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Booktube-a-thon from Day 1-6 + 24 hours reading challenge

1.32 P.M

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and today I will be doing an update from Day 1 to Day 6 of the Booktube-a-thon 2017. Honestly, I have not been doing very well for this marathon because I have tons of school work to finish but today which is day 6 (a Saturday, Yay!) of the Booktube-a-thon, I will be reading for 24 hours straight. Okay, maybe not straight but a little crooked because I need to sleep and eat as well.

Now, I will give you a brief summary on what I have finished for the past 5 days. Prepare to get shocked. I have finished.. ONLY ONE BOOK FOR THE PAST FIVE DAYS and that book was The battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace which I sadly did not enjoy. I will be doing a book review for The battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace soon.

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My goal for today (Day 6 of the Booktube-a-thon) is to finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I do not think it will be hard to finish this book today because I am really enjoying it so far.

Now, I am going to read instead of rumbling on and I will update you guys later. Bye!

6:35 P.M

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Hey Guys! I finally hit Page 110 for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The reason why it took me so long to hit that page was because I was called to help out with the house chores which happens frequently when I am reading. 

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Aside from that, I am really enjoying this book so far. It kept me laughing and thinking out loud and also, this book covers important topics such as respecting your elders, etc which is fantastically fabulous. I cannot wait to see how this book ends! 

If I get to finish To Kill A Mockingbird today, I will start reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness right after I finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I have read The Knife Of Never Letting Go once and it was very easy to read but unfortunately, I did not enjoy it the first time around was mainly because of the writing style and how the story was told. So, I sincerely hope that this time, the book will blow my mind away instead of the last time!

Okay, I am going to go on reading now and I should probably get a snack and a tea ready so that it can keep me awake. Just to let you all now if you are wondering, coffee does not work on me instead, it will make me sleepier. So, tea is a better choice and I love anything that is related to tea, for example, Green Tea Ice Cream, Green Tea chocolate. Just, yes, I am obsessed with Green Tea. 

Okay, I should probably go now. I will see you guys later!

10:14 P.M

It is currently 10:14 P.M and I have not finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee yet because I was out to take my dinner and when I came home, it was 8:40 P.M already. So, when I came home, I made myself a cup of Green Tea which I am obsessed with it and started reading my book on the bed. 

I stopped at Page 140 which I really do not wish to stop because it is getting better and better as the story progresses. Anyway, back to the topic, I stopped at Page 140 because I have school work to do. So, I will update you guys after I finish my school work!

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12:24 A.M:

Hey Guys! It is currently 12:24 A.M and I just came back from Starbucks. Oh, well. I tried to read there but the coffee which I loved- Caramel Macchiato exhausted me. It made me feel sleepy. That is why, coffee does not work on me. Only Tea does. 

Anyway, I will keep on reading until my eyes fail on me. I cannot give in to the temptation of sleeping until the temptation of sleeping overrun me. So, I must keep reading! I do not know what I am trying to say anymore, sorry guys. My eyes are failing on me.

And guys, have you all noticed something on my blog? I have changed the Bookish Fun menu button to a page instead of a list of drop-downs. I will show you some Before and After examples:

Before Bookish Fun

The above is the drop-down menu I used to use for the Bookish Fun Section. As for now, I have turned everything into a page form:

After Bookish Fun

I changed it to a page form because I find it easier for you guys to look for certain Bookish Fun posts that I have posted on this blog. 

Now, The 24 hours readathon and Day 7 of booktube-a-thon will be continued on my next update which is tomorrow. So, Goodnight everyone and I will see y’all tomorrow!


This is the end of my Booktube-a-thon Day 1-6 and 24 hours challenge update! 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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book.. How.. do I even begin?

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Some of you may know Marisha Pessl from her debut novel called Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I have not read that book yet, but after I finished reading Night Film, I really want to get my hands on a copy of it!

Night film is an Adult Thriller, Mystery and a genre that I do not wish to spill because I do not want to spoil this beautiful book to you! In this book, we follow Scott McGrath, the protagonist, as he seeks vengeance from a man who set him up five years ago. While doing so, he also discovers a secret that the family- Cordova is hiding.

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a SPOILER FREE review!*

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“Because every one of us has our box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart. It contains what you do everything for, strive for, wound everything around you.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this innocent question: Should I read this book which is categorized as Adult if I am a Young Adult reader? The answer to this question is yes! You should definitely give this book a chance because this book reads like a Young Adult book which shocked me because this is an Adult book. 

Now, with that question away, let us talk about the pacing of the book! The pacing for this book was slow in the beginning. But the pacing picked up after I reached about a hundred pages into the book and when you reached the last two hundred pages of the book, that’s where you need to buckle up and enjoy the ride!

I cannot not talk about the pictures and illustrations that were presented in the book! No spoilers here, I just want to show you all a sample of the pictures in the book:

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Aren’t those illustrations cool and chilling? I really loved the pictures in the book even though they are not the best pictures in the world but still, they are a great substitute to the story!

The relationship between Scott and his workmates- Nora and Hopper were fascinating! Although I did not really like Hopper because he kind of frustrated me a little but overall, he had a great character growth throughout the book which I will talk more about later on. Nora is probably the most outstanding character in this book, even though I liked Scott as the protagonist, I cannot help but feel the need for Nora to be the protagonist of the book.

The scenes in this book were action-packed, full of mysteries, twist and turns and finally the plot twists in this book were crazy! I repeat: Crazy Plot Twists which means Mind-Blowing Plot Twists. There is not a second I do not love about the book. All of the mysteries they uncovered intrigued me and when I thought I figured out where the mysteries were leading the story to, a person or thing suddenly popped up and there goes my thinking. 

The atmosphere and feel around the book felt so real and so raw that I actually thought the characters, films, the suicide and the fans called Cordovites were real. When I finished the book, I search the website that was mentioned in the book called Blackboards on the internet and it actually exists. The website is probably created by Penguin Random House Publishing which is exciting! But I have not try it the website out yet.. so… yeah.

Here is the link to the website: TheBlackBoards

All the tiny cracks and unanswered questions were answered by the end of the book. I really loved how the answers were answered and how all the tiny cracks and odd questions were revealed! Just, you guys.. Must READ THIS BOOK! It is truly fantastic!

Now, let us move on to the writing style for this book!

Writing Style:

Another quote from Night film that I would like to share before we beginning this section!

“Just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you realize you’re standing on another trapdoor.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

The writing style for this book was… Fantastic! Okay, I need to be more precise. It was articulate, crisp, emphatic, epigrammatic and stylistic. Her writing style was very different from the other authors I have read from and plus, this book reads like a Young Adult book!

The atmosphere around the protagonist, like I have said earlier, felt so real. When I was reading the book, the characters and the scenes in the book felt so lively and real that it made me think that they were real.. but not. I wish they were real though! 

The consistency throughout the book was marvelous! Marisha kept her characters and her story to be in a consistent way that it made the story more vivid and clearer which I truly loved! By the way, this is a 606 pages book and the consistency in this book was great!

The tone was different for each characters that were presented in the book. All of them were different from the other characters and that’s where the uniqueness of their characteristics comes in. It was fascinating to see each one of them grow from the bad to the good or the good to the better!

Overall for the writing style of the book, I will give it a 98% rating!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Scott McGrath: I loved him! He had such determination that he will find out what had happened to Ashley and what is the family hiding. He was smart, kind of dumb sometimes, reckless and protective, very protective! He was a great protagonist for the book!

Hopper: I disliked him when the story opened him out like a sunflower in the wild. He was pretty rude when he first started appearing in the story, but he changed after that which is great! He became a brave, smart and kind-hearted person. Overall, he had a great character development!

Nora: loved Loved LOVED her as a character in this book! She was the best and the only one that kept my sanity when I was reading this book! When everything else seemed so crazy, she was the one that chills the readers. She was kind (Very Kind) and very gentle with both humans and things. I have to say, she was pretty weak in the beginning but she grew out of that weakness as the story progressed.. So, splendid character development!

Cordova: He was an interesting character to read about. The director of many horrifying films that scare watchers to the bones. He was horrifying and I cannot go on talking  more about him because I do not want to spoil you! 

Bonus content:

If this book were to be a film, I would want Scott McGrath as Ben Affleck, the guy who played the Batman role in Batman V Superman and the lead role in Gone Girl.

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Ben Affleck
Emma Watson as Nora Holliday. Emma Watson who played belle’s role in Beauty and the beast and she also played the role in the ‘Harry Potter Series’ as Hermione.
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Emma Watson
Finally, I would like to have Dylan Minnette as Hopper. Dylan Minnette who played Clay’s role in ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’.
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Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.5% Rating. I highly recommend you guys to read this book, it is so goood!

“I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Night Film by Marisha Pessl! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

Booktube-a-thon 2017 TBR

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and today, I will be doing a probably overambitious To-Be-Read pile for the 2017 Booktube-a-thon. If you don’t know, the booktube-a-thon is hosted by Ariel Bissett and co-hosted by Raeleen Lemay. It is a week-long of reading starting from July 24th (Monday) to July 30th (Sunday) 2017. 

This is my very first time partaking a readathon and I am excited to share my experience with you all and because of that excitement of sharing my experience, I will be doing updates on my blog throughout the readathon. Maybe once a day or once every two days until the event ends. 

These are the links to both of their Youtube Channel: 

So, without further ado, let us get into the my Booktube-a-thon TBR Pile! 

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Oh and did I mention about the challenges? I totally did not, sorry about that. So, as you can see, the above picture has all the challenges in it. I will try to tackle every one of them down. I repeat: I will try

Now, let us officially get into the TBR.


Challenge #1: Read a book with a person on the cover.

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Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


There’s an art girl on the cover.. So, I think it counts for this challenge. Now, let us talk about why I chose this book for this challenge. I have chosen this book because I have been wanting to read this book ever since I bought it! (Plus, I have heard great things about it!) So, I think it is a perfect fit for this challenge! 


Challenge #2: Read A Hyped Book

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Synopsis:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


This is a classic book and it sparks my interest! I will probably be reading and at the same time, doing this challenge first because I want to read this book so badly and I also want to know what the hyped around this book is about! 


Challenge #3: Finish a book in one day

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Synopsis:

Devastation is coming, not just for Palm Creek, Florida – a small town just a few miles from Cape Kennedy and N.A.S.A. – but eventually – it could destroy the entire eastern Florida coast if it isn’t stopped. A predator with mysterious origins and no understanding of its inherent danger is on the prowl with seemingly nothing that can stop it. It hosts a cancer of epic proportions, not only the kind that eats away at your body – it’s also the kind that transforms your soul. Four total strangers from different walks of life will be on a mission, they just don’t know it yet. And the decisions and outcomes of these four unlikely friends will either save or destroy the populace.


I will probably finish this book in a day or most likely in 3 to 4 hours because this book is only 160 pages and the synopsis sounds super intriguing! I cannot wait to read this after I finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird!


Challenge #4: Read about a character that is very different from you

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Now I have come to think of it, this book should have been on my Hyped book challenge! But, whatever, we will have this book on the fourth challenge then.


Challenge #5: Read a whole book outdoors

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Synopsis:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?


You guys might be wondering why did I choose this book for this challenge when I did not even like the book. Well, I have decided to give this book another go. A second chance. So, yes! I hope it will not disappoint!


Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the cover

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Synopsis:

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 


I bought this book mainly because of the cover! (Don’t kill me) But I will be reading this book for the readathon and the synopsis is super intriguing as well!


Challenge #7: Read Seven Books!
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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. 

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


It is Marcus Sedgwick and again, I can’t wait to read this book!


This is the end of my Booktube-a-thon TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your TBR list for the Booktube-a-thon down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Atlantia by Ally Condie || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Atlantia by Ally Condie. You guys may know Ally Condie by reading her other book trilogy called Matched. I, personally, have not read that trilogy before reading this book but I will be getting on with it soon because I (would not say loved so…) liked this book so much! 

Atlantia is a Young Adult, Science Fiction + Dystopian standalone novel following Rio, the protagonist and her other twin sister as each of them chooses a different destiny, a different life even though they wish they could switch places. 

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review!*

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I really love the cover for this book! It looks f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s-!

“Under star-dark seas and skies of gold
  Live those Above and those Below
  They sing and weep, both high and deep
  While over and under the ocean rolls” – Atlantia, Ally Condie.

Synopsis:

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the cover of the book. I was a little disappointed because I originally thought that this book was going to be about a tale of mermaids. But after I read the synopsis for the book, I was intrigued by the originality of the story! So, I bought this book and started reading it and it did not disappoint.

The world building for this book was great and unique! While Ally was building the world and the atmosphere around this book, she had also included the personalities of the people around the protagonist and some mythology. Some mythology such as Sirens. I found the sirens part to be shocking because I did not expect that to pop out. That was really an interesting way to mix the genres and the story together! Also, like all of you can already guess, I liked the result for this book!

I have to say that some scenes in the book actually dragged. It dragged for pages after pages, making my poor eyes teared up. Although, I did enjoy a few scenes that dragged because those scenes that I enjoyed actually made sense and I wanted them to be longer than long! But, the rest of the scenes that dragged bored me to tears. So, overall for the dragging part, I am giving it a 31/100%.

The pacing for this book was quick! Even though it took me a week to finish it because of school. This book will pick back up where you left off and you would not even forget about the story after a few busy days so.. I highly recommend you all to give this book a shot. 

I really liked the relationship between Rio and her sister, Bay. I felt the love and tension between them and it actually shocked me when Bay had decided to [Spoiler removed] Rio [Spoiler removed]

Those above were mostly the things that I enjoyed about the book. Now, let us move on with the things that I disliked, shall we?

I hated the love interest in this book. It made no sense and it felt like instant love even though their love kind of progressed overtime. Usually, I would love to read about instant love if it is done right, but this book does it all wrong! I just can’t, I am sorry. It just felt unreal and flat to me.

The flashbacks in this book felt like it was forced to make the readers to understand what Rio’s mother had been through as the Minister. Some of the flashbacks in this book are not needed and some are necessary but most of them, I would say 40% of them are not needed.

Remember the things that I said about the dragging scenes earlier on? Yep, one of them was about her crying for ages. I know, she had been through a lot but crying in almost every chapters in the book? No. Please, stop. Stop..

Now, let us move on to the writing style for this book.

Writing:

The writing style for this book was beautiful, gorgeous and pretty. Yes, I just used the synonyms for beautiful.. (Why did I do that?) But, what I was actually trying to say is her writing style for this book was crisp, lyrical and articulate. 

Her descriptions around the protagonist, Rio was fantastic. I loved how Ally described the world around Rio, she made it sound so real and so beautiful that I wish I can visit the place one day.

The characters that she had created felt real and raw and innocent that I sincerely wish that they were my friends. Ever since I have finished the book, the characters from the book visited one of my dream and they talked to me like I am their old friend. Just, beautiful characterization!

I loved how, like I have said earlier, Ally had written about the relationship between Rio and her twin sister, Bay. It was beautiful and unique because I have not really read any books about twins other than Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Which I loved).

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Rio: I did not really like her as a character in this book, to be honest. Because, number one, she cried in almost every chapter in the book and number two, she was a pretty weak character but I loved her determination to get to her sister and her pretty kick-ass attitude towards the others.

Maire: I did not trust her in the beginning of the book. Heck, I did not even like her in the beginning of the book. But, when I reached to the end of the book, I started to like her bits by bits because of her character redemption. So, yes. I liked Maire as a character now.

Bay: She was the only one that I actually loved as a character in this book. She was brave, strong and she had a purpose in life: to protect her sister! I really enjoyed reading about her.

True: I liked him. But, unfortunately, I did not like the love interest between him and Rio in this book. He was a little shy, kind, protective (A little too protective, actually) and funny at times. Even though I disliked the love interest, I still liked him as a character in this book.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 70%. It was great but it did not blow my mind away.

“We are not lost mermaids with seaweed hair and coins for eyes, but human girls, alive and found.
We are sisters, and we did not drown.”- Atlantia, Ally Condie.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Atlantia by Ally Condie! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

July TBR

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and Welcome to my June TBR… Wait, it is July! I cannot believe it is already July! June flew by so quickly that I have not had the chance to finish my June TBR! (The one that I said I was determined to gobble them up… But failed to do it)*Tears* 

Last month, I finished reading 6 books and they were Atlantia by Ally Condie, Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Noggin by John Corey Whaley and Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd. I will be linking the book reviews down below: 

So, without further ado, let us get into the July TBR!


1. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.


I am currently reading this book and let me tell you this: It is fantastic! I am currently at page [168/606] and I am already loving it! I don’t normally read thriller or horror but this book grips me! 


2. Chasing Butterflies by Rod Matinez

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Synopsis:

Devastation is coming, not just for Palm Creek, Florida – a small town just a few miles from Cape Kennedy and N.A.S.A. – but eventually – it could destroy the entire eastern Florida coast if it isn’t stopped.

A predator with mysterious origins and no understanding of its inherent danger is on the prowl with seemingly nothing that can stop it. It hosts a cancer of epic proportions, not only the kind that eats away at your body – it’s also the kind that transforms your soul. Four total strangers from different walks of life will be on a mission, they just don’t know it yet. And the decisions and outcomes of these four unlikely friends will either save or destroy the populace.


This book was sent by Nuff said publishing company for me to review! I cannot wait to read this book after I finish reading Night Film. The synopsis intrigued me and that cover intrigued me as well. So, I can’t wait!


3. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Synopsis:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


I have my eye on this book for awhile now and I have finally decided to read this book this month! I cannot wait to share my thoughts and feels on this book to you all.. Also, I cannot wait to read it!


4. The Blood Mage by Aimee Davis

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Synopsis:

Monster. Murderer. Oathbreaker. 

Three years after the events leading to the deaths of her friend and lover, twenty-one-year-old Alena Kozlov is still trying to outrun her past. But the darkness within her is not something she can simply leave behind. 

The nightmares plaguing her become reality when a familiar face seeks her out in her isolated desert home bearing news that awakens all she’s tried to keep locked inside. There’s a promise she made long ago she’s determined to keep, even if it means she will have to tear what remains of herself, and her world, apart. 

To save her friends, she may have to become the monster once more. But fear is not for the damned.


Oh my goodness. I have been anticipating this book ever since I finished The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis. I cannot wait to read this book because the first book ended with a cliffhanger! So, two words: Can’t Wait!

(Thank you Aimee, for sending me this book!)


5. Feed by M.T Anderson

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Synopsis:

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. 


I am bringing this book back to my July’s TBR because I have not had the chance to read it in June. So, Can’t wait to read it!


6. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens.

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


If you have read my ‘The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick‘ book review, you will know that I absolutely loved that book. Because I loved The Ghost Of Heaven so much, I bought Marcus Sedgwick’s other book and that’s Midwinterblood. I can’t wait to read Midwinterblood! I bet it is going to be EPIC!


This is the end of my July TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your July TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors

Hey guys! It’s Max here and welcome to probably the longest book review you will find on this blog! Today, I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on a book called ‘Zombies Vs. Unicorns’ by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld and Carrie Ryan. 

Zombies Vs. Unicorns is an anthology of Zombies and Unicorns. Please take note that there isn’t any story regarding to Zombies fighting Unicorns or the other way around. There are short stories of Zombies and short stories of Unicorns only.

So, without further ado, let us get into this already long review.

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

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I loved how minimalistic this book cover is!

“If you love someone, you’re not supposed to want them to come back. Better a peaceful sleep in the earth than the life of a zombie–not really dead but not really alive, either.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original, tongue-in-cheek anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of  spectacular short stories. Contributors include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative, laugh-out-loud collection that will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the introduction in each of the story that was presented in the book. Every introduction began with a heated conversation between Holly (Team Unicorn) and Justine (Team Zombie). Their conversations were mostly about how you should switch your team to Team Zombie instead of Team Unicorn or how disgusting zombies really are. While I was reading the book, I looked forward on reading the introduction of each story because I enjoyed them and it made me laughed. I am sure you will laugh as well if you read the book!

The plot of each story was unique and it proved how much time and effort the authors clicked the plot of their stories together! Some of the short stories in the book make me wish for a whole physical book dedicated to the stories I really want to read more about because some of them ended with a cliff-hanger and Oh my goodness, that’s not cool! I need more of them!

The pacing for this book was not at all fast. It was slow in some stories and fast in the others. It took me 7 days to finish the book and this book was definitely worth the time! (Even though I kind of failed my June To-Be-Read Piles…)

Some of the stories in the book dragged and let me tell you this: I did not enjoy the part where it dragged. We, as readers, tend to get bored when a story drags. So.. Yes, I did get bored and yawned a little at some point but I forced myself through those parts and the result is: I loved this book!

But I did not enjoy all the stories in the book. Some stories that were written by Libba Bray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan felt flat to me. The characters did not really appeal to me in any way and there were quite a lot of unexplained things that bothered me throughout their stories. Bu-, but, I loved their writing style which I will talk more about later on, and I will, no doubt, be reading the work they published! 

Now, let us get on with the writing style!

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Writing:

For the writing style section, I will be doing it according to whose story was presented first, second, etc. For example, Garath Nix’s story was the first story that was presented in the book, so, I am going to talk about his writing style first.

Team Unicorn: Garath Nix’s (Story Name: The Highest Justice) writing style for this book was great! It was simplistic, lyrical and articulate. Even though his story felt flat for me, I still want to read more from him and I can’t wait to read his other work beside Zombies Vs. Unicorns!

Team Zombie: Alaya Dawn Johnson’s (Story Name: Love will tear us apart) writing style for this book was simply beautiful! I found her story to be intriguing because she writes like none other authors. She wrote ‘Love will tear us apart’ in second person point of view: you. It was weird and pretty uncomfortable in the beginning, but after a while, my love for the story and her writing style started growing and I ended up really enjoying the POV.

Team Unicorn: Naomi Novik’s (Story name: Purity Test) writing style for this book was fabulous! I don’t think I can form a proper sentence… word, I mean, for her writing style.. So, I will just have to say that her writing style was fabulous.

Team Zombie: Carrie Ryan’s (Story Name: Bougainvillea) writing style was awesome! I am going to read her other work soon. Her story and her writing style pulled me in until her story ended. (And I still cannot believe it ended that way.. [Spoiler])

Team Unicorn: Margo Lanagan’s (Story Name: A Thousand Flowers) writing style was rare, I would say. Rare in saying how she changes point of views so quickly and professionally! Her story felt flat for me but her writing style totally did not!

Team Zombie: Maureen Johnson’s (Story name: The Children Of Revolution) writing style and plot were oddly beautiful and touching. Firstly, Her writing style was as clear as the crystal… If you get what I am trying to say.  Secondly, the plot of the story killed my heart and touched my heart with healing powers at the same time. I just can’t… That ending definitely destroyed me. (Sorry, I can’t tell you guys! I would be spoiling you if I have told you about the ending!)

Team Unicorn: Diana Peterfreund’s (Story name: The care and feeding of your killer baby unicorn) writing style was very lyrical! Her writing style makes me want to read her other work, such as, ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ now! Her writing style was truly a work of art!

Team Zombie: Scott Westerfeld’s (Story Name: Inoculata) writing style was not my favorite in this book. His writing style was a little inarticulate and a little too flowery but I am still looking forward on reading his other work even though I didn’t really like his writing style and the story!

Team Unicorn: Meg Cabot’s (Story Name: Princess PrettyPants) writing style was fantastic! I did not really like her writing style in the beginning because I found it to be indirect, but I have grown to love her writing as the story progressed further. 

Team Zombie: Cassandra Clare’s (Story name: Cold Hands) writing style was great.. As always! Her story was bittersweet and I loved it! I will be reading ‘The Mortal Instrument’ Series soon! 

Team Unicorn: Kathleen Duey’s (Story name: The Third Virgin) writing style was clean and articulate. Basically, the plot of her story was about a unicorn becoming suicidal. Kind of weird because I have never thought of unicorns turning suicidal. Now, the story sticks in my head ever since I finished the book.

Team Zombie: Libba Bray’s (Story name: Prom Night) writing style was consistence and fabulous! I loved her writing style, but unfortunately, the story she wrote felt flat for me.. But, I am still looking forward on reading ‘The Diviners’ book trilogy by her!   

Characters:

For the characters section, I am just going to talk about a few characters in the book that I loved! So, let us get on with it!

Jess (From The Highest Justice): She was a character that was brave, badass and kind. She is, no doubt, in my favorite characters list and I wish we can have a physical book fully dedicated to her and her trials in the throne. 

Grayson (From Love will tear us apart): She is definitely the best character in the book! She had a great character growth in a short story. She was not kind and not a good person. That’s all I am going to talk about her because I do not want to spoil the surprise for you guys!

Iza (From Bougainvillea): She had… a great character growth but the character growth came crashing down at the end of the story. To be honest, I kind of died off a little because she had potential but she turned into what her [Spoiler] was. But, all in all, I still loved her.

Wen (From The Care and Feeding of your Baby Killer Unicorn): She was pretty weak in the beginning, but her character growth increased as the story proceeded. Wen was kind, a little annoying, brave and adventurous! I loved her character in this book!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 80% rating. I loved it and I recommend you all to check this book out! 

“She feels like someone has planted a tree in her chest and then pressed fast foward on the world, branches growing and twisting and pushing her apart from the inside.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Carrie Ryan.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Zombies Vs. Unicorns! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!