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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037

Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by Entangled Embrace
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C.G. Drews
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you see that human trying to duct tape their heart back together in the corner? OKAY THAT'S SOMEONE ELSE. NOT ME. Because this book is 5000% a FEELS FEST and I just want to cry. Like tragic feels and good feels and adorable cinnamon roll feels and was so gritty and raw and heartbreaking. I am like such a fan of books that make my cold icicle heart beat??? So thank you to this book.

I'm only sad that it's a standalone because I could handle like an entire series about Raleigh and Crow
Julio Genao
Jan 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
stay cool, julio. stay cool.


this book really upset me, but after aggressively slurping a cuppa tay, i was sufficiently calm enough to work out why.

the things that killed me in the face are mostly things that only appear to plague people who spend all day nerding-out about colloquial syntax and raging about people who use the word whack (to strike) when they really mean wack (to be inferior).

in other words, most of you won't be driven to distraction by what made my eyes bleed up in hurr, so who
Crina (Reading Addict)
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OHMYGOSH! <3 *giggle happilly and dances around with the kindle* This was a-ma-zing! Plot, characters, relationship, emotions, twists and the ending. I think I'm in love! : )) Please read it! If you like awesome and unique and original books, hell of a ride and MM romance.

Original post on Reading Addict

Holly Freaking Mother of Awesome Books! *smiles like crazy, while jumps and dances with the chair, crazy hugging the kindle and droolling over it*
So, I will try to make this review as coherent a
Emma Adams
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Scardust is one of the most unique sci-fi stories I've read in a long time. I was riveted by Raleigh and Crow's story from the first page to the last. The plot kept me hooked because I was so intrigued and keen to find out how everything would resolve itself. The building mystery and superb character development are perfectly interwoven.

I also absolutely loved the writing style and the way the author gives each narrator a unique voice. The flawed, well-developed characters and the original
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** SPOILERS ***

I really, really enjoyed this book.
After I finished I'd found myself thinking about it.

At first, the way the story was going, I was enjoying it and I couldn't stop reading but there was something that seemed to off... Like I dunno... there was just something that seemed odd and not making sense. Like Mars, to me it made no sense that travels to Mars was being part of the story, it just didn't seem to fit. But then that twist in the story... Amazing. Made everything go into their
Suzanne Rooyen
May 21, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Readers,

Greetings from the author! *waves*

A huge thank you to all those who have already added Scardust to their shelves! I cannot wait for you to meet Raleigh and Crow.

If you want to know more about what inspired this story, you can check out its Pinterest board here.

Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a very different story in many ways. Set in the future, with Raleigh Williams starring as he endeavours to travel to Mars to scatter his brother’s ashes and so fulfil his brother’s last wish. For me it wasn’t an easy read, and to be quite honest it wasn't a page turner for me, either. You think you’ve sorted some aspect out and understand what’s happening and why only for another diversion to side track you again! It is full of surprises along the way and especially towards the end when ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Scardust!!! First things first: I received this ARC through NetGalley.
The book comes out next monday, february 8th. Go check it out!!!
I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole idea behind the book, Raleigh went through some really bad stuff in his past, his brother died and his last wish was for Raleigh to spread his ashes on Mars. So now he's doing everything he can to get to Mars. One night everything changes for him when a dude, they later call Crow, literally falls out of the sky
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May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books. The kind of book where you just know, by halfway through, that any review you give it just isn't going to do it justice. It was impossible to really describe, impossible to figure out, impossible to judge, and completely impossible to put down.

It was a slow burn of simmering passions. The connection between Raleigh and the mysterious Crow. The slow slips of memories and information. The intrigue of mystery, and the suspense of the danger. It gave you scarred individ
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
the first half of this book comes across as a total clusterfuck. To me however it was not, it was very smart. This is not for light reading and you need to give it 100% of your undivided attention, especially for the first third.
Wendy F
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Scardust had a very interesting plot. I read it pretty quickly, and I was fully engaged the entire time. It’s just odd because all the reasons I have for liking the story are also all the same reasons I had for not liking the story. It feels like some strange paradox. The other interesting thing about Scardust is how to review it without discussing key aspects of the story, which are exactly what I need to discuss! They are the reasons I both liked and disliked the book in the first place.

Nina Rossing
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na-new-adult, lgbt, 2016
The protagonist we meet first in this book, Raleigh, is a compelling, flawed and still likable character that I got a lot of sympathy for. There's nothing like an underdog unfairly treated but chasing his dream :)
I liked how this book made its readers want to read on to find out what was really up with the other main character, Crow. I was very intrigued by him, and I think the author showed great skill in leaving clever clues as the plot progressed. The relationship between Raleigh and Crow tur
Melanie McFarlane
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, new-adult
This intense sci-fi comes with prose as dark and poetic as only a futuristic Texas can be, where a boy who waters a roadkill garden hopes to escape his messed up life and run away to Mars. Suzanne van Rooyen draws us in to the world of Raleigh and Crow, and their attempts to find answers to Crow's past. Through tiny flashbacks we're shown each character's past struggles to find where they fit in this world, and watch as they grow together. But in a twist as good as an Orson Scott Card plot, acce ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, own
Set a couple of decades in the future, Scardust is an intriguingly unique, intensely captivating sci-fi romance that is all kinds of perfect and full of unexpected twists that screw with your mind. Suzanne van Rooyen truly has a way with words, bringing the bleak setting, the characters and their thoughts and emotions expertly to life. I enjoyed both her writing and the novel itself immensely and will surely be reading more of her works in future.
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scardust! <3 I had the pleasure of beta-reading this book and I LOVED IT. It's so unique and action-packed, and it kept me guessing at every single turn. Raleigh and Crow's story is raw and heart-wrenching and exciting and awesome. The voice of this novel-- specifically the two *distinct* POVs-- blew me away. 5/5 stars to this amazing NA story! ...more
Lia   Covington
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 this-book-is-a-UFO stars

*clearing throat*

Right so what did I just read ?!

This incredible story was kindly provided as an ARC by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley.

And incredible is the word because what you believe, or not, and how it affects the way you act is key to this book as indicated by Herbert's quote right at the start "Whether a thought is spoken or not, it is a real thing and has powers of reality". But I won't dwell on this because there's no way I want to spoil the journey fo
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I felt a little bit guilty when I started reading Scardust, because I took it on straight after Anansi Boys and didn't feel like I was giving the author a fair chance to shine, what with having to follow Gaiman. Being a new Suzanne van Rooyen reader (now fan), I couldn't have known that she is a masterful storyteller in her own right and I needn't have worried.
Scardust is the enthralling tale of Raleigh and Crow, two young men on very different missions, who get entirely entangled in each other
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

This book wasn't what I was expecting (I was expecting it to be darker or more twisted), but that's on me. The book was a little slow to start, but overall it was good, and really I can't say anything bad about it. It was mysterious, but in the end it was all explained and made sense, so you don't have to worry about it being confusing or about not getting answers. I think I recall seeing some reviews that mentioned it being shocking or mindfuck-y, but I didn't think it was, althou
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This novel took me by surprise and completely blew me away! A psychological science fiction novel set in small-town Texas, SCARDUST has everything I could hope for: a compelling mystery, complex characters, a gorgeous slow-build romance, and underlying themes of reaching for your dreams and refusing to settle for less.

Read the review on Just Love Romance!
Jude Sierra
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW. LOVE. IN LOVE. Okay, so the grown up portion of the review:

Based on the blurb I was hesitant -- it sounded intriguing but also wasn't generally something I'd read. I am so freaking glad that I decided to buy this.

a) the story felt so unique and sucked me right in
b) the pacing was perfect. I was captivated from the start and at no point did I feel like it slowed down or my interest waned.
c) the thing. THE THING. Word building. God is this prose GORGEOUS. Just so imaginative and creative a
A copy of this novel was provided by Entangled Publishing for review via Net Galley.

There are mainly four reasons why Scardust is four stars, and because I am kind I am going to outline them right now. Just for you. Here you go:

1) Scardust is New Adult, sci-fi, and LGBTQIA+. This is a pretty darn rare occurrence, because almost all of the books I’ve read/seen in the New Adult genre are contemporary. And most of the LGBTQIA+ books that I read in general (including NA) are contemporary. So not onl
Caro [The Book Rogue]
Why I picked this story up:

I need a bit of m/m romance in my life every once in a while, and this just sounded totally amazing. Add to that the intriguing Sci-Fi concept, memory sharing, and a town called Dead Rock to underline just how badly Raleigh needs to get out of there... *gabby hands*

What I found:

Incredible strength. Survivor. Raleigh owns those words, and love -- for his dead brother and his strange meteor man -- is his driving force. At every bad turn, he amazed me a bit more and he ju
I really enjoyed Scardust, even though one of my biggest pet peeves was in it. TWICE. (Raleigh "looked through is eyelashes" - I hate that phrase with a passion. Because - HOW?! How do you look through your lashes?!)

The relationship was also a bit sudden. Raleigh and Crow fell in love in a matter of days. So yeah, that was a bit of insta-love in this book.

The sci-fi parts of the story, especially towards the end were fascinating and beautifully written - I could imagine everything very well.

Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
DNF @ 31%

Maybe I'll go back but at this point nothing is holding me down to want to finsh....
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
all of the content warnings and all of the feels
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 coast ...more
Book Gannet
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-review
This book is kind of hard to talk about without giving things away. I actually find it tricky to talk about at all, because it wasn’t quite what I expected and I’m still not sure what I think about it. It is well enough written and the overall plot is clever, but for the most part this is a story set in small town Texas, where terrible things have happened to Raleigh and his life is pretty much hopeless. It’s kind of dark and dreary, and even when things happen with him and Crow it’s all still t ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 si ...more
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book made me cry, made me wonder,made me smile and made me happy.

The Writing:
I loved the writing. I opened the book and I was in that world. Just loved it.
We read from two POVs: Raleigh and Crow.
It’s great to see these two POVs because these characters are different but they understand each other and in a way, they have similar things too.

The Story:
Loved it.
From the beginning until the end.
When you start reading this book you don’t understand anything and you won’t understand anything until
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