Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

Posted May 26, 2015 by Lorna in Lorna, Reviews, Science Fiction, Young Adult / 18 Comments

Review: Revive by Tracey Martin
Revive by Tracey Martin
Series: RedZone #1
Published by Samhain Publishing
Published on: May 19, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

RedZone, Book 1

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.

"Action, intrigue, and a determined, daring heroine: Revive is the perfect read for sci-fi, thriller, and romance fans alike." -Clara Kensie, author of Run To You

Sci Fi Kickass Young Adult Mystery

As soon as I read about this book, I bought it and immersed myself in this futuristic world-although the year is never told. I am not usually a fan of books like this, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

Sophia wakes up in a bathroom in a Boston train station, not knowing who she is or why she is there. To make matters even more interesting, she is aware that the college student ID with her picture on it that she is carrying, has the wrong name. Her other realization is that the “bad people” were coming. No other memories than that.

What follows in this book is a fast paced almost thriller type of a story, relieved only by the main characters memories coming back to her in fits and starts. The reader goes back and forth in time with Sophia, and gets a picture of what her life was like in college. We are just as clueless as Sophia is, as we go along for the ride with her and find out what is happening at the same time that she does. It’s told in the first person which was perfect for this type of story.

Due to spoilers, and since it is quite the mystery, I can’t really say that much about the actual story without ruining the read for people. I will say that there are some really good characters. Sophia is brilliant, strong, and just wants to do the right thing. Kyle, is Sophia’s friend from college, or maybe more? Of course he’s the hot guy with the shaggy blonde hair and sweet charm for days. There’s good guys and bad guys in this story and it’s up to Sophia to figure out which is which before she gets killed or loses her memory forever. The why to everything is also on Sophia’s agenda, and Sophia IS the bad guys main agenda.

This is the first book in this series, there is a sort of love triangle that happens, and I would consider it young adult. However, that could change as the series goes on, as these characters are people over the age of eighteen. There’s some surprises to be had, although I had figured out a lot of what was going on well before the main character. And that was okay with me-this time.

I found this book to be a good read, and I had a fun time reading it. Not that it was a comedy, because believe me, it’s not, but because of all the action, mystery, and good characters involved. I thought it was really different than the usual stories I read, although I don’t read that many futuristic/science fiction books as a rule. I definitely liked it enough to want to read the next one when it comes out. There’s not exactly(but kind of)a cliffhanger, and most readers are going to want to read the next one because there is still so much to discover. Recommended to both young adults and adults that enjoy a mystery, and plenty of action with futuristic science fiction aspects.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.


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18 responses to “Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

  1. Seems like a little change was good, Lorna! When I saw Sci-fi and YA, I thought “hmm…” But Revive sounds like an excellent read. I love a book that is suspenseful and makes me think. This seems to have done that for you. Plus, I like well developed characters. So Revive is going on my tbr. I have to laugh because I read Felicia’s comment above about the number of unread books she has…I’m suffering from the same. But it’s not gonna stop me! πŸ˜‰ *hahaha*
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    • It’s not full tilt Science fiction-just that you know it’s sometime not that far in the future and some of the stuff that goes on has to do with science fiction elements. Cause I am not big on most science fiction either. Also since the characters are all over 18 the YA part could change. I laughed at Felicia too! lol
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  2. I hadn’t even heard of Revive before, Lorna, but it sounds amazing! I love science fiction that use the characters to move the story forward, and Sophia sounds like a kick-ass heroine, even if she doesn’t know who she is at the beginning of the story.
    Great review, of course I’m adding this to my wishlist right now πŸ˜‰
    Have a great rest of the week and happy reading.
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