Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Title: Unremembered
Author: Jessica Crody
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Released: February 28th 2013
Pages: 303 (Paperback)
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US
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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?

The more I think about it, the lower the books rating dips. The concept of Unremembered has been done - over and over and over again. Even so, I still go into these novels with a shred of hope that this time will be different; that this time, the book will be what the synopsis promises. Unfortunately it wasn't, and whilst I enjoyed some bits, the plot overall seemed a bit dead.

Seraphina is the lone survivor of a plane crash. Or so that's what they think - but when they examine her, they find that not only is she alive, but she is completely unscathed and doesn't remember anything of her past. However, there is someone who seems like they do. Followed around by a somewhat familiar guy, he promises Sera that he can help her remember everything from her past, but that she also has to be careful, as there are others out there who are also looking for her. Unlike this boy, they want to do her harm.

I don't know exactly why I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was written well to a certain extent, though I noticed that there was an influx of short sentences that got on my nerves after a while. The plot was okay, and though it was eventually revealed that it was more out-there than most amnesiac-on-the-run stories - but it was still mediocre. A lot of the "shocker" plot twists were actually pretty boring, and the chemistry between Sera and Zen that Brody concentrated so much on just seemed forced and non-existent.

Now for the characters. The only way I can explain Sera is to compare her to Castiel, a favourite character of mine from the television show, Supernatural. Castiel is an angel, and when he came to Earth it was obvious that he had no clue what anything was - cell phones were a mystery, porn was a mystery, and he stayed oblivious in the same clothes. Sera was basically a female version of Castiel. However, where Castiel's learning of human slang and devices was hilarious and endearing, Sera was just annoying. At first it was interesting, but eventually I just wanted her to get over it and get on with the story.

Brody also went on and on about how beautiful Sera was. Anyone that reads my reviews will know that this is my pet hate - modesty goes a long way, even for fictional characters. I know Brody partly made a point of her looks down to another part of the plot, but it still grated on my nerves. I swear every other page it was about her beauty, and you know what? It's sad that she didn't have a great personality to match! I'd go into the problems I had with Zen, but I wasn't impressed enough to really have an opinion on him. he was just boring.

It wasn't the worst book in the world, not by a long shot, and I read it very quickly. But it was just so done, and it didn't impress me at all. If you're interested by the synopsis, then go ahead and read it - but there are definitely better books out there with the same concept.
Rating: 2/5

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