I read this book in the early-ish 2000s (in English) and all I can remember are some oddly specific details.

The protagonist was a girl with red hair who somehow meets up with her companions from her previous life (which she doesn't remember). I'm pretty sure all of them were mythical creatures or something similar; one of them was a troll. Towards the end of the book, the girl has to step into something magic that gives her back her memories and also makes her hair darker red; I think they described it as auburn.

I also vaguely remember time travel being a part of the story; she ends up changing her own decision by placing a button next to a door and I think that stops her friends from getting killed. There might have been a scene where she unscrews a hook from the ceiling because it got screwed in the wrong way.

From what I can remember, the cover was the girl riding on the back of the troll, which actually looked kind of like a gorilla. I think the title started with a R; it might have been the main character's name.

  • Is it a xanth book? Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 23:17
  • No, it wasn't. I'm not actually sure if it was part of a series, but the cliffhanger ending would certainly have set it up for a sequel.
    – Zana
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 0:38
  • Can we rule out all Piers Anthony? There's the Mode series, which I believe featured a red-haired female protoganist. Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 0:45
  • Yeah, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Piers Anthony book. I kind of think the author was a woman, but I could be wrong.
    – Zana
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 1:08
  • That's not it either. I'm pretty sure the book was set in modern times, just with magic stuff.
    – Zana
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 16:24

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Alosha (2005) by Christopher Pike.

Alosha cover

From Amazon:

While hiking in the woods behind her house, Ali stumbles across a plot by the elementals--mysterious creatures who live in a neighboring dimension--to invade and destroy the Earth. Not only that, she discovers that she has been chosen to stop the attack.

Why Ali?

It is very possible that she is more than human . . .

Eager to earn her magical abilities and learn her true identity, Ali sets out on a great adventure.

Accompanied by a devious leprechaun, a loyal troll, and three close friends, Ali strives to reach the top of a forbidden mountain and lay claim to the Yanti, an ancient talisman of great power that even the elementals cannot control.

Extract from Google Books:

Leave it to the dark fairies to put their screws in backward. Ali stopped and concentrated on trying to spin clockwise.

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    Is the author Captain Christopher Pike? Or a lesser Pike? Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 0:49
  • That's it exactly! No idea why I thought it started with an R, though.
    – Zana
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 16:05

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