Monday, February 12, 2018

[Book Review] Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds

Book Review of Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds

Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds is an action-packed read that will make you feel incredibly uneasy while you can't help but continue to flip the pages to see what happens next.

Pick this one up on a day off! You won't be able to put it down!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds

Chromosomes by Ashleigh Reynolds book cover

Sweet freedom lasted half a day.

Emma Hill longed for the day when she would be free to live her life. Free from the endless cycle of foster homes. Free from the life that defined her for twelve years. She had a lot of ideas about her new start. None of them involved being the prisoner of a mad scientist.

Emma is kidnapped on her eighteenth birthday and brought to a facility that is run by a man hell-bent on creating monsters. She is thrown together with one of his creations, a young man that is equal parts terrifying and intriguing.

Together, they escape, seeking refuge in a desolate town. But her companion isn’t the only thing that goes bump in the night, and the person running the facility will do anything to get them back.

My thoughts:
This is another read that I highly recommend you go into a bit blind. So I will keep this review pretty brief!

This book was so addicting; I really struggled to put it down. Once I started reading, I was totally hooked. I just had to know what would happen next! 

There were so many elements that were incredibly unsettling, but I couldn't help but be interested in the darkness. 

The two main characters were lovely. They were certainly characters that I found myself rooting for. I really enjoyed learning more about each of them while they also got to know one another. 

I found the main female character, Emma, absolutely hysterical! I loved her inner thoughts that were shared through the narration and how she poked fun at many things that would have been taken too seriously (or not seriously enough!) in other instances. 

One thing that I really loved was that the author commented on things that I had thought about just moments before. For example, Emma kept telling people to, "keep the change." When I found myself questioning her actions, the author explained it in the following paragraph!

I also really enjoyed that this story both started and ended with a bang! I was getting nervous toward the end, hoping that we weren't going to be left hanging. But then, the author ended it perfectly.

My favorite passages: 
He was the thing of nightmares mashed in with the thing my pesky hormones dreamed about. Handsome, sure. Would murder me in a second without a wavering thought, definitely.

We passed down the corridor in a flash with me barely able to make out the numbers on the doors. I took a hesitant glance down and saw that my feet weren't even touching the ground. He had me tucked under his arm, as if I weighed nothing. As if I was a football, an he was making a last-ditch effort at a touchdown. 

My final thoughts:
While reading Chromosomes, I couldn't help but think about the Beauty and the Beast TV Series. So of course I would love to see this book turned into a movie or show! If you're a fan of shows in that genre with some darkness added in, I highly recommend this book!

Thanks for reading!


  1. You have my interest piqued! I will be looking this one up!

  2. Ahh! That cover is creepy! I do love the synopsis, though. I also love the passages you shared, and they definitely make me want to read this! Lovely review! I'm adding it to my list now. :)

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    1. Awesome!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  3. Great review, and a really intriguing book. I think I might add it to my list of holiday reads, as I'll be stuck on a plane for aaaages and this sounds perfect to keep me entertained!

    1. Oh yes! It would definitely be one that would suck you right in!

  4. Sounds like a cool read, and that cover is really striking!

  5. Yep, this one is definitely going on the wishlist. I gotta meet this Emma character :)

  6. Ooh I like dark and unsettling! And funny! I might have to give this one a read as it does sound good!

  7. Great Review Erica. I absolutely loved the Beauty and the Beast TV Series, which reminds me I need to binge watch it on Netflix soon. This book looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

    1. Oh yes!! Then you would LOVE this book!! I definitely recommend it :)

  8. From the quotes you shared, I think I'd really enjoy the main female character too! And although I never expect very accurate science, I do still enjoy picking up fiction with some basis in science :)

  9. This sounds SO cool!! Oh my gosh, I'm going to look into it and can't wait, now. Love that cover, too!