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Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Face Off: Forgotten

Came across a few different covers for Cat Patrick's Forgotten when I was shopping (again) on Better World Books the other day... (Yes. I know.) We've had one of its many faces (#1 below) on FFO before, when it took on (and unfortunately, lost to) Life is But a Dream. Today, though, it's bound to win - and lose again - because it's Facing Off against itself.
Below are not two, not three, but four different covers for Forgotten, and each has a very different feel to it. This may be splitting the focus a bit, and may cause a 4-way tie, who knows, but I couldn't decide which should come up against each other, so hell, we're throwing them all in!  Take a look, decide which has a better feel for you, and which you'd want to have on your shelves. I'm including a combined synopsis below (cobbled together from 2 of the versions), so if you'd like, you can base your decision on which you think suits the story better.
And then, let us know which is your pick in the comments!
[And yes, I did end up buying it. #2, if you're wondering.]

Which one did it better?
Versions 1 and 2

Versions 3 and 4

I remember forwards. I remember forwards, and forget backwards. My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven't happened yet. So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens - until someone dies. And after that, it will be forgotten. Here's the thing about me: I can see my future, but my past is blank. I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I'll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won't happen till this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind - just like the boy I love. I can't see him in my future. I can't remember him from my past. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much.

Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. The whole scenario doesn't exactly make high school or dating that hot guy whose name she can't seem to recall any easier. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can't make sense of, she realizes it's time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Part psychological drama, part romance, and part mystery, this thought-provoking novel will inspire readers to consider the what-if's in their own lives and recognize the power they have to control their destinies.

Last Week on FFO: It was a heated debate when the old, nostalgic US covers of Harry Potter took on the fresh, new upstarts that will be released this Fall in commemorative editions. It was a super tight race, with many of us admitting that we really wanted to own them both (and I have a feeling many of us will), but in the end, the gorgeously detailed work by Kazu Kibuishi on the new covers won the day.
Winner (picking CoS because this cover is my faveomgjustlook!) ------->


  1. I like the twins the best but I also really like the one with her sleeping!

  2. They're actually all amazing, but if I were to chose, I would probably buy the first one. I really like the blurred out flowers, it looks like they are infinite :)

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

  3. 2 is the best. 4's not bad. I don't like 1 or 3.

  4. Number 2 is definitely my favorite!

  5. If I could have no.2's girl on the cover design of no. 4, that would be my fave. :)

    But going by the description, and becuase it has the most prfessional look to it, my vote goes to no.3

  6. This is a tough one...I haven't read the book, but I like the premise. I like the art of Book 1 but it doesn't seem to have much to do with the plot. I like the font and synopsis quote of Book 3 but it also is visually misleading. And something about the title dominating the cover of Book 2 feels "right".

    I think that means I choose #2, but warily.

  7. I love #1 the best. Since she loses all her memories as she sleeps, and the way the flowers are swirling around like her memories could be doing, it all seems to fit the tone of the story in my opinion. :)

  8. It's ironic that many people are choosing #2 and #4 on this list. I actually prefer version #1!

  9. The first time I saw this book it was with cover #2 and.it intrigued me and made me want to buy it, but I ended up buying cover #4 at a later date which I like but not as much. I have never seen the other covers before but #1 really stands out from the rest because it doesn't have a dark look to it really. I actually like it. I'm interested to find out which cover I think is best after I read it.

  10. While I do like #3 & #1, I believe that #2 would be the one that I most likely want to own. It's the one I feel most drawn to.


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