mini-reviews :: unremembered & fire and flood

23 April 2014

Series: Unremembered #1
Title: Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: February 27th 2014
Pages: 320
Book: For Review*
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Time-Travel.
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Summary: Sixteen-year-old Sera is the only survivor of an explosion on a plane. She wakes up in hospital to find that she has no memory. The only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. The only adult she trusts insists that she shouldn’t believe anything that anybody tells her. In a tense and pacy novel exploding with intrigue and action, Sera must work out who she is and where she came from. Eventually she will learn that the only thing worse than forgetting her past is remembering it. -goodreads
I'd wanted to read this series for ages before I finally got my hands on them. I'd been subject to the hype surrounding them and their release and when I finally got both Unremembered & Unforgotten I dived upon them eagerly. (& isn't the cover art beautiful?). Unremembered for me was both a satisfying and dissatisfying read. I couldn't really work out whether I enjoyed it because I wanted to enjoy it and because it wasn't bad, or because I genuinely loved it. In hindsight, i think it was a mixture of both.
I always have trouble writing reviews for books that weren't horrible, but didn't floor me with its stunning storyline/characters either. Unremembered is one of these books.
The characters were perfectly easy to understand and connect with, the plot was intricate enough to be interesting but the main fault was a rather big one for me - and that was the fact that the story-line was too well thought out. You can always tell when a story-line is not well thought out enough, there are gaps in the plot, you are constantly confused as to what's happening, but this one was the complete opposite: I could almost predict what was going to happen next, I did, and that what made the book lose a little of it's obvious charm.
Overall, Unremembered was an enjoyable book with a well-written romance. Jessica Brody's first venture into the world of sci-fi and contemporary is an agreeable one, and while there was definite room for improvement, I will be picking up the next book and am more than curious to see what happens next. I would recommend this to fans of Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza and Eve & Adam by Micheal Grant and Katherine Applegate. My rating: 1/2

Series: Fire & Flood #1
Title: Fire & Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: March 6th 2014
Pages: 320
Book: For Review*
Format: Paperback, Finished Copy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
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Summary: A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? -goodreads
I always try to venture into books with a clean mind, so I don't start comparing and contrasting books with each other - so I take books for what they are not what I think they should be. However, with Fire & Flood, it was almost possible to do that there were so many links and similarities to other books, namely: The Hunger Games. Now I have no problem with that. Just because Suzanne Collins wrote a good, and successful book doesn't mean no-one else can have the same sort of idea as her and write their own take on the subjects she covers. Just because someone does something once doesn't mean it can't ever be done again. How many times have you read a book similar to another? Hundreds. J.K Rowling took inspiration from many books for the Harry Potter Series, but there is a fine line between taking inspiration, and taking too much inspiration. Fire & Flood is balancing right on that line. Similarities are scattered everywhere between the pages. A fight for survival. There can only be one winner. Contestants have to wear special gold pins.......

Thankfully, the similarities sort of petered out as I read, for which I was very grateful otherwise I don't know whether I would have carried on. There were, obviously some unique elements to the book. I'm not saying it was a complete copy, it was just, similar. There were lots of characters in Fire & Flood. Almost too many to count. And while it was nice to meet so many people, I could never really connect to anyone or have time to analyze them which was a slight problem as I like to know my characters. The twists and turns, well, they were good. I did not expect them to come at me, nor did I expect the bugs..*brushes off coat*.
In conclusion, Fire & Flood has a creative plot with a large cast of characters that I look forward to getting to know more in the next book. With a few too many similarities to The Hunger Games, it was a slight disappointment, but is a great read for those looking for action, adventure, suspense, and BUGS. *evil cackle*. My rating: 
*thank you to Macmillan and Chicken House for the free copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews.

3 comments:

  1. Great reviews - and both books have such pretty covers..is it bad that I kind of want to read them based on that? Both sound good books though - however, based on your ratings and your reviews, although I would happily read both books, I don't think I would purchase them myself! Again, great reviews! :)

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  2. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed both of these books, even with their faults. I just finished Unforgotten a few days ago, and I felt like the opposite of your complaint about Unremembered was true - if anything, I got the sense of a few plot holes. It was still awesome though. It starts out in 1609, so it has a historical fiction feel to it that Brody manages to blend really well with the si-fi. I haven't read Fire & Flood, but I'm intrigued. And I can't tell whether the Hunger Games comparisons turn me off or draw me in.

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  3. I really want to read Fire & Flood but I'm kind of wary of it's similarities with The Hunger Games. like you said, there's a fine line and I don't want it to cross that... Thankfully, your review has put those worries at bay and I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

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