How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (2018)
Tom Hazard may look like a typical 40-year-old, but he's actually over 400 years old, due to a rare condition. As a member of a society of similar people, he knows he must follow the rules of keeping to a quiet life, moving every 8 years, and never falling in love. But when he meets Camille, he begins to question the life he's been leading.
This book was so much more than just a love story. In fact, for me, the love story was just a small part. It's more a character study of this man who has lived an incredible life (he's sailed with Captain Cook, had a drink with F. Scott Fitzgerald, and worked alongside Shakespeare) but who still feels incredibly lonely. At one time he had a wife and daughter, but to keep them safe, he left. His daughter, however, has the same condition as him, and he has never stopped hoping he will find her again.
The story is very light on action and plot, and even becomes very predictable in the end, yet I was still taken in by an imaginative look at someone who has experienced so much of history and how it has affected him. 3.5 stars
The One by John Marrs (2018)
Imagine if you could find your soulmate just by taking a DNA test - when Match Your DNA finds your perfect genetic match, you'll live happily ever after. Right? In The One, five people send their DNA swab to Match Your DNA, hoping the database will find their soulmate.
This book captured me from the start. I was totally intrigued by the premise. The author has come up with such a unique approach to finding love, but could it really be foolproof? Each storyline explores the "what ifs" - what if you were already in a relationship? Would you take the test and risk finding out your partner isn't your perfect match? What if your match is terminally ill, deceased, or even the same gender as you (and you've always considered yourself heterosexual)? Or, what if your match is a psychopath? Every storyline is distinctive and interesting
This book was darker than I was expecting, but in the best ways. It's a thriller, but it also has a lot of heart, and even though I guessed some of the outcomes, I was still surprised many times. Short, snappy chapters that ended with a bit of a tease kept me reading. It was such a fun ride and proved that nothing in life or love is a guarantee. 4.5 stars