Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Author: Julie Sykes
Publisher: Curious Fox
Publish date: 12th September 2013
Source: For review.
I received this book from Curious Fox for free in return for an honest review. This did not affect my review at all. Thank you Curious Fox!
I was really excited to get this book! The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis makes it sound intriguing. It sounds like quite a typical YA book, with the twist of the fact that "Amber" has retrograde amnesia, having been in a car crash with a mysterious woman. She doesn't even know her name!
There are so many aspects to this book, little things that actually become significant further on in the book, such as her necklace, and why she is such a "maestro" on the flute. As is the case when people have amnesia, Amber picks up on things that she remembers, such as not liking uniforms, and being a vegetarian. This, along with other things, makes the book very unique from other typical YA books.
Amber as a character is much like any teen, with or without amnesia, in many aspects. She doesn't want to be the "geek" or the "nerd"- this is something she says a few times in the book- and is embarrassed that she can't remember anything. I love the fact that she does find humour, or irony in a way, in the situation: "Superficial! Was this woman serious? I wouldn't call an event that wiped my brain so clean I didn't even know my name, superficial.". Her relationship with Kirsty, and attraction to Dan, are also cute bits of the story, and her character, that I enjoyed.
There were a few negatives to the story. I found that some of it was forced, like bits of the action such as the events between her and Holly's dad, although that did end up to be key to the story, and the turn of events that made it into a sort of sci-fi story. I also didn't like the ending... It felt kind of rushed compared to the rest of the story and didn't explain how or why a few things had happened.
Overall, though, the story plot is great until it becomes more sci-fi towards the end, the characters and their thoughts and emotions are extremely well developed and although I didn't like the ending, the rest of the story is astonishing!
P.S This was the first book I made notes on, and it seemed to work pretty well!