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Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the rest of 2017!

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today’s article is going to be interesting and exciting and fun because I will be doing my Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the rest of 2017 which means that there are a lot of new releases that I am anticipated for! 

Some books may not appear on this list. Now, it is not that I am not anticipating for this or that book to release, this list is simply just for my MOST anticipated books to release.. That’s all. Yep..  *Awkward Silence*

So, without further ado, let us get into my ‘Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the rest of 2017’, shall we?

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Wait! Before we get started, I would like to say that although I can only fit 5 books into my Top 5 most anticipated book releases for the rest of 2017, I would like to make an honourable mention to some books that I am anticipating for but those books do not fit into the Top 5 list. So, let us get started!

Honourable Mention:

  • Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore

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Synopsis:

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


Me:

This book sounds extremely interesting and it sounds like something I would have enjoyed! Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I am so obsess with the cover right now.. SO BEAUTIFUL! I cannot wait to get this book and also, I cannot wait to add it into my books collection!


  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Synopsis:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.


Me:

Did I hear time traveling? Did I hear ‘History is not as steady as it seems’? Oh my gosh, I am so Soo SOOOO hyped up for this book right now. I love time-traveling with a fast-paced world book and this book.. Sounds extremely unique and everything. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! (By the way, the cover is gorgeous!)


  • Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne

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Synopsis:

Friend. Lover. Victim. Betrayer. 
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose are like anyone their age: figuring out who they are and trying to navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Life isn’t perfect, but they’re united by their love of music and excited about what the future holds for their band.

That is until Naima dies in tragic circumstances, leaving behind only one word. ‘Sorry’.

What awful truth was she hiding? What dark secret was lurking behind her seemingly sunny persona? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?

While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and find out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naima’s death.

It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble, exposing the dark and dangerous truth behind the fragile surface of their existence. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.


Me:

When I was reading the synopsis for this book, it sort of gave me a vibe of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher but not really? I do not know.. But it does sound a little bit like 13 Reasons Why. Whatever. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to read this book.


So, those were the honourable books that I wanted to mention! Now, let us get into my Top 5 most anticipated book releases for the rest of 2017!

Top 5 Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of 2017:

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margeret Rogerson

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Synopsis:

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


Me:

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Both of the cover and the synopsis are giving me life right now. That synopsis is so freaking epic and it sparks my interest. No, it did not just spark my interest, it is literally giving me life and death at the same time! By the way, I am not being dramatic! Plus, that cover is so freaking beautiful!


4. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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Synopsis:

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.


Me:

GUYS! G-U-Y-S! I AM SO HAPPY THAT THIS BOOK IS COMING OUT…SOON! I CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE THE HATE U GIVE BY ANGIE THOMAS WHICH I LOVED! [(KIND OF LIKE)THE HATE U GIVE – ROUND 2, ANYONE?]


3. Black Bird of Gallows by Meg Kassel

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Synopsis:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


Me:

My very-first thought for this book was: “OH MY GOODNESS, THAT IS ONE BEAUTIFUL COVER!” 

Then, I read the synopsis and I was like: “This is definitely going to be one beautiful book and one of my favourite books for 2017 because this book is right up to my alley!”

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2. The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. 

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.


Me:

If you have read my status update on Goodreads, you would have known that I was approved for an ARC of this on Netgalley! 

The reason why I requested for this book was mainly because of the cover and the synopsis! The cover looks amazing and the synopsis sounds extremely fascinating and I cannot wait to read it to find out how the story is played out.

I also cannot wait for it to be released because I want to buy a physical copy of this book to add it onto my books collection!


1. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

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Synopsis:

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.


Me:

Three Words: I cannot wait.

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This is the end of my ‘Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the rest of 2017’! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Book Review

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing Style:

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

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

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

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

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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

Bookish Fun!

This-Is-My-Truth-Now Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today I will be doing the ‘This-Is-My-Truth-Now’ Book Tag! This tag was created by James from This-Is-My-Truth-Now and I was tagged by both of these lovely people from Heidi @ Bookloverblogs and Adieu @ I-Am-Survivor-Blog to do this beautiful tag! Be sure to check out their blogs and articles after you have finished viewing mine!

Here’s a description of the tag said by James:

“So… I’m calling this the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” or “ThisIsMyTruthNow” tag, and it will be all about telling the truth — my own version of truth or dare… are you scared? Nervous? Jealous that I’m so cool I created my own tag? I know… all in a day’s work. NOT! It’s meant to be fun.”

So, without further ado, let us begin to answer this beautiful tag!

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The Rules

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  • Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to James original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  • Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  • If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

The Questions:

  • You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices:
  1. You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or…
  2. Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author.

Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.


Answer: I will probably attend the birthday dinner that my friends have thrown for me because that dinner must have taken up a whole lot of time for them to prepare and also, I feel a little guilty for abandoning my friends! So, I am going for option (2). As for option (1), I can probably meet the author at a book signing event. Therefore, option (2) is the one that I am going to pick!


  • You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

Answer: Okay, this question creeps me out. I will not let that character to lock the door and spend some ‘alone’ time with me. Who knows what he/she is going to do? Even if that specific character is one of my favourite characters of all time, I will not let he/she to do it.


  • If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Answer: I do not know how to answer this question because I really enjoyed most of the genders from the books that I read from and I do not wish to change any of their genders. So, NO gender swaps here. 


  • What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

Answer: Actually, I admire all of the bloggers out there because they take a lot of effort and time to build-up their blog and make their blog easier for visitors to view. So, yay to all of the bloggers! 


  • If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

Answer: This question is going to contain mild spoilers for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor! So, read it at your own risk!

One of the decision on what I really wish is that Karou did not break the wishbone! But she did and it made me cry like a baby. Either way, it is a great story and I cannot wait to re-read this book over and over again!  


  • If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Answer: I am going to ship Dylan Minnette from ‘thirteen reasons why’ and Mare from ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard to be in a relationship together because I do not know why. But what I do know is that this is a weird shipping and I like it.


  • It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice:
  1. You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or…
  2. You can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book.

Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.


Answer: I will choose…. Option (2). I will let Laini Taylor do the job and I will exist in the book series called ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’, obviously. Because I loved that book series so, so much!


  • If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

Answer: Nah. I mean No. Because it is very bad to steal my friend’s pet to exchange for my own selfish purposes. Furthermore, they love their pets, so why steal them? Therefore, my answer is a big NO.


  • If you could turn someone from real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

Answer: I am going to pass on this question because… I have no idea how to answer this! I am so sorry!


  • Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

Answer: 

  • 2004:

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  • 2017 (Currently reading & loving):

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  • Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Answer: Here’s the story for this question…

Karou wanted to stay with me because we were long-lost best friends that had tried to get in touch for several times but failed owing to the fact of how bad the timing and everything else were. So, she had decided to stay with me for 3 months to try to know me better and also, to try to catch up with every little things that were going around town. I talked to her about it and after three months, she left and said, “I will be back! Max” 

Sorry for how bad the story was and also, I am so sorry for hurting your eyes! 


  • What is one thing you wished you learned but haven’t yet? (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)

Answer: I wish I can acquire the skills of reading faster and also, out of a reading slump in a matter of seconds! But, I have not learned those skills yet and I probably will acquire them in the future! So, yes.. I have hope for my future!


My Nominees:


Truth or Dare:

TRUTH OR DARE: This will be the last part of This-is-my-truth-now book tag. If you choose not to accept the tag, you will have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to say good things such as, ‘I love you, book’ to the books you hated for 30 days! MUAHAHAHAHA! And please, DO NOT cheat!


This is the end of my ‘This-is-my-truth-now’ book tag! 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

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee || Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, let us get into the writing style section!

Writing Style:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be blogging on ‘The Sunshine Blogger’ award book tag. I was nominated by Noriko from Diary of a Bookfiend to do this award tag! Thank you Noriko, for nominating me! I really appreciate it! Guys, be sure to check out her blog article after you finish with mine, her article is extremely beautiful and amazing! Now, let us get into the Award tag, shall we?

Actually no, at least not yet because before we get started, I have an announcement to make!

Announcement: I have recently hit 2200 followers on this blog and thank you everyone for these amazing six months! Without each and every one of you, I will never make it this far! So, I really cannot wait to share more bookish reviews and content with you all!

Now, with everything aside, let us get into the ‘The Sunshine Blogger’ Award book tag!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions from Noriko:

  • What are your plans for this summer?

Answer: To be honest, I have no plans for this summ-er…Summer. Oh my goodness, I almost spelled ‘Summer’ as ‘Summar’. Well, I will make a rough plan for this summer now, since the question is to answer what are my plans. So, let us begin…

1. Read more books! I am planning to read more books than I always do this summer because I realized that I have been lacking in pace and I really want to catch up with the new releases and finish up all my To-Be-Read books on my shelves.

2. Buy more books? Yep. Buy more books. My birthday is coming up, so I might achieve this goal! I know, I just said I want to finish up my TBR piles. But, I need more books too.. Maybe just teeny bits of them.. Okay, that is a lie. I need all of them.

3. To study more and harder this summer. School is getting tougher and yes, I am stressing out. But I will not give up! I must stay until the very end!

Those are my goals for this summer, let us now move on to the next question!

  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Answer: This question got me thinking. Well, I would like to change many things.. But there is one thing that I really want to change about myself and that is my attitude towards the people who are constantly nagging. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love listening to them but sometimes, it gets frustrating. So, I really want to stay calm and answer their questions.

  • What is your favorite book genre?

Answer: Uhm.. One genre? Pleaseee…No. I have quite a few book genres that I always fanboy over and those book genres are:

1. Fantasy! This genre is, hands down, my favourite genre among this list! It has everything that I enjoy and everything that I want more of.. For example, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a high fantasy book and I love this book, if you have not read it already, do yourself a favour. Go to the bookstore and get yourself a copy of it! You will thank me after that.

2. Paranormal/Supernatural. Definitely my second favourite. I love everything regarding to angels and magic and so on. I love this genre!

3. Dystopian. It has been years since the dystopian crazed and now this genre kind of died off a little. But, nevertheless, I still love this genre. Although the books which contain this genre repeat themselves over and over again, I still love them.

4. Romance. Sweet, contemporary romance. I love a sweet contemporary romance! Sorry, I repeated myself. But, you get what I mean.. Right?

5. Science Fiction. Of course! Science Fiction. I love science fiction books, they make me think about the world and how very small my knowledge about the world really is! I love science fiction, nonetheless.

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  • Who is your recent fictional crush?

Answer: Obviously, Mare from Red Queen.

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  • If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Answer: I would rather not eat because that particular food will make you think of the good ol’ days when you can eat any food you want in the world.. Except for the unaffordable ones though.

  • Coffee or tea drinker?

Answer: I am much more of a tea drinker because only tea can make me feel truly awake. Whereas coffee makes me feel sleepy. I do not know why, but coffee does not work on me.. Does it keep you all awake? I hope not because I do not want to be the only one.. BOOHOOHOO.

  • Night owl or morning person?

Answer: Night Owl. Definitely a night owl person. I would normally read a book until late at night without realizing it is already.. uh.. 1:40 in the morning. Yes. That is me and my life.

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  • What is your superpower?

Answer: I do not think I have one in real life. But in my fictional world, I have telekinesis, speed, able to control everything power.

  • What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Answer: Banana and chocolate. It was fantastic and I need or rather must try it again!

  • What do you most love about YOU?

Answer: What I love most about myself? Being able to be in a fictional world when I am reading and being humble human beings!

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  • What are your passions in life?

Answer: I am still thinking about it! But I would really like to become a Biochemist and a Writer in the future!

My nominees:

My Questions:

Ah. Creating questions, how I love you. This section is going to be hard for me to make.

  • What is your favourite book of all time and why?
  • Would you rather live in a house full of roaches or a house full of mosquitoes?
  • What method(s) did you use to organize your bookshelves?
  • If you despised a book, what would you do with it? Burn it or donate it?
  • What is that one specific Young Adult trope that you hate reading about?
  • What would you do if a friend accidentally drop your book in a pile of mud?
  • Would you lend your friend the book(s) that you held dearly?
  • What is your most comfortable reading position?
  • Have you ever dream of fictional characters?
  • What is that one genre that you hate reading from?
  • Kiss, Kill, Marry. For this question, I would like you all to pick characters that you love. (and please, no cheating!)
  • Do you ever feel.. like a plastic bag? Just kidding guys! That is not a question!

This is the end of my ‘The Sunshine blogger Award’ book tag! (By the way, if I did not nominate you, well, you have just been nominated! I cannot wait for you guys to attempt on my questions!) I hope you guys enjoyed this award article as much as I enjoyed making it and follow me with your wordpress account or via email to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

August TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing my favourite month of the year’s TBR! The reason why I said this month is my favourite month is because this month is my birthday month! Yay!

But, nevertheless, the TBR goal is needed to be accomplished for once! Have any of you noticed that I have yet to accomplished any TBR pile? So, everyone, you may see an over-ambitious TBR pile for this month!

By the way, I have only completed two books last month and those two books were Night Film by Marisha Pessl and The Battle For Oz by Jeyna Grace. I will be linking both of the books I have reviewed down below:

Now, this TBR is going to be long so I am going to keep this introduction short and without further ado, let us get into the To Be Read pile for the month of August.


1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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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.


Like I have said in my previous TBR- The booktubeathon TBR, I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds like something I have been wanting to read for ages but never had a chance to read it. So, I am definitely going to read this book first.


2. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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Synopsis for The Knife of Never Letting Go:

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

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


I am only giving The Knife of Never Letting Go’s synopsis because: Number one, I do not want to spoil you by accident and number two, I do not want to spoil myself. You may be asking, “Max, I thought you disliked this book?” Well, this is the answer to that question: “I want to give this book a second chance and I do not wish the experience will be the same as the first.” So..Yes.


3. 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.

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.


Marcus Sedgwick is my favourite author. So, of course I am going to give this book a go and I bet I will love this book!


4. The Sword To Unite by Peter Hopkins

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Synopsis:

It is an age of rebirth in the kingdoms of the north. Cedric, lord of Orford, a man plagued by dark dreams of omens, and the true heir of the long lost hero Adalgott, is thrown from his peaceful life and swept into a world of chaos. When a mysterious tome is stolen, Cedric sets out to avenge a fallen friend, and uncover the truth behind his visions. In the Kingdom of Lorine, Cedric learns of an ancient prophecy, and the return of Azrael, a wraith of corruption and decay.

Cedric must find the blade, Geanlaecan, for only in its burning power can the dark tide of Azrael, the ancient enemy of man, be turned back. Cedric does not journey alone, lords, mercenaries, magi, and beasts of forests flock to the banner of the true king. In Midland, a kingdom to the north, Cedric meets with politicking lords, and the grizzled Vine King, ruler of Prav and master of Midland. Cedric must unite the squabbling lords of the north if there is to be any chance of survival.


I will be reading this book on my E-Reader and while I am reading it, I will pick up a physical copy of a book to read. Anyways, I cannot wait to read this book!


5. Chasing Butterflies by Rod Martinez

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Synopsis:

Devastation is coming, not just for Palm Creek, Florida – a small town just a few miles from Cape Kennedy and N.A.S.A. – but eventually – it could destroy the entire eastern Florida coast if it isn’t stopped. A predator with mysterious origins and no understanding of its inherent danger is on the prowl with seemingly nothing that can stop it. It hosts a cancer of epic proportions, not only the kind that eats away at your body – it’s also the kind that transforms your soul.

Four total strangers from different walks of life will be on a mission, they just don’t know it yet. And the decisions and outcomes of these four unlikely friends will either save or destroy the populace.


This book is pretty short. It is about 160 pages and I can probably finish this book in a sitting or two. So, I am anticipating to read this book soon!


This is the end of my August TBR list (Wish me luck, everyone!)! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your August TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace || Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction:

*Beware: Rant ahead!*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Writing:

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

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

Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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