
Don’t walk away from All Our Yesterdays, though, especially if you read and enjoyed Déjà Vu. It has all the strengths of the first book, and I’m confident the third in the series will keep that up. Karen Janowsky has a gift for balancing heat, humor, and heart, which in my opinion means she deserves to be a known name in the romance world.
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|Page Count||262 pages|
|Publisher||Mill City Press|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|