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November TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘November TBR’ today. Last month was a pretty terrible reading month for me because I had only finished The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Isle Of The Lost By Melissa De La Cruz, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Monsters of Men and Snowscape- both by Patrick Ness. As normal, I will be linking all of my reviews down below:

Let us do a mini wrap-up before we go into my TBR list. Last month was a dreadful reading month because I did not read much and I had a book that I DNF-ed and that book was named ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks. I did not finish this book due to my lack of interest in the story. However, I am planning on re-reading it soon because I understand that I read the book at the wrong time and it is unfair to not finish the story. Thus, I will probably read it next month. 

Moving on, I had a book that I did not enjoy and that book was ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz. Well, the reasons for my distaste for this book are all in my review. Go and check it out if you are interested! 

Besides all the books that I DNF-ed and disliked, I had three books that I loved and those books are called Snowscapes and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I had reviews for it on my blog, so- do check it out if you are interested!

Now, with all of that aside, let us get into my monthly TBR!

1. 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.

Me:

Ah! I have already finished reading this book and it was so freaking good and thought-provoking! I am going to do a review for this book soon but do give me a few days to think of what I am going to write in it because this novel is going to be a hard book to review!

2. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us.

Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad.

Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

Me:

I am currently reading this book and it is decent (for me) so far although the pacing is amazingly quick and the action is everywhere. I think the only problem for this book is the characters. They are so selfish and the things they talk about are somehow showing how spoiled they are. But everything else is great! So, that’s that.

3. The Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

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:

This book has been on my TBR for months! It is time to read it!

4. Desolate by Amy Miles

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Synopsis:

A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away. 

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself. 

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own. 

Will she uncover a will not just to survive…but to fight back? 

Me:

Another book that has been on my TBR for months! Just thinking and talking about this book right now motivates me to pick it up and read the whole book later but let’s be realistic here, that is not going to happen as I am still reading Dark Inside.

5. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

My friend has been budging for me to read this book and because of that, I have decided to read it this month as she would not stop budging.

6. Curse of Stars By Donna Compositor

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Synopsis:

Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

Me:

Another Advance Reader copy that I have been putting off for way too long and it has also been on my reading list for a very, very long time. Therefore, I am going to get on with it this month!

7. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Me:

My cousin has, also, been forcing me to read this book ever since his eyes laid on the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I can tell from his expression that he really loves the books and thus, I am adding this onto my TBR list for this month!

8. Portraits Of A Faerie Queen by Tay LoRoi

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Synopsis:

After several long stressful months, things are looking up for seventeen-year-old Jocelyn Lennox. She’s almost finished with her first commission gig, her family has no idea she’s not in school, and she can say for a fact that her mother is about to wake up from a coma.

But when Jocelyn meets and rescues the beautiful Rina Fischler from the depth of a seedy nightclub, things get complicated.

For one thing, the nightclub is a favorite hangout for local faeries and not all of them are friendly. For another, their queen doesn’t like it when humans stick their noses in faerie business. For a third, the queen herself is Jocelyn’s commissioner and holds the key to her mother’s healing.

Now Jocelyn must tread lightly on the thin ice she’s made for herself, finish the last of the queen’s portraits, and get as far from the Faerie Realm as possible by October 31st, for that is the night of the Hallowed Offering. On that night, the realm will renew their tie to magic and they will do so in blood.

If Jocelyn isn’t careful, they just might use hers.

Me:

I could probably read this book this month as the book is pretty short- about 246 pages long and it sounds extremely remarkable and the cover is gorgeous as well. Thus, I will probably read it this month!

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Synopsis:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.

Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.

The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Me:

This book has been recommended by many people in the book community and I think now is the time for me to read it as the movie is about to be released. So, another book that I will definitely be getting into this month!

10. Lady Of The Shades by Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

Once again, this book was recommended by a friend of mine to read! My friend said she really liked this book and although I put it off for a couple of month since she last recommended, I have finally put this book up on this list as a To-Be-Read for this month!


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

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Book Review

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Twilight By Stephanie Meyer’ today. All of you probably already know what Twilight is about but I am still going to give a brief summary before we move on into the actual review. In addition, Stephanie Meyer has written a number of books since the Twilight saga, which those books are called ‘The Chemist’ and ‘The Host’ and I cannot wait to read both of them because I really liked ‘Twilight’. Now, let us move into the brief review.

Twilight is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance novel following Isabelle- Also known as Bella, as she discovered that her boyfriend was a vampire and how there were other vampires that were trying to kill them. 

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

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Synopsis:

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.

The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My thoughts: Introduction

“What is she to me? Except a menace — a danger you’ve chosen to inflict on all of us.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was fast and the book was remotely easy to read. It had a type of writing style that was not good but easy to read that enabled me to zoom through the book fast. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, I highly recommend you to read this book! However, if you are looking for a book that has good writing style and an overall story with no plot holes, I do not recommend you to read this book.

Speaking of plot holes, this book had a few unresolved plot that had no explanation or reason and most parts of the book were filled with theories. Therefore, I sincerely hope that the plot holes will be resolved in the next book instead of theories in every corner of the book. 

Moving on, the world-building and atmosphere for this book were fantastically described and written. There were not much to describe for the world because it is set in our world, but with two types of Vampires that walk among the humans. I thought that the world that revolved around the types of Vampires were pretty unique and cool. Thus, the world building was great!

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was suspenseful and romantic in a way that the elements combined together equally. However, the suspense did not start until the last 130 pages of the book. Thus, I was a little disappointed but I, again, hope that the next book will not let the suspense start at the last 100 pages of the book.

Furthermore, the plot for this book dragged a little too much. For example, it repeated what we had already known and it just dragged on for the next hundred of pages and when it stopped, a new question arisen and the cycle continued which did tick something off of me but I still enjoyed the process of reading this book even though it frustrated me in a bad way sometimes. 

Moving on (yet again), the relationships that were centered around this book were outstanding. The characters had a great relationships together and especially Edward and his adopted family. They remained as one even though they quarrelled sometimes and I, personally, find that as an extraordinary element in the story because not many YA books out there featured this kind of relationships. Thus, a thumbs-up for the relationships. 

Finally, the tone for this book was pretty light and heavy when it came to the suspenseful part of the story. The tone was light because of the romance element in this book. Therefore, an easy book to read with both light and heavy tones.

Now, let us move into the writing section of this review!

Writing:

“The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

The writing for this book was not good. I realized that Stephanie used a lot of dialogues in this book that just made it chatty and informal. Although this book was easy to read, I just found the dialogues to be overused and the places and features of the person or the thing was not described very well and what I meant to say was this: There were to much of telling instead of showing.  

Furthermore, the author rambled on when we already knew what the thing was or what was going on and because of that, it made the characters felt kind of… dumb? It was like turning an extremely smart and awesome character into an imbecile. But, fortunately, they were likable characters. 

In addition, I noticed that there were some parts in the writing that were vague. Some of the things were not explained properly and it just made plot holes. Thus, it was a vague piece of writing. 

Finally, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Bella (Also Known As Isabelle): She was a character that was quite #relatable to. Sorry for the hashtag but I have to, so.. Sorry again? She was sassy, funny and dumb at time but she learned from her mistakes and thus, that gave her a thumbs up and a character growth.

Edward: He was the mysterious, brooding, bad boy who had been living for centuries and had also been living in his own lonely square until Bella came into his life. As Bella made her way into his life, his character had changed into a total kind-hearted person. Thus, he had a great character growth!

Alice: We did not get to see her much in this book but I do believe that she will appear more often in the following books because there are many layers to her character that this book had yet to deliver. Thus, I will not say that she has a character growth.

Mike: I hated him. He was an annoying, self-pitied and selfish character that I just could not stand. His character did not even improve as the story progresses, it just remained over there like a predator waiting for its prey. Thus, zero character growth to his character.

Jacob: He was a fine character. There was not anything much about him and he was not special or anything but I liked how he treated Bella as his friend though. Therefore, I look forward on his character in the next book.

Overall:

I am giving this book an 81%. I liked it but it had some flaws that I, personally, did not give it a 90%. Thus, the rating and PS. I will be reading the next book.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Twilight by Stephanie Meyer! 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!

Awesome Blogger Award

Hey Guys! I was nominated by the ever-so-lovely Taylor from Tay’s Infinite Thoughts for the ‘Awesome Blogger Award’ and today, we are going to do the award tag! Thank you- Taylor, for nominating me! Be sure to check her award’s article out after you have done reading mine! Now, let us just jump right into the award tag!

Wait, before we get started, there is a thing I would like to announce and the announcement is the reason behind why this wonderful award was created! Here is the reason:

   “This award is for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. This is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

So, without further ado, let us get into the Awesome Blogger Award tag!

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The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include the reason behind the award
  • Include the banner in your post
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

Tay’s Infinite Thought’s Questions:

  • Favorite song cover?

For this question, I have to give credits to Emma Heesters from Emma Heesters on Youtube- ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ by Taylor Swift cover. I, personally, loved both the original and the cover because both of them have beautiful vocals. Thus, that is my favourite song cover from Emma Heesters!

  • Why did you start your blog?

I started book blogging because I love books and literature and I wanted to share my love for books to the world. Also, I wanted to have a voice and an opinion of my own on the books that I liked and disliked so that others will know what they are expecting when they are reading the book. Thus, my reason for starting a book blog!

  • Kindle, Book, or Audiobook?

If I have to pick one of them, I will definitely pick a physical copy of a book because I cannot really concentrate on Kindle and Ebooks normally make me dizzy. As for audiobook, well- I have no problem with audiobooks but they take a little longer to read than a physical copy. Thus, my choice for picking the physical copy of a book. 

(If you guys want to have a discussion post for this, I would love to do it for you guys! Just comment down in the box below that you want to have a discussion article for this!)

  • Who is the your most favorite person ever?

I am going to cheat for this question because I love everyone including all of you who are reading my blog posts because you guys always brighten up my day when I am feeling a little down. Therefore, everyone is my favorite ‘person/people’ ever!

  • If you could own any exotic animal as a pet what would it be?

Hedgehogs because they are tiny, fluffy, spiky and adorable creatures that I would really like to have them as my pets in the future! Thus, hedgehog is a pet that I would like to own! Here is a cute picture on what a hedgehog is:
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  • If you were given a complete free ride to any college of your choosing, what college would you go to and what would be your degree?

I am still in High School and I am graduating next year. Thus, I have no idea how to answer this question. Sorry! 

  • If you could be a groupie for any band in the world, what band would you choose?

One Direction? I guess. I love their songs and I think they are extremely nice people. Therefore, One direction is the band I would choose!

  • If you could be any fictional creature, what fictional creature would you be?

An angel with vampire fangs and a glowing halo that is spiralling on top of my head. Yeah, I know I am weird, Thank You.

  • If you could be any of the Greek gods/goddesses which one would you be?

Apollo. He is the God of archery, music, poetry, prophecy, medicine, and later on the God of the sun. I have heard that Rick Riordan books have things relating to Greek Gods but I have yet to read any of them which bums me because I think I am the last person on earth who have not read any Rick Riordan books. Therefore, I am going to read them soon!

  • Favorite genre of music, books, and movies?

Books, of course!

My Questions:

  • What is your favourite book of all time and why?
  • Have you read Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor?
  • What is your one favourite hobby besides reading?
  • Recommend some of your favourite books!
  • Do you like cherry tomatoes?
  • Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?
  • Do you read in the public?
  • If you were to walk away with $25000, what would you buy?
  • What is your ambition?
  • Name a character that you learned to hate after a few books in the series.

My Nominees:


This is the end of my ‘Awesome 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!

Book Review

The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Isle Of The Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz today! Melissa De La Cruz is the author of the Blue Blood series and although I did not really like this book which I will talk more about later on, I would really like to try the Blue Blood series because it sounds absolutely amazing! With that being said, we will now move on to the little summary that I am going to make for the book.

The Isle Of The Lost is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following the children of the infamous Disney villians that had been banished from the land of Auradon 20 years ago. The children named Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay embarked on a quest that Maleficent had set them out to do to achieve her evil staff that had recently been blossomed with Magic.

Thus, without any further ado, let us get on with the review!

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“We’ve been wicked for such a very long time, you know. It does get tiresome after a while.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

*Note: Before you go into the actual review, please note that there will be a lot of ranting regarding to this book! So, consider yourself warned?*

Let us start off with this review by talking about the plot of the book. The plot was actually interesting enough to motivate me to pick up the book when I was in the bookstore. But after reading this book, I kind of regretted picking this book up even though it has a nice cover. 

The plot was lacklustre, dull and flimsy. A lot of unnecessary dialogues and unnecessary scenes appeared in this book that just made me cringed and it had also weakened my pace of reading when I was reading this book. Also, there was a paragraph in this book that just made me laugh-out-loud. Just thinking about it makes me laugh and it is neither a good or a bad laugh. It is a maniacal laugh. You will laugh too when you read that one specific paragraph. Here’s the paragraph: 

It was hard to see, so Evie felt her way tentatively in the darkness, sliding her left foot on the floor first.

Okay, if you do not understand, let me break it down to you right now. The room that Evie was in was described first, as pitch black. There weren’t any lights that were streaming into the room. But that paragraph.. Said that oh, it was hard to see. What the actual sh*t. Let’s not forget that magic was banished from the land and Evie does not have any night-vision ability or night-goggles. So, ugh!

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. There are not any redeemable elements that I can say for the pacing. It was so slow and all the dragging could have been shortened down to like 55 pages. Just know that the pacing was off. That is all that I have to say about it.

Furthermore, the atmosphere and the tone around this book were not suspenseful and they sounded flat and dull. Everything that had clunged around it felt unreal and nothing clicked together as much as I do hope. Thus, bad atmosphere and; an extremely disappointing tone.

In addition, the world-building for this book was all over the place. Nothing was explained properly and if they were to be explained, they were explained through the dialogues of the people living in The Isle Of The Lost or through a glance of a person. Thus, bad world-building.

Moving on to the positive side of the review, I would like to talk about relationships in this book. There is no romance in this book but there were friendships relationships that were tied as an unbreakable bond between them. I liked how friendships were brought into the book because not many books out there have friendships in them. Thus, a great idea to add the friendships in the book. 

Now, let us move on to the writing section of this review!

Writing Style:

“But these aren’t just stories,” she’d said. “They’re whole kingdoms. They’re worlds. They’re perspectives and opinions you can’t offer, from lives you haven’t lived. They’re more valuable than any gold coin, and more important than any state luncheon. I should hope you, as king, would know that!”- The Isle Of The Lost, Melissa De La Cruz.

The writing style for this book was written well. To be specific, it was articulate, poetic and lyrical but the only thing that I have a problem with was how long-winded the author was on dragging on with the story but still, I loved her writing style. 

Moving on, let us talk about how the author uses flashbacks in this book. The flashbacks in this book was well used. Everything that the Malissa offered was directly proportional to the story because everything intersected well and gosh, the flashbacks were such a great addition to the story.  

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“Once upon a time, during a time after all the happily-ever-afters, and perhaps even after the ever-afters after that, all the evil villains of the world were banished from the United Kingdom of Auradon and imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost. There, underneath a protective dome that kept all manner of enchantment out of their clutches, the terrible, the treacherous, the truly awful, and the severely sinister were cursed to live without the power of magic. King Beast declared the villains exiled forever.”- The Isle Of The Lost, Malissa De La Cruz.

Evie: I loved her character in this book! She is the Evil Queen’s heir and she was the kindest and the most redeemable character among the others because she did not really want to be a part of the chaos the other villians’ children were making but she did also feel left out. Thus, resulting in her unkindness but unlike the others, she had the most stand-out personality in this book. Hence, she had a great character development in this book!

*Beware! Rant Ahead!*

Jay: OH MY GOSH! I CANNOT EVEN.. OKAY, CHILL MAX. He is one of the flattest character I have ever read about in my life. He had zero personality and zero emotions and the worse thing is, when the book centers around his point of view, all he can think about is: “I should steal this stuff” or “Evil scheme: Let’s take Meleficent staff.” Ugh! Thus, he had no character development! 

*Back to normal!*

Carlos: Smarty pants! I loved it when the book moved to his point of view because of how well thought out his character was! Unlike Jay’s character, his character was colourful and it stood out well in the book. Hence, fantastic character development!

Mal: I loved her! Her flashbacks were pretty sad and everything was far from perfect in her life. With no happily-ever-afters, she was forced to help her mother (Maleficent) and her mother did not recognize her as her heir but only to recognize her as a minion working for her! Hence, she had a great personality and a great character development!

Now, let us move on to the overall section!

Overall:

I am giving this book a 45% rating. I did like some parts in the book but the overall story was pretty meh for me.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Isle Of The Lost by Malissa De La Cruz! 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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Top 8 Book Series That I Haven’t Read Yet

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a fun article on the ‘Top 8 Book Series That I Haven’t Read Yet’ today. Most of these book series on this list are series that I am ashamed that I have not read yet while others before me had already completed years and years ago. Thus, this article is to motivate me and you to pick those books up to read before the book-wagons move on to another bigger wagon.

So, without further ado, let us get into my unbelievable ‘Top 8 Book Series That I Have Yet To Read’ list! 

1. Throne Of Glass By Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor 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 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.

Me:

Surprise, surprise! I have not read the most hyped up book series on both the book blog and booktube-sphere yet! I do not even own the books.. I am such a failure, am I right? But I do hope that somewhere in the future, I will go to one of the bookstores and get my hands on this series because I have heard nothing but great things about it. Thus, it is a must for me to read this series that everyone has been raving about since 2012.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Me:

Another popular series that I am ashamed that I have yet to read. After I reading and reviewing Heartless, also by Marissa Meyer, I have had the urged to read this series but I do not know what happen to the urge. Maybe it just sink into the ground? But, that does not excuse the shame.

I will probably own these books soon because I am thinking of going to the bookstore to buy ‘Some’ books for my belated birthday book haul. Thus, a soon-to-be-read series! 

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Me:

I have been meaning to pick up this book series for a very, very long time until now that I finally have the motivation to pick it up. The concepts of these books in ‘The Selection’ book series intrigued me because I have never heard of such unique idea. Therefore, this book series is up high in my to-buy list!

4. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

Yeah, need I say more? Well, the thing is that I actually owned this duology but I have yet to read it. I have no idea why.. Even though it is so hyped up by everyone. Maybe I am just underwhelmed by the hype? Unfortunately, that does not excuse the shame and since that I have the duology with me- right here, right now, I will read it as soon as possible. 

5. White Cat by Holly Black 

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Synopsis:

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Me:

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I have not read this book trilogy yet! It sounds so unique and it has the word on the cover: CAT. I love every type of cat: Grey cat, White cat, Black cat, Golden cat, etc. Thus, this trilogy is one of the series that I want to buy soon! 

6. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Synopsis:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Me:

I need this book trilogy! I do not even know why I have not pick this trilogy up yet! *Angry-scream at myself*

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Me:

I heard that this book series was picked up by Mike Le and I also heard that it will soon be turned into a TV series. Hence, how can I not read it before the TV series appear on the screens?

8. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Me:

I wanted to pick up this book trilogy a year ago, but did not manage to pick it up because of how expensive it is but since I have not bought any books for my birthday, I would like to add this onto my ‘belated birthday not yet hauled’ list!


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Book Review

Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing ‘Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness’ today. Monsters of Men is the sequel to The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness and it is also the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Now, I can finally- officially announce that Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors of all time. His books- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, A Monster Calls and now, Monsters Of Men made me cried like a baby. There is no doubt that in the near future, I am going to purchase more of his books to consume more of his stories because of the way he unwraps his stories. So, we should go back to the topic- Monsters Of Men review.

Monsters of Men picks up right after things that had gone wrong in the second book. We follow our usual protagonists of the trilogy- Todd and Viola as they both advance on separate ways to see if there is a possible way to stop the raging war between Men and Women and Spackle. 

*Note:

All thoughts and opinions are on my own and there will be mild spoilers from the first and the second books in the trilogy, so consider yourself warned. 

So, with all that being said, let us begin with the review for Monsters Of Men!

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“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.”- Monsters Of Men, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people.

Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption or assume it is lost?

Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this review by talking about the pacing of the book. The pacing was fast and quick to the abyss by break-neck action and an extremely thought-provoking and twisting plot lines which I will talk more and include much more detail about them later on. Although the book is 603 pages long, I consumed 400 pages of it in a day and if you have checked my Goodreads page recently, you would have seen that the first 200 pages or so took me 2 weeks to read because I was busy with school assignments and tests. So, I did not have the time to read but after the examinations, I finished the rest of the book in a day. Thus, the book is fast-paced.

Moving on, the cliff-hanger that Patrick left us in book two is a gate to torture. I was lucky that the trilogy has already been completed and therefore, I was able to know what happened right after that. I highly suggest you to buy all the books in the trilogy before starting ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ because book one and book two in this trilogy have cliff-hangers and those cliff-hangers are not going to play nice. Thus, buy all the books in the trilogy before starting it! 

Furthermore, the world-building and the atmospheres expand throughout each books in the trilogy. The world-building in book three tightens up and increases the world where we have already known in The Ask and The Answer and The Knife Of Never Letting Go into an even more rounded world of weirdness and complexion which we do not recognize about in Book one and Book two. (By the way, it is a good thing. Patrick Ness expands the world beautifully) 

The atmosphere that clung to this book felt very real and true to me when I was reading the book. Now, I am going to take a short comparison of book two and book three. The political scenes were enriched and everything went from light politics to heavy politics in the third book whereas, the second book had light political scenes with nothing that is too heavy with politics. 

The third book in the trilogy deals with heavy topics such as- Genocide, Gender Role, and so much more. Those topics are topics that not many people talk about because it either makes them uncomfortable or other variety of reasons but I am glad that Patrick takes these steps to put the topics into the book which allow us to see what is actually happening in the world right now. Thus, I enjoyed the steps that Patrick had taken. 

Moving- ‘Moving’ on, I loved how Patrick threw the romance content into the book. It was so cute and young because both Todd and Viola were young teenagers that were in love for the first time and after what they had been through together, it felt like there was a necessity for them to be together. For example, 

“His noise is getting quieter, but I can still see it there still-
See how he feels the skin of my hand against his, see how he wants to take it and press it against his mouth, how he wants to breathe in the smell of me and how beautiful I look to him, how strong after all that illness, and how he wants to just lightly touch my neck, just there, and how he wants to take me in his arms and-
“Oh, God,” he says, looking away suddenly. “Viola, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean-“
But I just put my hand to the back of his neck-
And he says, “Viola-?”
And I pull myself towards him-
And I kiss him.
And it feels like, finally.”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Oh My Gosh, if you have read my other reviews for the other books in this series, you will know that this is exactly what I have hoped for in The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer and I am glad that Patrick delivered it to my doorstep. YAS!! 

Diving into the review, we are now going to talk about the plot that was created by Patrick. Basically, the plot that centers around this book is the war that is going on between Men and Women and Spackle. In between of those, politics and murders and assassination are thrown in to make it even more interesting which the book does make it captivating. 

Now, let us get into the writing section of the review!

Wait, before we move on to the next section, I would like to make a quick warning to all of you reading this book or planning to read this book. Monsters Of Men contains a lot of emotional disturbance which will make you cry. So, do expect a hecka lot of crying when you are reading this book.

Now, let us get into the writing section!

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Writing Style:

“Cuz that’s it –
That’s the nasty, nasty secret of war –
When yer winning –
When yer winning, it’s effing thrilling -”- Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness.

Patrick Ness has a way with words. The language in this book was rich and the writing style was very poetic, articulate and lyrical. You will feel that you are actually- legitimately in the world instead of a world that you imagined in your brain. All in all, it is that kind of fantastic which everyone must feel. 

Moving on, the tone of the book was freaking deep and gray and the grayness level was extremely high. The reason why I said it is gray because all the characters are extremely flashed out like rainbows and you will not know who to trust or rather who to not trust. 

Furthermore, Patrick added a new Point Of View to the story and that character is… Wait for it, 1017. That spackle that vowed to get Todd to his feet. Yes, you may be wondering, why him? It is because of.. the build-up of plot which leads to the ending of the book that obviously needed him to have his own POV and there are other reasons but I am not going to spill any of those because of SPOILERS. Thus, there are 3 point of views (Todd, Viola, 1017) in this book which was done in an excellent way!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Todd: He was an interesting character. We watch him as he grows through each book and in each and every one of the books in this trilogy, he grows smarter, more kind-hearted and compassionate and maybe a little more violent but people change. So, to say that his character growth sprouted is an understatement. It is much more than just the character development. It is something that cannot be explained but it is something that is in a good kind of way. 

Viola: She became that brave, sassy girl who does not fear of anything anymore and she does not take any shit or dumb advices from no one (except for Todd, Simone and Bradley) because there wasn’t anyone to trust. Thus, leading her to an unexplainable character growth which is obviously a character growth that is better throughout each book.

Mayor Prentiss: His character was a little bit tricky because we all know that he killed his own son in the second book and as you go on with the story in the third book, you will find yourself believing about his redemption but… For now, I would say that he is neither good nor bad because there are lots of flashbacks in this book and in some of the flashbacks, we see him as a man with authority and a man with honour but something happened that led him down this path. Thus, his character development shot upwards. 

1017: I did not like him in the beginning. He was bent with revenge and he was so violent but as the story progressed even further, I came to love him because he dealt with many things and as his walls crumbled down, I accepted him into my heart but I will never forgive him for what he had done in… [Spoiler].

Mistress Coyle: I still did not like her. She was a character that had many secrets, worked alone with no one to trust and a character that just did not care about the lives of others. I thanked her for saving Viola’s life and all but just the thought of her not caring about the lives of others for her own selfishness makes me want to puke. Thus, her character growth went up high. 

Lee: GAHH! I am totally not into his love interest with Viola but I did really enjoy his character though. He was tough, smart and determined when it comes to war. Thus, making his character growth went up high.

Simone: I loved her. She was very creative and smart with technology and although I did not always agree with what she had requested but I still love her. Thus, a character with great qualities.

Bradley: He had characteristics that were similar to Simone but the things that he had suggested made much more sense than Simone’s, to be honest. Thus, I loved him a little bit more than Simone.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 100% rating because there isn’t any moment that I disliked or hated about it. Thus, the rating!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness! 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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Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a fun article on the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ today. Now, not all of the books in this list are books that I naturally hate, they are just books that probably did not work out at the time of my life when I was reading them and some of these books may be series or trilogies that I am planning to revisit to see how I feel about it now and how I feel about it before. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the ‘Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to‘ list!

1. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret.

Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Me:

Well. Okay. I cannot remember why I did not finish (Also known as: DNF) this book but I do hope that sometime in the future that I will be picking this book back up for a read and also, to end up liking it because of the world and how it works intrigue my inner and outer heart. So, yes. I wish to enjoy this book when I pick it back up to read. 

2. This Is What Happy Looks Like By Jennifer E. Smith

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Synopsis:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Me:

I can remember why I picked this book up and put it back down with no remorse.. Well, maybe a little bit. It was because I read this book right after Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and you can tell by the look of this blog that I loveeeeeeeee that book. So, I was not in the mood for a contemporary book and thus, the fall of the book. 

However, I will be picking this book back up because it does not deserve to feel unwanted and to be chucked aside on my bookshelf. Therefore, I am giving it a second go.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

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Synopsis:

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions.

With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

Me:

Unlike other John Green Books, this book does not stick with me or leave me with a good impression. Although I liked the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book, I just did not find the story to be overall impressive whatsoever. Thus, I hope to read it again someday to see if my opinion has changed… Or not.

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis:

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Me:

This series has stuck with me ever since I finished it last year and although I did not enjoy the second book in the trilogy, I found the trilogy to be overall impressive and those plot twists had me going out of my mind. Thus, I feel like I should revisit this world and have the reviews for these books going up on my blog.  

5. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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Synopsis:

What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying–and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Me:

I did enjoy this book when I first had it read which was last year because of how intense and fast-paced it was. But I would like to read it again because I really need to know if my opinion differs because after I finished ‘The Chaos Walking’ trilogy which I did not enjoy before but has now become my favorite trilogy of all-time, I want to know if my opinions on other books/series will do the same too! 

Thus, I am planning for a re-read!


This is the end of my ‘Top 5 books that I am giving second chances to’ list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your Top 5 books that you are giving second chances to down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!