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.”

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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.”

 

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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 : Last Vacation by Sarah Elle Emm

“It’s a crazy thing…revenge. It can cause a man to make so many reckless decisions. The thing about it is, once you start something, you better be prepared to face the consequences.”

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My Rating: *4 ‘Carpe Diem’ Stars*

Author: Sarah Elle Emm

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: Ebook

Synopsis:

Seven days have passed since Naples real estate agent Megan MacKenna has heard from her twin sister, Madeline, who was vacationing on the beautiful, Caribbean island of St. Croix. Though authorities are not convinced there is a case to solve, Megan knows with all of her heart something happened to Maddy. When Megan receives a direct warning to leave the island or end up like her sister, she turns to the only person who has taken her seriously since she arrived, Gabe, a breakfast cook at a local diner. Undercover DEA agent, Gabriel Walker has been building his cover for months, waiting for the opportunity to work his way into the infamous Torrez crime ring. When Megan shows up asking questions and Gabe realizes her twin’s disappearance might be linked to the Torrez men, he has to convince her to go back to Florida before she becomes their next victim. The closer Megan gets to the truth, the more Gabe begins to suspect he is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. And someone is closing in on Megan…

Review:

Writers are badass people! They keep their vulnerability aside and lead a character from one extreme point to another, right?

You read a story of a hero killing the bad people, saving someone from being a victim and finally ending with the girl who he wanted to protect while keeping his life at stake. Ahh!

After all we are talking about fiction, it’s all about escaping our real life. So, here it is, Last Vacation, a story of people who risked their life to save the people whom they loved. Yay! It’s a story of revenge, attraction, risk and love.

I loved the ending!

When I started reading it I was bit anxious, I didn’t know what to expect. However, once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. The question ‘What will happen next?’ kept me glued to this book.

I really liked the story and guess what was my favorite part? The whole book 😀

I also liked the characters even though at time I was bit confused with so many names all at once.

The plot was really good and the author did a really good work in connecting all the dots and I loved her efforts that she put on those small details.

I adored Gabe, he was a keeper. Indeed he was! I have to admit with few exceptions, I liked the characters. I did like how the characters progressed and how the writer unfolded the story. It was full of mystery, crime, torture and some romance. I did feel the connection between Gabe and Megan, also between both the twins. They had love.

You will ask why 4 stars?

Some parts I was not a big fan of.

Overall all I loved the book! I will definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a quick read and a page turner that you won’t be able to put down.

Happy Reading!

Book Review : Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?”

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My Rating: *4.5 Carpe Diem Stars*

You don’t know who I’m(ya, ya some of you do know me), but let me tell you. I’m a crazy piece of shit who added this book in her TBR list in 2012 and read it in 2016. Yes, this book, I read it after all these years! Thanks to someone who forced me to read it. It was amazingly amazing(ya I watched the movie as well, ahh!).

First rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

Second rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

But I’m gonna talk about it because how can I not talk about it!

Fight Club, a story like this can go no where but to extremes. Chuck in this book merely exposes the pros and cons of two extremes. The narrator who is powerless in his life, that is shown by his constant consumerism, a character who is literally split, an insomniac who dreams up Tyler who is the opposite of him.

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On one hand the narrator is boring, materialistic, work for his secure life while on the other hand Tyler is a confidant person and a radical thinker but also an extremist, an anarchist.

According to Tyler’s philosophy: “It’s only after we have lost everything that we are free to do anything.”

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

This book showcase the destructive nature of letting  any of those two sides taking control over your life. You have to find a middle ground to the blinding materialism and minimalist life.

For me, Tyler is a flawed character, if you’ll watch the movie, you’ll see my point. He is a hypocritic who bashes consumerism while lightning a cigarette.

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The element of consumerism is there, yes and it is apparent through out the book. However, I also believe it is incorporated with the idea that objects should not be hold as an account of identity and self worth. But it is your actions and thoughts that define you as a person, they end up owning you because they tell who you really are.

Is masculinity still in a state of crisis? Like really Chuck do men really have to beat the shit out of each other to feel complete, to get out of their anxieties, aggression and frustrations.

The fight scenes that the writer wrote fucked my mind out and then they were wonderfully done in the movie, which made it difficult for me to take a sip from my coffee.

“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

This book punched me straight on my face and the writer is brutal, real brutal.However, I must say this is that one instance where movie adaption is far better than the book and I loved it. I have got my new favorite.

Whatever be your interpretation about this book or the movie. I’ll say at least this book/movie, “Fight Club” is just straight entertaining.

So, if you already haven’t read it yet then please give it a read.

Before ending I want to quote a very pessimistic statement given by the writer *sigh*

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

And haha! this-

“Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.”

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Happy Reading!