Book Review: Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf

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Title: Forget Me Always
Author: Sara Wolf
Pages: 271
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: 01 November 2016
From Goodreads: "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.

Her past."

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

I don't even know where to begin with this book. It showed up in my mailbox not too long ago and as ecstatic as I was about receiving an unexpected book, I soon discovered that it was the second in a series. I put it to the side for the time being until curiosity got the best of me and I picked up the first one (which you can check out my review for here) and finished it within a few hours. I immediately grabbed Forget Me Always and flew through it so fast that I had to force myself put it down and hold off on finishing it. I came to the realization that I would have to wait six agonizing months until the final book comes out and I didn't want to be done with Isis just yet. But I've finished it and gone back and read the ending all over again because I couldn't accept what had happened and maybe I just read it wrong. Nope, it happened, so here I am to talk about just how much I adore this book.

Isis Blake has spent the last nineteen days in a hospital with a bandage around her head and way too much Jell-O. After a violent encounter with her mother's abusive ex-boyfriend, Leo, she's been recovering from a serious head injury and trying to regain the memories that she lost of the boy who saved her and her mother. She can't quite remember him, but she's certainly grateful for his help. At the moment, she's more focused on getting out of the hospital before becoming a complete nut job. But she starts to remember more and more, and realizes that Sophia is Jack's girlfriend- the same Jack that kissed her before she lost her memories. Jack never forgot Isis, but he can't let her know how he feels anymore. The more memories that come back, the more danger Isis is in. What happens when the one thing she thought she escaped comes back to haunt her?

From the very first page, I knew that this book was going to take my emotions on a roller coaster ride. Between Isis trying to get her memories back, her tumultuous friendship with Sophia, and trying to figure out just what is going on with her and Jack, I was not ready for the amount of feelings that I got while reading. Sara Wolf has a way with capturing an audience and making them fall in love with the characters and the world that she has written, and fall in love is exactly what I did. I adore Isis in a way that words cannot describe, and Jack is pretty cool I guess. Even some of the side characters, such as Wren and Kayla, have worked their way into my heart! The writing is incredibly descriptive and enthralling, and without a doubt some of the best that I've read in a long time. I appreciate the time that the author has spent building up such a fantastic world and creating some memorable characters that are sure to stick with readers long after they've put the book down.

Forget Me Always picked up not too long after the ending of the first book and allowed readers to get to know Isis even better, as well as Jack and the mysterious Sophia. I loved that Isis and Sophia got along so well, even with Sophia knowing who Isis was and Isis having no clue who Sophia was. They were such good friends, and even when Sophia was awful to Isis and she learned all about Sophia, Isis refused to leave her and give up on her. It was a side to Isis that I didn't expect, but one that I was so happy to see. Her character development was so different from the first book to this one, although she was definitely still the sass queen! Readers also got a good look into Jack's past and learned more about him and his connection to Sophia, and why he does what he does. It was great to find out that while he does have his Ice King persona, he also has a soft spot and really does care for a select few people. Getting to see a different side of him, even for just a moment, did wonders for my feelings towards him as a character. Sophia was a confusing character, but I understood her ups and downs were due to her illness and that certainly made me feel sorry for her. As the book progresses, you learn a lot more about Sophia, and get an understanding of what happened to her and why things are strained with her, Wren, and Avery. Basically, this book was the perfect "bridge" between the first and the last with a wonderful mix of character development and plot progression.

If you're looking for an introduction to the contemporary genre, then the Lovely Vicious series is definitely for you! Forget Me Always will take you deeper into the world of Isis and Jack and continue their story with beautiful writing that captures you from the first page and leaves your jaw on the floor by the end. Be sure to pick it up when it releases on 01 November 2016!

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