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What Cats Do Book Tag

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing the ‘What Cats Do’ Book Tag today! I was tagged by the fabulous Twinbookmarks to do this tag. Be sure to check their blog out after you finish reading this article. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Rules


 

PURR – AS CATS DO THIS WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY OR RELAXED, WHAT IS THE BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST OR RELAXED?

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A book that makes me happy? Definitely Fangirl! I read this book last year and I can still remember everything that has happened in it! (Maybe not every single little detail…But still…)


SLEEP – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR WAS JUST BORING? 

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I heard mixed reviews about ‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown’ by Holly Black. Either people die-hard love this book or they dislike this book..like a lot. So, I decided to pick this book up from the bookstore because the synopsis sounded fantastic. But, I ended up DNF-ing it because the characters and the story itself did not really catch any of my attention, so..yes. I DNFed it. 


TWITCH WHILE DREAMING – HAVE YOU EVER DREAMT OF A BOOK YOU READ?

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I have dreamt about this book in the past. I dreamt of Karou, Akiva and Zuzana. I was in a war with them at both of my sides and they were speaking to each other until I woke up and realized that it was all just a dream… {How unfortunate, I wish it could last forever}


SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT – WHICH BOOK HAD THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST?

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Oh my gosh~ This book..People.. Those plot twists. I cannot even… Okay. Yep. I am not going to spoil anything but please read Red Queen first before reading Glass Sword because these books are fabulous!


CUDDLES – WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU GIVE A HUG TO?

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I would totally give my hugs to Starr and her family members. Because of all the things they have been through. {Read this book! I highly recommend you to read it! Here’s my review for this book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas}


CATNIP – WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAVE WARM AND FUZZY FEELS?

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One of my all-time favorite books in the ‘I am number four’ Series! Marina. Oh my goodness. Marina!!! This book gave me the feels and it killed me to see Marina {Spoiler} 


CAT BREEDS – WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

I am going to follow Twinbookmarks‘s idea of choosing a genre(s) instead of favorite books. So, here goes my favorite genres list:

  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Low Fantasy
  • Contemporary Romance/Contemporary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Realistic Contemporary Fiction

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THE VET’S OFFICE – YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK:

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Patrick’s other works. But, this book..Or rather trilogy did not work for me! I am so sorry, but I really didn’t like this book/trilogy.


BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T LEAST FAVORITE CLICHE:

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All wars or other big fights should end in a one-on-one combat. WHY!? This cliché is overdone and I really didn’t like it.


FINAL QUESTION: THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX – MOST UNDERRATED BOOK SERIES:

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*Note: This is a book, not a book series.* This book is so underrated! Marcus Sedgwick’s writing style for this book was beautiful and the characters in it were fabulous but this book is underrated! I will be linking my review for ‘The Ghost Of Heaven’ here: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick


This is the end of the ‘What Cats Do’ book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this tag, feel free to do it! Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this article and follow me via email/wordpress account to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

 

 

 

Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas || Book Review

Hey People! I am going to do a book review for ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas today! The Hate U Give is a Realistic, Contemporary fiction, following a sixteen-year-old Starr Carter after she witnessed her childhood best friend, Khalil who was unarmed, at the hands of a police officer. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! Also, this is a spoiler free review.*

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“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let’s start off with the family aspect of the story. I loved the way Angie wrote about Starr’s family. The strong bonding between Starr and her family members. The family aspect of the story is very realistic and I loved this book because of the love between Starr and her family members. 

Secondly, the pacing for this book was in medium speed. Not too fast, not too slow, just right which I really thank Angie for doing it because this book.. People.. This book pulled me out of my Reading Slump like a professional!

Thirdly, this was an impactful read. I cried at page 66 and I can’t stop crying since then. I did learn a lot of things from this book that I can apply into my life. (I am not going to spoil anything but I think you should read this book and find out about it yourself!) 

Finally, the friendship/boyfriend bond between Starr and her friends (Except Hailey) and Starr’s boyfriend. The friendship and boyfriend aspect of the story was very well thought out! I really loved how the friendship/boyfriend aspect was played out. 

Writing:

I didn’t really like the writing style for this book in the beginning because of the slangs. But, after some time, I have gotten used to the slangs and when it does not bother me anymore, I started to fall in love with Angie’s writing style! The writing style for this book was crisp and articulate and just… MARVELOUS!

Angie kept her writing consistence throughout the book! I love it when authors keep their writing consistence because consistency plays a huge part in books.

There’s some wonderful magic in Angie’s writing style too, it can make you cry in a second and laugh in another. It’s magical, seriously. I need more of Angie’s writing in my life. 

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Characters:

Starr: I loved her. She’s one of my favorite fictional characters now! Starr’s strong, brave and kind. Just, everything about her is wonderful and the fact that she’s a little afraid of her mother is hilarious. 

Hailey: She sure got on my nerves! I hate Hailey! Yes, Hate instead of hated. Starr treated her as a friend but Hailey? Ha! She did not! She’s an annoying child who does not know how to say ‘SORRY’ and.. (Okay, I should stop here before things get out of hand)

Seven: I loved his love for his sisters. He protected them with his life. Although Seven may be a little annoying at time, I found him to be hilarious and I loved his character development in this book!

Maya: Starr’s Best Friend. She’s pretty cool actually. I liked how she said all those stuff to Hailey and how she backed up Starr. I loved her character development in this book as well!

Chris (A.K.A Starr’s BF): I loved him! I loved his character development in this book too! He’s funny and he cared about Starr…like a lot. (Chris is also in one of my favorite characters list)

Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.75%. It was a well-written book and I think everyone should read it! (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ IT)

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Bookish Fun!

May Book Haul

Hey Guys! I have a gigantic book haul to show you guys today. By saying gigantic, I mean 10 books. I am going to keep this introduction short today because there are quite a lot of books to cover? So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


I am really really really loving this book so far. It made me cry at page 66 and I can’t stop reading and crying since then. It’s really a good book, probably one of the best books I have read this year. 


2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Synopsis:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.


I watched ‘The Help’ movie back in 2011, and I loved it very very much. Until today, that movie holds a special place in my heart. So, I have decided to pick the book up and let me tell you this: I can’t wait to read it! 


3. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

A lyrical and moving debut in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, introducing an original and commanding new voice in fiction

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.


Hands down. This is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in awhile! But, I really hope that the story lives up to the cover!


4. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?


Jay Kristoff wrote the illuminae files trilogy which I have yet to read… But, I am interested on reading his other works before reading the illuminae files!


5. The isle of the lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Synopsis: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I bought this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis.. and the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? With that apple and the fonts? It’s so pleasing to the eyeballs.


6. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens.


I loved Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘The Ghost of Heaven’. And because I loved ‘The Ghost of Heaven’ so much, I decided to pick up his other work! I hope this book does not dissapoint.


7. Dangerous Creatures By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Synopsis:

From the world of Beautiful Creaturesa dangerous new tale of love and magic.

Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?


I have yet to read the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ series! (Why have I not read it? Sigh) But, I bought this book because I know I will want to read it right after I finish with the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Series. So, yeah.


8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennar

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Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


I cannot wait to read Truthwitch by Susan Dennar!


9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


This book sounds super interesting and I cannot wait to read it!


10. Between the spark and the burn (Between #2) by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Synopsis:

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .


I do know this is the second book in the Between duology though. The first book being, “Between the devil and the deep-blue sea”. I will get the first book as soon as I feel like ‘marathon-ing’ the between duology. 


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Book Review

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review for King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard today! King’s Cage is the third book in the Red Queen series and THREE WORDS: It is awesome! This review contains a spoiler-free section for the ones who have yet to read this book and a spoilery section. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own!*

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“The war is a ruse, a cover to keep Reds under control. One conflict may end, but another will always begin.”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.

Synopsis:

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

My Thoughts: Introduction

Unlike the previous two novels, Red Queen and Glass Sword, which contain crazy and mind-blowing plot twists, King’s Cage does not contain any of those. But, King’s Cage surprised me with new characters, unique storyline, twisted Maven, strong Mare, desperate Cal, awesome Cameron and (I actually feel sorry for) Evangeline.

This book is action-packed, full of awesome and peculiar abilities, new newbloods, some really funny scenes and scenes that made me want to be as badass as Mare!

The pacing for this book was really slow in the beginning. But, at about 250 pages in, the pacing for this book started to pick up and I really enjoyed the overall pacing.

Writing:

The writing style for this book was stylistic, very crisp and super articulate. I really loved how she wrote about flashbacks of some characters in this book because not many people have the ability to elaborate on flashbacks. 

And she kept her writing consistence for all three mind-twisiting books. That alone is just awesome, because consistency is very important in books.

In my personal opinion, the plot/storyline for this book was way better than the previous two. Everything that happened in this book wasn’t as mind-blowing as the previous two, like I have said earlier, but, this book…People..THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! 

Characters:

Mare Barrow: BIGGEST CHARACTER GROWTH EVER! In this book, Mare realizes that she hurt the people that love her and she feels regret and sadness. She did ask for forgiveness and they did forgive her. (I really liked the idea of forgiveness in this book!)

Maven Calore: Oh my goodness, Maven. He is so wrong.. Everything about him is wrong. He knows he is doing the bad thing but [Spoiler]. I just can’t.. He is so twisted because of [Spoiler]

Cal: I liked him even more in the third installment of Red Queen. He belonged to Mare and Mare belonged to him but unfortunately, [Spoiler]

Evangeline: Honestly, deep down in my heart, I pitied Evangeline. It’s not her fault that she’s such a b*.. It is her [Spoiler]. She was raised to be a cruel and a merciless person.. That’s why she is so.. yeah. Evangeline has a really good character growth in this book as well! I loved seeing that in her POV.

Overall:

I give this book a 98.5% rating. This is my favorite in the series so far and I am looking forward on reading the next book in the series! Two Words: Can’t Wait!


Spoilery Section:

“Reds are inferior, beneath us. That is the work of biology. Life itself knows we are their master. Why else our Silvers? Why else are we their gods, if not to rule them?”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.

Can we talk about Nanny’s death? I didn’t even see that coming. My tears fell when Nanny died in front of Mare.. In front of the whole court. I can’t even process her death in my brain right now, it’s just.. SAD!

And Oh My Goodness, how twisted Maven is! Guess who made him this way? Answer: Freaking-Dumb Queen Elara! I am really glad she is dead though, but Maven is still the same and I really feel sorry for him.

The Premier of Montfort. Can we trust him or should we not trust him? I really don’t know because he took and kept Prince Brackens children in a prison which he called “Room” in order to have the military bases in Piedmont. 

Oh, and Cal’s betrayal. Thinking about that betrayal makes me mad. Why did he choose the crown over Mare? After what he had promised to Mare.. LIES LIES LIES. I just.. Oh my goodness.. I need the next book right now!

“I now know, I didn’t know what love was. Or what even the echo of heartbreak felt like.”- King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard.


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Bookish Fun!

Coffee Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Coffee Book Tag’ today! I am not really a “Coffee-Drinker”, but, I really want to try out this tag and I would probably make a cup of coffee for myself later.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the Coffee Book Tag!

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BLACK: NAME A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.

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Lord of the Rings is one of the hardest book series to get into- at least, to me. Unlike The Hobbit series which I loved, some of the scenes in the Lord of the Rings series are kind of boring, in my personal opinion. 

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: NAME A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.

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I find that Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle gets more popularity during the festive time of the year, because of the title, you know? SNOW.

HOT CHOCOLATE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOK?

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When I was younger, Geronimo Stilton was one of my all time favourite author and books. I believe that many children around the world love this author and his works!

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: NAME A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.

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Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor definitely kept me on the edge of my seat from the start to finish.

(All the books that was written by Laini Taylor kept me on the edge of my seat because her books/stories are fabulous!) 

And please read the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy if you have yet to read it.

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STARBUCKS: NAME A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE.

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Although this trilogy has been around for seven years, it is still pretty popular and there are still people who rave about it. For example, me.

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THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: GIVE A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR A SHOUTOUT

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The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis!!! I have a review for this book, I will be linking it down below, do check it out!

The Wheel Mages By Aimee Davis

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: NAME A BOOK YOU WERE EXPECTING MORE FROM.

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I was expecting more from this book, but unfortunately, the writing style did not work for me and I dislike this book because of that.

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THE PERFECT BLEND: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT WAS BOTH BITTER AND SWEET, BUT ULTIMATELY SATISFYING.

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The ending for this spectacular story is bittersweet, but ultimately satisfying.

If you have not read this book yet, please go and get yourself a copy now!

GREEN TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT IS QUIETLY BEAUTIFUL.

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I find Fangirl to be very serene and the storyline is easy to follow. The writing style for this book was fantastic and crisp.

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CHAI TEA: NAME A BOOK OR SERIES THAT MAKES YOU DREAM OF FAR OFF PLACES.

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Heartless definitely made me dreamed of far off places. The setting of this story is very dreamy and it will make you feel like you’re in the world of wonderland.

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EARL GREY: NAME YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC

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This book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is definitely my favourite classic because it was so touching that it made me cry.


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Book Review

Book Review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review on ‘The Crimson Guild’ by Allan Walsh today! The Crimson Guild is the first book in the Blood Rage series and it is a YA fantasy novel following a main character called Conall as a thief. So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you Allan for sending me this book!)*

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

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“Stop it Conall! Don’t let your anger and hate make you like them. You’re better than that. We need to change them, not the other way around.”- The Crimson Guild, Allan Walsh.

Synopsis:

Conall O’Lorcan has a rage within him, a rage he doesn’t know how to control. Cast out of his village when he becomes a danger, he must seek a new life where nobody knows his secrets. When he is recruited into a guild of thieves, his secrets become hard to hide.

Writing:

I didn’t like the writing style for this book. It was informal and inarticulate. For example,

“It’s alright for you, you’ve got bigger balls than most men,” Chuck replied.

Kat gave him a shove. “Everyone’s got bigger balls than you.”

WHAT!? They were in a very dangerous situation.. and both of these characters were talking about balls.  

And the author didn’t really describe the characters and the surroundings in detail. The author described the characters and the things around the protagonist like a breeze, which is bad because sometimes it is hard to know where the main character is. 

However, the pacing for this book was really fast! It is 113 pages long and I finished this book in three hours. So, if you are in a reading slump, I recommend you to read this book!

Plot:

The idea for this book is awesome- it is about a boy who was chased away from his home and the next thing he knew was that he joined a group of thieves called the guild- But, when I finished this book, I came to a realization that nothing much happened.

Characters:

Conall: I loved Conall. He is the best character in this book! The story progresses as we follow him through his grief and sorrow. I have to say that he may be annoying at time, but, his character will still be very lively and flash-out. 

Kat: I didn’t like her as a character in this book, maybe it is because of the lack of character development or it’s just that I couldn’t connect with this character. 

Little Mick: Again, the lack of character development. But this is different from the character I have talked about previously which is that I didn’t like Little Mick.. at all because he [Spoiler].

Overall:

I do be lying if I say I didn’t like this book. I liked it, but there were a lot of things that I really didn’t enjoy. So, I am giving this book a 41%.


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Bookish Fun!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Goodreads Book Tag’ today! I was nominated by icebreaker694 at icebreaker694 to do this tag. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

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The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick! I highly recommend you all to check out this gorgeous book! I will be linking my review for this book down below:

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I am currently reading ‘The Crimson Guild’ by Allan Walsh!

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I will be reading King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd next. 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes, I do. But, I didn’t use the ‘The Star’ Rating System. I use The Percentages Rating System instead! 

My ‘Percentages’ Rating System page:

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes! But, uhhh… I am falling behind of my reading challenge. (Actually, I am doing badly). 

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

No, at least, not yet.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I am planning to buy City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich next.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES?

Favorite Quotes:

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”- Daughter Of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.


“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.


“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.”- Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor.


“I will give them nightmares to haunt their dreams long after I’m gone.”- Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor.


“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”- Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard.


“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”- Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard.


“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”- Heartless, Marissa Meyer.


“Stuff and nonsense. Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?”- Heartless, Marissa Meyer.


WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Merrisa Meyer
  • Laini Taylor
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Veronica Roth
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Pittacus Lore
  • Patrick Ness
  • Amanda Hocking
  • and more…

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Yes, I have. I am in Booktastic BookaholicRead RunnersBookworms AnonymousPerustopia Book ClubBook A Month and All Things Happy Read-a-thon.


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