Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

Published July 26th 2016 by Crown

342 Pages

Goodreads Summary: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Review: This book completely blew me away! I’ve heard from so many people how great this book was so I was really excited to finally get my hands on a copy. I’ve only been getting into science fiction the last couple of years so I haven’t read too many books from that genre but this one was absolutely fantastic! The whole concept of multiverses is something that really fascinates me and while some of the more technical jargon is a little over my head, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading the science behind the theory. The characters were written so well that I found myself bonding to them and hoping for everything to work out. The writing and the plotting were both so masterfully done.  I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it was so full of twists and turns that you need to be surprised with. I was at the edge of my seat for the majority of this book. This is a book I will be thinking about a lot for days.  100% superb.

5 Stars

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank

27419429No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank (No Ordinary Star #1)

Published November 25th 2015 by Createspace (first published 2015)

150 Pages

Goodreads Summary: A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

Review: What initially drew me to this series was the gorgeous covers, but what I really loved about this book was that the beauty was more than skin deep. The author paints such a vivid picture of what this world looks like that I had no trouble visualizing this entire first part. I am so completely fascinated by this futuristic world in which people don’t need to eat food, or sleep; where men are raised by android’s they call “mothers” to become the ultimate soldiers and the women and girls are kept completely separate. It felt so real that it gave me goosebumps to think about. Felix is literally the best soldier the chairman has ever had… and yet there is something different. When he goes off to the north after receiving a message from the mysterious Clockmaster, you can tell that something incredible is going to happen. Enter Astra. Felix has never been this close to a female before but the more time they spend together, the more they learn that perhaps their world isn’t quite right. I don’t want to add much more about the plot because it’s so fun discovering those things on your own. I was completely captivated by Astra and Felix, and really enjoyed seeing them both discover new things. By the time I got to the end of the book, I knew I needed the next installment as soon as I could get my hands on it. That cliffhanger! I can’t wait to see what happens in their story next.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

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Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

32336395Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Expected publication: June 20th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

304 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

Review: As soon as I read the summary, I knew I wanted to read this book.  I’ve been in the mood for mysteries and thrillers this year and this one sounded right up my alley.  Unlike most of the thrillers that I’ve read, this story is told in multiple POVs.  I think the most interesting POV was Audra’s son Sean.  He’s only 11 and yet has this great intuition that something just isn’t right about the sheriff.  The chapters from Audra’s POV are heartbreaking.  She’s been through so much with her abusive husband, and then her kids get taken?!  That is what I would assume to be every mother’s worst nightmare!  A few chapters are formatted as emails and those give an eerie picture of what is really going on.  I don’t want to say anything else about the plot because the best part of these kind of books is the surprise.  I really liked the author’s writing style.  She wrote the main characters in a way to really allow the reader to connect with them and form a bond.  I had a hard time putting this book down because it was very well written and the story was so gripping.

4 Stars

I received a copy of this book through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

33852935Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Published January 12th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 24th 2016)

298 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.

Review: There will be a few minor spoilers so proceed at your own risk.

For my second Tarryn Fisher book, I wanted to read her newest novel.  I had heard from other readers that this book is crazytown and based on the very brief summary, I knew I was in for a treat.  Going into the book, I assumed that the entire thing would be from Fig’s POV.  There are three parts to the book and the first part opens with Fig before she buys the new house.  Almost right off the bat, it is clear to see that Fig has some mental issues.  When she is at the park and sees Jolene and Mercy for the first time, I assume that something sinister is going to take place.  Especially when Fig follows them home because she feels some sort of draw to Mercy, believing her spirit to be that of her miscarried child.  The normal conclusion would be that Fig would try to kidnap Mercy… right?  But of course Tarryn Fisher wouldn’t make it that obvious.  Instead, Fig buys the home next door and proceeds to make friends with Jolene, Mercy, and Jolene’s husband Darius.  The more Fig inserts herself into their lives, the more things get crazy!  Part two then moves to Darius’s POV and we learn that the crazy is not just coming from Fig!  That threw me!  I don’t want to give away any details beyond that because I think it would ruin the surprise.  And the final part is from Jolene’s POV.  This book was SO different from the first book I read by Tarryn Fisher (F*ck Love).  And it was really good!  I loved that the twists she added were not obvious at all because it kept me guessing the entire time.  The one thing I was a little confused on was George.  From Fig’s POV it seems as though they are divorced and she is moving away from the house she lived in with him.  But later on, Darius and Jolene talk about and to George as he lives in the new house with Fig.  So did I miss something or is Fig just a super unreliable narrator?  Overall, I thought this was a fascinating journey to crazytown and can’t wait to read my next Tarryn Fisher novel!

4 Stars

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

28763485The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Published November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

348 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Review: I absolutely loved Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything so I was really excited to read her latest book.  I mean, look at that cover too!  So gorgeous.  I ended up letting it sit on my shelf for a few months before finally picking it up a few days ago.  It took me quite awhile to get into this book, nearly 50%.  I didn’t really feel connected to either Natasha or Daniel.  The whole instalove part of this story just did not click with me.  The way the story was told was a bit odd as well.  It bounced back and forth from Natasha to Daniel with little interlude chapters about either their parents or other people the two of them interact with.  I did like seeing how all of the stories connected though, especially with Irene.  One thing that really bugged me was how Daniel’s brother Charlie would talk.  Many. Of. His. Lines. Were. Written. Just. Like. This.  He was a total jerk anyways so not a huge part of the story. Overall it was a cute story but it just didn’t feel like anything special so I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would.  I think it’s still worth a read if you like contemporary romance YA books but I don’t know if I’ll ever read it again.

3 Stars