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Thursday, October 16, 2014

REVIEW - Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash

Today I have a review for you of a book that I've waited quite a while to read. I have known Stacey Nash for almost two years. We blog together at Aussie Owned and Read, and we've become good friends in the process. I've followed Stacey's bumpy journey with this book, and I'm so glad it has found a home.

Please note that my relationship with Stacey has had no bearing on the outcome of this review.

About the book:
Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash
YA/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
Published August 1st, 2014

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One.

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

My Review:
Forget Me Not was a fun read. I loved the story, and it was unique enough for me to think that I hadn't read anything like it before. Not so much in the way of plot or romance, but in the technology. Nash has really put a lot of thought into the tech and gadgets the characters come into contact with, and use throughout the book. I really enjoyed the sci-fi elements incorporated into the urban setting, and although I have never been anywhere in America, I felt like I knew the landscape well enough from the descriptions to feel as if I'd been there before.

Anamae is a strong lead character who is determined, and knows what she wants (most of the time). She is thrown into a sticky situation as a result of her own actions, but is in the dark when it comes to how or why. She spends the rest of the book seeking and finding answers.

I especially liked the action and fighting scenes in Forget Me Not, and Nash was not afraid to let her characters get hurt. I thought this added a nice element of realism to the story.

The romance in Forget Me Not was cute, and had all that wonderful teenager-y angst and tension. Sometimes I wanted to slap Anamae to wake her up, because she is a little clueless when it comes to her best friend, Will. Jax, on the other hand, is everything I love in a bad boy. He has the aloofness, swagger, and the attitude to go with it. Sorry Will, but I'm team Jax all the way.

Overall, Forget Me Not is a fast paced, action packed, and fun read. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Remember Me.

About Book Two:
Remember Me by Stacey Nash
YA/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
Published October 1st, 2014

When all is lost, she must remember…

Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she’s training to become an active resistance member and enjoying a growing romance. But things never sail along smoothly – Manvyke wants retribution. And Anamae’s name is high on his list.

After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location. Anamae can’t remember the last few weeks and she can’t believe the fascinating new technology she’s seeing. She’s the new kid at school and weapons training comes with ease, but something feels off. Why does the other new kid’s smile make her heart ache?

And why does she get the feeling these people are deadly?

About the Author:
Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn’t stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than writing when inspiration strikes.

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