Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Title: Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux BYR 
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Science Fiction, Romance
Release date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 320 (ARC)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Publisher
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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?

Unremembered is the enticing story of an extraordinary girl who seems to have been the only survivor of a plane crash.  She has no memories to guide her, and when she isn't claimed by a family, there are people who are nice enough to take her in for the time being.  They reteach her the things she should already know and make sure she feels at home, even if she doesn't know where home is.  When an unfamiliar boy comes into the picture and tells her that she's in danger, she's not sure who to believe

Let me start off by saying that although Unremembered wasn't entirely what I expected it to be, I still became entirely engrossed in the mystery behind this main character's past.  I was surprised at how quickly the story pulled me in and kept me turning the pages for more.  Every chapter released new information to both Sera and the reader, and that's what I think made the story the most interesting.  You and the main character always seem to be on the same page, and that way it's easy to feel connected.

The romance is also done really well, and that's because nothing feels rushed.  The pacing is perfect for everything in the story, especially the unveiling of the relationship between Sera and the mysterious boy who can't stay away.  Though Zen was one of the most important parts to this story, I still felt as though we never learned much about him, so I'm hoping that we'll get to see a little more in the next book in the series.

Overall, I loved every aspect of this book.  The mystery, the characters determination, and even the time travel made the story better than I could have hoped.  Although I haven't read any of the other stories written by this author, I'm glad to see that she was able to do science fiction exceptionally well.  Unremembered is complex, exciting, unique and definitely worth a read!

When I received this book last week, I noticed that there were many of you who wanted to get your hands on it, therefore I'm going to hold a giveaway for my ARC!

Giveaway info
-US and Canadian followers only (sorry, I can't afford INT shipping right now!)
-Ends March 5th, 2013
-Winner must reply within 48 hours


  1. Fantastic review! For some reason I thought this was a standalone and a contemporary... but I was wrong! I'm really interested in the mystery aspect and I can't wait to read this one! I've never read anything by Jessica Brody and wasn't planning on reading this one, but I'm intrigued now!

    1. Thanks! You're not alone, I thought the same exact thing, which is why I'm surprised that I liked it so much. Usually when I go into a book expecting one thing and getting something completely different, it's a disappointment, but this one wasn't at all. :P

  2. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this book and I like the sound of the romance too . . . I like it when the romance is well-paced and not too rushed.

  3. So uh, I was entering your giveaway and then forgot to copy your instagram name before clicking enter because I fail at life. Sorry!

  4. for me, the biggest pull and intrigue of this book is the 'loss of memory' bit. I think because it's something I am personally afraid of happening to me in real life - so (sensibly of course) I feed my paranoia by reading more books that have characters dealing with memory loss LOL

    Another great review!