Book Review

The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Book Of Ralph’ by Christopher Steinsvold today. I will get into the extremely detail review later on, but I would just like to let you all know that this book was phenomenal! I could not put it down and life did get in the way while I was reading this book but still, I could not PUT it down! So, let us now get into the tiny summary for this book that I would like to share before getting into the actual review.

The Book Of Ralph is a Humorous, Science Fiction novel following Markus West as he investigates a message that appears on the moon that pronounces ‘Drink Diet Coke’ which turns the world upside down. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the review!

Disclaimers: 

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The audiobook and a copy of the book were sent by the author in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“As much as humans try to avoid falsehood, you embrace it in the fiction of novels and movies. As much as you hate being wrong and being lied to, you love to immerse yourselves in good fiction, to believe the story you know is false.”- The Book Of Ralph, Christopher Steinsvold.

Synopsis:

A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us start off with this wondrous review by talking about the pacing that this book had wrapped itself into. The pacing, in my personal opinion, was quick and enduring because the story was so easy to follow and it had taken me somewhere around three days to complete this delightful novel. In addition, I thought the pacing was really fascinating because it kept its reader at a constant speed and the action scenes happened throughout the novel. Plus, everything regarding the pacing allows the readers to follow where the novel is heading completely. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing that was placed in this novel!

Furthermore, we have the scenes that were held in this book that I would like to talk about. The scenes that were played throughout the novel had a constant equilibrium because nothing was a little too much or too less which I thought was pretty amazing due to the fact that the author had made the scenes equally flushed out and exciting! However, there was a specific scene in the book that I would like to discuss with you guys and that was the only scene that I hated in the novel and the scene is: the One-Night stand display. I hated this scene because it had added nothing to the novel and as I moved further into the novel, the supposed ‘love-interest’ did not actually have any feelings towards the protagonist. Therefore, I enjoyed reading about other scenes except for that particular scene.

Moreover, we would now move into another topic that I would like to discuss and that topic is about the atmosphere of the novel. I entirely, wholeheartedly, fancied the atmosphere that this novel had. The atmosphere was depressing, humouring and full of logical thinking questions that I had once dismissed as simple. I thought the atmosphere was amazing due to the fact that the writer made it so flashed out that I could not place the book down to sleep. Thus, I adored the atmosphere that was placed in this book!  

Into the bargain, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to address on. I found this novel to not be as predictable as it had seemed because the story blinded my mind which the mind-blowing plot twist blew my head apart without my acknowledgement. In addition, I thought the author hid the twists and turns in this novel pretty well because with every sub-plot and main-plot going on, everything seemed so one-sided that when the twists came, it came hard. Thus, I loved how unpredictable that this novel was!

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning section of the book that I would like to show in this book review. The beginning sentence which is basically the hook sentence of this novel was pretty captivating because as I read the first paragraph of the story, I was immediately transported into the world of Markus which was pretty engrossing. Thus, I truly enjoyed the art that Christopher had made for his readers to be immersed in the picturesque of his novel.

However, I did not enjoy the ending that this author had provided for his readers to be thrown into. The ending of this novel felt very forced and messy that some parts were actually extremely difficult to understand and the plot holes (which I will talk more about it in the next sentence) at the end were truly vexatious! Therefore, I did not like the ending of this novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes category that I would like to review on before we migrate into the writing section. There were some major and minor plot holes in this novel and they, indeed, did annoy me a little. The major plot hole started at the middle-end of the novel and it was the race of the alien species that confused me. In addition, the minor plot hole originated at the end of the novel which I found annoying even though it was a minor plot hole and that plot hole was ‘the abbreviation’ part that I found disturbing. Therefore, I resented on the plot holes that this book had.

Now, let us get into the writing section of this review!

Writing: The Middle

The style of writing for this novel was what I enjoyed the most throughout the whole experience that I had with this book! Christopher has a way of writing which makes his reader crave for more of the products that he had yielded and here on in this section, I am going to gush about how wonderful his writing style was in this novel!

Christopher writing style for this novel was crisp, declamatory, articulate and not very clean. The reason why I said it was not clean is that of the sex scenes that was shrouded in this novel. I thought that scene was pretty unnecessary to be placed in the novel because it had taken away the cleanliness that the book had held. In addition, the writing style was declamatory because of the way that Christopher had made the words come alive and how every picture, every scene in the novel does not feel like it is heavy with information but rather, the words that he had produced were pregnant with humour. Therefore, I truly enjoyed how remarkable the writing style was!

Moving on, I would like to talk about how astonishing his descriptions for this book were! I was in shock on how amazing the writer had handled on the description and how he had described the places that his protagonist had been! It was so beautiful and it was as if I was walking along with the characters, feeling what he was sensing and thinking what he was contemplating (all except for that one scene). Plus, the author made his descriptions extra clear that it felt like they may jump up through the pages (Although they technically did, in my head). Therefore, I fancied on the marvellous descriptions that he had installed in this novel. 

Finally, I would like to discuss on the easiness that the writing style had for the author’s readers to read. The way the author had written was superb with continuous prose and colours that had been filled into the initial blank pages of the novel. The style of writing had given his readers a sense of easiness or rather, a sense of comfort because it made his readers feel at home and everything else did not matter unless the pages were flipping by. Thus, I loved how comforting his writing style was!

So, let us now move into the characters section (3/4) of this review!

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Markus West: I thought he was an interesting character to read about because his characterization and the complexity of his flashbacks towards his homeland, although it was not really explained in the book, were interesting enough to drive me across the book- towards the finish line. I loved that the author had made his protagonist learn and grow from his mistakes and I also enjoyed the fact that the author made an evolution of the protagonist in this blockbuster. Thus, I loved Markus as a protagonist in this book.

Ralph: I loved how the author had added this character to the book. He was witty and the way that the writer had fused this funny alien with great knowledge and philosophy was just marvellous. Therefore, I did enjoy how beautifully he was added to this novel!

Samantha: I did not really like her as a character in this novel although it was fun reading about her reactions and what she would take on or rather- take some responsibility towards the alien invasion. I thought her character was not good enough because she does not have that kind of richness in character development and I thought she was very mysterious because the author did not include any flashbacks or something she would learn and rely on which ended up making her character fall flat. Thus, I did not really like her as a character in this novel.

Francis: I loved how the author had placed a gay character into this book because Francis, the character, had added so much into the plot and I enjoyed reading on how he tackled on the alien invasion. Although I thought he was a great character in this novel, his character development was not there. Francis was a diverse yet kind of flat of a character who, just like Samantha, does not have any flashbacks to back up with his character growth. Therefore, I liked the diversity but I did not enjoy how flat he was. 

Overall: The Ending

I thought this book was fantastically written and plotted and hereby, it almost crashed into my favourite book of 2018 list but because of some of its flaws, it did not make it into the list. Still, I am giving this book an 85% rating because it was a great and entertaining read! Thus, I hope you guys would grab yourself a copy of this book and snuggle up in your comfy blanket to read it!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Book Review

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts By Tes Mekonnen || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts’ By Tes Mekonnen today. Honestly, I did not really enjoy reading this novel because there were lots of flaws in it but we will be going into that in detail later in the review. Now, let us get into the mini-summary of the book!

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following Lily Marshmellow and Prince Gobbledygook as they venture into areas of the earth to find a possible road into Happyland where sadness and deep sorrows do not exist. So, let us now get into the book review!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • A copy of the book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

Disclaimer from the author:

Readers have brought to my attention. There is an issue with how Lily Marshmellow is represented. Lily Marshmellow is not an object or some weak woman that requires a man to save her. She is Life. Prince Gobbledygook is in some sort of purgatory and she is his mirror. I must emphasize this– Lily Marshmellow is Life and Life doesn’t talk and we all want to fight for it. I tried to infuse my philosophy into Happyland. Prince Gobbledygook is the now. Lily Marshmellow is Life. Adolfo Dumfries is future (a cautionary tale). Leopold Balthazar II is Past. This story might be fictitious, but it explains my journey for seeking happiness.

With those aside, let us now officially get into the book review!

“My wish came true, Lily! I have a pair of tickets to Happyland.” It is the truth, he finds a pair of metal tickets that are bronze and dullish and thay only say: HAPPYLAND.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Synopsis:

Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?

My thoughts: The Beginning

Before we get into the actual review, I would like to make a review on the gorgeous cover of this book. The gorgeous cover has a perfect blend of colours and I feel how minimalistic it is because it does not really have a lot of art on the cover and the part with the oval and both the princess and the prince is beautiful! Therefore, I enjoyed how beautiful the design for this book cover is!

Let us begin with the actual review by starting off with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was quick as it had taken me thirty minutes to read this book and plus, the novel only has 150 pages contain in it. However, the hardest part to get through this novel, for me, was the writing style which I will talk more about later on but for now, I will only say that the style of writing in this book was rather, unpleasant and tedious. Therefore, I enjoyed the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have both of the atmosphere and the world-building that I would like to speak on in this review. The atmosphere that had clung to this short book was phenomenal. It was suspenseful and sad but not romantic because the romance aspect of this novel was really bad. The characters fell in love with each other too quickly and just.. No. Normally, I would enjoy insta-love in books if it is done unbelievably, but the insta-love in the novel was not good. Therefore, I have my likes and dislikes for this novel.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I thought the world-building of this book was very lack-lustred because the world did not expand throughout the novel and they kept talking about HAPPYLAND but when the protagonist and his bride reached the kingdom, they did not enter through those gates. Plus, there were so many odd-looking characters such as The Dictionary-head character was introduced in the story but there were not any growth in them except for a few odd glimpses of their past. Thus, I disfavour the world-building that was placed in this novel.

Furthermore, we now have the morals that were placed at the end of each chapter that I would like to canvass. I enjoyed what the author had written in the morals section because it had taught and can teach many others on how a person should be kind-hearted and more. Thus, I loved the morals section of the book!

Moving on, we have the relationship that I would like to stress on in this review. The relationships between the characters in this book were not performed greatly because there was a horrible love-triangle in the book and 10+ pages into the book, the prince just married a girl that he had just met out of nowhere in this book world. In addition, there was not any progress in their relationship throughout the book. Therefore, I disliked the relationship aspect of this novel.

Moreover, we have the illustrations in the novel that I would like to address. Just like the cover of this book, the illustrations were equally fantastic as the colours were put together equally and I thought, personally, that they were a great addition in this novel because all of them fit symmetrically into the book. Thus, I loved the illustrations and I will let you guys observe on the illustrations now:

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The above image has most of the characters in the book and guys!!! The illustrations are beautiful… Aren’t they? I loved them and I enjoyed how they were added to the story. Thus, beautiful illustrations.

Finally, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to discuss. I thought the novel was not as predictable as it seemed which is a good thing because as we flip through the pages of the book, more and more characters spring up and more plots are being served and of course, there were a few scenes in this rather short novel that I had not seen coming. Therefore, it was a great delight to know that this book was not predictable!

Now, let us get into the writing section of this review!

Writing: The Middle

I did not like the style of writing for this book because it was inarticulate, rambling and diffuse. To make my point, I will pick the first paragraph from the book to demonstrate the writing style to you guys:

“Time upon once, a gentlewoeman is seated underneath a weeping willow tree- atop a donut pillow- in the lotus position.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Although I finished this book in thirty minutes, I thought it was a hard book to get through because the words were all jumbled up together and the author loves to describe the world around the protagonist like this:

“Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily) unbeknownst to this and to the otherworld- this stupefies him. Prince Gobbledygook studies her countenance, counting her sadness. He lifts his portmanteau, hotfoots it to her and executes a ballerino jump about; therefore, he lands before her feet- but not on all fours.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Okay, what?

First of all, what otherworld was the author trying to let us know because it was not explained in the novel? Secondly, how does one count sadness? It just does not click with me. Finally, “Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily)”, what? why did the author add the (lonelily) into the sentence? It was deemed as unnecessary, at least to me.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the vulgar words in this book. The words such as Jackass and something else that I had forgotten were used in a sentence or two in the book which I thought they were unnecessary because those words do not fit into the book at all and they just appeared out of the blue. Therefore, I disliked the use of bad words in this novel.

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Therefore, the conclusion of this section is that I did not like the writing style of this book. So, let us now get into the characters’ review section of this review.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Lily Marshmellow: She was a rather odd character to be placed in the book because she doesn’t speak and as the author had said in the disclaimer: she is life itself. But not many people will acknowledge that fact because it was not written in the book. In addition, I felt like she was instantly loved by everyone that she met which was odd. Therefore, she did not really have any characteristics except for her title as life in human form.

Prince Gobbledygook: I do not even understand what he was trying to say most of the time and he was instantly in love with Lily due to the fact that she cried under a tree. Plus, the prince and the other character, which I would not spoil, fought over who should be in love with Lily. Why? Please, let Lily love who she loves, alright? Therefore, I did not really like his nature in this book.

Enoch Soloman: He watched Lily as she had awoken from her siesta and he literally fell in love with her before she had even awoken from her sleep! In addition, I would like to stress on the fact that he was the only one that had character development by the end of the novel because he finally reunited with his dad after running away from him for so long.Therefore, I liked him more than the other characters in this book but I disliked him for the insta-love. So, yes.

Adolfo Dumfries: He was a character that does not leave my tongue with a good taste. Adolfo was a little weird although I understood and resonate with his sadness, the story that he had captured Lily to tell and replace her as his ex-girlfriend was not at all that good. Therefore, I have no idea why his character had to be placed in the book.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this book a 43.2% rating. I did not really enjoy it but I hope you guys would give it a try! Maybe it will work out for you!

Book Review

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will officially be doing my very first book review of 2018 and that book is called ‘Before I Fall’ By Lauren Oliver! My 2018 book reading starts off on a good note because I absolutely enjoyed reading Lauren Oliver’s debut novel- Before I Fall! So, I sincerely hope that the books that I read in 2018 will all be great and fantastic! Now, let us jump right into my mini-summary of the novel!

Before I Fall is a Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction following Samantha Kingston as she relived the day of her death over and over again and discovered that everything led to everything and also, she found out that she had hurt the people who cared for her.

So, without further ado, let us jump right into the book review for the novel!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Synopsis:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us hit off the high note with this review by complimenting on the book cover (movie edition)! It is so beautiful with all of its glass effects and Zoey Deutch is in them which makes the cover 10 times more gorgeous than it already is. Plus, the blueness and the font of the book title are perfect in their positions! Therefore, I love this cover more than the original one!

Now, with the cover review aside, let us get into the actual book review.

Let us kick off the book review with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was really quick and it, surprisingly, kept me going page after page as the book does not bore me to death and instead, it made me energetic and curious to know and understand what is going to happen next or rather- the next scene. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing of the book and I am sure that you will enjoy it too as the pacing had a perfect equilibrium on both ends.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere that revolved around this novel. The atmosphere for this novel was really creepy and sad because what would you do if you have to relive the day of your death over and over again? What would you do to change? To be a better person in a day? And those are the creepy portions of the novel. The sad part is the death that the protagonist had to go through day after day after day but still on the same day. Therefore, I loved the atmosphere of this novel!

Furthermore, the tone of the novel was really deep which made the topics that the author wanted to discuss with her readers even more meaningful because not only the book itself is dark, the meaning of the novel is dark as well. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone that the author had added to the story.

Now, to the question that we have all been waiting for: Is it well constructed? No plot holes?

The answer to that question is yes! I thought that the novel was very well constructed because there were not any plot holes and everything that the author was trying to say was clearly presented in the book. Also, the characters in the book were also very well developed! Thus, I loved how the book was constructed!

Moving on, we have my favourite and most relatable quote in the book and that marvellous quote is:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

I can relate to this quote because you will never know when you are going to die or pass on. Therefore, we must be grateful for everything that we have on earth.

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning of the novel that I would like to discuss with all of you here. I thought the beginning of the novel was very good because the very first sentence in page one had already hooked me into the story by making me desperate to find out what has transpired in her life or the days of her life.

In addition, the ending was tear-jerking because not only she had changed and made herself a better person to be reflected on, she had also shown the true beauty inside of her instead of the meanness that she had put up at the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I loved both the ending and the beginning sentences!

Finally, we have the relationship topic that I would like to discuss in this review. The relationship that Samantha and Kent had by the end of the novel was, in my personal opinion, really forced because you cannot just fall in love with someone that kissed you on the lips for no apparent reason. However, I found the relationship that she had, again by the end of the novel, with her parents to be extremely genuine because of the changes that she had brought about. Thus, I some sort liked the relationships in this novel.

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!

Writing: The Middle

The writing style for this novel was a phenomenon because Lauren Oliver not only able to make the writing style descriptive but also poetic and lyrical at the same time. She entwined all the characters and the scenes perfectly that made the readers captured every single one of the pictures that she wanted to put into her readers’ head.

In addition, she made the story so devastating and so full of rage that readers’ would crave for more of the life of Samantha and the way that she experiences and changes throughout the course of the days that she has relived.

Furthermore, I found out that some readers’ on the internet said that the book was very repetitive. Well, I would not really disagree on that because the first three days that she had relived were quite similar to one another. However, as you dive deeper into the novel, it would not be the actions on the same days will not be the same anymore. Therefore, I enjoyed the way that Lauren Oliver had written this wonderful and crafty novel!

Now, let us move into the characters section of this review!

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Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Kent McFuller: I did not like him as much as I would have thought because he was a little forced to be with Samantha and there was not actually a bunch of chemistry between the two. However, I liked how he was always so straight-forward with his words and never had a second thought about them. Therefore, I am giving his character a percentage of 45/100%.

Samantha Kingston: I disliked her at the beginning of the novel because she was extremely bitchy and mean to other people. Also, the meanness was up to a point where a character that she bullied attempted to commit suicide. However, her character developed as the book moved forward and I came to a sense that I started liking or rather- loving Samantha because she had changed from meanness to a kind-hearted loving girl. Thus, I liked the development that Lauren had deposited into her.

Lindsay Edgecomb: I did not like her at all. She does not give a shit about what she had done to hurt others’ feelings and she was just an overall mean person but there was a scene which presented her as a redeemable character and although the book had ended, I still had some hope for her to change to a better person. Thus, I am not going to rate her or anything but her character had hope.

Now, let us move into the overall section of this review!

Overall: The Ending

Substantially, I am giving this book a 90% rating! It did really change me as a person and I would highly recommend all of you to give this novel an attempt to see if you like it or not! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Most Anticipated Books Of 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018’ Article today! I know my schedule for this mini-series is supposed to be due on the 1st of January but I had many things to do and the following days just got worse. Therefore, I did not follow the schedule. Sorry!

As for now, I am going to restate the schedule and links down below and apparently, this is going to be the last article for this mini-series which I do not wish to leave but I must. So, I will probably perform more of these types of content on my channel and do let me know if you like this mini-series down in the comment box below! 

Statement:

Just like my previous article which is called the ‘Favourite Books Of 2017’, I had mentioned about a mini-series that I will be performing on my blog and the only article that I have yet to make is ‘My Most Anticipated Reads Of 2018’ and that article will be performed today. So, here is the list of what I will be doing for my blog’s bookish mini-series:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Now, with that statement being said, let us jump into my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018’ list! 

1. The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Me:

I cannot wait to read this book because of how awesome it sounded and the cover is absolutely stunning! In addition, I am ready to give another chance to Holly Black because I did not love ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ but I am willing to give that book another go before I move into ‘The Cruel Prince’. So, wish me luck!

2. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

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Synopsis:

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

Me:

I am dead. I cannot believe that this series is coming to an end because all of my babies in this series had suffered through so much of Victoria Aveyard’s evil satisfaction and I just love this series and I do not wish for it to end but at the same time, I would like to see how it concludes… Therefore, I am the guy in between of the two categories. 

Either way, I am still excited to read this concluding novel!

3. Ash Princess By Laura Sebastian

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Synopsis:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Me:

This book has a truly blessed and remarkable cover that I just could not take my eyes off of and the synopsis for this book, which is pushing my pure adrenaline to the brim, feels and reads like Red Queen. Thus, I am so pumped for this book and I cannot wait for it to be released into this beautiful world!

4. Sightwitch By Susan Dennard

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Synopsis:

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

Me:

Is it just me or are you guys also excited to read Sightwitch? I loved how Susan Dennard had crafted the world of Truthwitch and Ryber- a sightwitch, always interest as a character in Truthwitch. Therefore, I cannot wait to read this novella and know who Ryber really is!

5. Ace Of Shades Amanda Foody

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Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play. 

Me:

This book has an amazing cover and the synopsis sounded marvellous as well. Thus, I cannot wait to read this amazing book.

6. A Line In The Dark Malinda Lo

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Synopsis:

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

Me:

Night Film- a book which I loved last year and had made it up to the top of my favourite books of 2017, had really inspired me to read more mystery/thriller novels and now, A Line In The Dark is making its way into the world and I cannot wait to read it because it sounds so remarkable!

7. Heart Of Iron By Ashley Poston

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Me:

This book sounds amazing and has a plot with a setting in space and human space captains? Sign me up! (I cannot wait to read this book, for your information)

8. Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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Synopsis:

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Me:

Another book set in space with space pirates and all those cool and fun stuff? Sign me up again! (Again, I am excited to read this book!)


And that concludes my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2018!’ Be sure to let me know what your Most Anticipated Books Of 2018 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Favourite Books Of 2017

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘Favorite Books For The Year Of 2017’ today! I am so excited to gush about my favourite books in this article because I feel like I did not talk about them as much as they deserve to be talked about and some of you out there may also have loved these books. Therefore, I cannot wait to show you guys what my favourite books of 2017 are! 

Just like my previous article which is called the ‘Worst Books Of 2017’, I had mentioned about a mini-series that I will be performing on my blog and the only article that I have yet to make is ‘My Most Anticipated Reads Of 2018’ and that article will be out by the 1st of January. So, here is the list of what I will be doing for my blog’s bookish mini-series:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Now, let us jump into my favourite books of 2017! 

[Wait, I have some more things to add]

The books in this article are not necessarily the books that had been published this year- some may have been published a few years back or some of them had been published this year, they are just books that I had read this year and loved.

So, we can now officially dive into my ‘Favourite Books Of 2017’ list!

15. Dark Inside By Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to some people. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it. For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive – at any cost!

Me:

I really enjoyed this book and although I gave it 4 solid stars on Goodreads and an 85% rating on my blog, I found myself wondering about the characters and its sequel for a few days until another book swept me away from those thoughts but I still cannot wait to pick the sequel up because this book was so freaking good and I highly recommend you all to give it a go. However, this book has its flaws and I can understand why some of you might not enjoy it but I, personally, loved the book. Therefore, it had made it up to my list!

The Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

14. IT By Stephen King

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I loved this novel. Although it was not as scary as I was hoping it would be, I still found it to be an overall enjoyable read. However, there were some aspects of this book that I did not love. Aspects such as cheating, racism, etc. but other than that, I really liked the book and I cannot wait to read more novels- thick novels from Stephen King! 

My Review: IT By Stephen King

13. To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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I truly appreciate this novel which was given to this planet. I found this novel to be emotional, touching, lovely and there was also a sense of growing up and finding your place in the world. I enjoyed how it had portrayed racism in this novel because racism is an issue that our society today has been facing and I really do not understand why some people have to hate on each other due to their skin colour, should we all not be loving each other? Therefore, I loved this novel and it had made it up to my list of favourite books!

My Review: To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

12. Night Film By Marisha Pessl

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I. Loved. The. Heck. Out. Of. This. Novel.

This novel was my first, I mean the second introduction to thriller novels. The reason why thriller novels do not excite me in my previous years was actually that of the first thriller novel which I had read and disliked, Little Girl Lost. Thereafter, I had not been reading thriller novel until Night Film came along and changed my opinion on that decision that I had willingly made.

Night film was a great gateway for me to move back and read more of thriller novels because of how wonderful and exciting it was when I was reading it. Everything in it was clever and overall, I loved how Marisha Pessl came up with the story. Thus, I will be reading more thriller novels in the future!

My Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

11. Heartless By Marissa Meyer

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This novel was my first introductory novel to Marissa Meyer’s story and writing and I have to say that I really, really, really loved this novel. I loved how whimsical the story was and how all the characters in the book were well-developed. Also, the writing was so beautiful that I cannot wait to read more from this author. 

Finally, I had written a review of this novel on my blog. I will link it down below and feel free to read it!

My Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

10. Ensnared By Rita Stradling

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If you have read my previous article called the Worst Books Of 2017, you will know that I absolutely loathed Rita Stradling’s other novel called Colorless. However, Ensnared was a different case. I loved Ensnared and people on the internet seemed to hate it. Well, I can understand why they hated it but to me, this novel was a special gem because it was my very first NetGalley request and it was also my very first enjoyable NetGalley read (some other NetGalley books that I had requested really disappointed me). Thus, leading me to enjoy the characters and the story even more! 

If you would like to read my review for Ensnared, I will link it down below:

The Review: Ensnared By Rita Stradling

9. Noggin By John Corey Whaley

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I picked this book up because it sounded really weird and unique and I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel not only because of its weirdness but of its character arcs and its heartbreaking setting. I can, again, understand why this book is not for everyone but I feel like this novel is really underrated and not many people know about it. Thus, I am here to say that this novel is remarkable and I highly recommend you to pick it up!

For more information, visit my review page for this book to find out more details that you would love to hear: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

8. The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

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I cherished this book and its clever author because Marcus Sedgwick had such a unique way of creating tales that you would not even guess or know until you read the actual book to find out its distinctive elements. This book is definitely the definition of colliding because the stories and plot points in this book collided so beautifully that you would not even realize that it has already collided. Did I make any sense? I hope so. Therefore, I love Marcus Sedgwick and The Ghost Of Heaven.

My Review: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J.K Rowling

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Now, do not kill me for not doing a review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and also, do not kill me for putting HP in number seven of the list because I have a good reason for it. 

Firstly, I did not do a review for Harry Potter because I do not know what to actually write in the review without spoilers (that’s how much I loved it) and I, personally, think that it is a beautiful novel, therefore, I did not write the review.

Secondly, I put HP in the seventh’s place of this list is because of the fact that I had read other books which I had enjoyed even more than HP. Thus, the placing.

Still, I loved this book. Therefore, it had made it up to the list.

6. The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

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Once again, I loved the experience that I had with this book. I cherished how Angie Thomas portrayed racism and friendships in this book and because of that, she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Thus, I highly recommend you to check this book out and if you want to get more information out of this novel, I suggest you read the review that I had posted on my blog. Here is the link to the review:

The Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5. Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick had made another book that he had written up to my favourite books of 2017 again! How remarkably awesome! 

Honestly, I think Marcus Sedgwick is my favourite author of all time because both The Ghost Of Heaven and Midwinterblood were so smart and beautiful that I just cannot stop gushing about them. Therefore, I loved Midwinterblood and he had made it up to the list!

My Review: Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick

4. Monsters of Men By Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness is another awesome writer that I just cannot, not read his books. His novels are always so empowering and adorable that I always anticipate the best in his novels because they are just so good! 

Among the Chaos Walking trilogy, I think the Patrick Ness did his best at Monsters of Men due to the fact that it made me cry. Therefore, I highly recommend you all to read the Chaos Walking Trilogy!

The Reviews:

3. If I Stay By Gayle Forman

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I loved this book so freaking much. Enough said.

If you would like to have more information on this novel, feel free to check my spoiler-free review for the novel out! I will link the review down below:

The Review: If I Stay By Gayle Forman

2. King’s Cage By Victoria Aveyard

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When I was reading this book, I felt like Victoria Aveyard had reached her fullest potential on writing this novel because it was really great to see our protagonist- Mare’s character arc grew and how she redeemed her character’s quality in this book. Also, the world had been expanded into so much more than what we had not been expecting in the first two novels. Therefore, it had made it up to my favourite books of 2017 list and I cannot wait to read the concluding novel to one of my favourite series of all time even though it is sad to say goodbye to our favourite characters in this series!

The review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

1. Days of Blood and Starlight By Laini Taylor

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Need I say more? I gush about this book all the time and I gush about them because I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Personally, I think the second book in this trilogy is the best because it was so political and beautiful and Laini Taylor had such a way in telling the story that you just feel like you have to live in the story she has told forever. Therefore, I loved this novel the most among the trilogy and I cannot wait to read more from Laini Taylor!

The Review: Days Of Blood And Starlight By Laini Taylor


And that concludes my ‘Favourite Books Of 2017!’ Be sure to let me know what your Favourite Books of 2017 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Worst Books Of 2017

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a controversial article today and that article is the worst books I had read in 2017.

Now, I am open to what I dislike and like more so to what you like and dislike. Therefore, do not give me any hate comments on your favourite books that I found distasteful because I am prompted to my own personal opinion. Also, do keep in mind that not all of these are published in 2017. They are just books that I read in 2017 that I disliked.

Furthermore, I will be doing a mini-series for these types of articles because let us not hide it, we enjoy these types of contents. So, the plan for this series is to make four, I mean- three types of articles and those articles are:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Each of them will be out on my blog page until January 1st which is New Year’s Day. Thus, I hope you guys will enjoy these types of contents as much as I love making them.

So, without further ado, let us get into the worst books of 2017!

9. The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Now, I would not say that this is my absolute worse read of 2017 because I gave this book 3 solid stars on my Goodreads page and I gave it a 60% rating on my blog review. Therefore, it was not a really bad read. However, I did not like it as much as I was expecting to and it just let me down by a 1000% due to the hype and before I put out a link where you can read my review I had posted on my blog, I would like to say that the overall story just did not grab my attention fully and you can now read the other complaints that I had had with this book by clicking on the link down below:

The review: The Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review 

So, I apologize for disliking this book because a lot of you loved it and now, let us move into the next book that I had read and disliked this year.

8. The Isle Of The Lost By Melissa De La Cruz

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I cannot even… This book was everything that I thought I would enjoy but unfortunately, it failed and I disliked it so much that I could not even fully comprehend what I am going to write further on the topic of the worst books of 2017. dsfbaewuibgfoqwrbgourwbguibrwbg. Sorry about that, I just had to get it out of my chest or else my head will blow out of rage. So, this book was the prequel to the Disney descendants movie and I thought it would be cool but I hated it due to the fact that the characters and their stories sounded so ridicule and it just does not make any logical sense. 

In addition to my previous paragraph, I originally thought that it would be nice because of the beautiful cover. Unfortunately, that was not how this book worked. Thus, we will now move on to the next book and I will be linking my review down below so you can read my rant review:

The Review: The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

7. The Battle for Oz By Jeyna Grace

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This book was actually extremely promising. It is a mix between Alice in Wonderland and Oz which Oz is under attack by the Queen Of Hearts and Alice and Dorothy must find a way to defeat her in order to save the land of Oz. Did it sound cool to you? Because it does to me and thus, it led me to believe that the book was going to be good. Unfortunately, the result for it was not good and I had a rant review of this novel. So, feel free to read it. I will link it down below:

The Review: The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

6. Colorless By Rita Stradling

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This novel was disappointing and bad because I really loved Rita Stradling’s other work which is called Ensnared and I enjoyed how she wrote the story. However, Colorless was a different situation. I did not like it because the characters in it were annoying and they had the lack of substances in them. Also, the story was all over the place. Thus, leading me to DNF the book and getting disappointed. 

If you would like to read my rant review for Colorless, it will be linked down below:

The Review: Colorless By Rita Stradling

5. Extracted R. R. Haywood

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Beautiful. Cover. Disappointing. Book.

I thought it would be great to achieve an ARC on the topic of time travel and all those awesome stuff about space. Unfortunately, the characters went back to the time where there were dinosaurs and they just stayed there… Until the end of the book. Basically, they did nothing and there were not any actions to be presented in this book. Plus, there were a bunch of ‘F-bombs’ in this book which I did not enjoy because the author misused that word. Therefore, I disliked this book and there is a rant review that I have posted on my blog. I will link it down below for you guys:

The review: Extracted By R.R Haywood

4. The Crimson Guild By Allan Walsh

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I do think this would be a great novel if it were to be a thicker book because there were many elements in this book that had so much potential to be phenomenal but unfortunately, it was such a thin book- around 100+ pages long that it could not be developed properly. Therefore, I was mildly disappointed by this book and it had made it up to my list of worst books of 2017.

The review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

3. Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

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This book had, regretfully, made it up to the list. The reason why I said regretfully is that of the concept of the novel in general. The concept was interesting and I loved the diversity that had been centred around in this book. However, the book had a sense of lacking in plot and I actually wished that I could enjoy this novel but woefully, that is not the case for this book. Therefore, it had made it up to my top 3rd most unpleasant read of 2017.

The review: Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

2. Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle By Phillip Dodd

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I disliked this book even though the rating scale on Goodreads is high, like 4.3 out of 5 stars high. I understood why people might like this book but to me, it had the lack of actions and there were not any up and downs going on in this book. It had just gone into a peaceful mood and although the writing style was gorgeous and some characters had great elements in them, I just could not finish it. Thus, making it the top 2nd worst books I have read this year!

The review: Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd

1. War Horse By Michael Morpurgo

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The. Worst. Book. I. Have. Read. In. 2017. With. An. Absolutely. Stunning. Cover.

This novel was hands down, the worst book I had read in 2017. It was even worse than the books that I had DNF because not only does it disappoint me, it had enraged me. It enraged me due to the simple fact that it does not describe a war as it actually was. Instead of doing so, it opened up to a peaceful setting until the end of the novel which the synopsis and the title suggested otherwise. 

Furthermore, most of the characters in this novel had minimal substances in them that it made them disinteresting and unimportant. Thus, I thoroughly disliked this book and if you would like to take a second to read my rant review, feel free to do so. I will link it down below:

The Review: War Horse By Michael Morpurgo


And that concludes my ‘Worst Books Of 2017!’ Be sure to let me know what your worst books of 2017 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

The King Of Average By Gary Schwartz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz today! Gary Schwartz is a debut author who had written many screenplays and appeared in numerous films had written ‘The King Of Average’ which I was mightily surprised that I really enjoyed it wholeheartedly. So, without further ado, let us jump right into my mini-summary for the book!

The King Of Average is a Humorous, Middle Grade- Fantasy novel following a boy named James who was average in everything. Such as his exams, etc. And then one day, he walked around the streets and he was immediately transported into the Kingdom of Average where everything is… Average and the story sets off from there.

Now, let us get into the review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz!

Disclaimers: 

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The audiobook and a copy of the book were sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“He had longed to have a normal family: a father and mother, a brother and sister. Alas, his mother was all the family he’d ever known.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

Synopsis:

James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average.

He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. When James stumbles into a Shangri-la called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is.

Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle-grade novel The King of Average by debut author Gary Schwartz.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us being with this review by commenting on the cover for this book. I found the cover to be extremely unattractive because the words on the cover are too big and the cover feels very messy with all those wording and pictures. Also, the colours do not blend into one another equally. Therefore, I did not like this cover but the story was pretty good. So, let us get on with the review!

We are now going to discuss the predictability of this book. Yeah, I am going to drop the bomb first before we move to the candy side of this review. So, this book was quite predictable because the author gave too much away at the beginning of the novel and as the plot progressed forward, the predictability became even more intense. It was as if you knew what the whole story was about before you even read it. Therefore, I did not like how predictable the story was.

Moving on, we have a hilarious subject which I would like to talk about and that is ‘a character popped out in the middle of nowhere and our protagonist took him along on the journey to become king.’ Uhm… That is pretty dumb because what if this particular character is a stalker? or a murderer? and the protagonist must have known that the world is quite scary and not everyone can be trusted. Therefore, I did not like this aspect in the book due to the dumbness that it was surrounded with.

Furthermore, we have the pacing that was being held around this book. I found the pacing to be equally placed out because it was not both quick nor slow, it was just in the middle, in other words, neutral and I finished this book in two sittings due to the fact that the story captivated me throughout my reading. Therefore, I really loved the pacing of this novel!

Moreover, we are now going to address on the world building and atmosphere in this book. Personally, I thought the world-building was a little lack-lustre because the tribes in the world were all over the place and the cultures were not really described. However, the landscapes in the world were described perfectly. So, in order to conclude this topic, I am going to say that I did not really enjoy the world-building because the bad outweighs the good.

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere in this book was not really that blend-able because when a character is in danger, the other character just laughs it off by saying some jokes and I do not think the atmosphere blended properly. Therefore, I disliked the atmosphere in this book because of its imbalance and misused of atmospheres. 

Into the bargain, we have the relationships and the tone that were being revolved around this book. The relationships in this blockbuster were really genuine and although the relationship between Kiljoy and James felt a little force, I still think that they were an overall, enjoyable relationships to read about. Thus, I loved the relationships that were being placed on this novel.

In addition to the bargain, the tone of the was chatty, whimsical and righteous. It was chatty and whimsical because the sincerity of the characters towards certain things was really low most of the time and it was righteous because the protagonist knew what had to be done. Thus, I enjoyed the tone of the novel but I did not like how whimsical it was most of the time.

Moving on, I would like to talk about the ending of this novel. I did not like how it had ended because the story did not really close or rather- sealed shut nicely and instead of sealing shut, it opened up to more stories and therefore, leads to a cliffhanger. Thus, the ending was not my cup of tea (sorry!).

On top of that, we have the illustrations which I would like to talk about in this review because the pictures were stunning and I really enjoyed myself while I was reading and listening to the audiobook for this novel! Here is the illustration that the book has contained:

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Gorgeous! Am I right? There are more illustrations in this book which you can find out more by reading this book or checking it out on Google. Thus, I really loved this element in the novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes which I would like to mention on in this book. The plot holes were really bothersome because of how unexplained those plots were and even if they were just minor plots that contributed nothing to the major plot of the book, it was still very… annoying. Therefore, I do not like the unexplained plot points. 

Now, let us get into the audiobook section of this review!

Audiobook:

The audiobook was narrated by Gary Schwartz, the author, himself and I think he did a very great job of narrating it! I was not once bored out or find myself wandering off to somewhere else in my brain because the way that he had spoken had captivated me on continuing with the tale of James. 

I would first like to speak on the topic of the way he had spoken with different voices to make his listeners understand who in the world is speaking in the book. He was really good at narrating different voices and I just loved it. There are not any more words that I would like to add-on to this topic. So, let us move on.

Moving on, we have the story itself. The story was fun and I have already spoken on it just now but without the story and its plot, I do not think that the book will be that good and the narration will probably be bad too. Therefore, I really loved the story and the audiobook!

Finally, I loved how the story flowed perfectly with the narration for the book! When I was listening to the audiobook, I was mildly impressed by how fitting it was with the book! Thus, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend all of you to listen to it on audible if you have the time to check the book out!

Now, let us dive into the writing section for this review!

Writing:

“Good for you. You’ve won. You have me in your power, James. I am yours to command.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

I loved Gary’s writing style for this book. It was beautifully poetic, articulate and lyrical. He had a great way of expressing how the world that he had built worked and the rules in his world which I found mesmerizing because you can see the effort that the author had put into his work to make a beautiful tale for us, readers. Thus, I really loved his style of writing!

Also, the words that were used in this book were descriptive and I truly enjoyed how well written the book was. Therefore, I loved the writing style for this book. 

Now, let us get into the characters section in this book!

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Characters:

“You do,” replied the monk. “I am you.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

James: He was selfless, optimistic and humble. I found out that his characterization is actually a great example for kids nowadays to follow because of how kind of a character he was. Also, his character development was fantastic. Thus, he was an overall perfect protagonist in this book to read about. 

Monsieur W. Roget: I did not really like him as a character because there were not any elements in him other than his humorous nature. Thus, I do not think that he was a necessary character to be added to the story.

Kiljoy: I liked Kiljoy because he was quirky and he loved to make snarky comments in the book which I found hilarious and most of the time, I will find myself laughing out loud. However, there was not much substance in his character and his origin other than how snarky he was. Therefore, he was not very developed as a character in this novel.

Marie: She was a really fun character to read about because Marie was a tenacious, confident and witty character who was stubborn at times but those moments were understandable. However, there was not any development in her character except for the ending which she finally had a boast about her character. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this book but she was really meh due to the lack of developments.

Jerome: I liked Jerome. He was very stubborn and that was one of the reasons why he had more elements in his nature than the others because he had a story to tell and it was an interesting tale. Also, his character development throughout the book was pretty impressive. Thus, I really loved his character in this book!

Overall:

I am giving this book a solid 68.945% rating! It was a superb read and I highly recommend it to people who would like to have a short, fun and quick book to read!


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