Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

I can’t help thinking that we’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.

I picked this one because it was highly recommended on some forums. 

Jason is your average male who thinks about lost chances. The what if, if you will, of our choices throughout our lifetime. He is faced with this when he is kidnapped and thrust into a parallel world where those “What Ifs” become a reality. 

I liked the science behind this book but didn’t really care for how it was written. It was a man’s book written by a man. (Sorry…it’s just how I interpreted it.) Plus, the ending was a bit much. I feel like the author gave up there and did the most random thing he could think of.

Overall a good read but wish I hadn’t of bought it.

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This is Where the World Ends 

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction

Miracles do not belong to fairy tales. Miracles belong to the desperate, because only the desperate believe in bullshit.

I’m still catching up. XD This was read on the way home. 

Janie and Micah are best friends. She was the girl who moved in next door and they hit it off right away. But nobody knew about it. In highschool, Micah wakes up in the hospital and Janie has gone missing and no one is willing to tell him anything past the fire at her house. And him being responsible for it. The story unfolds about a girl and a boy who are just trying to figure life out.

This book was short. And it was eh. But it did shed alot of light on rape and what is consensual sex. And of course it touches on teen suicide. For such a heavy handed novel, I found it lacking. It was written in preset tense Micah and past POV Janie. 

This is a sad one and not overly terrible. I do recommend it to fans of YA novels.

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A Study in Charlotte 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction 

Wait for now. Distrust everything, if you have to. But trust the hours. Haven’t they carried you everywhere up to now?

I am a serious fangirl of Sherlock Holmes. Like, Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes. I tend to pick these books up with too high of expectations, however.  

This is like the next-next-next-next generation of Watson/Holmes. It follows after the descendants of the beloved characters in the form of James Watson and Charlotte Holmes. At a fancy pants boarding school in America. Through James’s POV, we find out he was somewhat obsessed with meeting Holmes’ descendant. And upon meeting her, feels a special connection to her. And forms an alliance. And then murder happens as someone toys with them and bases the murder off of Sherlock Holmes: The original. Which they are blamed for. Chaos ensues as the mystery unfolds, Charlotte has a drug problem, and James has anger issues. 

Oh. And they fall in love. *headdesk*

I felt like this book failed to capture the essence of Holmes in general. I disliked the protagonists and felt the mystery wasn’t that well thought out. And it felt rushed. 

Like I said, I’m a fan. And I’m likely to read the second one as it had higher ratings. 

It wasn’t terrible for a YA novel. Just don’t get your hopes up.

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The Outsorcerers Apprentice 

The Outsorcerers Apprentice by Tom Holt 
☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fantasy/Scifi 

I really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get into it. Then again, it was the 3rd in a series and I dunno if that would have helped. 
It was a Pratchett knock off and was hard to follow. It was funny in parts, but overall dragged on forever. And whereas Pratchett is highly readable, it seemed like Holt was trying too hard. 
I do have another of his books on hand and I’m willing to give him another go. So we shall see.

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Emmy and Oliver

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

☆☆☆/5
Genre: YA
19/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

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Sometimes the things people don’t say are louder than the words that come out of their mouth.

This was was unique. Emmy and Oliver are best friends since birth. Neighbors, born on the same day, until one day in the second grade, Oliver is kidnapped by his father and disappears.

10 years goes by and after extensive media coverage, trying to find them, life settles into “normalcy”….when Oliver is finally located and shipped back to live with his mom. It’s a large adjustment as he faces life after being a milk carton child and Emmy and her friends have to adjust to Oliver being back. And Emmy’s parents have to learn to be a little less protective.

I LIKED this book but I didn’t love it. I felt that there could have been more to the story than what was presented. It was a cute love story but it seemed a tad rushed. It was through Emmy’s point of view and I thought it could have benefited from split POV with Oliver. The writing flowed but I wanted more. More info. More on the characters. Just…more. So this one fell fell a little short for me. It could have been way better.

I recommend it to anyone who likes the YA genre and wants a good palette clenser.

The world continues to spin even when we want it to stop…Especially then.

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