Young Adult Review: Remember Me, The Return, The Last Story by Christopher Pike

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Remember Me, The Return, The Last Story by Christopher Pike

Age Range: 12 and up (young adult)

Series: Remember Me

Paperback: 848 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse; Bind-Up edition (July 6, 2010)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: ARC Cycling

My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

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About the Book:


Shari Cooper hadn’t planned on dying, but four floors is a long way to fall. Her friends say she fell but Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams. She also comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow – a thing more horrible than death itself – is the key to Shari’s death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.

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About the Author:

Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

My Thoughts:

I read the first two books and skimmed the third. The first one I would have given 3.5 stars to, the second, about 2 stars to, and the third I wouldn’t have rated at all. I didn’t hate this series, but I definitely didn’t love it either.

The first book was pretty good. I liked the story. This was my first “beyond the grave” type book, so in that regard, it was new and interesting for me. It was definitely not as dark or revengeful as I was expecting and hoping for. It focused on sex far more than I would have liked to see in a YA novel. The second book was really different from the first one, and it was kind of bland. It also had a strong focus on sex. It also focused on the spiritual. It was a weird combination, and not one that really worked.  It had some really great quotes about life and happiness, and then it had parts that were really crass and crude.  The third book was so far removed from the original story that I couldn’t bring myself to really read it like I normally would, so I don’t have much comment on that one.

One of my biggest pet peeves in books are typos and misspelled words. I couldn’t believe how many typos there were in this book! And I read a finished copy, not an ARC.

Overall, I’d say if you have lots of time and nothing else to read, give this a shot. You might like it more than I did. Otherwise, give this one a pass and read one of the author’s other books. He’s written quite a few.

Content: Focus on sex. Language, violence

2 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Born Bookish
    February 22, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I don't really care for books beyond the grave. I'm always surprised when a book from a large publisher has typos! That's one of my biggest pet peeves as well. Thanks for your honest review =) I'll definitely be passing on this title.

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