Book Review

The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be bringing all of you along with me to review a book called ‘The Slave Prince’ by Jeyna Grace. Some of you may know who Jeyna is as I had a review of her book called ‘The Battle Of Oz’ up on my blog which I totally despised. Despite my dislikes for that book, this brand new novel that Jeyna had written caught me completely off guard. And yes, you are right. This book was… no words can describe how beautiful this book was, so I will just go with the word fabulous!

The Slave Prince is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following a character named Thom who is a young prince of Alpenwhist as he discovered his true identity and ran for his life due to the King’s threads of murdering him alive.

So, without further ado, let us get into the review for this wonderful novel!

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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“As the smoke absorbed within itself, a white-scaled, chimerical form of a dragon materialized.”- The Slave Prince, Jeyna Grace.

Synopsis:

For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. But one day his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: he learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched slave.

In a kingdom where ruthlessness is part of everyday life, Thom fears this new truth could be deadly. He takes flight, running from the life he knew and the one he despises, but the call to free his people beckons him home. Armed with a magic stone that instructs him through surreal visions, he must topple his once beloved brother who has since become a tyrannical king.

A fantastical retelling of the story of Moses, Thom’s adventure forces him to question if he can succeed in his quest without truly understanding who he is. He must unravel his past, present, and future before he can set his people free.

My thoughts: The Beginning

*Sob* It’s over.

Before we get into the review, I would like to do an official cover review for this beautiful novel. This novel has one of the most stunning covers that I have seen in my entire life. First of all, the colours that were added to the making of this novel’s cover were vibrant and it seemed pleasantly alive. Secondly, the mini shadow of the boy’s back who I assume is Thom, is minimalistic and simple which leads to it being beautiful. Thirdly, the font for the title of the novel and the mini crown on top of it all is just perfect. Everything blends in without a flaw and thus, I enjoy- and still do- the cover of this book!

Let us begin with this book review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. This is a short novel which has a page count of 280. The pacing was quick and the sequences that followed afterwards were even quicker and it does not have any flaw in it. Everything worked out well and it had coalesced together with the right chemicals and the right equations to slog with. It took me 1.25 days to finish this novel and yes, that is how quick the pacing was and how I was entirely glued to the book to find out what was happening next. Thus, I loved the pacing and the way it was presented! 

Moving on, we have the world-building and the atmosphere of the novel that I would like to talk about. The world-building for this novel was great in the beginning, it was described distinctly and readers’ alike would have a clear picture of the world and the characters that were in it but it was muddled a little at the end of the novel where the actions were taking place. For example, there were places in the kingdom where the author did not touch on and it would be salubrious if she did and the expanse of the world will be bigger and therefore, more stories to be unfolded. Thus, I enjoyed the world-building for this novel but it would be better if it was expanded.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I would now like to approach the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere had a nice blend of suspense, love, pride and faith. It was suspenseful because of the war between the princes, it had an air of love because of their mother’s death over the longing of her child, it had an atmosphere of pride due to the King’s relentless order and finally, it had an ambience of faith which put each of the characters to test for how credence they were in their magical stone. Therefore, I liked the atmosphere of the novel. 

Moreover, I would like to prattle on the topic that this novel had addressed on. The topic which this novel had sat upon was racial prejudice. The inequality for the people in this novel shimmered my skin with ferocity and I thought it was very well done because it captured the way our society is as of this very day. Therefore, I wholeheartedly relished on this book for starting a conversation for the people who are in this prejudice.

Furthermore, I would like to give a voice on the romance in this novel. I enjoyed how there were not any romance in this novel even though the author was hinting at the feelings that Thom felt when he hugged and was around Seanna. Although I root for them to be together, I- ultimately- thought that it would be a better book if the romance is non-existent in this novel and it was! Therefore, I enjoyed this book which does not contain any romance in it! 

Into the bargain, we have the plot, plot holes and the predictability of the novel that I would like to talk about. As many of you know- if you have read the synopsis that this book is a retelling of Moses from the Bible. Thom and Moses were in the same situation but Thom’s story was a little different from Moses because Magic was appended in the story. The plot which I would not expose as I would like you to experience what I have had an insight of the novel for yourself. However, what I would say is that the plot was sewn up nicely in the end and it does not have an abrupt ending and also, it does not have any plot holes, to begin with. In addition, the novel was not predictable and it had a lot of plot twists and it had all started on page 10! Therefore, I enjoyed the plot and the hypothetical plot holes of this blockbuster!

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would love to speak on. The actions in this book were awesome! Everything felt very real and the magic which had made extinct species come alive was yet again, being felt as factual. I know I am exaggerating here but if you are reading the novel or you had read the novel, you will be able to decipher what I am trying to say. 

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

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was crisp, articulate and lyrical. You can totally see the difference between the style of writing for The Battle for Oz compare to The Slave Prince. The quality of Jeyna’s writing had become better and you can perceive the way of how Jeyna had grown as an author. Now, let us talk about the way this book was written.

The lyrical writing style. I cannot help but fall in love with how wonderful the author’s writing style was. Every corner of the pages and its lines were filled with imaginative descriptions and the words- you all- the choices of words were the best part, they were all filled with purple prose and adjectives that I devoured the lyrical style of writing for this novel! Every single sentence in this book filled me with joy and I cannot wait to have more of this type of writing style in my delightful life!

Articulate writing style. The story was written in a way that was easy to follow and even if you missed some words, you will still be able to grasp on the details and information that the author required you to know. A simpler way of explaining this segment of the writing style is: It does not require a lot of focus even though it is a fantasy novel. And therefore, I liked how articulate and tranquil the writing style was to provide the readers with ease.

Crisp writing style. The verbs that the author had provided was strong and it had an everlasting impression that enabled the readers to visualize the sublime of the world and the characters that were in it. In addition, the writing style had a clear language which delivered a story which we will hold dearly. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style being clear and crisp.

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Thom: His characterization in this book was so well-built. His actions and the causes that followed after were also, well thought out. Although he had some illogical decisions and mistakes that he had done that should not be dismissed as nothing, I still thought that it was realistic because we, as a human being, make mistakes all the time, so I liked how the author had added this element into his character. In addition, I liked how he replied the other characters with sarcasm which of course, was not a good thing but in this novel, it was a good thing because it was humorous. Furthermore, his character arc from the beginning until the ending of the novel had sprouted throughout the story- for example, in the beginning, he was a show-off and he was mean to so many human beings but as the story went on, those traits started disappearing and were replaced by kindness. Thus, I loved this character and he probably will be on my list of the favourite character of all time.  

Dedric: I really enjoyed- again, how well-built this character was. Although he was the villain of the story, you will somehow commiserate with the way he acted and the actions that he had taken which had led him to the downfall of his pitiful life. In the beginning, you will see a child who wanted happiness and pride in everything that he put his focus on but those were bashfully taken away by his father who was the King due to his love for a commoner. And following the events of Thom’s absconding, we can see that his temperament was slowing slipping away and that had engendered the decisions that he had taken which were discussed later in the novel. Thus, I enjoyed reading about a villain which I empathize with.

Seanna: She was a character that I enjoyed but do not know much about. I understand that the story is not about her but I thought that the characters besides Thom and Dedric should be well-developed as well. We meet her in the middle of the novel where Thom stayed in her house and worked for her family and as you might have expected, they quickly became friends. But other than the friends part that drove the character arc, everything else for the elements in her nature remained untouched and unexplored. For example, there was a scene in this book that anecdote on the event of the sand puppies and she was extremely upset and refused to talk to Thom about it. Why was she depressed? The question will remain unknown forever. Oh, I forgot. There was a part where she talked about her past- her mother’s death. That was devastating and I thought it impelled her character arc alongside her friendship with Thom as well! But all in all, her character was still not that well-developed

Reid: His characterization was not well-developed as well. I had similar issues with his character as I had with Seanna’s. He was Thom’s long-lost brother and I thought the author would touch on the topic of their past- like how was life before he was being taken away but the author did not touch on the topic and I was a little disappointed but still, there were enough details of the past and how the slaves- Eklaysians, were treated with racial prejudice and therefore, I would let it go. However, I felt that Reid was only there to assists Thom and not to do anything other than that and thus, I did not really feel a strong emotional connection for them to be together whatsoever. 

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel a 90% rating. It was such a fantastic story and I thought all of you would enjoy it if you give this wondrous novel a try. I am definitely looking forward to the books that Jeyna would be publishing in the future!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace! 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

New Moon By Stephenie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and before you ask where in the world had I been or you are just entirely curious about whether or not I had been kidnapped. Well, let me just explain them now so we can get the odd announcement out and carry on with our review!

Odd Announcement:

I am not kidnapped. I had my trials in school recently and I had placed all of my focus on that and therefore, I was not able to have any updates on my blog even though I really want to. Please forgive me, I really did not mean to disappear for a month and make all of you frantic! 

However, I am currently having a 2 weeks long holiday so I will definitely be using this precious time to have some constructive reviews and articles up on this blog. Once again, I am so sorry for the late announcement.

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With that aside, let us get into the mini summary of the second novel- New Moon in the Twilight series. 

New Moon is a Paranormal, Romance-heavy novel, following Bella Swan, now seventeen, as she goes through major heartbreak from her recent break up with Edward Cullen who she had found out to be a vampire.

Without further ado, let us get into the review!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book contains some spoilers. So, read it at your own risk!

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“What a marshmallow. You should hold out for someone with a stronger stomach. Someone who laughs at the gore that makes weaker men vomit.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Synopsis:

I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place. 

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

My thoughts: The Beginning

“Love is irrational, I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

“Can you hear that…? It’s ranting time! Read it at your own peril!”

Let us start off with this review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. I found the pacing for this novel to be rather slow because of how enormously thick this book was. In case you are wondering, this book is 563 pages long and it was quite boring due to the fact that almost nothing had happened in this book except for the last 80 pages. It was as if the author had made a trend out of this series- action scenes in the very last-minute and I am here to tell you that I totally hated this trend because the author had ordered the readers to read through the life of Bella’s awful actions until the very last scene where the plot started accelerating forward and abruptly stopped with no signs of direction for what the next book will set up to be and I am just going to put this here: Through all the action sequences, it still proved Bella to be a useless liability to the Cullens family. Sorry, I had to do it.

Moving on, we have the plot and the plot holes to talk about in this review. The plot which was almost non-existent until yet again the last 80 pages of this novel, was extremely substandard. The beginning of the novel hooked me in which I originally thought was a good sign but the thoughts had evaporated as the endless mopping of Bella’s face continued on for what seemed like forever until the book ended in a happy tone because Edward came back for her and all of that crap. Furthermore, I was probably just disappointed with Bella because of how her character had quickly become moronic in this novel and I know this is a romance-heavy novel but that is totally an excuse for the lack of actions. Thus, my dislike for the plot is totally understandable.

In addition, the number of plot holes in this novel was huge. There were too many things that were left unexplained in this novel that it made my head throbbed and gave me a migraine. Plot holes such as the abilities, how does one gain an extra ability in this world and why does the Volturi want Edward and Alice to be his sidekick? Did he not have enough humans and vampires for him to be as powerful as he seemed to be? Well, those are just some questions that I have for now but I know there will be more if I continue to read the other novels in this series.

Furthermore, we have the world-building and the atmosphere that I would like to talk about in this review. Unlike my previous review for a Twilight novel, this book’s world-building really lack-lustre. Items and places were not described as perspicuously as before. Some of them were skimmed through and those things somehow became a major part of the novel without being properly described. Thus, the world-building was bad and I hope there will have some improvement in the next novel.

In addition, we are now going to talk about the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere for this book was not as suspenseful and romantic as prior to its ancestor and the elements did not combine well in this novel. Again, the suspense only starts at the end of the novel which only lasted for an hour- 80 pages long. Thus, I did not enjoy the atmosphere for this novel.

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would like to discuss. The actions scene were the only ones that I truly enjoyed in this novel. They were suspenseful, scary and stressful. Why is it stressful? You may ask but the scene where Bella was almost being beaten by the vampire was the most stressful period of the entire book. Therefore, I enjoyed the action sequences and how it made my emotions run like a baby asking for ice-cream while whining.

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

“love gave someone the power to break you. 
I’d been broken beyond repair.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

As usual, this book does not have any quality writing but somehow it irked me even more than the previous book. Well, allow me to have a long and detail explanation:

The author repeated information that readers already knew in the first book. Further on to state my point, she added an information that we do not know in the first few pages and repeated it again in the next few pages and again in the next hundred pages. I kind of pissed me off because how many times do you need to repeat the same thing over and over again so that we would understand!?

Moreover, Bella’s character which I will talk more about later on in the Characters’ review section, was so freaking UGH! Sorry, I need to control my emotions. Let’s rephrase the sentence: Bella’s character was destroyed because she had the desire to kill herself merely because of her boyfriend who broke up with her and all she can think about was him- for 6 freaking months. Just, WHY?

In addition, this book was yet again filled with dialogues and though it was easy to read and also, easy to skim through, it was also pretty annoying. There were more telling than showing and the world surrounding Bella just was not building up well enough for the readers to understand the system and the way it was supposed to be.

Finally, this book should not be as long as it should be because of the points that I had added above and this: Almost 90% of the book was covered with Bella’s self-indulgence for death due to the breakup and it was just so dull. I am sorry to say that but it was dull.

So, let us now get into the characters’ section!

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

“Speaking of which, would you like to explain to me how you’re alive”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Bella: Hm, who is she? Just kidding. I really did not like her in this novel. I know that heartbreak and disappointments are hard to go through but Bella had taken everything to the next level. Her mind had gone haywire without Edward and all she can think about was what to do next to hurt herself- hard and guess who she had brought in to join her little conquest? Jacob. She used him as a source of happiness and although she really needed it, it was a bad move. After Edward came back for her, she literally abandoned him and stalked off with Edward who dumped her in the first place… So, great character development, I guess… (take note of the sarcasm).  

Jacob: What an arse. I knew Bella was using him as a source of happiness but Jacob was also being a really bad friend to Bella. He exacerbated Bella’s emotions even more than what Edward had done to her and it led her to a point where she really felt the drive to plunge into the ocean and drown. In addition, for a book that centred on Bella and Jacob, Jacob managed to screw the entire book up with his attitude which was the ‘bad-boy demeanour,’ pretty well. So, the character development for this character would be a negative 1000. 

Edward: I hated him in this novel. If it was not for his stubbornness and persistence, this novel and plot would not have existed except for the action scenes which I know Stephenie would be able to amplify them, and Bella’s character would not have been like ‘that’… By the way, he had zero character growth in this book. So, have a damn nice day, Edward.

Alice: She is now my favourite character in this series. For a book so wearisome, this character somehow stood up and although she was not in a lot of scenes in this novel which she should because Bella died doing boring scenes and the readers dwindled reading them, she gave me a vibe of her charisma and I absolutely loved it! She was not annoying and she was strong and capable of whatever she had on her hands. Those characteristics are natures which Bella will never be allowed to get because of her annoyance.

Overall: The Ending

Whatever charm that had worked for the first book in this series- Twilight, was now gone when my eyes settled on this book and its words. So, without any pity scores, because there would be none for this novel, I will give this novel a 15%. 

I am sorry but this book is really, really bad.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for New Moon By Stephenie Meyer! 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

Viral Spark By Martin Mcconnell || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and it had almost been a month since I last posted a book review and I am truly sorry for all the waiting that all of you had been enduring. But today, I am finally posting a book review and the book that I will be reviewing is called Viral Spark by Martin Mcconnell.

Viral Spark is a Young Adult, Futuristic Science Fiction following Robert- our male protagonist of the story as he tries to fix all the glitches that are destroying the community. 

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

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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“Robots get to see the worst of the human condition on a daily basis. Good thing they don’t have feelings.”- Viral Spark, Martin Mcconnell.

Synopsis:

The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better. 

Then everything starts to glitch: 
the robots, the building, and even the people. 

What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us begin with this review by speaking on the pacing that this book had contained itself in. As much as I would like to say that the pacing was great, it was not because I found it to be extremely slow and it took a long time for me to finish. In addition, the pacing was not very consistent as it was like the waves in the ocean or rather- the graph of a transverse wave, going up and down all the time without ever being straight or flat. Furthermore, the pacing had caused a lot of flaws and it definitely did jumble up the story a little. Thus, I did not like the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have the action-filled thingamajig that I would like to speak on in this review. The actions, which were almost non-existent until the last 15% of the novel, were not as exciting as I would like it to be and it did not make my heart pumped three times harder whatsoever. Plus, there were supposed to be a few scenes which would cause an emotional rollercoaster for me, as the reader but it kind of… sort of… Well, let me rephrase it: It did not work out well for me. Enough said, let’s move on.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the world-building that was added to this book now. The world-building had lacked a lot of substances in it, for example: descriptions of the human features, rules of the world, the chips that were installed into the human’s brains and so much more. There were so much of things that had been lacking in this novel that it led to another topic that I would like to have a discourse upon: Plot holes. But as for now, I still have a little more to the topic of world-building. The world-building was also very messy because the building of the world which intersected with the writing (will talk more about later on) was all over the place. Thus, I did not enjoy the very bad world-building for this novel.  

Coming to the subject regarding plot holes, this novel was filled with a lot of holes that were tied along with the world-building. The holes came mainly from the idea of how humans meddled among the robots and who actually created the virus in the first place because there was a paragraph in the book talking about the source of the virus came from the ‘outside’ and that led to another hole in the plot, what outside and what location? In addition, there was a death in the novel that does not make any sense because I really do not understand why he killed himself and if the character that committed suicide predicted that the robots will ‘come alive’, why did he place the chips in the human brains in the first place? There are a lot more minor plot holes in the novel but I will just go through the ones that really bothered me when I was reading this novel and those holes that I had discussed are the major ones. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes in this novel.

Diving deeper into the review, I have an issue with the atmosphere of the novel. Normally, the atmosphere of a science fiction novel should be heart-jerkingly scary because of its robots/aliens that are contained in it but this book does not give me the vibe of scary robots although some scenes in the book that had featured haywire robots attacking people and people turning on people were supposed to make me feel… scared but it does not. However, I liked the sense of pressure in the environment around the protagonist as he searched for a solution for the glitching people and robots. Thus, I liked but did not love the atmosphere.

Into the bargain, we have come to a point where I would like to have a chat on the predictability of the novel. The novel was not predictable and it had some shocking factors in it which I enjoyed. This point saved the novel for me as it gave me a little twist in my mind and it made me think for all I can. Thus, I loved how unpredictable this novel was!

Furthermore, we have the tone of the novel which I would love to speak on. The tone was surprisingly good because normally, if the atmosphere had gone bad, the tone would not be that great either but this novel had lit a different candle. The tone was enthusiastic, lively and vibrant. I really enjoyed how the author had instilled this factor into the novel! Thus, my enjoyment of this novel had been saved yet again by this favourable factor.

Finally, I would like to voice up on the relationship factor of this review. The relationships between the characters were not my favourite factor for this novel. None of them connected in a certain level and the protagonist had a love interest which I could not get more annoyed about because they do not have that kind of spark that would light up the chemistry between them and it felt forced… As if gravity wants them to be bonded together forever and ever. Thus, I did not like the relationship factor for this novel.

 

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

Unlike other readers who had problems with the style of writing for this book, I loved the writing style for this novel because it was unique and beautiful in its own way. Just by saying that, let us dive deep into why I thought it was a great way of writing.

First and foremost, I thought the writing style was articulate, clean and epigrammatic. It was epigrammatic because it gave a clear picture of what the protagonist had in mind. Furthermore, the writing style was clean because there was not any talk about sex and finally, it was articulate because the information came easily and readers would know what is going on as easy as ABC.

Finally, the descriptions of some landscapes were really clear and the pictures formed easily in my brain and with that element that was instilled in the novel, I thought it would give readers a better understanding of the world (even though the world-building was lacking) and also a greater variation for the readers to imagine the extremities of the world. Thus, I enjoyed the descriptions that it sometimes had in the novel.

However, speaking on the topic of ‘sometimes’, I thought the writing style for this novel was not very consistent as the landscapes were sometimes described and often times not described. In addition, the characters’ images such as their facial expression… well, to simplify that, their features were not described as much as I would have liked. Thus, I did not like the inconsistency in the novel.

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

Robert: I did not feel the connection that I should have had with him. In other novels, I often felt the connection with the protagonist but unfortunately, this protagonist in the story does not provide that. He was enthusiastic and smart but his character was also… boring. While I was reading the book, I just ‘watched’ him going through his daily routine day after day until my brain just snapped and I had to put the book down for a while. However, we have a thing in common. Both the character and I love Physics. That’s all. Next.

Amanda: Honestly, I knew she was going to be Robert’s love interest but I did not root for them to be together because the chemistry between them was not as genuine as it should be. However, I did like her as a character in the novel more than I liked Robert. Amanda was a sweet-heart and she always put others in mind before she had decided an action that she should take. Thus, I enjoyed this character in the story.

Paul: A character that I quite enjoyed but the scenes in the book that had him in them were limited. He was quirky and I liked the way that he had dealt with stubborn-Robert which I’ll not be talking about because of some spoilers. Other than his quirkiness, I had nothing else to say about his characterization. Next.

Tom: I did not like him. I, personally, found him to be annoying because he kept repeating the things that he had said and he was such a show-off. Thus, I did not enjoy his nature in the story. 

Overall: The Ending

My rating for this book would be 53%. I thought the book was not that bad nor was it amazing. It just fell somewhere in the middle and thus, the decision had been made and the rating had been formed. 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Viral Spark By Martin Mcconnell! 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

Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my very-first trilogy review on this blog today and the book trilogy is the ‘Curse Workers’ trilogy written by Holly Black. If you have seen my Goodreads page, you would have noticed that I did not enjoy reading ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ written by the same author. Despite my dislike for that book, I had decided to give the author another chance by reading this trilogy and IT DEFINITELY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

I cannot even begin by how much I loved this series, that this series had destroyed me, that it might be in the exact same spot as the ‘Daughter Of Smoke And Bone’ which is my number one favourite book of all time! With all of those being said, you will know what to expect next in this review: GUSHING! Before we get into those things, let us start off by diffusing through what this series is about.

In all three books of the Curse Workers trilogy (Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy), we follow a seventeen-year-old boy named Cassel as he discovers that his memories have been jumbled up and later finds that he is one of the rarest ‘workers,’ a person who can perform magic, in the world which leads to a great number of people willing to pay for him to kill others. So, without further ado, let us get into the series review straight on!

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behaviour of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

My thoughts: The Beginning

How do I even begin with this review? Alright. I have to chill or else my words would not make any sense to you guys. 3,2,1… Go.

Let us begin with this review by commenting on this beautiful trilogy’s covers. I, personally, enjoyed the cover changes to this trilogy although others might not agree because the original covers have a mysterious and secretive vibe to it that many of them thought that it was fantastic as the trilogy itself was baffling. I relished on these covers because of the little dots that make up a face and mind you, White Cat’s cover does look a little sexualize but that does not take away the quality of the covers. I appreciated the colour scheme and how the dots are formed into wordings of the book titles. Furthermore, the covers have a dream-like quality to it that will make you dream about a dream but you are not in the dream (hopefully you get what I was talking about). Therefore, I really loved the covers and I am giving a 100% to the beautiful cover makeovers.

Moving on, we have the pacing that I would like to address on which had been placed throughout the trilogy. For White Cat, I thought that the book was very well paced with many factors that were supposed to be information-overload but Holly Black somehow made it possible that the pacing was just gliding through the novel easily which I admired her for doing so because she just spared the pain of the readers’ with easy pacing. However, for Red Gloves, I found that the pacing was a little slower and it kind of lack a distinctive quality that White Cat had and due to its fall of lacking something its predecessor had, it slowed down. As for Black Heart, the pacing went back to normal- just like how White Cat always was. Hence, I enjoyed most of the pacing that was flowing through the trilogy.

Furthermore, I would like to address on addictive quality that this book had around it. Just like a drug, this trilogy had a quality so relentless and addictive that nothing beats this trilogy as long as the pages are still flying by. It will replace the endorphins in your brain with words that are so beautiful and quite mysterious that you just want to know what the heck is going to happen next in the book. Thus, I truly enjoyed how wonderful Holly had made to be this enjoyable.

Moving on, we have the world-building & politics that I would like to talk about in this review. For the first book in the trilogy, also known as White Cat, we see how the world works, what workers are and how it revolves around a universe so close to ours but somehow, very different and unique. The politics in the first book weren’t as exposed as the later books but it still had a good chunk of it at the end of the book. As for the second novel- Red Gloves, the politics had gotten even more exposed and the world expanded in many ways that would cause the readers no harm in exploring. For the last and final book- Black Heart, I felt that we fully understand how the world functions and how everything had been set up from the beginning and how the surface area of the politics had gotten even more exposed. Therefore, I enjoyed how wonderful everything was!

Moreover, we have the atmosphere that I would like to comment on for these novels. The atmosphere throughout these three books was mysterious, competitive and hard to guess. I liked the mysterious and competitive aspects of these novels because it caused a kind of clutch in my heart and made it pumped hard and inconsistent until these novels ended. Therefore, I enjoyed reading the atmosphere in these books! It definitely was a wonderful aspect of these blockbusters.

Diving deeper into the review, we have the predictability of the novels I would like to address on in this review. To be honest, I had figured some plot twists out myself in this novel but the severe plot twists were hidden pretty well and no clues were given to that little twist that made my head spun. Out of all of these books, I would say that all of them had plot twists that will make you hate, love, cry and etc. I definitely did enjoy the plot twists and I would love to hear if Holly Black is writing more books for this trilogy because of how wonderful it was! Therefore, it wasn’t as predictable as it seemed!

Some of you might ask if the story was well-constructed and if there are any plot holes… Well, here’s your answer:

Yes, this book is definitely well-constructed and you can clearly see that Mrs.Black did her homework and plot all of the plots nicely to review everything in order to cancel out the ugly plot holes. Thus, I really loved how this series wrapped itself up nicely.

Into the bargain, I would like to talk about the quotes that I have found to be both impressive and marvellous and I would hereby like to share with you guys a few quotes from this trilogy:

“Memory is slippery. It bends to our understanding of the world, twists to accommodate our prejudices. It is unreliable. Witnesses seldom remember the same things. They identify the wrong people. They give us the details of events that never happened. Memory is slippery, but my memories suddenly feel slipperier.”- White Cat, Holly Black.

“I wonder if he really could rationalize what I did to him, really treat betrayal like the slight transgression of a recalcitrant business partner. I wonder if I hurt him. If he can rationalize what I did to him, it’s easy to imagine how he rationalized what he did to me.”- Red Gloves, Holly Black.

“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”Black Heart, Holly Black.

Finally, we have the relationships between all of the characters section of this review! The relationships factor of these novels were filled with good things like Love, Hate, Fear, etc. I thought the first book handled it very well with all of its impudence and actions that were totally unforgettable. However, when we entered the second book in the trilogy which is Red Gloves, the relationship factor had overloaded itself with ammunition that it was a little bit hard to get through and it had also kind of taken away the main plot of the book which is never a good thing. Despite having the second book carried the weight of the relationship between the characters, the book was still enjoyable. As for the third and final novel in the trilogy, everything went back to the way it was with White Cat and I totally enjoyed that book. Therefore, I liked the relationships between the characters in this novel!

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

“He’s the kind of liar who totally forgets what he told you the last time, but he believes every single lie with such conviction that sometimes he can convince you of it.”- White Cat, Holly Black.

I enjoyed the style of writing that Holly had placed in this novel. The writing style was consistent, articulate and lyrical. The author’s writing style for this novel was the type which was easy to glide through while learning new vocabularies and how the system of the world works. Also, it had a unique quality to the writing style that had shown that she was a writer of her own kind and that quality is the dream-like condition which made the books so marvellous and so freaking easy to get through and additionally made the readers read all of the novels in one sitting.

Furthermore, I said the writing style was consistent because the characters acted like how they talked and everywhere in this three books, you will notice that all of the characters have the same personalities as the previous books and each of the characters had distinctive personalities that you would know which is which and who is who. Yes, it is that easy to identify them. Therefore, I liked how wonderful Holly Black managed to perform such artistic skills in these novels.

Finally, I enjoyed how every scene in this novel was pictured perfectly in my head. The scenes were written articulately that every single thing that happened will somehow be transported and diffused perfectly throughout your brain which was definitely an enjoyable factor I had with these books while reading each sentence to pluck the images to my brain. Hence, I fancied the prepossessing condition that this book had with its articulate-quality.

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

“The moment she was cursed, I lost her. Once it wears off- soon- she will be embarrassed to remember things that she said, things she did, things like this. No matter how solid she feels in my arms, she is made of smoke.”- Red Gloves, Holly Black.

Cassel: He was supposed to be an unreliable, not trustworthy and unlikable protagonist for this trilogy but those aspects of his character are the ones that I had been looking for in novels and I truly liked extremely mean and bad protagonist. Although he was unlikable, I thought he was pretty relatable because most of the things that Holly Black had thrown into his nature made it so that we know that he would receive salvation and redemption and as to that, he did. I loved his peculiar characteristics and how snarky he was everywhere in this trilogy. Thus, I fancied him as a character in this trilogy!

Lila: I found Lila to be a badass, crazy and had a sense of odd humour character. She was extremely likeable and I liked how strong she was and her last-line in the Red Glove book was extremely fantastic even though my ship between Cassel and Lila appeared to be dead. Still, I liked her craziness and at the worst time possible, she emerged to be the brightest star in the universe and her character development throughout the series was marvellous! It was spectacular as in from a little girl, she had transformed into an independent and strong young woman which I admired with much glory! Therefore, I loved her as a character in this novel!

Sam: He was a great character. Although I felt he was a little pushed aside by the other characters, he still shone in the light as someone with a burst of different personalities and humane nature. As the books got deeper into their relationships with one another, Sam’s characterization got a boost and I, personally, thought that it was a great pushed to his character to get a development or rather- lots of developments. Therefore, I enjoyed reading him as a character in this blockbuster.

Daneca: Honestly, I found her to be a little annoying in the beginning but as the plot progressed on, she became a person with lots of shining personalities and she definitely had an important persona in these books because she led the HEX club which you will later know what that is about when you read the books and she had also made herself as a symbol for workers-rights! Therefore, I loved loved loved her as a character in this novel!

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this book trilogy a 97% rating. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel and I will be reading more books from Holly Black! And I would like all of you to give this book trilogy a try as it is not as hyped-up as I thought it would because it definitely deserves all the attention. So, we have reached the end of the review!
Curse Workers trilogy’s ratings on Goodreads:

  • White Cat: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Red Gloves: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Black Heart: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black! 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

City Of Bones By Cassandra Clare || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘City Of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare today! Just to let you guys know: I actually have two pending book reviews that have reached the deadline that I had set up to write before reviewing this novel but I have so much to say about this novel that I have to push all the others aside before my utterly forgetful brain neglects on what I have wanted to speak on. Therefore, let us get this review started!

But wait! Before we get into the remarkably detailed side of the review, I would like to cultivate a mini-synopsis for this blockbuster before we move our eyes into the review that will be performed later on in this article! So, here goes the synopsis of this novel:

City Of Bones is a Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy novel following Clary Fray as her mother disappears from her life and finding out that she is part of an angelic race which her mother had been determined to keep her from knowing all these years that she had been living with her. 

Now, we can finally get into the official review for the novel!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • Be aware of some mild spoilers as this is a novel that is hard to contain everything systematically! So, let us now jump into the review!

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“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”- City Of Bones, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

My thoughts: The Beginning

The very first thing that I would like to talk about in this review is the diversity that the author had installed in this novel. I loved how the author had represented a gay character in this novel because to me, I feel like there were not much representation of the LGBTQIA+ community in YA novels and the fact that the author had laid the community in this novel was just fantastic! Therefore, I liked the diverse cast of characters in this book!

Moving on, I would like to discuss on the relationship that Cassie had deposited in this novel. The relationships between the characters were very unique and magical that I thought it was a great experience to have with the casts in this book because everything was not one-dimensional but complex and hard to guess (Does it make sense? I hope so) that I just really relished on how beautiful the experience that I had with this book was. Thus, I enjoyed the relationships that the author had dropped into this book.

Furthermore, we have the pacing that I would like to rattle on in this book review. I would not say that the pacing of this novel is fast or anything because it literally took me two weeks to finish this book due to the level of hardness at the beginning of the novel which I will talk more about later on in the review. However, as I had gotten past the first 150 pages of explanation and the ‘Wikipedia’ of the world, I was immediately sucked back into the story and the pages flew by so quickly that I had a hard time knowing that I actually reached the certain page count. Thus, I did not enjoy the pacing for the beginning of the novel but overall, I thought the pacing was pretty good!

Moreover, we have the beginning and the ending of the novel that I have to converse on in this review. The beginning which I will be conversing on first was filled with world-building and although I enjoyed how well the author had built the world, I could not help but feel how aridity and anti-climatic the beginning was. It was not that the world was not interesting, it was just that the author had included too much of information that resulted in information overload. Plus, nothing really happened in the beginning except for the planning that the characters’ had to bring Clary’s mother back. Thus, I kind of hated the beginning of the book.

In addition, the ending which was non-identical to the beginning of the novel was juicy, action-packed and overall frustrating (in a good way). The ending of the novel clutched on my heart, burned it to the ground and put it back into my chest again with no remorse except for the blisters on it that will never be healed ever again. Sorry for being so dramatic but I really loved the ending for this novel and because of that, I have decided to read book 2: City Of Ashes!

Into the bargain, we have the world-building and atmosphere of this novel that I have to include in this review! The world-building, just like what I have said earlier, was great and it enhanced the reading experience for us, readers. However, the author had included too much of the functions of the world in the beginning that I really found it to be an extremely hard segment to get through. In addition, the atmosphere for this book was exceptionally good because it increased my heart rate as the scenes had gotten intense and while I was reading this book, I can feel the chemicals that were working hard and revolving much around my brain. Plus, when the story came to a closure and the plot twists damaged my brain temporarily, I felt so drowsy that I had to read the next book almost immediately. Thus, I liked the world-building but not that much and I loved the atmospheres that were gyrating around this novel.

Finally, we have the favourite quote segment that I would like to address on in this review. My favourite quote from this novel was:

“By the Angel,” Jace said, looking the demon up and down. “I knew Greater Demons were meant to be ugly, but no one ever warned me about the smell.”
Abbadon opened its mouth and hissed. Inside its mouth were two rows of jagged glass-sharp teeth.
“I’m not sure about this wind and howling darkness business,” Jace went on, “smells more like landfill to me. You sure you’re not from Staten Island?”- City Of Bones, Cassandra Clare.

This quote was not the best quote in the whole book but I thought it was funny, idiosyncratic and weird to be a favourite quote throughout the novel but still, I thought it was a great quote and I loved it so, don’t judge me.

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

Writing: The Middle

Cassandra Clare’s style of writing in this novel was not the best writing style out there- in the literature world, but I did really enjoy how she held onto some interesting words and made them lively. So, here goes the review of the writing style in this book!

The writing style for this book was chatty, articulate, idiomatic and sometimes- verbose. The reason why I said the writing style was verbose because of its constant used of unnecessary sentences to get to the main point that the characters’ were trying to harangue on. However, the writing style was also pretty informal which I, personally, enjoyed because it lets us, readers, see that this is how the characters’ are going to react when they are facing a situation. In addition, it was also very articulate and idiomatic! It keeps the readers in a constant flow of indulging in the book and performing wonders such as their imaginations- in the brain. Thus, I did enjoy the writing style! But I have more to talk about in the below paragraphs.

[Sort of Rant ahead]

Presently, we are going to address on the excessive use of commas in this novel. As you can see, I am not the biggest fan of the redundant use of commas in the writing style because it is pretty hard for the readers to get through them and also, if you dive deeper into the novel, it gets very vexatious. And with all of that that I have said, I thought that this novel’s writing style fell into that category of ‘Commas-are-overused’. Furthermore, there were not enough prose to keep the sentences from breaking apart from each other and I thought the sentences do not flow well as they kept falling apart from each other due to the lack of prose like ‘as, because, etc.’ Therefore, it bothered my reading of this book to death due to the flaws in this novel.

[Out of the rant]

Moving on, we are going to discuss about the word choices that Cassandra’s Clare picked to entwine words together to make them feel alive. I thought Cassie did a really good job on picking out words that were added pleasingly to the story and the word drizzled and diffused through each sentence accordingly. Thus, I enjoyed the careful handing out of words for this novel!

Finally, we have the descriptions of the novel that I would like to talk about. The descriptions which I really enjoyed drifted through the book as the scenes in this novel were thoughtfully picked out and the descriptions that had taken place in the book had made everything so easy to be visualized in the brain that I had no hard time trying to conceive anything in my head. Thus, I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions in the novel.

Now, let jump right into the characters’ break down section of this review!

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Clary Fray: Almost everyone on the internet called her out as an annoying protagonist but I thought otherwise. To me, Clary was a sympathetic character that I commiserate with and she was somewhat dumb at times but never annoying because the shreds of evidence were clearly placed in front of her eyes but she still managed to overlook them. Furthermore, she was a little cliché because her characterization fell under the category of ‘She-is-pretty-and-I-am-not’ but other than those flaws, I thought she was kind and decent. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this novel.

Simon Lewis: To be honest, I do not really enjoy Simon as a character in this book even though he had the potential to grow as a character in the later novels but I just did not enjoy his perspective because he was whiny, needy and ibwerobgib. Thus, I have nothing to compliment on his character except for the features that he had held.

Jace Wayland: He was the boy with a dark past. Although I did indeed sympathize with how abusive his father was and how everything- for example, the blood that ran in his veins, was not his fault but the blame was somehow atop of his head, he was still a very sarcastic, rude and not-very-sexy person who Isabelle called him out as sexy. I do not understand how a person who is so rude… can be sexy. Therefore, I liked him (again) as a character in this book; but I did not love him as a character in this novel.

Luke Garroway: I loved Luke as a character in this book! He was kind, friendly and ‘Has-Jace’s-Sarcastic-attitude lite‘. He was somehow a character that I commiserate even more because he was stripped of his title as a Shadowhunter and he was also forcefully banned from his own homeland due to the demon disease that flowed in his capillaries. Plus, he was betrayed by his dearest friend who he thought was a brother. Therefore, I loved Luke’s characterization in this novel!

Valentine Morgenstern: I hated him! UGH! THIS VILLAIN WAS A FREAKING ARSEHOLE IN THIS NOVEL LIKE KJFBIJBFABIBFIBA. Basically, words cannot express how irritated (in a good way) I am with him. He was one of the most interesting villains that I had read in a while and I hope he will just jump off the cliff soon. Thus, I loved this villain but hated him (hopefully it makes sense).

Overall: The Ending

Although the ending for this novel was exciting and action-packed, I thought the beginning- somewhere around page 1 to page 100, was pretty dull and anti-climatic. Plus, there were some flaws in this novel that I, personally, did not enjoy. However, I am going to read the sequel to this book because the ending had me shook and I need more of Cassandra Clare’s world and characters. Therefore, I am giving this book a 69.5% rating.

Book Review

The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers: 

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

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

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: The Middle

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

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

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

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

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

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


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

Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimer:

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

Disclaimer from the author:

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: The Middle

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

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

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

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

Okay, what?

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

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

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

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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