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Book Review: The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney- 4 Stars

The Perfect Wife is something I would classify as a suspenseful sci-fi mystery/thriller. Abbie wakes up in a haze and quickly learns from her creator Tim that she is a co-bot: a companion robot, that was created in the likeness of her Tim’s dead wife. She has the real Abbie’s memories and appearance. She was created so that Tim and his son Danny wouldn’t be alone. Sounds perfect, right? The perfect wife and mom, gone too soon, but thanks to scientific advances and plenty of money, your loved one can be recreated to be just like the real thing!

Abbie and Tim had a seemingly perfect marriage, but of course nothing is ever as it seems. Diving between the past and present, co-bot Abbie comes to realize something is amiss. She has to figure out what Tim is really all about and what happened to Abbie so that she won’t become just a discarded pile of technology.

This book was really creepy and unique. I can’t give too much away but this one will definitely shock you and keep you reading for hours if you enjoy sci-fi books that really mess with your mind!  Just when you think you’ve figured it out you’re hit with something crazy!

Do you like to read science fiction? It’s not one of my typical genres but I have been enjoying it lately!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!

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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: Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond-5 Stars

I’m a huge fan of the show Stranger Things so I was really excited my library had this available! If you thought Dr. Brenner was evil in the show, just wait until you read this! This book was dark and creepy-in a different way than the show, with the monsters and the Upside Down, in that the book really dives in to the Hawkins Lab and you see what Dr. Brenner really does to these people. We get the back story on Eleven’s mom Terry which is insanely fascinating to read about after seeing her in such a state on the show! What I loved most about this book, and honestly love the most about the show, is the friendship dynamic. The group of friends in the book is somewhat similar to the kids’ friendship on the show and I ADORE IT.

The evil that goes on in the Hawkins Lab at the hands of Martin Brenner is so twisted and horrifying. Terry and three other young adults get sucked in to this nightmare hoping they can do something good, something BIG, at a time when young men are being drafted and sent off to Vietnam. At first they just wanted to make some extra cash, but it isn’t too long before they are too far in over their heads and it will take something drastic for Dr. Brenner to let them get out of this experiment.

The good thing about this book is you don’t have to be familiar with the show to understand it. Sure, it gives a lot of history and more understanding to the show, but if you like horror and science fiction books in general you can read it without being confused.

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Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-4 Stars

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*Spoilers if you haven’t read Obsidian!*

 

FINALLY KATY AND DAEMON

Katy is still slightly annoying, Daemon is still very annoying, but the chemistry between them is explosive! It’s such a ridiculous, juvenile series but good grief I can’t help but be addicted!

After fighting the Arum, Katy is linked to Daemon and she has certain powers. The DOD is sniffing around town, and a new guy shows up that befriends Katy. There are a lot of shocking events and twists, as well as lots of romance! It’s fast paced and there is so much action happening which makes for a quick, easy read.

 

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Book Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout-3 Stars

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When Katy moves to West Virginia and meets her neighbors, sweet, friendly Dee and her brother-hot, rude, arrogant, HOT Daemon, she had no clue she was becoming friends with aliens.

Daemon was super annoying as was Katy for putting up with his crap. Otherwise, I really liked Katy! She is a book blogger and loves reading, she’s sassy and loyal. After her dad died her mom wanted to move, so Katy is grateful for Dee’s friendship- after a fresh start she needs a friend. I hated Daemon but the paranormal romance aspect kept me reading!

There are a lot of similarities to Twilight but instead of vampires we have aliens. The premise of the Luxen and their history was interesting and I liked how Katy became involved in their little group. The sci-fi battle and action scenes were awesome!

I read this in just a few hours while the baby was sleeping. It was fun and a quick read. If you’re looking for something light to enjoy for a few hours give this a try!

 

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Book Review: The Gauntlet (The Cage #3) by Megan Shepherd-4 Stars

The Gauntlet is the final book in The Cage series, and while I found it thrilling and interesting, it was my least favorite book in the series because of the ending.

In The Gauntlet, Cora and her friends escaped from the Kindred and are on a ship with Bonebreak, a mosca. They left behind Cassian who was being tortured because Cora needs to run the Gauntlet so humans can be considered intelligent like the other species.

There was a lot of drama, death, surprises, and twists (and a little romance) throughout this novel. Cora is so strong, as is all the others who escaped with her, but they as humans can only fight for so long without help from others. The actual gauntlet sounded incredible and interesting, a total mind warp that pushes you in every direction. With certain species on the brink of war with one another and ready for a complete take over, can Cora successfully complete the Gauntlet to save humanity and her friends, and be considered as worthy as the others?

With plenty of action and heart stopping shockers, The Gauntlet was super intriguing but as the final novel, it was slightly disappointing because of the decision a certain character made at the end.

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Book Review: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd-4 Stars

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Possible spoilers if you haven’t read the first book, “The Cage”.

Wow!!! I think this was even better than the first book! After trying and failing to escape the Cage, Cora is betrayed by Cassian, Warden of the Kindred. Now, she’s placed in a menagerie, called The Hunt, a safari-like simulated world where humans are held to take Kindred on hunts, as well as perform for them. It’s really creepy!

Cassian wants Cora to participate in The Gauntlet to prove that humans are an intelligent species. After his stinging betrayal, she agrees-but on her terms. New characters are introduced and it’s unclear who’s trustworthy.

Complete with forbidden romance, twisted games, telekinetic powers, and a shocking ending, I really recommend “The Hunt!” I can’t wait for book three, “The Gauntlet.”

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer-3 Stars

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I find myself in the minority with my feelings on this book. It had rave reviews, and I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile….

Basically, it sounds like a fantastic concept. A fresh new take on Cinderella, set in the future, with a cyborg as the main character?! I love retellings, but this one was a little boring and a lot predictable. Set in a world after World War IV, there are earthens and luna, who live on the moon.

Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing. She’s a skilled mechanic, and after her adoptive father dies, is under the guardianship of a terrible woman, Adri. Her stepsister Pearl loathes her, but her younger stepsister Peony is her only human friend. I knew exactly where the plot was going from the beginning in terms of who Cinder truly was so I just couldn’t get excited about the story.

3 stars for predictability but I did like the very last of it and may continue the series to learn more about what Cinder decides to do.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch-4 Stars

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I’m sure everyone has wondered how their life would be altered if they had chosen a different path. In Dark Matter, Crouch explores the idea quantum superposition, where a person can exist in other realities, with different friends, successes, careers. Depending on the choices you make, your different life realities can stem from those choices creating multiple realities. I can’t adequately review this book without spoilers but just know it’s a total mind trip. It’s terrifying and enthralling. Highly recommend!

“What a strange thing to consider imagining a world into being with nothing but words, intention, and desire. If there are infinite worlds, how do i find the one that is uniquely, specifically mine?”

* I received a copy of this book for review from “Blogging for Books.” All opinions are my own.*

 

 

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Book Review: Broken Crowns (The Internment Chronicles, #3) by Lauren DeStefano-4 Stars

What do you do when both kings love their country, to the point of taking drastic measures such as MURDER to keep their home the way it’s always been? “Broken Crowns” picks up where “Burning Kingdoms” left off- Morgan and her friends who escaped to the ground are realizing the horrors of two combating kingdoms and everyone is trying to plan how to remedy the situation. I really didn’t care for the second book, and I didn’t think I would ever finish this one-it was SO slow moving but the turning point happened when Basil and Morgan finally  make it back to Interment from the ground and find Celeste…(no spoilers!) I thought Celeste’s plan to unite the two kingdoms was very brave and seemed exactly the kind of decision she would make!

The character’s were very well thought out, as they have been from book one. No one is boring or flat, and every character offers something to the point of the novel, they aren’t just fillers. Pen was my least favorite character in book two, but I absolutely loved her in “Broken Crowns.” She is brilliant, stubborn, loyal, and thinks for herself. While on the ground, Pen calculates that Internment is sinking slightly each time the jet from Havalais travels back and forth, which could eventually cause serious problems for Internment. My favorite quote in the book came from her: ” A girl should never stop thinking…otherwise we’ll become what our world thinks of us….dull, simple creatures that must belong to someone lest we hurt ourselves” (p. 224)

Although it took me some time to get really in to it, “Broken Crowns” is full of shockers and twists you don’t see coming. DeStefano created such imaginative worlds with impressive characters that really draw you in to the story. I felt it was the perfect wrap up to this trilogy.