April 24, 2013

Review of Unremembered by Jessica Brody



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?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

add to goodreadsUnremembered (Unremembered #1) by Jessica Brody
Publication Date:  March 5, 2013
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

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MaryAnn NewRomantic and gripping.  Unremembered by Jessica Brody is a book that I have been wanting to read since I first laid eyes on the cover.  After reading the synopsis, I knew that I had to have this one in my possession.

Could anything be more romantic than having your soul mate follow where ever you end up to protect you no matter what it takes?  What if you didn’t remember him at all, and he did whatever he could in his power to try and get you to remember him?  A simple look, a touch…a poem.

Violet is found amongst the rubble and debris of a plane crash.  Violet is believed to have been in that plane, and against all odds…survived.  But Violet can’t remember anything about her life.  She can’t remember her past or her plans for the future.

Violet ends up finding out that she’s not your typical female.  She has a knack with numbers and math, is apparently the most beautiful person that anyone has laid eyes on, is pro with various languages, and is pretty strong for a sixteen year old girl.  While lying in her hospital bed, Violet receives a visit from a boy, Zen, who seems to know who she is.  And soon after, she runs into him everywhere.

Freaked out that she doesn’t know anything about herself, let along about him, she flees from his incessant questions and promises…  But unknown forces keep putting them in each other’s paths, and Violet starts to learn the dark secrets that she wishes she never really knew…except for him…always him.

Unremembered by Jessica Brody is a fast paced read that pretty much had me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride.  I was completely mesmerized with who Violet is and why she had no memories!  I was more than a little curious to find out where Zen had fit into all of this, and why he was so adamant to get Violet to remember.  And once that piece came to light, I was even more hooked than I already was!  Not only was this a read about escaping her past, it was also about trying to have a future…and what it would take to achieve that.

Author, Jessica Brody’s writing style is one that I would most definitely describe as addictive.  The way in which she described that scenes and events that transpire in Unremembered were ones that easily played out like a movie in my mind.  The personalities of the characters found in this book were ones that were unique to the characters themselves.  I will admit that I was slightly annoyed with the way in which Violet’s new foster parents would treat Violet versus their own son, Cody.  I felt sad for Cody when he would get scolded and in trouble even though Violet admitted to the idea.  How they would be tender and gentle with Violet and then flip right out on Cody.  I can completely see why Cody would show some hostility towards Violet.  Although I did also find it annoying that Cody would constantly give Violet attitude because she’s pretty?  Mmmmmk then…

The different twists and turns that were incorporated into this book were what kept my up wanting to see where everything finally lead.  The way in which she would meld the any memories with events in the present were done seamlessly and were perfectly timed.

I couldn’t help but feel so frustrated for Zen when it’s described that it’s not the first time that he has had to have Violet remember him.  Over and over again, and yet his love does not waiver.  How romantic is that?  How intense is their love when all it really takes is a few sentences and a touch to have you remember your soul mate…

If you’re looking for a book that will make your heart pound due to the action found in the pages and because of the undying love and devotion a love that not even time can tear apart, Unremembered by Jessica Brody is the book for you.

About the Author:



Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) THE FIDELITY FILES, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the the follow-up, LOVE UNDER COVER in November 2009. THE KARMA CLUB, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, MY LIFE UNDECIDED just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.

52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Summer 2012 and UNREMEMBERED, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. Excellent Review Mary Ann! I love the idea of soulmates, and have a feeling that I will love this book, and fall in love with Zen too! I love books that are so addictive, you can’t put them down! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I keep stalking my library for this. I can’t wait to read this. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I didn’t much like this one. I’m glad you had a different experience though! I was just left feeling underwhelmed though I did think the ending was interesting. I am almost tempted to read book two based on that.

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