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Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch-4 Stars

Man this book is a ride!

What if you were suddenly hit with memories of a prior life? You have a different job, spouse, children… you can sense it feels real, but what about the life you’re currently living too? What are your real memories? What life is the true, present one? Certain people are experiencing this phenomenon that has been dubbed FMS, or False Memory Syndrome, and it’s driving some people so mad they commit suicide.

Told in alternating timelines varying between Barry, an NYPD detective who witnesses a suicide due to FMS, and Helena, a neuroscientist working on a memory chair to help those with Alzheimer’s. While this book is heavy on the science fiction, it’s terrifying to think about the possibility of something like this happening in our world. The emotions and relationships of the characters are so thought out you become invested in their lives and feel a sense of dread just thinking if this was our reality.

This book is definitely unique, thought provoking, mind blowing, and confusing at times to grasp certain terms and concepts, but still enjoyable. If you liked Dark Matter by Crouch I think you’ll really love this one. I highly recommend!

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Book Review: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim- 5 Stars

After her mother dies, Natalie returns home to her Chinatown neighborhood. She and her mother had drifted apart over the years and Natalie left on bad terms due to disagreements they had over Natalie’s career. She yearned to be a chef, like her grandmother, but her mother discounted her dreams. When Natalie discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant, along with her special handwritten recipe book, she dreams about reopening the restaurant, but first, she has a challenge to complete. Natalie has to find three neighbors in need of something and fix three special dishes from the book to heal and help them. That’s where the magic happens. Natalie adds her own personal touches to her grandmother’s recipes but still stays true to her roots and culture, and these dishes transform those they were prepared for. I adore reading books focused around food, and bonus points if recipes are included! I’m also a huge fan of magical realism, which I was pleasantly surprised to encounter in this book as I hadn’t expected it when I read the synopsis!

Natalie has to deal with many mishaps and misunderstandings that could potentially be a threat to her restaurant’s success as well as her own happiness. This is just one of those books that, even through its sad parts, makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was an enjoyable debut and I look forward to more from this author in the future!

 

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Book Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber- 4 Stars

*Minor spoilers if you haven’t read the other books in the series*

I love this series! Stephanie Garber creates a world that is so magical, imaginative, and descriptive, you feel like you’re right there in the game. Finale picks up right after Legend abandons Tella on the steps after she wins the game. The fates have been freed from the Deck of Destiny, Scarlett and Tella’s mother has been rescued, and the game is finally over. Now, tough decisions must be made.

Finale is told between both Tella and Scarlett’s point of view. They are both courageous and headstrong, and will do whatever it takes to save the ones they love. This book had quite a bit more romantic scenes than the other two books, including a love triangle between Tella, Dante, and Jacks which I am all here for! Those boys are both crazy, messed up fellas, but I love certain things about both of them!

There’s a lot of characters that make up these books but they are all so well written and bring a lot of dimension to the world of Valenda. I really liked several of the fates, Jacks of course, but also The Lady Prisoner and Assassin. While I didn’t care too much for Tella in the first book, she became my favorite over the course of this series!

I felt the ending was rushed and kind of left me hanging but overall I really loved this book. The magic, intrigue, and shocking plot twists make for a wonderful reading experience! I’m sad this series is over but a book from Paloma or Legend’s POV would be amazing!

Have you read this series?

 

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Book Review: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones-4.5 Stars

Sandie Jones has once again given me a suspenseful thriller full of twists and surprises that made me desperate to read this every spare second I had! I loved her debut, The Other Woman, so much I immediately requested this from NetGalley the instant I saw it.

 

Alice runs a successful company with her second husband, Nathan. After tragically losing her first husband, Nathan seemed like the perfect man, showing up right when Alice needed someone the most.  She also has a best friend named Beth that she can always count on, and two wonderful daughters. Life is pretty good for Alice, until she finds something that makes her start to question everything she thought she knew about those around her.

The twist took me by surprise and I’m glad I didn’t see it coming because man, was it insane! This is definitely a quick read but there are quite a few characters to keep up with.

If you’re looking for a thriller chock full of twisty revenge and suspicion, make sure to pick this one up!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.