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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review of eARC Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
ebook, 352 pages
Published by EgmontUSA
Expected Release Date: *Sept 23, 2014*
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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end. 

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable

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, The Hunger Games, or action movies in general, this is your book.


1) Sarah or Angel as she is a referred to in most of the book, is one badass female! She's kick-ass, smart, funny, and I just love her. The great thing about her is that even though she has all these badass traits, she still maintains all of the insecurities and fears that come with being adolescent.

2) The writing in this book is great. When reading, I really go into Angel's psyche. Her thoughts, feelings, and actions were mine. The dialogue is witty and hilarious. I kept highlighting and marking things over and over again just so I could go back and read them over.

3) The entire book takes place in a span of three days, but the plot is so intense and well executed, I had no problem buying into the couple and the other relationships in this story even though they happen in such a short period of time. The last book I reviewed, the couple seemed to appear overnight and there was no time for the chemistry to develop. Tabula Rasa gives their characters 3 days (and not even full days) of the main couple together and I feel as if they are as stronger, if not stronger than a lot of other famous literary couples.

4) Angel is a lot like Katniss Everdeen but unlike her, Angel's love interest doesn't take a backseat to her character. He's a well-rounded character in his own right and in my opinion badass in a different way than hers. It always bothers me when in a literary couple, one has to be the strong one and the other leans on him/her. I think that Angel and Thomas compliment each and bring their own abilities to the table without putting either one in the secondary position.


1) This book is so good that I don't want to spoil anything, so for this point I'll just say that in the end, some of the loose ends are tied up too easily for my liking. The book is action-packed and intense all the way through and at the end it feels like it's just fizzles out.

2) There is so much action that it's kind of dizzying, making a lot of the details kind of confusing. This is not a big issue though because it could just be I have a poor imagination or I'm not used to action novels.

Favorite Quotes/Moments:
There are so many great quotes and moments in this book, but I really don't want to spoil anything for you guys so I have to limit it to just this short list. Honestly, I'll probably be blogging quotes from this book for months.

1) "That's right, and then you'll have to find some other way to satisfy your self-destructive urges. And let's be honest, this is kind of a golden opportunity for self-destruction. I'd hate for you to miss it."

2) "That's crazy. You're easily worth three sacks of beets. Maybe even four."

3) "I think this may e the most alone I've ever felt. Before these few memories came back to me. I didn't have a strong sense of what was missing. But now that I realize how many pieces of me have been stolen, I an feel what's gone even if I don't know everything that's been taken."

4) "Yeah, you're right. I don't. I hate Oscar and I hope he spends the rest of his life behind bars getting rabid badgers stuffed up his butt."

5) "Please just tell me what you think this means. I'm too tired to put two and two together, but I promise to not your extreme cleverness.

Really guys, do yourselves a favor and GET THIS BOOK!

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