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

Waiting on Wednesday

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Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

thetroubleinme

Release Date: September 1, 2015

This fierce black comedy from the master of turning his own true story into semi-fictional gold charts the summer at age fourteen that his alter-ego’s life starts to go off the rails. In his family’s new rental home on a down-at-the heels street in sun-beaten Miami—with dog-eating alligators in the canal out back, a dangerously attractive girl across the road, and the unhinged Pagoda family next door—teen Jack is adrift, losing a sense of who he is and what he’s all about. Which is why he ends up trying to morph himself into someone he’s not, that someone being sixteen-year-old Gary Pagoda, a.k.a. Scary Gary, just back from juvie for car theft. Following Gary’s lead that first time is just the start of Jack’s series of bad decisions. It goes shockingly, hilariously downhill from there.

Book Review: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.

Before you read my review of this novel, which is a sequel, check out my review of the first novel: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden.

After the heartbreaking and graphic end to the first novel in this series, I’m happy to say that this novel was able to give me a little bit more closure, but that there are still many unanswered questions.  When the novel starts out Kayden is being treated in a hospital for what seem to be self inflicted wounds.  Callie, however, is practically tormenting herself about how and why Kayden ended up in that position and how it is her fault.

Sorensen again does an excellent job characterizing the painful pasts of both Callie and Kayden and really puts the reader inside their pain through the dual first person limited point of views.  However, I will say that it seemed that the resolution happened really quickly even though there were still questions at the end that will, I assume, be answered in the 3.5 story that is supposed to come out later this year.

I really enjoyed getting to know Luke’s character a little bit more in this novel, but I think a lot of that was just to set him up for the following novel, The Destiny of Violet and Luke (which I am reading now!).

Overall, I still loved getting to spend a little bit more time with Callie and Kayden no matter how damaged they are.

4 Bards

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