Saturday, June 17, 2017

#BookReview - The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Title: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Espionage
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: November 8, 2016

About the Book:
In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. 

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. 

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. 

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she's one of the world's bestselling authors.

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

I just spent my ENTIRE weekend reading The Chemist and I have no complaints whatsoever!  I simply could not put this book down!  Okay, I have to admit that I've had this book for several months and kept putting off reading it because... well... even though The Chemist was a #1 Bestseller, I was never a fan of the Twilight series by this same author (I've probably made a few people upset by that statement, but I need to keep it real here).  Then again, I never actually read the Twilight series because the movie was thrown in my face for what seemed like forever!  Now that I've had a good sample of Stephenie Meyer's writing, however, I may go seek out more of her works.

The Chemist is a spy thriller.  A very, very good spy thriller.  The main character is an intelligent, strong, independent woman who formerly worked for the U.S. government as someone who was able to extract information from prisoners with remarkable success.  But then things go wrong and the people she previously worked for are now out to kill her.  This was like a female James Bond meeting Jason Bourne!  And it's not just the kick-ass heroine that I loved in this book because I loved all of the characters!

It's difficult writing a review on this book, because I don't want to give away any spoilers.  There is so much action and intrigue and twists and turns that I just don't want to give any of it away!  This book is so well written, I was able to get into the head of the main character and feel the fear, anxiety and intrepidation that she experienced over and over.  There was even a touch of romance and a few moments that actually made me smile.

Fantastic novel by a fantastic author!  I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who even remotely likes espionage and action!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Stephenie Meyer's life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head. "Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write--something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering." Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.

Twilight was one of 2005's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list.Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an "Best Book of the Decade&So Far", and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The movie version of Twilight will be released by Summit Entertainment nationwide on November 21, 2008, starring Kristen Stewart ("Into The Wild") and Robert Pattinson ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").

The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. Eclipse, the third book in Meyer's Twilight saga, was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on-sale. The book debuted at #1 bestseller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with a first printing of 3.2 million copies - the largest first printing in the publisher's history. Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies its first day on-sale rocketing the title to #1 on bestseller lists nationwide.

Meyer's highly-anticipated debut for novel adults, The Host, was released by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.


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