Memory Zero is a rerelease of Keri Arthur's Spook Squad series.
Set in Melbourne, Australia the book follows Detective Samantha Ryan after she shoots...moreMemory Zero is a rerelease of Keri Arthur's Spook Squad series.
Set in Melbourne, Australia the book follows Detective Samantha Ryan after she shoots and kills her partner of 5 years Jack Kazdan. Only he's not really dead. And Sam has been suspended. And...Sam seems to have some special abilities she was not aware of.
Enter Gabriel Stern of the Special Investigations Unit, a part of a covert group called the Federation and also known as Spook Squad. Gabriel is investigating the case and sees that Sam is unique, something that has not been seen in over 50 years. Sam is interested in proving her innocence - and she likes to work alone - just like Gabriel.
I don't know. It was really hard to stick with this book. I had difficulty connecting to either Sam or Gabriel. Sam played the TSTL card often and took some unnecessary risks with her life. Gabriel was just too secretive for me to fully enjoy the book.
I've got to hand it to Jack. Jack was probably one of the most annoying villains I've encountered in a while.
I felt that the plot could have been better developed, perhaps giving the reader a little more information about the paranormals from the start, rather than making us wonder why the characters were so important.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Dell for a review copy of this book.(less)
About 2.0 stars to 2.5 stars. Probably a better entertainment value for younger readers, Peter and the...moreSync audio free download week of July 3, 2014.
About 2.0 stars to 2.5 stars. Probably a better entertainment value for younger readers, Peter and the Starcatchers was a bit of a disappointment for me. I don't mind retellings, but this one just annoyed me a tad. It could be the narrator's voice - he was OK for most of the story, however he did do some truly cringe-worthy voices for some of the characters and I guess that put me off.
In any case, this is a retelling of Peter Pan and goes back to the days before Peter became Peter Pan. Captain Hook is Black Stashe, the meanest, ornery-est, most feared pirate of the seas. Smee is there as are some of the other characters, like the lost boys. No Wendy, unless I missed her somewhere.
The giant croc is in this one too.
I don't know, I just expected a little more from Dave Barry. (less)
Initial Thoughts: Wow. You know the TV series Dexter? He had a son in one of the later seasons, right? Jazz could be Dexter's son, but instead he is t...moreInitial Thoughts: Wow. You know the TV series Dexter? He had a son in one of the later seasons, right? Jazz could be Dexter's son, but instead he is the son of Billy Dent, the most prolific serial killer. Jazz continues to struggle to stay real, always fearing that he will fall into the abyss and become like his father. He is lucky to have people around him who believe in him - G. William, Connie, and Howie. In this installment of the series, Jazz helps out the NYPD find a serial killer. This is where we see the pure, demented genius of Billy Dent as he orchestrates a killing spree that follows all the rules of a game. Freaky, scary stuff.
I know that this book is being marketed as a young adult book, however some of the content is dark and disturbing and may not be for all readers. If you can sit through an episode of Dexter or Criminal Minds without becoming squeamish, then this book should not cause you any distress.
Oh, this one ends with a huge cliffhanger. Lucky the next book is due out in September.
Full review to come...
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a review copy of this book. (less)