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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Feb. 8 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1682810690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1682810699
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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By Monique D TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037. Raleigh Williams’ dream is to go to Mars; for himself, and also to dispose of his late brother’s ashes on the planet. Raleigh works at a job at minimum wage, he has been to juvie, he also prostitutes himself, all this to be able, one day, to afford to go to Mars. One evening while going home from an encounter with an unsavoury client, what seems like a meteor crashes. After the shock, Raleigh notices there’s a naked man lying, inert, bruised and bloodied. He phones his sister and takes the man home, where Raleigh lives with his sister Madison and her husband Dale, and their little son Nash. “Meteor Man”, whom they now call Crow because of a crow’s feather Raleigh found, is exactly Raleigh’s type, but the stranger is a bit odd, he’s kind to Raleigh, which is nice for a change, and good-looking, but he’s different…

I am not a habitual reader of SciFi, so it may influence my review. I thought the premise original, given that SCARDUST is a male/male romance, and readers not used to it need not worry, most of the sex is merely implied, and there’s nothing really graphic. SCARDUST is told from alternate POVs, and I found fascinating that the voices of Raleigh and the stranger are entirely different in tone: Crow is more refined, whereas Raleigh far from being an ignoramus, is definitely unpolished. While I really liked Crow, I did not like Raleigh very much, and this is a personal issue: Raleigh is quite prone to violence. He has a violent past, and while I understand where he’s coming from, I’m not too keen on that kind of hero. However, I liked their camaraderie, how their relationship develops; Raleigh is 19, and the character behaves and sounds like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23fa6c0) out of 5 stars Not what I expected Feb. 8 2016
By Jacque - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is going to be a tough review to write. Not because the book was bad, far from it. Scardust was a very interesting book. It completely took me by surprise. It was filled with so many surprises and, at times gut retching sadness, as Raleigh struggles to fulfill his promise to his brother as he tries to move on with his life. It's all the unexpected, the sharp curves thrown at Raleigh, and not giving any of it away, that is the tough part. Suzanne van Rooyen has created quite the roller coaster ride.

A quick rundown of what Scardust is about. The year is 2037 and the city is Dead Rock, Texas. Raleigh is desperately trying to get money for tuition so that he can go to school and eventually be part of the MarsLife colony. Escaping to Mars would fulfill the promise he made to his dead brother as well as get him away from the hellhole of his current life. Selling his bone jewelry and working for his brother-in-law isn’t cutting it so sells his body as well. There’s a lot of self-loathing and shame involved but in his mind, the end justifies the means. All this changes when Raleigh witnesses what he thinks is a meteor crashing in the desert. Instead of finding a meteor, he finds a naked man covered in blood, bruises, strange swirling scars and no memory of who he is. Raleigh and agrees to help him and calls him Crow. Every time they touch, they see each other’s memories and it becomes harder to resist their growing attraction. There are things Raleigh is hiding and won’t even admit to himself and unless he does, he may lose it all.

Let me start with I did struggle with this book in the beginning. I spent a bit of it head scratching trying to figure out where it was going. I got Crow was a mystery to the story and his side was going to take a while to unravel, Raleigh was a bit of a conundrum. I didn't immediately warm up to Raleigh because at times I felt I was missing something. I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. The introduction of Crow and his interactions with Raleigh eventually had me changing my mind. Secrets started to come out and it finally hit me. This dark strange story actually had rhyme and reason to it and just like that, I was hooked. My problem was I just wasn’t patient enough but once I pushed through I found myself quickly getting sucked into the story. There’s a slow build up between Crow and Raleigh, as they experience each other’s memories. It was a completely new experience for me to get to learn characters this way. But as much as I got sucked into the story, I was completely unprepared for everything that happened in the last half of the book. Wow!

I think back and revisit all that has happened; pushing through my initial my doubts, growing into the characters, and I realize that Scardust was worth it. I doubt there will be a second book for Raleigh and Crow but if there was, I would be at the front of the line to get myself a copy. Will read anything else by Suzanne van Rooyen? Most definitely. Read Scardust and discover its mysteries for yourself.

I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa152a15c) out of 5 stars yet I did not feel like I was reading a short novel due to the ... Feb. 12 2016
By Lia Covington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was originally posted on my blog [...]
The setting takes place in the near future of 2037, where we meet our protagonist Raleigh Williams, working at a gas station. He's a 19-year-old who has immense determination to keep a promise to his descended elder brother, West, to go to Mars. This honorable task is easier said than done, since the tuition for the MarsLife Program takes more savings than he's earning working for his brother-in-law, or the additional funds of selling bone jewelry. It's through Raleigh's determination that allows him to earn his tuition for MarsLife any means necessary, even if they're earned unconventionally. Raleigh has a promise to keep to West, and he's not going to let anyone take away his honorable intentions of keeping that promise, even if someone falls from the sky.

Stardust is only 266 pages, yet I did not feel like I was reading a short novel due to the emotional range along with the emotional connect I felt through out each and every situation, character development, along with plot reveal in this short novel.

The way the character fell in love to me was just simply magical. I feel that this is the most diverse book I've read so far in the New Adult novel genre. It is a joy to have meet Raleigh and to experiences his highs and low. I will definitely be watching out for more Suzanne Van Rooyen novels in the future. It is also a joy to see how imperfect people can see themselves while love always see how prefect a person is for surviving such imprecations.

"Just so you know, I like you because of everything you've been through and everything you are, not despite of it."

The concept of Raleigh and Crow, were able to connect with one another by sharing memories through touching opened a new experiences for me as a reader. I would recommend this novel to all those who are a fan of Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, or those who believe that love can be deserved by even those who feel that they are damned to such a wonderful loving connection with another person after so many years of hurt. What is relationship if sharing with someone the psychological key points such as deepest regrets, darkest fears, or most traumatic event, that allow you to be yourself? It's the ability to reveal and exchange so much of our flawed soul to another person that makes falling in love, physically of fictionally so incredible enriching.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I give this book 5 flaming heart beats if I had the icon for it!

Thank you Entagled Publishing,LLC and Netgallery for allowing me the chances to read Raleigh's story. There are some novels in this world that will forever change you, author Suzanne Van Rooyen has just written one of this novels. I was given this novel in return for an HONEST review, and thus this is my HONEST review of what I have read.

I would highly recommend giving this little book a chances because once you read this novel you will never look at the planet Mars the same again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f6daec) out of 5 stars I think that Suzanne van Rooyen has done an excellent job with the sci-fi part of this book Feb. 8 2016
By MELANIE HUTCHINSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a different read for me but I ended up liking it. I think that Suzanne van Rooyen has done an excellent job with the sci-fi part of this book. It was very interesting to see what her view of the future is. The spray on clothes (way cool) and the travel to Mars were what kept me intrigued to know what was going to happen with these characters.

We meet Raleigh in the beginning of the book and soon learn that he is dealing with loosing his brother and trying to keep a promise to him to scatter his ashes on Mars. While Raleigh is doing everything he can to earn the money, it doesn't just happen overnight. Raleigh is at a bar one night when he is pretty much knocked over by this meteor that lands pretty much right next to him. When he goes to investigate what it is, he finds a man with crazy markings and no clothes. They take him to a hotel to stay the night and then the crazy things begin to happen. Raleigh has no idea who this guy is and there is no news about what happened when he landed there with Raleigh. Seems like he is the only one that saw or heard it.

This strange man wakes up and tries to orient himself to where he is. Raleigh returns and explains things to him about how he found him and they give him the name of Crow because they don't know who he is. When strange things start happening when Raleigh and Crow are close to each other, they both begin to question what is going on. They remember things and have flashback when they are close.

This story takes us on an adventure that will keep you turning the pages. Will Raleigh and Crow make it to Mars together? Will Crow end up being from Mars or is he from somewhere all together? This story is worth the read. It leaves you asking yourself, "What in the world?" and that is just it, what is happening and will this really be how it is in the future? Guess we will all have to wait and see. Great job Suzanne van Rooyen!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1de22ac) out of 5 stars A fabulous ending! Feb. 8 2016
By Monique D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037. Raleigh Williams’ dream is to go to Mars; for himself, and also to dispose of his late brother’s ashes on the planet. Raleigh works at a job at minimum wage, he has been to juvie, he also prostitutes himself, all this to be able, one day, to afford to go to Mars. One evening while going home from an encounter with an unsavoury client, what seems like a meteor crashes. After the shock, Raleigh notices there’s a naked man lying, inert, bruised and bloodied. He phones his sister and takes the man home, where Raleigh lives with his sister Madison and her husband Dale, and their little son Nash. “Meteor Man”, whom they now call Crow because of a crow’s feather Raleigh found, is exactly Raleigh’s type, but the stranger is a bit odd, he’s kind to Raleigh, which is nice for a change, and good-looking, but he’s different…

I am not a habitual reader of SciFi, so it may influence my review. I thought the premise original, given that SCARDUST is a male/male romance, and readers not used to it need not worry, most of the sex is merely implied, and there’s nothing really graphic. SCARDUST is told from alternate POVs, and I found fascinating that the voices of Raleigh and the stranger are entirely different in tone: Crow is more refined, whereas Raleigh far from being an ignoramus, is definitely unpolished. While I really liked Crow, I did not like Raleigh very much, and this is a personal issue: Raleigh is quite prone to violence. He has a violent past, and while I understand where he’s coming from, I’m not too keen on that kind of hero. However, I liked their camaraderie, how their relationship develops; Raleigh is 19, and the character behaves and sounds like it.

I like how the suspense about Crow slowly builds up as more things become known, and which we learn at the same time as the characters do, which I always think is better. SCARDUST works very well as a SciFi novel, it all sounds very plausible, and it’s quite exciting as well. It also works very well as a mystery, because I did not know how things were going to turn out neither where the relationship is concerned nor as to regarding Crow. Everything concludes satisfactorily; I thought the ending was absolutely marvellous!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2347984) out of 5 stars Book Review by Brandilyn Feb. 18 2016
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 out of 5 Stars
For original review, please visit the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.
Suzanne van Rooyen is a new author for me. Looking at her backlist, she seems to be fairly new to M/M. I would not have known that, however, from reading Scardust. I will certainly be reading more by her.

Scardust follows the life of a down on his luck man, Raleigh, who just wants to get to Mars. He meets a mysterious man under mysterious circumstances. They proceed to run from some mysterious “government officials” all while trying to figure out who “Meteor Man” (aka Crow) really is and from where he really hails.

Despite the somewhat slow pace in the beginning, I kept turning page after page. I enjoyed getting to know Raleigh and Crow. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom despite their reservations. I enjoyed seeing the pull together against a common enemy and working for a solution to their mystery. I enjoyed the twist, even if I wasn’t surprised by it.

I would classify Scardust as SciFi Lite. There are definitely some SciFi elements, but it is set in a world mostly like our own, with a few modifications like spray on clothes. You aren’t on a foreign planet. You aren’t dealing with “alien” species… well maybe you are… who don’t know the customs. There isn’t a lot of world building because there doesn’t need to be. The biggest thing is that Mars is a place to go to live and apparently the Moon is already colonized. Neither of which I actually see happening by 2037, but who knows.

As I said in the beginning, I would be happy to read another offering from this author.


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