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 know, i know. This was on my january TBR but i only finished it yesterday. One fact you should know about me is that i take atleast a month or more to finish an ebook compared to a physical book which i can finish in less than week. However, this book is going to be released tomorrow (i’ll post the links of where you can buy it online later, don’t worry!) so i thought what better time to post this review than now, right? So here’s the long-awaited non-spoilery review of Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen.
P.S I got this book in an Advanced ebook format from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated below are my own honest opinions and this is in no way sponsored.
I rated it 3.5 / 5
To start things off, i just want to say that i really did enjoy this book especially the last half of it where there was a lot happening and a lot of questions and mysteries finally being answered and solved but the reason why i rated it a 3.5 instead of a 4 (which i actually initially did) or a 5 even is because i took quite a long time to read it so i wasn’t really so invested in the book, you feel me? Like i don’t feel much connection towards it but i really did enjoy it. I do think part of the reason why i didn’t enjoy this book as much is because a lot of things were also happening in real life so i was too busy to care much of the book and only read it when i was really bored or had nothing to do, and also the format it was in. I swear, the amount of time i take to finish an ebook could have been spent on atleast two or more physical books.
The plot was interesting enough. It wasn’t mindblowingly good or unique but it was interesting to watch how things played out.
I loved how the book not only dealt with a main homosexual couple, but also heavier topics like dealing with the loss of a loved one and (TAG WARNING) rape of a man & the repercussions of it and the stigma around men getting raped). The whole memory-swapping thing was very clever too, i liked how it both created complications and brought the characters closer. The plot twists were foreshadowed and abit confusing at times but it still shocked me in a good way because i really had no idea what was going on at that time, i just wanted to keep reading. It did kind of maybe tiny little bit broke my heart because… you know. Spoilers.
Nonetheless, this was me most of the times.
As for the characters, i thoroughly enjoyed it more than the plot. I really liked the characters. I can’t say i love raleigh but he’s a precious sinnamon roll that i want to just protect and give a hug and comfort especially after everything he’s been through, you know? he doesn’t deserve all this shit to happen to him. He’s pretty darn strong to have lived through all of it.. i would’ve gone mental, honestly, if i were in his position. His character development overall was pretty great and i liked the contrasts in his personality.
I loved crow, i did. I really did. He’s great, so precious, so smol, so adorable. I love crow. But i do have to admit, i was this gif @ him during the duration of the whole book.
He was adorably sweet but also sort of shady because we didn’t know much of his background and i did wish we could’ve known more about jeremy, but hey. He’s a great guy and he really did help raleigh in many ways. He did sort of break my heart somewhere at the end though. Sort of. (It felt like one small piece of my heart broke off but it’s ok. I’m fine. Really.)
I liked how Madison was as a big sister to Raleigh and how much she cared for him, the part where she would divorce her husband if he touched Raleigh touched me. Abi was a nice side character too as the bestfriend. She’s like, the one who puts the sense in Raleigh but also cares a lot for him and i don’t know. I just like how they all care about Raleigh and are very protective of him, even if it’s at the expense of crow. I didn’t like dale very much though like i know he’s just trying to protect his family and all, but i just don’t like him. And it’s very easy to say that i hate the twins, how could you not? I don’t know how much cruelty can be in a person ugh.
Then there’s the whole sexual tension between Raleigh and Crow the whole entire first half of the book where they just keep thinking of each other but neither really does anything. Like, i just love how initially they were all like
Yeah. The amount of gay love. I love it. I just love it a lot.
The ending was okay though i don’t know how to talk about it without spoiling it sooo, i’ll just end it with that.
I would recommend this for people who are looking to diversify their reading and are also interested in sci-fi, i think you’d enjoy this book too.
If you have read it too, just comment down below what you think or recommend me more books to read.
Until next time,
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