Book Review

The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review on ‘The Ghost Of Heaven’ By Marcus Sedgwick today! The Ghost of Heaven is a YA fantasy, standalone novel following four different perspectives and timelines. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!  

*Note: This is a spoiler free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own.*

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“It is their soul, crying for peace. It appears in their eyes, like a ghost resurfacing, crying for help. And then, when I stop reading, the mad waters rush in, and wash it away once more.”- The Ghost Of Heaven (Quarter 3), Marcus Sedgwick.

Synopsis

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time.

Writing

The writing style was crisp, epigrammatic and very well-seasoned. Marcus described the things around the characters in the book perfectly. Even though the first story in the book is not my favourite, the others definitely made up to it!

The plot for this book was very well thought out. All four stories in the book are linked in a very interesting way. For example, Past-Past-Present-Future. You guys probably don’t understand what I’m trying to say but it’s better to go into the book without knowing anything.

The pacing for this book was fast. It will keep you up all night because when you put the book down, your brain will wonder, “What is going to happen to the character?” 

Characters

*I am not going to talk about the villians in the book because… They’re unexpected.*

Anna: She’s the main character in the  second story. She’s kind and she will do anything for her brother. Her story almost made me cry because she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way people treated her to be.  

Doctor James: OH MY GOSH! I loved this character in the book! He’s the main character in the third story and he’s super cool and kind. He treated his patients like gold and that’s what I liked about him. 

Bowman: He’s the main character in the fourth story and um.. Unlike the other two characters I have talked about previously, he’s not so kind and he’s actually a [Spoiler]

In conclusion for the characters section, Marcus has created wonderful and unique characters.

Overall

I give this book a 89.5%. It’s a beautifully written book and I think that everyone should get their hands on it!


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Bookish Fun!

The Book Cake Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing a bookish fun book tag today! It’s called: ‘The Book Cake’ Tag.  I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I really want to try this delicious book tag out! So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

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*The Book Cake Tag was originally started on BookTube by Suddenlylorna, be sure to check their video out after you finish reading my article!*

The Ingredients For the Book Cake:

  • Flour: A book that was slow in the beginning, but then really picked up.

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Answer: Heartless by Marrisa Meyer. It’s slow in the beginning of the book, but after you finish the first 100 pages of the book, the story gets interesting and BOOM! YOU WILL LOVE IT! 

Here’s my review for Heartless: Heartless by Marissa Meyer


  • Butter or Margarine: A book that has a really good rich plot.

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Answer: The ‘Daughter Of Smoke and Bone’. This book’s plot is unique and this book will hit you hard in the feels. 

My Reviews For The Book Trilogy: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor


  • Eggs: A book you thought you weren’t going to like but ended up loving.

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Answer: The Grimm Legacy. I wasn’t expecting to like the book but I ended up loving the world, the characters and the plot of the book. 


  • Sweet: A super sweet book.

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Answer: Fangirl! It’s such a sweet and beautifully written book! It definitely fits the sweet category. 


  • Icing: A book that covers everything you enjoy in a book (sad, funny, action,…etc.)

 

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Answer: Red……Red…. (Guess What?) RED QUEEN! I love Love LOVE THIS BOOK! The characters are lovable and it covers everything I enjoy.

Here’s my review for Red Queen: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


  • Sprinkles: A book that you can turn to to make you feel better

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Answer: The Hunger Games! I am not a gruesome person, guys. Maybe a little, but this was the first dystopian novel I have read and I love re-reading it. It makes me feel better.


  • Cherry on Top: The best book you’ve read so far this year.

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Answer: Dreams Of Gods and Monster by Laini Taylor! You guys must read it! It’s beautiful and unique and OMG! Just read it! 

Here’s a book review for Dreams Of Gods and Monsters: Dreams Of Gods And Monsters By Laini Taylor


This is the end of the book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, so if you would like to do this tag. Feel free to do it! Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this article and follow me via email/wordpress account to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Mystery Blogger Award

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ book tag today! I was tagged by Kayla and Catherine from @ to do this tag. Thank you Kayla and Catherine for nominating me!

So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

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The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

This incredible award tag was created by Okoto Enigma at @Okoto Enigma. Go check out their blog!

Best Post:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has the most views! It’s actually the very first book I have reviewed.

5 questions from @:

  • Least favorite book you have read and why

Answer: I am going for a book that I have recently finished, and that is: Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn. I really didn’t like this book, the main character in this book annoyed me a lot and just no, please.

  • Favorite genre and why

Answer: My favorite genre is Young Adult Fantasy/High Fantasy because this genre pulls you into the world and it makes you concentrate at the world’s surrounding.   

  • Should hamsters be allowed to rule the world?

Answer: Seriously? Yes! Hamsters are cute animals and I think we should let them rule the world! 

  • What’s your passion outside of books?

Answer: Passion outside of books…? Hmmm… I love taking pictures with my books and I enjoy posting those pictures on my instagram account called: Maxxesbooktopia.

  • If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Answer: Czech Republic. I really want to visit Czech Republic because I am drawn to the architecture and the culture there.

3 Things About Me:

  • I am a bookaholic. I can never leave a bookstore without buying a book. (Even when I am broke, I will still fish out a dollar or two from my pocket to buy a book) 
  • I love the word ‘Azure’. It’s really satisfying to speak that word out from your mouth. 
  • I love Love LOVE Fried Rice! I crave for it everyday. It’s marvelous and just, there is no word to describe how it tasted.   

My Nominations:

– and if you want to do this tag. Feel free to do it! 

My Questions For You Guys:

  1. Your favorite book and why?
  2. Your least favorite genre and why?
  3. Your guilty pleasure reads
  4. Your least favorite book and why? (Would you sacrifice it to the fire?) 
  5. What would you do if you were in a ‘Reading-Slump’? 

This is the end of my ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ book tag! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

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

Hey Guys! I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on “Chewy Noh and The Fall of The Mu-Dang” by Tim Learn today! Chewy Noh and The Fall of The Mu-Dang is the first book in the Chewy Noh series and it’s a Middle-Grade Fantasy. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions.

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*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own.

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“My parents must feel the same way,” he caught Chewy’s eyes, moving on, “Having their only child wrapped up in metal just to walk and watching him afraid to take a bath – probably not what they expected to be like either.”- Tim Learn, Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang

Synopsis:

Chewy Noh has problems. He was born with them. Two weeks after his birth, the family fortune-teller saw bad things in his future…and she was right. The school bully hates him and will stop at nothing to get rid of him. His mother suddenly can’t get out of bed, complaining of horrible headaches. And worst of all, the secret his grandmother is hiding may be at the root of it all. But why should he worry? He’s a superhero with a power no one’s ever seen before!

Writing:

I didn’t like the writing style for this book. The writing style for this book was inarticulate and sometimes, parenthetical. But I really loved the way Tim explained the things in this book. 

Pacing:

This book was, surprisingly, fast-paced and if you are stuck in a reading slump, I highly recommend you to read this book!

Characters:

Chewy: I couldn’t connect anything with this character in the book. He’s cranky and at some point of the book, he really annoyed me.

Clint: I loved Clint as a character in this book! His character development went up as I drove deeper into the book, he’s my favourite character in this book! 

Kent: The school bully. I hated him at the beginning of the book because he bullied people who are better than him but at the end of the book, I can’t help but feel a little sad for him.

Overall:

I give this book a 54% rating. 


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Book Review

The Wheel Mages By Aimee Davis

WOAH! WOW! WOW! THIS BOOK!

Hey Guys! I just finished The Wheel Mages a few minutes ago and OH MY GOSH! It’s so good! I will be doing a spoiler-free book review for The Wheel Mages (The Changing Tides #1) by Aimee Davis today! So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

*Thank you Aimee for sending me your book!*

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*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own.*

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“No more nobility, Nikolai. I’m tired of wasting time when every day is a day I struggle to hold on to. I thought I came here to feel normal, but I realize now I came here because I want to be with you if that’s something you still want.”- The Wheel Mages, Aimee Davis.

Synopsis:

Alena Kozlov is one of the last of a dying kind. As the first water mage to be inducted into the Sanctum in over fifty years, she has the opportunity to help the old order destroy a band of rebel mages who threaten the principles the Sanctum is founded upon.

Blinded by loyalty to the Sanctum and love for her master, Alena and three other mages set out to investigate the rebels, but the more she discovers, the less she understands.

Confronted with hard truths about the Sanctum she once believed in and the corruption she sees within it, Alena must make one of the most difficult decisions of her life: follow the path she’s trained for or leave the Sanctum behind.

Whatever the answer, she knows one thing for sure—the old Sanctum saying is true: It is a rocky road she must travel.

Writing:

Aimee’s writing style for this book was emphatic, eloquent and crisp. I really love her writing style for this book. The pacing for this book was fast and the entire book was filled with action-packed scenes and Oh! Those plot twists! I didn’t even see them coming! They came abruptly and more plot twists followed right after that.

World-Building:

I am actually a little confused with the world..

1. Were the characters living in the Victorian Era?

2. How did their magic manifest?

I hope all the questions will be answered in the next book.

Characters: 

Alena: She’s the main character in this book. I noticed that her character development went up as I went deeper into the book because at the beginning of the book, she was a really weak character but everything changed soon after that. 

Nikolai: I loved the relationship that Alena and Nikolai have. I shipped them together but unfortunately, [Spoiler].

Catalina: I utterly disliked her at the beginning of the book, but I have grown to love her soon after that because of the things she did in order to keep Alena safe. 

Felipe: His character development was Good! I mean VERY GOOD! But at some point of the book, he made me cringed because of [Spoiler].

Overall:

I give this book an 81.87%. I recommend this book to people who loves high-fantasy and also, to people who love NA/YA novels! 


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2017 To-Be-Read Piles

April TBR (2017)

Hey People! I read only one book last month which was ‘Heartless’ by Marrisa Meyer. I will be linking my ‘Heartless’ review down below:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

So, without further ado, let’s get into my Apirl TBR list!

1. Select by Marit Wiesenberg

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Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

 

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

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I received this book on Netgalley and this is my most anticipated book of the month! I can’t wait to read it!

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2. The Ghosts Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

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A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

 

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time.

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This book sounds super intriguing and four-linked stories? COUNT ME IN! (By the way, the cover is gorgeous)

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3. Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children (MPPC #1) by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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I watched the film for ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and it was fantastic! I can’t wait to jump into the book and I was told that there’re creepy pictures in it, which makes me want to read it even more!

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This is the end of my April TBR and I am determined to reach my goal this month! I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you all next time when I post a new article! Bye!