November 25, 2012

Review of Perry’s Killer Playlist (Perry & Gobi #2) by Joe Schreiber


When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well . . . Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Double crossings, kidnappings, CIA agents, arms dealers, boat chases in Venetian canals, and a shootout in the middle of a Santa Claus convention ensue. 

Perry’s Killer Playlist (Perry & Gobi #2) by Joe Schreiber
Publication Date:  November 6, 2012
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

I couldn’t find a trailer so here’s a pretty wicked song!
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Freaking awesome. The only two words in the English dictionary that can be used together to describe my thoughts of Perry’s Killer Playlist by author Joe Schreiber. Seriously, after reading Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick his first YA novel, I have been eyeing the sequel for about a month and now that I’ve finally gotten to read it I can proudly say that I = mind blown. I had my concerns, I mean, the first novel was nothing but Perry getting to play Gobi’s getaway driver/hostage before he learns that he might be falling for her. Well, that and the fact that he becomes her accomplice to the murders she pulled off in New York City. Perry and Gobi are back and this time, it’s on Gobi’s home turf of Europe.

Europe, guns, betrayal and a femme fatale? Yeah, that sounds like my cup of tea.

Perry’s Killer Playlist occurs a few months after the events that took place in Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. We have our main character Perry who is now living a life without Gobi. He has found a new girlfriend, his band is going on a European tour and after one day in Venice, Perry has found Gobi again. She has another hit list and she needs his help, whether he likes it or not. Perry and Gobi travel around Europe, finishing off the men that Gobi has marked for death. The two characters quarrel much like in the last novel, but the difference now is that Perry must face his feelings towards Gobi while Gobi begins to hide the single thing on this Earth that can kill her from Perry. To make things worse for our buddy Perry, it looks like his girlfriend might be just as messed up as the girl who keeps on taking him hostage; Hasn’t he figured out yet that if their name starts with a constant and ends with a vowel they are most likely assassins?

The one thing I think I loved most about Perry’s Killer Playlist was that it takes the story in a whole new direction. It isn’t the novel before it being repeated in a different setting, the plot is entirely different, the characters seem to have developed into these badass creatures and with that comes more dangerous situations. Perry goes from being the hostage to actually getting his hands dirty himself, and as he faces his feelings for Gobi we get to see a side of him that wasn’t really looked into in the last novel. Perry reaches an extreme and I loved every minute of it.

I’ll admit that I felt like the action that we got throughout  Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick wasn’t seen as much in Perry’s Killer Playlist. Sure Gobi was still killing bad guys left and right and sure there were still tons of moment where I thought she was going to shoot Perry in the face, but there were more people problems in this novel. We have to deal with Gobi’s own mortality, emotions, girlfriends turning out to be assassins and what not.

But, considering the deux ex machina that we got at the end of the novel, I’ll let it all slide. The ending might have been one of my favorite scenes out of all the YA novels I’ve read. It screamed Rush Hour 3 meets every movie that has Jason Statham. Seriously, by the time the novel came to a close my heart was tired from pounding so much and alas, I found myself yearning for the third novel that I’m sure won’t disappoint.

I’d recommend this novel to fans of the one prior to it. Readers who love action and thrillers will adore series and those of us who are looking for quick reads will probably have just found the apples of their eye.

You can check out our review of  Review of Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi #1) by Joe Schreiber HERE!


About the Author:

I’m the author of AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK, available now from Houghton Mifflin. The sequel, PERRY’S KILLER PLAYLIST, comes out in November. I also write STAR WARS novels.

Connect with the Author:  Website / Goodreads

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