Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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My rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Adult Sci-fi
Pages: 342
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Crown
Published: July 26th, 2016

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.
When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”
Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.
And someone is hunting him. – synopsis from Goodreads

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“If there are infinite worlds, how do I find the one that is uniquely, specifically mine?” 

Wow! This book blew my mind. Crazy stuff.

I’m not even going to attempt to explain this novel, I think you should go in knowing very little and enjoy the ride. I’m not even sure if I could properly explain it. I love the cover of this book! Am I right? So cool looking!

Dark Matter is very fast-paced. I would’ve read it in one sitting with no problem if I hadn’t been dealing with migraines during that week. This is just one of those books you devour. I actually had no clue what this book was about when I picked it up. I had seen a lot of hype surrounding it but somehow thought it was a psychological thriller or horror. Though it definitely was a thriller, it was very much in the sci-fi genre. I should say that I do not have much experience with sci-fi, I’ve only recently become more interested in reading more since I read Illuminae. I don’t know what is typical and I don’t know all the regular tropes to the genre, so it’s really hard for me to compare on that level.

The novel did really impress me though. It was a complete mindf*ck without being confusing, they actually explained things in human terms so I wasn’t left looking up what everything meant every ten seconds. I appreciated that greatly and it made it much for accessible for a sci-fi novice like myself. I enjoyed all the characters, the main protagonist was believable. He wasn’t one-dimensional and I felt he was very developed throughout the story and at the right pacing.

Now that I’ve read a couple of amazing science fiction novels I think I will be exploring the genre further because books like this one have really got me excited for it. I would highly recommend this one, especially for people who don’t normally read the genre or who feel a little intimidated by it. This is a great place to start.

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ARC Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

 

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA contemporary/Mystery
Pages: 352
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: July 2nd, 2019

Trigger Warnings: Parental Fighting, Physical Abuse, Bullying, Toxic Friendship, Violence, Murder, Gaslighting

 

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger. Continue reading “ARC Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu”

Mini Review! LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

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I’m going to be doing mini reviews on four graphics novels with some great LGBTQIA+ rep today.  I normally don’t do full reviews on graphic novels, just because they are shorter reads, and I’m always scared I’ll give too much of the story away.  I still like to give them some love and spotlight them though because I adore reading them so much.  Graphic novels are also a fantastic way to help you catch up on any Goodreads or reading challenges goals you have.

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MID-YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG

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Can you believe that it’s already the mid year? Oh my gosh it went by so fast. To check on how we’ve been doing so far, we decided to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.  This tag has been floating around for quite awhile and I’m honestly not positive exactly where it started but thank you to whoever created this one! It’s a great one!

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Top Ten Tuesday #32: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (June 18th, 2019) topic is: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

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LGBTQIA+ Books we want to read this summer!

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Alright, we have another LGBTQIA+ post to celebrate pride month.  Honestly, we are always here for any excuse to promote queer novels.  These books are ones we are *hoping* to get to this summer and the selection is looking extra fantastic this year! We are feeling very privileged to be getting all these diverse reads coming out!

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Top Ten Tuesday #31: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (June 11th, 2019) topic is: Unpopular Bookish Opinions (submitted by Kaitlin Galvan @ Somehow I Manage Blog).

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Middle-Grade Monday – Review: Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway! Continue reading “Middle-Grade Monday – Review: Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee”