Review – The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

In 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.

The first thing everyone needs to know about The Chemist is that this is NOT a young adult novel. Like most people when I first heard Stephanie Meyer was coming out with another book i rolled my eyes and laughed. Out of sheer boredom I picked The Chemist and I am so glad that i did!

As someone who is a die-hard action/spy movie fan this book was brilliant. Like all of Mrs. Meyer’s books this one also had the romance, part of me thought it seemed a bit like Stockholm syndrome type of thing but in the end I enjoyed how everything played out. With influences like Jason Bourne, James Bond, or any of Tom Clancy’s novels it stays very true to the genre.  The Chemist will grab your attention and it will keep you sitting at the edge of your seat until the very end. This book was magnificently written and is very much worth the time and energy to read.  But you should know there is violence in this book just like any action movie(specifically gun violence). If you are a fan of action/spy movies, shows or books then you will love this novel!

4 Bards

Book Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. 

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

Release Date: October 22, 2013

I did not think I was going to like this book.  I generally don’t like books with male leads and it had a very angry tone as well.  But I was wrong.  I’m glad I read it.  It was slightly masculine for me but it was written well and the characters were well developed, and what more can you ask for.  Gerald is a very angry young man.  With good reason, his parents are physically around but not there emotionally, his sister tried to kill him numerous times growing up, he in infamous for pooping in random places on national TV, and he gets teased mercilessly at school.  So yeah he is angry.
 
                I loved the way the book was written.  You got glimpse into Gerald’s past every once in a while, just enough to know that the past was bad and he clearly was not treated well.  But at the same time he was a sweet boy.  The sister is a twisted mess of a person.  And you hate her.  You hate the parents for not seeing how the sister is treating Gerald.  And you are like fight back Gerald, you deserve better!  You route for him, justify his behavior and want him to succeed. 

                 Just when you get really mad and angry on his behalf something happens that breaks you.  I won’t tell you what that was for me because it could be something different for you but it will make you sob.  And suddenly you go from wanting Gerald to fight back to wanting him to feel loved, wanting him to escape, to run away and never go back.
   
                While Gerald is clearly the main character the secondary characters are not neglected.  I liked that Hannah (the girlfriend not the sister) has her own problems.  Any while you really do not care for the mom, some of her actions are explained and slightly understandable.  On the other hand I would like to smack her.  Maybe I need to go to anger management like Gerald does.    
                
Anyway, it’s a good read.  No, it’s a great read.  Pick it up trust me!

4 Bards.

This review was contributed to A Midsummer Night’s Read by Missy

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