Review: The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

Review: The Forgetting – Sharon CameronThe Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: September 13th 2016
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four-stars

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

I had heard such great things about The Forgetting that I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. The concept reminded me (in a small way anyway) of one of my favorite Lifetime movies that starred Keri Russell, pre-Felicity days, called The Lottery.  It by no means has the same concept, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that movie and how they are kind of like half sisters. Anyway, I was really excited for the book and I can report that it mostly lived up to my expectations. I say mostly because I did have one part that just pulled me out of the story because it isn’t my thing. But other than that it was a solid read with a mystery and creep factor and hardcore swoons.

It’s really hard to explain what the book is about and what took me out of the story without giving away some of the mystery. What I can tell you is that every 12 years something happens in Canaan and everyone forgets. Well everyone except the main character Nadia. Through Nadia’s eyes you get to see what it is like for someone that remembers when everyone else doesn’t. You see her struggle with this and try to close herself off and you really can’t blame her. She knows once again she will have to live through no one remember anything so it is easier if she doesn’t feel. That is until she lets Gray in. And oh how I love Gray. Slowly Gray chips away at the lock on Nadia’s feelings and soon the two of them find themselves somewhere they never expected, unraveling a secret no one has ever thought to question…what actually causes the forgetting?

What really made this book for me was the relationship between Nadia and everyone around her. She knew everything about everyone while they only knew her for 12 years, but they never knew the real her. They only knew the one she let them know. Even her sisters didn’t know who she really was and what she knew. The only person she let in was Gray and I just loved that. He was perfect for her and exactly what she needed. I loved seeing them blossom and grow as they uncovered the secrets of Canaan. It was swoony and beautiful and got me teary eyed at one point. Honestly the book is worth the read just for this alone.

All in all, The Forgetting is worth the hype. It was entertaining and a great twist of lies and stories and hidden background information. I did struggle with some of the plot, but that is just a personal thing for me. I really do recommend checking this one out. I don’t think you will be sorry.

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Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: August 1, 2009
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five-stars

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Honestly I’m not really into the vampire/werewolf/supernatural kind of books, but this was suggested to me so I took a leap of faith and read it. Thank god I did! How could I not have fallen in love with this story?!? Between the amazingly creative descriptions that made you feel you were in Mercy Falls and the love story of Grace and Sam I was immediately sold. Stiefvater has created such great characters with such an amazing lanuage it was easy to forget it was a supernatural book. Sam was just so sweet and innocent not wanting to hurt Grace at all. And Grace was witty, charming and strong. She knew what she wanted and really wouldn’t let anyone stop her. Add in Jack, Beck and Isabel(who completely grew on me by the end) and you have a perfect Romeo and Juliette-esq story with a modern twist. Can’t wait to get lost in Stiefvater’s world again. Simply put…amazing!

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 13, 2010
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five-stars

the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

I must start this review with saying again that for the record I am not a fan of “supernatural” books. I was never into the Twilight books or any of the other million vampire and werewolf books that can be found on any shelf at the bookstore. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it is a good subject to write. I’m more of the kind of person that likes realistic stories about love, friendship and romance. With that being said I have tried to broaden my horizons and step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve read books I never would have picked up in a million years and in all honesty, thank god I did.

I have never read a book that has such imagery as the imagery that Stiefvater creates in Linger with her words. You feel every single thing these characters are feeling, smell everything they are smelling and see everything they are seeing. The simplest thing as a leave on the ground is transformed into a work of art that should be on a museum wall. It truly is unbelievably refreshing to read an author with so much power that she can transform a “supernatural” book into a love story of beauty.

A definite must read in the unfolding and ever changing love story of Sam and Grace. The growth of Isabel and the addition of Cole(hotter then hot!) are welcome pieces to this story that just left me wanting more. You will not be disappointed if you take a chance on this book. I wasn’t. Can’t wait to read the last and final part of the series.

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterForever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 12, 2011
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then.When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment--a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

Wow. How do you put into words the amazingness of The Wolves of Mercy Falls and give it the same justice that Stiefvater has? Truth is, you can’t. The story of Grace, Sam, Isabel and Cole is told in such a way that no review can actually convey what you think and feel about the books as a whole. Each book I found myself falling more and more in love with these characters and that is all thanks to Stiefvater’s amazing way with words. The way she described all the action packed adventure in Forever honestly made me feel like I was living the scenes myself. Every turn of the page made my heart pound faster. She turned what could have been an annoying trilogy about wolves into a masterpiece of art. By the time I finished Forever the story was more about the emotions, feelings and love then about the wolves of Mercy Falls. The trilogy became a love story of the greatest kind and I’m very thankful that I stepped out of my norm and read a truly phenomenal tale. The series as a whole gets 10 stars in my book.

 

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Second Chance Sunday – Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

This edition of Second Chance Sunday is Sarah Darer Littman’s disturbingly realistic book Want to Go Private?. I still  get the chills thinking about this book it was that real and scary especially in a world where teens live on the internet. This book looks at what happens when a child is unsupervised online for the most part and the dangers that they may face. I warn anyone that is a parent and read this it will freak you out. I’m not a parent and it freaked me out thinking of my 14 year old godchild and how easy it is in a world of faceless communications. A definite must read!

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Title: Want to Go Private? [Amazon]
Author:  Sarah Darer Littman [website]
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Source/Type: Gifted /Hardcover
Stars: 5 of 5

 

Publisher Description:
Abby and Luke chat online. They’ve never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school–it should be exciting, so why doesn’t she care? Everyone tells her to “make an effort,” but why can’t she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she’s losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke–he is her secret, and she’s his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn’t who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again.

My Thoughts:
A book like this really freaks me out. Not because of the subject but because of the reality of it. Things like WTGP really, truly happen. When I was 14 there was no worry about online predators. Commodore-64 was known for Logo and Oregon Trail, not chat rooms and Facebook. This day and age anyone can be anyone online and that is a scary thought especially when it comes to young teens. And Abby is the perfect example of how easy it can be to become a victim of this kind of crime and why predators look for kids like her.

There was nothing significant about Abby. She was a 14 year old average girl scared to start high school and for things to change. She was under pressure from her friends, her family and school. Her best friend Faith was fitting in as a freshman with no problem and that scared Abby. Instead of talking to someone Abby turned to the Internet and a boy she didn’t know named Luke. Luke was good, very good at getting this naive girl to trust him. He knew what to say and how to say it to get Abby sucked in. He was smooth and slick and made himself seem completely trustworthy and that he loved her. He made her feel special and that was what she needed. By the time he sprung the idea on Abby to meet she was too far gone to see the warning signs.

The part of this book that I really liked was that the story wasn’t just about Abby and how she became a victim. It was also about how it affected the people around her like her obnoxious sister Lily, her parents, the boy who was crushing on her and her best friend Faith. Abby may have been the victim but she wasn’t the only one that had to deal with the aftermath. Every person in her life was affected by this situation and I think it was important that the author showed that. Instead of the whole book being from Abby’s POV the second and third parts had Lily’s, Faith’s and Billy’s POV and showed how her disappearance impacted their lives.

Littman wrote an extraordinarily real story about the dangers of online chatting for teens in current society. It worried me and made me think of my 13 year old goddaughter and the world she lives in. Just a phenomenally amazing book. A must read!

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