Scardust by Suzanne van RooyeneBook, English, 266 pages
Debut: February 8, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
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Read First: February 1-4, 2016 | Snuck from: IndieSage PR -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037
Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he'd scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can't seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.
Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother's last wish.
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Why I picked this story up:
I need a bit of m/m romance in my life every once in a while, and this just sounded totally amazing. Add to that the intriguing Sci-Fi concept, memory sharing, and a town called Dead Rock to underline just how badly Raleigh needs to get out of there... *gabby hands*
What I found:
Incredible strength. Survivor. Raleigh owns those words, and love -- for his dead brother and his strange meteor man -- is his driving force. At every bad turn, he amazed me a bit more and he just... stole my heart. He's exactly the kind of YA/NA hero I love most, from his background to the depths of his big heart. So of course I'm overjoyed he found his perfect match, because he deserved it. They deserved it; to find each other, to find such love... Those two just belong together, period.
Plotwise, I really don't want to reveal any details, because it'd ruin the whole experience. It starts quite normally, I'd say, but gets more and more interesting later on. The whole memory swap and flashback-storytelling was just the way I love it. There were a few real cruel blows in there, but also some stuff that was on the edge of being too cliche that turned me off a bit, so it was not enough to leave me totally in tears. It also got a bit predictable, but I still liked how the details turned out, and that it didn't end with that one major revelation, but carried on into the framework afterwards. And I'd love to know how their story goes on!
For an NA story, it could've done with a bit more heat. I felt all the love, but with two guys like this... yep, definitvely missing a big chunk of lust to go with their personalities. Draw it out a bit more, too.
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Hearts: 5/5 -- Tears: 5/5 -- Heat: 2.5/5 -- Thrills: 3/5 -- Laughs: 3/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
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