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Friday, August 29, 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Tabula Rasa, a YA novel that begins with a young girl in a hospital undergoing treatments to remove some of her memories.  She doesn't remember who she was or what she did to need to have those memories removed and to have a second chance at life.

During her current operation, several strange things happen:   she sees a familiar and hated figure, but doesn't remember who she is or why she arouses such hatred, the power fails, she receives a note and some pills that are handed to her in the dark.

From then on the novel picks up speed until it is absolutely racing from one incident to another.  Intense and satisfying in the beginning, eventually events become too difficult to swallow.  Too many coincidences.  

What began as a thrilling action/adventure tale,  floundered and devolved into an unsatisfactory wrapping up.  

The novel will appeal to its intended audience, but unfortunately, it doesn't give its audience enough credit.

Read in March; blog review scheduled for Aug.

NetGalley/Egmont USA

YA.  Sept.  22, 2014.  Print version:  352 pages.  


  1. When I started reading your review, I thought it has a promising and intense premise, until I get to the end of it. It's a regret that it didn't deliver.

  2. It's a shame this novel floundered, because the premise has great potential.

  3. It sounded intriguing at the beginning, too bad the author fumbled the ball at the end (football season calls for such analogies, sorry.)

  4. Hmmph! Just read this post--which I obviously didn't edit. I'm surprised anyone could understand it.

    Melody - It did begin with an interesting premise and some excitement, but ended up a bit repetitive.

    Irene - The premise was a good one, and I hated that it didn't live up to it.

    Teresa - Football season? In my mind, I still think of football season and cool weather, but no such luck for our area.

  5. Well, that's disappointing! I was getting excited about this one until you mentioned it fizzling out and becoming too hard to believe.

  6. Wendy - The beginning was great; wish I'd felt the same way by the end!