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Allana Harrison wanted out. She wanted to escape her painful, broken past and enjoy a fresh start somewhere else. Anywhere else. And while all of the boys in high school and college promised to deliver that dream, only one man actually pulled through.

Now a young adult, Allana finds herself on the opposite side of the world, in a prosperous and rich town that's not only iso
Paperback, 365 pages
Published June 20th 2016 by Quotestork Media, Inc
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1986 by Morgan Parker
3.5 stars!!

“Before we ever arrived in the Soviet Ukraine, my destiny had been written.”

This was a book that I signed up to read for a few reasons, I loved the eighties, I loved the cover and the synopsis pulled me in. Although it is intimated in the synopsis this book is a story based around the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, Morgan Parker delivers a book full of mystery and suspense as you valiantly try to determine who is good and who is bad, while at the forefro
This was a hard review for me to write. But honesty trumps all, in my mind, so here goes -

What I took away from this book was an interesting history lesson about the Chernobyl disaster, but that came with a hefty price – a serious case of whiplash.

What I liked: The history. I didn’t know much about Chernobyl before picking up this book. I was only four-years-old when the disaster happened, so I’m cutting myself a little bit of slack. I don’t read a ton of historical fiction either and when I d
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
We are taken on a third person narrative about Allana, Vasy and Alex. How one woman is in love with two different men who are not what they seem. There are so many secrets, lies, and betrayal that I'm not really sure what I read.

I was confused about 75% of the book and I'm still left with a lot more questions than answers. I think it was largely due to the way it was written in the third person narrative. I couldn't form an attachment to any one of the characters. I didn't care if they lived or
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A romantic suspense novel set against the Chernobyl disaster, of course I had to read it. Allana has escaped her poor, sad, slutty past by running away with Vasy to Pripyat, Ukraine (USSR). He is a native Ukrainian and M.I.T. engineer at the local nuclear power plant working increasingly longer hours... making Allana one very desperate housewife. Enter Alex, the American, stage left. It's like this stuff writes itself, isn't it?

What's original about this story are the questions it
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoy reading books that I can learn a little bit while I read. And this book I can say I did. The history of the story was it's shiny glory. I learned a lot about the Chernobyl disaster that I didn't know before and I knew a little. I can say the book really succeeds here. You can tell that the author spent a lot of time researching and developing a rich world to create characters in.

Where it has some trouble, in my opinion, are the characters. I failed to connect to them, especially
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
1986 is based on the events of Chernobyl. It's told from a third person about Allana, Vasy and Alex.

Allana marries Vasy and moves to Prypat, Ukraine (USSR). There she meets his many coworkers and one of them being a fellow American, Alex.

I truly struggled through the first 30% of the book. The next 30% I wasn't thrilled with and then finally right around the 67%, I felt a bit of excitement. But that unfortunately didn't last through the end.

I had a really hard time connecting to the characters.
Robin Powers
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was looking for something different when I signed up for this one and I think I got a conspiracy theorist's wet dream. I was in school during the Cold War and clearly recall these events but this spy suspense really threw the Chernobyl disaster in a new light. With all of the twists I never quite knew who to trust. Full review coming on The Smut-Brarians. ...more
Laveda  Kasch
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
1986 is a romantic suspense set around the Chernobyl disaster which was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred in April of 1986 in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine.
Allana, an American native with a shady and unsavory past, has recently moved to Pripyat with, the man who saved her from said past, Vasy. Vasy is a Ukrainian M.I.T engineer, who studied abroad in America where he met Allana, and now works at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Then you have, Alex, who is also an American, who also works
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars!!!

I was provided an ARC from Blushing Babes are Up All Night Book Blog in exchange for an honest review.

This book was definitely a nice change of pace. I can't say I've read a romantic suspense set in the USSR in 1986. It was actually more interesting in the Chernobyl conspiracy fiction portion than the actual romance part. To be completely honest, I don't know a whole lot about Chernobyl because it happened the year I was born and my history classes never seemed to get that far. To
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four Great Stars! Allana has a past full of demons, then she meets Vasy, a Ukrainian MIT Engineer, and he saves her. Vassy was studying in the USA when he met Allana and they decide to move to Pripyat because he got a job at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Then enter Alex, an American Computer Engineer also working at the power plant and he is the one occupying Allana's time while Vasy is at work. All three play a role on that fateful day of the Chernobyl disaster. The story is full of myster ...more
3.5 stars
The Smutbrarians
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Storyline: 5
Angst: 2
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 3
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
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Allana and Vasy, her MIT grad Ukrainian husband, are living in the USSR while he works as a senior engineer at the Chernobyl power plant. Although as an American, Allana doesn’t speak the language, she was happy to escape the United States and her promiscuous past. Introduced to Alex, Vasy’s American co-worker, she feels a mutual attraction and with Vasy working 12 to 15
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2016-books
1986 is a book that is completely addictive. A story so compelling you find yourself lost in it's words, in it's tragic characters and in the rich history that Morgan Parker delivers so beautifully.

This isn't your run of the mill adventure. As usual, the author brings forth a book that leaves you practically breathless, your mind continually reeling from what you just experienced. 1986 tells the story of a woman who escapes her past, her shame and finds herself in a place halfway across the worl
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
1986 by Morgan Parker is an entertaining suspense involving the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. If you like conspiracy theory or Cold War novels, 1986 is right up your alley.

Parker’s latest novel is a third person narrative about Allana, Vasy, and Alex’s involvement in instigating or trying to prevent the Chernobyl disaster (you’ll have to read the book to find out!). 1986 is not a romance, nor is it an erotic suspense; avid Morgan Parker readers might be surprised by the lack of sex! The pl
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I have enjoyed previous books from Morgan. There is always a sense of real in them. With the backdrop being the Chernobyl disaster, I was interested to see how it would all play out. The sense of suspense was lurking in the background.

Allana moved to Ukraine with her husband Vasy from the US. He is in charge of a nuclear power plant there. With her husband spending so much time at work, Allana was lonely. Enter Alex, another American who also works at the same power plant. With getting so much
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Love makes us think it's about who we love, but that's backwards. Love should be about who loves us."

Does conspiracy breed love? Does it prove someone's love? Does it question one love over another? In 1986 just before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster it most certainly did.
For Vasy, Alex, And Allana, the events leading up to the Chernobyl disaster wove a complicated and twisted web of lies, deceit, understanding, lust, love and truth.

Morgan Parker is not your typical romance writer. His tales ar
Christy Wilson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entertaining read set around the events surrounding the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

Allana met her husband, Vasy, while they were college students. Vasy returned to Russia, who sent him to MIT to obtain his degree, and to work at the nuclear power plant in Pripyat. Allana is seeking an escape from her past, which includes a teenage pregnancy, so when she falls in love with Vasy and they marry then move to Russia, she is initially happy at her chance to start over.

However, she soon finds herself a
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
When I spotted this book on Netgalley I immediately requested it. Morgan Parker grabbed my attention when he wrote Violets and Violence, twists and turns are his specialty. 1986 seems like any other love triangle, but it's set in the Ukraine in 1986 with an underlying feeling of suspense. As we get further into Allana's world and her feelings for both men her world rapidly turns frightening. Her husband is an engineer working at the nuclear power plant, six days a week 12 hours a day, but she st ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt that I am a Morgan Parker fan. The man writes romance novels that are not your typical romance novel. Each and every one of his novels are entertaining. We have waited over a year to see his words in print again. 1986 is in my humble opinion his best yet.

1986 is a story revolving around the lives & loves of Allana Harrison an American woman "married" to Vasy a Ukranian engineer educated in the USA & working at the Chernobyl nuclear plant & the man that filled in the gaps while
Paula  Phillips
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
As I am not one normally for historical fiction and disaster books , I found this one quite a difficult read as also being set in Ukraine I found it hard to read as the book was quite slow-paced . As I began to read the book though, early on I didn't realise what the basis of the book would be about as it was more of a romance brewing between a group of friends - a love triangle of sorts as we meet Allana who escaped from America to move to Ukraine and marry her husband Vasy who is an engineer w ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of 1986 by Morgan Parker from NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

I have been a *fangirl* of Morgan Parker's since I read the book "Textual Encounters". I have followed his writing diligently. To say that 1986 was a real surprise is an understatement! I read the blurb for the book and swallowed very hard at the thought that this wasn't going to be the type of love story I was used to. I had mixed emotions. I wanted to read 1986 but I was afra
Verna Loves Books
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan Parker has done it again and 1986 has so easily been engraved into this book nerd’s heart.

As soon as the story begins, you will instantly begin to get lost within the pages. You meet this amazing girl Allana. I loved her spunk. She has a past though, one that she is running from and hoping to redeem her future self of. I loved that she was moving forward and wanted to fight to be a better person. She never gives up.

"You're not a choice, Allana," he whispered. "For me, you could never be
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Two. I was two in 1984 so this was an interesting new perspective on the Chernobyl disaster as compared to what we read in schoolhouse books. I loved the backstory on Allana - it helps to build her character and gives you an understanding as to the decisions she makes. I tried to put myself in her shoes throughout the book. I felt pain for her having to be in a country completely unknown to her (language, culture, etc.) and spending a tremendous amount of time alone while her husband works. It's
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-2-star-reads
1986 was an interesting take on the Chernobyl disaster. It is about the relationships going on during the disaster and it raises a lot of questions. I had a big problem with the characters in this story; they were so unlikable I had to force myself to finish the book. Allana leaves her life in the US to escape some of her mistakes by marrying Vasy. But Allana is lonely because he works all the time so she reverts back to the habits she tried to escape. To be fair I didn’t really like Vasy or Ale ...more
Amber Book It Blog
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review. I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. The storyline was good and interesting, it kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen. The beginning was a little slow to start. I felt like some parts were too detailed and wordy and I also found some of it to be a bit repetitive. But if you like suspenseful time pieces, I'd defiantly encourage you to read this one. I will for sure read something else by this author in the future! ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I went in to this story blindly, because I will read anything Morgan Parker writes. I'd probably read his grocery list. So this was not at all what I was expecting when I started reading. The story is a suspense novel based on events surrounding the Chernobyl disaster. Morgan's twist on this is to add some romance, angst, and conspiracy. The story was surprising, unpredictable, and kept me guessing throughout.

Allana is an American escaping a difficu
Karen Harper
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can honestly say I have never read a book even remotely similar to 1986, but I took a chance on reading it after reading the blurb. I love romantic suspense, a genre which is more than one thing and has more depth. But I spent a lot of the time while I was reading 1986, confused.
I was in my twenties during that year so I remember Chernobyl, and I was familiar with that historic period. But that familiarity didn’t prepare for the intrigue and subterfuge which were rife throughout this book.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
What I liked about this book was the history..Chernobyl. I admit that I thought I knew much more than I actually did and I loved that part of the story. It was interesting and we'll written. What I didn’t much like where the characters, especially Allana. I didn’t feel one way or the other for her. She left ne mostly cold and annoyed cause her motives about having the affair and the wedding as well weren't at all reasonable or at least coherent, but that’s neither here nor there. I just didn't f ...more
Claudia Burgoa
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
1986 is a suspense novel based on the events of the Chernobyl disaster of April 26th. Morgan Parker transports us to Prypiat, Ukraine. Then located in the Soviet Union.
The gorgeous cover and the blurb caught my attention. Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting with the characters. And the plot went from a love triangle and touched my hard limit: cheating. I do have to point that Mr. Morgan’s intensive research shows in his writing and I did like that part of the book.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all Morgan's books, I am a great fan of most of them, WELL WOW this one was different. Good different. Great characters, I leaned a lot reading this book, History about the event the book is based around, it kept me guessing until the end, who was the good or bad in this story.
I do recommend it. it's definitely worth a read. It's definitely interesting.

Allana Harrison wanted out. She wanted to escape her painful, broken past and enjoy a fresh start somewhere else. Anywhere else. And
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Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted former banker. Given the nature of his former career and his unique childhood upbringing in a trendy, white-collar town West of Toronto, Mr. Parker made up plenty of stories to stay employed and to avoid the responsibilities of adulthood. His novels are a product of those stories.

Mr. Parker believes that all great novels involve realistic cha

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