Book Review and Giveaway: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

Posted July 19, 2014 by love2dazzle in Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Review and Giveaway: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia NetzerHow to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by astronomy, fun, love, Lydia Netzer, nerd, nerds, physics, relationship, science, soul mates
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Literary
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery, St. Martin's Press
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Lydia Netzer, the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, weaves a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that asks, “Can true love exist if it’s been planned from birth?”Like a jewel shimmering in a Midwest skyline, the Toledo Institute of Astronomy is the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. Here, dreamy cosmologist George Dermont mines the stars to prove the existence of God. Here, Irene Sparks, an unsentimental scientist, creates black holes in captivity. George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they’re together. But George and Irene’s attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other's soulmates. When that long-secret plan triggers unintended consequences, the two astronomers must discover the truth about their destinies, and unravel the mystery of what Toledo holds for them—together or, perhaps, apart. Lydia Netzer combines a gift for character and big-hearted storytelling, with a sure hand for science and a vision of a city transformed by its unique celestial position, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the heavens.

I am all for interesting and absurd but “How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky” was not my cup of tea. I don’t think this was a bad novel. I am sure many people think it is brilliant. I just found myself bored a lot. This story is basically about two soul mates and the romance that keeps them together. There were many references to physics and astronomy especially with the many interesting and quirky characters. I didn’t find myself getting hooked on this story at all. I felt fairly bored because I couldn’t find anything to connect too.

This novel grabs the reader at the very beginning but as the reader dives into the story, they will slowly get lost. The main plot is about Irene and George. Irene and George both share a love of astronomy and science. Without them knowing, Irene and George were raised to be each other’s soul-mates. The story began to trail off and there were too many side plots to stay hooked. The story would slow down and I just wasn’t interested anymore. I wanted to quit reading so many times. There were a few times that the story was too silly to even comprehend why I was still wasting my time on it.

“How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky” is all about a love story. I really think this story could have been a whole lot better. I think there was an interesting concept to the story like how parents could raise up their children to fall in love with each other, but the story didn’t really stick with that concept. Bernice and Sally were best friends and they wanted their kids to fall in love with each other but in order for this to happen, they have to separate the kids at the age of three so that they could find their way back to each other. I was really interested in finding out how this concept may work but it didn’t rally get to that point for me. I do have to say that if any one is looking for some science nerd fiction, this is probably the book for you.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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