Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

I can’t believe April is already over. I’ve been reading at an insatiable rate recently — a lot of good books and some bad books, but 90 percent of the time I have a book in my hand.

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 Book of the Month*

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The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer- 4.5 star review

I was surprised at how much I liked this one!

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-5)

Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

By Your Side by Kasie West

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

 

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 25 out of 100 books. (Read 6 books this month.) I’m behind!! How can that be?

Currently Reading

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The Chosen by J.R. Ward

I’m loving it, but this has to be my least favorite cover of hers. It’s giving me an early 80s vibe.

Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I watched the first season on Netflix. It was hilarious but I found myself cringing more so than laughing.

What I’m writing

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I’m doing a major edit on my first WIP. It’s been beyond frustrating. I feel like I’m rewriting the entire novel, but at least I know it’ll be better in the end. I’m still blown away at how difficult it is to write a good story. It’s one thing to get the words down, it’s another to make it all make sense and be entertaining.

What else?

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I’m planning on going to Utopiacon in Nashville in June. I’ve been once before a few years ago and I’m excited to go again, only this time I’ll be going as an aspiring novelist not just a blogger. Are you going? If so, let me know! I’d love to meet up and hang out.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

I’ve been a fan of Stephanie Meyer from the beginning. As a proud member of #teamjacob, I read all the Twilight books, but I also enjoyed her adult sci-fi novel, The Host, which I consider the best of all her books. With The Chemist, Meyer is writing in all-new territory yet again with this thriller/spy adventure, and it was bloody brilliant.

31176886In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

My favorite thing about Meyer’s stories is her characters. She really spends time to reveal who they are, their fears, their dreams and what makes them tick. The Chemist is no different as we’re introduced to the main protagonist – a chemist on the run from the secret government organization that she used to work for. I’m typically one that gets bored easily with too many numbers and figures, but I really enjoyed the science in this book – the chemicals and drugs Alex uses to protect herself and interrogate others. The depth of knowledge in these characters required a whole lot of research and it gave this story the extra oomph that pushed it fully into the thriller genre.

I particularly enjoyed the strange relationship between Alex and Daniel. Saying they started off on the wrong foot is an understatement, yet Daniel’s optimism and Alex’s deep-seated need for companionship brought them together. The romance raised the stakes as Alex runs and then fights for their very lives. I was a bit disappointed with the fade-to-black love scenes, but that is so Meyer. (I’ll never get over the betrayal of limited information in Breaking Dawn.) However, I think it was fitting to the genre, and the romance took a backseat to the action.

The unraveling of the mystery of who is trying to kill Alex was exciting and I couldn’t help but sit on the edge of my seat as Alex fights for survival. The action scenes were spot on, and my favorites had to be the interrogation scenes at the beginning and the end. The progression of Alex’s relationships were endearing, and I turned the last page content in her journey.

I would be remiss to not mention the unexpected delight of animals in this story. I wish my dogs were so well-behaved, and they played such an important role in this story. If a dog can be kick-ass, then Meyer nailed it.

If you like badass heroines who fight with their brains, and action adventure with a splash of romantic tension, then The Chemist is for you.

STARS: 4.5 out of 5