Author: Allison Blanchard
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publish Date: Nov. 15, 2012
“Cole Dyami is a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Adeline Jasely is a typical teenage girl. Living in the seemingly normal small town of Great Falls Montana, Adeline is confronted with everyday teenage problems by a not so normal beautiful boy.
As Adeline and Cole’s worlds collide, the line between illusion and reality is blurred. According to a tribal legend, Adeline and Cole are no longer two friends, but two pieces in a complicated mystery.
Suddenly, Adeline finds herself in a world she never knew existed. Along side Cole, she attempts to unravel the mysteries of the small Chippewa tribe in order to not only find out who Cole Dyami truly is, but who she is as well.
As Cole and Adeline begin to uncover the secrets behind the legends of the Chippewa tribe, illusion slowly unravels into reality and friendship gradually melts into a mutual need of survival. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads”
Forget Me Not by Allison Blanchard is a unique story about shape shifters and first love. And what happens when destiny and fate completely transform the life you thought you knew.
Adeline is sort of your standard hotheaded, loner high school heroine. She thinks she's plain and unworthy of Cole's time, then develops an infatuation with him. I know Blanchard wrote Adeline this way for a reason, but it reminded me an awful lot of the way Bella sees herself in Twilight.
Actually, a lot about this story reminded me of Twilight. The heroine getting mixed up with a mysterious boy and learning his family's secrets. His uber-happy sister who takes an instant liking to Adeline. The main characters connection with one another. Although, the romance in Forget Me Not, I felt, had a little more substance than the insta-love that was Bella and Edward's relationship. At least Adeline and Cole had a good reason to feel connected. And, really, after the sudden beginning of their friendship, I felt their relationship plateaued nicely. But as I read further the similarities to Twilight just kept jumping out at me. They didn't detract from the book, but I did notice them and that sort of pulled me out of the story every once in a while.
Something I didn't understand was the way Emma, Adeline's older sister/guardian, felt the need to control Adeline and Cole's relationship. And the major bipolar moods she would go through regarding it. One minute she'd smile and tease Adeline about having a boyfriend and the next she'd be saying, "maybe you shouldn't see that boy anymore." I get that she'd want to protect Adeline from getting too dependent on a boy, but they weren't outwardly obsessive in their relationship. Emma had no reason to think the worst of them, yet she continued to do so to the point where I wanted to tell her to back off for Adeline. It was as if she were trying to let Adeline have the normal teenage experiences she never had, and then at the last moment would change her mind and try to protect Adeline from them instead.
Cole is the good natured love interest from Forget Me Not. He's a sweetheart with a secret and you'll definitely be reading faster, trying to figure out just what that secret is.
The mythology Blanchard wove through Forget Me Not was definitely my favorite part. The Native American legends she constructed were beautifully written and tugged you deeper and deeper into the story. Even though you can predict the mystery from a very early moment in the book, I found it hard to imagine where the story was going to end up. It had me flipping pages late into the night, trying to see what was in store for Adeline and Cole.
If you're a fan of shape shifters and paranormal romance I highly suggest Forget Me Not. With its unique storyline it's sure to drag you in and not let go until the very last page.