I received this book for free from NetGalley/Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf
Release date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
All warfare is deception. Even in high school.
It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can’t quite remember. She’s stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.
But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.
Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis’s purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it’s time to freeze back up. Boys like him don’t deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.
* This book was previously published in 2014 as Savage Delight.
Every once in a while it’s good to read outside your comfort zone and Forget Me Always was definitely waaaayyyy outside of mine. I’m more of a fantasy and cute fluffy romance kind of girl and this book most certainly did not fall into either of those categories. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I started reading. I agreed to review this book without realizing it was the second in a trilogy, so I did have to pick up its predecessor Love Me Never before starting. What I ended up with were two books that were quick to read and slightly amusing.
- The book was super quick to get through. It’s not long and the author’s writing style is very readable. As silly as some scenes got I couldn’t help but get sucked into all of the drama. And there was A LOT of it! It was totally like a soap opera.
- Isis, the main character, was so strange but highly entertaining. Yeah, she acts a bit crazy (who wouldn’t if you’ve been through what she has), but she says the most hilarious things! I found myself thinking “what?” so many times. But then again, with the dark subject matter discussed, her funny moments were needed.
- Much of the book was unrealistic. The main characters are all teenagers yet they often act like they are much older. I don’t want to give things away, but there were some plot lines that I just couldn’t see actually happening in real life. Sometimes it was hard to look past the ridiculousness of it all.
- The book was quite predictable. I pretty much from the beginning guessed what was going to happen. I was hoping for a lot more closure but since its the second book in a trilogy, it acts as a bridge to the concluding novels, leaving tons of storylines unresolved. While it makes the reader want to read the next book, it was a bit frustrating.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It wasn’t terrible by any standards, but not what I would usually choose to read. There was too much unrealistic and unnecessary drama for my liking. I can only take so much backstabbing and girl-on-girl hate before I am completely turned off. The first book was alright, but Forget Me Always, while entertaining at times, was just too much. I’m curious to see what will happen next but probably won’t pick up the third book.