Monday, 13 January 2014

Book Wars! The Author Edition: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions. We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for  Forgotten is UK!!!!!
Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most. 

Left: US - Right: UK
*For this weeks book wars we are using the NEW cover for the UK edition*
Title: Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brody
US - Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR) , 307 Pages, (March 5th 2013),
UK - Macmillan Children's Books, 320 Pages, (February 27th 2014)*original publication February 28th 2013*,
Add to Goodreads: Unremembered USA | Unremembered UK
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

About the author:
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self
"publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin's Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) THE FIDELITY FILES, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the the follow-up, LOVE UNDER COVER in November 2009. THE KARMA CLUB, Jessica's debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, MY LIFE UNDECIDED just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.

52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Summer 2012 and UNREMEMBERED, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.

Jessica's books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

Find Jessica Online:
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favourite cover.
Normally it’s easy for me to pick a favorite cover. One usually stands out far beyond the other. But with the UNREMEMBERED series, I thought both the US and the UK got it right. But in very different ways.

I love how the US covers focus on Seraphina and her blurry past and hazy memory. I also really love the treatment of the titles, placing the UN in each title inside a box to highlight it. The titles of this series are very important to me. And the UN that appears in each title is always part of the story that’s being told. The first book is about a girl who loses all her memories. I could have just titled it FORGOTTEN, but I chose to title it UNREMEMBERED because, as she will discover throughout the story, she didn’t just “forget” her past, it was stolen from her. The UN always represents an UNdoing of sorts.

The UK, however did such a fantastic job playing up the action and excitement of the series. I love that they were able to incorporate the eternal knot symbol, which plays a huge part in the book. But I especially am excited about their choice to highlight the elements in the various stories. Each book in the series is thematically focused around one element. And in each book, my main character, is at war with this element. This is supposed to represent the nature vs. science theme that weaves the series together.

In the first book, UNREMEMBERED, the first two words of the novel are, “The water.” In the second book UNFORGOTTEN, the first two words are “The fire.” And the third will be centered around an element as well. You can see from the covers of the UK editions, they’ve incorporated those key elements into the design!

So, in the end, I can’t really choose. They are so different and I love them both for their differences and what they each reflect about the books.
To see all the covers follow this link to view them on google drive [Michelle]
WOW! Two fantastic covers for this weeks War. This is a tough one for me. I kind of love them both. I haven't read this one yet, but it's sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up and I do love the cover sitting on my shelf.... While I love how different the UK cover is I think I still have to go with the US version. There's something about the US cover that I can't help but wonder more about the story and characters or look away from. So, US cover wins my vote this week
I thought this week would be a hard pick for me. While I love how 'foggy' the USA picture is for this book, which fits perfectly with the story I do love the new UK covers. They are definitely eye catching and I do prefer this to the old UK cover.

UK gets my vote this week.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Unremembered NOW!
We have TWO polls so we would appreciate it if you could vote for your favourite on both so we can try the new one out, thank you.


  1. I went UK again this week. It had more of a fantasy/sci-fi feel I think and that's why I would pick up the book. I was actually sent a copy of this with the old UK cover and the new ones look much better.

  2. I have the old cover myself and I completley agree the new one is better :)


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