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Aesthetic Books On My Shelves

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and we will be diving into the beautiful books on my shelves article today but before we dwell in the crafting and the sutures of the covers of these sumptuous novels, I have a few- really, there are only two- announcements or rather, alerts to execute. So, we shall address those announcements first before we move into the actual article:

First communiqué

Kotobee had reached out to me through E-mail the other day and they presumed that the readers of Maxxesbooktopia will attain the helpfulness of this list (a compiled list of book fairs all around the world) and would love to share it with all of you. With that, I have decided to help them to spread this remarkable list around so that you guys will be able to view it and locate the book fairs near your area or are currently in your country but you did not know about. Here’s the website where you can look for the book fairs around you: Book Fairs (click here)

They have infographics and have punctilious the date and location of the book fairs. In addition, you could use Google’s Fine setting (Ctrl+F) to look for your country and find out about the book fairs near your area on the page. 

Second communiqué

I came back to Bookstagram after being gone for a year and several months. If you are wondering where all the older posts that I had shared in my previous years went to, they are in the archived shelf. So far, I had posted 3 pictures on Instagram and I hope you guys will give me a follow there and like all the pictures as well for moral support (I extricated myself from my comfort zone to take pictures of me with books). Thank you, I really appreciate it.

Instagram page: Maxxesbooktopia

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Without further ado, let us get into the article!

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1. The Kiss Of Deception By Mary E. Pearson

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Honestly, I do not know how to comment on the covers of these novels except for how exceptionally beautiful they are. I will try to talk about the colour scheme and the artwork and effort put into it though or else this article will be such a failure and the pictures that I had taken will be trash being thrown into the swamp. 

For The Kiss Of Deception, the font of the title is very well composed. For example, The and Of are not accentuated on the cover but instead Kiss and Deception are more prominent due to the fact the story is all about deception, lies, kindling romance and manipulation.

The artwork of the maiden on the cover is very diluted with colour and the precision put into it is very well illustrated as everything starting from her hair strain to her dress are eloquently expressed. Personally, I found the flower crown embedded on the top of her head most interesting because of the details and the amount of arduous work put into it is not to be missed.

The colour of the sky and the wheat are again, well defined with the conventional usage of colour and the intensity of it. It further emphasises on the atmosphere of the novel and what place or rather, setting the story will be placed in. In addition, the two birds soaring through the sky captured the two would-be lovers of the runaway princess. The building, the man and the woman on the cover encased her workplace, her friend and an assassin, ready to murder her if her time is up.

If you are wondering, I gave this book an A (80%) rating. I thought it was an immeasurable novel and you should give it a try.

2. Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King & Owen King

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Sleeping beauties cover is just purely aesthetic. It does not have much but the intricate lining of the butterfly engrains above the eyes with its body against the nose of the woman just makes the cover eye-grabbing. The lips and the authors’ names are in red to intensify the colour of the already dark cover. The sinuous line of the title, again, engrains on the butterfly’s superb wings further strengthen the colour scheme that is already splashed across the surface of the book.

Personally, what caught my attention from this cover other than the author’s name was bright to the shadowy scheme of the novel. As you can see, the sides of the novel are wrapped in darkness and the core of the novel wraps in the light. The Azure colour helps in creating the portrait to be more memorable. Thus, it had made it to the list of gorgeous book covers on the shelves.

3. The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

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The spiral staircase ensnared the story as the novel is all about spirals and spiralling down a deep dark hole. The font for the novel, both the title and the author’s name, are very well placed. They did not block the view of the spiral staircase, the sea and the sky. Most importantly, the man on the staircase.

The colour swashed across the cover caught my attention when I entered the bookstore to look for books to purchase. Not going to lie, I bought the book due to the amazing cover. But, I read the book and found the story that laid beneath a beguiling cover to be wondrous as well which rarely happens because most of the time, books either have enchanting covers or captivating stories. So, this really surprised me.

Overall, A+ (100%) for the cover alone.

4. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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First of all, disregard the price tag that is affixed on the cover. I could not get it off which pestered the heck out of me because it has calumniated the beauty of the cover. Well, with that being said, let us get into the cover review.

The clock hands that are assembled together resemble a sundial due to the numbers situated below the clock hands. The blueness of the cover further accentuates (I am employing that term a number of times today) an eye-grappling experience.

I have nothing else to speak on this cover other than how gorgeous it is and the number of words that I had disposed of above.

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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You guys can clearly see how beautiful these covers are. The crow looks as if it is being moistened over there ‘fortuitously’ and honestly, I am savouring every second for them. Just… There are no words that could do egalitarianism for these portraitures.

Again, A+ (100%) book cover.

6. A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

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✅ Good Font.

✅ Good colour scheme.

✅ Good sketching.

✅ Great placing of the author’s quote and author’s name.

7. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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This is simply the most impressive book cover among the table. The illustrations for both the bear and the woman are aesthetic. It immediately gives me the sense that the girl is elegant and the bear is tranquil as they are travelling on the same boat in a large expanse of sea. The quotes and the font of the title + the author’s name are very well located. The night sky permeates with a plethora of quasars attests how alienated both the bear and the girl must have felt at the moment. Thus, it is getting an A+ from me for the cover alone.


This is the end of the ‘Aesthetic Books On My Shelves!’ article. I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what beautiful books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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Book Review

Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng | Book Review

Hey Guys! I am Max and a little while back, I was buddy-reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng with Jessica from Endless Chapters and I completed it before she does because she joined the ‘reading session’ when I was midway through the novel [Sorry, Jessica, for not waiting for you]. A quick shoutout to Jessica from Endless Chapters: She has an astonishing blog and she writes wondrous reviews on books (Don’t mind me fanboying here) and I am indubitable that you guys will cherish her blog!  

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

Disclaimer:

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

My Introspection:

This is the very first Domestic Fiction novel that I had read in my entire life and it did not foil. Note that I will be reading more novels dispense from Celeste Ng because everything from her writing style to the character structures was executed flawlessly- maybe not impeccable but this novel is adjacent to consummation. I will be getting my hands on a printed copy of Everything I Never Told You sometime soon as I was infatuated with how the story unfurled in Little Fires Everywhere

“Perfection: that was the goal, and perhaps the Shakers had lived it so strongly that it seeped into the soil itself, feeding those who grew up there with a propensity to overachieve and a deep intolerance for flaws.”

The strongest point in this novel was the root of each of the characters and their impulses and intentions. We have the Richardsons: Izzy, Lexie, Moody, Trip, Bill, Elena. Bill, the father of the four children, laboured for the erroneous side of the court to detach the mother essence from the baby. Elena, the mother of four children, who trailed after perfection and thus, resulted in the destruction of her home. Moody who betrayed his best friend. Trip who played with everyone’s feelings. Lexie who used people. Izzy who knew what was right and wrong.

In addition, we have Bebe, Mia and Pearl. Bebe who made a mistake and lost custody over her child and was determined to win her back from her baby’s adopted family and therefore, ended up in court. Mia who was passionate and meticulous in her artwork ran away with her child under certain circumstances and winded up in Shaker Heights. Pearl, Mia’s only child, was innocent. These are a class of characters with distinct personalities, each different from one another; each of them has their own motivation. Truth to be told, there are more characters outside of this globule and more stories to be told but I had just furnished you with the significant ones.

“A lot of times, parents are not the best at seeing their children clearly. There’s so much wonderful about you.”

This novel is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven as the author has given a chance for the readers to disinter the core of the characters and to answer questions as to why they behave the way they did. Let’s take Elena Richardson as an example, she is a perfectionist: she chases after perfection in everything such as family life, work life, college life, etc. and when a person comes in and disrupts the whole system of staying perfect, she is furious and somewhat afraid- thinking that she had missed out on something. It is that that drives her to exhume a person’s life, depositing that person unornamented. Each of the characters in this novel has their own personalities and they are again, distinguishable from one another and thus, making the novel enjoyable.

However, the first 100 pages of the book were tedious and somewhat boring. I conjectured that Celeste was trying to build up the atmosphere and the characters but I thought that certain scenes should be shortened down in order to make it more compelling. After the first quarter of the book, the pacing subsequently picked up and everything was much more enjoyable until the point where I almost forgot about the problems that I had in the first 100 pages. If you are someone who can tolerate slow pacing or is currently reading this novel but could not get past the boredom that is the first 100 pages, I highly recommend you to stick to the story as it will get better.

“How could these people, she thought, how could these people take a child from its mother? She told herself this all night and into the next morning, as she dialled, as she waited for the phone to ring. It wasn’t right. A mother should never give up her child.”

The crafting of the atmosphere was very adequately administered as the autochthonous setting which was set in a town dubbed Shakers Height yielded nostalgia for me because it exhibited a sense of hometown quality. For example, the streets that they walked, the way they talked and heck, even the phone that they used. It seemed to appear that I was there and this calls for the writing style: only a valid and conspicuous writing style would enable a reader who has the book in hand to be transported into the story and viewing the characters’ lives.  

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone or was it love?”

The style of writing for this novel intumesced my affection for this novel and this particular story even more. Celeste dwelled and adopted words to weave around a subject to increase the precision and intricacy of each scene. The author crafted each scene delicately: the words in each of the scenes; every sentence could not have abstained because if one of the words is withdrawn, the whole construction of the scene is demolished. At least, that was what it suggested when I was reading the novel.

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” 

In conclusion, I am bestowing an A (87%) for this novel. If you are into Domestic Fiction with a firm character-driven story and slow pacing, I urge you to pick up this novel as I am assured that you will be able to fully enjoy the experience with this book in hand. 


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

Masochist

Popular Low-quality Novels On My Shelves

Hey Guys! It is Max here and latterly, I went onto Youtube to watch some Booktube videos and I exhumed a video called Reading The Worst Books On Goodreads By sarawithoutanH and it provoked (and invigorated) me to reflect on the rating of the books on my shelves and to read books that are egregiously rated. To say that I am a masochist is an understatement because I am going to turn this into a series of articles where I first proclaim on the novels that I will be reading, then the reviews for each of the novels will be attained and finally, a wrap-up for all of these books to see the rate of my enjoyment. 

This series will be long-drawn because there are a sum of 36 novels on my shelves that are badly rated and I, the pretentious human being, aspire to assay these books to perceive if I will savour any of them and also, to discern on why these novels had suffered bad ratings from people on Goodreads.

As for today, I will be picking on 5 novels that I will be handling over the course of a month or two and there will be another article like this where I pick another 5 or more books for a month or two and similar articles will come perpetually until the end of this list. In addition, these articles will be pigeonholed under a new category christened Masochist but they can be found in the Bookish Fun and Book Review Pages.

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

1. Moby Dick By Herman Melville

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Genre: Classic

Page count: 720 pages

Rating on Goodreads: 3.49/5

Synopsis:

On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down Moby Dick, the mythic White Whale who left him crippled.

Me:

I have never prodded a classic before besides To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee and I really enjoyed that novel. The average rating for this novel, however, did indeed waver me away from reading it for the two years that it has been sitting on my shelf and to make things adverser, this is a huge book with over 500+ pages. Well, I am finally granting it a chance and I hope it is ample but my expectation for it will be low since so many people hated this novel. 

Wish me luck!

2. The Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 178

Rating on Goodreads: 3.5/5

Synopsis:

Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood…life before she became a vampire.

All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.

Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know like her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?

Me:

I should have anticipated witnessing this novel on this roster because almost all of the Twilight novels have inadequate grades. However, I did not see this coming. Maybe because I thought everything would get better from New Moon By Stephenie Meyer (I vehemently eschewed this novel) and onwards but the rest of the series did not match up to the first book so, I should not be astounded to see this novella here.

I hope I relish on this. I really do. Well, in order to be more optimistic: even if I do not, at least it will be a quick read as this short novella only contains 178 pages and I do not have to suffer for such a long time.

3. Chasing Harry Winston By Lauren Weisberger

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Genre: Chick Lit

Page Count: 288

Rating on Goodreads: 3.33/5

Synopsis:

Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer – whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems – could they be right?

Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…

Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and – as her mother keeps reminding her – she won’t have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she’s wondering…does Mother know best?

These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all they’ve earned – first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large – they’re not quite sure they like what they see…

Me:

This novel was given to me by my father’s boss. So, I did not technically buy this novel but it is on my mantelpiece and I have resolved to endeavour on reading this book. However, I have an inkling that I might resent this novel due to the abridgement; to be specific, this line: around-the-world sex-fueled adventure. On top of that, it is a Chick Lit Novel which is a genre that I have never attempted to read prior to this experiment… So, let us see if this novel will make or break the genre for me.

Once again, wish me luck!

4. Wedding Night By Sophie Kinsella

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Genre: Romance

Page Count: 464

Rating on Goodreads: 3.41/5

Synopsis:

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

Me:

I am surprised to see a Sophie Kinsella novel on this list as she is a famous author who had written a plethora of books. You may know her from the Shopaholics series starting from- Confessions of a Shopaholic or her YA novel- Finding Audrey. I have not read any of her works but I had heard numerous praises for them and thus, I am intrigued to find out what the general consensus does not like about this novel. Well, I do hope that I will enjoy it and dissent from the people on Goodreads. Do wish me luck with this and every other work on this list.

5. Soundless By Richelle Mead

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 267

Rating on Goodreads: 3.37/5

Synopsis:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zip line that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zip line shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Me:

This proffered me a shock. Richelle Mead is a famous author who had written the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodline series. Again, I have not read any of those books and I do actually have Vampire Academy on my shelf but have not proposed to pick the novel up yet. While people sing praises and commemorate the other series, this novel is left in silence and it is time to find out why that is so.

Again, wish me luck with all of these novels.


This is the end of my ‘Popular Low-quality Novels On My Shelves!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what low-quality books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

Book Review

Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas | Rant Review

Hey guys! It is Max here and I will be making a rant review for Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas today! I know this is an unpopular opinion but I have a handful of reasons on why I dislike this novel. I do not hate it per se, I just did not really like it. So, without further ado, let us dive right in.

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Introspection:

It has been forever since I last composed of a book review and I am finally back to reviewing the novels that I had read. So, from what I have heard, this book is grouped under the category of High Fantasy and I thought it did not warrant to be among that category and instead, be categorized under light fantasy. Although I could see the potential in the later books to be shelved under high fantasy because the ending of this novel hinted at it,  I thought the first book should still be placed under light fantasy instead of High fantasy and I will explain why.

“While he might be a Hallivard, he was… Well, she still very much wanted to kiss him.

Throne Of Glass has a lighter tone to it and it did not offer the darkness that high fantasy demands. Its tone lightens due to the heavy romance that was thrown into the plot of the novel. In order to not shy away from the truth, there is a love triangle in it and the love interest that she ended up with is beyond ridiculous. It was something like love-at-first-sight because I personally thought that they had zero chemistry together; it just happened due to mutual affection. Almost 15% of the novel deals with their kindling romance and they do not even know each other. Not one bit… Well, maybe a little but it is far too less to start snogging on each other faces. What if Calaena resolved to kill you? Huh? I don’t think the other love interest will even acknowledge it.  On the other hand, I thought the second love interest is better than prior as they had more chemistry together and they know each other.

“Are you fond of dogs?” asked the prince. She nodded. Why was it already so hot? “Am I going to be blessed with the pleasure of hearing your voice, or have you resolved to be silent for the duration of our journey?”

“I am afraid your questions didn’t merit a verbal response.”

However, what I do actually enjoy about the novel is Calaena insolence and the way she lashes out at people who did her wrong but that could be identified as a flaw as well as she is very stubborn with the ideas- always insisting that they are right even though they are, very clearly stated, not.

Leaving her act of impertinence behind, her precinct of qualities for being an assassin will now be commented on. Calaena who is the notorious, brutal and merciless slayer is recruited by a Prince- who she despised since she hates on the Royals vehemently,  perpetually and incessantly, for a competition which would lead to death if the ‘Champions’, also known as competitors, are not well aware. In court, Calaena the assassin dresses like a court-lady which is unnecessary and well, as if it could not get any worse, she dwells on the seams of the dresses and the softness and comfort that they offered instead of practising her skills to become the winner of this God-forbidden competition. 

Furthermore, she reads books in her spare time and readers of this novel almost never get to experience how she endures her training and how she practices her killing tactics except for certain instances which I thought those scenes were really well written. This novel mostly covers her spare time in which she would lend books from the library and piles of them will be all over her bed- a way to abolish the spines of the titles if you ask me. In addition, she plays the piano in her spare time and I can apprehend that she is a human with emotion and soul too but really? Do you have a death wish in which you would like to die in a competition? If not, you would use all the time in the world to train in order to maximize your chances of winning instead of dying. 

Moreover, you will think that she is an assassin, a pretty good one at that as she is being trained by Adarlan’s own hands. However, there are a copious of scenes which I thought her skills of being a slayer failed her and I definitely questioned if she is actually an assassin. Take a look at this quote:

“One! She slept that long? What about lessons with Chaol?”

Just to give you extra information, there is a monster roaming around the castle, killing off Champions like they are just another piece of wasteland and our protagonist knows that it is out there, somewhere, killing them off one by one on the precipice of their fingers. And here she is, deep in her sleep, the monster could just barge into the room and annihilate her. Where has her assassin qualities gone to? Isn’t an assassin, a good one, supposed to be alert at all times? I guess the prince has gotten all over her head since she is so love-drunk.

To be more optimistic, the pacing of this novel is fantastic. A 404 pages novel that moves with a speed of a 200 pages novel and I thought it was astounding that I would read this continuously without taking any extra break unless it is necessary. That is how addicted I was with the novel but that does not mean it is a good book. If you are a fast reader, you would devour this in two days. If you are a slow reader, you will consume this novel in three days because of the addictive quality of the book. 

Now, I want to talk about Calaena as a protagonist. To be honest, I feel a certain disconnection with her as a reader due to the fact that we did not get to know her as much as a person would like to. For example, her past is obscured and Sam, who I assumed is her ex-lover, is only ever mentioned once in the novel. Also, her childhood- the part where she was ‘bathed’ in her parent’s blood is only declared once and I thought that section intrigued me as it would give us information as to why she becomes the person she is as of today. But alas, information like this is not given and that disappointed me.

In conclusion, I am proffering this novel an E (46%) as a rating that would be suitable for my taste in novels. I will continue to read the series as I am intrigued by the ending of the novel and I heard other reviewers raving about the second book in the series and therefore, I would pick the book up from a bookstore someday soon.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas! 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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February Reading Wrap-up | 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we shall dive into the books that I had read in the month of February and converse on my Goodreads reading challenge today.

To be honest, I did not expect February to be over so soon but it is the shortest month of the year so, I should not be surprised at the dosage of the novels I had consumed last month. If you are wondering how many books that I had covered last month, I read 5 books and we shall discuss on my Goodreads challenge before we linger on that topic. 

I have just monitored my Goodreads reading challenge and I had read a total of 13/100 books in the past two months and I am 3 books behind my reading schedule. Not going to lie, I am a little stressed out but I will attempt to ameliorate the tension and just read at my own timing. I presume that the reason why I am enduring this phenomenon is because of the worldwide epidemic- reading slump. I did not know when it happened or how it came about but I am going to persist until it evacuates from my cells. 

Now that we have discussed on the Goodreads topic, we shall move on to the February Wrap-Up.

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1. Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian By Rick Riordan

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Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

Page count: 381

This is the last book in the Percy Jackson series and the first novel that I had finished in the month of February. Obviously, I am not going to summarize this book for any of you because I do not want to drop an inadvertent spoiler and make you fluctuate far away from this series! All I can say is: I adore this book series from the start to the end and even though it is a middle-grade series, anyone can read it. I hope you will give it a try if you have yet to read it. 

Now, for the ones that have read this novel, I did a spoiler-filled ‘vlog’ style read-with-me article that you can survey to examine how much I enjoy myself when I read this novel. So, I shall drop the link here: READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Overall, I gave this book a gorgeous (A+) 100%. It is a perfect end to a fantastic series.

2. How to win friends and influence people By Dale Carnegie

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Genre: Self-Help

Page count: 288

This self-help novel took me forever to dispatch. Do not let that statement reel you away from this book though, that is not my intention. The reason why it had taken me a long time to finally terminate the novel is because of the writing style; I am not used to it. Basically, the author lectures us with lessons on how to improve ourselves to become more humane and compassionate towards others by providing 6 stories of famous/obscure people lives and how they dealt with things or how to learn from their mistakes. Each lesson we are given 6 different people stories. I figure that that is why it took me so long to finish it because this is the first time that I am embarking on a quest to extricate myself from my comfort zone to read a self-help novel and I am just used to novels that tell a coherent story.

However, I did learn a collection of good materials that I can apply in my life and I am grateful that this book existed. Now, I am going to copy my review from Goodreads for this novel and paste it here:

‘Although I do not agree with the term ‘win friends’ and thought that this self-help novel was far from impeccable, I thought that this novel should still be read as it covers a plethora of infallible and incisive points in which we could apply in our lives!’

So, I highly recommend you to give this self-help book a try. My overall rating for this novel is an A (80%).

3. We were liars By E. Lockhart

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery Fiction

Page count: 242

This book is almost impossible to summarize without giving away spoilers and I do not believe that I am competent enough to proffer a summary of this book to you because I am afraid that once it is given, the shock factor will be over and the book will not attract your attention anymore. Well, all I am going to say is: this novel is one of my favourite books of the year and it made me sob… for a good 5 minutes after I dispatched the novel. 

I am hoping to do a book review for it … *finger crossed* … But it will probably not be permitted because if I start composing the review, I have to be cautious of the information that I am giving and yes to the stress. So, let me see if I can make it completely spoiler free or not. If I can, I will definitely be posting that review on my blog. If not, then the review will be eliminated.

Well, my overall rating for this novel is an A+ (90%).

4. Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page count: 406

I furnished this book with 4 glowing stars on Goodreads initially as I thought it was a fantastic start to a series and I enjoyed myself immensely. However, recently I took it down to 2 stars because I retained on the characters’ decision and their incisiveness, the dialogue and the overall scope of the world and thought some of them were rather silly.

I am not going to loiter on this book for a long time as I have decided to construct a book review on it but let’s just dwell a little on the fact that Celaena is the world most infamous assassin and when she is being recruited by the Prince to be his Champion in a to-the-death tournament with other Champions, all she can think about is how handsome the prince is despite hating the Royals. When she is in court, her assassin’s qualities died and they were replaced by cutesy romance and love drunk goggling eyes and all. There is a love triangle in the book and the protagonist falls for- obviously, the prince which I thought they had zero chemistry even though they had mutual attraction. The other love interest has more chemistry with her and I thought she would end up with him instead of the zero chemistry dude. 

Again, being a notorious assassin means you will be observant at all times. Just to throw the ‘tournament’ in, you will think that an assassin will train and use up almost half of her time for that so that it will be more beneficial for the particular assassin to win the freaking contest. Instead of doing those things, Celaena dedicated her time to explore the palace, read books, play the piano, attempting to go to balls, wear beautiful dresses and etc. In addition, she is literally oblivious to her surrounding and monsters could just sneak up on her and kill her and she would not even know that she is dead. 

Gosh, there are so much more that I would like to converse on. I will be making a book review for this soon. So, stay tuned for that. Well, my overall rating for this novel is (E) 46%.

5. Creatures Of The Night By Kate Thompson

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery Horror

Page count: 260

This book has already made it on my Worst Books of the year list. I would give this book zero stars on Goodreads if I could because it did not even deserve 1 star. That is how I vehemently hated this novel. In case you are wondering, I will be composing a rant review on my blog to compensate my emotions because every time I think or even see this book lying around my house, my heart hammered with anger; my emotions: apoplectic with rage. Just to perform catharsis, allow me to bluster like a demented exasperated bitch:

  1. For a novel that is enmeshed in the horror and mystery genre, the horror genre is not even prominent in the slightest. The mystery element is almost laughable because it is not even resolved in the end and it only happened half-way through the book since the characters did not even acknowledge or care about the fact that a human being disappeared before they moved into the house.
  2. Characters lack substance; irredeemable; It was as if they were just there to abuse each other. 
  3. Foul language is conspicuous in every corner of the novel.
  4. Boring details on how to use farm tools and perform certain acts that are relating to farming.
  5. Inconsistent writing style.

There are definitely more as I have made an entire list sanctified to the crafting of the book review and to converse on the fact that I hated it. *At this point, I do not even care if hate is a strong word* 

My overall rating for this book is (F) 0%.

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Currently reading:
1. The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown

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Genre: Mystery Thriller

Page count: 489

I just started this novel and I am definitely intrigued by the storyline. However, I have one minor issue with the writing style: it’s more telling than showing. Other than that, I am okay with the book and I cannot wait to see what I will think about it once I finish the novel! Let me know what you thought about the novel in the comment section below but no spoiler as I am still making my way through the novel.

2. Black Widow (2014), Volume 1 By Nathan Edmonson

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Genre: Graphic Novel

Page count: 144

I loaned the ebook copy from my public library and I am again, making my way through the graphic novel like The Da Vinci Code. It is my first time reading a graphic novel and I am excited to see where it will take me: will it make me read more graphic novels in the future or deliberate me away from the genre? However, I am enjoying myself – very much – when I open up the novel to read. So, we shall see if it is going to make-or-break the genre for me.


This is the end of my ‘February Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Well, this is progressing to be a meandering journey, folks.

Hey guys! We are proceeding towards an interim on my blog where I kind of ‘Vlog’ my experience on reading profused series for the first time. The last time that I did these particular schemes, you all appeared to adore it! So, I have elected to do one for a series that is swiftly maturing into one of my favourite series of all time – Percy Jackson series. So, in order to show my inclination and commendation for the novels in this series, I will be blogging about the occurrence that I have with the final novel in this series – The Last Olympian. 

By the way, this is another one of those series that I have given all the books five phosphorescent and omnipotent stars. So, you can now see how engrossed I am in this series that I would strip away all businesses to finish it!

Well, without wasting more of my precious hours, we shall commence reading the book!

*For your information, I am blogging my experience for this novel so this article will be spoiler filled.*

(Saturday 02/02/2019)

It is currently 22:16 and I am advancing to embark on my quest to read this best-seller! If there is a way or any logical mechanism to concede my excitement to seep through the screen, you would witness me leaping around maniacally while I read the novel. I am gushing and uttering refuse. Oh wells, that is me every single day. *shrugs* 

I shall update you all when I hit Page 50 or if I uncover any interesting provision in the novel, I will inaugurate the log entry so that you guys will discern on what I am explaining about and what page I am on.

Well, I am leaving now. Good-bye, good people.

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Hi Guys. It had just been a few minutes since my last entry and I am only on Page 5 but I would like to share the conversation that Percy and Rachel had because… Call me a maniac but I am crackling up like an imbecile. 

‘Yes… but, Percy, you’d be doing me a huge favour. It would be so much better if you were with us. Besides, there’s something I want to talk about -‘ She stopped abruptly.

‘Something you’d want to talk about?’ I asked. ‘You mean… so serious that we’d have to go to St Thomas to talk about it?’

I do not quite understand what is wrong with me (probably insane) but that conversation. Oh my Gods. Percy… Why?

Well, I am going back to reading!

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I am currently on Page 117 and I do not think that you can tell how much I am hoarding this novel since my facial expressions cannot be manifested on the screen but attempt to conjure up an image in your brain through the words scrawled on the screen and you might get the brainchild of my bitchy joyful face.

Well, to update you guys on what in the living shit has transpired, I shall bequeath some erudition upon you all:

1. Charlie Beckendorf (a Greek demigod son of Hephaestus) soul had levitated into the heavens, or rather, descended into the Underworld. It was so incredibly depressing to contemplate a person who we had followed throughout the series to die in such a short span in the fifth book. Well, he died taking down a ship (Princess Andromeda) with an innumerable batch of Kronos minions which is astonishingly intrepid. Thus, his death shall be missed.

2. By the way, Rachel kissed Percy. I do not ship this relationship! I want him to end up with Annabeth, like, please.

3. Poseidon’s kingdom is under attack by a Titan named ‘Oceanus’ and we discerned that he was neutral in the first war between the Gods and the Titans, namely, Kronos. However, Oceanus swayed towards Kronos due to some bribery and he chose to have an affinity with him and thus, there’s a war under the sea. 

4. Percy learns his Prophecy and let me tell you: It’s scary. Here goes:

‘A half-blood of the eldest Gods,

shall reach sixteen against all odds…

and see the world in endless sleep,

the hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap.

A single choice shall end his days.

Olympus to preserve or raze.’

5. Do not notify me that you have not conceived of this because I had thought about throughout the whole series: Aren’t all of the demigods cousins? Is it not ominous to ‘fall-in-love’ with your cousin? Well, Rick Riordan has given us an answer to it!

I know you might be thinking: Aren’t all the demigods related on the godly side, and doesn’t that make dating gross? But the thing is, the godly side of your family doesn’t count genetically speaking since Gods don’t have DNA. A demigod would never think about dating someone who had the same godly parent. Like two kids from Athena cabins? No way. But a daughter of Aphrodite and a son of Hephaestus? They’re not related. So it’s no problem.

6. Grover has been gone for 2 months and we found out that the God of Dreams who is working with Kronos has granted him a ‘short’ nap which is 2 months. Apparently, the God of Dreams is scourging the land to examine if it is great for a full-fledged war. 

7. Percy is being imprisoned by Hades because Hades wants his son- Nico to be the one the prophecy is talking about and he wants to be the King of the Gods… So? Yeah.

Well, I will update you guys tomorrow and I’ll go back to reading once again! Bye.

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(2 weeks later…)

Oh boy. I did not update you guys on the fact that I had finished this novel 2 weeks before and also, I did not recommence on my reading progress for The Last Olympian. I was actually contemplating on even posting this article on my blog since I did not compose a proper ‘vlog’ style article for you guys and obviously, I feel devastated and guilty about it since I declared that I would post it on my blog an article ago. Well, I have decided that I would still publish it even though this article is incurable and extremely fragmented to the point that is beyond repair. Now, we shall commence with what I did prior to this week.

So, I had officially found a college in which I will be going to and I will be taking A-levels for my pre-university program! The tension of looking for the right college with the environment that I would enjoy finally perishes. Although I would have to travel to college by public transport for an hour plus, I am still really excited to experience college life and of course, studying once again. In case you are wondering what subjects I am taking, here’s a list of them:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics
  4. Mathematics

Also, I was carousing Chinese New Year with my family, relatives and friends and that was part of the reason on why I did not update you guys as much and the ‘vlog’ style article is so detached from my previous one because I was so busy prattling with my relatives and rivalling with fireworks that I simply did not have time to update Y’all on my reading progress. I am so sorry 😦

With the reasons on why this article is so fractured aside, I would adore the idea of mentioning The Last Olympians right now. I incontrovertibly appreciated this novel and I was saddened when I hit the last page because reality strikes me that there would not be anymore Percy Jackson novels even though he is presented in Rick Riordan’s other series- The Heroes Of Olympian. However, that is not the same as Percy does not have a point of view so… I am such a mess.

I absolutely fancied the ending of the novel! I thought it was a perfect end to an impeccable series and I will definitely be reading more of Rick’s novels, starting with The Heroes of Olympian. 

All in all, I am giving this novel a grading of A+ (100%) because of how much I relished on this novel and how incisive the writing is. 


This is the end of the book ‘vlog’ for ‘READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN 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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January Reading Wrap Up | 2019

The first month of the year of 2019 is coming to an end and I have decided to share a snippet- no, not a snippet. I have unequivocally chosen to bestow my January reading Wrap Up with you all! 

Before you comment on why I had vanished from the face of the planet, hear me out. Sorry that I had been gone for a while, I was (still am) looking for colleges and clearing out hedges for courses that I have divine interest on applying and it’s been keeping me away from my blog for some time. Well, I missed interacting with you all so I decided to come back with an article. Hope you guys wouldn’t mind the minimal amount of articles that I had composed this month.

Furthermore, when I had dissipated from the blogosphere, I reached 4,023 followers! That is amazing and heartwarming! Thank you, each and every one of you, for reading my articles and sticking by even when I am not present. Thank You!

Oh, what the heck? I misremembered to introduce myself. If you are new here: Hi, I am Max and we will be performing my January Wrap Up for the year of 2019. 

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

1. The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

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The Stars Never Rise is the first book that I had read this year and I, originally, thought this was going to be a great reading year because I really enjoyed myself while I went through the whirlwind of this book. Everything from the characters to the plots to the sub-plots to the jurisdiction of the community, this book seemed to be ideal until it took a nosedive at the end. However, that does not take away from the enjoyment that I had from the first 3/4 of the book. It’s just the last 1/4 that did the novel fraudulent. 

If you want to know more about my thoughts and what this title is regarding, you may want to take a sneak peek at my in-depth review which I had posted on my blog a few weeks prior to this instance.

Here’s the link to that particular review: The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

All in all, I would urge you to read this book if you are into demons operating nefarious deeds and a dystopian set future.

2. Feed By M.T Anderson

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As you can see, I had tabulated a plethora of stickers on the book with the intention of composing a book review. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

I am soooo amazing. – said the inner-me.

Not to worry, I will be constructing a review for this book soon because I have so much to discuss. More like, so much of distaste for this novel. Look, you can already see how my initial success with the first book being such a good read crumbling into pieces. There will definitely be more books which will bequeath me with a sense of calamity like this one and by then, I will be settled. 

I am going to give you a summary of what this book is about:

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-gravity at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

Here is the thing, the summary of the novel appeared to be stabler than its substantive content and here’s why: The crazy hacker’s aim was not explained in the novel so I would take that as a plot-hole, the book lacked a consecutive plot, the characters do not know how to discourse properly (most of the time, I do not know what they were conversing about) except for Violet (I liked Violet only), the writing style was a mess, etc.

I ended up giving the book 1.5 stars on Goodreads as the ending intoxicated me and made me sniffle a sob. So, I will not endorse this book to anyone if you despise the things that I had noted above.

3. Matched By Ally Condie

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My reading experience this month just kept getting worse and worse because Matched is another one of those books that had received a bad rating from me: 1.5 stars. 

This book is just sheer tedium alright. From the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel, the protagonist of the novel just kept cheating on her boyfriend by hanging out and making out with some other guy. I know this book is basically a utopia: a community where the society decides who you get married to and whatever, they just control everything and it is about this one girl flouting everything and to regulate her own destiny. It is empowering but that could not exclude the fact that this book is monotonous. 

It took me a week or so to conclude this book and honestly, that week was the worst reading week I had ever experienced. I had to keep up with dull characters discharging acts that were the works of an imbecile, a tedious plotline that could easily be shortened by a hundred plus pages and the writing style was not anything special either. The only reason why I gave it an extra 0.5 star is because of that ending which took me by surprise. Otherwise, it would just be a one-star read.

*For your information, I bought the book in this condition since it was half-priced.*  

4. Under Rose-Tainted Skies By Louise Gornall

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Again, you may already be observing the shades of pink entwined with purple tabs on the book as some kind of torture device and also, maybe asking: “Why in the world have I not done a review for this novel?”

Well, the first reason is the one that I had stated at the antecedent of this article and the other is: I procrastinate a lot. Well, it is not that I dislike this novel or anything, I actually really adored this novel! It had received a scintillating 4.5 stars from me and I really aspire to compose an article devoted to this craft right after I had concluded the novel but I was not in the right state of mind to write a review and I do not want to ruin anything about this novel for you all. However, now that I had snapped out from that zone, I will be publishing the review for it soon. So, stay tuned.

This book is the turning point of my reading experience this month. After two disappointing novels, I presumed all hope was lost but this book swooped in and inadvertently saved the day. Everything from the plot to the characters’ structures to the mental illness representation makes me happy. This book deserves more recognition as the novel is well-written and elegantly crafted.

Thus, I recommend this to anyone who admires the things that I had mentioned above.

5. Percy Jackson Series (First 3 books)

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I am currently reading the fourth book in the series and I am telling y’all this: Each book gets better and better in this series. The characters who you thought you would hate, you will end up adoring them. These books are prodigious with its actions, characters, friendships, revenge, love, hatred, loyalty, etc. Just, too many and so good. Perhaps, overly immeasurable. 

I am planning on doing a mini ‘vlog’ style read-with-me article for the last book in the series and keep in mind that it will be spoiler filled! I have the urge to do it because the last time I devised it on my Harry Potter marathon, you guys seemed to love it. Thus, I shall return the article scheme from the dead.

That concludes the seven books that I had read this month! Just to let you know, Goodreads told me that I am a book behind schedule to my 100 books goal so, I have got to buckle up and consume more novels as I am determined to reach my goal this year.


This is the end of my ‘January Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up were down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!