Thursday, June 30, 2011

Forgotten by Cat Patrick | Review

Forgotten by Cat Patrick | ReviewForgotten by Cat Patrick
Published by Little Brown on June 7, 2011
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars

Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

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Wow! Cat Patrick’s debut novel is even more amazing than I thought it would be. It was not at all what I expected and I was hooked from the very first page. I read the whole book in one sitting and now I am just wondering what Cat Patrick has planned next so I can add it to my wishlist!

London Lane remembers the future but not the past. Every night she must leave herself notes of things she must remember for the next day. Life is not easy for her and it gets even harder when new guy Luke Henry shows up. London starts getting very disturbing memories the day of Luke’s appearance. They all have to do with a funeral but London doesn’t know anything about it. Whose is it? When is it? And why is Luke the only person not in her memories from the future?

Forgotten is such a unique story. I was drawn to it from the summary but even that isn’t a good enough description of what the book really is about. It’s a love story, a psychological drama, a very gripping mystery, and so much more. I think it holds great appeal for readers of all age and genre. =)

London was a great character but I felt horrible for what she had to go through. All the notes and things seemed like so much work but otherwise she wouldn’t remember anything. Seeing her go through the not knowing if she knew someone or already had a certain conversation was sad. She was strong though and luckily she had a pretty great mom and a wonderful guy to help her through things. Her mom actually had a pretty big role which I greatly enjoyed. I would love to see more parents like London’s mom in YA books. And Luke! Oh boy! Don’t even get me started. He was amazing. Their first date…so cute. I couldn’t get enough of him.

Overall, Forgotten is one of my favorite debuts so far this year. I know this one will be going to the top of my list of recommendations!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann

Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMannWake by Lisa McMann
Series: Dream Catcher #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 4, 2008
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

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I read this book in about three hours. I started it and could not put it down until the absolute last page. Janie is definitely not your average girl but I have to say that I wouldn’t necessarily mind trading places with her if it meant that I got to meet Cabel. He is probably my favorite character in the book, even though there are parts where I want to slap him.

At first, I admit to being a little confused about what was going on in all the flashbacks but everything cleared up for me once we got to the present. It all begins when Janie is eight years old and falls into her first dream. After that she doesn’t seem to be able to stop herself from being sucked into dreams and is barely able to pull herself out once she is in. Normally the dreams that she is pulled into are just embarrassing or very revealing but everything starts to get really crazy when she is pulled into a violent dream that makes her very scared. What she doesn’t find out until later is that the dream that she is so afraid of is Cabel’s and she doesn’t find this out until she is already fully entangled with Cabel. There are so many parts of this book where Cabel seems like the nicest guy a girl could want and then there are the times that you want to rage at him. While Janie and Cabel are definitely the main characters there are other smaller characters that play important roles such as Carrie, Stu, Shay, the Captain, and a couple others. They all seem to have special roles in the book but they aren’t very developed yet and I am hoping that they will be enhanced a little bit in the next book, Fade. I’m not going to give away the whole plot here so if you want to know what happens then you will have to read the book and I would definitely recommend it.