Book Review

Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing ‘Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness’ today. Monsters of Men is the sequel to The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness and it is also the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Now, I can finally- officially announce that Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors of all time. His books- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, A Monster Calls and now, Monsters Of Men made me cried like a baby. There is no doubt that in the near future, I am going to purchase more of his books to consume more of his stories because of the way he unwraps his stories. So, we should go back to the topic- Monsters Of Men review.

Monsters of Men picks up right after things that had gone wrong in the second book. We follow our usual protagonists of the trilogy- Todd and Viola as they both advance on separate ways to see if there is a possible way to stop the raging war between Men and Women and Spackle. 

*Note:

All thoughts and opinions are on my own and there will be mild spoilers from the first and the second books in the trilogy, so consider yourself warned. 

So, with all that being said, let us begin with the review for Monsters Of Men!

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“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.”- Monsters Of Men, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people.

Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption or assume it is lost?

Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this review by talking about the pacing of the book. The pacing was fast and quick to the abyss by break-neck action and an extremely thought-provoking and twisting plot lines which I will talk more and include much more detail about them later on. Although the book is 603 pages long, I consumed 400 pages of it in a day and if you have checked my Goodreads page recently, you would have seen that the first 200 pages or so took me 2 weeks to read because I was busy with school assignments and tests. So, I did not have the time to read but after the examinations, I finished the rest of the book in a day. Thus, the book is fast-paced.

Moving on, the cliff-hanger that Patrick left us in book two is a gate to torture. I was lucky that the trilogy has already been completed and therefore, I was able to know what happened right after that. I highly suggest you to buy all the books in the trilogy before starting ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ because book one and book two in this trilogy have cliff-hangers and those cliff-hangers are not going to play nice. Thus, buy all the books in the trilogy before starting it! 

Furthermore, the world-building and the atmospheres expand throughout each books in the trilogy. The world-building in book three tightens up and increases the world where we have already known in The Ask and The Answer and The Knife Of Never Letting Go into an even more rounded world of weirdness and complexion which we do not recognize about in Book one and Book two. (By the way, it is a good thing. Patrick Ness expands the world beautifully) 

The atmosphere that clung to this book felt very real and true to me when I was reading the book. Now, I am going to take a short comparison of book two and book three. The political scenes were enriched and everything went from light politics to heavy politics in the third book whereas, the second book had light political scenes with nothing that is too heavy with politics. 

The third book in the trilogy deals with heavy topics such as- Genocide, Gender Role, and so much more. Those topics are topics that not many people talk about because it either makes them uncomfortable or other variety of reasons but I am glad that Patrick takes these steps to put the topics into the book which allow us to see what is actually happening in the world right now. Thus, I enjoyed the steps that Patrick had taken. 

Moving- ‘Moving’ on, I loved how Patrick threw the romance content into the book. It was so cute and young because both Todd and Viola were young teenagers that were in love for the first time and after what they had been through together, it felt like there was a necessity for them to be together. For example, 

“His noise is getting quieter, but I can still see it there still-
See how he feels the skin of my hand against his, see how he wants to take it and press it against his mouth, how he wants to breathe in the smell of me and how beautiful I look to him, how strong after all that illness, and how he wants to just lightly touch my neck, just there, and how he wants to take me in his arms and-
“Oh, God,” he says, looking away suddenly. “Viola, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean-“
But I just put my hand to the back of his neck-
And he says, “Viola-?”
And I pull myself towards him-
And I kiss him.
And it feels like, finally.”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Oh My Gosh, if you have read my other reviews for the other books in this series, you will know that this is exactly what I have hoped for in The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer and I am glad that Patrick delivered it to my doorstep. YAS!! 

Diving into the review, we are now going to talk about the plot that was created by Patrick. Basically, the plot that centers around this book is the war that is going on between Men and Women and Spackle. In between of those, politics and murders and assassination are thrown in to make it even more interesting which the book does make it captivating. 

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

Wait, before we move on to the next section, I would like to make a quick warning to all of you reading this book or planning to read this book. Monsters Of Men contains a lot of emotional disturbance which will make you cry. So, do expect a hecka lot of crying when you are reading this book.

Now, let us get into the writing section!

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Writing Style:

“Cuz that’s it –
That’s the nasty, nasty secret of war –
When yer winning –
When yer winning, it’s effing thrilling -”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Patrick Ness has a way with words. The language in this book was rich and the writing style was very poetic, articulate and lyrical. You will feel that you are actually- legitimately in the world instead of a world that you imagined in your brain. All in all, it is that kind of fantastic which everyone must feel. 

Moving on, the tone of the book was freaking deep and gray and the grayness level was extremely high. The reason why I said it is gray because all the characters are extremely flashed out like rainbows and you will not know who to trust or rather who to not trust. 

Furthermore, Patrick added a new Point Of View to the story and that character is… Wait for it, 1017. That spackle that vowed to get Todd to his feet. Yes, you may be wondering, why him? It is because of.. the build-up of plot which leads to the ending of the book that obviously needed him to have his own POV and there are other reasons but I am not going to spill any of those because of SPOILERS. Thus, there are 3 point of views (Todd, Viola, 1017) in this book which was done in an excellent way!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Todd: He was an interesting character. We watch him as he grows through each book and in each and every one of the books in this trilogy, he grows smarter, more kind-hearted and compassionate and maybe a little more violent but people change. So, to say that his character growth sprouted is an understatement. It is much more than just the character development. It is something that cannot be explained but it is something that is in a good kind of way. 

Viola: She became that brave, sassy girl who does not fear of anything anymore and she does not take any shit or dumb advices from no one (except for Todd, Simone and Bradley) because there wasn’t anyone to trust. Thus, leading her to an unexplainable character growth which is obviously a character growth that is better throughout each book.

Mayor Prentiss: His character was a little bit tricky because we all know that he killed his own son in the second book and as you go on with the story in the third book, you will find yourself believing about his redemption but… For now, I would say that he is neither good nor bad because there are lots of flashbacks in this book and in some of the flashbacks, we see him as a man with authority and a man with honour but something happened that led him down this path. Thus, his character development shot upwards. 

1017: I did not like him in the beginning. He was bent with revenge and he was so violent but as the story progressed even further, I came to love him because he dealt with many things and as his walls crumbled down, I accepted him into my heart but I will never forgive him for what he had done in… [Spoiler].

Mistress Coyle: I still did not like her. She was a character that had many secrets, worked alone with no one to trust and a character that just did not care about the lives of others. I thanked her for saving Viola’s life and all but just the thought of her not caring about the lives of others for her own selfishness makes me want to puke. Thus, her character growth went up high. 

Lee: GAHH! I am totally not into his love interest with Viola but I did really enjoy his character though. He was tough, smart and determined when it comes to war. Thus, making his character growth went up high.

Simone: I loved her. She was very creative and smart with technology and although I did not always agree with what she had requested but I still love her. Thus, a character with great qualities.

Bradley: He had characteristics that were similar to Simone but the things that he had suggested made much more sense than Simone’s, to be honest. Thus, I loved him a little bit more than Simone.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 100% rating because there isn’t any moment that I disliked or hated about it. Thus, the rating!


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

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Book Review

The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Ask and the Answer’ by Patrick Ness today! The Ask and The Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. The first book being ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go‘ which I had reviewed it on my blog. Of course, if you have read my ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ review, you will know that I loved the book. So, it makes logical sense for me to pick up the sequel for it.

AND OH MY GOSH, GUYSS! I LOOOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK IN THE TRILOGY!  

Well, okay. Back to the topic.  

‘The Ask And The Answer’ picks up right where the first book left off. We follow Todd and Viola as they get separated from each other while a war between men and women rages in between of them. 

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review but there will be mild spoilers from the first book so.. Beware!*

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“We are the choices we make. And have to make. We aren’t anything else.”- The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.

But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

“The Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

My thoughts: Introduction

This is not supposed to be in this review but I would really like to talk about the ending for book one. What the heck was that ending? That Cliff-Hanger? So, I dived into the next book and guess what? Another fantastic Cliff-Hanger that has me hooked to the story. Patrick Ness writes fantastic cliff hangers, guys! Diving into the last book- Monsters of Men now!

Well, let us begin with the review!!

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. Although it took me approximately two weeks to read this book, it was still a quick read. The elements such as suspense, action, etc. that were presented in this book were equally balanced out and therefore, the pacing was great and nicely balanced.

Moving on, the world-building and the atmospheres around this book had improved and rounded into a more twisted and complex thing that I had first imagined in the first book. Basically, the world was better explained and bigger and political than the what I would call a ‘scope’ in the first book. The atmosphere in this book was even more intense and heart-breaking than the first book. Both of these things had become much more complex and I cannot wait to find out what these things will become in the third book which is the finale to the trilogy.

Moreover, the idea and plot for this book were uniquely different from the first book but not really that different. I do not know how to explain the different but not part but just know that both the plot and the idea were crazily fantastic and unique!

The idea and plot were centre around a upraging war between men and women. Betrayals will certainly be made and they will make you not trust anyone except for Todd and Viola, of course. People will die and cruelty will rise. All of these will arise in the time of war and this book has it all! But that is not it, is it not? There will be things that are much more complex and darker which you will not expect! So… (Not going to spoil, so let us move on!) 

Furthermore, the relationships between Todd and everyone in this book went into another level of hardness? Yes, hardness. Todd and Viola had limited communication with each other because of the war and Todd and Davy became friends! WHAT? But something [Spoiler removed].  

Finally, the tone for this book was, metaphorically, deep and husky. It enlighten my heart as a reader and it enriched the topic and the story on what Patrick Ness is trying to say or rather- to tell. Patrick filled colours into his story and made it popped into life like the story is a life on his own. Therefore, the tone for this book was great!

Now, let us get into the writing section! 

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Writing Style:

“Ah, well, then you’ve never stood on a beach as the waves came crashing in, the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.” – The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Look at that quote. I mean, just read it! Is it not beautiful? Does it not take your breath away? It had already taken mine away so.. it will take yours away soon! Patrick Ness has a way of writing fantastic books with weird but cool and unique ideas that just incorporate with the story well. Everything he writes- including the plot twists and the cliff-hangers are done nicely and not forcefully which makes me believe that Patrick Ness is now an author that I can trust and an author that I will auto-buy if one of his new book pop up in the stores. 

The writing style for this book was done fabulously! It was articulate, informal for Todd’s perspective (which I will tackle on his perspective later on) and epigrammatic. Basically, there are more words to this list but I will stop at epigrammatic because PATRICK NESS’ WRITING IS EVERYTHING and I LOVED HIS WRITING STYLE IN THIS BOOK MORE THAN THE FIRST BOOK! 

There are two different point of views in this book. It switches between Viola and Todd and when I was reading the book, Viola’s perspective was much clearer and comfortable for me to be in because she does not say ‘Police-Stashyun’ or some other stuff whereas, Todd’s perspective had become better and more comfortable for me in this book because I have already gotten used to the way he speaks. So, yes.

I would say that Patrick Ness did a very good job on switching perspectives between Todd and Viola because the story unfolds differently for both of them but they intersect at some point which will make your mind blow and you will grasp the book for more because of it. Thus, it is a great addition to the story. 

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

Characters:

“Dogs don’t got the problems of people. Dogs can be happy any old time.”- The Ask And The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Todd: He had changed drastically. When he was tore apart from Viola, his character sunk a little and sunk even more when [Spoiler removed] happened. So, when they were once again reunited, his character development shot upwards and I would have to say this: WHAT A GREAT FREAKING COMEBACK! But I would also say that he is not my favourite character in this book because of the fall. Anyways, his character development became better and I cannot wait to read more from him in the third book!

Viola: I loved her even more in this book than the first book. She was once again a badass, brave, kick-butt and fierce character that had me hooked when the book introduced her to the story! I mean, her own Perspective! How marvelously cool is that!? Her character development had massive improvements because of a death of a person that she did not like but that person did not deserve to die. So, beautiful character development! 

The Mayor: He was even more complex than what I have first thought in the first book. But I will not spoil his complexity to you because of how mind-blowing and unique it is to me. So, I am not going to spoil.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 98.5% rating which I highly recommend you to read this book after you have finished with The Knife Of Never Letting Go because of that cliff-hanger and the plot twists!


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

Book Review

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness today! After I have finished reading this book, I know that Patrick Ness is an author that I can trust because both of these books: The Knife of Never Letting Go and A Monster Calls tore my heart into pieces in a good way. Furthermore, I literally have to put my ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ book review on hold to write this review because this book was so good! Also, I have a fantastic news to share: I loved this book so much more than the first time I had it read! I am so glad that it did not disappoint me for I gave it a second chance. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a Young Adult, Science Fiction + Dystopian novel following Todd, the protagonist as he runs from his town called- Prentisstown which had fed him lies about numerous things from the day he was born.

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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“But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ”- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns.

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

Let me start off by stating that I had a very.. Very low expectation going into this book because I did not like this book at all when I first started reading it last year. But I am so glad that I had decided to re-read this book because it was so gooood and everything was different from the first time I had it read! Now, let us get into the review, shall we? Yes, we shall.

The pacing for this book was pretty slow in the beginning, even with all those action scenes and those fast-paced materials for the pacing to speed up a little bit, it was still slow. Fortunately, the pacing sped up with more crazy action scenes and also, with more insane plot twists and things that were not being unanswered previously, will be answered after that. I have to say that it did take me awhile to get into this book because of the world-setting and the writing style which I will elaborate more later on, but after you have gotten used to the world and the writing style, you will enjoy the story more and more until you have finished gobbling up the story.

Moving on, the idea for this book was so freaking unique and beautiful that I had to praise the Book Gods for Patrick Ness’ amazing plots for this book. Now, let us go into the specifics. Basically, humans moved from the old world- Earth to another planet called New World which a kind of germ called the Noise lives in the planet. The Noise amplifies the thought of a man and women are not immune to it (or are they? ;)). So, the story starts off by introducing Todd- the protagonist, as he escapes from his town and he finds out some horrible truths that the town has been keeping from him.

Does that not sound good and unique? By the way, this is a dystopian book like none other. It is different, unique and it has a spark of science fiction theme in it. I, definitely, did not read anything like it before. Also, this book does NOT contain any romance which is pretty cool even though I would like to have a little bit of those. I do hope that Patrick Ness will add a few romance scenes in the next book! (A boy could hope, can’t he?)

Furthermore, the world-building and the atmosphere for this book were fantastically written. The world-building was great! It was described nicely and neatly which I am going to give you two examples now: the world has 13 months and two moons. How marvelous is that? The world-building did not just stop there, it went on to elaborate more about the world and the landscapes and the town with the cultures. In my opinion, I think that this is how a world should be built.

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was so suspenseful and horrifying and amazing at the same time that it just made me read more and more of those satisfying words. This book made me feel things that were evolving around the book! Oh, I almost forgot! There’s an unforgivable death in this book that I wept my heart out for that character. I cannot…. 

Moreover, the friendship relationship between Viola and Todd was superb. I rarely read about friendship relationships in Young Adult books mainly because most of them turned into couples. Also, the relationship between Ben, Cillian and Todd was so fabulously written that it made me cry when [Spoiler Removed]

Finally, there is a CLIFFHANGER at the end of the book which I am pretty glad that I have the second and the concluding novels to the trilogy because that CLIFFHANGER was dvisvirbviebwuivb… Crazy. Crazy cliffhanger.

Now, let us move on to the writing section! 

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

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Writing Style:

“War is like a monster,” he says, almost to himself. “War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows.” He’s looking at me now. “And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.” – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness. 

The writing style for this book was chatty, articulate, crisp and eloquent. It was chatty because this book was written like this when a word ended with this : -tion. “Attenshun” or “Police Stashun”. I did affect me when I was reading this book, to be honest. But I tried not to pay attention to those words and it did not work! So I continued reading it and I have gotten used to it after a while and I did not pay any attention to it anymore which is great!

Oh, another thing that bothered me while I was reading the book was the amount of slang words Patrick used. Normally, I do not like slang words in books such as “Ain’t” or whatnot but I am willing to overlook those words because Todd is an undereducated boy and I understand why Patrick chose to write it that way so… Yeah.

In addition to what I have said previously about the atmosphere and the world-building, Patrick Ness is a very skillful author with both of those things. He made the world come to life and he made all sorts of atmospheres to surround the book so that the reader can feel those feels. Thus, I really enjoyed his world-building and the atmospheres that he had created.

Finally, (and this point is an unfortunate one) I did not enjoy the flashback-free that centre around this book. I would really love to read some of the flashbacks of the day before of his ‘move’.  I would love to read some of the flashbacks about Cillian and Ben. But, unfortunately, the book did not provide that. But I do hope that in the next two installments, there would be some flashbacks about them! 

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“Men lie, and they lie to theirselves worst of all.” – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

Todd: He was a brave, stubborn and kind boy who does not have anyone else except for Viola. He was stubborn because of the decisions he made. Most of the decisions he made were kind of dumb because people kept hiding things from him! But, when he knew the truth, he was quick to correct all of his mistakes! Thus, I would say that his character growth shot up high!

Viola: I loved Viola. She was badass, smart, sassy and brave. She kicked butts and pulled out her ‘tools’ from her ‘bag’ whenever she see fit to use them. Although she did make some silly mistakes as well, but those mistakes are not as serious as Todd’s. Therefore, her character growth shot upwards but not that high.

Manchee: The Dog! I loved him so much! He was cute and brave and just everything in everything! He does not need any character growth because his character remained constant throughout the book so.. Yeah.

Now, let us move on to the Overall section!

Overall: 

I am giving this book a 89.35%. I enjoyed it more than the first time I had it read and I will definitely be reading the sequel! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness! 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

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Susan Dennard is the author of Something Strange and Deadly which is her debut novel following two other books in the trilogy called A Darkness Strange and Lovely and Strange and Ever After. After I have finished reading and falling completely in love with Truthwitch, I really wish and hope to get my hands on that trilogy in the near future! 

Apart from that, I will now be giving you all a brief summary of what Truthwitch is all about. Truthwitch follows Safiya– the protagonist and her Threadsister, Iseult as they embark on a quest to escape from all those people who would kill to get Safiya by their side for political purposes because of her witchery which can differentiate between a truth and a lie.   

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

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

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“Allow me to serve you, Safiya. We have spent too many years apart.” “And I have spent too many hours between meals.” A glare. “Give it to me now, Polly, or I shall castrate you with a fork.”- Truthwitch, Susan Dennard.

Synopsis:

ON A CONTINENT RULED BY THREE EMPIRES, SOME ARE BORN WITH A “WITCHERY”, A MAGICAL SKILL THAT SETS THEM APART FROM OTHERS. 

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with how unique the idea for this book was. The book mentioned lots of different witches and how those ‘witcheries’ might break- also known as Cleaved in the book if they use their witchery too hard or rather- to the extreme. The idea was fresh and highly original that I have a fun time reading something different for the first time in months. I have to admit that I was not into witches when I first started reading this book, but I was hooked to the story when I started reading it from page one to the end. It was fantastic and I loved it!

However, the pacing for this book, in my personal opinion, was not at all that fast-paced like everyone else said it would be. It took me two weeks to finish it mainly because I have assignments that needed to be completed for school. Aside from that, the book was pretty quick in the beginning with all those extremely creative action scenes and when it came to the center part of the book, the action scenes started to lessen and the pacing started to slow as well but the last 100 pages of the book were covered and blanketed with action scenes and plot twists that you will not see them coming.

Coming to the point where we talk about the plot twists in this book, I am telling you all this: “Those plot twists were… Mind-blowing and it ‘wow-ed’ me for 2 hours. Maybe not two hours because I am still in the Mind-blowing mood for Truthwitch.” Yeah… I think that is about it! 

Moving on, there were some major plot holes in this book that I wish will be uncovered in the next book called Windwitch. Those plot holes left me gasping for more of the story and more of… Everything. Basically, my feelings for the plot holes right now are something like a vampire hungry for more of human’s blood except you cancel out the blood and put stories and books into the sentence. Yes, that’s my feeling for Truthwitch right now.

Furthermore, the atmosphere and world-building for this book were fantastically written and everything felt like fantasy and real life all at once and you will be like, “W-what j-just happen-e-ed?” Yeah, that happened to me and I was awed by how perfectly well the world and the atmosphere were constructed. The world of Truthwitch was something like ours.. but not. Something similar yet different which is now very hard to describe so… I will just summarize that the atmosphere and the world-building were constructed beautifully.

In addition of Truthwitch, the relationship between Safiya and her Threadsister, Iseult was outstanding! For once, we did not get a girl-hate-on-girl relationship but a sisterhood relationship which was a great addition to the story! I will give you an example of their relationship, Safiya will die for her Threadsister and Iseult will do the same for Safiya as well! Thus, I enjoyed the relationship in this book!

Also, this quote from Iseult point of view hurt me to bits: [Not a spoiler! I promise!]

“She wasn’t taking the gift lightly- yet nor would she feel gratitude towards Alma. Ever. Alma had made this out of guilt. She was, after all, the reason Iseult had been denied a place as a Threadwitch apprentice- and also rejected as Gretchya’s heir.”- Truthwitch, Susan Dennard.

Finally, for the end of the introduction part of this review, I have a problem with the point of view that switches between Safiya, Iseult and Merik. I mean, I do not have a problem with the point of view that switches between Safiya and Iseult but I have trouble understanding Merik’s point of view. Not that Merik was a bad character.. His point of view was just.. uh.. Hard to understand. If you get what I mean.. 

Now, let us move on to the writing section for Truthwitch!

Writing Style:

“Merik turned away, pretending not to hear. Not to care. But the truth was, he did hear and he did care.”- Truthwitch, Susan Dennard.

The writing style for this book was very beautiful! It was emphatic, epigrammatic in some way and sometimes, the book felt a little prolix. It was a little prolix mainly because there were too many words in the sentence when the book was going in a very slow pace. But, either way, the writing style was beautiful.

I loved how Susan described the places around the protagonist while we, as readers, slowly visualized the world of Truthwitch. She built the world around the protagonist with the atmosphere of suspense, action and more. It gave me the feels when I was reading the book! 

Finally, those flashbacks that Susan had added to each of the characters were great! I loved how she had written the flashbacks and I loved how much the characters growth from those flashbacks! Just, the flashback technique used in this book was beautifully written!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“Sorry to make you wait!” Safi roared over the rapid four-beat race. Her legs were bared, her silk gown shredded, and she clutched a pitchfork to her stomach. “And sorry for the trouble on my ass!”- Truthwitch, Susan Dennard.

Safiya: She had a kickbutt and smart yet hot-headed character. She was hot-headed because she made decisions that were unnecessary and sometimes, stupid. But, fortunately, she worked on making things right and she did not make the same mistakes twice! I have to admit that she was a pretty kickbutt and a little weak character in the beginning, but she became a tough character after that and therefore, she had a great character growth!

Iseult: Another kickbutt and smart heroine yet this time, her character was a little different from Safiya! She was cool and all compared to Safiya’s Hot-Headedness! She was extremely tough in the beginning until the end but the one thing that made me laugh while reading was how she was so cool when [spoiler]! Her character was, also, fantastic and I hope to read more from her point of view in the future!

Merik: To be honest, I did not like him in the beginning until the middle of the book because of how unkind he was and how he scolded his crew. But, as I read more and more from his point of view and when I dived deeper into the book, I came to a point of liking him but not loving his character until the end of the book, when something happened and he was… [Spoiler]. So, his character had a huge improvement and thus, I loved his character!

Evrane: I loved her character! She was badass as well but kind and loving at the same time. I loved how her character evolved overtime and how her character slowly grow and grow! I cannot wait to see her in the next book called Windwitch! I bet she is going to be even more badass in the next installment! 

Overall:

I am giving this book a 86.75% rating. I did enjoy almost everything that was presented in this book but there were some things that I disliked as well. 


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Book Review

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I bet most of you or maybe all of you knew or have read this book because it is so well-known. If you do not have the general idea of what this book is about, I will be giving you a very brief summary of what this book is about now.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classical fiction following our protagonist- Jean Louise (also known as Scout) and Scout’s brother named Jem as their father, Atticus and them went through a series of mocks, attacks and more for defending an innocent black man who was accused of raping a white girl.

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

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

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”- To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee

Synopsis:

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the topics that had been tackled down in this book. Topics such as: Racism and respecting other people. I will be talking about every one of them down below.

Racism. I loved how racism was portrayed in this book. It was really heart-breaking to read about a race that is going through all these ugly things. We should look at how ugly racism is instead of just brushing it off our shoulders or wherever you can think of. Also, we should treat other races EQUALLY! It is not like this specific race is the superior of other races, we are created equally not… like I have said earlier, this specific race is the superior of other races. Anyway, I loved how the story wrapped up on adults attitude towards other races.

Respecting other people. You might be asking, “Max, what do you mean?” Well, what I meant was to respect other people even if they are rich or poor or anything else you can think of, just respect them. To gain one’s respect is to respect that person first. Thus, it is important to respect other people which I really loved how the book portrayed on this topic.

Now that I have finished the topics that were tackled down by the book. Let us move on to the atmosphere, the plot, the pacing and more that were surrounded in this book.

The pacing. Although I enjoyed almost all of the parts in this book, I did not enjoy the pacing that was put into this book. I know, it was meant to build up what happened before Mr. Ewells… [Spoiler removed]. But I really did not like the pacing. It was slow and the book could have been 50 pages shorter! Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book like.. a ton!

The atmosphere. The atmosphere around this book felt so real! When I was reading this book, it felt like I was back in the country side, walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. It’s just… a beautiful, humorous yet heartbreaking atmosphere to be in. 

World-building. The world-building in this book is perfect! I mean, it is set on earth.. So, of course it is perfect. Okay, well.. Even though the story is set on earth, the places that were mentioned in the book are fictional and therefore, the world-building is fantastic! 

The plot. How do I start? The plot for this book was fantastic! It is about an innocent black man being accused of raping a white girl and it is also about how a lawyer defended the innocent man! I loved how well this book was thought out. Nothing in this book is confusing and if it does, it will be explained by the end of the book. But, I doubt the story will confuse you because this book, in my personal opinion, is very easy to read. 

The relationships. The relationship between Scout and Jem is beautiful. I loved how siblings relationships are included in the story and also, the relationship between Scout and Atticus- her father is also very, very engaging! I loved how Harper connected all of these beautiful characters together! 

Now, let us get into the writing style section!

Writing Style:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

The writing style for this book was enchantingly elegant! The writing style was everything from articulate to crisp and finally, to emphatic. It was emphatic because it showed what the author was trying to voice, trying to speak about the topics that she wanted to speak of. So, yes. Beautiful writing style.

Also, I really liked how Harper had written the flashbacks of some characters, such as Scout and Jem! The flashbacks were clear and it did not confuse me in any way and those flashbacks were great additions to the story. It helps the reader to get to know more about the characters! 

Furthermore, there were different tones that were added to the story which I really liked about. Tones such as sadness, happiness, angry tone and more. I just loved how strong and solid the tones were when I was reading the book and those tones gave me the feelsss.

Finally, I loved how Harper’s writing style wrapped the atmosphere around the book. The atmosphere was written so powerfully that the story came into life. Everything felt so real, like what I have said earlier, it felt like I was walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. At times, the atmosphere felt so real that it made me think, “This cannot be fictional, right?” But, unfortunately, it is. 

Well, that’s the end of this section! Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Jean Louise (Also known as ‘Scout’): I loved her. She was so adorable that I felt the need to pinch her face when she did something wrong. Aside from her cuteness, she was very brave when she faced [Spoiler removed] and she also learned from her mistakes which I really loved when a character learned from her/his mistake. For her character growth, I would say she had an intense growth in her character! 

Jem Finch: I did not like him that much in the beginning because he bullied his sister. But as the story progressed overtime, I began to like him and eventually he made his way up to my favourite character list! I loved how headstrong and brave he was! He would protect his father from all those bad men. His character growth for this book was fantastic! I wished to read more about him in the sequel to ‘To Kill A Mockingbird‘!

Atticus Finch: I loved him! He was compassionate to his children and he did not raise his voice at them for being naughty or whatever. He was also determinant. He was determined to defend and save the innocent man! I really loved how great his character is. I would not say that his character growth shot upwards because his character growth remained constant.. in a good way.

Mr. Ewells: Oh my goodness! I hate him to the mud. I do not wish to spoil you guys so I am going to keep this short. He is one of the most hateful character I have ever laid my eyes on, even Maven from Red Queen is better than him. Well, I hate Maven but not as much as Mr. Ewells. Okay, guys. That is all.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 91.75% rating. I did enjoy everything that was presented in this book but unfortunately, I did not enjoy the pacing.


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Book Review

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for ‘The Battle for Oz’ by Jeyna Grace. Jeyna Grace is the author of ‘The Dreamer’ which is her debut novel and I have yet to read it. To be honest, I do not think I will ever get to it because this book- The battle for Oz did not impress me whatsoever. But who knows? Maybe I will get on with it one day…

The battle for Oz is a Middle Grade Fantasy and Retelling or reimagined story following Dorothy, Alice and Toto as they battle for the land of Oz that was invaded and conquered by The New Queen- Also known as the Queen of Hearts and her feather guards from another realm named Wonderland.

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

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

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“She knew her worst enemy had arrived. It felt like the good old days. This time, however, she was not going to let her go.”- The Battle For Oz, Jeyna Grace.

Synopsis:

The Battle For Oz reimagines L. Frank Baum’s canonical classic while also taking a page (and character or two) out of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

When a new queen endeavors to take over the city of Oz once again, Dorothy Gale and Alice Liddel must come together to fight off the wicked magic. With help from Toto and the Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Mad Hatter, the young women travel to earth and back and face impossible circumstances.

In all the chaos and commotion, while Alice and Dorothy struggle to discover the key to saving the city, along the way they find themselves discovering the meaning of friendship.

My thoughts: Introduction:

*Beware: Rant ahead!*

Let us start off with the idea or plot points of the book. The idea for this book was unique and it was nothing like the other books I have read before. Okay, let me explain the idea in detail.

Basically, the idea was the Queen Of Hearts who was exiled from her kingdom in Wonderland and- everyone knows she is evil, right? Alright, back to the topic. So, she discovered a way to get to the land of Oz and with the help of her guards that were exiled as well and her bunch of muttbits, she had the chance to conquer Oz.

That sounds great doesn’t it? It sounds like the book is going to be epic and action-packed, right? Well, sorry to disappoint you but it is not action-packed and only 45% of the book is epic. The idea was fantastic but the story felt flat for me which I will talk more about later on.

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was too fast. Nothing in the book was described properly and everything was described with a breeze which leave me no choice but to move on with no visualization to the story.

The pages within this book- 167 pages, took me five days to finish. FIVE DAYS, people and that is never a good sign for a short book to take me a huge amount of time to finish. To be honest, I kind of regretted reading this book because it pulled me back into a reading slump. *Thank you, book.*

The atmosphere around this book was…? Perhaps..Bad? Because I have no visualization to the story whatsoever, so I cannot feel anything around the book and there is nothing in this book that stands out to me practically. So, I will say this book has a flat atmosphere.

Next, let us talk about the characters. I will go into detail later but for now, I will give you all a brief summary of the characters. All of the characters in the book were one-dimensional and they do not have any character growth which saddened me because I really want to know more about Alice and Dorothy!

Also, this book did not provide any flashbacks of the years that went by after Alice and Dorothy have both left their respective realms. So, I am very, very disappointed.

Did this book drag? one might ask me and I will answer: Of course it did but it did not really drag…drag. The scenes that kind of dragged were supposed to be engaging but it kind of fell flat and also, those scenes did not go very well with the book.

Now, let us move on to the next section- the writing section.

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Writing:

Even though I did not enjoy most parts of the book, the writing style was the only one that I really enjoyed! Jeyna’s writing style for this book was epigrammatic, eloquent and crisp. Her writing style was really beautiful and lovely. I am so sorry for the synonyms! I did not intend to do it.

Now, let us move on to the characters section, shall we?

Characters:

Alice (From Wonderland): Alice was supposed to be that sweet and kind girl that fell into the rabbit hole and ended up in Wonderland. Instead, we got a bossy, ‘I Am Better Than You’ girl in this book. Her attitude in this book was unbearable and when it came to her point of view in the book, I dreaded reading it.

The worse thing is, her attitude did not change throughout the book, it stayed at its optimum state! I supposed her attitude is worse than the Queen Of Hearts herself. Also, she had zero character growth. That is all for her character.

Dorothy (From Oz): Unlike Alice, Dorothy was sweet and kind but she was also weak. She did not always believe in herself and she had this attitude called ‘I Cannot Do It’. I did enjoy her point of view but I did not enjoy her character and also, she had the same character growth as Alice. Zero.

Queen Of Hearts (Also Known as The New Queen of Oz in this book): The Evil Queen was the best character in this book! She had a complex mind, a crazy plan and a great ambition- To rule Oz.

But, how unfortunate, she did not get to rule for long because both Dorothy and Alice stopped her from torturing the citizens. I wished she could be the Queen for a longer period because of how complex she is. Also, she had a great character development, unlike Dorothy and Alice.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 43% rating. Sorry everyone, but I really did not like this book.


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Book Review

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the link to the website: TheBlackBoards

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

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

Writing Style:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

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

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

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

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

Bonus content:

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

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

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

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


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