[Review] Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Crown Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback

“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.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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My thoughts:

I received this complimentary book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion. 

My mind has been blown into bits. I have no words at all, but I’m still going to try my best to translate all my confused thoughts into words. Never did I expect this book to be complex and interesting enough for me to enjoy. I somehow expected it to be a little good because the hype is there and thank God it’s true.

This is the part where I usually describe or summarize the book, but I don’t think you’ll enjoy it if I give you any information about it. It is best to dive in without any idea at all. However, I’m still going to include some words that will kind-of cover up the entire premise, and they are: multiverses, action, love, and mind-boggling (for you).

“I think about you every second. I think about all the choices we’ve made that created this moment. Us sitting here together at this beautiful table. Then I think of all the possible events that could have stopped this moment from ever happening, and it all feels, I don’t know…”


“So fragile.”

I don’t know if that will be able to coerce you to go to a bookstore right now and grab a copy for yourself and read it instantly because it is so damn good that it mostly kept me at the edge of my seat. It is action-packed and thrilling, and it always make me literally question my humanity and the world. I definitely don’t want to spoil anything good because I believe it’s for you to enjoy and decipher on your own.

The characters are OK; it’s not that typical annoying people in books, but they are just like how normal people roll. The book does not really have a lot of characters being introduced, mainly because the main character is the highlight of the story. Although, there are times that it will be confusing, so watch out because I won’t tell.

” ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.’ ” – Albert Einstein

One reason why I still continued reading this is because of the adventure of the main character. It sparks my curiosity which then will become fun. Again, I do not want to talk much about this because I want you guys to enjoy it as much as I did. Despite the ending having a nice closure, I still wanted more because I somehow expected a lot for the ending. Thus, it made me take off a star.

From all the things that I have uttered in this review, you know that I truly recommend this book. I also felt a Rick & Morty vibe while reading the book, so if you like that animation show, you will definitely like this one. Also, I rarely read anymore, but I still want to give my hundred percent on reviews (and I also want to fully enjoy the book I’m reading). I’m forcing you to buy or order a copy now.

4 swords4 stars for the mindfuckery!

About the author:

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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

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[Review] League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

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Title: League of American Traitors
Author: Matthew Landis
Publication: August 8th 2017 by Sky Pony Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: e-ARC

When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.he confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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My thoughts:

It was so, so difficult to keep up with the pacing of this book. I really wanted to like this one because of its interesting premise, but it just did not work out that well for me. The concept was well-thought of, however the execution was the one extremely lacking. The potentiality that it could have delivered greatly had me in high hopes.

The League of American Traitors is an association of historic traitors that has made America today. Jasper, who has a traitorous father, is definitely on the ropes when he is invited to this association. His life is at stake, as well as the other descendants of historic people. Although he wants to amend and correct history, he is hindered by obstacles and people who do not want to rewrite history.

I do not really have a lot to say about this book because I did not really feel anything while reading this. To be completely honest, it was hard to coerce myself to finish the book. The author’s way of writing was normal, but I felt that that were no emotions at all. The ending which was supposed to be a part that makes you somehow, at the least, emotional, but it just did not make me feel that way.

To give you a more vivid detail, I could perhaps compare this book to a roller coaster who only goes up and down without twists and turns. In the first part of the book, there was not a single thing that interest me at all. But, all of a sudden, the middle part kept me at the edge of my seat because this book delivered me what I truly enthused over. Then, it just slowly went downhill again, and even the climax did not feel like a climax at all.

Before I end my review, there are still some good and commendable things about this book. First, the title is very intriguing which made me curious. Next, the action that it has brought was packed and intense. Last, the premise is what I completely admire about this book. Unfortunately, it just did not hold up its end of the bargain.

From what I can say, the book has a potential because of its concept, but the concept has a really wide scope, thus I believe that it takes time to execute it well. Also, the characters were introduced in a rush, and the author just splashed names and names into my face without me getting to keep up. I just really wish that it could have been a lot better.

2 swords2 swords for historic disappointment!

About the author:

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Raised in Bucks County, PA, I returned home after four amazing years at Penn State to the greatest job of all time: teaching 8th graders American History.  I also convinced the most ridiculously amazing girl I’ve ever known to marry me, bought a dog, lived in a renovated barn for two years, and then decided it was time for a home that didn’t have animals underneath.

It’s simpler than that: I love history, but not in the old, awful, kill-me-now-please kind of way. My passion is convincing my students that the past is actually hilarious, shocking, tragic, disturbing, and altogether UN-boring.  While getting my graduate degree in History at Villanova, I realized that there was yet one more way to do this: write contemporary young adult books laced with history to convince my students that the past doesn’t have to be a life-sucking topic. That’s a huge reason why I wrote The League of American Traitors.

Some other stuff: I love poetry but don’t understand it; I want Gordon Ramsay to give me a fatherly hug at some point; I tend toward the unapologetically dramatic; I’m a recovering gamer who can sometimes be found reading the novelization of HALO. I firmly believe that self-deprecating humor is the best kind.

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[Review] Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan

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Title: Swan Boy
Author: Nikki Sheehan
Publication: May 5th 2016 by Oneworld Publication
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Dance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can’t leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny’s growing power soon puts him in a very special place.

A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.

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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from HMH Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

I have never been fascinated with books about dance because I haven’t tried reading one. Ever since I requested this, I didn’t know what to expect. As lovely as the cover, I was astounded by the story itself. It left me emotionally unstable, and I just want to plead for more story in this setting. Well, it’s not just about dance.

Johnny has just moved to a new school where everything feels new and unfamiliar. Since his father died, his mother is the only one supporting them financially, leading them to move into another house and enroll in another school. In this new school, he is obviously bullied and has been called Swan Boy because the onlookers saw him controlled the swan to attack Liam, the school bully. After being continuously bullied and cornered in the school, they are caught fighting and got into detention, but instead of letting them go litter-picking, they are given a chance to join a dance club to be a part of a show.

“You didn’t need to dance. Dancing is mere presentation. You did something better – you became.”

I love how the way this book was written, even though I was in a mid-reading slump, it swiftly took it away from me. Boy, am I relieved. It was a short book and a book that will definitely give you the real emotional feels. I have never been emotional for a long time by reading a book, and now, it finally gave me a deserving read.

As I told you about me being emotionally unstable, it is because of the fact that I was able to easily connect with the character and adapt with the setting. There is a thing about the characters that make them perfect for its genre. Characters with simple and kind personality combined with the writing style of the author that give the emotional aspect of the book are what I completely love, and this book had it all.

“It’s not love. It’s more like . . . awe. Johnny, when you see the beautiful swan, it’s as if a light bulb goes on in your head, and you finally know what, or who, you want to be. You don’t want too be a prince, pampered and spoilt, but ultimately held prisoner by your status. You want to be wild and free. You want to swim and fly.”

There is something about the beautiful style of writing which I really want to read in every book possible. I can feel the author pouring her heart into her book and how she delivered her writing to reality. Every word she’s written breaks my heart (in a very positive way) because she knows how to convey the story through means of making the audience emotional as the story embarks in a negative mood.

A truly recommended read for middle-grade lovers. This will twist your heart in a good way and will leave you emotional in some way. I enjoyed reading this one because of my connection with the protagonist, Johnny. Also my first time reading a book about dance and not being disappointed at all. Good job!

4 swords
4 swords for being dance-tastic!

About the author:

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Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist. She went to a convent school in Cambridge where she was taught by real nuns in long black habits. She studied linguistics and then psychology and worked as a subtitler for the Simpsons, followed by many years as a journalist. She lives in Hove near the beach with her husband, three children, two dogs, one cat and definitely no more hamsters.

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[Review] Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

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Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from HMH Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book unexpectedly tore me into pieces. It’s been a while since I read a book that has a tragic ending, and this one showed me a cry-worthy tragedy. However, I didn’t cry because I have never cried while reading books at all. Teary-eyed, maybe? But that’s still once in a blue moon.

The story follows two characters namely Sam Bennett and Hadley St. Clair with their own problems with their own family, and then they meet at school and get closer to each other. The truth only starts to unfold when they deeply get to know each other and when they were actually in love with each other.

“I guess the world really does end with a whimper. A whole lot of quiet, a million things left unsaid until it’s too late to say them.”

You will definitely ugly-cry when you get to the ending because that’s what I felt. Likewise, reading this book made me emotional because of its beautiful writing. The writing is absolutely the big factor that really made me like – wait, LOVE – this beautiful book.

However, I didn’t much have a connection with the characters. It’s definitely there, but it didn’t fully connect. I still love the characters as they are. I don’t have an issue about not being able to connect as long as the story as a whole is amazingly written. Still, this could’ve been improved.

“We couldn’t not be together, because being together was the only thing that made sense. The only thing that kept us both from disappearing.”

I was supposed to give this book 3 stars until the book finally hooked me and gave me this shocking ending. I know I have to add another star because it deserves it. Again, 4 stars because there’s something lacking in the book that could’ve been better. The start of the book didn’t really capture my attention which is disappointing.

A recommended read for everyone who loves characters with tragic life meeting together not knowing the truth about their own. This is a book that will drive you to insanity. Shocking ending, strong characters and perfect plot combined together make a beautiful story like this one.

4 swords4 swords for making me so emotional! *cries*

About the author:

ashley blake.jpgAshley Herring Blake is a poet, teacher, and YA novelist. Her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, follows two teens as they attempt to wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents’ infidelities. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN.

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