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Tabula Rasa

(Tabula Rasa #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,944 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Maybe it’s true. Maybe I’m here because I’m a murderer.

Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. That’s what the doctors tell her. She is undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Her troubled past is being removed memory by memory.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital u
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by EgmontUSA (first published September 1st 2014)
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Bethany Crandell
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
TABULA RASA kicked my ass, and I loved every minute of it!

This is an intense, fast-paced read that will have you cheering for the BAD.ASS. leading lady from page one.

The high-stakes action scenes, coupled with raw, honest emotions, perfectly-timed sarcasm, and even some swoon worthy moments for the love birds out there, will have every reader gasping out loud. (At least this reader did!) The plot alone is beyond clever, but it's Lippert-Martin's easy, unforced delivery that makes this story a w
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

This is the book I was really excited to read and it's the kind of book that usually ends up on my favorites shelf. The key word being usually. There are always exceptions to that rule and Tabula Rasa was one of them. This is the kind of book that had so much potential, a great description that makes you want to read the book right away, and it even started out really great, BUT it all went downhill from there. I ended up NOT LIKING
Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
*light spoilers*

Imagine an author with really good book ideas. Those ideas are so good you cannot WAIT to see them in book form. You practically wriggle with anticipation.

Then, as you watch in horror, the author takes all those ideas, throws them into a bag, shakes it like a martini, and dumps them out in random order onto blank pages.
The resulting book would be called Tabula Rasa and it would be deeply disappointing.
I honestly have no idea what was happening in 2/3 of this book.

My biggest issu
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I'm not supposed to be enjoying books right now. Reading is what I want to do when I want to have fun, relax, unwind, or feel happy. In other words, I am a huge book nerd. But right now, I'm also unemployed and actively looking for a job. Every time I open a book, I think "I should be looking for a job not reading". It's the reason i have reviewed so few books, and it's the reason I am no longer a regular contributor on Guilt makes me look for a job 24/7 instead of reading ...more
A. Rolland
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely thrilling. I cannot fathom how quickly KLM’s mind must operate to write such a fast-paced, action-packed story. She gripped me from the first page and didn’t let me go until the very last word.

Characterization is epic. Angel is a strong, kickass heroine, and with each memory she regains, I like her all the more. KLM writes a horrific antagonist you’ll love to hate. I even enjoyed the minor characters, especially the PTSD soldiers. They were so intriguing, and the explanation for their
I found this a very interesting story that kept my interest. It reminded me a bit of Pines, the way we start out with a MC who doesn't know much, but yet people are after her. We get pieces along the way, but are mostly in the dark, like the MC.

The pacing and action keep me moving forward with the story. Lots of exposition at the end, but overall an enjoyable, entertaining read.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Dae: September 23, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a p
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: Fan-freaking-tastic
Characters: Well Written
Plot: With no memory of who you are, you fight to survive
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Absolutely
Book Boyfriend: Thomas

SUMMARY (60 words or less)
Can I just say what an amazing ride? I can’t say this is a new concept, but I love how it played out. The girl will amazing skills is reluctant and timid, yet a leader all the same. I figured out the all the plot twist. Just not t
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book!

I like stories about memory loss. Stories that feel like a puzzle I have to work on in order to see the final picture. Stories that make me wonder how did things get to be the way they are now, which are the secrets behind all the appearances and what are the characters actually made of.

TABULA RASA is a beautiful story packed with action, it hides (in pieces) a fuzzy past that the reader needs to unveil page by page, it surrounds some lovely characters that must do anything
Adam Silvera
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Super action-packed read, and I definitely wouldn't say no to a novel from the leading guy's perspective. At one point I brought the book in the shower with me because I had to get ready to leave but I also had to finish that chapter and it was the only logical compromise. The book didn't get wet and the chapter got read so shower-reading FTW.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
You can also find this review at YA Midnight Reads

Tabula Rasa is an unforgettable novel, according to the summary. Do I agree with that? Well, I’ll let you know at the end of this review.

I’ve not read many books like Tabula Rasa in the YA genre. It’s definitely a page turner, one full of non-stop action. It captivates you and makes you not want to take a break from the story. It’s undeniably pulse racing and will hook you from the very beginning to the end. It truly did feel like an action m
My thanks to Egmont USA and NetGalley

Point of View: Single (Sarah Ramos (view spoiler))
Writing Style: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: (view spoiler)
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller with a little more advanced technology, but I'm not sure it was enough to be called a sci-fi.

There wasn't a dull moment with this book. Each page was full of action and so much suspense I almost couldn't stand. T
Lynne Matson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Warning: clear your calendar when you start this book BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN. KLM is a master at pacing & plot... TABULA RASA a thrill ride that lives up to its billing. I need more KLM books in my life now. One is not enough.
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Sarah has been in a facility receiving drugs and brain surgery for months. She doesn’t know why she’s there, other than what she’s been told; which is that she’s there to forget certain things.
When Sarah is slipped some random tablets, finds clothes in her room, and her door open, she is further shocked to find people shooting at the building, and some rando
Rashika (is tired)
***This mini-review has also been posted on The Social Potato

The best way to describe Tabula Rasa is fun. It’s far from perfect, but it is undoubtedly a novel you will speed through and have a lot of fun reading.

I think the weakest point of this book would be that there just weren't enough details. If this novel were the start to a series, it would have been fantastic but it wasn't (from what I gather). Which means that there were many loopholes that weren't closed off as well as they could have
Vivi Barnes
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once you start reading this book, you won't want to put it down! It's a high-stakes amazing read!
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tabula Rasa is an action-packed and entertaining debut by Kristen Lipper-Martin. With an intriguing premise, engaging characters, and thrills from start to finish, you’ll be hard pressed to put this one down. Unfortunately, though everything wraps up neatly, the resolution isn’t quite as satisfying as one would hope, with some answers that range from predictable to cliché.

We first meet Sarah
Kirsty-Marie Jones

Eh. At first the whole idea of Tabula Rasa reminded me of the Slated series by Teri Terry, criminals or dangerous people- who are either a danger to others or themselves get a second chance by having their memories wiped for a fresh start, but with Tabula Rasa, you quickly realise that that's not the case. The idea of it is- the criminal's getting their memories wiped is- but the execution is not.

Now, I wrote that before I finished reading the book. Now what do I think now I've finished it? That
Wendy Hines
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Tabula Rasa is a thrilling read that got better the deeper into the story I delved. At first, I didn't understand what was going on with Sarah, the who, the what, the why? Until the author revealed Sarah's past and why she was having her memory removed in the top secret facility. I was frustrated until that point, honestly.

However, once I was able to connect the dots from her past to her present, the story immediately had my full attention. There are some crazy action sequences, a splash of rom
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, netgalley
I received a copy of this book via Egmont USA and NetGalley

This book had a great concept, wiping memories of criminals in order to give them a second chance? Sounds awesome. It was a great idea, and I would say the first 25% of this book was orchestrated well. I didn't find myself getting emotionally attached to the characters, which is always a let down. I didn't find the romance very believable.

I found the end of the book incredibly obnoxious. Have you ever seen Scooby Doo? At the end of every
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
4.5/5 Stars

This book is everything it promises and more. If in its synopsis didn't compare it to The Bourne Identity and Divergent, I would have made the comparison myself. It's fast-paced, filled with action, drama, funny and with a little bit of romance. One of the most incredible things about Tabula Rasa is that it manages to make the reader emotionally invested in its characters and relationships in such a short period of time. Great book, great read. If you guys love Divergent, Delirium, Th
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)

This was an okay read, but i lost interest halfway.

Sarah was a strong character, and her sarcasm made me laugh at times.
Thomas was a decent character too, but there was times where he slightly annoyed me.

Tabula Rasa started out great, but i started to lose interest around 50%.
The reason i lost interest was mainly due to not getting any of my questions answered.

When they did finally start to be answered, it did get better,
La La
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, I wrote a pretty good sized mini-review here and while I was proof reading, it jumped to another page and *poof*, all gone. I am so red-faced and fist angry right now I can't rewrite it, so... I will just say READ THIS BOOK!!! It is like reading the best action movie you ever saw in book form. I received this eARC in return for an honest review through either Netgalley, or Edelweiss. I have so many eARCs right now I can't keep them straight. As with all four and five star ratings there wil ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Beautiful cover, pitiful story.

The writing is awful and everywhere and the characters are underdeveloped. Descriptions were written in a way of the mind process of a five year old.

I just couldn't take the writing,... The idea behind the story, erasing memories and making thought process accelerate, was genius, but was written poorly.
Kristen Lippert-Martin
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I put 6/12/14 as the date I finished this book because that's when the final, final edits were done!

I hope y'all enjoy it! Might want to chug a couple Mountain Dews before starting this. I hope it keeps you up late reading. ;)
Mar 30, 2014 marked it as partly-finished-or-on-hold
I'm jumping ship on this one around page 160. (I also read the climax and last chapter to confirm all my suspicions) The book isn't for me, but I'm sure it will be for a lot of people and I bet it will be pretty popular when it comes out...
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was all kinds of bad -- plot, setting, characters, everything -- and it was racially insensitive. "This tastes like a dirty Mexican" is one cringe-worthy example.
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Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
Well, this book really started off with a bang. Right from the beginning we are set in a secluded faraway hospital where the main character, Angel resides at, and within the first 20 pages or so she is under attack. For reasons unknown, these bad guys want her dead and will kill anyone and everyone who gets in the way. She finally finds someone who is on her side, Thomas, so they stick together until they can come up with a plan. I thought everything was really exciting and I was thoroughly enjo ...more
Sharon Buchbinder
R for Violence; G for Kissing

I confess, I am hooked on Audiobooks. My dog walking goes faster, my exercising is more palatable, and my drives are more pleasant. Tabula Rasa had a narrator/actress who did an excellent job playing the different roles in the book, which made the story more engaging. So 5 stars for the Audio part.

Now about the story. I was engaged from the first chapter. We start in a hospital where a young woman is undergoing brain surgery to eradicate her memories and give her a c
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