Forget This Ever Happened
And sometimes there isn't.
Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.
Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something ...more
Well guys , we are back at it again !
"This month is the month when I will try not to DNF more than 1/2 books ”
Maybe that doesn’t seem like such a bold claim, but you probably aren’t taking into account that I have already DNF 2 books so it will be my third , I know it hurts my feelings too so I came up with some really strong reasons!
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✏ The story is one the weirdest , dumbest shit ...more
4 fascinating stars!
Cassandra Rose Clarke has been one of my favourite authors ever since writing The Assassin's Curse back in 2012, and she did not disappoint here. Forget This Ever Happened was intriguing, mysterious, confusing and really sweet, and I enjoyed every second of my read.
Forget This Ever Happened begins with one of our MC's, Claire, travelling to her grandma's house in Indianola, Texas ...more
All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps. Everyone in the town overlaps with everyone else, and together they create the music of Indianola.
This was way creepier than I'd expected! In a good way, of course - I was anticipating a sort of mystery-paranormal-urban-fantasy, and this felt like a seamless, atmospheric blend of sci-fi-thriller-horror with a shimmering thread of a super soft sapphic love...more
It's summer of 1993 and Claire is ready to spend her time relaxing by the pool and with her new crush, Josh. But when her Grammy needs in person help in the rural town of Indianola, Claire's mother packs her up for the summer. There's not a lot that's remarkable about Indianola, but there are several very strange things happening around town, especially the lizard li ...more
📗 I loved Cassandra's previous book, The Assassin's Curse, so when this was released it was very high on my wishlist! Set in 1993, I think this book could have been absolutely terrible and I still would have loved it, because Claire and Julie were such an incredible couple that I rooted for the whole way through.
📕 There's a lot going on in this book. A girl travelling to a small town for the summer, set in 1993, a sapphic romance, mysterious monsters that you ...more
**ARC Note:** Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for t ...more
Rep: bi mc, latina lesbian mc
CW: homophobia, internalised homophobia, natural disasters, memory manipulation/gaslighting, gun usage, cops shown sympathetically
It’s 1993, and Claire has been sent to the Texan coastal town of Indianola to look after her ailing grandmother, who doesn’t like her very much, for the summer. She quickly discovers that ‘monsters’ showing up is a regular occurrence for the people living there, but nobody ever remembers that the monsters exist onc ...more
I went into it practically skipping the summary and just wanting to be surprised for as long as I could, and I sure got my wish, lol
Very well written, with atmospheric crisp lines full of "showing" (you know what I mean?),that got me out of a prolonged reading slump.
The characters are interesting with well developed stories. The budding romance is cute and tender.
"The stepford wives" part was as expected scary an ...more
Also, it probably would have been more believable if they were younger, I couldn't imagine at 17 years old hanging out with someone because my grandmother told me to, I have a teenage ...more
This book follows 2 main characters, Julie who lives in Indianola, and Claire who is visiting for the summer to care for her Grandma. Claire soon finds out the town's secret: monsters live in Indianola, but as soon as you leave the town you forget this secret. Julie and Claire team up to investigate the town's history and potentially save it.
What I Didn't Like:
Plot. The plot was both ridiculous and boring. Clair ...more
Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Forget This Ever Happened has such an interesting an unique premise for those who enjoy YA mysteries with a bit of a sci-fi twist. We start off in a small Texas town in 1993, and for starters, I loved experiencing a YA book in a different era. With the exception of historical YA fiction, I feel like it’s rare to see YA books in decades other than the present. This added several details and interesting el ...more
Book: Forget This Ever Happened
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Bisexual main character, latina lesbian main character
Recommended For...: thrillers, romance, sci-fi
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Genre: YA Thriller
Recommended Age: 16+ (homophobia, gaslighting, guns, violence, cops shown sympathetically)
Publisher: Holiday House
Synopsis: Sometimes there' ...more
I do not normally read science fiction or mystery books. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I am always drawn to another book in the fantasy genre and then I sometimes low-key forget there are other genres out there (I need to do better haha). But, boy was this a great re-introduction to the science fiction genre for me! This story was so rich and really ...more
My full review will be live on my Instagram tomorrow as it’s my stop on the blog tour.
Thank you again to Pride book tours and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I'm not a big fan of horror, but this book wasn't jump-scares and torture scenes, but a creepy and unsettling darkness. Which is the type of horror I like! It reminded me of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast or the Pan's Labyrinth movie. You are introduced to a small town that you've likely driven through before, familiar in a way that pulls you in. But something ...more
Forget This Ever Happened has interesting, unique characters and a fresh plot, but its ultimately hindered by Clarke's attempt to set the building blocks for her plot twists.
This book features the whole "good character is secretly bad" think but the problem is, Clarke doesn't allow her characters to fall for the good bit even before anything is amiss so we're left with wa ...more
Claire and Julie were adorable, hot sapphic messes that I couldn't help relate to (their ANGST... unparalleled). However, it wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through this book that i really got truly invested. The book dragged for me a bit, but I think if you are a usual spec fic fan, you might enjoy it better (I rarely read spec fic, but I HAD to bc sapphics in Texas in the 90s?? Amazing).
I will say, while there's no homophobia on the page, there is a bit th ...more
It's 1993, and Claire is sent to stay with her Grammy in the small town of Indianola, Texas for the summer. Claire thinks it will be a boring summer of chores, taking care of Grammy, and missing the boy she has a crush on, but she quickly realizes there is more to Indianola than meets the eye.
Before the book is over, Claire and her new friend Julie will have to face monsters, aliens, storms, and their own family histories. T ...more
FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED is this quiet, bizarre, mind-bending semi thriller, sapphic little sci-fi gem that caught me by surprise.
I don’t usually read books that are described with the words “horror”, “aliens” or “monsters”, but I’m a sucker for anything ’90s, which is when this story takes place, so I just had to try. So imagine my surprise when I found myself up at 3 am, head pounding, flipping age after page.
I’m no good with summarising books, so let me just tell you what you can fi ...more
In Forget This Ever Happened Claire has to spend her summer helping out her sick grumpy grandmother in Indianola. She misses Josh, the boy she has started falling for and isn't happy to get dragged away from. Claire sees her whole summ ...more
This is probably one of the more bizarre, beautiful, and bewildering books I have read this year. It is simply amazing!
Immediately upon starting the story, I fell in love with the strange “Twin Peaks” like vibe it offered. Yes, I said Twin Peaks and not Stranger Things, because after all, the story IS set in the 90s! Weird monsters living in power plants and people losing their memories as they leave town? Take about creative ...more
I loved that this wasn't a "coming out" story. The attraction between Claire and Julie was natural and fit with the plot. I also love that this was, essentially, unlike any other book I've read. We had bits of classic Gothic (ie only our MC is remotely concerned by the wei ...more
During the summe ...more