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False Memory by Dan Krokos
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Apr 28, 2012

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Read from April 18 to 28, 2012

3 stars as an adult reader, but I'd give it 4 stars for teens!

So far, cool storyline but a very easy read, not as descriptive and eloquent as I'd like -- as an adult reader. Interesting premise, Bourne Identity/X-Men for supernatural/super-powered teens... I think Twilight fans could be very interested in this book -- easy to read, action, a little romance. Not vampires and werewolves, but definitely not just regular humans either. Hints toward the next book in the series are intriguing!

The story is action packed -- never dull moment. There are twists and turns with the characters that despite the hints, I didn't catch until it was spelled out for me, and I LOVE that!

The beginning didn't work for me -- a teen who lost her memory, calmly approaching a mall cop that assumes she's joking with him. Where's the terror at suddenly being somewhere and not knowing who you are, where you are from, or what's going on? I needed a sense of urgency right from the start, not this strange, disconnected attempt at getting help. I need to go back and reread this section -- did I miss something that hinted at why she was so calm?

Update: I do believe the author is bent on catching the reluctant older middle school/high school reader. Grab them with the action packed story, keep the wording simple and focused, add in an interesting love quadrangle -- this could capivate the female and male readers because there is something for everyone.

I have to admit that the storyline really drives me to continue reading. So even this older teacher/mom/reading-fanatic is compelled to keep reading. I stayed on the treadmill for an extra 15 minutes just to keep reading this book!

Based on the fantastic cover art and the interesting back cover synopsis, I think many teens will select this book.

I wouldn't recommend this for the younger crowd -- there are sensual scenes that are well done, but perhaps not appropriate for the 12 year old crowd. I say 8th grade and up.

Teens -- check it out! Teachers and parents, the violence is not that gory, no bad language that I remember, the sensuality stays subdued and doesn't go too far. It's an easy read, the storyline is interesting, and the unknown compelling enough to keep you reading until you DO know!


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