Unremembered Book Review

Unremembered Book Review

Book Title: Unremembered

Author: Jessica Brody

Pages: 320

Genre: Sci Fi, YA, Suspense

Published: March 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

I’m surprised to see so many low ratings on Goodreads saying that this book is predictable and similar to many other teen sci fi books because I enjoyed the book and thought it had a great premise. HOWEVER, I don’t think I’ve ever read another teen sci fi book, so I really don’t have much to compare it to. 

I bought this book after hearing the author talk about it at a Fierce Reads book signing. I’m a mystery fan and this had an element of mystery to it. A girl finds herself in the middle of the ocean after a plane crash. She is the only survivor and is not on the plane manifest. She has lost all of her memories, including a lot of names for things- like a TV. No one claims her at the hospital or seems to know who she is, except a boy who claims they were in love and won’t leave her alone. And so the mystery begins…

The really good parts of this story were the premise, plot twists, and unveiling of the mystery. I didn’t feel a huge affinity for the main character and thought her relationship with the boy was cheesy and unremarkable (sometimes I ask myself if I’m getting too old for YA… But then a really good YA book changes my mind). I loved the plot twists, though, and how everything was not revealed all at once and the reader could try to guess at the character’s backstory. 

4/5 stars because the plot was fast-moving and kept me sucked into the story. The plot twists and premise made me want to buy the sequel for sure. OH and side note, there were 2 short stories related to the book at the end of my novel and one was FANTASTIC. Slightly twilight-zone-ish with the way it ended. The short story, “The Memory Coder” gets 5/5 stars.

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Fab Five Friday – Authors at CA Book Fest 2014!

Hey y’all! As you know from last week’s post, we are SUPER excited about the first annual California Capital Book Festival launching here in Sacramento tomorrow! Also, by now you are aware that I am a bit of a planner, and have been strategizing how to see all of the people and all of the things during the day I will be attending the event.

Below, find the top five authors I am DYING to meet at the festival. Hopefully on Sunday I will have a nice little re-cap post on the event, complete with pictures with these awesome writers!


Brenda Novak


This romance author started writing after catching her day care provider drugging her children so that they would sleep while she was away. She decided she needed to work from home, put pen to paper, and became a bestselling author!

Here’s her latest book:

A Matter of Grave Concern

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Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places. When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader.

Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.

Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart.

Published October 7th 2014 by Montlake Romance


Donna Cooner


Donna Cooner was born and raised in Texas. She is a three time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she now teaches teachers and principals at Colorado State University where she is the director of the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two labs and a cat named Stu. She’s a big fan of chocolate and laughing (not necessarily in that order).

Donna is the author of over twenty picture books and was a founding member of the Brazos Valley Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators. She has also written children’s television shows for PBS and textbooks for future teachers. SKINNY is her debut novel for young adults.

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Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey’s sister is killed in an accident — maybe because of Torrey and her videos — Torrey’s perfect world implodes. Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn’t know who to trust.

Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey’s internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there’s Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?

Published August 26th 2014 by Point


Sabaa Tahir An Ember in the Ashes


I’m a British-born, California-raised writer, reader and tree-climber. I’d rather read than do pretty much anything. This is my excuse for not joining GoodReads forever ago. I was reading, see.

Things I like: Cats! Books, obviously. Ice cream. Knives. Music. Yosemite. Buffy. Misfits. Outcasts. Hideous coffee cups. Star Wars. Star Trek. (Anything space-related, really).

Things I do not like: Poverty. The 405 Freeway. Brussels Sprouts. Bullies. Liars. Backstabbers.

My book, An Ember in the Ashes, is out from Penguin/Razorbill on April 28, 2015.

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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire. Keep your heart for yourself.

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill


Rhys Bowen Queen of Hearts



“I’m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It’s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.

I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award-winning short stories.

I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California winters When I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.”

Queen of Hearts

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Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene…

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…

Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley Hardcover


Tracy Clark Scintillate


Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.

Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.

Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life.

Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

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“Clark’s novel is laden with standard tropes: a bookish, unpopular heroine; a family secret; and, of course, a rakish, mysterious boy inexplicably drawn to the heroine. Yet these all provide a foundation for an intense story that expands on aspects of real history and mythology.

Cora’s personality and deadpan humor pop off the page, as do the novel’s evocative, emotionally charged descriptions of people and places…Clark’s novel is a powerful, heart-wrenching adventure.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love.

After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother. There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery

Published February 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen

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Throwback Thursday – Corduroy

This week’s Throwback Thursday is both a childhood favorite and a literary classic- Corduroy.

I distinctly remember reading this book, which I believe came with an overall wearing teddy bear! This is such a cute story, complete with adorable illustrations, that it of course had to earn a spot on our Throwback Thursday feature.


Corduroy by Don Freeman

Published March 11, 1968 by Viking Juvenile (First published in 1948)

Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It’s a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it’s his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her room. Corduroy decides that this must be home and that Lisa must be his friend. Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending, so you may also want to seek out Dan Freeman’s next creation, A Pocket for Corduroy. (Ages 3 to 8)


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Waiting on Wednesday- Dark Places

Waiting on Wednesday- Dark Places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is coming out the week of October 27! I have to admit I haven’t read her famous novel, Gone Girl, yet, but I plan to soon. The movie trailer looks awesome, but I can’t watch the movie without reading the book. This new book from Flynn looks great as well!

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.” (Description from Amazon.com)

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Happy Birthday Book 10/20/14

Happy Birthday Book 10/20/14

1. First I have to say a Happy Birthday book to the new novel by my favorite author, Sophie Kinsella! I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars. Becky Bloomwood is BACK!

2. Happy Birthday to Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Lindsey was so excited for this book to come out, as evidenced here.

3. Gray Mountain by John Grisham is about a successful lawyer who has to work in a legal aid clinic for free.

4. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan comes out this week. A hilarious collection of Jim’s thoughts on the food he loves.

5. I’m excited for the 80th anniversary of Mary Poppin’s first book release. A collection with P.L. Traver’s first four Mary Poppin’s tales comes out today!

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