The Chemist

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The Chemist ❴Download❵ ➸ The Chemist Author Stephenie Meyer – Polishdarling.co.uk In this gripping page turner, an ex agent on the run from her former employers must take one case to clear her name and save her life She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever k In this gripping page turner, an ex agent on the run from her former employers must take one case to clear her name and save her life She used to work for the US 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 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.


10 thoughts on “The Chemist

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Look, I gave it a fair chance, I swear I did I was genuinely curious about how Meyer would move from paranormal YA to an adult Spy Thriller Would I find myself amazed as I typed out a positive review about how far she has come Would I be rolling my eyes as I ranted about how terrible and offensive this was Honestly, though, this book isn t as exciting as either of those options For all Twilight s faults, most people would agree that it s a thrilling premise for a lot of teen girls a hot v Look, I gave it a fair chance, I swear I did I was genuinely curious about how Meyer would move from paranormal YA to an adult Spy Thriller Would I find myself amazed as I typed out a positive review about how far she has come Would I be rolling my eyes as I ranted about how terrible and offensive this was Honestly, though, this book isn t as exciting as either of those options For all Twilight s faults, most people would agree that it s a thrilling premise for a lot of teen girls a hot vampire who will love you forever, oh my But The Chemist is just not very good And it s also really boring.It s about a former agent and professional torturer who s on the run after the agency made an attempt on her life This former agent whom I will call Alex for simplicity s sake gets called in by her boss for one last case one which she hopes will enable her to return to her former life and stop running She s suspicious of their intentions, but follows their instructions by kidnapping and torturing Daniel Beach When she realizes that the tall, gorgeous Daniel is actually a good guy, she teams up with him and proceeds to spend most of the following 400 pages going googly eyed every time he is in the room, or else talking about dogs or guns.Every turn the book takes is obvious in advance Imagine this scenario you have a photograph of a guy doing something illegal The image looks just like the guy in front of you only he swears it isn t him How could it be possible that this guy didn t do it and yet someone who looks just like him did Come up with the least inventive answer to that question and you ve already figured out the first reveal of the book The characters are classic Meyer A nondescript Mary Sue protagonist is a virgin surrounded by a cast of male characters, with no female relationships never mind friendships in sight The love interest is textbook handsome and one dimensional to the point of disbelief Daniel is such a good, kind, sappy guy who is concerned for the safety of a person who just tortured him I honestly didn t buy it I don t care how much of a saint you are, if someone tortures you, you re not going to sit up and be like honey, are you alright Don t get me wrong, I love nice guys Nice, sweet guys are underrated in fiction But not mindlessly self sacrificing heroes who would cut off their own arm to save the enemy I have no interest in those unbelievable creatures Oh, and INSTAEVERYTHING But from the second I saw your face, I was willing to leap miles outside my comfort zone to make sure I saw it again. There is no romantic tension Meyer gives up everything instantly with the way she writes the first encounter between Alex and Daniel Despite being a cold, calculating torturer, Alex feels so different about Daniel And Daniel doesn t care that he s just experienced excruciating agony at the hands of this woman because HOT DAMN.But honestly the worst thing is the huge chunk of the book that is made up of Alex and Daniel hiding out at a ranch with a load of dogs I m not exaggerating when I say that so much of this book is made up of pointless chitchat about dogs, guns and cooking They kiss and watch movies together and sing Total Eclipse of the Heart in the kitchen Maybe this is really funny to some people, but I do this all the time so whatever Who wants to read a book that is almost entirely about a dull romance that has no drama, no questions, no will they won t they The main government spy plot is lost behind all this romantic filler, and its questions are not all that exciting It was hard to care about what was going on because the stakes never felt high enough I never got the sense that Alex s life was at risk Rather, I felt I was reading a comfortable romantic chick lit novel, in which every bit of drama is superficial, and everyone is guaranteed to survive and end up together.And it s a small thing, but someone should point it out why is our amazing, uncatchable, super spy reading espionage novels for tips Sometimes I wonder if Meyer is just kidding with us, but I suspect she isn t.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store


  2. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    You haters can hate all you want, I DO NOT CARE I will read this, and I will probably love it, b c Stephenie Meyer is an effing Rock Star as far as I m concerned You haters can hate all you want, I DO NOT CARE I will read this, and I will probably love it, b c Stephenie Meyer is an effing Rock Star as far as I m concerned


  3. TJ TJ says:

    Please don t let the lead character be as stupid as Bella Please don t let the lead character be as stupid as Bella


  4. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    Oh, my, God Becky, look at her bookIt is so big, she looks likeOne of those pretentious snobs But, how da ya know, if the book is good I click on a YouTube Video to see which books are worth my time.The Written Review Watch out world, Stephenie Meyer entered her Miley phase Figure 1 Left Twilight Stephie, We ll wait til we get married cause I luv you Love youNo, love youLa ti da, beautiful happy life Right Stephie 2.0, BOOM Sex Drugs Cursing Torture Now let s kill som Oh, my, God Becky, look at her bookIt is so big, she looks likeOne of those pretentious snobs But, how da ya know, if the book is good I click on a YouTube Video to see which books are worth my time.The Written Review Watch out world, Stephenie Meyer entered her Miley phase Figure 1 Left Twilight Stephie, We ll wait til we get married cause I luv you Love youNo, love youLa ti da, beautiful happy life Right Stephie 2.0, BOOM Sex Drugs Cursing Torture Now let s kill somebody.She s baaaaaaack and badder than ever Gone are the peace loving vampires and here are the half crazed mad scientist on the run plus an equally psycho ex agent.plus a soulful puppy dog of a manThis is weird, Ollie I well, I almost like you right now The feeling will passAn oddly well put summation of this book I kept going back and forth with this one did I like it Is it good I had a real problem with connecting to the main characters and Ithink that s what kept throwing me out of this book First we have Alex , or whatever her name was, she s this big, scary, on the run torture chemist And I just wasn t feeling it Maybe it s from the chemistry courses I ve taken but I just couldn t take her seriously when she would wax on about her chemical traps and her gas mask It just didn t feel genuine Plus, right off the bat she completely trusts the evil corporation she spent the last few years running from and manages to torture the wrong person Next there s Daniel , he s definitely the fluffy white bunny of the group I get that he s supposed to be an innocent in this, but there s innocent trusting and then there s annoyingly innocent trusting He quickly became the latter Sure, he doesn t have any fieldwork but I think we could expect him to have picked up a spy novel or caught a Bond movie on the television once in his life AND the way he completely forgave Alex for her big oopsie in the beginning of the book how could you not have an ounce of hard feelings towards her after that And then there s Kevin the not dead twin brother who s actually a secret agent on the run I liked him as a character he was the only one with some sense in his noggin He s rude, crass and a bit over the top but in a good way Plus his dogs held my interest when all else failed The whole trio had a very The Host feel from Stephanie s other stand alone novel Kevin Kyleis the big scary brother who doesn t trust the girl despite ample evidence Daniel Ianis theinnocent, trusting brother who can see into the girl s heart and knows she s truly good And Alex Wandagets beat up alot and makes the guys feel guilty by having lots of bruises on her face Did this book drag on Absolutely, the editor s red pen should have slashed about 100 pages.Was the plot engaging Sometimes, but it had too many lulls which resulted in the interesting bits quickly fading from memory.Did I like it Finnne, yes I ll admit it I liked it Was it my fave of her books No But I enjoyed reading it.Audiobook CommentsWell read but not particularly memorable The female voice did that thing when she has to drop it pretty low to mimic the guy voices That was a little funny to listen to The 2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge A book about twins.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  5. karen karen says:

    it s unlikely that i will ever read this, but i have to at least give her a round of applause for breaking out of her mold and trying new things instead of, you know, writing the same damn book from another s character s perspective spread those wings, girl it s unlikely that i will ever read this, but i have to at least give her a round of applause for breaking out of her mold and trying new things instead of, you know, writing the same damn book from another s character s perspective spread those wings, girl


  6. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI have a love hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer s work, and I think a lot of other people feel that way, too even if they won t admit it I ll start by saying that, yes, I do like TWILIGHT The book, that is Not the movie I read it almost ten years ago, and I was at the perfect point in my life where it actually made a lot of sense to me Because of that, I will always have fond feelings for Bella and Edward s admittedly self ab Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI have a love hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer s work, and I think a lot of other people feel that way, too even if they won t admit it I ll start by saying that, yes, I do like TWILIGHT The book, that is Not the movie I read it almost ten years ago, and I was at the perfect point in my life where it actually made a lot of sense to me Because of that, I will always have fond feelings for Bella and Edward s admittedly self absorbed world.Now, I love THE HOST It s morally complex and features these creepy aliens straight out of the Animorphs series In fact, I ve always said that the Souls are an awful lot like the Yeerks I ve read it several times, and I ll be the first to admit that while the story has its problems, the writing and world building make up for it I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we re still desperately waiting on those two sequels I mean she wrote four unnecessary follow ups to TWILIGHT, as well as a gender swapped retelling and part of Edward s POV Come on When I found out that Stephenie Meyer was writing something new, my first feeling was disappointment Like, Oh, so you re too busy to work on my precious HOST sequels, but not too busy to publish a 500 page tome, I see But my second feeling was excitement This is the first completely new thing that Meyer has put out in years Of course I couldn t wait to get my hands on it I counted down the days to its release date feeling giddy.The premise of THE CHEMIST is interesting, and completely different from Meyer s usual work She abandons her trademark first person narrative style for a removed third person retelling, featuring a retired female assassin who tortures and kills people with various poisons and chemicals hence her eponymous nom de guerre, The Chemist One day, she ends up getting roped back into her old career Her assignment To stop a potential terrorist from spreading a man made plague.This plot should be the bomb dot com Female assassins Political intrigue Deadly missions Yes, yes, and yes Unfortunately, it was not bomb dot com More like lame dot org.Despite a compelling opening, the plot of the chemist sinks hard and fast It s boring There s a marked lack of conflict When the heroine encounters the love interest, she pretty much falls for him instnatly, even though she s not supposed to surprise Despite the fact that they meet under less than ideal circumstances, they have no misunderstandings or lack of empathy This sounds like a good thing in fact, I m sure you re shaking your head at me, thinking, You re actually complaining about a relationship that doesn t have any misunderstandings or lack of empathy but it is not The heroine tortures the hero, and he doesn t even care Doesn t blame her, doesn t hold a grudge about it.Nada.Second, despite having a plot revolving around assassinations and bio terrorism, there s pretty much no drama The heroine and the hero make out A lot They talk about dogs and food A lot At one point, the heroine gets a makeover and becomes best fray frays with Alice s psychotic, non vampiric twin Then there s these long periods where pretty much NOTHING happens All those scenes that the reader takes for granted and shouldn t have to be written into the story Meyer writes about them.A lot.There are some unintentionally hilarious lines in this book, though Like this oneUm, is this some kind of fetish fantasy thing I don t really know the rules for that stuff14% Is Meyer kind of throwing shade at FSoG here I wonder She snagged the warm, bloody finger off the floor and backed to the bathroom, keeping her eyes on him as he writhed in his bonds even the best zip ties weren t foolproof She made sure he was watching as she dropped the finger into the toilet and flushed 46% I literally have no wordsI don t need any satanic help to do what I do.And virgins aren t useful for anything64% No Words.Don t ask me how it ended I started skimming at the 75% mark Honestly, I would have DNF d probably, except for the fact that so many people were asking about this book, wanting to know how it was and whether I liked it I m genuinely sorry to say that, no, I didn t I was hugely disappointed by THE CHEMIST because everything about it, from the romance to the plot, was utterly devoid of substance There would be flashes of good writing or clever dialogue, and I would sit up a little, hopeful, only to be disappointed again and again If THE CHEMIST has any redeeming features, it s that it made me want to reread TWILIGHT and THE HOST, to see Meyer at her best.Hopefully her next work will be better If you re new to her work, don t start with this one, please.1 star


  7. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Buddy Read With My Wonderful Friend Dom I LOVE the Twilight saga and I don t give a damn what the haters think But I m not sure if I will like this book because it s not my normal genre but I have been surprised in the past so we shall see I thought this book was awesome I was worried at first because I m weird about mysteries thrillers, sometimes I love them and sometimes not so much But I was pleasantly surprised that SM wrote such a great thriller I just wished they could have taken Buddy Read With My Wonderful Friend Dom I LOVE the Twilight saga and I don t give a damn what the haters think But I m not sure if I will like this book because it s not my normal genre but I have been surprised in the past so we shall see I thought this book was awesome I was worried at first because I m weird about mysteries thrillers, sometimes I love them and sometimes not so much But I was pleasantly surprised that SM wrote such a great thriller I just wished they could have taken all of the dogs and that s all I m going to say on that because you need to read the book Dr Juliana Fortis has been on the run for some time They want to kill her for reasons She changes names constantly and keeps on the run She booby traps any place she stays in and they are some awesome booby traps She sleeps in a gas mask and other things Sounds like a pretty crap life Then she is pulled back in to the fold in a sense with some information email to her by an old friend from the work place She decides to go after the person they want her to find because it s a matter of life and death for millions of people BUTIt was a lie and she tortured a sweet man for no reason This bothers her to no end and said boys brother almost takes her out with the help of his dog Einstein He found that wasn t so easy to do The sweet brother is Daniel and the special ops brother is Kevin He s off the grid for reasons And he ends up taking Daniel and Alex Juliana to his hidden compound where he has a partner, Arnie, that run a guard dog house pet business I love all of the dogs and all of the characters But poor Daniel is an idiot I mean you have all of these people trying to kill you in the world and he goes off and does something stupid So now not only are people looking for Alex Juliana and Kevin but they will take out Daniel too and anyone or thing that gets in their way Yes, a lot of people die and some things happen to the dogs BUT, they didn t expect to run into Alex The Chemist, a weapon of torture and how she can take you out I mean there WAS these assassins but Back to Daniel, I wanted to smack him sideways for being so stupid I mean yes, he s never been in situations like Alex or his brother Kevin But I have never been in those situations and even my tiny brain knows not to do stupid stuff like he did GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.I digress I still love Daniel because he s a really sweet person and he s a pretty decent learner and excellent with a gun They are all on the move to find and take out the target that is trying to kill them all All kinds of stuff goes down and in the end some of them end up where they want to be Like that wasn t cryptic LOL, just read the book and you can know the whole story I very much enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down actually I waited so long because I felt like I was going to be bored because these kinds of books a lot of times bore me to tears And for some weird reason I thought we were going to be sitting in a lab, doing boring lab stuff and blah It wasn t like that and it s all good so there.MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  8. Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇ Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇ says:

    Feeling post 100 pages I tried, I really did.But how am I supposed to take our torturer seriously when the victim can t evenI suppose we ll get started The disbelief was there again She d never dealt with that in an interrogation before All the others who d been on her table had known what they were there for She d faced terror and pleading, and, occasionally, stoic defiance, but never this strange, trusting almost challenge You won t hurt me Um, is this some kind of fetish fantasy th Feeling post 100 pages I tried, I really did.But how am I supposed to take our torturer seriously when the victim can t evenI suppose we ll get started The disbelief was there again She d never dealt with that in an interrogation before All the others who d been on her table had known what they were there for She d faced terror and pleading, and, occasionally, stoic defiance, but never this strange, trusting almost challenge You won t hurt me Um, is this some kind of fetish fantasy thing he asked in a low voice, somehow finding a way to sound embarrassed despite the bizarreness of his circumstancesAwkward sentences, Mary Sue who s a PG black widow, insta loveDon t hate me Twi hards.Before reading If the book is written as terribly as that summary we shall have a problem


  9. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    YES I read it and I enjoyed it 3.5 stars, rounding up Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Stephenie Meyer changes it up fairly dramatically in The Chemist 2016 , her second adult novel, where there is nary a vampire, werewolf or space alien to be found It s a rather pulpy but absorbing thriller in the vein of a Jason Bourne novel to whom she s dedicated this novel, among others There s no real speculative element here, other than perhaps some new developments in chemical bas YES I read it and I enjoyed it 3.5 stars, rounding up Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Stephenie Meyer changes it up fairly dramatically in The Chemist 2016 , her second adult novel, where there is nary a vampire, werewolf or space alien to be found It s a rather pulpy but absorbing thriller in the vein of a Jason Bourne novel to whom she s dedicated this novel, among others There s no real speculative element here, other than perhaps some new developments in chemical based torture and some startlingly smart dogs.The narrator, a bright, rather repressed molecular biologist, was originally hired by a nameless government agency to do cutting edge medical research, but ended up being pressured to use her medical skills to create biological compounds that cause severe pain without permanent physical damage, and then to use them for torture assisted interrogations sanctioned by this agency She justified doing this because it was for the purpose of fighting terrorism and major crime But something she learned made her a liability for the agency a poisonous gas attack killed her co worker and just missed her.When our story begins, our protagonist, whom we ll call Alex since that s the name she adopts for most of the story, has been on the run and in hiding for three years, routinely changing her name and her address Alex arms herself to the teeth each day, with guns, syringes filled with various useful and often deadly solutions, and readily breakable glass earrings containing a caustic gas And she sets up an appallingly elaborate booby trap in her apartments before she goes to sleep each night, with a dummy in the bed complete with a fake bewigged head and with wires attached to it that will set off her homemade poison gas if the dummy is disturbed, while she sleeps in the bathtub wearing a gas mask every night Her preparations have paid off in this way she has killed three assassins that the agency has sent after her.So Alex is understandably alarmed when one of her old bosses contacts her via email, offering a chance to do a final job for them, capturing a nice looking young man, Daniel Beach, who, according to the government s files, has a secret side job as a biological terrorist, and extracting needed information from him using her skills with chemical compounds If she does this, her contact promises, there will be nothreats to her life from the agency Knowing it could be a trick, but wishing for some peace in her life, and moved by the threat of a biological attack that could kill hundreds of thousands, Alex takes on the job despite her suspicions.She was right to be suspicious.The job goes south in a dramatic way which is what Alex s handlers were counting on but despite some major bruises and a couple of really beautiful black eyes it turns out to be a game changer for Alex s life Now she has some people on her side, and they all have a bone to pick with certain government agencies The hunted turn into the hunters And Alex now has a love interest that she s not at all certain is a good idea to pursue, but who intends to stick by her side despite a literally torturous beginning to their relationship The Chemist is a fast paced, light suspense novel that quickly sucked me into Alex s world Meyer clearly did quite a bit of homework with respect to the molecular biology and other scientific and medical elements of the plot These details are realistic and intriguing, without bogging down the plot The preternaturally intelligent trained dogs occasionally perform eyebrow raising feats, but they added a definite spark to the story.Meyer s characters are generally types that the reader will recognize the geeky female scientist, the handsome and sincere love interest, the hostile and highly capable Navy Seal who is almost always prepared for whatever may go wrong but their personalities are fairly well developed, if not necessarily surprising Alex is a muchproactive, take charge person than Bella, Meyer s much maligned heroine in Twilight The gradual thaw in Alex s personality and her ever devoted love interest will warm the hearts of Meyer s fans, though this earnest love story mixes somewhat uneasily with the torture plotline and the high body count All of the main characters off several people during the course of the story, thoughtender hearted readers can comfort themselves with the thought that by and large the dead probably deserved their fate.Despite its length, The Chemist moves along quickly I finished it pretty much in one evening and never got bored This would be a good beach or perhaps Christmas vacation read.Content advisory This is an adult book with violence and a high body count, not for the squeamish There s also a non explicit sex scene and some light innuendo I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you


  10. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    Okay so to be honest it vexes me to see Stephenie Meyer being vilified by so many reviewers here on Goodreads To be clear it s not that I don t believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion or the right to express it, because I wholeheartedly embrace those rights No it isthan that I mean there are not so pleasant reviews posted by people who admittedly have not even read the book in question and then there are those that completely deconstruct the book pick one, particularl Okay so to be honest it vexes me to see Stephenie Meyer being vilified by so many reviewers here on Goodreads To be clear it s not that I don t believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion or the right to express it, because I wholeheartedly embrace those rights No it isthan that I mean there are not so pleasant reviews posted by people who admittedly have not even read the book in question and then there are those that completely deconstruct the book pick one, particularly from the Twilight Saga but if you check out their read count you might notice that this is their second, third or fourth time through said book I just don t get it If I do not like a book, chances are I may not finish it or It will get a lower star rating from me, but under no circumstance do I ever read it again To think that there are some people doing that just so they caneffectively eviscerate it, well that just seems mean spirited to me and not at all in keeping with the positive, supportive and accepting environment that has been my own personal experience here on this site Let s face it, I know that Meyers is no literary genius, but she did manage to get a nation or two of young adults and others, myself included, scurrying to the bookstore eager to read the next installment in her vampire saga Sparkly or not And I can admit that I have felt oddly complicit in my silence That said I only wish I had chosen a different book upon which to air these views, because The Chemist is not at all reflective of how well Meyer s can tell a story Sigh.The blurb for The Chemist gives a good summary of the nature of the story so I will not rehash that here, suffice to say it is about a former agent, of some secret government group, who is in fact a torturer, not of the plier, hammer and waterboard variety but one who employs chemical compounds designed to stimulate intense pain thereby encouraging her subjects to reveal whatever hidden truth is desired Only now the chemist has gone rogue, running for her life from her one time employer who clearly wants her neutralized.Great ideas, pulled wet from a well, never nurtured or given the time to develop and realize their full potential The narrative does not flow very well It feels clunky and cobbled together At the same time it felt like the author was just trying too hard, most especially in introducing and fleshing out the protagonist Alex It was like she was trying to convince herself about the plausibility of this character and quite frankly theshe said the worse it got And then there were the times that I felt like a contestant on some game show, with my hand in the air willing the host to pick me, pick me I know the answer or perhaps the question.Moving right along we have insta love up next Never mind that Alex voices her resistance, no doubt the lady doth protest too much Seriously, given that the chemist is on the run for her life, from a well resourced government agency and that she is clearly handicapped by the company she keeps, it is not unreasonable to expect a hair raising chase or nail biting conflict, thoroughly soaked in adrenaline laced action and heart pumping tension Sadly it is not to be found here Sure the hunt is on, the stakes are high and oh my is that not a lovely moon we have tonight In other words yawn There is a lot of romantic filler but sadly little romantic tension.On the bright side I loved Einstein and Khan and all the other four legged team members putting themselves courageously in the line of fire to defend our chemist and company They rock For those of you who may have never read a Stephenie Meyer book, please, I implore you, do not start here If teenage angst and sparkly vampires are not your cuppa then might I recommend The Host It is a highly enjoyable read 2.5 praying for a comeback stars


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10 thoughts on “The Chemist

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Look, I gave it a fair chance, I swear I did I was genuinely curious about how Meyer would move from paranormal YA to an adult Spy Thriller Would I find myself amazed as I typed out a positive review about how far she has come Would I be rolling my eyes as I ranted about how terrible and offensive this was Honestly, though, this book isn t as exciting as either of those options For all Twilight s faults, most people would agree that it s a thrilling premise for a lot of teen girls a hot v Look, I gave it a fair chance, I swear I did I was genuinely curious about how Meyer would move from paranormal YA to an adult Spy Thriller Would I find myself amazed as I typed out a positive review about how far she has come Would I be rolling my eyes as I ranted about how terrible and offensive this was Honestly, though, this book isn t as exciting as either of those options For all Twilight s faults, most people would agree that it s a thrilling premise for a lot of teen girls a hot vampire who will love you forever, oh my But The Chemist is just not very good And it s also really boring.It s about a former agent and professional torturer who s on the run after the agency made an attempt on her life This former agent whom I will call Alex for simplicity s sake gets called in by her boss for one last case one which she hopes will enable her to return to her former life and stop running She s suspicious of their intentions, but follows their instructions by kidnapping and torturing Daniel Beach When she realizes that the tall, gorgeous Daniel is actually a good guy, she teams up with him and proceeds to spend most of the following 400 pages going googly eyed every time he is in the room, or else talking about dogs or guns.Every turn the book takes is obvious in advance Imagine this scenario you have a photograph of a guy doing something illegal The image looks just like the guy in front of you only he swears it isn t him How could it be possible that this guy didn t do it and yet someone who looks just like him did Come up with the least inventive answer to that question and you ve already figured out the first reveal of the book The characters are classic Meyer A nondescript Mary Sue protagonist is a virgin surrounded by a cast of male characters, with no female relationships never mind friendships in sight The love interest is textbook handsome and one dimensional to the point of disbelief Daniel is such a good, kind, sappy guy who is concerned for the safety of a person who just tortured him I honestly didn t buy it I don t care how much of a saint you are, if someone tortures you, you re not going to sit up and be like honey, are you alright Don t get me wrong, I love nice guys Nice, sweet guys are underrated in fiction But not mindlessly self sacrificing heroes who would cut off their own arm to save the enemy I have no interest in those unbelievable creatures Oh, and INSTAEVERYTHING But from the second I saw your face, I was willing to leap miles outside my comfort zone to make sure I saw it again. There is no romantic tension Meyer gives up everything instantly with the way she writes the first encounter between Alex and Daniel Despite being a cold, calculating torturer, Alex feels so different about Daniel And Daniel doesn t care that he s just experienced excruciating agony at the hands of this woman because HOT DAMN.But honestly the worst thing is the huge chunk of the book that is made up of Alex and Daniel hiding out at a ranch with a load of dogs I m not exaggerating when I say that so much of this book is made up of pointless chitchat about dogs, guns and cooking They kiss and watch movies together and sing Total Eclipse of the Heart in the kitchen Maybe this is really funny to some people, but I do this all the time so whatever Who wants to read a book that is almost entirely about a dull romance that has no drama, no questions, no will they won t they The main government spy plot is lost behind all this romantic filler, and its questions are not all that exciting It was hard to care about what was going on because the stakes never felt high enough I never got the sense that Alex s life was at risk Rather, I felt I was reading a comfortable romantic chick lit novel, in which every bit of drama is superficial, and everyone is guaranteed to survive and end up together.And it s a small thing, but someone should point it out why is our amazing, uncatchable, super spy reading espionage novels for tips Sometimes I wonder if Meyer is just kidding with us, but I suspect she isn t.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store


  2. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    You haters can hate all you want, I DO NOT CARE I will read this, and I will probably love it, b c Stephenie Meyer is an effing Rock Star as far as I m concerned You haters can hate all you want, I DO NOT CARE I will read this, and I will probably love it, b c Stephenie Meyer is an effing Rock Star as far as I m concerned


  3. TJ TJ says:

    Please don t let the lead character be as stupid as Bella Please don t let the lead character be as stupid as Bella


  4. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    Oh, my, God Becky, look at her bookIt is so big, she looks likeOne of those pretentious snobs But, how da ya know, if the book is good I click on a YouTube Video to see which books are worth my time.The Written Review Watch out world, Stephenie Meyer entered her Miley phase Figure 1 Left Twilight Stephie, We ll wait til we get married cause I luv you Love youNo, love youLa ti da, beautiful happy life Right Stephie 2.0, BOOM Sex Drugs Cursing Torture Now let s kill som Oh, my, God Becky, look at her bookIt is so big, she looks likeOne of those pretentious snobs But, how da ya know, if the book is good I click on a YouTube Video to see which books are worth my time.The Written Review Watch out world, Stephenie Meyer entered her Miley phase Figure 1 Left Twilight Stephie, We ll wait til we get married cause I luv you Love youNo, love youLa ti da, beautiful happy life Right Stephie 2.0, BOOM Sex Drugs Cursing Torture Now let s kill somebody.She s baaaaaaack and badder than ever Gone are the peace loving vampires and here are the half crazed mad scientist on the run plus an equally psycho ex agent.plus a soulful puppy dog of a manThis is weird, Ollie I well, I almost like you right now The feeling will passAn oddly well put summation of this book I kept going back and forth with this one did I like it Is it good I had a real problem with connecting to the main characters and Ithink that s what kept throwing me out of this book First we have Alex , or whatever her name was, she s this big, scary, on the run torture chemist And I just wasn t feeling it Maybe it s from the chemistry courses I ve taken but I just couldn t take her seriously when she would wax on about her chemical traps and her gas mask It just didn t feel genuine Plus, right off the bat she completely trusts the evil corporation she spent the last few years running from and manages to torture the wrong person Next there s Daniel , he s definitely the fluffy white bunny of the group I get that he s supposed to be an innocent in this, but there s innocent trusting and then there s annoyingly innocent trusting He quickly became the latter Sure, he doesn t have any fieldwork but I think we could expect him to have picked up a spy novel or caught a Bond movie on the television once in his life AND the way he completely forgave Alex for her big oopsie in the beginning of the book how could you not have an ounce of hard feelings towards her after that And then there s Kevin the not dead twin brother who s actually a secret agent on the run I liked him as a character he was the only one with some sense in his noggin He s rude, crass and a bit over the top but in a good way Plus his dogs held my interest when all else failed The whole trio had a very The Host feel from Stephanie s other stand alone novel Kevin Kyleis the big scary brother who doesn t trust the girl despite ample evidence Daniel Ianis theinnocent, trusting brother who can see into the girl s heart and knows she s truly good And Alex Wandagets beat up alot and makes the guys feel guilty by having lots of bruises on her face Did this book drag on Absolutely, the editor s red pen should have slashed about 100 pages.Was the plot engaging Sometimes, but it had too many lulls which resulted in the interesting bits quickly fading from memory.Did I like it Finnne, yes I ll admit it I liked it Was it my fave of her books No But I enjoyed reading it.Audiobook CommentsWell read but not particularly memorable The female voice did that thing when she has to drop it pretty low to mimic the guy voices That was a little funny to listen to The 2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge A book about twins.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  5. karen karen says:

    it s unlikely that i will ever read this, but i have to at least give her a round of applause for breaking out of her mold and trying new things instead of, you know, writing the same damn book from another s character s perspective spread those wings, girl it s unlikely that i will ever read this, but i have to at least give her a round of applause for breaking out of her mold and trying new things instead of, you know, writing the same damn book from another s character s perspective spread those wings, girl


  6. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI have a love hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer s work, and I think a lot of other people feel that way, too even if they won t admit it I ll start by saying that, yes, I do like TWILIGHT The book, that is Not the movie I read it almost ten years ago, and I was at the perfect point in my life where it actually made a lot of sense to me Because of that, I will always have fond feelings for Bella and Edward s admittedly self ab Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI have a love hate relationship with Stephenie Meyer s work, and I think a lot of other people feel that way, too even if they won t admit it I ll start by saying that, yes, I do like TWILIGHT The book, that is Not the movie I read it almost ten years ago, and I was at the perfect point in my life where it actually made a lot of sense to me Because of that, I will always have fond feelings for Bella and Edward s admittedly self absorbed world.Now, I love THE HOST It s morally complex and features these creepy aliens straight out of the Animorphs series In fact, I ve always said that the Souls are an awful lot like the Yeerks I ve read it several times, and I ll be the first to admit that while the story has its problems, the writing and world building make up for it I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we re still desperately waiting on those two sequels I mean she wrote four unnecessary follow ups to TWILIGHT, as well as a gender swapped retelling and part of Edward s POV Come on When I found out that Stephenie Meyer was writing something new, my first feeling was disappointment Like, Oh, so you re too busy to work on my precious HOST sequels, but not too busy to publish a 500 page tome, I see But my second feeling was excitement This is the first completely new thing that Meyer has put out in years Of course I couldn t wait to get my hands on it I counted down the days to its release date feeling giddy.The premise of THE CHEMIST is interesting, and completely different from Meyer s usual work She abandons her trademark first person narrative style for a removed third person retelling, featuring a retired female assassin who tortures and kills people with various poisons and chemicals hence her eponymous nom de guerre, The Chemist One day, she ends up getting roped back into her old career Her assignment To stop a potential terrorist from spreading a man made plague.This plot should be the bomb dot com Female assassins Political intrigue Deadly missions Yes, yes, and yes Unfortunately, it was not bomb dot com More like lame dot org.Despite a compelling opening, the plot of the chemist sinks hard and fast It s boring There s a marked lack of conflict When the heroine encounters the love interest, she pretty much falls for him instnatly, even though she s not supposed to surprise Despite the fact that they meet under less than ideal circumstances, they have no misunderstandings or lack of empathy This sounds like a good thing in fact, I m sure you re shaking your head at me, thinking, You re actually complaining about a relationship that doesn t have any misunderstandings or lack of empathy but it is not The heroine tortures the hero, and he doesn t even care Doesn t blame her, doesn t hold a grudge about it.Nada.Second, despite having a plot revolving around assassinations and bio terrorism, there s pretty much no drama The heroine and the hero make out A lot They talk about dogs and food A lot At one point, the heroine gets a makeover and becomes best fray frays with Alice s psychotic, non vampiric twin Then there s these long periods where pretty much NOTHING happens All those scenes that the reader takes for granted and shouldn t have to be written into the story Meyer writes about them.A lot.There are some unintentionally hilarious lines in this book, though Like this oneUm, is this some kind of fetish fantasy thing I don t really know the rules for that stuff14% Is Meyer kind of throwing shade at FSoG here I wonder She snagged the warm, bloody finger off the floor and backed to the bathroom, keeping her eyes on him as he writhed in his bonds even the best zip ties weren t foolproof She made sure he was watching as she dropped the finger into the toilet and flushed 46% I literally have no wordsI don t need any satanic help to do what I do.And virgins aren t useful for anything64% No Words.Don t ask me how it ended I started skimming at the 75% mark Honestly, I would have DNF d probably, except for the fact that so many people were asking about this book, wanting to know how it was and whether I liked it I m genuinely sorry to say that, no, I didn t I was hugely disappointed by THE CHEMIST because everything about it, from the romance to the plot, was utterly devoid of substance There would be flashes of good writing or clever dialogue, and I would sit up a little, hopeful, only to be disappointed again and again If THE CHEMIST has any redeeming features, it s that it made me want to reread TWILIGHT and THE HOST, to see Meyer at her best.Hopefully her next work will be better If you re new to her work, don t start with this one, please.1 star


  7. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Buddy Read With My Wonderful Friend Dom I LOVE the Twilight saga and I don t give a damn what the haters think But I m not sure if I will like this book because it s not my normal genre but I have been surprised in the past so we shall see I thought this book was awesome I was worried at first because I m weird about mysteries thrillers, sometimes I love them and sometimes not so much But I was pleasantly surprised that SM wrote such a great thriller I just wished they could have taken Buddy Read With My Wonderful Friend Dom I LOVE the Twilight saga and I don t give a damn what the haters think But I m not sure if I will like this book because it s not my normal genre but I have been surprised in the past so we shall see I thought this book was awesome I was worried at first because I m weird about mysteries thrillers, sometimes I love them and sometimes not so much But I was pleasantly surprised that SM wrote such a great thriller I just wished they could have taken all of the dogs and that s all I m going to say on that because you need to read the book Dr Juliana Fortis has been on the run for some time They want to kill her for reasons She changes names constantly and keeps on the run She booby traps any place she stays in and they are some awesome booby traps She sleeps in a gas mask and other things Sounds like a pretty crap life Then she is pulled back in to the fold in a sense with some information email to her by an old friend from the work place She decides to go after the person they want her to find because it s a matter of life and death for millions of people BUTIt was a lie and she tortured a sweet man for no reason This bothers her to no end and said boys brother almost takes her out with the help of his dog Einstein He found that wasn t so easy to do The sweet brother is Daniel and the special ops brother is Kevin He s off the grid for reasons And he ends up taking Daniel and Alex Juliana to his hidden compound where he has a partner, Arnie, that run a guard dog house pet business I love all of the dogs and all of the characters But poor Daniel is an idiot I mean you have all of these people trying to kill you in the world and he goes off and does something stupid So now not only are people looking for Alex Juliana and Kevin but they will take out Daniel too and anyone or thing that gets in their way Yes, a lot of people die and some things happen to the dogs BUT, they didn t expect to run into Alex The Chemist, a weapon of torture and how she can take you out I mean there WAS these assassins but Back to Daniel, I wanted to smack him sideways for being so stupid I mean yes, he s never been in situations like Alex or his brother Kevin But I have never been in those situations and even my tiny brain knows not to do stupid stuff like he did GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.I digress I still love Daniel because he s a really sweet person and he s a pretty decent learner and excellent with a gun They are all on the move to find and take out the target that is trying to kill them all All kinds of stuff goes down and in the end some of them end up where they want to be Like that wasn t cryptic LOL, just read the book and you can know the whole story I very much enjoyed this book I couldn t put it down actually I waited so long because I felt like I was going to be bored because these kinds of books a lot of times bore me to tears And for some weird reason I thought we were going to be sitting in a lab, doing boring lab stuff and blah It wasn t like that and it s all good so there.MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  8. Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇ Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇ says:

    Feeling post 100 pages I tried, I really did.But how am I supposed to take our torturer seriously when the victim can t evenI suppose we ll get started The disbelief was there again She d never dealt with that in an interrogation before All the others who d been on her table had known what they were there for She d faced terror and pleading, and, occasionally, stoic defiance, but never this strange, trusting almost challenge You won t hurt me Um, is this some kind of fetish fantasy th Feeling post 100 pages I tried, I really did.But how am I supposed to take our torturer seriously when the victim can t evenI suppose we ll get started The disbelief was there again She d never dealt with that in an interrogation before All the others who d been on her table had known what they were there for She d faced terror and pleading, and, occasionally, stoic defiance, but never this strange, trusting almost challenge You won t hurt me Um, is this some kind of fetish fantasy thing he asked in a low voice, somehow finding a way to sound embarrassed despite the bizarreness of his circumstancesAwkward sentences, Mary Sue who s a PG black widow, insta loveDon t hate me Twi hards.Before reading If the book is written as terribly as that summary we shall have a problem


  9. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    YES I read it and I enjoyed it 3.5 stars, rounding up Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Stephenie Meyer changes it up fairly dramatically in The Chemist 2016 , her second adult novel, where there is nary a vampire, werewolf or space alien to be found It s a rather pulpy but absorbing thriller in the vein of a Jason Bourne novel to whom she s dedicated this novel, among others There s no real speculative element here, other than perhaps some new developments in chemical bas YES I read it and I enjoyed it 3.5 stars, rounding up Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Stephenie Meyer changes it up fairly dramatically in The Chemist 2016 , her second adult novel, where there is nary a vampire, werewolf or space alien to be found It s a rather pulpy but absorbing thriller in the vein of a Jason Bourne novel to whom she s dedicated this novel, among others There s no real speculative element here, other than perhaps some new developments in chemical based torture and some startlingly smart dogs.The narrator, a bright, rather repressed molecular biologist, was originally hired by a nameless government agency to do cutting edge medical research, but ended up being pressured to use her medical skills to create biological compounds that cause severe pain without permanent physical damage, and then to use them for torture assisted interrogations sanctioned by this agency She justified doing this because it was for the purpose of fighting terrorism and major crime But something she learned made her a liability for the agency a poisonous gas attack killed her co worker and just missed her.When our story begins, our protagonist, whom we ll call Alex since that s the name she adopts for most of the story, has been on the run and in hiding for three years, routinely changing her name and her address Alex arms herself to the teeth each day, with guns, syringes filled with various useful and often deadly solutions, and readily breakable glass earrings containing a caustic gas And she sets up an appallingly elaborate booby trap in her apartments before she goes to sleep each night, with a dummy in the bed complete with a fake bewigged head and with wires attached to it that will set off her homemade poison gas if the dummy is disturbed, while she sleeps in the bathtub wearing a gas mask every night Her preparations have paid off in this way she has killed three assassins that the agency has sent after her.So Alex is understandably alarmed when one of her old bosses contacts her via email, offering a chance to do a final job for them, capturing a nice looking young man, Daniel Beach, who, according to the government s files, has a secret side job as a biological terrorist, and extracting needed information from him using her skills with chemical compounds If she does this, her contact promises, there will be nothreats to her life from the agency Knowing it could be a trick, but wishing for some peace in her life, and moved by the threat of a biological attack that could kill hundreds of thousands, Alex takes on the job despite her suspicions.She was right to be suspicious.The job goes south in a dramatic way which is what Alex s handlers were counting on but despite some major bruises and a couple of really beautiful black eyes it turns out to be a game changer for Alex s life Now she has some people on her side, and they all have a bone to pick with certain government agencies The hunted turn into the hunters And Alex now has a love interest that she s not at all certain is a good idea to pursue, but who intends to stick by her side despite a literally torturous beginning to their relationship The Chemist is a fast paced, light suspense novel that quickly sucked me into Alex s world Meyer clearly did quite a bit of homework with respect to the molecular biology and other scientific and medical elements of the plot These details are realistic and intriguing, without bogging down the plot The preternaturally intelligent trained dogs occasionally perform eyebrow raising feats, but they added a definite spark to the story.Meyer s characters are generally types that the reader will recognize the geeky female scientist, the handsome and sincere love interest, the hostile and highly capable Navy Seal who is almost always prepared for whatever may go wrong but their personalities are fairly well developed, if not necessarily surprising Alex is a muchproactive, take charge person than Bella, Meyer s much maligned heroine in Twilight The gradual thaw in Alex s personality and her ever devoted love interest will warm the hearts of Meyer s fans, though this earnest love story mixes somewhat uneasily with the torture plotline and the high body count All of the main characters off several people during the course of the story, thoughtender hearted readers can comfort themselves with the thought that by and large the dead probably deserved their fate.Despite its length, The Chemist moves along quickly I finished it pretty much in one evening and never got bored This would be a good beach or perhaps Christmas vacation read.Content advisory This is an adult book with violence and a high body count, not for the squeamish There s also a non explicit sex scene and some light innuendo I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you


  10. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    Okay so to be honest it vexes me to see Stephenie Meyer being vilified by so many reviewers here on Goodreads To be clear it s not that I don t believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion or the right to express it, because I wholeheartedly embrace those rights No it isthan that I mean there are not so pleasant reviews posted by people who admittedly have not even read the book in question and then there are those that completely deconstruct the book pick one, particularl Okay so to be honest it vexes me to see Stephenie Meyer being vilified by so many reviewers here on Goodreads To be clear it s not that I don t believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion or the right to express it, because I wholeheartedly embrace those rights No it isthan that I mean there are not so pleasant reviews posted by people who admittedly have not even read the book in question and then there are those that completely deconstruct the book pick one, particularly from the Twilight Saga but if you check out their read count you might notice that this is their second, third or fourth time through said book I just don t get it If I do not like a book, chances are I may not finish it or It will get a lower star rating from me, but under no circumstance do I ever read it again To think that there are some people doing that just so they caneffectively eviscerate it, well that just seems mean spirited to me and not at all in keeping with the positive, supportive and accepting environment that has been my own personal experience here on this site Let s face it, I know that Meyers is no literary genius, but she did manage to get a nation or two of young adults and others, myself included, scurrying to the bookstore eager to read the next installment in her vampire saga Sparkly or not And I can admit that I have felt oddly complicit in my silence That said I only wish I had chosen a different book upon which to air these views, because The Chemist is not at all reflective of how well Meyer s can tell a story Sigh.The blurb for The Chemist gives a good summary of the nature of the story so I will not rehash that here, suffice to say it is about a former agent, of some secret government group, who is in fact a torturer, not of the plier, hammer and waterboard variety but one who employs chemical compounds designed to stimulate intense pain thereby encouraging her subjects to reveal whatever hidden truth is desired Only now the chemist has gone rogue, running for her life from her one time employer who clearly wants her neutralized.Great ideas, pulled wet from a well, never nurtured or given the time to develop and realize their full potential The narrative does not flow very well It feels clunky and cobbled together At the same time it felt like the author was just trying too hard, most especially in introducing and fleshing out the protagonist Alex It was like she was trying to convince herself about the plausibility of this character and quite frankly theshe said the worse it got And then there were the times that I felt like a contestant on some game show, with my hand in the air willing the host to pick me, pick me I know the answer or perhaps the question.Moving right along we have insta love up next Never mind that Alex voices her resistance, no doubt the lady doth protest too much Seriously, given that the chemist is on the run for her life, from a well resourced government agency and that she is clearly handicapped by the company she keeps, it is not unreasonable to expect a hair raising chase or nail biting conflict, thoroughly soaked in adrenaline laced action and heart pumping tension Sadly it is not to be found here Sure the hunt is on, the stakes are high and oh my is that not a lovely moon we have tonight In other words yawn There is a lot of romantic filler but sadly little romantic tension.On the bright side I loved Einstein and Khan and all the other four legged team members putting themselves courageously in the line of fire to defend our chemist and company They rock For those of you who may have never read a Stephenie Meyer book, please, I implore you, do not start here If teenage angst and sparkly vampires are not your cuppa then might I recommend The Host It is a highly enjoyable read 2.5 praying for a comeback stars


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