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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

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? 

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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Book Review

THE NEST BY KENNETH OPPEL || BOOK REVIEW

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

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

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

Disclaimer:

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And…  

“A feeling is not a fact.” 

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

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

↠ Conversational

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

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

Emphatically

Here’s the definition of this distinct writing style:

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

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

↠ Articulate

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

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Steve

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

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

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

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

The Queen

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

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

 Parents

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

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

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

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

Venessa

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


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

Book Review

Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

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

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

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

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

Time to read and find out!

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: The Middle

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

↬ Vague

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

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

↬ Ponderous

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

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

and there are more…

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

More…

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

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

↬ Informal

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

Another sentence that I would like to demonstrate:

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

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

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

That’s exactly what happened here.

Metube = Youtube

Worldopedia = Encyclopedia 

Enough said.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman! 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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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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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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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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Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers:

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

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

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

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

‘What’s the starting salary?’

‘Nothing.’

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

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

Simon Dale?’ I gasped.

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

‘Yes.’

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

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

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

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

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

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

*sips ginger tea*

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


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

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