Lock In By:
Website: http://whatever.scalzi.com/ Release Date:
August 26, 2014
Lock In #1 Award:
Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2015); John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015); ALA Alex Award (2015); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2014) Rating:
There is nothing better than a stay up till three am binge read. Lock In by John Scalzi was exactly that book. I picked it up late one evening and then read the entire thing. Because who needs sleep, really? This is a science fiction novel with strong mystery/thriller themes that is easy to read and perfect for people who want to delve into the sci-fi genre for the first time.
How good is this book? Well, I immediately went out and bought his newest novel, The Collapsing Empire, two days later. So, yeah. That good.
The End of Everything By:
Website: http://meganabbott.com/end.html Release Date:
July 7th, 2011
Reagan Arthur Books
This book has many contrasting reviews online. Some are glorious, with high ratings and accolades for the author for developing such a tale. Others dismiss the book, their criticism ranging from “it didn’t suit me,” to the book being terrible. Where do I fall? Good question because…I’m just not sure.
Okay, first things first — there are some spoilers here because there is no good way to review this book without them to explain the ups and downs of this book.
Amie Kaufman; Jay Kristoff
Website: http://amiekaufman.com/ ; https://jaykristoff.com/ Release Date:
October 18, 2016
Knopf Books for Young Readers
The Illuminae Files #1 Award:
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016) Rating:
There’s something to be said for having a library a block and a half away from my apartment, especially when the nearest bookstore is a half an hour away. It’s saved me on more than one occasion when I need the sequel to book I just finished.
This time was certainly no exception. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff was just put on the shelf, the book so new that it didn’t yet have a library card sleeve in the back. (Yeah, my library still uses those, only sans the actual library card. Why? Great question.) So I picked it up, brought it home, and read all 672 pages in one sitting to the awe and disbelief of my husband.
Website: http://tomleveen.com/ Release Date:
August 18th, 2015
When I want a thriller book I can be pretty picky. To that end picking up Schackled by Tom Leveen was a great decision. A distressed main character, a driving force behind all of the character’s actions and an intriguing plot had me hooked quickly and I must say that this was the perfect, quick, thriller I had hoped it would be.
Website: http://www.hannah-jayne.com/ Release Date:
July 5th 2016
Titles are tricky so, when a title that is only one word can get my attention I will grab the book off the shelf, read the synopsis and, if intrigued further, buy the book immediately. That is exactly what happened with me when I saw this title at Barnes and Noble.
Survive the Night By:
Website: http://www.daniellerollins.com/ Release Date:
July 7th 2015
High hopes for this book were, unfortunately, dashed. The cover was intriguing and I had hoped for a great story. I don’t normally read what could be considered horror and so, given that I’d heard of the success of Vega’s other book The Merciless (which I have yet to read) I took a chance. I sort of which I hadn’t.
Nearly Found By:
Website: http://nearlygonebooks.com/ Release Date:
June 2nd 2015
Kathy Dawson Books
Nearly Gone #2 Rating:
Nearly Boswell cannot catch a break! After the murder mystery in Book #1 of the series we see Nearly try, yet again, to keep herself focused on her future but trouble always finds her and this time it’s dragging her classmates and her family into it.
In all seriousness this book was a good follow-up to book #1 Nearly Found and it helps give us some answers we didn’t get in the first book. Aside from a few questions I have that I’ll admit are me nitpicking at things that bothered me on such a minor level that I’ve decided that I need to get over it. Still, with more murders and more questions in her life it takes a huge effort by Nearly and her friends to once again help solve murders and get answers.
Nearly Gone By:
Website: http://nearlygonebooks.com/ Release Date:
March 25th 2014
Kathy Dawson Books
Nearly Gone #1 Award:
2015 Edgar Award Nominee Rating:
What draws you to a book? Is it the cover artwork? The title? The cover tagline? The synopsis on the back of the book? For me this time around it was all to do with the cover. The art was intriguing, showing only a portion of our main character Nearly Boswell’s face and, while her lips are on the cover it isn’t explicitly sensual. I tend to grow tired of the covers with beautiful girls in beautiful clothes in a beautiful scene somewhere. We all know that for most of those books the beautiful, idyllic cover is a lie. This time around, the haunting cover tells you everything you need to know, that nothing is okay and you’re in for an intense ride.
Let me also state that this book has a very Pretty Little Liars feel to it in that teenagers are solving crimes and, in the process, getting themselves into trouble/making matters worse. Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about the book itself.
The Flicker Men By:
Ted Kosmatka Twitter
Website: http://tedkosmatka.us/ Release Date:
July 21, 2015
Henry Holt & Co.
I really enjoyed reading The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka. It’s a fast paced science-fiction thriller about a washed out scientist with a serious drinking problem who suffers from depression, and has a family history ripe with suicide and mental instability. An old friend presents him with second chance, a new job – a research position with three months to produce some kind of results – Eric has no intent on keeping. Then the unthinkable happens. His recreation of the famous double-slit experiment actually produces new results, and not everyone is happy with them. This book will have you on the edge of your seat. When I’d finished the book it immediately went into the ‘must re-read later’ pile. (Metaphorically, as I’d checked this out from the library).
First thing’s first. The science.
Dark Matter By:
Website: http://www.blakecrouch.com/ Release Date:
July 26, 2016
I have some rather conflicting emotions about Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It’s at once brilliant, and utterly frustrating. The book does a lot of things very well. The plot is intriguing. Jason, the main character and narrator, is very relatable – loves his family, decent job, not terribly wealthy. The action starts abruptly, taking both Jason and the reader by surprise and doesn’t let go until … well, maybe not the very end. But it remains very edge of your seat nearly all the way through.
I really enjoyed the premise. After being kidnapped at gunpoint Jason wakes up in a world that’s all wrong. He’s doing scientific research instead of teaching. He isn’t married to his wife. His son was never born. Unsure which world is real, and which is a dream, Jason must fight a seemingly invincible enemy to find his family and return home. However, as much as I enjoyed the plot, I must admit it’s not entirely original. I have seen this idea, or ones very similar to it, played out before in novels, movies, and televisions shows before. But you know what? It’s still fun. I still like it. I love a good thriller, and I’m a sucker for anything that even slightly smells of multiverse theory.
There is one thing I had a fairly major problem with. I just do not like Blake Crouch’s writing style.