Author: Joe Schreiber
Genre: YA, action/adventure, thriller, comedy
Publication Date: November 6, 2012 (HMH – North America)
Source: Publisher-provided ARC
Summary: 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.
☆: 4/5 stars – a great ending to a great duology!
Review: Just like the first book in this duology, “Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick”, “Perry’s Killer Playlist” is another plot-driven page-turner that’s not only fun but has lots of action. It’s another slim tome that kind of has you left wanting more (way more, especially after that ending!), yet at the same time, gives you a good ending for Perry and Gobi this time around, one that leaves you satisfied enough to let the story go. If you’re looking for a little more action in YA, you definitely have to check out the “Perry and Gobi” duology.
My biggest complaint about this duology still persisted within this second book, but happily, to a lesser extent than its prequel – character development. I feel like we got a whole lot more exposition on Perry and Gobi’s characters in this volume of the duology, which is what I really wanted in the first volume. Though it’s a bit spoilery, I should say that this is Gobi’s story more than it’s Perry’s (though it’s told through his POV), giving a nice, balanced weight for both books. If book one was Perry, book two is all Gobi. And that was really great to read, because the first book seemed all action and very little character development, and here it feels like Schreiber evolved a bit along with his characters and how he developed them in this book. This book was definitely a bit more serious in subject matter, and it brought credibility where before there was just kind of a crazy fun thrill ride to be had.
Every so often, I love reading purely plot-driven stuff, which is what I loved about “European Chick”, but along with the plot-driven in “Perry’s Killer Playlist”, we get more of a balanced storytelling with Gobi’s backstory finally revealed, and both of these characters are changing and actively evolving and that’s what makes it superior to its prequel. I feel like even though it’s still leaning more toward the almost purely plot-driven side of things, “Perry’s Killer Playlist” achieves a closer balance with evolving characters tempered with awesome action that will have your heart pounding and will get laughs out of you at the same time.
What’s also impressive about this volume is that I feel like you can jump into this volume of the duology without having to read “European Chick” at all. Perry catches us up on what happened in book one pretty easily, and though the finer aspects of his character development (as little as it was) we saw the first book are kind of glossed over, it’s not really needed to really grasp this world of killers, mobsters, and spies. Which is always a great thing – I love it when an author that’s doing a series of books makes it really easy to plunge in at any given volume in that series without having to read the rest of the books first.
So if you’re looking for a little high-octane fun this winter release season, I highly suggest you look toward “Perry’s Killer Playlist”. It’s a deceptively slim volume, but it packs a hell of a punch when you read it. “Perry’s Killer Playlist” is out now in North America through HMH, so be sure to check it out! I know I had a ton of fun with this one, guys, so hopefully you will, too!