Book Review

The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! I hope this year will be ebullient for you and your reading experience will surpass and enhance its focus on the good books instead of the bad.

As for today, we shall review a book called ‘The Stars Never Rise’ By Rachel Vincent and I pretty much enjoyed the process of reading this novel. So, without further ado, let us dive right into the review! 

WAIT!

There is an announcement in which I would like to make. The reviews that I will be hosting from now onwards might differ from the ones that I did last year as I would like to manufacture a discrete style for my blog posts and reviews. Therefore, if you have grown accustomed to my older reviews and blog posts style, I would like to make an apology here for transmuting it.

In that case, here is what is to be expected for my later posts:

  • Book-related Discussions 
  • Different type of reviewing style
  • More ‘blogging’ my experience with a book
  • and more…

Thus, let us commence!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

My Introspection:

This novel was marketed as a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance and those elements were definitely ensconced in this novel but the genre that had a blind drawn to it was the dystopia ambience. Let us take a look at the society that the characters were existing in:

“Of course blasphemy is a sin. A lesser infraction than fornication and heresy, but grievous offense a strict matron like Sister Camilla would never let slide. Even in a five-year-old.

Especially a five-year-old who’d already demonstrated a precocious gift for profanity.

Sister Camilla dragged Matthew onto the stone dais in the center of the courtyard, then forced him to kneel. She was still scolding him while she flipped a curved piece of metal over each of his legs, just above his calves, then snapped the locks in place, confining the five-year-old to his knees in the freezing rain.”

In what world would you allow a child to freeze to his death in the rain? I can comprehend that it is not right to sacrilege but to punish a child this way is basically child-abuse. Moreover, this is a society controlled by the church itself because the world was overrun by demons and only the church could produce exorcists by training people to fight against them and send them back to Hell. Either way, it is still child-abuse to say the least.

In this book, we follow two sisters as they struggled to survive from the society and their mother who neglected them. Due to the lack of dime, they journeyed around their neighbourhood and the stores around that perimeter to steal items in which they found useful for the either school or living purposes. 

School, which was again, jurisdiction by the Church determined whether or not a boy or a girl gets to keep their sexual organs and they will inspect in detail on a boy’s sperm count or a girl’s ability to bear children or their genetic features, if they failed to receive the appropriate measurements, their sexual organs will ultimately, undergo the final process: sterilization.

Those declared fit would be given a second assessment before marriage, and a third when they applied for a parenting license.

Those declared unfit would be scheduled for sterilization. Immediately.

And, unfortunately, it was the year where Nina’s (protagonist) sister- Millie will be going through the test and that’s where the story starts because Nina’s sister was pregnant and Millie ran away from her designed position as fornication was a sin and thus, resulting in a thousand thoughts through Nina’s mind.

One day, the year I was nine, Clare had refused to  kneel for worship. They gave her three chances. Brother Philip said refusing to recognize the Church’s authority was the first sign of possession. He called in an exorcist, and two hours later, Clare was sentenced. The exorcist said that since her possession was recent, her souls could be returned to the well of souls- if it were purified by fire.

They forced her to her knees on the dais, closed the steel cuffs above her calves, then burned her alive in front of the entire school.

She was seventeen years old.

What if they thought Melanie was possessed?

Now, I would like to talk about the pacing of the novel. I read this novel in the course of two days due to the jam-packed action sequences, the suspense and ultimately, the atmosphere of the novel. Moreover, the information that was given throughout the novel did not fall into the prey of ‘dump-n-go’ instead, it came by smoothly and allowed us to understand what’s actually going on before leaving for its goal. So, if you are a fast reader, this book will most likely take a day for you to finish. If you are a slow reader, at most 4 days. 

The world-building and the writing style were what I liked most about this novel. The style of writing was lyrical and it ran as lustrous as a silk word after word and because of its sleek state, it had contributed a huge factor to the world building of this book due to the descriptions that were punctured around the protagonist’s line of vision and the explanation adjoined to the system of its world and what had made it the way it was since a century or more ago. From the useful information to the tectonic writing style, it is hard to dislike this novel.

The complex family dynamics in this story were portrayed realistically and it offered a glimpse at what it was like before and what it was like now, how drastically different can a relationship be from a young age to an older age:

Since she’d stopped eating, talking, and coming out of her room even to yell at us. Over the past year, her angry, resentful tirades had faded into listless neglect as my mother retreated into her own head, into her room, and into nights spent out and days spent sleeping. Or unconscious. Or both.

The function of a demon was being explained in length and unlike other novels which usually just brush off the abilities of a demon or what will happen if a demon overtakes your body, this novel explains it in detail:

Disembodied demons have to find someone who’s sick or hurt or under some sort of chemical influence. Or even just someone sleeping. If the demon finds a body before he’s sucked back into hell… ta da! You have a newly possessed citizen, which means the ‘exorcists’ have failed.

I know I had already said my ‘favorite’ part of the novel but I have one more to share with you guys before we move into the dislikes that I had with this book. And that is: The characters! All of them are so likable and I had such a great time reading about how they team up to kick some demon ass. Take Nina as an example: She is a strong female lead with much independence and had a headstrong personality that dared people to contradict her beliefs. 

I wanted to be as straightforward and bold as he was, because he deserved that, but I had no experience with being straight forward and bold. I had experienced lying, and clothing myself in the darkness if in nothing else, and stealing, and paying high price for the things Mellie and I couldn’t survive without.

The team consists of: Finn, Maddock, Reese, Grayson and Devi. All of them had vastly different personalities and I would note on Devi, most of all. She was the most stubborn girl in the group and she, kind of or may, enjoy contradicting Nina which most of the time exploded in up rage. 

Well, on to my dislikes:

The freaking insta-love. I cherished the characters and how they handled the situations that they were positioned in but with the two of them that had barely known each other, was together for less than 24 hours and the mutual attraction mostly comes from Finn’s eye colour and Nina’s looks, it was pretty quixotic. If only they had known each other before all of these were pushed forward… If only the romance comes a little later in the novel, the story would get 95% from me. 

Another one of my dislikes was the fact that towards the end of the novel, the plot points started running thin and it was easy to discern as the author started stretching out certain scenes and it resulted in a slope on the hill for me. In other words, it fell flat. If only the ending was a little more epic, the story will be extremely fantastic.

And those are my only complaints.

In conclusion, I shall award this novel a 70%. I enjoyed almost everything that was presented in this novel and it is confirmed that I will be reading the next book in this duology because I need to know how it ends. So, I highly encourage you to give this wondrous novel a try!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent! 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

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS || BOOK REVIEW

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a long-awaited review on a book called ‘The Girl On The Train’ By Paula Hawkins. This is a highly-acclaimed novel and it was frequently compared to ‘Gone Girl’, another screw the pooch book that I had yet to read. Truth to be told, I did not like this book as much as everyone else seemed to enjoy and I will tell you why later in the review.

To be honest with you, I do not know how to summarize this book but all I can tell you is that this is an ‘Adult, Psychological Thriller’ novel that will make you either addle your brain with a concussion as a friend or make you dispute yourself on why you even read this book in the first place. I am the latter.

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

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

My Thoughts: The Beginning

This novel was frequently compared to Gone Girl for its plot twists and messed out plotlines. However, after I had experienced reading this book, I do not know or I highly doubt that I would enjoy the process of reading Gone Girl because I did not exactly relish on how the story was unfurled here and I shall let you all know why.

By the way, this review will not consist of the usual segments such as Writing Styles and Characters as I would like to try combining both of those segments in this section. Furthermore, this review will be kept short because it is a twisted thriller novel and I do not wish to spoil you with the knowledge of this novel that I had in my mind. Thus, let us begin! 

➵ Pros

I savoured the writing style that the author had provided for us in this novel because not only was it easy to read and get through because of the addictive element that the author had annexed into the making of this novel which of course, made this novel entertaining but the author’s writing style was perfect for concealing some facts about certain characters and later used it to confuse the reader and ultimately, reveal her genius plan to make everything right. I thought it was well done and I would, honestly, give Ms Hawkins another chance on reading her latest work if not for the ‘Cons’ which I will later share with you all. 

Moving on, I would like to converse on the atmosphere of the novel. I enjoyed the ambience of anticipation, suspense (as long as it lived) and the feeling of desire in this novel. The air of perplexity will be spoken more about later in the Cons section and as for now, I would state that I appreciated it while it lasted because it commenced dispersing when the book progressed. However, the ambience of anticipation and the feeling of desire were there throughout the novel and I thought it was blended conscientiously and agilely. The constant hit of the atmosphere would have you wanting to feel bad for the characters and thus, I enjoyed the ambience of the novel.

Now, I would fancy addressing the idea of the novel. The idea was immeasurable albeit, the execution of the novel was amateurish. I loved the fact that this was included: A random passerby witnessed a ‘crime-scene’ and thought she was to be involved as she had valuable information to provide to the police but little does she know that she was actually involved in the whole situation. 

The idea was great alright! I thought it could do the idea justice if the execution was not half as bad as what this book had provided. Oh, wells, another idea had gone to waste, at least, that is what I thought. 

Finally, I savoured on the pacing of the novel. This novel was fast-paced and thrilling in the first 100 pages as you would like to acquire information on what in the living world is going on and in the last 200 pages of the novel, certain scenes were dragged and thus, it tarnished the golden plate of being ‘fast-paced’ but still, it went on decent speed. If it was not for the pacing, I thought I would end up DNF-ing the novel right there on the spot because the characters did not hold my attention as they do not have anything special to share and bestow on their readers. So, if you would love to read a thriller that is fast-paced, do give this novel a read, I guess?

➵ Cons

The characters’ developments in this novel were almost non-existent. We had three narratives in this novel: Rachel, Anna and Megan. One is a drunk, another is a cheat and the last is a liar. None of them is reliable which I thought, when I was reading the first 200 pages of the novel, was the strongest point of the novel but as the story proceeded, my mind started to wonder whether it is actually the most influential point of it all and here is why I thought it was not as mighty as it had appeared:

Anna, who was regarded as the third protagonist of the novel had the least page count and therefore, I dismissed the fact that she was a protagonist and placed her, in my mind, as a side character. Now, side characters in novels can grow too but Anna only had a minimum development when the last page was disclosed. Her attitude towards Rachel had a slight improvement and I thought that was great to see but that does not terminate the fact that she almost had no development. Also, her character was not as well-built as I initially thought it would. Her character was just there to play the role as a cheat and that’s all it is. No dwelling into her family history and her life before she became a cheat, just purely her cheating self.

Rachel, who was the main protagonist of the novel had the most page count and we are mostly in her head. Gosh, she was such an imbecile. I enjoyed her flaws, initially, as it made the characters more fleshed out and real but as the story progressed forwards, I thought otherwise. Here’s a question: If someone understands that they require full attention on something, they would not- first thing, run to drink alcohol, that would only make the situation worse as it would cause drowsiness if one does not handle the amount of liquor they consume. This person is, with no doubt in mind, Rachel! She was conscious that she should not drink when she is going out to ‘interrogate’ someone but she did it anyways! When I thought she would quit drinking, like what she had said in the book, she went out and disappointed me. Clearly, she continued drinking until the novel ended. So, there was not any character development. However, she was better built than Anna, her history and experiences were written on the page and we could somehow sympathize with her but that is it. No character development in sight.

Megan, who was the liar that had ill intentions. I will not go in-depth with her character as she was twisted and you had got to read the novel to understand her but I would say that she does see the light in the end. She understood what she did was wrong and somehow made a really minor character development by rectifying her past mistakes. By mistakes, I meant to say lots of them. Her history was clearly written on the pages as well, perhaps even more in-depth than our main protagonist’s history. So, if I were to choose one character to root for, not that I liked any of them, I would have to choose Megan as she was the most developed character in this novel.

Moving on, I hated the fact that I knew who the killer was even before it was revealed. Now, I am not an avid reader of the genre of thriller, I tend to gravitate towards Fantasy and Young Adult Fiction novels and even I seem to notice who the killer was before it was unveiled. I thought this was to be blamed on certain plot details that were exposed in the first 100 pages of the novel which was when the book switched protagonist to Megan’s. I cannot help but kept some important points in my head and when the killer was revealed to be this ‘person’, I completely lost interest from this book because of how noticeable it was. So, in truth, the plot twist did not surprise me at all and I hope it does not do the same to you.

The relationship was something that I absolutely despised in this novel. Again, the first 100 pages of this novel, the author allowed us glimpses of the broken relationships and the abuses that some of the characters took on from their partners but after a while, everything just suspended. The bonding between characters does not mend, not that I want them to, but realistically, if you have been through something traumatic with someone and they shared the burden with you, you would find the bond between this human being to strengthen but in this novel, it does not. So, that is all I am going to say.

Moreover, there was some plot hole in this novel and it hindered my mind that it was so prominent. I do not want to spoil the book but the plot hole is about: one of the main characters in the book is cheating on her husband with 2 guys and when the killer was revealed, everything had gotten muddied. If you have read the book, you would know what plot hole I am conversing on.

Finally, I would like to discuss the atmosphere specifically, the air of suspense of this novel. The air of suspense was thick when this novel first introduced us that one of the prominent figures in this novel had died. It kept us reading to find out how the plot would escalate from therein. However, as the story progresses, the ambience of the novel started thinning and that made the ending flat because the air of suspense just evaporated. It happened because there was not much plot to support the backbone of the story and somewhere in the middle, the story dragged with Rachel being a drunk. Therefore, I did not really like the ambience of the novel except for certain parts of it.

Overall: The Ending

With my flaming hatred for this novel, I shall award this book with a 29% rating as it had some redeeming qualities and I thought it was not half as bad as some books that I had read this year. Thus, the result for this novel is uttered.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins! 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

THE NEST BY KENNETH OPPEL || BOOK REVIEW

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘The Nest’ By Kenneth Oppel today! I found this novel randomly in a book sale and the cover had latched itself on to my brain and before I knew what I was doing, I placed it in the cart. And thank goodness I placed it in the cart and did not have second thoughts about it because I enjoyed this novel immensely!

The Nest is a Middle-Grade, Magical Realism novel that follows a boy named Steve whose family is going through a depressing period due to their New Born baby’s health condition and how it affects Steve’s mood as this sort of thing continues to occur.

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

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

For some kids, summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us initiate this review by conversing on the World-building and the atmosphere of this novel. There, honestly, was not any need for world-building as this world coalesced with the real world but the landscape which I will talk more about later on in the review, was described beautifully and every scene was crafted as if they were canvases filled with wonderful art. 

In addition, the atmosphere of the novel was dark and sometimes, fun. It was dark because of the materials that the author had resolved to annexe to the book and the insane approach behind new specimens producing a baby using their own way and letting the baby eat odd viands to fill their stomach to provide minerals for the body to function. It was fun because it is a middle-grade novel and the characters’ have an obnoxious and naive mindset that allows its readers to Laugh Out Loud. Therefore, I truly enjoyed the combination of dark and fun surrounding the ambience of the novel.

Furthermore, I would like to converse on the pacing of the novel. The pacing was expeditious because of the darkness and the addictive quality that the book has to it. The darkness of the book, like what we had discussed earlier, had a ting of what felt death and pain and the addictive quality of the novel had made the pages to fly through faster than it ought to be. The fonts for this novel was gigantic and the writing was easy to read and if you are a fast reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 2 hours. If you are a slow reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 3.5 hours.

Before we move into the final paragraph, I would like to discuss the relationship factor in the novel. The relationships between the characters are a little broken and disconnected. For example, the broken relationship between the protagonist and his family members due to the baby’s illness. Also, when Steve finally connected with someone or something that he thought was at his side to make amends to his sad life, the ‘thing’ went and stabbed him in the back. I enjoyed the portrayal of this kind of relationships in books, it showed a side of the world and widen the horizon of our imaginations.

Finally, I would appreciate bestowing some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“The baby was warm against my chest. I knew I was broken too. I wasn’t like other people. I was scared and weird and anxious and sad lots of the time, and I didn’t know why. My parents thought I was abnormal, I was pretty sure. They said I wasn’t, but you don’t get sent to a therapist if you’re normal.

Sometimes we really aren’t supposed to be the way we are. It’s not good for us. And people don’t like it. You’ve got to change. You’ve got to try harder and do deep breathing and maybe one day take pills and learn tricks so you can pretend to be more like other people. Normal people. But maybe Vanessa was right, and all those other people were broken too in their own ways. Maybe we all spent too much time pretending we weren’t.”

The above Quote is important as I will be talking more about it later in the review…

And…  

“A feeling is not a fact.” 

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The style of writing for this novel was conversational, emphatically and articulate. Like the review that I had posted before this, we shall break down each of the styles that were used to compose this book. 

↠ Conversational

This novel had more ‘tell than show’. Most of the information that we garner comes from the conversation or speech that the protagonist has with a person other than himself. I thought it was easy to read and was swiftly glimpsed through and it would appeal to a child in Primary school to easily grasp what the book was prattling about. 

Furthermore, I thought this type of writing style was fantastic for a middle-grade novel and it could easily hold a child, who has no love for reading, to start reading! Thus, I enjoyed the conversational style of writing for this novel.

Emphatically

Here’s the definition of this distinct writing style:

Making your meaning very clear because you have very strong feelings about a situation or subject.

I had placed ‘Emphatically’ here because I thought the story was written clearly and the meaning and feelings behind the story had a clear indication and would allow younger readers to get the message on what the author was trying to say.

↠ Articulate

The description of the protagonist’s surrounding and landscape was well described. You can totally picture the main character’s house, the Queen’s nest and what the baby was feeding on. With those images in mind, it radiates off a sense of excitement and horror that will make you both squirm and widen your pupils with delight. 

The writing style articulates the feelings and allows us, readers, to feel the landscape and to find it authentic. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style for this novel.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Steve

He is an eleven-year-old kid who suffered from OCD even though it was just briefly glimpsed through in the novel, it was clear that he was suffering from it because of this sentence:

At school, I drank only from some certain water fountain, and I washed my hands between every class. I also had hand sanitizer with me, just in case.

The thing that I did not really relish this novel was the fact that the mental illness was just quoted once in the book, and never again. I thought it would be ampler, since it was a children’s book, to elucidate what it is to adequately understand the terminology.

Other than that, I thought he was a strong boy who was going through the process of family depression and the battle with his mental illness. Although he did break down sometimes because it was too much for him to handle, he still continued to rise back up to his feet to fight for what is right and proceeded to live on with his life! Thus, I thought Steve was a great role model in this novel.

The Queen

She was a complex character, alright. Initially, she was a warm and kind-hearted ‘angel’ or ‘wasp’, whatever, but the thing was that her motive had gradually changed over the course of the months to so-called ‘repair’ the baby so that it will be healthier and livelier. 

I thought her characteristics were really well planned because it was unexpected that she was a two-faced wasp and actually did not give a crap about other people’s feelings and expectations except her own. Therefore, I enjoyed her as a character in this book!

 Parents

In the course of this 244 pages novel, the parents were present most of the time and spent those page time being depressed, disappointed and afraid and it was realistic as I responded the equivalent behaviour when the baby was first acquainted as sick due to a congenital disease that threatened the child’s life.

Their sorrows and frustrations were understandable and reasonable. For example, the dad being short-tempered with Steve because he was going on about a bee sting and how it hurt and more. However, he always made up to him and announced that he was sorry for being so mean.

The mom, on the other hand, had sorrows too but was coping better than the dad. She was not short-tempered but she had times where the mention of the baby caused her to go rigid and spin which was, again, understandable, given a child of her own circumstances.

Thus, I liked the portrayal and the roles that the parents had in the book.

Venessa

She is the babysitter of Steve and I thought she had a wonderfully rich history about her university life and more but it was, unfortunately, not explored. However, she did discuss her organ failures and how it might, possibly, happen again and she taught us a valuable lesson with it: 

All I’m saying is, sooner or later we’re all busted-up in some way.

It meant to say that we will eventually come to an old age and our bodies will die. No matter what diseases a person had, that person is still a human and that is all that matters. No one is perfect and that’s ok. 

Venessa is pretty much this only one in the novel that teaches such valuable lessons to the children and I thought it was a great way to drive the plot forward! Thus, I enjoyed her characteristic.

Overall: The Ending

I am very much in love with this novel and even though it had some minor flaws, I am willing to overlook it due to the hard-to-get enjoyment that I had experienced with this book. Thus, I shall award this novel with 90%.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Nest By Kenneth Oppel! 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

Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be composing a review for a book called ‘Tiger Trouble’ by Grant Goodman today. Just a side note, this review might mature into, a little or more, ranty and rumbling side of me so… beware? Because I really did not enjoy the process of reading this novel.

‘Tiger Trouble’ is a Middle Grade, Fantasy novel that centres around two protagonists named Steve and Darcy and they are both from different departments: one is a Ninja and the other is an Agent. Both of their lives collide together when they accidentally release an ancient evil from a vase.

So, without further ado, let us dive right into the review!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The book was sent to me by the author for review…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen-year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve-year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the grey mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Time to read and find out!

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us commence with this review by addressing the pacing of the novel. The pacing was prominently agile in this book. It was agile because it was a noticeably diminutive book, at the length of 179 pages. It took me 2 hours to finish this novel and if you are a fast reader, you would have completed this book in about an hour time because the font of the novel is quite huge. Furthermore, it was swift because the writing style is extremely easy to be read as it is written for a younger audience. Therefore, I thought the pacing was excellent if you would like to have a quick read.

Next, I would love to chat about the atmosphere of the novel and its world-building. The ambience of the novel had a sense of giddiness and care-free kind of demeanour. Well, I thought the giddiness of the novel was easily spotted as it is in no way camouflaging in the background because this is a middle-grade novel and a sense of fun should be expressed for a younger crowd to make them feel at home. The care-free ambience was arduous to recognise, at least for me, because you had to read around the sentences to detect them. For example, the way that Steve and Sam talked to each other as if nothing had drifted between them and also, the way that Sam encouraged Steve for kicking the ‘ghost’ in the butt like nothing is going to happen to Steve. Those are the ‘care-free’ moments and ambience.

In addition, the world-building of the novel was, unfortunately, lack-lustre. This intersected with the writing style of the book which I will go into detail later on but as for now, the world-building was not well built. There were instances where I went from ‘huh?’ to ‘What?’ because the places that we glimpsed through were not well described and there were not any rich history to the location of the places where the characters were at. Therefore, I detested the world-building of this novel.

Furthermore, I would like to converse on the relationship of the novel. I, for once, was pleasantly surprised with this element in the novel! The relationship that was conveyed between a brother and a sister was very accurate and it showed a kind of personal and special bonding between the siblings to understand that they will do anything to protect one another from anyone or anything. The novel also covered on the friendship aspect which I remarkably enjoyed! It showed the value of a friendship and how, when one is angry with the other, they feel great remorse and the bonding tightens around them again. Therefore, I savoured the relationship aspect of the novel!

Moreover, I would like to comment on the action sequences in the novel. The action sequences were all pushed towards the end of the novel which was vexatious. That was not the only part which was bothersome, it was also because the sequences did not feel as exciting and enticing as it should be. I found myself getting fatigued as they were attempting to restrain the ghost into the vase. Everything just felt … really monotonous. Thus, I did not appreciate the action sequences as much as I should be.

Finally, I would appreciate conversing on the romance aspect of the novel. Thank Goodness this novel does not have any romance aspect in it! I figured if this book contained romance, it would be even graver than it already is. However, there were some hints on romance on certain characters and I think that was good enough. Not more is needed. 

Writing: The Middle

I did not sufficiently fancy the writing style for this book. The style of writing for this book was informal, ponderous and vague. We will break down each of the styles that were used actively to write this novel:

↬ Vague

The writing style for this novel was vague due to how the description of the landscape was written. This feature is connected to the world-building which we had discussed in the above section. The description of the landscape and the surrounding were mere glimpses from the character’s eyes and it was only described when the characters pondered on something and presumed it was refreshing to be recognised. 

With that, we are left with limited knowledge of the world that the author had thrown us in and insufficient ideas on the landscape of the school and how it works which will lead to the deficit of world-building and thus, it falters at the footstep of a crumbling world description.

↬ Ponderous

Allow me to demonstrate the ponderous writing that was instilled in this novel:

Steve begged his father to reconsider his decision to ground him. Steve did the unthinkable and told him about this afternoon with Kelly. Steve had never talked to his father about stuff like that. After all, what would his dad know about dates?

and there are more…

They walked home after that. Arjun’s house was on the same street as Steve’s. They didn’t say much. They were too tired and still angry at each other.

More…

Steve was looking at Ninja Kelly’s number. Steve was thinking about texting Ninja Kelly. Steve had been doing this for the past thirty minutes.

Steve … steve … STEVE! I thought these sentences could be condensed into a string of sentence that ripples placidly but unfortunately, it was written in this kind of mode and it pretty much irritated me. The use of full-stops and the lack of commas are astonishingly prominent in the writing! It was, as if, the author was trying to hit a word count or something.  

↬ Informal

With the mini demonstration above, you could see that the writing was both ponderous and informal. Informality in writing is sometimes a good thing but too much of it makes it worse and that is what had occurred here. 

Another sentence that I would like to demonstrate:

Darcy stopped taking her laptop to classes. None of the classrooms had internet access. The entire village, it turned out, had limited internet, had almost no wifi. She had never realized that schools could be built without internet access. And she never would have dreamed that an entire society of people could exist without a constant link to Worldopedia or Metube.

The biggest turn-off that I had when I read this book was this sentence that laid above of this paragraph. Not only because a character is an ignorant person, but it is also because of this: Worldopedia or Metube.

What makes me fall-out-of-love with a book is when authors try to link their stories to the real world and names such as Whatsapp and all the other apps’ names but change the names a little bit to obtain it as their own product.

That’s exactly what happened here.

Metube = Youtube

Worldopedia = Encyclopedia 

Enough said.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Steve is such a lack-lustre character! Most of the time, I questioned his intentions on certain moves and actions that he had taken that do not seem to coincide with whatever situation that they were in? Also, his character does not seem to have a single flaw which made him a little boring because he is ‘perfect’. Due to the fact that this character lacks flaws, he does not have a single string of character development. Furthermore, his character does not seem to make a mistake except for breaking the vase. Moreover, he seemed a little naive for believing that everything will be alright and we will be invincible … even though it’s totally not alright and invincibility always faltered.   

Darcy is a character that felt like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. If I have not read Harry Potter prior to reading this novel, I would not see the similarity between both of them but I spotted it and that’s that. However, unlike Hermione, Darcy was a really simple character that does not really have any other characteristic except for her excessive predilection for studying and her, being a head-strong person. If her character has more elements, she would be marked off as a good character that’s complex but unfortunately, those elements failed to show up. 

Sam is Steve’s best friend and he does not play a huge role in the novel. He just played a minor role to drive the plot forward. Honestly, he was not really needed to be included in the novel if the plot changes a little bit because apparently, he was supposed to ‘fall-in-love’ with a girl he barely knew in order to lead her to a secret passage in the museum to inadvertently break a vase filled with a dangerous being. Honestly, I do not even see a flaw or a characteristic in his characterization that I could point on. He just felt a little dull to me.

Nora is a remarkably forgettable character because right after this book had ended, I had already disremembered that she played a huge role in the novel. I reckon part of the reason why she was forgettable is that her character does not have much depth to the core of her being and all we knew about her was: she’s smart and cunning. However, the portrayal of her relationship with Steve, who is her brother, was really accurate as siblings always tease one another. If, only if, her character has more flaws and depth, it will make for a better novel and a more advanced character development.

Serena is a character who I despised in the commencement of the novel but as the book proceeded, I leisurely built to appreciate her persona. What had made me detest her character in the beginning? Her shortage of skills for addressing the right thing, in other words, rudeness that would make people weep because they think that they are not worthy in the eyes of their colleagues. She was a bully, as well, because of the way that she had chosen her choice of words and employed them to exploit others who were feeling with great compunction about themselves. And those above are the flaws that she had, gradually, improved and removed as the story advanced forwards. Therefore, character development occurred and that’s what made her a memorable character, unlike Nora.

Overall: The Ending

I was notably disappointed with this novel. Although it had some elements that I enjoyed such as the value of friendship and a string of connection with a person that the characters barely knew of, I thought the rest of the elements were shallow and sometimes, misstate itself in some places in the novel and therefore, I shall furnish this novel with a 25% rating.


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Book Review

Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be producing a book review for a book that had recently managed to burst my brain with hot glue and made me never trust an author ever again (Just Kidding) and that book is called ‘Lady Of The Shades’ By Darren Shan.

Lady Of The Shades is an adult horror story woven with the essences of a thriller novel that follows a writer named Edward Sievieking who travelled to London to get inspiration from the said-to-be haunted places for his next novel but instead, he was driven into the crazy world of lies and manipulation.

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

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“I know that no matter how lonely I get, I’ll never be truly alone again. Our loved ones don’t leave us. They just move out of sight for a while, and wait…in the shades.”- Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

Synopsis:

Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past. 

What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.

Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not…

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us commence on this review by conversing on the fact that this book is extremely underrated and underappreciated. Honestly, this is a book that deserves many readers because of the amount of effort and work put into it. Everything from the storytelling to the writing to the structure of the characters stood out among the pile of the books that are in the similar genre and I will be ticking off the list today on why you should read this wondrous novel.

The ambience around this novel had the azure of suspense, excitement and most of all, goosebumps plummeting down on your skin. My reading experience for this novel was enhanced by these determinants and it will give you all an assistance on interpreting the novel and concede its readers to be addicted to it until the very end of the novel. However, the first 30 pages or so had a dearth of atmosphere but from there on, it swells up and steers the ambience into your eyes.

The pacing for this novel which we will be talking about next had a quintessential balance between the segments of the story where the author felt should take it slow and other parts where the author took the story in a rollercoaster ride. This book took me two days to finish due to how addicted I was to the story and how fast the pages and words flew passed my eyes and brains. Genuinely,  I wonder how my brain cells were able to take in the information but either way, it was a pleasant ride to be in. 

Diving further into the review, I would like to discourse on the world building that this book had bestowed upon itself. The world, like what the synopsis of the blockbuster had stated, was set in London and there were not any real ‘world-building’ needed as it was set in our world, however, the description of the streets and the pavements were described marvellously, it felt as though I was a visitor of London, pondering on its streets and looking for direction from locals. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed how the author set up and described its location and surrounding.

Now, we will be counterbalancing on the plot, the plot twists and the plot holes of the novel. The plot centres around a writer who has disembarked on a trip to London to acquire ideas from the surrounding to receive new information that would be useful for his upcoming novel. However, as time passes by, he fell in love with a woman named ‘Daleena’ and slowly but surely, he uncovers the truth beneath her and understands that she has a sort of motivation getting close to him. 

Even that mini description of the book makes me wary of delivering the foremost plot and its plot twists away. So, I have decided to stop describing and move on with the segment where I confer on the plot twists.

The plot twists which were the most consequential strength of the novel, mess with your brain until you challenge yourself on which is valid and which is altered. The complexity of the well-crafted plot twists was astutely managed and they were strung together and tied to a knot in the end. It was pretty bizarre how they all tied up perfectly because there were so many plot twists and it launches readers off their tracks and oftentimes when I thought I had the flimsiest idea of what was going on and Darren accomplished to twist the story around again. The writer contrived to keep track of all the twists and turns he had inscribed and therefore, we shall applause Darren for such crazy twists.

Before we reach the final paragraph of this section, I would like to discuss the relationships factor of this novel. Ed and Daleena affection for each other was too much of an insta-love for me considering the fact that the author described the main character as secretive and ‘keep-to-himself’ type of person. However, I enjoyed the friendship between Ed and Joe (not going to spoil but something definitely happen here) and thought that Joe was a good friend for Ed’s mental health. I, for once, loved the bad blood between Ed and Dash, it definitely was entertaining to see the sub-plot driving the story forward and provided such a significant amount of work for the primary plot. Therefore, I enjoyed the relationship factor of the novel.

Finally, I will be giving out some iconic quotes that I found in the novel that are instantly my favourite as my eyes landed on them:

“John Nilson dos Linos was brushing dandruff from his hair when he was executed.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

“I’ve been grinding away on the plot of the book, trying to figure out why my lead character was killed. It can’t be random. The story is crying out for a reason that will drive the narrative forward, but I can’t decide what it should be.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

Just a side note, I would not recommend people who are under the age of 15 to read this novel as it contained a plethora of vulgar language and plenty of ‘scenes’ that were unpleasant to the children poor eyes. So, do keep that in mind if you are picking this novel up.

The style of writing for this novel was lyrical, easy to read and sometimes, messy. It was lyrical and easy-to-read because of the way it was written. I should now present to you a snippet of the passages from the novel to allow you all to view on the wondrous writing style:

‘Oh stop.’ I grimace, and lay my free hands over hers. ‘How’d you like to become my agent?’

‘What’s the starting salary?’

‘Nothing.’

‘I’ll take it.’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This conversation made me laugh out loud and it was such a good time between the characters and the interaction was marvellous before everything began to fall between them, starting from the trust factor to the relationship factor.

Simon Dale?’ I gasped.

‘Wait,’ Andeanna interrupts. ‘The guy who killed your friend in the army?’

‘Yes.’

‘What the hell was he doing there?’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This was amusing as well but the tone of the novel had eclipsed over here. The story went from all sunbeams to a cryptic and dreary day in London. They were conversing on their past and the number of deaths that the characters were responsible for and how in the world they would be able to live and cope with it and what would their future hold for them?

However, the writing style was a little all over the place due to the phonetics used. Sometimes, I had to grasp what the author was trying to shed light on but other than that, I thought it was a very well-written novel.

Finally, I would love to discuss the ending of the novel. I did not like the epilogue of this novel because it ended on a note that does not make sense and it almost ruined the story for me but I thought 95% of the novel was gorgeous and the last 5% messed it up for me. Therefore, I am taking 10% away from the rating mainly because the epilogue frustrated me to no end.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Edward was a reticent person who had an obscure history and he could perceive the horrifying spirits that delved and loitered around him. He would sometimes be an absolutely vicious person when he dissed on Joe’s scars that were caught from the fire and threatened to murder the humans that were getting in his way. He had also loomed on the fact that he aspired to maltreat Daleena, a person that he loved, for not showing up on a specific occasion. I would add that he was a grey character as he knew what was wrong when it was performed and sworn not to do it again unless it was necessary. Given his violent history, it would not be surprising to see it being re-enacted on the people he loved but he definitely had some character arc that was perfect for the story.

Joe and Daleena, uprightly, I do not even know how to speak about their characters because these characters screwed me up so badly that they made everything hard to converse on. Well, I’ll try!

*sips ginger tea*

Joe was smart, witty and is obsessed with Ed’s books. He was a friend that Ed made in London and they loved to exchange plot devices and discussed on the places where Ed could visit to make a new perspective on his book. He was covered in beard because he wanted to conceal the scars that burned his body when he was younger. He does not have a character arc because he does not need it because at the end of the novel, everything will be explained and you will understand what I meant by it.

Daleena was a beautiful young lady who was also obsessed with Ed’s books, was very ‘said-to-be-naive’ and pressured. Her abusive husband often laid hands on her and she could not get away because he was part of the mafia and would find her if she had gotten away. She had a son named Greygo and would risk anything to protect him until Ed came along and she fell unconditionally in love with him and if you thought that was the end of the story, well, it’s not. Daleena was manipulative and would do anything to get what she had wanted- revenge. She plotted everything to allow her husband to be killed and framed on innocent people to escape from the crime that she had produced. Thus, I would call her a grey character as well.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel an 80% rating for its combination of excitement, suspense and how clever this novel was created. However, it has its flaws and therefore, the rating. I will be checking out more of Darren Shan works as he is an absolutely fantastic writer. I think you guys should check this novel out as well! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan! 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

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a widely cherished and a novel which was famously published called ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ By Ransom Riggs today! I know, it has been some time (3 months, Max) since I last posted a book review and likewise, a blog post, however, I would clarify my disappearance and ‘existence’ in my next blog post named ‘Word My Life: Blog edition’ where you will be fully immersed into my life? I guess. So, stay tuned for that! 

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel which follows a 16-years-old teenage boy named Jacob as he deliberated through the somewhat ‘ambiguous’ demise of his grandfather and what his remaining last statements actually meant.

Without further ado, let us dive right into the book review!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is ‘partly‘ spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Synopsis:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very 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. 

My thoughts: Introduction

I would like to commence with this discussion by elucidating on the cover of the canto. The cover resembles the genre of horror and it initially reeled me away from purchasing the novel, but as time had passed, voyeurism had gotten the best of me and I had decided to acquire the volume and read it. Now, for people who are leery of the horror genre, you need not fear to read this novel as it does not slither or show an abundance of tactile sensation in the novel except for the vintage photographs which I will be presenting in the later paragraph as it requires a section of its own. So, do not be deliberated and pick this novel up if you have undergone the obligation to study it.

To begin with this review officially, I would like to talk about the lack of plot that this book had contained. There was enough action to move the plot along in the last 25% and personally, I thought the last 25% was not as exciting as I had hoped it would be. I thought the middle chunk of the novel was interesting as we learnt about the world and the magic system. The first 25% lack serious plotlines which in turn, made the pacing run at a slower pace and lose its readers. Therefore, I personally thought that there should be more action and plot to move the story along instead of staying stagnant and repeat timelines that were already described and explained.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere and world-building of the novel. The ambience of the novel was empyreal and it had a stainless discretion of the dream-like state, fantastical element and dilemma. The writer had a way to juggle around with the atmosphere and not lose grip from it. Therefore, I had to give props to the author for creating such a wondrous atmosphere.

The world-building was really well formulated as well. The scenery and the parcel of the estate were falsified consistently and the dialect and the physiques around the sphere were also expedited and fleshed out which made the world building so phenomenal. The dwellings and the children were also well represented. Thus, I enjoyed both the world-building and the ambience of the novel.

Now, we will pontificate on the plot-holes before we sink into my favourite quotes paragraphs. There definitely were several instances where I went ‘huh?’ and ‘wait what?’ and I caught myself laughing because of the confusion but here are some questions I covet it will be answered in the next book:

  1. Do the items that they have acquired from the market goes back to the market as the day restarts?
  2. How did they create the timeloop?
  3. Why are there other loops in the B.C years and who had them created?

My favourite quotes from the book will be listed below as I had a feeling that they will either get stuck with me for a while or I just thought they were iconic and fancy to be read by my face:

“Wait here.
Hell I am. Why?
Because you’re six-five and have green hair and my grandfather doesn’t know you and owns lots of guns.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“The day that lay before (was) full of infinite possibilities, though in a million superficial ways it was identical to the day before.” – ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“Though I imagine we’re killing ourselves right now in all manner of ways that’ll seem insane to people in the future. And as doors to the next world go, a bog ain’t a bad choice. It’s not quite water and it’s not quite land – it’s an in-between place.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was a little lack-lustre, uninspired and a little dull like a knife or a pencil that had not been sharpened in a long time. To clarify the dullness, the writing had a sense that I was plodding through the forest, eagerly trying to grind through the ground that was surrounded by altitudinous grass and daddy-long-legs. Perhaps I should give you all a glimpse of the writing style?

“Will you quit shouting and let me bleed in peace!” 

First of all, if a person is bleeding and is an adult in a child’s body, I do not think that they will speak like that unless they are extremely frustrated with the blood dispersing from their body. In this case, he was not frustrated: just trying to act tough which will always end in a bad way because right after this sentence, if my memory serves me right, he fainted. 

Secondly, the use of the exclamation marks… I know it was to emphasize that they are children and had not experienced whatever that was beyond the 3rd of September 1940 but it was pretty annoying to have exclamation marks to be thrown at your face at all corners of the book. It pretty much shows the writer’s insincerity in his writing. I just hope that in the next instalment of this series, the author reduces the use of exclamation marks.

The style that the writer had acquired and adapted to were the ones which I was not comfortable with due to the excessive use of exclamation marks which I had already explained above and the sluggish writing such as expressing objects or ideas that were already known in order to stretch out the sentences to hit the word limit and carefully enhance the number of pages which could have easily been condensed down to a quick 318 pages novel. *Sob* an overabundance of trees perished for the sake of lengthening the novel.  

However, there are two major highlights in the author’s writing that I would wish to discourse upon: the tone and the description that he had endorsed in his writing style.

The author set the tone which is interrelated to the atmosphere and settings of the novel perfectly. With a classic surplus of magic and silent ‘drop n’ go’ information about the world and its system, it kept its readers such as I, to venture deeper into the novel to snoop for the obscure quality of the writer’s intellectual invention.

The description of the novel which again intersects with the settings of the novel, allows readers to survey the panorama and the grace in its world and also, the aversion that was concealed behind of the blinds. The author described the architectures and the contemporary lives of people living in that specific domain wonderfully and further on defined the behaviours of the humans surrounding the range without a particular flaw. In addition, the writer delicately apprehended the daily talks and the accent they spoke in and knitted into the story flawlessly. Therefore, I enjoyed these 2 major aspects of the writing style.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Jacob was the protagonist that was depicted to be good but he had a lot of flaws such as being spoilt by his parents and had the need to live an extraordinary life- with or without his parents’ care and I thought this made him independent but being wealthily spoilt and rude to other fellow colleagues at his workplace was inexcusable and that, I thought, made him a genuine human that was crafted by an author. 

Although he had qualities such as the supposed ‘bravery’ and used mostly the right words to speak to his peculiars, that does not excuse him for being rude which leads to my next point. His character growth was exponential throughout the novel. He grew out from the ways he had spoken and he slowly but surely gained the momentum for being a brave teenage kid which I thought was remarkable.

However, his love interest named Emma was his grandfather’s admirer which actually sounds kind of wrong to me because you are practically stealing your grandfather’s suitor and I do not understand why Emma had to fall for Jacob instead of being just friends. Well, that leads to the next character that we will be bestowing the responsibility of this review on: Emma.

Emma is a stubborn-headed, narcissistic and rude adult who is stuck in a child’s body. She was obstinate because she does not listen to factual testimony that laid unadorned before her eyes, she was narcissistic because she only weighed on herself and how safe it was in order to protect the peculiar children instead of conversing on the fact that Jacob still have a life and a family which he had a responsibility to be right by their side to soother their family dynamics and not present them with anxiety instead of making them fret about Jacob’s well-being. Worst of all, she DOES NOT have a character growth and does not learn from her gosh darn mistakes. Oh well, finger-crossed for the next book.

This review is really shimmering my skin with ferocity. I think I should drink a cup of water before I continue…

*drinks cup*

Miss Peregrine is my favourite character in this book. She had an ambience of love for her peculiar children and gave them everything to make their lives much more interesting due to the fact that they lived on the same day over and over again. However, the children had a taste of depreciation and it saddened me to see Miss Peregrine being heartbroken over her achievements and ultimately, led to the disappointment of her own making. Miss Peregrine, I thought, was the motherly figure to these children as she protects them from danger like a mother chick and her babies. I hope they will get a taste of appreciation once again as Miss Peregrine is such an astonishing parent to the children.

Enoch is the worst character that I had ever laid my eyes on. He had ill intentions on making the children cry, a dark sense of humour and a torture device in human form. Just to give you an overall idea of the torture device thing I just said, he had the power to revive an inanimate object which means that he can also revive a dead person, if only he has enough supplies of animal organs. Victor, who is dead has a sister named Wyn and Enoch teases Wyn on her brother’s death by saying that he is going to revive him, but he did not do so which leads to Wyn‘s bawling. 

What in the… who in the world does that? I hope Hollow City has a character arc for Enoch. He can’t be this mean.

Overall: The Ending

I would award this book a 50% rating. Yes, right in the midst of my grading system. It had a plethora of blemishes which I did not personally appreciate. If you are reading or you have read it, I hope you have a pleasant experience with it. I, unfortunately, lack the experience of pleasantness when I was reading this novel. By the way, I will be reading the next book to see if the flaws have diminished, so stay tuned (again) to read my review for Hollow City!


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Book Review

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be executing a book review from a novel called ‘The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight‘ By Jennifer E. Smith today. If you cannot recognise or do not associate with who Jennifer E. Smith is, she is the author of the book called ‘This Is What Happy Looks Like‘ which I utterly despised (but that’s not what we are going to discuss on today). 

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is a Young Adult, Contemporary romance novel following a teenager named Hadley who missed her flight to London by 4 minutes and how four minutes would change her life forever.

So, without further ado, let us get into the book review for The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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“It’s one thing to run away when someone’s chasing you. It’s entirely another to be running all alone.”- The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

Synopsis:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother, Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us begin with this review by stating on the atmosphere and the world-building of the novel. The atmosphere of this novel was ethereal and the author had created this image where you could feel the particular moment coming to life due to how reality coalesced with the story and therefore, I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere that the author had created for us in this novel.

The world-building for this novel was basically just the normal world we live in. So, there was not really any world-building needed for this novel, unlike fantasy novels where worlds are built up and rules are set. Therefore, you do not need to commence on conjecturing any worlds but just to know the world that we live in.

Furthermore, the pacing of the novel was expeditious and by that, I mean remarkably agile. I finished this novel in two days due to the short length of the novel and this novel only contains about 270+ pages which allows people who are busy with life to read this novel in two sittings and to furnish an estimation on the time consumption that this book will take: *counting* 6 to 7 hours long. Thus, I highly recommend you to give this novel a shot if you are into Young Adult Contemporary Romance novel and if you do not really have the time to read, do give this book a blast because it will only take up a quarter of your day.

To those who are asking if there are any plot holes in this story, well I will just let you know that some elements were unanswered in this novel and that’s actually fine by me because some matters are better left unquestioned than acknowledged due to the fact that if the questions were elucidated, the story would not flow as well. Thus, there are plot holes but do not be wavered away by it because this novel is actually really good.

Now, I will converse on my absolute favourite quotes from this novel and they are:

“And see those clouds?’
‘Hard to miss’
‘Those are cumulus clouds. Did you know that?’
‘I’m sure I should.’
They’re the best ones.’
‘How come?’
Because they look the way clouds are supposed to look, the way you draw them when you’re a kid. Which is nice, you know? …” – 
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

“People talk about books being an escape, but here on the tube, this one feels more like a lifeline…The motion of the train makes her head rattle, but her eyes lock on the words the way a figure skater might choose a focal point as she spins, and just like that, she’s grounded again.”- The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith.

Moreover, we will now discuss on the beginning, the hook sentence and the ending of the novel. The beginning of the novel was entertaining because she missed her flight by four minutes and Hadley, the main character, started to converse on how four minutes could shape her whole life. The hook sentence for this novel really did hook me in as Hadley kept going on about how time just blundered past your fingers and you could not clutch it back to its primitive state. The ending was really cute as the two main characters’ lives intersected together and they finally, fell in love with that passionate dance near Hadley’s father wedding church. Therefore, with all the boxes that were checked, I loved everything that this book had offered for its readers.

The relationships and the relationship dramas are both of the things in which we will lecture about next. The relationship between everyone and everyone was really cute and it warmed my heart and assuage it with soothing massaging. However, the relationship drama between Oliver and his family/ Hadley and her dad were less pleasant. Let me explain, the drama was important because it served a purpose for the story and both the characters and their character development. But sometimes, it was just too much that it made some of the characters whined. Not that I mind because I felt so emotionally attached to the characters, but other readers might. Therefore, I thought that the relationships were written really well but the dramas needed to be toned down a bit.

Now, let us sink our teeth into the writing section of this review!

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The style of writing for this book was articulate, crisp and not discursive. The reason for it not being discursive was because of every piece of information that was presented in this novel, was very significant to the plotline and notably relevant to each of the characters’ lives. Furthermore, the writing style was articulate and crisp due to the fact that it was easy to grasp on whatever the author was trying to converse with you through the story and how it was not really hard to picture each of the scenes in the book which I will talk more about it in following paragraphs.

We will now discuss on the overall flow of the story. The story flowed placidly as if the butter had been affixed on the story to make it sail so sleekly and you will discern that it rippled so evenly that it will just get you to recommence reading it until the very end of the novel which will make you go like this: ‘I NEED MORE OF THIS WRITING IN MY LIFE’ and therefore, I savoured the flow of the story in this extraordinary novel.

Further, into the review, we will now address on the ‘easy picturing of each exhibition’ in this novel. With the right amount of words and the right vocabulary in the paragraphs, anything is possible and that is what happened with this novel. It had the right amount of descriptive words which allowed the readers to imagine the landscape that the characters were in and the features of the characters were clearly depicted in this novel and thus, I cherished every single second of this novel.

Finally, before we get into the characters’ section of this review, we will now speak on something called the ‘tone’ of the novel. The tone was amusing and ardent. It was amusing because it had some funny aspects and a lighter tone to it. On the other hand, it is also ardent because of the warmness of the relationship between the mother and Hadley herself. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone of the novel and I am wishing for more of Jennifer’s tones in her other written works which I will get to soon!

Let us now proceed with the characters’ section where I will give in-depth details about each of the characters. 

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Hadley: I thought she was a remarkably well-organized and conceited character. She was a realistic portrayal of how hatred has furnished the best of us and no matter what the other person that had damaged you in the past tries to repent their mistakes to you, your eyes will still deem them as the enemy. I thought her emotions were really well-written as you can clearly see that she is upset or she is having mixed emotions. Also, her character growth was spectacular as her past was exceptionally well described and Hadley is just a character that is so flawed which proffers everything ten times more pragmatic! Thus, I relished on Hadley being a character in this novel.

Oliver: He had a quirky personality and his attraction to Hadley like two magnets with different poles which caused a magnetic field gave me a warm heart. In other words, I shipped them so damn obdurate together. As you recapitulate reading the novel, you will discover about his family lives and his past which were all very interesting because this novel kind of provides us with a glimpse of how wholly disgusting a person could be if he covets to perform such act. Therefore, I enjoyed his characterization in this novel.

Hadley’s Dad: He was sort of the antagonist of the story. It was not that he was any genus of immoral, he was just a character that will agitate your essence of being due to the inadequate matters that he had done. For example, he cheated on his wife, he broke their natures and sent them scurrying and mopping around the absence of his being. However, he had a character development at the end where he finally confronted on the reasons that he left them and admitted that he did harm. Thus, he was a character who you will initially hate but will come to accept it afterwards.

Hadley’s Mother: Although she was not the main concern in the story– actually, let me rephrase that. Even though she was not the centre of the story and she did not journey on the quest with Hadley to the wedding, it was still refreshing to heed glimpses of her character in Hadley’s reminiscence. She was the character who was hurt deeply like a knife stabbed five thousand times into her chest due to the departure of her husband but somehow, she managed to step up to the game and change the rules. For example, she looked past the sadness in her gist and converged on the future and thus, it deemed her as a character who was bold.

Overall: The Ending

I would give this novel a 95% rating. It definitely was an interesting and light-hearted read and if you have read it or you are planning to read this gorgeous novel, do let me know (please)! I would really like to discuss the things that had transpired in this novel with you all!


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