The Lost Years

The Supernatural London Underground Book 4

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
248 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2018
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

The Lost Years by Romarin Demetri is the fourth book in The Supernatural London Underground series. Romarin has no memory for a year of her life and now she seems to be rejecting the blood donor that saved her life. After Romarin is attacked, she meets a mysterious man who claims to have known her before. Old friends make their way back into her life and she discovers the shocking truth about her past, except she knows they're all lying to her about an old love from her past. She's more determined than ever to get to the bottom of her missing year and uncover those forgotten memories, but the truth is nothing like she expected. When she learns the truth, she has a choice to make about where her life goes from here.

Even missing a year of memories, including some of her most important ones, Romarin is as spunky, strong-willed, and snarky as ever! She has the same upbeat and sassy personality as before, only better, with a charisma about her that draws you into her story and makes her instantly likable. Her life is fairly free of supernatural situations and she's been living as an ordinary person, then she stumbles into this other society she was part of before and discovers the hero she used to be. She's a student living with Jen and Kalista in a settled, ordinary life where nothing strange really ever happens. Her friends return to her life which means the inclusion of several favorites from the first three books, who show up throughout. Demetri touches upon various characters and their new lives following the events of book three, which is a real treat for fans of the series. Travis and Corey are their neighbors who have also settled into the next stages of their lives, but their initial personalities remain fairly the same. Travis is the same hot and cold guy who is always joking around and being a pest; only now he's an author and harboring the pain of losing Deb, still grieving her loss. Yves appears in and out of the story as he's in an entirely new phase of life with a fiancee and a baby on the way. It's so different to see him happy and cheerful, loving his new life and embarking on these big events.

The Lost Years feels like a new chapter with the first three as a separate and complete story while this is starting a whole new story with the characters in new phases of their lives. Seeing Romarin back with her friends is full of comedic and emotional moments as she reconnects with each one and discovers who she was before, while also establishing the new person she is now. The theme of starting over and the next stage of life is present throughout the story with each of the characters. While being reminiscent of the first three books, The Lost Years feels lighter and more carefree. Her relationship with Audin has elements of a romantic comedy as he works to hide what their connection used to be and she works to uncover it. Demetri explores themes of friendship, new beginnings, and love in this new adventure in the series. The Lost Years is a delightful read that is charming, funny, and romantic, featuring favorite characters in new chapters of their lives.