Revive by Tracey Martin

June 8, 2015 Reviews 13

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Revive by Tracey MartinRevive by Tracey Martin
Series: Redzone #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on May 19, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted.

The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing memory of something far more dangerous?

As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn’t know she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies.

Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human.

Warning: Contains one girl who is more than she seems, one boy who knows more than he’s telling, and enough twists to give you whiplash. Expect explosions of all kinds.

It’s been a while since a book really gripped me and made me stay up until 1am finishing it. And it’s been a while since I finished a book and immediately looked up when the next one would be available. And read a sneak peak of the first chapter, cursing when that was gone. All the above is true with Revive. It was just that good. So glad I grabbed it from NetGalley.

So why was Revive so good? For one, I think it was because it was a little different from my typical reads and I needed a change. I can best describe it as a New Adult, Sci-fi, Suspense. Yeah – not your typical combination, huh? Those of you shutting down at the mention of New Adult, wait! I only say New Adult because the characters are the right age and a good part takes place in their college lives. That’s really the only thing about it New Adult. The Sci-fi bit would be spoilery to explain and still, not the main bit.

The main bit was the suspense. In the first chapter our main character is in a public restroom, certain that she is not the person her college ID says she is. Her memories are gone, but in a very Bourne Identity flair, her muscle memory is working just fine. So the chase and action are on, all while she tries to figure out who she is, why she’s being chased, and why she’s so certain she’s in danger.

Revive is told partly in the present and partly in the past as our main character recovers those memories. I was constantly on my toes trying to figure out what was going on and who to trust. The twists don’t stop coming and the last 40% was a non-stop read for me. One element I guessed correctly pretty early on, which is probably the only reason this isn’t quite 5 stars for me. But it’s pretty damn close!

Although a plot driven story, the character development in Revive was slipped in really well – character flaws, doubts, and love interests completed the story and brought it to the next level. I really enjoyed Revive and I’m eagerly awaiting Resist, due in November! If you’ve read this please let me know, I need to talk about it to someone! Or if it sounds good, please hurry and read it!

4.5 stars I loved it

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About Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

Tracey is represented by Michelle Humphrey at the Martha Kaplan Agency and finds referring to herself in the third person to be very weird.

Although she consider herself a hermit, she’s a friendly one.


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13 Responses to “Revive by Tracey Martin”

    • Berls

      I was constantly guessing and uncertain about what was going on – loved it! Trying to figure out who she was actually was a huge part of the suspense 🙂

    • Berls

      Lol thanks Ramona, it feels great to be coming out of it 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out, it was so good – perhaps made better by the fact that it’s been a while since something really hooked me like that.

    • Berls

      For me, it was definitely more suspense than sci-fi. Not at all technical, just enough to add a neat element to the story. I’m not a very big sci-fi reader, except dystopian, either.

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