Book Review

IT By Stephen King || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a review for ‘IT’ by Stephen King today! I bet most or maybe all of you know who Stephen King is, unless you live under a rock. So, if you really have no idea who Stephen King is, he is the author of numerous famous horror books such as The Running Man, Carrie, The Shining, etc. and all of them are successful horror novels which I originally thought that I will not read… until ‘IT’ came along and changed my mind about that thought. So, let us jump into my mini summary for ‘IT’ before we dive into the review!

IT is a Horror novel following seven kids who were named Bill, Ben, Beverly, Stan, Richie, Eddie and Mike as the place- Derry, they were living in was haunted by a creature which killed children every 27 years and it was up to them to destroy that thing- IT, they called.

Now, without further ado, let us get into the review for ‘IT’!

Disclaimer:

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

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“Kill you all!” The clown was laughing and screaming. “Try to stop me and I’ll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can’t stop me!”- IT, Stephen King.

Synopsis:

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the pacing of the book. I would not say that the beginning of this novel, let’s say 300+ pages of the novel, is fast paced because those pages are for you to learn about each of the characters and how they will react to the monstrous nightmare of their childhood. However, as you venture deeper into the novel, for example: 400-500+ pages, the pacing will start to pick up and eventually, it will become neutral again. Therefore, I did not like the pacing in the beginning but loved the others besides of the beginning of the novel.

Moving on, we are now going to talk about the tone of the book. The tone which is very underrated in reviews, was very complexed and sometimes demeaning because it contained a bunch of slurs directed towards black, Jewish, and gay people which was hard to read at times but other than that, I found the book to be a great read.

Furthermore, we are now going to discuss about the scary portion of this novel. Personally, I do not find this novel to be the ‘scared-the-crap-out-of-me’ type of horror books because I have watched numerous horror movies with my family since I was a child and I am now very hard to be scared due to the reason that I have stated above. However, some scenes in the book really did scare me and I found those scenes to be fantastically written! Therefore, I am a little disappointed with the scary segment of this novel. 

Moreover, it is time to talk about the atmosphere and world building that this blockbuster had contained within its pages. So, the atmosphere of this novel was filled with mysteries of the deaths of the children in Derry and it also had this chilling vibe to it that will make you turn and look at your back while you are reading this book because you cannot stop thinking about IT in your house. Therefore, I liked how well-rounded the atmosphere of the book was.

In addition, the world-building for this book was executed perfectly! Stephen King described the town with words that appeared to be springing into live and it actually felt like I was in there with those characters instead of reading about them! Therefore, I loved how well executed the world-building was.

Moreover, we will now give voice to the plot of the novel. I found the book to be extremely intriguing because it is about this town which children are murdered every 27 years. I did, in fact, enjoy everything that was placed in this story. However, the ending set me off a little because it felt like a weak ending and there were some unexplained things, also known as plot holes, that were a major part of the story left unexplained. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes but the overall plot of the book was great!

On top of that, we have the relationships that were presented in this book. Everyone in this book had a great relationship and I was glad that it was so because I really loved it when all of them were happy together. However, when I read the ending for this novel.. *sigh*… I felt that the relationships were forced and it just does not sum up to what I was expecting and I know I sound like an old man saying this but the ending felt disjointed from the rest of the novel. Therefore, I did enjoy the relationships in this book except for the ending. 

Diving deeper into the review, I discovered that there were mini illustrations in the book that I really loved because they were a great substitution to the story which I also meant by saying: making the book more livelier than it already was. So, if you have no idea what illustrations I am talking about, I will display a photo to you now:

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Unfortunately, I cannot find the mini-illustrations that I wanted to show you all on the internet but the above picture is a 25th anniversary edition of ‘IT’ with colourful illustrations that I, personally, think that they are beautiful. So, I am sorry that I cannot find what I have originally intended to show you all.

Finally, I would like to share an iconic quote (which I loved) that this book had contained within its pages and the quote starts and closes off with:

“Want your boat, Georgie?’ Pennywise asked. ‘I only repeat myself because you really do not seem that eager.’ He held it up, smiling. He was wearing a baggy silk suit with great big orange buttons. A bright tie, electric-blue, flopped down his front, and on his hands were big white gloves, like the kind Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck always wore.

Yes, sure,’ George said, looking into the stormdrain.

And a balloon? I’ve got red and green and yellow and blue…’

Do they float?’

Float?’ The clown’s grin widened. ‘Oh yes, indeed they do. They float! And there’s cotton candy…’”- IT, Stephen King.

Is that quote not iconic? To me, it is and I loved it! And… Now, let us move into the audiobook section of this review!

Blink! Blink! Blink!

Sorry guys! I know I have already stated that ‘Finally’ word out, but I have one more topic that I would like to discuss before we move on with the review and what I would like to debate is the cheating element in this novel.

[Minor Spoiler coming your way]

Well, I disliked it because Bill cheated on his wife by having *a thing* with Beverly and as you can see, cheating is never a good thing and I do not see why this element had to be in the book because it just does not fit the overall story. Therefore, I am wholly dissatisfied with this element in the book.

Now, let us proceed into the Audiobook section of this review!

Audiobook:

The audiobook which was narrated by Steven Weber was fantastic! He had all sorts of emotions poured out while he was narrating the book. For example, when Beverly cried and mumbled a few words, Steven Weber was able to capture the emotions perfectly!

Also, his accents for the book were rich and strong. It just held on until the novel ended. Therefore, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend you to listen to it while you are reading this thick novel or listen to it while you are doing the chores but I would also like to say this: The narration for Pennywise the dancing clown voice was freaking freaky and scary.

So, I will say this again, listen to the audiobook on audible!

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

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Writing:

“No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.”- IT, Stephen King.

I, for once, am really surprised by the style of writing in this book! It was able to capture every scene perfectly in my mind and the visualizations in my brain were so clear that I found myself reading page after page and just.. Not stopping. Also, the descriptions were fantastic and they were part of what kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading the book because it felt like I was there, with the characters even though I was sitting on the sofa, reading.

Furthermore, I loved the flip between their childhood and adulthood. It was truly magical because it was not confusing and everything fell right into place except for a few scenes but still, all the scenes clicked together easily with a nice clicking sound.

In addition, the writing style was not clean because there were sex scenes and a huge amount of vulgar words which did not add much to the story but they are there. So, if you are below 15 or so, you should not read this book or if you still insist on reading the book, just keep in mind that the writing style is not clean. That is all. 

Finally, I found the writing style to be very articulate and descriptive because as I have said earlier, all the scenes were represented clearly and due to the fact that they were encapsulated clearly, everything felt real. Therefore, I really liked the Stephen King’s writing style!

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

Characters:

“Eddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.”- IT, Stephen King.

Bill: I do think that he was the perfect leader and the perfect protagonist because he had one of the most memorable personality among all the other personalities that he had and it was his focus and trust. Everything that he did was all according to the focus and trust of his friends because if you do not trust your friends, how are you going to defeat Pennywise? Therefore, I loved his character in this book!

Beverly: She is one of my favourite character in this book! I loved how brave she was and how she fought for her rights and although some actions that were brought out by her were stupid and inexcusable but she learned from her mistakes and that was what it took me to love her more than ever. However, there was a scene near the end of the book that she had suggested doing that I really cannot understand why and if you have read the book, you will know what scene I am talking about so.. Just a tip for the scene: pleasure. 

Eddie: I liked him enough although I think that he was the softest among his friends and he was, also, very obedient to his mother which I loved because many books had shy away from parents love for their children in the book’s plot line and I am glad that Stephen King brought it breathe life into Eddie’s mother. Therefore, I do think that he had a great personality and character!  

Richie: He was hilarious and I think, at least to me, he is the third most likable character in this book because his sincerity for Pennywise and his friends were always wandering off to somewhere and due to that fact, he had a special personality which some of you guys can relate to. So, I liked his characterization in this book! 

Mike: I did not appear until 500 pages or so into the book because Stephen King wanted to show how Bill buddies’ lives intersect with Mike and the intersection was a great part of the story (which I will not spoil). To comment more on his personalities, I thought he was friendly and sometimes, awkward because the no one was talking. Therefore, he was a remarkable character in this book!

Ben: He was gentle, curious and the only thing I did not like about him was the jealousy that he had between Bill and Beverly. I felt pretty unnecessary and I know that he liked Beverly very much but sometimes, you just have to let it go. Other than that, he was a great character! Therefore, I will give a 45/50% rating for his character.

Stanly: He did not appear much in this gigantic novel but I relished his character nevertheless because he had a down-to-earth personality that I rejoiced about in books! Thus, great element to his character!

Henry: Ew. I hated him. He was a mischievous, sinister, brutal bully who enjoyed watching people fall and he also adored abusing animals which disgusted me so badly because those people and animals were innocent and Henry just… UGH. Thus, I hated him in this book!

Pennywise: Need I say more? Okay, fine. I will just say that it had so many layers of evil personalities under its many appearances in the same skin. So, yeah. 

Overall:

I really loved the book although there were a few unnecessary scenes and some actions in which the characters had taken that I disliked but still, I  loved the book! So, my rating for IT will be given as a solid 80% and I highly recommend you to read this book if you have yet to read it!

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This is the end of my spoiler-free review for IT By Stephen King! 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

Colorless By Rita Stradling || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stardling today. If you find the name- Rita Stradling familiar, you probably have read one of my review or a few posts regarding to the book ‘Ensnared’ also by Rita Stradling. Although I enjoyed ‘Ensnared’, I found ‘Colorless’ to be rather dull and boring. Thus, we will be heading into the book review for ‘Colorless’ today!

But before we dive into the review, I would like to do a mini summary for this book. So, here goes the summary: Colorless is a Young Adult, Fantasy following Annabelle Klein as her parents died in the beginning of the novel, she finds herself becoming an invisible being and the memories of her existence start to eject from everyone’s life.

Now, let us dive into the review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stradling!

Disclaimers:

  • The audiobook for ‘Colorless’ was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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Synopsis:

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts. 

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about. 

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more. 

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her. 

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. 

Their only target: Annabelle.

My thoughts: Introduction

Before we get into the review, I would like to apologize for the lack of quotes because I really did not like this book and it irks me to not add any quotes in this review. Also, please take note that this is going to be a rant review because… You-Will-Know-Why. So, without further ado, let’s just jump right in!

The world-building and the atmosphere are the ones that I would like to talk about first. So, the world building for this book was extremely lacklustre. The beginning was great with the world-building although there were a lot of information dumping everywhere but it was still great! However, when the book reached the climax of the story, the world started to crumble down into pieces and nothing was explained, like literally nothing at all! Also, I found myself lost in some places in the book due to the fact that the locations where the protagonist was were not explained. Therefore, I disliked the world-building for this book. 

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere for this book was exceedingly messy. Although I did not get far into the book to annotate if there is any romance factor in the atmosphere, I found that the atmosphere for the mystery, suspense and sadness to jumble up quite badly and the overall atmosphere just was not lively enough to push me to finish the book.

Moving on, the pacing for this book is the next component in the story that I woud like to talk about. I understand that I am a fairly slow reader. For example, four to five days a new book will be in my hands to read. Howbeit, to read a book for two months is a different case and you know something is wrong when it takes a vastly long time for you to finish a book. Just in case you are wondering what all of this is about, the example that I have given above is the vice versa of what had happened to me while I was reading this book. Therefore, I did not like the pacing because of how slow it was.

Furthermore, there are a lot of major plot holes in this novel and I know I did not finish the novel but I went far enough to understand some concepts the story had. Those plot holes really vexed me because I tried very hard to understand and ignore the pits but it just did not work out for me. Therefore, I had to put the book down and (let it go).

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Diving deeper into the review, we will now talk about how the book drags. Oh my.. It dragged a lot, alright. To give an instance, they were walking towards this particular thing and the author started to describe the surrounding, its shape and all those necessary details and then it will just continue on and on until one of the character spoke to the protagonist and it will just stop abruptly, like.. WHAT? Yeah. Thus, I did not enjoy the unnecessary dragging of the story.

Moreover, I was originally intrigued by the plot lines because who would not? The plot lines were about this girl who does not know who murdered her parents (or something else) and why was she changing into an invisible being and also, no one seemed to remember her right after her changes, like they had just woken up from an amnesia. 

And I was fascinated by those plot lines but it disappointed me because it was just so slow and everything else that I have said in the above was what summed up to this downfall. Therefore, I have 23.75% of love for this plot. 

Finally, the relationships factor will be discussed right now. Everything felt false between Annabelle and Dylan because why would Dylan want to help her? and why would he want to get through all of what she was facing with her? I just do not understand. Therefore, it felt like a fictitious relationship. 

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

Audiobook:

The audiobook was narrated by Lauri Jo Daniels and I thought she narrated the book perfectly because she unfolded the story with emotions spilled out that made the characters and the story flashed out with bright lights! Although the audiobook was narrated perfectly, I do not plan to finish it due to all the things that I have said above. Therefore, I am giving the audiobook a 90%!

If you are planning to read this book, I highly recommend you to try the audiobook out on audible!

Writing:

The writing style was what saved the book for me because it was lyrical, clean and crisp and I thought that I really enjoyed the writing style for this book! However, I still cannot bring myself to finish the full-length of this novel even though the writing style was great.

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

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Characters:

Annabelle: I liked her character in the beginning of the book. She was sassy and funny and just overall, a fun character to read about. However, when the book approached the climax of the story, her previous personalities failed on her and she turned into this whinny character who just kept whining. Therefore, I disliked her after the story reached that part of the book.

Dylan: I just do not understand. He was the only one that can see Annabelle and I was not annoyed by him in the (beginning) of the novel but just like what had happened to Annabelle’s character, he turned into something else or rather someone else instead of who he actually was in the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I did not like him although he was better than Annabelle by a little due to the fact that he was not whinny. So, nope.

Tony: Oh God.. He was Annabelle’s cousin and of course, he does not remember her because of whatever magic that had happened to Annabelle. So, to talk about his personalities, I will say that he was such an A-hole in the book and the voice that I imagined for him.. UGH.. so annoying and the voice fitted his character perfectly! Therefore, I did not like him although he was sort of like the villain in the book.

Overall:

My rating for this book will be a ‘DNF’ because I did not like this book. 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Colorless By Rita Stradling! 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

Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Choke Hold’ by Gerald Everett Jones today! Gerald Everett Jones is an author who had written many books which Choke Hold is included in the list and he is also an author that you would want to look out for because he discusses huge topics in his books! Now, let us get into my mini summary for this book before we move on to the review! 

Choke Hold is a Fiction, Thrillers or Crime novel following Eli who is an attorney for Henry’s family for Henry was beaten to death due to the disses he gave to the cops- in other words, police brutality. Thus, Eli must serve justice for his family and the community.

Now, let us get into the book review for Choke Hold!

Disclaimer: 

  • This book was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review! 
  • This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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“All anyone owes a cop is respect. Can you give me that?”- Choke Hold, Gerald Everett Jones.

Synopsis:

Murdered in his own home for dissing the cops –

Cynical personal-injury attorney Eli Wolff rediscovers his idealism for simple justice when he sues the city for the wrongful death of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of two police officers.

Hank Ellis was killed in his own home, choked to death, after the angry officers stormed in without a warrant, anxious to teach him a lesson for dissing them in front of his neighbors.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start with the topics that were discussed in this book. Some of the topics such as racism, police brutality, etc. that were written in this book are things that are happening in our society today and those topics are not really discussed and talked about in literature until now or maybe a few years back because of how hard it is to talk about. Therefore, I loved how the author included hard topics into his story and how everything turned out well and emotional! 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was fast and it took 2 days to finish half of the book and the other two for the other half of the book even though this book has about 243 pages in it. The reason why it took me four days to finish this book is due to the dragginess which I will talk more about later on and the somewhat minor plot holes that bothered me while I was reading this book. Thus, I enjoyed the overall pacing for this book! 

In addition for the previous paragraph, I would now like to talk about the plot holes and how the story dragged a little. The plots were going smoothly and everything weaved together nicely in the beginning of the book but as the journey continued and more things started crashing together, some details and minor plots started lagging behind and soon, the story had reached its end and none of the minor plots were resolved. Therefore, the plots were a little lacklustre.

As for the dragging part of the story, I found that the beginning of this book was a little draggy with unnecessary details and information. However, the problem continued as we moved into the climax of the story, unnecessary informations continued to bombard in our faces as if they were some kind of plot holder. Other than that, the story was an overall greatness!  

Furthermore, let us talk about the world-building for this book. I liked how the author went into the specifics of each objects and how they were described were fantastic and also, the political aspect and unfairness were well written as well! It was as if I was in the book itself, following the protagonist as he went through all the phases in his life. Thus, the world-building for this book was as real as the real world, the real earth.

As for the continuation of the review, the atmosphere that weaved around the book was suspenseful as the characters were being threatened for getting involved in the case and it was romantic as well because both the protagonist and a side character got to fall in love. However, that is not the main part in the book so.. yeah. Therefore, it had a great atmosphere that revolved around the book nicely and all of them clicked into place!

Finally, the relationships in this book were very well planned out. I loved the friendship between Eli and Bones because friendships are often underdeveloped or underrated in literature and also, I loved the relationship between Eli and Keiko, they made a cute couple and I hope they will live happily after what had sadly happened. Therefore, I loved the relationships in this book!

Now, let us move into the writing part of the review!

Writing:

The writing style for this book was good but not great due to the overused amount of flowery words. Although some of the words fitted perfectly in the sentences, the others were not really appealing as the story progressed forward because it did not really fit the some of the sentences well. Therefore, I did not like the flowery words that were used in the book.

With that aside, I thought that the book was written articulately and epigrammatically as it sprung the characters into live with the way it was written. Therefore, I liked the way it was written but I disliked the flowery words that were used in the book!

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

Characters:

Eli: I loved his character in this book! He felt like a real attorney to me as in real life. He was smart and he was also a person who knew how to twist his words and I will not say that he is brave but I will say that he had a little humour in him. He did so much research in the case that I felt that he was so.. hardworking and I really appreciate how well-written his character was. Therefore, I loved his character!

Bones: He is my second favourite character in the book. He was funny, kind-hearted and he had Eli’s back whenever he needed it. He also supported Eli and helped him get through the case without a single scratch. Thus, he was an overall great person and he always help his friends out.

Keiko: I loved how well-crafted her character was! She was sassy, smart and badass. Sometimes she felt like a really bad person but she actually was not because her attitude was how she handled things. However, she was a little whiny and annoying at times and she kept repeating what she said. Therefore, I am giving her character a 10/20% rating. 

Oates & Torres: They were so… wrecked. I have never read any characters that were so cruel and bad before. Both Oates and Torres have almost the same personalities but Torres was a little bit more linear than Oates who was a total assbag. Therefore, they made good villians and I loved how the author represented them this way.

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

Overall:

I am giving this book a 88% rating. I liked most of the aspects of the book but there were some that I really did not like. However, I do recommend all of you to check this book out! I do think that it is an important story and everyone needs to read it. Therefore, it did not reach the 90-100% chart but it is still an overall great story.  


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones! 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

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘Dark Inside’ by Jeyn Roberts today. Jeyn Roberts is the author of many novels and one of her novel called ‘The Bodies We Wear’ intrigued and peaked my interest and I cannot wait to pick that novel up! But, that is a story for another day. 

As for now, I am going to give you guys a little summary on what this book is actually about and of course, the genre of it as well. So, Dark Inside is a Young Adult, apocalyptic and a dystopian novel following four teenagers named Aries, Michael, Clementine and Mason as the world around them crumbled and the monsters which killed humans exposed themselves into the face of the earth.

Thus, let us get into the book review! 

Disclaimer: 

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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“The stranger smiled at her. “Humanity has found a cure to a disease they never new existed.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.

Synopsis:

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us.

Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad.

Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the world-building and the atmosphere of this book. The atmosphere throughout this novel was crazily suspenseful. The constant pressure among the characters in the book filled the atmosphere with suspense- like I have said earlier, streams of tear-jerking tears and a spark of romantic vibes. All the atmosphere clung well together and that was what made the book great with all the mixed elements.   

However, the world-building in this novel was a little lacklustre. It was actually going very well in the beginning, with no info-dumps and the story just flowed like how it was supposed to be. Then, the story came to the middle of the story and everything became confusing from there. It was as if the story went 90 degrees downhill but was able to save itself. Besides the middle part, I thought the ending saved the story for me because the world-building went back to normal. Therefore, I am going to give a 15 out of 25% for the world-building. 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was extremely quick with the constant action and the ongoing thoughts of the characters with their hopes and survival instincts to stay alive in a world that had gone mad. Although it was quick, it took me a couple of days to finish due to my school work and many other things that I had to accomplish during my days with this book. Thus, I was not able to finish it in 2 days. 

Furthermore, there are quite a number of unexplained plots in this book and those unexplained plots led to plot holes. The plot holes started off with the gap between the time of the scenes the character were facing. For example, they were running from the monsters and out of the blue, ‘three weeks later’ appeared and nothing was really explained on how they managed to escape the monsters. Then, from that particular plot hole onwards, the same thing happened again near the end of the book. Therefore, I did not really enjoy this factor of the story. 

In addition, I loved the way on how Jeyn managed to make the characters to intersect in their lives and although the scene of union between the characters was short, I still really loved it. Therefore, the score for the union between the characters is 10% out of 10% for me!

Moreover, there is a quote that I really loved and I would like to share it with you guys, right here, right now, of course. Here’s the quote:

“There are different types of people in the world. There are people who accept what’s in front of them unquestioningly.

The live in the dark. In defeat. Ignoring what the future might bring or how they might help to make things happen.

Then there are people like me. Optimists. They too live in the dark, in times like these, but dream of the light.

I trust in the possibilities of betterness. I believe there is more to life than this. I have to. There’s no other choices for me.” 

Oh my gosh! This quote. Okay. Some characters did not have hope in the new world but this particular character named Chickadee stood up to me as a glowing star in this book. She was full of hope, full of happiness in the darkest time and it was not fair that she had to go through all those crappy things in the past. Thus, this quote will forever have a place in my heart!

As for the continuation of the review, I found the tone for this book to be very dark because there were a lot of killing and the author actually went to the length of describing the murder of a person including children as young as five years old. So, if you do not like those kind of things, I do not recommend you to pick this book up.

Finally, let us talk about the relationships between all the characters in this book. I thought the relationships in this book were very well planned and rounded as they were very compassionate about each other although they were not as nice as they were in the beginning. Thus, I would say that they have a great character improvement!

Now, let us move on to the writing section of the review!

Writing:

“There are so many empty people walking around on this little planet. Lonely people. Angry people. Bitter. Forgotten.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.

The writing style was crisp, articulate, flowery at times and mundane when it came to certain part of the story. It was crisp and articulate because it was easy to read and the story flowed smoothly along the trail.

However, when it came to the romance part of the novel the writing style turned all flowery and I did not like that because the writing style did not stay constant. Plus, when it came to certain part of the attacking element in the story, the writing style transformed into something milky and mundane. Therefore, I have many thoughts on the writing style of the book.

Other than those things above, I enjoyed the alternate point of views between the characters and I thought that it was a great addition to the story due to the fact that we, as readers, are able to capture the whole world and the struggles of each of the characters in the book. Therefore, a 5% out of 5% for the alternate point of views element!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Colin: He was the worse character in this book. He was a selfish little coward who does nothing to help up with his group of friends even if he voted to sacrifice himself to help them to get the food from the outside world. He was also a liar and an egocentric person who only thought for what is good for himself and not the others. Therefore, I disliked him and I will not care for this character.

Aries: I loved her. She was thoughtful of others and was careful enough not to provide conflict into her and others lives. Plus, she was a leader with all the best qualities and therefore, she was my favourite character in this book and as for her character development, I would say that it shot upwards like a seed to a plant.

Mason: The thing is, I did not really like Mason in the beginning. He was an alcoholic teenager with a mean personality that made him looked like a bully but as the story progressed forward, he started to realize that he was being an ass to everyone around him and when he opened up himself, it was the saddest and the most emotional scene in the book. Therefore, he had a great character development! 

Michael: I loved him in the beginning. He was helpful, brave and careful at first but unfortunately the author destroyed his character (Why?) and made him a coward that could not believe that he betrayed his own group. However, that scene was what made his character shone again. He helped Clementine and began searching for his brother and that was where he learned his mistake. Therefore, I still enjoyed his character!

Clementine: She was in the middle of hilarious, smart and dumb. Everything she does make me laugh but sometimes it does not because she was going through a hard time and the action scenes between her and the crazies were not funny but scary. Therefore, I loved her character! 

Daniel: I do not really know what to say about him because he comes and goes with absolutely no reason and he was hiding something. Something he knows but would not want to share and the author did not reveal what he was hiding from the crowd and the things he knew. Therefore, I have absolutely no idea what to talk about his character!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 85% rating. I liked the book but it had its flaws and therefore, it did not make it up to the 90% list.


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Book Review

Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Midwinterblood’ by Marcus Sedgwick today. Marcus Sedgwick is the author of many books, for example, The Ghosts Of Heaven (which is a great book and I have a full review on it on my blog, so check it out if you are interested!), Revolver, She Is Not Invisible, etc. The books that I have read from Marcus were fantastic and I cannot wait to gobble up more of them! 

Besides of gushing about my love for Marcus Sedgwick’s books, let us move on to the little summary that I am going to make for this book! 

Midwinterblood is a very hard book to be classified in any of the genre other than Young Adult. So, Young Adult it is. There are 8 parts to the story in this book and everything links through each story with both of these people whose lives are drastically sad. 

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

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“If a life can be ruined in a single moment, a moment of betrayal, or violence, or ill luck, then why can a life not also be saved, be worth living, be made, by just a few pure moments of perfection?”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

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.

My thoughts: Introduction

“And none of you stand so tall, a pink moon gonna get you all.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was quick to the core and everything happened as fast as a rabbit. It was a book that did not go wrong with fast pacing and the actions were taken down rapidly. It took me a two days to finish this book due to the fact that I cannot put this book down without thinking of what will happen next or what is going to happen to the characters. Therefore, this book made me think and the pacing was fantastic! 

Moving on, the world-building for this book was absolutely stunning. It revolved around an island that evolved throughout the centuries and I, personally, think that the island was very well described with different types of seasons and different types of moons and therefore, led to a great world-building.

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was very mysterious. It had a very chilling atmosphere that will make you think of how all of these plots are going to end or wrap-up in the end. Thus, it had an atmosphere with a chilling and mysterious atmosphere. (P.S: The story ends in the least expected way!) 

Furthermore, the tone for this book was very heavy with topics that were not normally exaggerated or discussed in a novel and I am definitely glad that Marcus Sedgwick took this chance to write it in his book and I would also like to shout out the fact that this book is only length 264 pages and the topics it had given was heavy therefore, I liked the tone of the book!

Finally, the relationships between the characters felt very real and their actions were very realistic and they were what we would do in the real world when those actions in the book were described to us and therefore, I loved the chemistry between Eric and Melle.

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

Writing:

“He wonders if a few moments of utter and total joy can be worth a lifetime of struggle.

Maybe, he thinks. Maybe, if they’re the right moments.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Marcus Sedgwick had a very odd writing style for this book. The writing style for this book was clean, articulate and crisp. Everything was described and presented very well in this book and none of the details that were put out in the book were left with no answers. Therefore, an articulate and crisp writing style.

For the mentioning of clean writing style, I meant to say that there were not any sexual contents or the mention of it in this book which makes it a suitable book for children and adults, of course, to read. 

Moving on, I found Marcus Sedgwick’s storytelling to be very unique. He unfolded the story with an introduction that sucked the readers in and left them there until the end of the book while the readers were frantically holding their breath to trade for the knowledge of what is to happen next. He had also splitted the story into 8 parts which was a clever idea because he hid things up nicely until that ending which will make your mind-blown if you have not figured it out by then.  

Finally, the way he wrote the flashbacks for the characters was beautiful! He made the characters shone with much ferocity that made me cared for the characters and the story never falters as the story progressed with flashbacks of the characters. Therefore, Marcus Sedgwick had a great writing style! 

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

Eric: I loved Eric! He was such a well crafted character that the author had created! He was a funny, ambitious and a curious cat who lived through many lives but still had the same personalities and flaws! I do also like to say that he did many mistakes but he was quick to correct them and he was a bright character in the book. Thus, he had a great character growth throughout the book!

Melle: I loved Melle as well! She was smart, quick and thoughtful. Everything about her was just as bright as Eric and they really loved each other in each of the story. Melle was just as mysterious as a character as Eric, they both had secrets but the ending explains everything. Therefore, I loved Melle as a character in this book!

Tor: I hate him! He was selfish, not funny and evil. He ruined everything and I am glad that the ending served him well [Spoiler] [Spoiler]

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

Overall:

I am giving this book a 95.85% rating. It was such a great book and it will always hold a place in my heart therefore, I highly recommend all of you to give this book a try!


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Book Review

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Twilight By Stephanie Meyer’ today. All of you probably already know what Twilight is about but I am still going to give a brief summary before we move on into the actual review. In addition, Stephanie Meyer has written a number of books since the Twilight saga, which those books are called ‘The Chemist’ and ‘The Host’ and I cannot wait to read both of them because I really liked ‘Twilight’. Now, let us move into the brief review.

Twilight is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance novel following Isabelle- Also known as Bella, as she discovered that her boyfriend was a vampire and how there were other vampires that were trying to kill them. 

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

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Synopsis:

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.

The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My thoughts: Introduction

“What is she to me? Except a menace — a danger you’ve chosen to inflict on all of us.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was fast and the book was remotely easy to read. It had a type of writing style that was not good but easy to read that enabled me to zoom through the book fast. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, I highly recommend you to read this book! However, if you are looking for a book that has good writing style and an overall story with no plot holes, I do not recommend you to read this book.

Speaking of plot holes, this book had a few unresolved plot that had no explanation or reason and most parts of the book were filled with theories. Therefore, I sincerely hope that the plot holes will be resolved in the next book instead of theories in every corner of the book. 

Moving on, the world-building and atmosphere for this book were fantastically described and written. There were not much to describe for the world because it is set in our world, but with two types of Vampires that walk among the humans. I thought that the world that revolved around the types of Vampires were pretty unique and cool. Thus, the world building was great!

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was suspenseful and romantic in a way that the elements combined together equally. However, the suspense did not start until the last 130 pages of the book. Thus, I was a little disappointed but I, again, hope that the next book will not let the suspense start at the last 100 pages of the book.

Furthermore, the plot for this book dragged a little too much. For example, it repeated what we had already known and it just dragged on for the next hundred of pages and when it stopped, a new question arisen and the cycle continued which did tick something off of me but I still enjoyed the process of reading this book even though it frustrated me in a bad way sometimes. 

Moving on (yet again), the relationships that were centered around this book were outstanding. The characters had a great relationships together and especially Edward and his adopted family. They remained as one even though they quarrelled sometimes and I, personally, find that as an extraordinary element in the story because not many YA books out there featured this kind of relationships. Thus, a thumbs-up for the relationships. 

Finally, the tone for this book was pretty light and heavy when it came to the suspenseful part of the story. The tone was light because of the romance element in this book. Therefore, an easy book to read with both light and heavy tones.

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

Writing:

“The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

The writing for this book was not good. I realized that Stephanie used a lot of dialogues in this book that just made it chatty and informal. Although this book was easy to read, I just found the dialogues to be overused and the places and features of the person or the thing was not described very well and what I meant to say was this: There were to much of telling instead of showing.  

Furthermore, the author rambled on when we already knew what the thing was or what was going on and because of that, it made the characters felt kind of… dumb? It was like turning an extremely smart and awesome character into an imbecile. But, fortunately, they were likable characters. 

In addition, I noticed that there were some parts in the writing that were vague. Some of the things were not explained properly and it just made plot holes. Thus, it was a vague piece of writing. 

Finally, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Bella (Also Known As Isabelle): She was a character that was quite #relatable to. Sorry for the hashtag but I have to, so.. Sorry again? She was sassy, funny and dumb at time but she learned from her mistakes and thus, that gave her a thumbs up and a character growth.

Edward: He was the mysterious, brooding, bad boy who had been living for centuries and had also been living in his own lonely square until Bella came into his life. As Bella made her way into his life, his character had changed into a total kind-hearted person. Thus, he had a great character growth!

Alice: We did not get to see her much in this book but I do believe that she will appear more often in the following books because there are many layers to her character that this book had yet to deliver. Thus, I will not say that she has a character growth.

Mike: I hated him. He was an annoying, self-pitied and selfish character that I just could not stand. His character did not even improve as the story progresses, it just remained over there like a predator waiting for its prey. Thus, zero character growth to his character.

Jacob: He was a fine character. There was not anything much about him and he was not special or anything but I liked how he treated Bella as his friend though. Therefore, I look forward on his character in the next book.

Overall:

I am giving this book an 81%. I liked it but it had some flaws that I, personally, did not give it a 90%. Thus, the rating and PS. I will be reading the next book.


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Book Review

The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz today! Melissa De La Cruz is the author of the Blue Blood series and although I did not really like this book which I will talk more about later on, I would really like to try the Blue Blood series because it sounds absolutely amazing! With that being said, we will now move on to the little summary that I am going to make for the book.

The Isle Of The Lost is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following the children of the infamous Disney villians that had been banished from the land of Auradon 20 years ago. The children named Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay embarked on a quest that Maleficent had set them out to do to achieve her evil staff that had recently been blossomed with Magic.

Thus, without any further ado, let us get on with the review!

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“We’ve been wicked for such a very long time, you know. It does get tiresome after a while.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

My thoughts: Introduction

*Note: Before you go into the actual review, please note that there will be a lot of ranting regarding to this book! So, consider yourself warned?*

Let us start off with this review by talking about the plot of the book. The plot was actually interesting enough to motivate me to pick up the book when I was in the bookstore. But after reading this book, I kind of regretted picking this book up even though it has a nice cover. 

The plot was lacklustre, dull and flimsy. A lot of unnecessary dialogues and unnecessary scenes appeared in this book that just made me cringed and it had also weakened my pace of reading when I was reading this book. Also, there was a paragraph in this book that just made me laugh-out-loud. Just thinking about it makes me laugh and it is neither a good or a bad laugh. It is a maniacal laugh. You will laugh too when you read that one specific paragraph. Here’s the paragraph: 

It was hard to see, so Evie felt her way tentatively in the darkness, sliding her left foot on the floor first.

Okay, if you do not understand, let me break it down to you right now. The room that Evie was in was described first, as pitch black. There weren’t any lights that were streaming into the room. But that paragraph.. Said that oh, it was hard to see. What the actual sh*t. Let’s not forget that magic was banished from the land and Evie does not have any night-vision ability or night-goggles. So, ugh!

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. There are not any redeemable elements that I can say for the pacing. It was so slow and all the dragging could have been shortened down to like 55 pages. Just know that the pacing was off. That is all that I have to say about it.

Furthermore, the atmosphere and the tone around this book were not suspenseful and they sounded flat and dull. Everything that had clunged around it felt unreal and nothing clicked together as much as I do hope. Thus, bad atmosphere and; an extremely disappointing tone.

In addition, the world-building for this book was all over the place. Nothing was explained properly and if they were to be explained, they were explained through the dialogues of the people living in The Isle Of The Lost or through a glance of a person. Thus, bad world-building.

Moving on to the positive side of the review, I would like to talk about relationships in this book. There is no romance in this book but there were friendships relationships that were tied as an unbreakable bond between them. I liked how friendships were brought into the book because not many books out there have friendships in them. Thus, a great idea to add the friendships in the book. 

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

Writing Style:

“But these aren’t just stories,” she’d said. “They’re whole kingdoms. They’re worlds. They’re perspectives and opinions you can’t offer, from lives you haven’t lived. They’re more valuable than any gold coin, and more important than any state luncheon. I should hope you, as king, would know that!”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

The writing style for this book was written well. To be specific, it was articulate, poetic and lyrical but the only thing that I have a problem with was how long-winded the author was on dragging on with the story but still, I loved her writing style. 

Moving on, let us talk about how the author uses flashbacks in this book. The flashbacks in this book was well used. Everything that the Malissa offered was directly proportional to the story because everything intersected well and gosh, the flashbacks were such a great addition to the story.  

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“Once upon a time, during a time after all the happily-ever-afters, and perhaps even after the ever-afters after that, all the evil villains of the world were banished from the United Kingdom of Auradon and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. There, underneath a protective dome that kept all manner of enchantment out of their clutches, the terrible, the treacherous, the truly awful, and the severely sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic. King Beast declared the villains exiled forever.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Malissa De La Cruz.

Evie: I loved her character in this book! She is the Evil Queen’s heir and she was the kindest and the most redeemable character among the others because she did not really want to be a part of the chaos the other villians’ children were making but she did also feel left out. Thus, resulting in her unkindness but unlike the others, she had the most stand-out personality in this book. Hence, she had a great character development in this book!

*Beware! Rant Ahead!*

Jay: OH MY GOSH! I CANNOT EVEN.. OKAY, CHILL MAX. He is one of the flattest character I have ever read about in my life. He had zero personality and zero emotions and the worse thing is, when the book centers around his point of view, all he can think about is: “I should steal this stuff” or “Evil scheme: Let’s take Meleficent staff.” Ugh! Thus, he had no character development! 

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Carlos: Smarty pants! I loved it when the book moved to his point of view because of how well thought out his character was! Unlike Jay’s character, his character was colourful and it stood out well in the book. Hence, fantastic character development!

Mal: I loved her! Her flashbacks were pretty sad and everything was far from perfect in her life. With no happily-ever-afters, she was forced to help her mother (Maleficent) and her mother did not recognize her as her heir but only to recognize her as a minion working for her! Hence, she had a great personality and a great character development!

Now, let us move on to the overall section!

Overall:

I am giving this book a 45% rating. I did like some parts in the book but the overall story was pretty meh for me.


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