Monday, October 28, 2013

Highlights / Lowlights: UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody


Title: UNREMEMBERED
Author: Jessica Brody
Published: March 5th, 2013
Genre: YA, mystery, sci-fi
Series: Unremembered #1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux BYR
POV: 1st person
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, paperback
Source: Publicist
Rating: The Royal Library, Bottom Shelf.
"The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?"

Highlights: The pacing in UNREMEMBERED is fast, making it incredibly easy to fly through this story in only a matter of hours. Seraphina's foster family is fabulous - especially Cody, who was such a genuine, amusing, and likable young boy.  Seraphina was interesting enough as a protagonist to capture my attention, and I found her oddities and secret past to be completely fascinating. An edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced story, UNREMEMBERED is one mystery readers will love to unravel and piece back together.

Lowlights: Many of the twists are easily predicted (a few, fortunately, were not easy to predict but were a bit underwhelming). The romance fell flat, and I had a hard time believing in it. While I enjoyed the straight-forward writing, there's really nothing overly special about the writing style.

Rating: The Royal Library, Bottom Shelf (Low 4 out of 5). UNREMEMBERED is very good and extremely engaging, but it's more of a borrow-at-the-library kind of book. I enjoyed it enough that I may want to reread it again in the future, but I do have some issues with the story that I cannot ignore. Yet, if this story calls out to you, I'd recommend checking it out! The action and surprising reveals make it worth a read. 

9 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of this one, but I do like the premise. May have to check it out--I always love a story with good fast pacing. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's a fun book! You should check it out :)

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  2. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't fully love it :\ But glad you still enjoyed it a lot :D I did too. <3 cannot wait to read book two. Awesome review :)

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    1. Definitely an enjoyable book, even if I had a few issues with it. I'm definitely curious about the sequel!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Glad it is a fast read even if predictable twists.

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    1. It's definitely fast - so much happens in a short amount of time!

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  4. I felt pretty much the same about this one, a quick entertaining read with a few flaws. I did love Cody though! Its been too long to remember where he left off in the story but I hope he has at least a small part in book 2!

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  5. I felt pretty much the same about this one, a quick entertaining read with a few flaws. I did love Cody though! Its been too long to remember where he left off in the story but I hope he has at least a small part in book 2!

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