Memory Seeker by Carly Marino

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Inflexaen, 2

Possessing the ability to memory walk used to freak out seventeen-year-old Thea Scott. Until she fell in love with out-of-this-world gorgeous Cole Conway. He uncovered clues to the intergalactic childhood she’s forgotten, where smiles calm, touches kill, and they were soulmates. Now, Cole’s power-hungry father has erased her from his mind as punishment, and her past holds the key to restore his memories. But revealing the truth will change her into someone she fears. 

Without Cole’s knowledge of their history, Thea has a chance for him to love her as the girl she is now. Omission, however, can tear them apart and destroy the human race. 

Thea’s fear morphs to terror when they encounter his father, and she must choose between Cole’s past and her future. In her heart, she knows the answer. Even if her decision may cost her true love, her life, or the world’s fate.

14+ due to adult situations

 

Excerpt:

The bar had people jammed in every nook. Cologne, perfume, hairspray and smoke scents invaded my nostrils. Music blared from the stage, playing a fast-paced country-rock song, and the crowd bounced to the music. Everyone smelled of alcohol, which meant disturbing memory walks. I didn’t want to enter someone’s mind and experience their darkest secrets. I had enough of my own.

“Like I said, dull. I don’t need your ability to underage drink, anyway.” Nora pushed through the crowd without giving me a second glance. “Come along, Ethan.”

He lifted a shoulder and followed her. Odd she asked him to tail her, but I said nothing. From the conversation I’d had with Ethan outside, I took the hint he didn’t want to hang with me.

Nora would protect him. Right?

I worried about him in a bar full of Inflexaens. If a Mem got a hold of him, they’d realize someone had wiped the last three years of his memories, which might spark suspicions.

“Yeehaw.” Logan whistled.

I jumped, hand to heart. I appreciated Logan’s energy but not when my nerves were at their peak.

He slanted his head at every hot girl in a short dress and cowgirl boots. I held back my annoyance. Logan’s love for Nora might’ve fizzled, but he needed to respect her emotions. She thought they were Yuenfan—Inflexaen soulmates. He definitely cared about her, wanted to protect her, just not to the extent of a Yuenfan.

I scanned the room and found Ethan leaning against the bar with Nora beside him, flirting heavily with the bartender. Maybe I shouldn’t care about Nora’s feelings too much.

A loud tap on the microphone jolted my shoulders. I needed to settle. Nora and Logan wouldn’t let anything happen to us. She said Inflexaens filled this bar, celebrating. Not that I could sense them. But they’d help us if Resparés attacked.

Although, I’d have to expose myself. A human who sparked their hands with a light charge, not to mention a zaffre-blue versus their usual yellow, would definitely call attention. One Resparé crasher would ruin everything, and we’d have to flee, again.

Droplets tickled my temples. I shouldn’t have let Logan and Nora talk me into going out in a busy city. As Cole called it—a Resparé’s feeding ground. I was basically dangling myself like a steak before a lion.

“Hey, ya’ll. A buddy of mine is in town for this special occasion, and I’d like to invite him to sing.” The lead singer motioned to the side of the stage. His blond faux-hawk gleamed in the spotlight, and his broad shoulders stretched his gray t-shirt.

Logan’s shoulder nudged mine. “Shit.”

I knew this was a bad idea. Muscles tensed, I prepared my hands to spark zaffre-blue. “A Resparé?”

Logan’s gaze grabbed mine. “Sure as hell hope not.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” I snapped. “Is there a light trace or not?”

“No. But I know the lead singer. He went to school with—”

“Conway.” The blond singer looked to the side. “Get your ass up here.”

I froze, dizzy and confused. Logan had been right. Cole had come to Nashville. Why hadn’t he called to tell us he was coming here? My heart caved to my spine. Didn’t he want us to find him?

Logan fidgeted beside me. “Sorry, Thea. I’d hoped I would run into him first.”

I shook my head, unsure what to think or feel. “Did—did you know he’d be in this bar?”

“I … had a feeling.”

“Why the hell didn’t you say anything?” I hissed.

Logan answered, but my ears blocked all sound the moment a tall, muscular guy climbed the stairs on the right side of the stage. Wavy chestnut-brown hair cascaded a few inches below his angular jawline, the intentional five-o’clock shadow still present.

Tremors swept through me, knocking my knees, shaking my limbs. This couldn’t be happening. Not now. I wasn’t ready to face the truth.

Cole curled his fingers around the microphone, raised his gaze to the crowd, and I drowned in the Caribbean Sea-colored eyes I fell in love with.

 

Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 9 ratings)
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5/5
I need more
Written by Coneja on 25th Oct 2019

Holy moly reading this book was like fighting with an invisible person for me. I was yelling at the characters almost every chapter. I wanted them to listen to me so things would be better lol. Carly has herself a winner with this series. I fell into in with ease. The characters are brilliant and the plot is super amazing! Need book 3 now.

5/5
Loved it!
Written by debbie on 25th Oct 2019

Loved the first book loved this second book even more! Well written this YA fantasy read just grabs you from the start and you sit on the edge of your seat shouting at the characters but of course they can’t hear you!!! Tons of emotions, twists and turns, intrigue , fantastic characters and a great storyline that once you start you will not want to put down!

5/5
So good, even better than the first!
Written by Stephanie on 25th Oct 2019

I enjoyed the first, and have been eagerly awaiting this one, so I was super excited to read an advance copy. This book is so good, and I highly recommend it! I enjoyed the first, but this one is even better, and a lot happens! I do with the characters would talk a little more, and would not rely so much on assumptions, but it does seem to work for these characters. This book has so many twists and surprises, I loved seeing all the struggles play out and how things always seemed to change just when the characters thought they had it figured out.

5/5
This series has caught me, hook, line and sinker! I love the whole alien teen twist!
Written by Judi S on 25th Oct 2019

The older we get, the more we forget what it was like to be a teenager. Well, buckle up and brace yourself. You're about to take a trip into the past, back when high school was the local hangout, friends could turn on you at the drop of a dime, and being cool was the ultimate goal in life. Oh, and hiding from, or hunting down Respares before they drained every human and Inflexaen they can find was a normal day. Thea, Cole, Wynter, Ethan, Logan, Nora and Drake have come to the realization that the leader of the Respare, and Cole's father, Larc,along with his aunt Rayna needed tt go. Period. No talking, no trying to work it out. They were evil, and there was no changing that. They had to go. And now that we know that Drake has turned, they're very afraid that they've lost a lifelong friend, and brother of Nora, to the dark side. (We learned this in Book 1, Memory Walker.) But this was a much bigger task than they realized. With Larc having erased Thea from Cole's mind, and with Wynter missing and Drake possibly working against them, Thea, Logan, Nora and Ethan had their work cut out for them. Because Larc was after Thea, and Rayna was after anyone or anything that could sustain her lifeforce. There is no normal high school life for these kids. Their lives now consist of the hunt and the fight. Thea needs to learn how to step up her game. Logan has promised Cole he'd protect her, and even being the joker he is, he still makes every effort to keep Thea safe. Ethan wants nothing more than to find Wynter. As his memories start to return, he knows he needs to find her fast. Because I don't do spoilers, I won't say what they actually go through, or with whom. That would spoil all the fun for you. I will say this is an exciting adventure into the YA world I know I left so far behind. The alien twists just give it extra juice to keep it beyond exciting, and the teenage love and angst to keep it real. Book 2 of this wonderful trilogy kept me spellbound to such an extent that I read it in one day. Lost some sleep, but got it done! And now I'm dying for Book 3! Very Well Done, Carly! Very Very Well Done! I am enjoying the hell out of this series! And anxious for Book 3! I received this as an ARC. As always, this review is in my own words and of my own volition.

5/5
The rollercoaster continues...
Written by silver quill on 25th Oct 2019

Picks up right where Book 1 left off, and once again, the storytelling holds back no punches. Had my heart ripped out a few times, a few OMG moments, and above all, it had me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Cannot wait for more because the stakes are higher than ever.

5/5
Long & Short Reviews
Written by Chamomile on 10th Aug 2019

After the dramatic ending in the first book, Thea has the odds stacked against her, but she isn’t done yet! I loved reading this, if the first was fast-paced and full of action, this one is explosive and impossible to put down! I loved seeing the character development in this one as they strive to win, no matter what that means. Both side are determined to win, and for Cole’s father…he’s confident that in erasing Cole’s memories of Thea, he already has. I loved seeing Thea as she fights for her soulmate, and must decide on a plan to get him back, once and for all. This novel isn’t a standalone read. Memory Walker is the first in the Inflexaen series, and Memory Seeker is the second book. Readers really need to read them in order. I loved the deeper look at the Inflexaens and their abilities in this one, plus we get to know more about their people and history as well. This series is easy to read, but hard to forget, and I’m excited to see what happens in the next book!

4/5
Good book
Written by Cleocutie on 10th Jun 2019

Carly is facing even more tonight choices in this section of her story. The story flows well and has enough suspense to keep you interested and wondering what will happen next.

5/5
Need the next one now!
Written by Alyssa on 10th Jun 2019

This is even better than the first book! I loved it and need the next one!!!

5/5
Amazing
Written by Alex_K on 10th Jun 2019

Why won't people talk to each other??? The whole time reading the book I wanted to scream: Talk! Please! Just try to make him/her understand! But there was no talking or explaining and so everything almost went south. And Thea, girl, why are you so mad and refuse to make peace with Lyra? instead she was stubborn as H*** and drove me crazy. After the last word I felt emotionally drained and a puddle on the floor. I love when books can do this to me. It means it was a great story and everybody should read it. Oh...and there is going to be a third book, right? This can't be the end? I want...no I need to have more.