Sunday, April 7, 2013

UnRemembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)

UnRemembered (Trilogy) by Jessica Brody 3.5 Stars 
Quick Review: I liked the book overall, but Im not attached to it. I enjoyed it while reading but Im okay with or without finishing the series.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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
Cover: Love it. Intriguing.
Rating: PG
Overall: Entertaining, but not amazing
Characters: Seraphina and Zen- S is well developed everyone else not so much
Plot: 16 year girl "survives" plane crash with no memories! Sounds pretty cool, very interesting.
Page Turner: Not until the end
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Depends on what you like. 
Book Boyfriend: Zen

Overall, I enjoyed the book Unremembered, but cant say that Ill truly remember it. While reading the book I was fascinated, specifically though with the concept and the writing abilities, Sera/Violet amazed me, and I was drawn into getting to know her. I think the concept of this sci-fi(ish) book is absolutely fantastic. And I actually liked that so much was explained to the reader, it helps me understand. I also really liked that the ending was a TOTAL cliffhanger. Which is both good and bad. 

Vanessa Hudgens as Seraphina
Props definitely go to the author for a number of reasons. 1) it must have been very difficult to write this book as someone who knows nothing, literally. The idea of describing a cell phone to someone who's never heard of it before! Really awesome! 2) The concept is different that anything I've ever read before! erasing memories?

I also liked that I kept guessing, I was never really sure, what was going to really happen, I couldnt guess what was going to happen like I can in so many other books, which was truly enjoyable.

Unfortunately I must admit that this book didnt captivate me like I thought it would. Even though the writing was good, and the plot was interesting, it lacked in its character development.

The plot continued to build throughout the book, and was consistently building upon each chapter. I liked that things progressed forward, learning new pieces as we went, but also understanding them at a good pace. At some point though, it seems like things just "fall together" without actually being built upon.

I think what troubled me the most, was the character development. While Violet/Seraphina was developed beautifully, none of the other characters were and there were some missing pieces. Like the police? Social Services put her with a GREAT family who had a kid of their own? This 13 year old boy happens to know quite a bit for his age (stealing a car?!) Other characters were really confusing, like Maxxer. This person REALLY confused me, and came out of no-where with little explanation as to what they were doing there, other than explaining the purpose of the entire book. I mean, seriously? Some mysterious person knocks you out and then explains your whole reason for being dumps you off at your maker and you dont question it? Not to mention as the reader Im thinking WTF are you?! why are you even in this book? Rio, his development was odd, in fact there was also little to none on him....not even sure what to say on that one. Alixter, well, theres no development, but Im not THAT angry about him, because hes the bad guy. Zen, where to start. I dont know, I cant even figure out what he looks like! And theres little to no connection to this character and he is the love of Seraphina's life. He appears out of nowhere (That I get), I even get how they fell in love, mostly, but there is simply not enough regarding them in the present and about him to make me fall for him. I mean I dont want him to die....

In the end, Im happy enough with the ending that I dont NEED to read the next installment, which by the way wont be out for another year! Meaning I likely wont read it. And if I do, it may be because Im bored, but considering the 3rd installment isnt due until 2015...the likelihood that I finish this series is slim, which is too bad. I think the concept here is really great. But the follow through just isnt there for me.

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