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Most Anticipated Reads Of 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today I will be producing an article on my blog called ‘My Most Anticipated Reads Of 2019’. Just like last year, I will be manufacturing three articles in this category towards the end of the year- 31st of December 2018, in order to provide my overall reading experience of the year! So, if you have missed any of the previous articles, here are the links to it:

  1. Worst Books Of 2018
  2. Best Books Of 2018
  3. Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

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

9. Blood Heir By Amélie Wen Zhao 

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Synopsis:

A fugitive princess with the power to control blood. A black-hearted conman with no past and no future. An Empire spiralling into darkness. A world worth saving.

The Cyrilian Empire: a glittering white sprawl of frozen tundras and ancient, snow-capped forests, where ice spirits roam beneath the flickering northern lights, and where slavers hunt Affinites — those born with powers to manipulate elements.

Born with a horrifying Affinity to blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has never believed herself to be anything more than a monster. Her curse rings true when an accident in the dead of the night results in the death of her father, the Emperor of Cyrilia — and she is sentenced for his murder.

But Ana knows what she saw that night: the scent of poison in Papa’s blood, and the face of a murderer vanishing into the dark.

Alone, hunted, and on the run, Ana makes a bargain with Ramson Quicktongue, a handsome yet dangerous underground crime lord: help her find the true murderer and clear her name in exchange for her alliance.

When Ana’s search lands her in the lair of the most powerful slave trader in the Empire, she uncovers a horrifying truth. A new monarch stands poised to lead the empire to a path of hatred and divisiveness, and Ana must stop her before Cyrilia falls to darkness. But first, she must come to terms with the monster she thinks she is and the heir she was destined to be.

In a world where the princess is the monster, oppression is blind to skin colour, and good and evil exist in shades of grey… comes a dark Anastasia retelling that explores love, loss, fear, and divisiveness, and how ultimately it is our choices that define who we are.

Me:

Not only is the cover a gorgeous treat, the story itself- at least, its synopsis, sounded like something I would enjoy because it regarded on the topic of racial prejudice in a Fantasy novel which we rarely see in fantasy novels! Therefore, I cannot wait for this book to be published so I can have my sweaty hands on it!

8. The Similars By Rebecca Hanover

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Synopsis:

When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.

Me:

There is something about this book that just pulls me in. Perhaps it is the idea of cloning and DNA replica that just grabs my interest because I know, for once, that DNA replica is very close to reality and I don’t know… but I cannot wait to read this novel!

7. The Merciful Crow By Margaret Owen

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Synopsis:

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Me:

ASIFJBOSIBGOIABSOGBAS  This looks fantabulous! It’s not even a word but omgomgomg, I want to read it, just give the freaking book to me, right now.

6. Four Dead Queens By Astrid Scholte

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Synopsis:

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

Me:

THE NEED IS REAL! QUEENS GETTING MURDERED? COUNT ME IN!

5. Again, but Better By Christine Riccio

Again, but Better

Synopsis:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

Me:

I have been following Christine on Youtube since forever ago and I was so proud of her for finally releasing a novel and finished writing it! With that, I cannot wait to read this novel!

4. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Sherwood

Synopsis:

Robin of Locksley is dead. 

When news comes that he’s fallen in battle at the King’s side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flout the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.

Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancé. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.

When Marian dons Robin’s green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.

But all of Nottingham is crying out for a saviour. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero…

Robin Hood.

Me:

I am literally speechless … The synopsis for this novel sounded so good and sorry for repeating my words over and over again, but I am going to say once more: I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS NOVEL TO BE RELEASED OUT INTO THE WORLDDDD.

3. Courting Darkness By Robin Lafevers

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, #1)

Synopsis:

Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

Me:

… *Speechless* … *Snickering excitedly* …

2. On The Come Up By Angie Thomas

On the Come Up

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

Me:

Angie freaking Thomas, author of THE HATE U GIVE, is writing another novel that sets in Garden Heights! I cannot wait to read this because THE HATE U GIVE was one of my favourite books last year. So, of course, I have to read this.

1. The Priory Of The Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Synopsis:

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Me:

One Word: YES.


And that concludes my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2019!’ Be sure to let me know what your Most Anticipated Books Of 2019 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Bookish Fun!

Best Books Of 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be producing an article called ‘Best Books Of 2018’ for my 3-part series towards the end of the year- 31st of December. Below will be a list of articles I will be producing for this 3-part series:

  1. Worst Books Of 2018
  2. Best Books Of 2018
  3. Most Anticipated Reads Of 2019

Now, just like the last article, Best Books of 2018 does not mean that I will limit only to the books that were published this year, I will take the books that I read in 2018 and compare the result of my overall reading experience for this year.

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

10. History Of Wolves By Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves

Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as the last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr Grierson. When Mr Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgeling desires and craving to belong. 

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has a purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love.

Me:

This story is not for everybody because of how the story was unfurled. 

The main character was odd and she had an obsession with stalking this particular girl called Lily and if you think she was an antagonist of the novel, you are wrong because of the plot twists at the end.

I thought this novel was cleverly written because it twisted the story and made everything seemed very grey. So, if you are into slow pacing and great character building novels, I recommend you to pick this one up.

9. Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

Synopsis:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Me:

Okay … Okay … Okay …

There are many things to love about this novel and if you would like to check out my review for this book, here’s the link to it: Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

8.The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold 

The Book of Ralph

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.

Me:

I am literally so glad that an ARC of this novel was sent to me by the author, himself because I loved this novel so much. If you would like to know more about this book, you may click on this link as it is an in-depth review that I had produced on my blog: The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold

7. The Curse Workers Series By Holly Black

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Synopsis for White Cat:

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.

Me:

I will not speak much on this series here as I loved it to the core of my being and I had also made a whole series (full-scope) review on this book… So, if you would like to give it a read, click on this link: Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black

6. The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace

The Slave Prince

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.

Me:

I am so glad I gave Ms Grace another chance (Did not like her other book called The Battle Of Oz) because I absolutely adored this novel… More thoughts on it here: The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace

5. Crooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Synopsis:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fight for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Me:

I did not exactly enjoy my rocky process of reading Six Of Crows… It might be my fault on that part because I was again, under stress. BUT, I LOVED THE HECK OUT OF THIS NOVEL.

I do not want to comment on anything about this because this is the sequel to Six Of Crows and I do not want to spoil you so, go and do yourself a favour: Pick this duology up in your local bookstore or library and start, Freaking, reading them.

4. The Nest By Kenneth Oppel

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Synopsis:

Steve just wants to save his baby brother but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel s (“Silverwing,” “The Boundless”) haunting gothic tale for fans of “Coraline,” is one of the most acclaimed books of the year, receiving six starred reviews. Illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. For some kids, summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries.

Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to fix the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. 

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

Me:

I have just written a review for this novel a few days back and it discussed the feelings that I had when I was reading this novel… More like my eyes being glued to the novel. So, if you would like to read the review, scroll down on the homepage of my blog and you will find it there.

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Synopsis:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

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

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

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

Me:

Here’s my review for this novel: The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith

2. Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

Lady of the Shades

Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

Yes, please? It’s so good.

Here’s my review for this novel: Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

1. Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling

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Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Me:

Duh? Of course, Harry Potter, my beloved books, will be held at the first in this placing. I made 2 articles on this series and if you would like to view them, do click on the links below:

  1. ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS
  2. READING HARRY POTTER FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

And that concludes my ‘Best Books Of 2018!’ Be sure to let me know what your Best Books of 2018 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Worst Books Of 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be manufacturing the ‘Worst Books Of 2018’ article! Just a side note: Worst Books of 2018 does not necessarily mean that the books on this list are going to only limit 2018’s published books, it will be the books that I read in 2018.

So, I know this is going to get controversial and certain people are probably going to be annoyed, therefore, I shall apologise in advance if I have spoken badly about your favourite books … But do not give me any hate comments because I value your opinion and you should do the same. 

If you do not know, I am currently working on this three-part series, like last year, where I published 3 articles towards the end of the year- 31st of December. If you would like to know what the articles are, here is the list:

  1. Worst Books Of 2018
  2. Best Books Of 2018
  3. Most Anticipated Reads Of 2019

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

9. The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

Me:

This is definitely one of those books that initially the chapters had ended and I had closed the book, I thought I had read something fabulous and thought-provoking… But after much speculation, I felt chagrined.

A review will be up on my blog soon or it had already been up by the time this article is published on my blog (I am pre-writing this article) and that review will go in-depth into my likes and dislikes for the novel. So, do check it out if you have some spare time! 

However, I would like to do some quick revision on why I hated this novel:

  1. I literally knew who the killer was before the ‘plot twist’ was uttered. 
  2. There were a lot of dull pages, in the form of slow progression of the plot.
  3. The characters never ever grow. In other words, no character development.

I thought this book was going to be fantastic since everybody loves it but I was so disappointed with it … Just imagine my disappointment with this highly acclaimed novel. 

8. Witch Hill By Marcus Sedgwick 

Witch Hill

Synopsis:

The fire was a family tragedy that Jamie can’t forget, even in his dreams. Now something terrifying involving a witch and a frightened girl is happening to Jamie in Crownhill, the village where he’s been sent to get over his problems.

Me:

If you do not know, Marcus Sedgwick is one of my favourite authors of all time and I was so dissatisfied with this novel after I read it. That does not take away my love for Marcus Sedgwick’s work, it is probably just this novel that I felt vanquished about.

Again, the review might probably already be up on my blog so if you have time, do check it out!

Here is a list of things that I disliked about this book:

  1. The plot is all over the place.
  2. A lot of confusing factors involved.
  3. Lack of character substance.
  4. The Witch’s motives were not even explained.

I was especially annoyed with the Witch’s unexplained motives because the plot faltered if that was not explained since the whole book centred around the Witch and the Witch’s hill. Thus, I did not enjoy this novel.

7. Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve: Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman

Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble (Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve, #1)

Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS.

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

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

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

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

Time to read and find out!

Me:

I have a 2100 words review on this book and it explains why I was so vexed with this novel and so, if you would like to have a look at it, click on the link below:

(Link to review)

6. The Fire Sermon By Francesca Haig 

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon, #1)

Synopsis:

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

Me:

I read this novel when I was under stress due to my workload and it made me even more stress when I finally concluded the novel. Just a tip: I did not enjoy the process of reading this novel.

It was really boring, alright. They kept walking, running, hiding and repeat. I thought this book would excel and become ten times better if there were more action sequences and more character development.

I found the idea behind this novel intriguing but that just proved that the potential for this novel went to waste. So, I am not going to read the sequel of this novel as the final page for this book concludes with the protagonist, running away, yet again.

*She will never stop running*

5. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

War Storm (Red Queen, #4)

Synopsis:

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Me:

I adored this series and I gave all of its predecessors’ good ratings except for this concluding novel to the series.

Why would this book which was previously one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 be on the Worst Books list? 

That is all because of the Mare that emits nuisance.

For example,

I cannot be with Cal because he is the King.

I cannot be with Cal because he betrayed my heart.

I shall not set my eyes upon his.

How freaking annoying. Look at Evangeline,  her girlfriend was her brother’s betrothed and she still loves her all the same. Mare, on the other hand, does not have common sense because:

  1. She can still love Cal even though he is a King.
  2. She could suggest changes to him about the continent since Cal loves her.
  3. She could fight for the rights of the Reds through Cal.

Unfortunately, we have a dumb protagonist that lost her brain cells. So, that’s that.

4. Angelfall By Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Travelling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Me:

#No

Another highly acclaimed novel that disappointed me. 

I think I mentioned it before, in one of my book tag article, that I absolutely disliked this book because the characters felt like they were fighting over a pastime. The fact that my distaste for this novel remained the same says a lot as it had been months since I last touched that novel. Therefore, I dislike this novel.

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

Synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Me:

*facepalm*

Here’s the link to the review for this novel: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

2. End Of Days By Susan Ee

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)

Synopsis:

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

Me:

This finale is somehow even worse than War Storm. 

End Of Days which was a book I was anticipating to read since the second book in this trilogy was such an improvement from the first novel that I thought the final novel would be an explosive ending… Unfortunately, that’s not the case here.

This finale felt like a rush. It felt like the author wanted to excrete as much new information into this novel as fast as possible even though most of the new information does not make any sense. 

The characters were unrecognizable. They kind of fell out of character and swapped personalities in a time span of two books. Therefore, I despised this novel.

1. New Moon By Stephenie Meyer

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

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…

Me:

Ew… The most revolting novel that I had ever set my eyes upon. 

Here’s the link to the review: New Moon By Stephenie Meyer


And that concludes my ‘Worst Books Of 2018!’ Be sure to let me know what your worst books of 2018 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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DECEMBER TBR 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be sharing my December To-Be-Read piles with you guys! I promise you that this TBR will not get too ambitious as I am going to travel to another country on a plane for the first time! 

If you are wondering where I will be heading to, I am going to visit Australia and I cannot wait to feel the wondrous atmosphere there! 

Sorry for babbling on but we shall now dive into the TBR pile for December 2018!

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1. The Kiss Of Deception By Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

Synopsis:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Me:

I am going to read this on the plane when I am heading to Australia since it is a 7hr+ flight in order to release myself from the boredom and kill some time. Mind you, I will be taking notes when I am reading this novel to compose a review for it on my blog to allow you guys to observe if it is worth the read or not.

So, stay tuned for that!

2. Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Synopsis:

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads to the colours of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster or heartbreak.

Me:

I will be reading this novel on the way back home from Australia because, again, it is a 7hrs+ flight and I do not want to get bored so, stay tuned for the review!

3. The Nowhere Girls By Amy Reeds

The Nowhere Girls

Synopsis:

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

Me:

I will read this novel in Australia when I have some time off from having fun and visiting picturesque places/locations. So, if I am not able to finish this novel there which I highly doubt, I will read it on the plane, alongside Little Fires Everywhere.

4. Rebels and Fools By David Michael Williams

Rebels and Fools (The Renegade Chronicles, #1)

Synopsis:

The greatest peace treaty in Altaerran history is unraveling. As civil war threatens the Continent United, two fallen Knights of Superius are forced to join the rebels they once condemned. Hounded by assassins and assailed by doubt, they flee to Capricon in search of answers — only to discover the island harbors dark secrets of its own. 

Alongside a mostly reformed thief, a dethroned pirate king, a mysterious woman with a magical sword, and other would-be heroes, the fugitives encounter a sinister power that has taken root within the Alliance. If the Renegades and Knighthood can’t rise above their bitter rivalry, both factions — and the realm itself — are doomed. 

Me:

I am currently reading this novel and I thought what I was reading was really pleasant because the story unfurled properly although I am just at Page 69, could not really say much of anything but I am truly enjoying the process of this book’s cycle.

Again, stay tuned for the review!


Now, there’s a bridge between this section and the section above because the above is the books that I want to read and this section will be the books that I had already read in December. So, let us begin!

1. The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:

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

Me:

Meh. I did not really like this novel. A review will be coming on my blog soon so, we shall discuss my likes and dislikes for this novel there! 

2. Witch Hill By Marcus Sedgwick

Witch Hill

Synopsis:

The fire was a family tragedy that Jamie can’t forget, even in his dreams. Now something terrifying involving a witch and a frightened girl is happening to Jamie in Crownhill, the village where he’s been sent to get over his problems.

Me:

Again, a really ‘Meh’ read. I did not like the execution of this novel and thought it could improve? A review will, again, be up on this channel really soon so we shall discuss the novel there.

3. Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS.

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

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

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

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

Me:

A review for this book is already up on my blog and if you have read that review, you would get the idea that I pretty much spurned this novel so, do examine it if you have the time to read it!

4. The Nest By Kenneth Oppel

The Nest

Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

I freaking love this novel! I thought it was such a cute read and again, if you have the time, do check out the review that I had composed for this book!

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Synopsis:

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

Me:

I. FREAKING. LOVE. THE. HECK. OUT. OF. THIS. BOOK.

This book is literally a sob fest. So many people died and so many people saved like I was glad that certain characters did not die but the others, their lives. Oh my gosh, what a sad conclusion. I cannot even grasp the fact that this is the concluding novel.

If you would like to see my ranking for each of the Harry Potter Books, here’s the link to the article: ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS


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

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ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be composing an article on ‘My Least to Most favoured Harry Potter Novels’ today! The reason why I am preparing on drafting this article is that I had finished reading the ‘Harry Potter’ series a few days ago and I thought it would be pleasant to construct this to let you guys know about my thoughts on each of the novels in the series!

By the way, this is the very first time that I had given a series … this long- a total of 7 books, all 5 stars on Goodreads. So, if you are having trouble deciding whether or not to read this book, I have an advice for you: Just read it. You’re welcome.

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

This article contains spoilers for the whole series.

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7. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone

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I read this book last year and I gave it a, of course, five stars on Goodreads. I thought it was a fun middle-grade novel and it had dealt with friendship and bullies. Also, the description on the Quidditch Match and the hours spent in Hogwarts’ studying were very well described. In just a short 320 pages, we observed the characters developed as their own person and their personalities were vastly diverse. 

Without this starting novel and its amazing world, we will never have gotten a much better book later in the series.

However. I am placing this in the 7th place not because it was awful or anything, it was because it simply did not connect with me as much as I would like due to the fact that this was targeted for younger audiences and the main character is 11 years old (extremely naive too).

Besides that, I thought it was such a marvellous book and it should be read by all children.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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This was amazing as well … I mean all the books were fantastic literature but I am going to place this book in the 6th place because the action sequences kind of faltered in here. What I meant to say was, It had more character development than action.

Obviously, that is not a bad thing but I would prefer them to go along side-by-side. 

This book was pretty emotional too, considering Dumbledore’s death to be a factor and Voldemort’s threat to Draco to be another. 

Also, the allegiance of the characters kept swapping around … Oh My Gosh, like every single detail of this novel’s existence could be a freaking plot twist and you will never know until the very end … 

So, the only thing that I ‘disliked’ about this book was the lack of action, that’s all.

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Honestly, this book was freaking phenomenal.

The world continued to develop and Hogwarts was such an amazing place to start with because the Professors could explain about the landscape and climate that they are living in and Ron, one of Harry’s best friend, could allow them to understand some termonologies about the Wizarding world because he came from a Wizarding family.

The plot twists continued to arrive and it definitely did not disappoint and will never fail to be a surprise.

My only problem with this is, again, the simplicity of the characters and how I could not connect with their mindset. 

Other than that, I love this novel and of course, another 5/5 stars!

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Cedric Diggory died.

I was disheartened over this.

Voldemort is disgusting.

This book was incredible, as always.

Enough said.

3. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

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I had a ‘vlog’ style article for this book but before you click on the link that I am going to provide to you, just keep in mind that it is filled with spoilers because you are going to be journeying with me through the entire 870 pages of this book.

Here’s the link: READING HARRY POTTER FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

This book was a set-up to prepare the later books in this series to be an incredibly sad sob-fest. Like, I am not even kidding … J.K Rowling is so good at writing astonishingly poignant sequences.

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Believe me when I said this book almost made the top spot.

In this book, Sirius character was introduced! Throughout the whole book, we thought we knew that he was an evil character that had murdered plenty of muggles and worked with Voldemort. However, as the book progressed forwards, the cards on the table took a spin and turned out that Sirius was not evil after all …

Scabbers the rat was. He Was Wormtail.

What a freaking good plot twist!

I have nothing bad to say about this novel because it was so phenomenal. With that in mind, we shall move on.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Out of all the books in this series, I have to say that this is my favourite.

J.K Rowling took my tears and moulded it into dry ice and I will not complain because it was a satisfaction to let her do her magical work on me.

This book has the right balance of sadness, action, friendship tests and loyalty swaps. Also, it had a good pacing which advanced the story forwards and great world-building. I mean, the world-building in this book was at its finest! Everything clicked together and the story just flowed as normal as it could be.

Just saying, this book made me cry not because of Mad-Eye Moody or Fred’s death but Dobby’s death, Hermione’s frustration and taking on the blame from both of her friends made me bawl.  

Dobby’s death made me cry in both the movie and the books! I do not even know how a series in both formats- book and movie could do that to a human …  

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This is the end of the book blog article for ‘ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS! 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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READING HARRY POTTER FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and I am enthusiastically unveiling to all of you that I have been reading the ‘Harry Potter’ series since the last week or so and unfortunately, I did not blog my experience while reading the first 4 novels because I was too immersed in the world that J.K Rowling had created. Therefore, I have decided to blog my experience for the fifth book which is the long-drawn novel in the whole series and I am not bemoaning, just felicitous that it is profuse. 

By the way, the edition that I am having it’s the old UK hardback which contains 766 pages and I have no idea what this book is about and I cannot remember watching the movie for this novel either. However, I heard that Umbridge (no idea who that is) is in here and she’s unpleasant… Well, let’s see if I will be apoplectic with rage or not if I encounter her character.

By the way, I am blogging my experience for this novel so this provision will be spoiler filled.

So, without further ado, let us get started!

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(Monday 26/22/2018)

I am freeing up the novel now and the story inaugurates at Page 7 which is Chapter One. So, I will just leave and read. I will refresh you all when I attain up to Page 50 or if I have seen anything interesting, I will let you guys know! Oh my gosh, I am so excited. Ok, I am going to read now, Byeee!

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Oh Hi, I am back! I am currently at Page 32 and I am at the part where the Dudleys’ are screaming at Harry for what the Dementors had done to their son. Harry received a letter from the Ministry of Magic through the Owl Post and it announced that Harry is to be ousted from Hogwarts and the wand is to be terminated. Of course, Dumbledore had learned about it and is advocating to forbear Harry and Mrs Figgs which we had heeded her in Chapter One is apparently a Squib.

If anyone knows what a Squib is, please comment down in the comment section below as I would like to know because I am extremely confused.

By the way, Harry’s teenage angst is really top notch and I thought it was done ideally and is exemplified in a way that most teenagers do. So, a thumbs-up to Ms Rowling for speculating and composing about it! 

I will retire to my book now. I will update you guys in a short while.

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Percy Weasley has gone rogue. I am pretty much appalled by his disgusting behaviour towards his own father. Never would I thought that a person, who would want to secure his place in the Ministry would turn traitor to his own family. I am just… Mind-Blown. 

Here is a list of things that he said:

  1. The reason why they are poor
  2. His father has a lousy reputation
  3. His father doesn’t have any ambition
  4. Calling his dad an idiot for working with Dumbledore
  5. Does not believe that Lord Voldemort is back

He also tried to spy of the family and spill The Order Of The Phoenix which is an organization made to repel Lord Voldemort wrath and demolition, secrets. 

Also, his attitude towards his parents:

‘Mum’s been in a right state,’ said Ron dully. ‘You know – crying and stuff. She came up to London to try and talk to Percy but he slammed the door in her face. I dunno what he does when he meets dad at work – ignores him, I s’pose.’

Wow, I am only at Page 71 and the plot is quickly escalating and everything just felt so right. But still, I did not know that Percy would become such a bitch to his own family. I hope he sees the light soon.

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I am currently on Page 98 and I figured I would have to halt here and do some exercises- such as riding my bike, out in this remarkably sultry evening to keep my body salubrious. 

Just to let you know how I am currently feeling for the novel, I felt it was very political and Dumbledore has a way of turning the scenario around and made it suit his way. The Ministry of Magic basically spread lies about Dumbledore and his name is apparently, dirt now. Therefore, he has to prevent the Death Eaters from regrouping in private to avoid the Ministry of Magic to throw him into Azkaban.

Furthermore, Dumbledore is pretty much eschewed in the mystic world due to Fudge, who wants to guard his status just like Percy, and continuously refuse to consider that Voldemort is back due to his cowardice. In addition to his behaviour, he is such a power-hungry person. Ugh, he is so depraved. 

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I just received a novel called ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’ By Dale Carnegie in the mail and I bought it from Book Depository. I found out that the very first page of the novel is Page 7. The catalogue isn’t even there. So, I would like to ask you guys if your copy of the book is the same? Because I am curious. Do help a brother out, thank you.

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How did the ardour – the passion that I was having earlier just fizzles out now? I have still adhered at Page 98 and to neglect the perception of how undedicated I was, I am going to recapitulate reading the Order Of The Phoenix and I am proposing on completing the book up to Page 200 today.

So, with that in mind, I will continue to read the novel now! As to what I have said in those prior segments, I will be notifying you all when I attain up to another page 50 or if I have discerned anything remotely significant or something that shimmers my skin with ferocity.

So, as for now, I will be leaving you guys yet again to read the book.

(Tuesday 27/11/2018)

How inert can I person be? Like bitch, that’s me because I literally did nothing prolific in the 2 hours of the precious time of my waking except for watching videos and eating. Well, to update you guys, I am currently on Page 180 and we met this rather odd character called Luna Lovehard on the train to Hogwarts and she is … uh weird.

Also, I think Harry’s jealousy towards Ron for being Hogwarts’ Prefect needs to cease for a while because it is indirectly affecting the soul of my being. For example, making me jealous for Harry as well (I know it sounds Ridikkulus).

Oh, and that extremely emotional scene where Mrs Weasley found the Boggart and saw everyone dying. Wow, I felt goosebumps on my skin like what the heck man. Well, I hope everything goes alright even though I know it is absurd as Lord Voldemort fancies demolishing lives.

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I just encountered this passage on Page 223 and I am dying with laughter:

‘Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?’

‘Yes,’ said Harry.

‘You called her a liar?’ 

‘Yes.’

‘You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?’

‘Yes.’

Professor Mcgonagall sat down behind her desk, watching Harry closely. Then she said, ‘Have a biscuit, Potter.’

Justly, I do not know how I feel about Umbridge but she is a little vexatious to my taste. She is coaching the Defence of the Dark Arts lessons without conducting or implementing a precedent for the students on how to defend themselves if dangers arrive at their doorsteps. She, who works with Cornelius Fudge does not believe that the Dark Lord is back and the Ministry of Magic place her at Hogwarts so that they could interfere with whatever is going on in the school and supposedly ‘kick’ Dumbledore out of it.

Also, what the heck Harry? His temper keeps swelling up and it kind of pestered me but I presumed it was logical because he is 15 and hormones are circumnavigating all around his body so… I guess it’s distinct? But it just disturbs me a little because Hermione and Ron did not even do anything that would provoke his inner rage to incense.

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I have been reading, of course, and I am currently on Page 312. Wow, so much had transpired.

First and foremost, Umbridge is a dysfunctional lump of debris. She punishes Harry for telling the truth and her instrument for the punishment draws blood from Harry’s veins and leaves scratches or scars on his arm. In addition, her useless class continues to be ineffective and it gradually causes Hermione to start a secret campaign for them to study Defense against the dark arts with their wands without letting that disgusting bloke knows. 

Secondly, Percy’s revolting letter that was conveyed to Ron through the Owl Post. He, whose loyalty lies with the Ministry, recommends Ron to ‘sever his ties’ due to his ‘violent acts’ which I thought Percy might be blinded by his place in the Ministry because he was always fond of Harry and just the mere statement of him concluding on his misguided beliefs baffles me.

Lastly, I thought Snape was a little kinder towards Harry in this book although I should not judge now, I really think Snape is better than Umbridge. That incompetent bloke that abuses Oxygen. 

Now I get why everyone loathes that unavailing shit. Well, I am going back to my burrow to read. Bye!

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It has been a few hours and I am currently on Page 413. Also, I am really starting to fall for this book series all over again. With Harry’s teenage angst aside, it gives me the reasons and the facts on why I actually love this series in the first place.

Again, a plethora of things had transpired since the last time I updated you all:

First of all, Cho Chang kissed Harry. I was not expecting that scene to be honest. I thought it would be Ginny or Hermione that fancies Harry as their partner. But, no? My brain is going haywire, don’t mind me.

Umbridge proceeds to be an evil bitch. No wonderment there. Well, she had prohibited Professor Trelawney station and envisioned that she will be ingesting the same route for Hagrid as she, a close-minded old hag, despises half-breeds. 

The Dumbledore’s Army recommences to operate and Harry recapitulates to guide them as the teacher. According to the story, they are doing pretty well but I abhor the guy that always goes against Harry and make snarky remarks about the way his teaches. Like stupid arsehole, if you have a problem, please leave.

Harry has this vision or dream and he heeds a snake tailing towards Mr Weasley and wounds him severely and if I am not miscataloged, the vermin is Nagiri: Voldemort’s pet. I am a little disheartened by this as it is unexpected. I hope Mr Weasley lives.

Well, I am going back to reading. Good Bye!

(Thursday 29/22/2018)

Hey there! I am back!

As you can discern, I did not update any of you yesterday because of my irresponsibility and also, due to the fact that I wanted to kind of concentrate on the content of the novel. Well, I think this will be the last update as I had successfully completed reading the novel yesterday! I am pretty proud of myself for finishing that gargantuan book in three days and if you could not have guessed it, I am currently reading the next book: The Half-Blood Prince and I am on Page 205.

Onto the update:

Sirius died. Let that sink in.

I was extremely agitated to read about his departure and honestly, did not presume J.K Rowling to procure such act. The path that she had selected oppressed me as Sirius was Harry’s only family left and now, all of that was taken away from him. 

Fudge finally deduced that Voldemort is back as he had seen him with his unornamented eyes due to Voldemort’s arrival at the Ministry of Magic. To no one’s surprise, he was canned from the Ministry of Magic from being the Minister for carpeting the fact of Voldemort’s return due to his pusillanimity.

Umbridge was the one who commissioned the Dementors after Harry so that he would be annihilated or at least, ousted from the wizarding world and she was hauled off shortly after the Minister was being sacked from his position.

Harry gathered what Voldemort wanted: The Prophecy and understood the meaning behind the prophecy:

‘Either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives’ 

which means that either Harry or Voldemort is going to survive the war that wages between them.

He found out why he was left at the care of the Dudleys. It was because Harry’s mother had placed old magic that runs in the blood of her family and as long as Harry is close to Aunt Petunia, the safer he is as she is the only blood relative to Harry’s mother. 

Well, my final rating for this novel would be: 98% as I had trouble with some of Harry’s teenage angst but nevertheless, it was a great novel!


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Bookish Fun!

Beauty And The Beast Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be composing a book tag called ‘Beauty and The Beast’ today. I was actually looking for various book tags to do on the internet and I encountered this tag to be the most beguiling and entertaining to do and therefore, I have decided to have a go with it since I had not been doing a tag for almost a year.

In addition to my previous paragraph, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is one of my all-time favourite Disney animations and the initial leverage was fabricated by it and thus, I am displaying this tag for my unequivocal inclination for it. 

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

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‘Tale as Old as Time’ – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading

This theme is probably very exaggerated in adult, young adult and children books but honestly, I will never get bored of it! That theme or rather, the setting is back in the medieval period of time where kingdom looms and all those force marriages and rise in power.

This setting tantalizes me and I will never get fatigued with it because it has an interesting landscape, history and magic system and authors would allow their active imagination to spill into its world which would definitely alter in different authors and stories and therefore, appeal to me as another fascinating novel to read but with the similar setting.

If I were to be asked to compare two books with similar settings, these two books will be the chosen ones: Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard and A Game Of Thrones by George R.R Martin

P.S: I have not read A Game Of Thrones but I have watched a few episodes of it to find the similarity of the settings in Red Queen. So, if you are a Game Of Thrones fan, don’t be disappointed by the fact that I have not read the series… I might try it someday.

Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

Oh, cover buy. I do that all the time… What? Don’t look at me in that way, I know you did it too! At least, I hope so. If not, my argument will be pointless. 

For this question, I think I will go with Frostfire By Amanda Hocking. This book pushed me through the gateway of the fantasy genre and all its greatness. Everything from the setting to the story to the characterizations was manufactured without a flaw. I enjoyed the world-building and the angst romance between the main characters. Just thinking about this novel makes me want to revisit its world and its kind. 

By the way, the second novel in this series, I believe it’s named ‘The Kanin Chronicles’, was a letdown. I was so disillusioned with it that I picked up the finale and prayed that I will not be thwarted yet again and thank goodness, I was not. Overall, if you are planning to read this book series, I think you should go with it. I will be your catalyst, encouraging you to perforate through the book.

I bow down to the Goddess that had created this wondrous cover:

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Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

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Initially, I DNF-ed this novel because of its writing and the boredom of it. To sum up my thoughts, I was severely disappointed and was not having any fun reading it so, I just chucked it aside and picked up a different book.

A year later, I picked it up again because I was curious about why I had originally decided to fling it aside and as I was reading the novel, I was slowly being consumed by it. Of course, I was so confused about my initial reaction and decided to compare both of my initial and final reaction for this novel. 

The study had concluded that in the first instance, I hated the writing style because I was not used to it and thought the novel was a waste of my time. 

In my second attempt to read the novel, I loved the writing style, the characters and the world-building. So, I would definitely say that I did not expect much from this novel but it surprised me after I attempted to read it.

Here’s my review: The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Gaston – A book everyone loves but you don’t

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I have written an entire review of this book on my dislikes and likes for this novel. To allow a condensed thought on it, I do not really like this novel. There are more objections than compeers on the scale balance and I concluded it by thrusting a 50% for it on my review. Thus, I’ll be leaving a link here for you guys to view it if you are interested: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

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I LOVE ISEULT MORE THAN SAFIYA!

*Calm your nerves, Max* 

Although Safiya had interesting powers, she had a dubious sense of enlightenment and common sense and her character depth was shallow, unlike Iseult who had a complex and rich history with an odd sense of humour and was extremely intelligent with perfect common sense.

Not being malicious but Safiya would have ceased existing like 1000000000 years ago if Iseult was not there to preserve her. Safiya really needs to get a grip.

If you would love to read my review for Truthwitch, here you go: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiér, and Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

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The Hate U Give taught me valuable lessons on racism and it had also touched on many other subjects such as stereotypes and things. Therefore, I cherished it deeply and would love Angie Thomas to write more books regarding this topic.

Here’s my review for it: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

‘Something There’ – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

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Unpopular Opinion Time: I was having difficulty on wondering how people have the ability to push through this novel in the beginning because I found it to be a little dull but as the novel and the story dived deeper into its water pool of imagination, I found myself slowly falling for the book. When the book ended, I picked up the next because I was obsessed with it.

Obviously, I enjoyed the second book more than the first as the second book opened up with suspense and it had the pacing at breakneck speed, the tension between the characters became more urgent and it had so much of action and therefore, I LOVED the second book more than the first.

‘Be Our Guest’ – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

Karou from Daughter Of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor


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