- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing (February 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682810690
- ISBN-13: 978-1682810699
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,962,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everything changes when a meteor crashes out in the middle of the desert and a man appears out of nowhere, hurt. Raleigh has a connection with this man that he can't understand and every touch brings more questions. A man that has no memory, given the name Crow, the attraction and friendship between the boys grow. People are looking for Crow though and things become dangerous. Can the duo figure out what is going on and where Crow came from before someone gets hurt?
This book completely threw me for a loop. I don't want to give anything away, but thought I figured everything out, only to be way off. The mystery, a budding romance and futuristic feel of the story had me devouring this book. A favorite so far for me in 2016.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A quick rundown of what Scardust is about. The year is 2037 and the city is Dead Rock, Texas. Raleigh is desperately trying to get money for tuition so that he can go to school and eventually be part of the MarsLife colony. Escaping to Mars would fulfill the promise he made to his dead brother as well as get him away from the hellhole of his current life. Selling his bone jewelry and working for his brother-in-law isn’t cutting it so sells his body as well. There’s a lot of self-loathing and shame involved but in his mind, the end justifies the means. All this changes when Raleigh witnesses what he thinks is a meteor crashing in the desert. Instead of finding a meteor, he finds a naked man covered in blood, bruises, strange swirling scars and no memory of who he is. Raleigh and agrees to help him and calls him Crow. Every time they touch, they see each other’s memories and it becomes harder to resist their growing attraction. There are things Raleigh is hiding and won’t even admit to himself and unless he does, he may lose it all.
Let me start with I did struggle with this book in the beginning. I spent a bit of it head scratching trying to figure out where it was going. I got Crow was a mystery to the story and his side was going to take a while to unravel, Raleigh was a bit of a conundrum. I didn't immediately warm up to Raleigh because at times I felt I was missing something. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. The introduction of Crow and his interactions with Raleigh eventually had me changing my mind. Secrets started to come out and it finally hit me. This dark strange story actually had rhyme and reason to it and just like that, I was hooked. My problem was I just wasn’t patient enough but once I pushed through I found myself quickly getting sucked into the story. There’s a slow build up between Crow and Raleigh, as they experience each other’s memories. It was a completely new experience for me to get to learn characters this way. But as much as I got sucked into the story, I was completely unprepared for everything that happened in the last half of the book. Wow!
I think back and revisit all that has happened; pushing through my initial my doubts, growing into the characters, and I realize that Scardust was worth it. I doubt there will be a second book for Raleigh and Crow but if there was, I would be at the front of the line to get myself a copy. Will read anything else by Suzanne van Rooyen? Most definitely. Read Scardust and discover its mysteries for yourself.
I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
Stars - 4, Flames - 2.5
The setting takes place in the near future of 2037, where we meet our protagonist Raleigh Williams, working at a gas station. He's a 19-year-old who has immense determination to keep a promise to his descended elder brother, West, to go to Mars. This honorable task is easier said than done, since the tuition for the MarsLife Program takes more savings than he's earning working for his brother-in-law, or the additional funds of selling bone jewelry. It's through Raleigh's determination that allows him to earn his tuition for MarsLife any means necessary, even if they're earned unconventionally. Raleigh has a promise to keep to West, and he's not going to let anyone take away his honorable intentions of keeping that promise, even if someone falls from the sky.
Stardust is only 266 pages, yet I did not feel like I was reading a short novel due to the emotional range along with the emotional connect I felt through out each and every situation, character development, along with plot reveal in this short novel.
The way the character fell in love to me was just simply magical. I feel that this is the most diverse book I've read so far in the New Adult novel genre. It is a joy to have meet Raleigh and to experiences his highs and low. I will definitely be watching out for more Suzanne Van Rooyen novels in the future. It is also a joy to see how imperfect people can see themselves while love always see how prefect a person is for surviving such imprecations.
"Just so you know, I like you because of everything you've been through and everything you are, not despite of it."
The concept of Raleigh and Crow, were able to connect with one another by sharing memories through touching opened a new experiences for me as a reader. I would recommend this novel to all those who are a fan of Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, or those who believe that love can be deserved by even those who feel that they are damned to such a wonderful loving connection with another person after so many years of hurt. What is relationship if sharing with someone the psychological key points such as deepest regrets, darkest fears, or most traumatic event, that allow you to be yourself? It's the ability to reveal and exchange so much of our flawed soul to another person that makes falling in love, physically of fictionally so incredible enriching.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I give this book 5 flaming heart beats if I had the icon for it!
Thank you Entagled Publishing,LLC and Netgallery for allowing me the chances to read Raleigh's story. There are some novels in this world that will forever change you, author Suzanne Van Rooyen has just written one of this novels. I was given this novel in return for an HONEST review, and thus this is my HONEST review of what I have read.
I would highly recommend giving this little book a chances because once you read this novel you will never look at the planet Mars the same again.
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