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Double Interest : Book Review

Double Interest
Author: Odeda Yaari
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: drugs, sci-fi, thriller
ISBN-13: 978-1544739588

I have received Double Interest in exchange for a fair review

The synopsis and setting were interesting

It tells of three dreamers, focusing on their own scientific research to make the world a better place. To say dreamers, they are highly qualified scientist who are researching in their own field, trying to make their world a better place. With most innovations/ inventions, there would be a good side and a bad side. The cover, as you guessed, is poppy. The flower is how opium was derived from, and how opioids were made synthetically after the structure. Yup, it is a story about drugs.

Unbeknownst to them, someone is interested in their research, and will stop at nothing to get it. This sounds like a conflict that will draw you in. Hence why I chose this book to review. A lot is promised, it has high stakes and high payouts.

The trouble is, it did not deliver.

Not like the story is bad or boring, but the author somehow failed to invoke something in me. It is quite possible that because I know nobody fell victim to drugs, so I could not have emotionally linked myself to the story. Then again, the author uses more telling than showing, and it felt like a report. By half way I was bored and confused.

Then I got annoyed

It’s 2017, and this story still uses men as scientists, women has some by roles. I am not judging, but to say that a whole team of researchers are male, is telling something. In today’s world, highly unrealistic. Then I have no idea why another plot is set, which confused me even more.

Whatever high hopes I had for the book, it soon dissipated with the appearance of the first female character. In truth, although the story showed promise, everything else fell apart. I chugged along anyway, hoping for maybe a spark of something.

Till the end, I did not find it.

Verdict

I have no doubts that some people will like the story, but it is just not for me. I couldn’t relate to it, and most of all, cannot understand why the plot and characters behave so.

Really.

Implying scientist with high IQ and low EQ is one thing, but to insult that intelligence is another problem this book has. If you are a fan of thrillers and chase, this *might* be for you, but don’t hold your breath.

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A Million Worlds With You

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

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The Blood Key

The Blood Key
Author: Vaun Murphrey
Publisher: Artemis Femme
ASIN: B01MRMC90K
Genre: Aliens, Sci- Fi

The Blood Key has an interesting cover

Which was why I got this from Netgalley, the cover hints of a lot of things that will happen to the story. The girl would be Bozena (Zena, or Z) Skala, who was committed in a loony hospital for the disappearance of her other brother Christophe. The story starts with an interaction between her and Doctor Miller, who has an agenda of his own. Written in first person narrative, Bozena is the heroine who is about to have her world turned upside down.

Soon, Bozena finds out about her own inhuman heritage in The Blood Key, and realizes that she might be right about the disappearance of her brother. Together with Dominic and Isabella, she finds out more about herself. Problem is, she finds trouble waiting. Bad things keep happening, and the trio is powerless to stop the avalanche.

The characters are interesting, each have their own issues. Dominic is best friends with her brother, while Isabella is a friend she found when she was committed. Life is more interesting when you have friends. However, there is something lacking, it is not easy to connect with someone who is self- absorbed. Zena’s dad takes the cake with his witty response and selfish retorts, but it does not mean that he does not care about his kids.

Story is unique, but the plot needs work. It is easy to follow this book with its linear plot, hence it can be a bit boring. There is not much branching out, nor there are surprises in store for the readers. In this aspect, the book is disappointing.

Verdict

The Blood Key is not a bad alien/ sci- fi genre book, it has its moments. The ending had a cliffhanger, which I do not find pleasing. Worse of all, judging by the plot, I think I know where this story is heading. It is kind of a hard decision, recommend or not?

On one hand, it is unique and new; on the other, highly predictable. I guess it is up to the readers.