Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review: Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Tabula Rasa
Author:  Kristen Lippert-Martin
Publisher:  Egmont, 352 pages
Publication Date:  September 23, 2014
*ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss

From Goodreads:
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.

What a fun book!  Here's what I liked:
1.  Non-stop action.  It. Never. Stops.  From page one, I was hooked and it never slowed down.

2.  Badass heroine.  Sarah is likable and strong.  And unlike all of the other books with the beautiful girl who doesn't know she's beautiful, Sarah is bald, with holes in her head from the doctors trying to wipe out her memories.

3.  Lovable sidekick.  Geeky hacker, he provides some funny moments in the book.  He and Sarah have some good sarcastic banter.

4.  Engrossing, intriguing plot.  I love books where the main character doesn't have her memories.  

5.  It's a standalone.

My one complaint is that the ending felt a bit rushed (and a bit open, I would have liked an epilogue) and there was a scene near the end where the villain gives a speech, info-dumping the entire plan.  Other than that, loved it!

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I haven't really heard much of this one, but now I am totally intrigued. It seems like a book I would really love, so thanks for putting it on my radar. Great review :)

  2. That's good to hear especially since it's sitting on my tablet waiting to be read :)

  3. I typically shy away from memory loss books but I have enjoyed Slated and Altered/Erased, which this reminds me of a little so I will keep this in mind for the next time im in the mood for a read like that!

  4. I've had this ARC for a while and keep putting it off. It sounds like you really liked it though, so I need to get to it. So glad you read this one!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  5. I was not crazy about this book - I didn't have a strong emotional connection and I don't like how everything boiled down to a government conspiracy - but I did love the banter between the two MCs and how fast paced the plot was.