Monday, April 15, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - UNREMEMBERED by JESSICA BRODY - UNREMEMBERED # 1 - PAN MACMILLAN - 5 EXCITING STARS!!

By: Jessica Brody
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback for review, 300 Pages

RATING: 5 EXCITING STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

A catastrophic plan crash leaves one survivor: a girl with no memory.

Who is she?

Where does she come from?

Nobody knows and no one comes forward to claim her.

Haunted by a looming threat she can't remember and plagued by abilities she doesn't understand, she struggles to recall who she is. But every clue leads to more questions. And she's running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a boy who claims they were once in love.

Alone and on the run, who should she trust? And what if she discovers that she is safer with a past that stays unremembered?





BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I like numbers. 

I have a tattoo. 

I like grilled cheese sandwhiches. 

And supermarkets. 

I have long brown hair and purple eyes. 

I survived a plane crash. 

A plane crash I have no memory of. 





I REALLY liked this book. It grabs you with intrigue from the get go.

'Unremembered' , has a sci- fi element to it that is very clever. Now I saw a few reviewers on Goodreads were stating this story has been done before. It depends on what genres you read a lot of. Any genre if you read it a lot you will find a story idea done before. As reviewers we read a lot of books. We can tend to assume that the general public read as much as we do, when that is not necessarily the case. I have not read much sci-fi , so for me, this was a great ride of twists and curve balls and it was very fresh and exciting for me.

I was very entertained and surprised by where the story took me. I really didn't want it to end.


I have chosen to include the Australian blurb with my review as I think the USA one is too telling.

I liked discovering along with ‘Violet’.

Side by side we both are ‘remembering’.

I am trying to keep spoilers out of this review as it is a story to experience yourself with where it starts to where you end up.....


What I loved about Jessica’s story , we were having to think it out like ‘Violet’ and learn to trust the boy who said he was going to help her.

Trust him. 

I was ‘Violet's’ shadow. We were both in the dark waiting for the light to switch on.

When I thought I had worked something out.......had I?

A movie comes to mind with some of this story idea, but I won’t say which movie, for it would spoil and maybe give too much of a wrong direction for the reader.

‘Violet’ has been found in the water of a plane crash site, the only apparent survivor. No memory. No relatives coming forth.

Hence the name, ‘Violet’.

....... Except a boy who claims to know her and was desperate to get her out of the hospital.

The story Jessica has written isn’t about boy meets girl, it is bigger than that. It is more intriguing than that. It is fast paced and you get turned about at quite a few corners.

The more the story unfolds the more exciting it got for me. I felt there was a lot of depth to the plot. Jessica will keep turning your brain about.

Sure there is this beautiful boy and girl......but it isn’t centred on romance.

There is a reason for this.

“I’ve seen it all before,” he says. His smile quickly fades and is replaced with a look of sincerity. “And it’s still beautiful.”


This is book one in a series and Jessica is setting up a world for us to grasp and it is an ever revealing plot. 

I really loved the sub characters they all brought something to the story and had me wondering.

Cody is a great sidekick, a thirteen year old boy who behaved definitely like my thirteen year old boy. They see a gorgeous girl and don’t quite know how to act around them. Cody was one of my favourite characters in this book as he gets some great lines and gets to be a bit of a hero.



“You’re like a small child”, he tells me sharply. “You really don’t know anything.”



His face starts to turn that peculiar shade of red again. “You know --“ he glances out the window -- “Girls who look like you.”

“What do I look like?”

He groans and peers back at me. ‘Are you really going to make me say it?”

I don’t reply.

“Pretty!” he finally says, the red deepening. He faces the window again. “Ok? You’re very pretty. You should be a model. If you’re not already. There you go.”




“Was that a joke? Did the infamous amnesiac supermodel actually make a joke?”



He steals another peek. “That dress ....” he starts, but his face colours and he looks away. “Well ....it fits. Which is a nice change.”



The villain is great, a danger to humanity in one mind that doesn’t know when enough is.... too much.

When does an idea crossover into cray cray land?

Nothing will stop him on his path. Power is all consuming. A sci-fi will always have a power hungry villain. 

But what type of villain, is...errr... the villain?

This book really has everything packed into it in a fast paced read with action a plenty, throw in the twists and curveballs that will assault you and the mysterious Maxxer, and then the shiz really hits the fan.

I thought this was a really ‘cool’ YA book that read like a movie with all the right ingredients. I felt like I should have had a tub of popcorn in my lap, throw in the M & M's and I was having a great time.

I am looking forward to ‘Unforgotten’ releasing March 2014. 

Michelle

6 comments:

  1. I am dying to read this! I don't know which cover I like better, the American one or the Australian! I am so glad o hear you loved this. I don't read too much sci-fi (even though I love it) so this will probably have a lot of nice twists and turns for me. I am definitely going to have to buy this one soon!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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    1. I like the Australian as it speaks more to me with the story. I kind of don't like blurred covers. Makes me feel like I have been reading too long, lol!!

      Lots to keep you entertained in this one!

      Mich:D

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  2. This sounds good! And it's funny when people say an idea has been done before, these days every idea has been done before, so it's just up to the author to spin it a new way!

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    1. This certainly was a very entertaining read. kept me on my toes!! I think as reviewers we have to remember, there are only so many story ideas and yes it is the characters that make it different. I thought this was a cool read. And...it is only book # 1. The party has only just got started! Also other readers may ...like myself find sci-fi all fresh and new :) I don;t have anything to compare to. So , yeah I don't like seeing low stars for that reason. I think this story was fast paced and exciting and had everything to keep me entertained:)

      Mich

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  3. Are any of the characters snarky? I love JBrody's snark. I've only read one of her books and I was ROFL for almost the entire time! She's really funny.

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    1. You got spammed again. I found you in the spam jar :) I think Cody has a lot of humor in this book. He is the fun side kick. This is my only J Brody book I have read :)

      Woot!

      Mich

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