Mini Reviews: Thrillers – Verity, Someone We Know and No Exit

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Alright, I have another set of mini-reviews for you today.  This time I’m reviewing some popular adult thrillers.  Two I really liked and one was kind of meh for me.  I did go a little long on my last review but I can’t help it – I had too much to say I guess LOL

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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—

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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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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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Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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My rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 336
Pacing: average/normal
Publisher: Delacorte
Published: April 19th, 2016

 

 

 

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away. – synopsis from Goodreads

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“There are worse things in this world than monsters, and somehow, they always manage to find me.” 

While YA thrillers tend to be lacking for whatever reason, I think Kara Thomas did a really solid job at writing an fairly unpredictable and fun page-turner.

I’ve talked about this before, YA really isn’t up to par in the horror/thriller genre at all. I would go as far as to say, it’s the most lacking of any category with this genre. I’m not really sure if it’s because YA readers don’t tend to read scarier books or just that YA is there yet and hopefully will catch up with the genre eventually. I still end up reading quite a few, even if they can get pretty silly.

I was impressed with Thomas’s writing – I thought it was relatable and very easily accessible. I like my thrillers to actually move at a decent pace – I hate when they drag for 200 out of the 300 pages and you barely get any tension at all. I think The Darkest Corners balanced it pretty well. There were some times I could’ve used more tension but for the YA category, I was pleased.

I really liked the relationship between Tessa and Callie. It felt like a fairly real relationship, in that they hated each other one minute and loved each other the next. They had been through a very traumatic experience together and it broke up their friendship at the time so it made sense to me that they would be wary to belong best friends instantly again. These characters aren’t completely likable. They will frustrate you and make you want to pull out your hair sometimes but I kind of like that.

I guess a lot of endings but I only guessed this one about 50%. Even though part of it was predictable, Thomas has such an accessible writing style that it will make you want to keep going. I think that is why I was never bored – her writing is great for thrillers. I wish the bigger twist wasn’t so far-fetched though. I didn’t hate it but it made me roll my eyes some because it was so over-the-top and left field and I didn’t think it was necessary at all. I think writers sometimes get our their trope books and feel like they have to cover their bases and add TOO many sub plots in a book. This book did suffer from that somewhat.

I would certainly recommend the book if you want a light thriller that you could easily read in an evening. Good times.

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Top Ten Tuesday #24: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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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 (April 23rd, 2019) topic is: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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