Blake Crouch – Dark Matter

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: July 26 2016
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Pages: 342

Synopsis: “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.

Review: When I first read @nadirasworld’s book review & she mentioned the Quantum theory was the core of the book, my very first thought was oh man, I suck at science & am I going to be able to understand what’s happening? But it was pretty easy to understand as the book was pretty simple to read through. The book definitely reminded me of The Flash because of parts of it (Spoiler maybe?). The book blew my mind, I really enjoyed it & I do recommend reading it! It was gripping & I stayed up late because I just had to know what the hell was going on.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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Christina Lauren – Dating You / Hating You

“You look like you’re cycling through a lot of things right now.”

“Like what?”
“Like whether you should kiss me or punch me.”
“It’s a daily struggle.” 

Book Details:

  • Published On: June 6 2017
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Pages: 350

Synopsis: All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

Review: The book switches between the POVs of Carter & Evie. I really liked the book, it was cute, hilarious & filled with “mentally murdering” a certain charcter. The book showed sexism in the workplace & some revelations about said certain character. Overall, I do recommend reading the book! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

August Wrap Up! 

Hello everyone! Eid Mubarak! Wishing you & your family a very joyous eid! Today’s going to get quite busy because of the entireeeee fam getting together to celebrate.

❗️What’re your plans for today?

This month, I managed to read 19 books (9 ARCs & 1 DNF)! Books mentioned below with an * before their name have reviews up on my blog so if you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to the review, if you’re interested!

*1- My Sister’s Bones – Nuala Ellwood: 💎💎💎💎

*2- The Life We Almost Had – Laura Miller: 💎💎💎💎💎

3-  The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena: 💎💎💎💎

*4- A Beautiful, Terrible Thing – Jen Waite: 💎💎💎💎💎

*5- If I Die Tonight – A. L. Gaylin:💎💎💎.5

6- The Ice Beneath Her – Camilla Grebe: 💎💎💎💎

7- The Accident – S. D. Monaghan: 💎💎💎💎

*8- The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson: 💎💎💎💎

9- The Perfect Girl – Gillian Macmillan: 💎💎💎

*10- Thicker Than Water – Oyinkan Braithwaite:💎💎💎.5

*11- Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber:💎💎💎💎

*12- Fragile Lives – Professor Stephan Westaby: 💎💎💎💎

13- Follow Your Heart – Tasha Nathan: 💎💎💎💎💎

14- Dating You / Hating You – Christina Laura: 💎💎💎💎

15- Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Charlotte Butterfield: 💎💎.5

16- Backstrap – Johnnie Dun: 💎💎💎

17- The Year of Saying Yes – Hannah Doyle: 💎💎💎💎💎

18- The Expatriates – Janice Y K Lee: 💎💎💎.5

19- Dark Matter – Blake Crouch: 💎💎💎💎

Sarah Dessen – Once And For All

Once And For All

“So much of life is not being sure of anything. How I wished, later, I’d been able to savor them, those few steps and moments when for once, I just knew.”

Synopsis: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Review: The book was a good read & it made me respect wedding planners more, it was like behind the scenes of wedding planning showing how much work really goes into all of it. It was so heartbreaking that Louna lost the guy she loved in a school shooting. It’s so sad that school shootings are becoming more & more common & the thought of losing someone close to you is terrible. I felt that Ambrose having feelings for Louna was kind of sudden, like I didn’t think he was interested in her at all, I knew they were going to end up together but I was interested in the how they end up together. The whole thing happened in the very last chapters which was kind of disappointing.

Rating: 💎💎💎

Colleen Hoover – Too Late

Too Late“I’ve been your fucking prisoner for the last two years, thinking my brother was about to have to go back to my worthless mother. All because you knew if you didn’t have that to hold over my head, I would have left you.”

Synopsis: Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way. 

Nothing except Carter.


Too Late is no longer available via Wattpad.

Review: The book was so different in terms of its themes as compared to other books that Colleen has written but it was really good but also really dark. It’s main themes were abusive relationships & rape but it also talked a lot about mental illnesses; schizophrenia & Asperger’s syndrome. Talking about these topics was really great because people really need to talk more about mental illnesses & the affects on mental processes of the people. The book had 2 epilogues but it still left me with questions about what happens afterwards: does Asa die? or does he spend life in prison? What happened to Stephen? Did Luke & Sloan get married & have kids?

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Ayisha Malik – The Other Half of Happiness

The Other Side of Happiness

“Change isn’t about what you can or can’t do. It’s about mindset.”

Synopsis: Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart.

Review: The second book left me hanging. I need to know what happens, that ending doesn’t end it for me! This book, just like it’s first part, is funny, relatable & heart-breaking. The book really tries to normalise Muslims which is what Ayisha wanted to achieve. Conall & Sofia got married, HURRAY! but wow, the unfortunate events that followed one after another. The secret that was revealed, shocked me. I appreciate Ayisha for writing this book because minorities need to be normalised. I liked that it acknowledged that marriages aren’t easy at all, there is a lot of communication & compromise that is put into it. I do like the fir

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

 

Ayisha Malik – Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

“There will always be something missing. There’s nothing you can do about loss, except fill the hole as much as you can with memories of the people that have been left behind.” 

Synopsis: ‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

Sofia Khan is not Obliged is the hilarious and authentic debut novel by Ayisha Malik.”

Review: I love books that give me some desi references & this book was definitely great, I could relate to it & it had me laughing & saying “ohmygod I KNOW RIGHT”. The book is funny, its cute, its sad & honestly the last half of the book had me switching emotions from laughing & being all “how cute is that” to crying quite a lot. I definitely recommend reading the book. It’s part of a duology & it’s second book is called The Other Half of Happiness.

*SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*

Imran’s text messages since he told her he would move out became so cringy I was just like um

Collan becoming a Muslim for Sofia was shocking but I knew there was definitely some chemistry between them

The death of her dad made me cry so much, imagining the loss of a parent is terrifying & heartbreaking & oh God, cried a lot during those chapters.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎