TBR Spotlight: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln — by EXO Books

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com.

Title:  The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

 

Author: EXO Books (Yup, that’s his pen name)

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction /  133

Summary: Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.”

Cover Review: Ehhhhhhhh not so good. Pretty bad, actually. It does a good job of giving the sci-fi feel, but I’m really just not a fan of the art style itself.

Why I put it on my TBR list: This book has a summary that teases an incredible premise and world, but give you almost no information about the story itself.  Deaths that are planned? An effort to save all that is best in humanity? The end is just the beginning? Basically, I’m just confused after reading the summary. Confused, but very intrigued. And since it’s such a short read (133 pages), I’m definitely going to give it a try when I get back from my mission! I have loved science-fiction for a very long time, and I love supporting indie authors, so you can bet that I’ll be reading this one. 

Do you love science-fiction? Make sure to grab your copy of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln!

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Review: Starwarden — by J.A. Dalley

 

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com.

Title: Starwarden (Almek Manning, #2)

 

Author: J.A. Dalley

Rating:  ★★★★★ (5.5 of 5)

Genre/Pages: YA Mil-Sci-Fi / 216

Summary: “Dalton Space Force: Now Hiring!

Almek Manning survived the first part of his military training at the Solar Fleet’s boot camp, and now he must face the rigor of life at the Academy. Meanwhile, the cease-fire between the Solar Fleet and the United Monarchy of Europe is becoming increasingly fragile, and Almek has begun to wonder if he can finish his education quickly enough to help fight the war…

However, Sky Marshal Kitt, Jack Dalton, and High Admiral Numair have plans for the young midshipman, and Almek’s choices may yet decide the outcome of the war.”

Cover Review: It’s pretty. It’s a really nice outer space graphic design cover. I prefer covers with characters on them, but this one’s not bad at all. 

My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book just as much, if not more, than I loved the first book in the series, The Zochtil. This review’s going to be short and sweet, but don’t take that as anything negative about the book. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I really did love every second of it!

The characters are believable and real, the story is unpredictable and heart-wrenching, and the world is insanely well-developed. This is one of those books that I just opened right away and knew that it would be amazing. The writing captivates you immediately, and you quickly get invested in the lives of these insanely cool and well-developed characters.  

Wow. I REALLY loved this book. It is a genuinely GOOD book. Nearly impossible to put down, it’s the kind of book that you wholeheartedly enjoy the entire time. Spectacularly well-written. Honestly, I was a bit afraid that it would seem unrealistic to have a teenager fresh out of the Academy change the course of battles/war, however, it wasn’t that way at all. There was nothing about this book that seemed rushed or unbelievable.

It was a solid novel. Fast paced, but you never got left behind or confused as you do in many of the novels nowadays (Champion, Shadow Throne, etc.). You were NEVER bored, and even though it revolves 100% around the military and interstellar maneuvering, you never get lost in the anagrams, mil slang, or complicated physics.

The plot and the characters were PERFECT! I really love these characters, and I loved the story ARC of this book. J.A. perfectly crafted a sense of foreboding prior to major plot twists, but you never knew WHAT was going to happen… just that it wasn’t going to be pretty. The timing of the plot and events was PERFECTION.

Did I mention I love the characters? Their interaction is THE BEST. The implants, too. And the psychological damage of war and wartime promotion. And basically just the whole book. This is a book that you come out of feeling satisfied. Wanting to know what happens next, yes, but HAPPY with the book as a whole.

To Sum it Up: I never really thought that I would read and enjoy Young Adult Military Science Fiction (man, that’s quite the mouthful for a genre, isn’t it?), but there’s just something about the writing, characters, and plot of this book that make it unforgettable and impossible to put down. highly recommend this book to readers 11 and up.

 

Review: The Fate of Ten – by Pittacus Lore

Fate of TenTitle: PAIN, AGONY, SUFFERING, AND TEARS — er, I mean: The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Pages / Genre: 416 / Sci-Fi

Summary: The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

My Review: Well, this will be interesting. I am attempting to write a review while still crying over that ending. I just can’t, okay? I just can’t. James “Pittacus Lore” Frey, I will never forgive you for this. The feels are just too much right now.

Now to attempt to write a semi-coherent review.

Heroes: In past books, I’ve found it difficult to keep track of and care for each of our young Garde, seeing as there are just so many. However, Fate of Ten steers clear of the “too many heroes” complex that similar books fall into (looking at you, Heroes of Olympus). Each of these heroes are individually complex, and you care deeply about the motivations and well-being of each one. That’s the most incredible thing about this series! I love these characters so much.

Plot: The whole series is coming to a close leading up to the final book in the seven story sage United As One. This book is action packed and exciting, as you see previous five books finally coming to fruition as everything begins to fall into place. The story alternates between two main groups: 4, 5, 9, and Sam, and 6, 7, 10, Adam and Sarah. I found myself almost unable to put this book down, and whenever I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. This book is possibly my favorite of the series, though it could have used more Sarah and more 9.

Content Advisory: Lots of battle scenes, and semi-graphic deaths. Mass destruction, sadness, and tears. Your tears. My tears. ALL THE TEARS. 

To Sum it Up: If you enjoy causing yourself emotional pain and distress – this book is for you. Also, if you have been following the adventures of the Garde as long as I have, you absolutely have to read this installment. Suspenseful, action packed, and intense, Fate of Ten was masterfully written. I recommend it to readers 14+.

 

Review: Time for the Stars – By Robert A. Heinlein

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Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com

Title: Time for the Stars

Author: Robert A. Heinlein

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sci-Fi / 256 pages

Summary: Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower-than-light spaceships and home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely solution–human telepathy.
Identical twins Tom and Pat are enlisted to be the human radios that will keep the ships in contact with Earth. The only problem is that one of them has to stay behind, and that one will grow old while the other explores the depths of space.Always a master of insight into the human consequences of future technologies, this is one of Heinlein’s triumphs.

My Review: Man, this was a weird book. Yeah, I know, Heinlein practically specializes in weird, so I shouldn’t be surprised. But Time for the Stars was it’s whole own category of strange… But I liked it. Also, this book was published in 1950. That’s crazy to think about! Over 60 years since it’s publication, and this unusual book still fascinates sci-fi readers today. Myself, most certainly included. Heinlein’s

Hero/Heroine: Our two leads here, identical twins Tom and Pat are fascinating, and a refreshing change from the cliche way that twins are often portrayed in novels. Tom and Pat aren’t just in constant competition – frankly, they don’t even like each other very much when our story begins. They are fun characters to read about, and their morals are deep and complex.

Plot: It’s hard to explain the allure of a Heinlein book to someone who has never read one before. His writing is masterful, and his plots are slower paced than what you will see from 21st century writers. But the slow pace is to their benefit, and you never lose interest in the story at hand. They’re nearly impossible to put down, and frankly I find it charming. We follow our young heroes as they begin to experience the consequences of FTL travel, and what that means to them and those they left behind. At the same time, you are experiencing the daily monotony of life on a spaceship that only sees one major battle. The story is not monotonous, though, and you become truly invested in the character’s lives and interactions. Just like with Star Trek. Except there are near constant battles in Star Trek… So, probably not by best comparison, but, whatever.

And, for reals, y’all: THAT ENDING THOUGH. I was in shock for hours! It was crazy.

Content Advisory: An intense battle scene involving significant loss of life. This is a story featuring teenage boys, so there is also romance and some kissing.

To Sum it Up: Heinlein’s storytelling is timeless, charming, and reminiscent of a different age of literature. Time for the Stars is a fun, thought provoking sci-fi adventure that explores FTL travel, telepathy, and what life on a spaceship really means. I recommend this book to readers ages 10+.

DREAMCAST: Unremembered – By Jessica Brody

Okay, so I’ve never dreamcasted something before, but here goes…

Unremembered: The cinematic portrayal of the bestselling novel by Jessica Brody: “Unremembered”.

Cover Image  from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover Image from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

About Unremembered:

When a sixteen year old girl wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash with no memories, she’s forced to piece together her forgotten past with only one clue to her identity— a mysterious boy who claims he helped her escape from a top-secret science experiment.

Learn more about the book and author at Jessica Brody’s website and blog. Check out another great dreamcast HERE.

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Seraphina: Katie Leung

Though I’m sure most other fans imagined Sera (Violet) as Caucasian, I had never specifically thought that, and as I was searching for the right DreamCast for Sera, I stumbled across Katie Leung – most well known for her role as Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series – and I knew she was perfect. I think she exemplifies that natural beauty and child-like innocence of Sera. Just give her some purple contacts, and you’re good to go! :)

 

 

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Burkely Duffield

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Zen: Burkely Duffield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so The Zen Requirements: 1. HOT and romantic. 2. Protective/Defensive. 3. Rebel/Willing to sacrifice.

Canadian actor Burkely Duffield -best known for his role as Eddie Miller in House of Anubis  –  gets huge checkmarks on all 3 requirements. He’s got that super sweet but slightly know-it-all look to him, but you can tell that he will protect Sera with his life, and is willing to sacrifice anything for her.

 

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Matthew Knight

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Cody: Matthew Knight

My Dreamcast for Cody is most certainly the amazing Matthew Knight – best known for his role as Ethan in My Babysitter’s a Vampire.

 

 

 

 

 

He looks like he could be your younger brother – he’s super cute, a huge nerd, but is incredibly loyal and willing to follow you anywhere – even if it means putting his life on the line doing things he’d only ever read about.

I mean, really…

How can you not LOVE Matthew Knight???

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Isn’t he adorable? Also, sorry about the strange gap…. my computer’s being annoying. Just keep on scrolling! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Rylan Maxxer

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Dr. Rylan Maxxer: Katie McGrath

I think Katie McGrath would be perfect as Dr. Maxxer. In the left picture you can see she has that  natural beauty that just makes her look so…nice. Approachable. She looks like someone you can trust.

But then in the picture below you can see she has another side to her – dark, cunning, brilliant, but still oh-so-trustable.

 

 

Honestly, I just think Katie McGrath – best known for her role as Morgana in BBC’s Merlin – would be the perfect Dr. Maxxer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, there you have it… My Dreamcast for the Unremembered movie. What do you think? How would YOU cast it?

Review: Champion – By Marie Lu

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Summary:

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Genre/Pages: Dystopian/369

Rating: ★★★ (6 of 5)

My Review: How many different ways are there to say: I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS ENTIRE BOOK?Best. Book. I. Have. Ever. Read. I loved it so much. I was terrified that it would be a complete crash-and-burn, like Mockingjay… but it wasn’t. It was beautifully perfect. Many people will hate the ending, but me? I LOVED it.

I first fell in love with these characters a year and a half ago. And on November 11th, I fell in love with them all over again. They are so… real. So flawed, and yet, that’s what makes them so perfect in my mind. Especially June and Day. I was afraid that their romance would overtake the book, and to a certain extent it did. But the action, the plot, the rebellion, the government, none of that was sacrificed so that there could be more time spent on the romance.

The ending. It was beautiful. I don’t like Disney-perfect endings. I like it when the story is left open, when you don’t know everything that will ever happen. And that is exactly what Marie did with Champion. The world building fascinated me, especially when we got to see some other countries. I loved that.

Content Advisory: One.. passionate scene with sex implied, but never seen/talked about. It’s a very glossed over scene. A few people die, nothing bloody or gorey. Just intense. There’s a bit of kissing, both in between a girl and a guy, and, once, in between 2 guys.

To Sum it Up:  I loved everything. But I’ve said that before, haven’t I? I was upset that Marie felt like she needed a bed scene, but at least she didn’t focus on it. Overall, if you love dystopian action, with a touch of romance, despair, LOTS OF CRYING, and an overall amazing book. Make sure to read this one! I recommend this book to 13+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Review: The Fall of Five – by Pittacus Lore

Summary and cover from goodeads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Summary and cover from goodeads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: The Fall of Five

Author: Pittacus Lore

Summary: The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction/352

Rating: ★★(5 of 5)

My Review: This has got to be the most awful book I have ever read. Now don’t get me wrong… I LOVED it! Characters, development, the plot, everything. OH my gosh I loved it so much! It was so completely all-encompassing. Emotional. Thought-inspiring. Inspirational, even. Heart-wrenching. Suspenseful. You won’t even see it coming. And then it’ll hit you. *dun dun dun*

I was super psyched for the 4th book in The Lorien Legacies – and I wasn’t disappointed. However, the series doesn’t appear to be wrapping up. Pittacus Lore has said that he wishes to tell the story over the course of 6 books… and we’re getting close to that now. That is my only real complaint. The book was great, there were some major revelations and a LOT of character development and plot-building… but in the grand scheme of things? Nothing REALLY happened. It was non-stop action, and I loved every second of it… I’m just hoping this won’t turn into Wheel of Time. On other news… Talk of a Power of Six movie is BACK!!! Nothing official yet…but it’s only been 2 years. PJ&O sequel took 4. There is hope!

When I say non-stop action, I really mean it. There’s hardly time to breathe, but not in a bad way. Most of this book was taken up by character development and them learning more – which I find beyond fascinating. Character development, especially when you have SO MANY characters, can sometimes get left behind, but not in this one! Yay! The climax. Well. You almost don’t see it coming. You almost do. But you don’t believe it. AND THEN IT HAPPENS. One of the most beautifully executed ones I’ve ever read. (Second only to the one in bk. 4 of Fablehaven) Congratulations, Pittacus Lore!

Content Advisory: A fair bit of violence. Stabbing someone’s eye out. Blood, everywhere. Many people nearly die. 1 F-bomb. 15-20 minor swear words. :(

To Sum it Up: If you’re already to book four, there’s probably no stopping you… so JUST DO IT! You will not regret it. Well, maybe you will. But in a good fan-girl emotional roller-coaster way. :) I love Science-Fiction. The Lorien Legacies is an excellent example of excellent sci-fi (along with Ender’s Game… Which is also a fantastic MOVIE now, too!!!!) I recommend this book to 13+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

Review: Saucerville – By Jordan Hofer

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Cover links to goodreads book page.

 

Title: Saucerville (Saucerville, #1)

Author: Jordan Hofer

Summary: Elliot Hill hates UFOs. Growing up in McMinnville, Oregon (aka Saucerville), Elliot is fed up with loonies wearing aluminum foil hats. After a science project leads him to the revelation that his long-lost mother is still alive and held captive on a flying saucer, Elliot and his best friends, Stella and Whitley, are pulled into a secret world of UFOs, men in black, and alien abductions. Now their only hope for survival and escape is their powerful friendship. But the Gray aliens have other plans, and one of the friends is about to change…

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction/236

Rating: ★★ (2.5 of 5)

My Review: Yeah, I admit it, I’ve been putting off this review. Trying to come up with how best to phrase it. First off, my 2.5 Star review means simply .Not my cup of tea, but you might enjoy it! If it sounds like your kind of book make sure to check it out. It’s excellently written, the content just wasn’t for me.. It does not mean that I hated this book, or the author, or any such thing. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So I’m gonna be honest.

I went into this book expecting a fun, middle-grade version of I am Number Four, or some such novel. That’s definitely not what I got, but I still enjoyed it. The first half anyway. The characters were fantastic, and I loved reading the dialogue among them. And the development! Though I may not have enjoyed it all, the development was phenomenally written, and the character’s stayed believable, and, well, themselves throughout the whole thing. The writing was fun, believable, and exciting. The writing, throughout the entire book was fantastic, and I LOVED IT! Jordan Hofer definitely has a lot of potential as an author.

So why isn’t this book my cup of tea? Let’s put it this way; I read the the book in 2 sittings. The first because (though a little, okay a LOT, preachy about UFOlogy & the fact that UFO’s exist), I still enjoyed the plot, and the characters. The second half, for me anyway, went downhill. The plot became violent and… revolting, too much so for my liking, and, though it was fast paced and exciting, that isn’t why I read it in one sitting. I am very… sensitive when it comes to violence and general nastiness, especially  when it comes to novels about middle school aged children, and I just couldn’t stand it. 

Content Advisory: Many scenes of intense action and violence. A scene that seems to balance on the edge of a sex scene (With Middle School children!), it never happens, but they are there ‘because the aliens want to see how humans reproduce’. An 11 yo gets physically and mentally abused, and almost killed, by his father. 3 children have many ‘scientific experiments’ run on them by aliens. e.g. needles stabbed into their eyes, up their noses, and in places I am not going to mention. Children (and adults) in extreme agony. One get’s his/her heart ripped out of his/her chest, thus killing him/her. You ‘see’ lots of disturbing things. Disected human bodies having reflex tests run on them, and many other things I’ve blocked out of my memory. A drunk man calls his brother “Dicky”. A child turns psychotic and murders and tortures many aliens.

To Sum it Up: If you’ve got a better stomach for violence, and you don’t mind a little UFO preaching, this is the book for you! Exciting, fast paced, excellently written, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. But I DEFINITELY would only recommend it to readers 15+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

COMING SOON:

I’m currently in the middle of reading Dragon Boy & The Witches of Galza by A.A. Bukhatir.

Dragon Boy and the Witches of Galza – By A.A. Bukhatir
Dragon Boy and the Witches of Galza – By A.A. Bukhatir

Review: Partials – By Dan Wells

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Partials

Author: Dan Wells

Summary: The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Genre/Pages: Dystopian/468

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

My Review: When my brother recommended this teenage dystopian novel, at first I was afraid of it being just like everything else… I mean, it sounded like a story that could either be great and original, or just another dystopian novel.

And guess what??? He did it! It was absolutely amazing and completely original. The characters were believable . The plot was captivating and enthralling. At first I was terrified that it was going to turn into a love triangle, but guess what? It’s actually physically possible to write a story with 3 main characters, 1 girl, and 2 guys, without making it a love triangle!!! Go figure, right? Never would’ve seen that coming! Seriously, though. That is how you make me love a book. Not having a love triangle.

The futuristic reality Dan Wells created was shockingly realistic and believable. This was a book that I just couldn’t put down. I cannot wait to read the next one!

Content Advisory: A bit of violence… Some deaths. A lot of mention of babies dying of diseases, and government-enforced pregnancies at the age of 16. Drunk teenagers.

To Sum it Up: Believable, gripping, suspenseful, exciting, and fun, Dan Wells throws you curve ball after curve ball, until you think that you’ve finally got it figured out… and then you don’t anymore. That is my kind of book!

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it? 

On an unconnected note, I may not post much over the next 2 weeks, but I’ll be reading TONS of books, so I’ll have lots of reviews to post as soon as I come back. Thanks, everyone! :)

Review: Unremembered – By Jessica Brody

Cover Image and Summary from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.
Cover Image and Summary from Goodreads.com. Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Unremembered

Author: Jessica Brody

Summary: 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?

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction/307

Rating: ★★ (5 of 5)

My Review: I wasn’t expecting much from this book. You know, your typical super-popular, cliche, and totally predictable YA romance with a bit of sci-fi thrown in. Lame book, right? WRONG.

very thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I loved it! Jessica Brody is a very talented writer; I really felt this story. It may have been 307 pages, but it certainly didn’t feel that long. I read it in about a day and a half, and loved every second of it!

The romance, first of all, was expertly written. Usually, I can’t STAND romances, but Jessica Brody really knows how to write one. It wasn’t insta-love, it wasn’t forbidden love, it was just a sweet, simple, and… inspirational? love story.

Content Advisory: A bit of violence… one person dies by electrocution. A guy walks in on a girl in her underwear. Some kissing. Nothing really inappropriate.

To Sum it Up: The characters, plot, romance, everything! Were just so expertly written. I read this book a few weeks ago, and yet I still love it! I was really drawn into this story, and found that I really couldn’t put it down. A story of love that goes beyond memories, and a friendship that lasts through ages.  I highly recommend this book to ages 10+.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?