Revive, Tracey Martin
Genre: Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I really enjoyed Tracey’s Misery series so was keen to see this new one. Its very different, set in a world that feels current but where science has come on in huge leaps. Time wise it alternates from present day to what Sophia recalls from up to twelve weeks past.
Sophia, her college ID tells her that’s her name, but she can’t remember anything else. Not who she is, where she’s been, nothing from her past. She feels in danger though, and knows instinctively how to do certain things, like how to defend herself and how to plan escape routes. It makes everything a real puzzle for her. She knows bad people are after her though that’s just an inner voice at first, doesn’t remember why Kyle is with her and doesn’t know if he’s one of them…She’s still very attracted to him despite her memory loss, so wants to think he’s a good guy but just can’t recall anything. She’s got a couple of wounds on her head so assumes that’s what happened to make her lose her memory. Its very scary though – where does she go, who can she trust, and who are the bad guys after her?
I really enjoyed this book, it feels a little YA in style, but one of those that’s well written and suitable for older readers too ( thankfully as its a long long time since I was YA) It’s hard to write a review without giving things away, so I’ll just say I loved Sophia, found the plot complex, interesting and pretty scary in that it is something that with modern technology progress could be oh so real. Its one of those that poses lots of questions of morality and what’s acceptable, does the end justify the means or are there lines that shouldn’t be crossed under any circumstances?
I enjoyed the way it was set out, written from Sophia’s POV, and the past/present alternations. Sometimes I find them hard as I just get into one part and then we’re back in the past, then just as I’m into that it jumps forward. Not so here though, it flowed seamlessly. I liked the other characters too and learning about them, the ones from the school and those from the past she can’t remember. Each is there for a reason and they all feel very real. It ends well, suggesting where the next book will go, but not on an out and out cliff-hanger – and regular readers of my reviews will know how I hate those – really, really hate them, so this kind of ending, where some answers have been given, and a way forward for the future is hinted at works well for me. There’s a love triangle in the making too possibly, certainly the steam between Sophia and Kyle is there, but someone else is interested in her too. I’m never quite sure how I feel about those, often I’m rooting for one guy and then learn more about the second and just can’t make my mind up! I want a happy ending for both if they are decent men.
Stars: Five, a fun read, not too complex and sets everything out really well, leaving me wanting to read more.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers