ARC Review: Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen

Posted February 9, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

ARC Review: Scardust by Suzanne van RooyenScardust by Suzanne van Rooyen
Published by Entangled Embrace on February 8th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi, romance
Pages: 266
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars

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.

I’m pretty sure that I requested this book on Netgalley immediately when I got the first look at that cover. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book but its cover. I know its not right or nice or good. However, everyone does it. I’m sorry to say, I’m guilty too. Please don’t judge me too harshly, I’m sure you’ve done it too. Still, look at that cover. Beautiful!

Scardust started out really strong. This book sucked me right in. It really grabbed me. I hadn’t ever read a book where the main romance is between two men before and I really liked the different approach. That drew me in. I liked Raleigh ok. He is the most flushed out character and he drives the plot. It’s his goal to get to Mars that the entire books revolves around. However, my favorite character was Meteor Man, as he’s called in the synopsis. I wanted to know more about him, always.

Then, I got about 25% into the book and the book really slowed down. Where I was speeding through it, I suddenly got bogged down. Now, I’m not going to blame this entirely on Scardust because at the same time that this happened I starter reading Six of Crows. I’m doing another buddy read, so I couldn’t tear through Six of Crows. I’m taking my time. Still, after reading chunks of Six of Crows, I had trouble switching back to Scardust. Once I got about 50% in, it picked back up. Maybe there was just a lull.

The ending for me was the most disappointing part. I can’t explain why because it’s such a huge spoiler. It just didn’t work out the way I wanted it to at all. I completely understand why the author went the direction that they did. It makes sense with the story and it wasn’t a shock. That doesn’t mean it ended the way I wanted it to.

three-half-stars

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