Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Memory Zero
Author: Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #1
Hero/Heroine: Sam & Gabriel
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 402 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Available at: Dell/Random House & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: MORTAL RECALL
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.
Sam doesn’t remember anything from her childhood before she was fourteen and while being a cop for a decade has allowed her to look into her past, she hasn’t been able to get any answers of who she was. When Sam’s forced to shoot her ex-partner, though, it brings her to the attention of the spook squad and specifically the assistant director, Gabriel. Before she knows it, she’s thrust into one dangerous situation after another that might just be connected to her past. Will she be able to find out something about her history when more and more questions come up that continue to be unanswered?
I really enjoyed this book. I was intrigued by the blurb but when I started it, I didn’t know what to really expect. It was definitely fast-paced and action packed and I found the fact that Sam couldn’t remember anything before fourteen interesting. Add to that, she seemed to be at the center of what’s to come, especially with the mysteries surrounding her partner. I loved that Sam was so strong, though. It was fascinating to see her coming into her new abilities and realizing she’s not exactly human anymore, even if she doesn’t want to admit it. Add to that, I really liked Gabriel as a character because he was intense but at the same time, I really enjoyed trying to figure out the secret organization he was a part of and the abilities he and his family shared.
I really, really loved this book but my biggest issue is that Sam was always keeping things to herself. On one hand, I could understand why she didn’t want to tell anyone what she learned because she didn’t exactly trust them BUT at the same time, she could have avoided some serious injuries if she would have let Gabriel or someone else know what was going on.
In the end, I still really enjoyed this book. I loved that there was such mystery behind Sam and who she is. I absolutely LOVED how fast-paced the story was and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here! Definitely give this a go if you want something an urban fantasy with a ton of action and suspense.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*