Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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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This was the second book Tony bought me at Barnes and Nobles. Several people recommended this book to me but I never got around to reading it. Then, we walked into BaN and I was like “OMG! I have to have it!” Alright, alright, it wasn’t so dramatic but that’s basically what happened.

It took me about a day and a half to read Dark Matter, mostly because I didn’t start reading until around 11:45pm. As I do. By 4am I knew I had to to go to bed; I just didn’t want to. It was so good, start to finish it blew me away.

As I picked it up from a recommendation, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into or what the book was about. I didn’t want to cause bias so I didn’t read the synopsis. Sometimes this sets me back, so I choose not to read them. Honestly, about halfway through I wanted to skip ahead. I just HAD to know what was happening, why it was happening and if it would all end out ok but I didn’t. It was so hard but I stopped myself.

If you need further convincing that you should be going to get this book RIGHT NOW; I didn’t even wait 2 minutes to tweet after finishing:

“Omg…I just finished .
Superb
Intriguing
Intense
Scientific but understandable
Mind bending
I don’t know if this is crazy but I legit almost cried at the end.

Easily best book I’ve read all 2018…” 

…that’s how great it was. After reading, I couldn’t stop thinking about what my life would be if…no, I can’t say anymore lest I spoil it for you. Thank you, Blake Crouch. Thank you so much for making me think, making me imagine, making me ask questions about the universe (or…multi… heh heh).

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. How did you like the book? Did you know what was going to happen? Could you predict the way it would go? Are you upset with the ending? Happy?

If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

 

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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

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I’m so happy about this: So my guy took me to Barnes and Noble yesterday, December 20th, and I got; two books The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, a 3 pack of writing notebooks that I love because they are small enough to fit in my purse but are still a good size, and cozy reading socks!! Literally…they were labeled and tagged as cozy reading socks!

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Anyway, so I posted in a few of the book groups that I’m in and everyone raved about both books. I wasn’t sure which one recommended either of these to me but I was so excited when I hit the store. I decided to read The Immoralists first and I loved it.

It’s intriguing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and makes you think about your own life. Really, ask yourself the questions. If you could find out the EXACT day you were going to die…would you? And if you did, how would you live your life? Seeing the world and lives of 4 different siblings who experienced the same thing, had the same parents and grew up so unique really makes the story relatable.

I will admit, there are a few parts that I was uncomfortable with (sexually) but it didn’t pull me out of the story and my heart was already wrenching because I knew what was going to happen. I quickly turned pages because I just had to get to the end of that section. I really wanted to cry but I held in my tears. As I paged through the book I kept thinking I was going to put the book down (It was 3am for god’s sake!!) and I couldn’t. One chapter bled into the other and I just needed to know…I was not disappointed. Benjamin pulled me in and I’m very glad I chose to read this one first.

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,

Jade

 

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Black Owned Bookstores

Heya!

A while ago I compiled a list of Black Owned bookstores from all over the US, that I thought were pretty cool, and I’ve decided to finally share them with you. Most of these were shared with me, just as I take suggestions here, I do on other social media boards as well!

Here are a FEW links and a few names with locations!

AALBC

A New Generation of African-American-Owned Bookstores

The FBI’s War on Black-Owned Bookstores

54 BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES IN AMERICA

BOOK ENDS: BLACK-OWNED BOOK STORES TO SUPPORT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Olive Tree Books

Medu and Shrine of Black Madonna in Atlanta

Pan African Connection Bookstore. Dallas, TX 

Black and Nobel, West Philly, PA

Community Bookstore, New Orleans, LA

If you can think of any others, or know of one in your neighborhood or city that isn’t on this list, COMMENT THE NAME OR LINK BELOW!!

Let’s support Black and Local businesses as well as others!

Happy Readdance,
Jade

My First ARC: Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance—despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox—and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion—she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life . . .

There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly—and intoxicatingly—flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.

Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it—with the person you least expect

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Ok…

Girl…

Yessss…

So, this is the first ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) that I’ve received from an author directly. I have so many, but they’ve been gifted to me by readers or I found them at yard sales and thrift stores (before I even knew what they were). This is definitely an exciting part of my reader to Beta Reader life!

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Along with the book, I also got an adorable book mark! 

That being said, I felt this book in my soul. I loved how the main character goes through many of the ups and downs a real-life author would. I love that she’s not a famous author to start. On top of her romance story line, you see her going through the steps of a debut author and all the worries that go along with putting yourself out there for the first time and hoping someone doesn’t tear you to shreds. I feel that it’s a fantastic showing of internal conflict.

I’m totally a fan of the main character. Maddie is smart, sweet (yet intense), and a bit stubborn. BOY IS SHE STUBBORN. Woman after my own heart. I relate to her so much because I, too, want to do things on my own. I want to prove (mostly to myself) that I can achieve my goals and be successful. I want to write, and hope others enjoy my words as much as I often do. Maddie, I feel ya girl.

I’m happy that while you have this love…pentagon(?)…it’s not overly cheesy or overdone. Often times, you find that love circles can be very predictable. There’s always one TOTALLY amazing guy that, from the beginning, is soooooobviously ‘The One’ and it makes reading the book a drag. You sit there like ‘girl…who are you fooling!?’ With Dating by the Book, several guys are realistic contenders for the main character’s heart. I also had some of those ‘shoooot, if she doesn’t take him I would!…If I was still single’! (Sorry, Tony!)

 

 

This book is not yet out but…Pre-Order to surprise yourself with a summer read!

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

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P.S. I literally just picked up her book Some Kind of Magic (so excited!).

 

New Posts and Beta Reading Services

Heya! 

So I took a hiatus from the blog for a few months. Since finding out that I am pregnant again, I’ve had a lot of life things to deal with. Fall 2018 school semester, a high risk pregnancy (with copious amounts of doctors visits and check ups) and a new job (and now past job) has taken up most of my time. 

However, I’ve been reading a lot! Of course…nothing detracts from my reading! I have a lot of new reviews that I want to share with you and, as the semester just ended, I have plenty of time over the next few weeks to write them! 

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I have added Beta Reading services to my blog and I hope, if any of you are writers, you will take advantage of my reading addiction! 

If you’d like to know more about my Beta Reading services head over to that page to check out my process, rates and more!

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I’m still taking suggestions for books! Feel free to comment or send me a message and I’ll look into it for my next read! 

Alright guys! Gonna keep this one short for today. Oh, how I’ve missed you

Good Readdance, 

Jade