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Forget Me Not

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Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

277 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 20, 2014

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Stacey Nash

13 books221 followers
Writing for the young and new adult market, Stacey's books are all adventure filled stories with a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of kissing! Her debut novel, Forget Me Not was released as a three book series through HarperCollins Australia during 2014 / 2015. And her Oxley College Saga is out now.

Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.

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1,046 reviews196 followers
November 5, 2014
Nine years ago Anamae Gilbert's mother disappeared from her life, but still to this day, Anamae (Mae) longs to have her mother back in her life. Mae writes letters to her mother every year on the anniversary of her disappearance. In these letters she writes about all the things she and her father have done in the past twelve months. Mae hopes that one day her mother will return and will be able to read the letters.

William Avery (Will) and Mae have been best friends since the day, Will and his family moved in next door to Mae when she was eight years old. One of their favourites things they like to do is to have a look around Albert's Second-Hand Treasures. It is here the pair play a game where they dare one another to find the weirdest thing in the shop. Rifling through various items, Mae comes across something that looks very familiar to her, it's a brooch just like the pendant her mother use to wear. It may not have been the weirdest thing in the store, but Mae had to have it.

The first thing Mae does once she arrives home is to put the brooch and pendant together, but what happens next takes Mae by surprise. It seems having these two items together forms an invisibility to the person who wearing them. Whilst showing, Will of her findings they get a visit from a man named, Thomas who is supposably from East Coast Natural Gas Company.

Before Will and Mae realise whats happening to them they are being taken away to a safe house. Having no idea where they are or why they have been targeted has them both very worried. Mae is concerned about her father and knows he won't cope without her and he'll be sick with worry not knowing where she is. It is here where they find out about The Collective who are a mean and evil group. When Mae finds out her father has been kidnapped she knows she must do something or she may risk never seeing him again, but this is a powerful group. Will Mae save her father or will she be too late?

First of all I must say I am so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. And the reason I'm so surprised is because I have never liked Fantasy. I liked this book so much that I am actually looking forward to reading the next one in the series, Remember Me. This novel held my interest right from the start all the way to the end. This book had a bit of everything from intrigue, twists and turns, romance, action and let's not forget how gripping it was at times. So if you're like me and you shy away from Fantasy because you don't like it for whatever reason please do yourself a favour and give this book a go. You may just surprise yourself and enjoy it as much as I did. Highly recommended.
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4,224 reviews2,729 followers
February 7, 2014
4.5 stars

Sitting at her desk, struggling with the words she wanted to write, Anamae missed her mother desperately. Even after nine years, the sense of loss was acute – when she vanished it was as if from the face of the earth. Every year on the anniversary of her disappearance, Mae would write the letter to her mother, telling her of the happenings of herself and her father over the past twelve months; the special drawer which held these letters was filling, but at least she would be able to give her mother an insight into their lives…

Giving up the struggle, she ran down the stairs, yelling to her Dad that she was going out with Will for a little while. Will was her best friend, and her next door neighbour – he knew all there was to know about her and she couldn’t imagine her life without him in it. Heading down on Will’s bike to have a coffee together, Mae dragged Will into the local junk shop to browse first. “Albert’s Second-Hand Treasures” was a favourite haunt of theirs and they would play a game to find the weirdest treasure; the loser paying for the coffee. When Mae suddenly spotted a brooch which looked very, very like the pendant her mother had worn and loved, she was unaware of the catastrophic events which would follow this discovery. For putting the brooch and pendant together created a cloak of invisibility to the wearer – it also summonsed a society called The Collective, a dangerous and evil group intent on ruling the world.

Suddenly Will and Mae were whisked away to a safe house – the frustration of not knowing what the future would hold, not being able to communicate with her Dad, and Will with his family – made them both realize the strangeness of what was happening, also the dangers they were facing. But events were accelerating much faster than they could keep up with and with the news of her father’s kidnapping, Mae knew she had to act – she couldn’t bear to lose her father too, and she knew he would be suffering from her disappearance. So, with or without help, she was going to her father’s aid! Could her father be rescued before it was too late? Would they be safe or was everyone’s lives on the line?

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Aussie author Stacey Nash. The tension, the twists and turns throughout, the web of intrigue – all had me glued to the pages. I felt the need to give Mae a good shake a couple of times, and was glad when she befriended Lilly…. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the second in this series, and have no hesitation in recommending this book to all Fantasy and YA lovers.

With thanks to the author and her publisher for this ARC copy to read and review.
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314 reviews26 followers
November 25, 2016
4.5 stars out of 5.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In a nutshell ‘Forget Me Not’ is the story of Anamae (aka: Mae) who comes across some tech that she shouldn’t, and then things go downhill from there.

Mae and her best friend Will end up at a safe house, where Jax and Lilly live with her parents and a few others. ‘Forget Me Not’ sets up the whole story of the series very well, it’s fast paced and doesn’t drag at all. We jump straight in to the action from page one – Mae is ripped from her world and plonked into a web of intrigue, at the centre of which is The Collective – an organisation who is after the technology she has discovered (which just happens to have the ability of invisibility).

I enjoyed this novel, which is Stacey Nash’s debut. It was well written and had a good plot (yay!), and I loved the animosity between Will and Jax – I just got great amusement out of it. I’m not entirely sure what that says about me…and rather predictably, I liked Jax the most out of all the characters ;) Lilly acts as a foil to him, I think. I really liked her and what she brought to the story; and I would love to know more about her – and the others at the safe house.

There is…sort of a love triangle in this story. It’s not a proper love triangle, as it’s all a bit one sided on the romance front. Mae is completely oblivious to Will’s affections (and I’m not going to lie, I hope it stays that way lol) but it does pop up every now and then. The romance doesn’t overwhelm the story, but it is there.

I did see the twist coming before it happened, but it was still pretty thrilling when it was revealed! There is action in ‘Forget Me Not’, it’s not a romance novel, though there is a romance sub-plot as mentioned. I like the fact that Mae is learning to fight, and the tech is pretty neat too!

The story of The Collective seems to be an interesting one, I’m really curious to learn more about them and their dealings in the next novel, ‘Remember Me’, of which we got a sneak peak of at the end. Which was just mean, to be honest. Where it ended, I wanted more!

All in all this was a very good read, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the series develops.
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Author 11 books65 followers
January 2, 2015
I was given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. In the interests of full disclosure, though, I should confess I requested the ARC because I've read one of Stacey's other, unpublished manuscripts and really love her writing.

But "Forget Me Not" didn't disappoint. I intend to buy a paperback copy once it becomes available, which is a sign of how much I loved it.

Most of the young adult fiction I read is urban fantasy, so the science-fiction angle was somewhat new to me - but, like all good sci-fi (and fiction in general), this book was character-driven. I didn't feel like I needed a physics degree to know what was going on, which is the main thing that puts me off sci-fi reads.

"Forget Me Not" is set somewhere in Big City America - it's never stated conclusively (or if it is I missed it), but it's somewhere with a president. At first I assumed because Stacey is an Aussie author that it might be set here but, given the scale of events in the story, it makes sense that it be set in the global powerhouse that is the US. (Sorry, Australia, but it's true. I still love you, though.)

The romance between Mae and Jax is well-developed and, even though I'm firmly Team Will (Mae's best friend), by the end I thought Mae and Jax were a cute and above all realistic couple. Unfortunately for Team Will, the poor guy never had a hope - he's so firmly in the friendzone that Mae can't see his attraction to her, not even when it's spelled out in so many words by a third party.

Despite the romance subplot, the story is action- and character-driven, whisking you along. I did see the plot twist coming, but only by about a chapter, so I didn't get frustrated that Mae and the others didn't see it coming. (It always annoys me when I as a reader figure something out ages before the characters do. I'm all, COME ON! IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU!)

The only tiny niggle I had with "Forget Me Not" was that, after Mae and Will flee the baddies and take refuge with the resistance, she spends a lot of time worrying about her dad, but almost no attention is given to Will's family - including by him. It may just be that, because the story is from her perspective and Will is determined to be stoic, he never talks to her much about it, but I felt like his parents and sister were forgotten about.

I highly recommend "Forget Me Not" for people who love story-driven YA. Five stars!
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Author 37 books555 followers
February 22, 2014
Stacey Nash is a debut author to remember. I read this book in a day, y'all. One day. I was sucked right into Mae's story from the first page. Forget Me Not opens with a bang, and this page turning, nail biting, high stakes adventure story kept me reading into the night. Ms. Nash weaves beautiful descriptions and a highly inventive conspiracy theory, with just enough romance to give me all the feels. And she's given us two charming book boyfriends to boot. Will and Jax are swoon worthy in and of themselves, but the way they fight to protect Mae is downright fabulous. (BTW, I am absolutely on Team Jax. Sorry Will.) Ms. Nash writes beautifully -- I love the way she uses smells to set the stage in her scenes, and her descriptions are so vivid I felt like I was right there in the safe house along with Mae. If you like bad boys on motorcycles, smart, sassy heroines, and the kind of plot twists that literally make you gasp out loud, you'll LOVE Stacey Nash's debut novel. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
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Author 21 books216 followers
April 13, 2017
I read this in it's early stages and loved it! Nash brings a secret world to life with these amazing characters. Mae finds herself thrust into a world she doesn't understand and somehow finds herself in great danger. Meanwhile, her best friend, Will,(who I LOVE) stands by her, even though his life is in danger too.
There are plenty of twists and turns and secrets being discovered which only seem to raise more questions. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, intrigue and romance.
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87 reviews3 followers
March 27, 2014
“A young girl gets plunged into a seemingly magical world where she has to fight to save someone she loves from a horrible fate.” A one sentence summary of the most popular teen books recently. If you add vampires and make the victim her mother, you have the Twilight series. If you add runes and magical locations, you’re looking at the Mortal Instruments series. This summary can even apply to Forget Me Not, as long as you can focus on the word “seemingly.”

Nash’s novel is not about paranormal activities or beings. In fact, all of the “magic” in the story is actually rooted in science and is caused by very advanced technology. As a science-minded person, I was drawn in immediately when I discovered this. Being able to explain all of the strange events and abilities that are in her story is an advantage that Nash has above other young adult authors, and one that I believe many will enjoy. Forget Me Not is a sci-fi novel with a dash of modern James Bond that is written to enthrall readers.

I’ll admit that I loved this novel, from its cover to its very last word, but I wasn’t impressed with parts of the main character. While Anamae seemed interesting enough, it seemed that Nash was constantly trying to dumb her down. Although Mae can come up with genius plans and solve problems, she is unable to figure out the reason behind her friend Will’s sudden change in attitude. While she trains hard to become a fighter, she seems to always need saving when things get rough. If you are looking for a book with a strong female role model, this is surely not it.

The one thing I did love is that although the novel is over, readers will agree that the story is far from over. Nash did a great job with leaving us in anticipation of the next chapter of Anamae’s saga by answering some of our questions, introducing new questions, and generally just leaving us wanting more.

I’m giving Forget Me Not fours stars. It had a great plot and was very engaging. It was also very descriptive and helped me visualize exactly the world Nash created. But with such a weak main character, I don’t have the heart to give it any more. I would recommend this book to any fans of the series I mentioned before, as this will be a breath of fresh air and yet still leave you with a book similar to those you already loved.
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Author 3 books24 followers
March 1, 2014
This was an amazingly well crafted, suspenseful book that took me by complete surprise in the final 20 pages! Nash writes a gripping tale of mystery in a world not that far off, and fills it with vital, warm characters you come to love. Anamae (Mae) is absolutely "that girl" - the one we all wanted to be and everyone adored.

Will and Jax are wonderfully opposed in both manner and appearance, Lilly and the other characters are just a delight.

How good was the book, really? Well, I was preparing to go to bed last night after an exhausting week - and had to stay up until I'd finished reading!
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3,749 reviews455 followers
January 25, 2015
Honestly, I was really intrigued by the description – a young adult paranormal read with a secret society component is exactly up my alley. Unfortunately I did not connect with this book.

I found Anamae immature and annoying, as she almost intentionally made bad decisions. Jax as the mysterious, brooding “bad boy” was trite, and Will as the boy next door was predictable. The contention between the two boys seemed unfounded and contrived.

All in all, I was able to read 40% of the book before I gave up. ~ Alicia, 2 stars.
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259 reviews68 followers
April 18, 2015
Read this review and others at The Silver Petticoat Review:Forget Me Not

A secret organization pulling the strings of our nation’s government, controlling wars, famine, and politics. This is what young Anamae faces when she discovers that her mother’s old necklace is really a piece of advanced technology kept hidden from the general public by a group called the Collective. This one discovery pulls her into a world of intrigue, danger, and lies. When she joins the rebel group trying to stop the Collective, she learns that everything is not as it seems, and you have to be careful who you trust in this underground world.

Stacey Nash’s debut novel cleverly brings to life this world of secret superpowers and underground rebellion. She weaves her plot with the hand of a deft storyteller. As some may know, I am quite a fan of good storytellers. The art is one I admire and relish when it is performed well. Nash achieves this with Forget Me Not.

The first thing that impressed me in Nash’s novel was the very idea behind it. I have never come across the same idea of a secret organization having technology that they hide from the rest of the human race. Today, everything generally turns towards magic as the big secret that is revealed. I liked that Nash strayed away from that familiar aspect of the YA genre and went for something different. It reminded me of some of the popular dystopian novels that center around technology. She branches away from the followers of Harry Potter and sets up her own secret world that holds just as much exciting fantasy, even if it is in the form of gadgets rather than spells.

While there are a few areas where the plot lags just a bit, these are thankfully outshined by the action in the rest of the novel. Nash’s imagination is bountiful in relation to her action scenes and the different tech she comes up with for her characters to use. The different tech she invents is genius, and exceedingly entertaining in its use and performance. I would love to have a necklace that made me invisible or a suit that made me impermeable to all weapons. Her grasp of laying out a good setting is also commendable. Her scenery comes to life in the mind and places one directly in the middle of the action. Her ability to provide good descriptions really helps to bring the plot to life.

I also enjoyed the romance in this novel. I’m always a sucker for a bad boy, and Nash provides an excellent one. Jax is just the right mix of tall, dark, and dangerous and wounded hero so that he excites you, but also tugs at your heartstrings. The courtship dance between him and Anamae keeps you on the edge of your seat until literally the very end of the novel. For me, that’s just perfect because I love the thrill of the chase. With this novel, the tension stays high in the romance and doesn’t die down the way it can when a romance is fulfilled too soon. Nash gives you just the right amount of romantic moments and gestures throughout the tale, without giving you everything, so that things stay interesting.

The only critique I would give, as I mentioned before, is that during the sections where there is no action sequence the plot can lag a bit. Specifically, during parts where the characters are just training, I would have spiced things up a bit more so that the reader isn’t left with dead air. Those are the parts where one might put the book down and possibly not pick it back up, missing the greatness in the rest of the book.

Overall Impression

Nash has created a fascinating underground world for her readers to explore. If one can get past the parts that move just a bit too slowly, then the action in the rest of the novel makes up for it. I would recommend pushing through, and reading this book to the end, as it turns out to be immensely satisfying. I look forward to the novel’s sequel.

Adaptation Recommendation

This novel would work best as a single movie. The story’s smooth arc lends itself to a single long film adaptation. I think it would probably end up being more than one movie, however, with the sequel that it has coming out. I imagine that would make a great second film to come after this one, something similar to The Mortal Instruments. I can already imagine the action scenes and the cool tech being used.
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127 reviews66 followers
March 3, 2014
I was generously provided an e-ARC of this novel by the author. Things may have changed in the final version.

I was interested in Forget Me Not because it sounded like it had fun bits of science fiction technology set in a fantastical world. Forget Me Not had plenty of awesome technological surprises, but I was overwhelmed by the whiny and naive main character, Anamae.

The beginning was very fun and well-written. It kept me entertained for about the first quarter of the story. Until we got to Jax Belfry.

Anamae grew up in the same neighborhood with her best friend Will. Her mother disappeared a few years ago and Will has been her rock ever since. As the first events unfold I was excited to see where it was going. Will she find her mother? Will she realize her and Will belong together? Halfway through, I realized 'Mae' was going to oggle over Jax for the rest of the book. Her feelings for him developed fairly quick. At first I thought "well it's okay, she is a teenager, maybe she will realize she needs Will at some point." When I realized that wasn't the case, that Mae was just going to ignore Will's obvious hurt feelings, it got under my skin. She complained a lot. There were instances of her stomping up stairs and slamming the door, and yelling at people not to touch her. She would also say that she felt bad for causing others pain or apologize for being a nuisance, but then would just as quickly turn around and feel sorry for herself.

Without spoiling the plot, Mae's adventures were not what I expected. I knew there was going to be tech involved, but there was just SO much. The gadgets were all explained and they were all awesome ideas. However, I felt they were used more for "wow factor" than a plot device. The Collective, the tech, the farm, the romance, the friendship, the parents...none of it connected for me. There was so much happening non-stop, it was hard to remember what had happened earlier. There were a couple of plot holes and repetition of phrases. At times I felt the story was all over the place and I became uninterested in Mae's story.

The ending was lackluster. The big events were sort of expected. Anamae was too whiny and the rest of the characters, I felt, were also too self-absorbed. Everyone was focused on her and her problems. But there was a bigger picture and it was only touched upon. The Collective was a good idea- I think I would have enjoyed more of it instead of the aggravating romance.

I really think this would be a great read for a younger audience than myself. I feel that it was aimed more towards angsty teens who want to swoon over a bad boy that can wield tech weapons.
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401 reviews16 followers
September 18, 2014
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Action, adventure, drama, mystery and a love triangle make a great mix for this fantastic read.

I loved Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash and here is why you need to read this book:

* An interesting plot that keeps you guessing throughout the story. I really liked how you become suspicious of several of the characters and what they’re motives are for helping Anamae.
* The story keeps moving at a good pace and there are no lulls.
* It’s well written and narrated in the first person point of view of Anamae.
* The characters are very likeable, in particular our protagonist Anamae and her best friend Will. Anamae has stumbled upon a piece of ‘Tech’ unaware of the danger this puts her in until a stranger turns up at her home not long after discovering it. She’s 17 and is a very sweet girl who lives with her Dad as she lost her mother when she was young. Will is her loyal best friend and neighbour who has stuck by Anamae through thick and thin.
* A love triangle begins after Anamae and Will are taken to a ‘safe house’ and subsequently meet Jax. This is not the focus of the story but more underlying just waiting to surface.
* As the characters are young there is only a small amount of romance but I felt it was suitably written for their age group.
* The emotions were well expressed mostly, but on a couple of occasions I had trouble feeling how distressed Anamae was in regards to her family situation.
* A very sweet ending, but you know this story is not over. Left me with the feeling that there is a lot more excitement to come.

Overall, a lovely read that has stayed with me long after it finished and left a smile on my face. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 4 1/2 stars!
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442 reviews10 followers
October 28, 2014
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4 Fangs
Anamae's mother disappeared about 9 years ago. Anamae and her best friend Will find in an antique store a brooch that reminds her of the pendant her mother left behind the day she disappeared. She soon finds that the pendant and brooch can be used together as a cloak of invisibility. The only problem is when she used it the technology also alerted the people from the Collective. The people from the Collective come after her for the brooch and pendant. They do not want this kind of technology out in the public. Will and Anamae end up in a safe house with people that are fighting against the Collective. Then the Collective take her father as ransom. Jax one of the resistance fighters helps Anamae to get him back.
This book is fast paced with lots of action. The story is interesting with the whole advanced technology that is being kept from the public. It was definitely a page turner to see what would happen next. Anamae seemed to be the only problem with the story. She was very irritating. I know she is a teenager and they are still immature but it was like she never learned. She wants to be treated like an adult but does childish things. Her and Jax run off time and again and get into all sorts of trouble. There are times in the book I'm telling her she is so stupid. Will seems to be her brick wall. He tries to keep her inline. You can tell he cares for her deeply and more than she even knows. She just keeps going for Jax and sometimes your not sure why besides for the bad boy style. He helps to get her in trouble just as much and makes you wonder if he even does like her why her would put her endanger so often.
I would recommend this book to a young adult who likes sci-fi.
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194 reviews5 followers
March 4, 2014
After The Collective find out that Anamae is in possession of a tech, she finds herself in great danger. In the safe house, she quickly makes friends with other teenagers and together they embark on a wild rescue mission to free her dad who has been kidnapped by agents of the Collective.

I don’t read a lot of YA books, but I am so glad I stumbled across this one! Forget Me Not is about so much more than the rescue mission itself. All four teenage friends (Anamea, Will, Jax and Lilly) are tested and tried to the extreme. Are they able to fully trust one another, forget about their own problems and stand together as one big force against the Collective?

Forget Me Not was one of those books that had me reading until late at night as I couldn’t find a point to shut my kindle off and go to sleep. I loved the pace of the book. It never felt too quick or too slow, but the whole plot thickens brilliantly and builds up to a breathtaking peak.

This book is only the start of the Collective series and I cannot wait for the books to come. There are too many questions still unanswered and I am sure also so many more secrets to be yet uncovered.

Forget Me Not is a tension-fueled, adventurous and brilliantly written novel that shows the dangers and powers of a controlling environment . If you are a fan of George Orwell’s classic “1984″ you will LOVE this book.
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57 reviews
December 29, 2014
Forget Me Not is a book close to my heart, not only because I have read it lots of times. Thanks to the lovely author trusting me to do it. But because it’s a story that made me completely love Science Fiction. I don’t usually love this genre but with this book I just couldn’t stop.
The MC Anamae, has a voice true to a teenager but still strong and moving. I liked her from the first moment as I did with her best friend Will. I loved their friendship an how Will cares so much for her.
This story really makes you believe fiction is real as Mae says in the book. Teletransportation, invisibility, share your thoughts. All that is possible and you see it as it could posibly happen.
I was intrigued with the Collective. I just needed to know what they really did and why.
The character that I loved most was Jax, the bad boy, but he’s just not the average bad boy he’s tormented and sweet and confused. Just perfect.
Nash starts this adventure with an amazing writing that reminds me of Cassandra Claire and Jane Austen. Yes an odd mix but perfect for this story and so moving.
I can’t wait to see where this story will take me.
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1,713 reviews39 followers
July 24, 2014
Anamae’s mother disappeared nine years ago. Her loss still haunts Mae to this day.

While at a local thrift store, Anamae discovers a brooch that matches her mother’s favorite pendant. When placed together the pieces activate an unknown technology that cloaks the human form. Now Anamae is being hunted by a secret society that wants to silence her and claim her technology.

Stacey Nash created a unique and interesting story that was clever yet believable. The action was nonstop from beginning to end.

I really enjoyed the characters. Anamae is determined and strong. Will is a loyal best friend who can be counted on. Jax is the mysterious bad boy. Lilly is the thoughtful girlfriend. The team works well together with Anamae as their core.

Forget Me Not is a great book for young adult and up. I could see it making an excellent movie. I look forward to the next book, Remember Me (Collective, #2), due out in August 2014.

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 174 books168 followers
March 25, 2014
Anamae longs for her missing mom. She hangs on to slippery memories with a forget me not necklace and discovers a brooch that matches the pendant. Together, these pieces of jewelry drag her into a fight to overcome The Collective.
Stacey Nash has brought us an excellent tale of loss and searching for the truth. The mystery surrounding Jax adds to the suspense as a group of teens ignore the orders of the adults with them and go after a group bent on world domination. While the middle sagged a bit, Nash whipped everything into shape and left open an ending that has a mild promise of a sequel.
This book is an interesting tale with paranormal elements. I recommend Forget Me Not for young adult readers.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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Author 31 books394 followers
February 22, 2014
I am a beta reader for Stacey but I have to confess; I loved this book! It isn't the usual genre I read in, but it sucked me in from go with its strong plot and great world-building.

This book is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, with just the right combination of action, adventure and romance all thrown in together.

It tells the story of Anamae, a young girl who discovers a secret entwined in her family's past; one that leads her to discover that almost everything she knew about the world is false. Add to the mix a love triangle, the stake of the nation and the life of her father, and you have one gripping book that will keep you turning the pages.

Forget Me Not is the first book in the Collective series. Trust me, you'll want to get in on this one.
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Author 9 books40 followers
September 12, 2014
This was an enjoyable read full of adventure, intrigue, and a delightful storyline! Stacey Nash does a wonderful job of pulling you into the mysterious world of The Collective and makes you wonder what is next with every page turn. I loved the little love triangle set up between the characters and the secrets that Jax keeps kept me wishing I knew more! The characters were believable and I found myself drawn into their adventures against The Collective quickly. I adored the implication that all "tech" is controlled by an organization that we are unaware of as a whole. I cannot wait to see where the next book will take us. What a great find this gem of a book was for me!
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217 reviews6 followers
August 26, 2014
Forget me not is a stunning début by Stacey Nash. Mae never got over her mother’s disappearance nine years earlier. Unwittingly she stumbles upon a brooch that is identical to her mother’s pendant. She finds it is a talisman of some sort of technology that really is a cloaking device.

Mae wasn’t suppose to know or even posses it and when a secret society finds out she has it- she becomes a target.

Forget me not is an exciting adventure. I could not put this book down once I started. I highly recommend to all YA and sci-fi/fantasy fans.

Stacey Nash is an author to watch out for. I’m very excited to read “Remember me” the next book in the series.
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Author 12 books72 followers
November 9, 2014
YA fiction with a touch of romance. Anamae (or Mae) is a normal 17-year-old until she touches her mother’s necklace and and opens the gift of invisibility. By doing so, she unknowingly brings down the wrath of the Collective upon her, a secret society of techno-gurus who run the world incognito through the use of technology that no one else knows about. Mae and her best friend, Will, escape and are taken in by the resistance where she meets Jax, a hot 18-year-old who confuses her. This was well-written and fast-paced. It’s the first book in a series. Remember Me is next, and I’m excited to read it to solve some mysteries that this book stirred up in my mind.
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161 reviews6 followers
August 20, 2015
Forget Me Not was a pleasant read. It had elements of magic, but with a technical twist. The lead characters were likable and dimensional. The writing has a nice flow and a good pace. It wasn't too fast nor too slow. Some plot points and characters were a little trope-y, but not so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the story. I would happily read another book from this author.

I would recommend it to fans of YA fiction, Sci/Fantasy and light romance.

Edited: The more I thought about this book afterwards, I realized I enjoyed it even more than I originally thought. I changed my rating to reflect that.
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Author 2 books4 followers
February 24, 2014
I had the pleasure of reading Forget-Me-Not and have a review coming out on my Blog http://nikvukoja.wordpress.com/ on March 1st, together with a Q&A with the author Stacey Nash.

Although I normally don't read YA, I really enjoyed this and found it happily (or not so happily) moved forward at a really good pace. There was enough exposition so that I understood the world the main character was entering and plenty of action to keep the pace flowing.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read that offers action, intrigue, secrets and romance.

Watch this Author people :)
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229 reviews223 followers
March 18, 2014
Forget Me Not is truly an amazing book. I can honestly say that I could not put it down. I put it down only long enough to do what I had to and then came right back to see what happened next. The story kept me guessing with every page and the ending was one that I never expected. I fell in love with Annamae and Jax and kept wishing that they would get together at the end of the story. I won’t spoil the story and let you know what happened but definitely recommend you buy a copy today!

I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
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Author 10 books54 followers
June 3, 2015
very interesting concept. I'm still dying to know exactly who the collective are and how they got their powers or the tech. Of course I enjoyed the relationship and blossoming love triangle surrounding our oblivious heroine. Jax dark and mysterious persona was intriguing even if I was able to predict just what kind of role he played there was still a little bit of an unexpected twist to it. The end left me with a few more questions about Mae's heritage and what that means for her and Jax (sorry Will, but I'm team Jax on this one ). I'll definitely read the next one.
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1,111 reviews34 followers
March 19, 2014
This is a story worth 41/2 stars but since I can't mark that on here I'll tell ya. lol. This is a must read. Has YA, paranormal and romance all in one. The journey that the main character went on is just amazing, right along with the writing.

*** I received this story for free in exchange for an honest review, see more of my review @ http://jmhoward2007.blogspot.com on 3-19-14***
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1,218 reviews12 followers
October 27, 2014
This is an amazing start to a series. Though it does leave you wanting more (in a good way) it has just enough closure to where you aren't left hanging. The storyline and characters are such a draw that you can't turn the pages fast enough.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.
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Author 9 books51 followers
January 11, 2015
This book was so easy to read. I picked it up - so to speak - when all around me was chaotic with the festive season and I found it easy to get caught up and enjoy without the world intruding too much. A grand feat indeed.
If you love a fast paced, interesting read with some lovely romance, then this is for you.
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Author 86 books297 followers
January 20, 2015
when I started this book, i didn't know what to expect. I was expecting contemporary, but the book turned out to be sci fi, and that's ok with me. The story started a little slow, but soon I was pulled into the action. It reminds me a little of Jessica Shirvington's books, and my own Molten Heart. It was a great, enjoyable read that I recommend. I can't wait to start book 2.
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