Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“It’s terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, branches into a new world.”

27833670Read: 19th June 2017

Estimate reading time: 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Contains 455 words.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis: “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.

The idea of this book was really interesting and the plot was really fast paced, it took me nearly 4.5 hours to finish this book.

I don’t know how to talk about this book without giving spoilers so I’ll leave that part.

I really liked the whole equilibrium of the book when it started and so did I like the evolution of the story, I mean the rising action. The author threw me in a different world that I had no idea about and he did create suspense and I had no idea what was going on. The series of events that were happening during this stage of the story gave me chills and it was exciting until it all came crashing down.

For me the story was a tad bit predictable and the first time when he talked about parallel world, I think at that point, he gave away a little too much because I could see where the story was going and when he did disclose it in the latter part of the story it was not surprising and that was a bummer.

The romantic bits were extremely cheesy at times. I felt that the later part of the book was quite a mess and he dragged it a little bit.

There were some deep and bigger ideas in this book(though we might have just read about most of them) and I think the author could have used them more wisely in character evolution, he did put them out there and only used some of them for evolving the story. So even though I can say that the story was moving and evolving with the turn of every page, the characters not so much.

“Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.”

Though I still think that it was an exciting thriller and I don’t regret reading it. So the conclusion, I loved the first half of the book very much and second half not so much, but it was interesting and kept all my attention.

“Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together.”

 

Book Review: Daughter of the Sun(Cult of the Cat #1) by Zoe Kalo

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Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)

Author: Zoe Kalo

Genre: YA mythological fantasy

Word count: 93,000 words

Release date: May 1, 2016

Cult of the Cat series blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.

But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.

In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. And discover they’re the only force able to stop the evil god Apophis from enslaving humanity.


Daughter of the Sun, Book #1 – blurb

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny.


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My Rating: *4 Stars*

This book was a fun read and taking into consideration that it is a debut novel I must say the writer put things together wonderfully.

When I was a kid, I used to love reading mythologies. However, most of the books that I read were based on Greek mythologies. This book was different! This book was based on Egyptian mythology and for me this book was stunning and I loved the writing.

This book didn’t bore me and it was a page turner with lot of twists and turns. I loved the character of Trinity, she was strong and I liked how things unfolded, there was this surprise factor for both the character and the reader.

I really want to know what will happen next and the character of Seth really intrigue me.

So what do we have? A strong character, well written book with words woven together beautifully and effortlessly, exposure to Egyptian mythology, and a good portion of thriller, mystery and fantasy.

However, I believe this book is more suitable for teenagers and young kids. They will love it!


 About the Author

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter


*This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours

Book Review : The Strange Case OF Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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My Ratings: *5  Stars*


This novella was beautifully written and it was very easy to imagine those dark streets and alleys and the Victorian setting. I don’t know why, but I loved the character of Mr. Utterson,a lawyer, and also he was the one who narrated the story and I think he was a reliable narrator.

The idea of this book was simple here,Stevenson, tells us how good and bad co-exist in all of us.

And ” How it would be if we could separate both good and bad?”, Like be an entirely good person or entirely bad person.

So,basically throughout the book there was a whole lot of suspense and mystery  which kept on building up and was actually unfolded in the last two chapters, which I really enjoyed. Yes, I felt that in the beginning the story was a bit slow paced but then it also hold my interest from the first page, which was actually good.

I liked a quotes from this book and it goes like:

“I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”


Though I really wanted the ending to be more tragic and sad, but this too was good and I recommend this book to everyone, not just the mystery or suspense lovers.So, just read it, if you haven’t yet.