Title: Memory ZeroAuthor: Keri ArthurRelease Date: August 26th 2014Format: EbookSource: PublisherFor 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.
Memory Zero is the first book in a "new" series by Keri Arthur. The book revolves around a police officer named Sam Ryan. It starts by jumping right into the action and doesn't let up from there. Sam is set to meet her partner in some seedy alley, and wondering why he wanted to meet there. She finds him and realizes quickly that he's been turned into a vampire and is not even close to the person she knew. Forced to kill him in self defense, Sam is suspended from her job and she has to figure out what is going on.
Gabriel Stern is a shapeshifter that works for the SIU aka the Spook Squad. He saves Sam's life from a kite monster the night she killed her partner. There are several different types of creatures in Memory Zero - vampires, shifters (shape and person), kite monsters, and of course humans. I could see the sparks between Gabriel and Sam, but nothing happens. I know something will later in the series, and can't wait. Gabriel uncovers things about Sam which lead to questions of what she is and who her parents are. Sam has no memory of her childhood, and no one seems to know her origin story so everything is shrouded in mystery.
Memory Zero is a reprint, and was originally released in 2004. I can't help but compare the previous books I've read from her against this one, so for me Memory Zero wasn't quite as enjoyable as I hoped for. The world building is somewhat there, I'm thinking book two and after will be a bit more to my liking. I felt like I should know the character's stories already, it starts off with a ton of action and continues with that course through the entire book. I'm not sure if this is a spin off and that's the reason why I feel like I'm lacking in knowledge of the characters, or if this series is just that way. There isn't really a good introduction of them, I want details on them, why are they the way they are, etc. That issues doesn't deter me though, I will definitely be reading book two of the series just to see what happens next.