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Review | The Chemist, Archangel's Heart & The Glass Universe

I can't believe it's nearly the end of April. I didn't believe it to the extent of not penning in a book review post in my calendar/plan. I'm trying to be more onto it with the blog + YouTube, so far it's going well. As you can see I finally finished The Glass Universe which was a long process for me so I'm happy to move on to another book. 

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer*
I won't lie I was a bit apprehensive before starting this book, I've read the Twilight series as well as The Host so I was curious how different/the same this would be. First of all I will say it is written better than the Twilight books, at least to me it is. The main character of 'Alex' now that I think about it is somewhat similar to Bella/Wanda in that she's an outsider and doesn't do well in normal social settings. There's also a love aspect to the story, however, there is no love triangle as well as aliens and vampires. 'Alex' is a secret secret agent and is on the run. She agrees to do one final job in hopes to be free but winds up being crossed again and teams up with a pair of twins, one of which complicates her life even further. I did enjoy the story and was grateful that the other twin didn't end up falling for her, which with Stephanie Meyer could have been a possibility. 

3.5 stars

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh*
This is only the second book I've read in the Guild Hunter series and my first exposure to the characters of Elena & Raphael. As always I would understand the story/the fictional world more if I started from the beginning but I was still able to follow the story. Elena is on the hunt to find out more about her mother's parents which coincides with a trip to the Luminata (an ancient angelic religious group) Compound to discuss how to deal with an archangels disappearance. I enjoyed the whole mystery surrounding Elena's family and her investigation.

3 stars

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel*
As mentioned it took me a while to get through this. It's basically a narrative style academic essay and is very dense in the technical astronomy terms. The story is also made mostly up of letters from the members of the Harvard College Observatory which obviously gave a good amount of first-hand evidence. The book chronicles the Observatory from around 1839 to 1949 and follows the female 'Human Computers' that either worked or volunteered there. I find it amazing how these women were able to do these scientific calculations without the tools we have today, especially from me who was hopeless in maths. The book also kind of highlights the changing perception of women in the scientific and academic world with I found also interesting. 

3 stars

What books have you been reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

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