Friday, September 21, 2012

Badass Books: False Memory

Although I finished my rewrite (thanks so much to my blogging hiatus and Dose Coffee & Tea), I'm not quite finished. You know--beta readers, revisions, proofreading. It can get a little overwhelming. And with an anxiety disorder (trust me, not a fun thing), it's been an interesting month. My critique partner suggested I take a break. And for me, a break always involves reading. Enter: False Memory.

Summary (from Dan Krokos's website):

Miranda North wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter…when there may not be a future.

Spoilers in white. As always.

Why I read it: I just recently started tumbling (As in tumblr. I tried gymnastics once. Once.), and as a part of this new adventure, I started following New Leaf Literary--since they tumbl things from a lot of my favorite authors (their clients). They posted about an event that included said authors along with Dan Krokos. So then I followed Dan on Twitter (He's hilarious, by the way). And then I bought the book.

ZOMG Yes! Ok first, I forgot that a man wrote this book. The narrator (Miranda) is a teenage girl, and I believed it. Impressive. Also, I absolutely loved Miranda's voice. She had the perfect mix of sarcasm, insecurity, and brilliance. I want to know her. I want to be her friend.  Spoiler: I even want to be Sequel's friend. But not Mrs. North. Or that creepy-ass ageless Miranda who is clearly some sort of alien or god or something.

Also, this book has romance. And it's beautiful. I really felt pulled the way Miranda is pulled. Spoiler: I wanted her to stay with Peter from the beginning, but every time she felt pulled by Noah, I felt pulled, too. Now that's good writing.

The characters are wonderful. Each one feels deep and full and real and beautiful. That makes for a good book.

Meh: I only had one meh about this book, and it's a spoiler. I'm upset about the Rose who died. For some reason, her death felt a little hollow to me. That could be because Miranda didn't have the attachment to this character that she should have, with her memories being gone and all. But still, I'm not satisfied with the death. I'm hoping (and trusting based on how great this first book was) that Dan will flesh that out in the next book.

Overall? I really enjoyed False Memory. If you're looking for an engaging, fast-paced read, pick this one up.


  1. Can I just say that I love how you type the spoilers in white? That way I'm actually able to read your review without getting spoiled on a book I have yet to read. Thanks! And it definitely sounds like a must-read to me. :)

    P.S. I hear you on the anxiety thing. Same boat...

    1. I can't handle spoilers, but if I'm reading a review with them, I also can't stop reading. It seemed like a good compromise :)

  2. Ooh, this one sounds awesome! I'd heard of it, but didn't know much about it. I'll definitely have to pick it up. Beautiful and action-packed and romantic sounds right up my alley!