Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick & Giveaway

London Lane can't remember yesterday -- but she knows what will happen tomorrow. It's a lot for a teenage girl to handle, especially when her "memories" of the future take a turn for the terrible. As if dealing with a gorgeous boyfriend she can't remember -- either in the past or in the future -- weren't enough, now London must change the course of history if she wants to avert the dreadful vision of future horror that haunts her nightmares.

In Forgotten, Cat Patrick crafts a fun, playful tale that is a perfect summer read. London Lane will win readers' hearts from the start (and not just for her awesome name). The poor girl is afflicted by a very unique memory condition -- forgetting the past each night, but "remembering" the future -- but she doesn't let that tarnish her shining personality. London is sweet and sassy, with a narrative voice full of so much spunk that readers will be laughing on nearly every page.

London's best friend, on the other hand, does not shine quite so brightly. Jamie is that girl -- the one boys love to ogle, and girls love to hate. Though she is a vivacious character who leaps off the page, it's a bit of a mystery why she and London are friends. Jamie seems spoiled and selfish for most of the novel, abandoning London when she needs her most. The story would have been more balanced if London had a reliable female friend, rather than being isolated from everyone except her new boyfriend.

Speaking of her new boyfriend -- the romance between Luke and London was simple and sweet, innocent but with the dash of passion we all remember from our teen years. Luke is charming and handsome with a hint of vulnerability, and the perfect boy to bring home to Mom. However, he is perhaps a little too perfect. Luke practically worships London, which drains any contentious spark from his personality. A character needs flaws, and too-perfect boyfriends can become dull after a while.

London's condition throws a wrench in all of her relationships, and it is fascinating to watch the unexpected ways her memory problem complicates her life. It also brings darkness to an otherwise bright and breezy novel --  London can see not only the good things, but death and horror as well. With her characteristic optimism, London sets out to change a tragic future, revealing the truth about her own past along the way. Cat Patrick doesn't shy away from harsh reality and her straightforward approach adds depth to the novel, raising Forgotten out of the realm of fluff and making it the perfect blend of light and dark to while away the summer hours.

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Disclosure: I received an advance review copy from the publicist. This did not affect my review in any way.

This novel is available now! Click here to purchase Forgotten by Cat Patrick.

Part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.


Giveaway


Thanks to Little, Brown Books, TWO (2) winners will receive a copy of Forgotten by Cat Patrick!

To Enter:
  • You MUST leave a comment on this post (with your email address!) answering the following question:
Would you like to see the future? Or are some things better left a mystery?
  • +1 for sharing this giveaway (via Twitter, Facebook, etc -- must leave a direct link in your comment)
  • US Only -- prize will be shipped from the publisher
  • Ends 6/20/11 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Two winners will be chosen via Random.org
  • Please review my giveaway policy
Good luck!


For more about this book and author, head over to the book website or check out London's video diaries!


37 comments:

klt1128 said...

Such a great review! I have been hearing wonderful things about this book. The whole concept of forgetting the night before but remember what will happen the next day is super interesting. I love that the main character is fun and sassy! That's great to hear. Thanks for the wondeful giveaway. I'd love to win!
-Katelyn
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DJ's Life in Fiction said...

Great review! I'm glad to hear you liked it and I hope to pick up a copy soon. (No need to enter me in the contest, though). :-)

klt1128 said...

In all my excitement on the giveaway and review I forot to answer the question! I think things are better left a mystery. Not knowing what is going to happen next always makes me thinking quickly.

-Katelyn

Vivien said...

I wouldn't want to know the future. I already over analyze everything. I would do everything in my power to change the future if I knew it. I just wouldn't be able to help myself. A mystery is best.
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LiLi said...

Some things should really be kept a mystery or else where's the fun in surprises. You'll always know when good things are going to happen to you and that'll ruin part of the fun.

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Tiffany said...

Great review! This one sounds so good :)

I wouldn't want to see the future. I think life is better with its little surprises and mysteries.

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Lauren M said...

Haha, I agree that London's name is epic!
Forgotten sounds really great--I love the twist of an amnesiac remembering the future! Thanks for the review! :)

Katie said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one, it looks so great. Forgetting what happened seems awful but a great concept for a book!

(Not entering contest. Just commenting. I have my own copy coming!)

Jessy said...

I wouldn't want to be able to see the future because if I saw something I didn't like, I'd be so wrapped up in trying to change it.

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LindsayWrites said...

i'd like to see it. just to be sort of superheroish lol.

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Erin said...

Although seeing parts of the future would definitely be cool, I don't think I would want to know specifics about myself. I think it would just drive me crazy knowing what would always come.

THanks for the giveaway! [:

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The Lovely Getaway said...

Great review! :) havent heard much on FORGOTTEN but I'm definitely looking forward to it now! To be honest, I would LOVE to see the future. Sure it might be a bit scary, but it's something I've been wishing I could do for years now! I'd be lying if I said otherwise. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Diana
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Christi said...

I *kinda* want to see the future, but the pessimist in me is sure that the future will only hold bad things, and in that case I think I'd rather be oblivious. :)

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Asenath said...

I would like to keep the future a mystery--I like being surprised. If you always knew what was going to happen, everything would become a chore, I think.

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Alyssa said...

I would not want to be able to see the future. There would be many things that I wouldn't want to know that I most likely wouldn't be able to change. I think it would be harder to know something was going to happen, and then not be able to do anything to stop it. So, I'll take the mystery.

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Luna said...

I think I'd have to leave the future a mystery. After all, even if I were privy to future events, there would be no guarantee that it's truly how things would end up, right?

Thanks for the AWESOME review and giveaway! :)

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StephTheBookworm said...

Wow, this sounds REALLY good!

I would love to be able to see the future!

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Tiffany Drew said...

Tough one. But I think I wouldn't want to know the future. I would spend all my time trying to prevent bad things from happening and it would be too much stress for me.

I'd love to read this, thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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ferretvamp14 said...

I have heard great things about this book. Love the cover. I would like to be able to see the future, but only in snippets. I don't want to know everything, just imperative things.
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mbreakfield said...

I don't want to see my future, but I wouldn't mind seeing the future humans in general.
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Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book! I would love to win!

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Bookish Brunette said...

oooh I freaking LOVED this book!!!

Orchid said...

Ooh, I now really want to read Forgotten. It sounds so good. :)

I'd prefer to leave things a mystery, because what's the fun of knowing what will happen in the future. :)

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Nicole said...

I don't know if I would want to see the future, it might disappoint or it could be amazing and want it all the time, so no.

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Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

Great review! You really answered some of my wonderings about this book and your thoughts on it definitely pushed me to add it to my to-read list.

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I think I'm okay not knowing. Knowledge can be power, but it can also complicate things. I would probably be too busy trying to prevent certain events from happening in the future that I wouldn't be able to actually live in the present.

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TheGirlOnFire said...

I would like to be able to see into the future. As hard is it could be at times you would still have an advantage in life. Plus a really good chance of helping those around you.

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Tricia said...

I think seeing the future is, like any other special ability, best taken with a grain of salt. Sure, it'd be way cool to know who won the superbwl, and thus place bets on it, but if you saw your own death, or something equally scary? I wouldn't wish the burden on any one.

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throuthehaze said...

I think I would like to see certain things about the future, but I wouldn't want to know everything that happens
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Small Review said...

This book keeps getting such positive reviews! I really like the sound of the romantic relationship. He sounds really sweet.

As for the question, hm, I really don't know. There are a few things I guess I'd like to know about the near future, but I don't think I'd want to know the "big picture" or any major events.

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krysalbe said...

I don't think I'd want to know...unless it was something good!

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candice said...

Yeah, there are pro's to seeing the future. Business decisions, wardrobe choices, preventing yourself from looking like an idiot. But these mistakes/uncertainties are life, otherwise it would be like a scripted reality show. But would love to get lost in world were knowing the future is possible.

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Marg K. said...

I would definitely want to see the future, especially if doing so would help prevent some bad decisions/choices.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

Wow, amazing review!

I think I'd rather not see the future; things are best left unknown. Once you see the future I think it messes with your present...or so I've seen in some movies, bwahahah! :)

Thanks for the chance!
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IandSsmom said...

I'm going to say no I don't want to see the future! I would if it was all good and we all know everything can't always be good and then I'd worry about the bad that was coming which I have no control over.
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caren said...

I think I'd rather NOT see the future. I would like to be surprised -- it's too stressful to know!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Lindsay said...

I think it would be too stressful to know what was going to happen in life. Also very boring. I know that I personally would worry myself to death if I knew every bad thing that was going to happen. Not knowing makes us live in the moment, and treasure the good times we have.
GFC Lindsay (The Violet Hour)
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Bonnie said...

Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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