3 Things About The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

March 3, 2017 Review 26 ★★

3 Things About The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
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Publisher: Little, Brown
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 528
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Espionage, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
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, Stephenie 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.

When I saw Stephanie Meyer was writing another adult novel I was immediately interested. While I have mixed feelings about TWILIGHT, I actually really enjoyed THE HOST and this book seemed up a similar alley. However, my feelings for THE CHEMIST were closer to how I felt about TWILIGHT.

Suspension of Disbelief

While you could tell that Meyer put a lot of research into some of the more scientific aspects of what goes on in THE CHEMIST, some of the more obvious things just seemed really farfetched and out of the realm of normal possibility, which is hard to explain without spoilers. For example: easily drugging and kidnapping a grown man in broad daylight on a train. And View Spoiler »

Couldn’t Get Along With the Characters

The heroine, Juliana of Many Names, is immediately described to be somewhat of a badass who worked at a top secret agency SO SECRET IT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A NAME *le gasp!* But we never really got to see Juliana in action that much, and it was more tell rather than show. She has to remember not to giggle or smile when she is torturing someone. The love interest was worse; he’s basically the all around perfect Good Guy™ and View Spoiler »

A Thriller that Wasn’t Thrilling

For a suspense/espionage novel, THE CHEMIST doesn’t exactly keep you on the edge of your seat. It describes a lot of menial tasks and goes into detail about things that might not have been totally relevant to the story or developing the characters. Action was sort of intermingled with the rest of the book, but nothing at the level I was expecting. I would definitely recommend THE HOST over THE CHEMIST.

Rating Report
Overall: 2

26 Responses to “3 Things About The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer”

    • Alise

      I know exactly what you mean. My familiarity with her books is actually what drew me to this book but it was pretty meh. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Ali

    Bummer you didn’t love this one. I LOVED The Host, so I was excited about this one, too. That being said, espionage/thriller/suspense novels are my least favorite, so I wasn’t rushing to pick it up until I heard a million rave reviews… which, of course, hasn’t happened yet. I think I’ll keep it on the back burner for now!
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    • Alise

      I really liked The Host too! I wish this one could have been more like it. Let me know if you ever get around to reading it :)

  2. Sinead @ Less Reality More Books

    I love The Host too, it’s way better than Twilight in my opinion! However even if I hadn’t read this review, and had known that she was writing another novel, I don’t think I’d pick this up, only because Stephenie Meyer is a medicore author at best and she’s constantly trying to milk up the fame from her Twilight days. Great review though! :)
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    • Alise

      I completely agree! This book kind of came out of nowhere for me, I had no idea she was even writing anything else. Yeah, I feel you. Thank you :D

  3. Kelly @ Here's to Happy Endings

    Yikes! I haven’t read anything by this author (I’ve purposely stayed away from the Twilight series), but I was intrigued when I heard of this one. I love thrillers so I thought this one would be amazing – I did buy it for Kindle the other day when it was on sale for like $4, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it now. I hope your next read is more entertaining!
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    • Alise

      If it’s on sale I would say to give it a chance! It definitely isn’t really a thriller though, in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sarah J.

    Props to you for actually reading this one. I won’t lie and say I’m not tempted, but I still haven’t picked up The Host. I do need because I’ve owned it for quite some time. To be honest, I kind of want to reread Twilight just because I wonder if I still carry the love that I felt when I first read it. I don’t really love the series now and not long after reading, I quickly began to see the problems with it, but it’s nostalgic. I was surprised when this came out. It seems like Meyer hadn’t been writing anything, but rehashed Twilight gender swapped fanfic. It’s good to see her books plastered everywhere again. Sorry this one didn’t work for you! I think I’m going to pass on this Meyer book.
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    • Alise

      The Host was actually a pretty good read! Same, I would also like to revisit the Twilight series now that I am older. I agree! I had no idea she had anything new coming out. Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Womp womp. This is a bummer Alise^^ Personally, I think I might have outgrown Meyers now. Don’t get me wrong: I loved The Host and I’m not even going to lie that I was a Twilight fangirl but I’m not sure I still would be if I reread the series – I kind of want to thought just to see… Anyway, I was hesitant about this book for those reasons and now reading your review, I know I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! xx
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    • Alise

      Haha, it’s okay, no real loss. While I did like the Host I have to balance that with everything else so I didn’t have super high expectations for this xD Sure! :)

  6. Kelly

    I picked this up, got excited as I read the back, and put it down once it started talking about the love interest. The fact that it’s touched on on the back cover screamed Twlight at me, and while I really enjoyed Twilight when I first read it, I wasn’t looking to go back there haha

    • Alise

      Haha, can’t blame you! There were definitely similar elements and I just could not get into that romance.

    • Alise

      This one was just sort of odd. It promised a lot of things but didn’t really deliver on them. Thank you!

  7. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Oh noo. I’m so sorry that you didn’t like this one, Alise! I was keen on reading it because, like you, I really liked The Host, but now I am not sure I’ll pick it up. I definitely want my thrillers to be thrilling. And I am not always down for books where I have to suspend my disbelief a lot. I want to the book to be believable! *sigh*

    Hopefully she will eventually write those Host sequels we’ve been waiting for!
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    • Alise

      If you do decide to read it, let me know what you think! It’s definitely a different sort of read because you expect one thing but the book itself is like totally different.

  8. Kat

    Yeah… I actually didn’t know this book was even a thing until I saw it on a shelf at my local bookstore a few weeks ago. I was pretty certain I wasn’t going to pick it up… I’m definitely certain now. I really liked Twilight all those years ago (and I still even enjoy the first one–ish. I mean sparkles, really?) and liked the Host, but there’s too much history I guess with her now.
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    • Alise

      Right? I feel like it sort of came out of nowhere. Yeah, I’m also conflicted because it was Twilight that got me into YA in the first place.

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