Book Review

Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle’ by Philip Dodd today. Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle is a High Fantasy, Science Fiction novel following Klubbe, the protagonist, as he goes through a journey with his inventions. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that does not change my opinions about the book. (Thank you Philip for sending me this book!)*

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

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“Space is infinite. To the mind that means freedom, liberation.’ So wrote Arisko, our greatest turkle philosopher, in his most famous work, ‘Thoughts In A Bathtub’,” said Dottia, dreamily, in an inspired state.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.

Synopsis:

On the planet Ankor, Klubbe the turkle lives as a hermit. A marine mishap inspires him to be an inventor. His inventions and explorations change his life, his entire planet. Turkles are close cousins of turtles. Unlike them, they have yellow golden skin and back shells, walk on their hind legs, have the gift of language, and the ability to create their own culture.

The life of Klubbe may read like a light-hearted science fiction story, but it actually happened to him. Princess Corka thinks his invention is sublime. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, promises to guide him to the core of the cosmos.

In space, there are no sign posts, he finds, but there are other beings. And on Ankor, there are mysteries to be solved. Is the Great Glom more than a myth? And what about the Great Archy Eopta?

My thoughts: Introduction

Oh, let us start off with the pacing of the book. The pacing of the book was so-very slow. There were fillers and info-dumps everywhere and the characters, which I will talk more about later on, mumbled to themselves too much. 

I found some information that the author talked about unnecessary because it did not fit into the story, like not at all. The fillers dragged the story a little too much. I can’t help but yawned because the story dragged and dragged and…! It could have been a 150 pages book but because of the drag, it is 209 pages long. 

I did really like the plot of the book and I liked where it’s moving the readers to, but the plot lacked luster and the story felt flat for me. That is the first reason why I can’t finish the book. 

The second reason why I cannot finish the book is because of the almost-hit-me Reading Slump. This book was leading me into a reading slump! All book lovers hate reading slumps, it makes us feel like the end of the world. It took me 7 days to finish 132 pages (61% of the book) and there were actually more, but I have decided to put down the book because I cannot take it anymore so, I stopped reading the book. 

There was a scene in the book about Klubbe’s people landing on Earth to fix their control dome in the ship. So, when they have landed on an island and a couple of humans saw them. This was their first reaction: “Wow”. Were they not supposed to run? Were they not supposed to be scared to see a bunch of extraterrestrials?  I mean, of course it’s okay not to be scared but seriously? 

Let us move on to the writing style now.

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was crisp, eloquent and a little too flowery. Honestly, the writing style was the one that got me through 132 pages of the book. I liked Philip’s writing style, he writes like none other authors. It’s unique and I loved it. But even though Philip has a beautiful writing style, it still cannot get me to finish the book. 

To address why I said a little too flowery, it’s because of some sentences in the book. Some of them have complicated words that were intended to make it more attractive, but it just makes it harder for the reader to get through those sentences.

I did like the way Philip described the things around the protagonist, Klubbe. It was remarkable and beautiful. He described things differently from the other authors. It is, again, unique!

The only thing I enjoyed about the book was the writing style and some side characters from the book which I will talk about after this. 

So, let us move on to the characters!

Characters:

Klubbe: I did not like him. He mumbled to himself throughout the 132 pages of the book, I don’t know if he mumbled on and on to the end of the book but I do know that he mumbled a lot. He had no character development and mostly, he just felt flat for me.

Princess Corka: I loved Princess Corka! She had great manners and I actually wished she was the protagonist when I was reading the book! Overall, she had great character developement. 

Kribb: I liked Kribb. He may be annoying at time, but he had a great personality! He was kind, generous and smart. He had a fantastic character growth and I loved to see that in books! 

King Zilk: I really liked King Zilk! He was funny, witty and a little weird sometimes but still, he had a great character development/growth and a great personality for a King!

Overall:

DNF. (It stands for Did-Not-Finish) I read up to 132 page which is 61/100% of the book. Sorry guys, but this book is just not for me. 

“I suppose it’s impossible to say that they will not invent anything else, because they might,” said Zubria. “And, of course, if one thought of something that they might invent, one would have thought of it oneself, therefore one would be the inventor of what one thought of, and they would not be, which would make one an inventor, like them.”- Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Book Review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plot:

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

Characters:

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

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

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

Overall:

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


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Bookish Fun!

May TBR

Hey Guys! I am actually quite proud of myself because I finished reading 3 books last month which were: The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis, The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick and Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang by Tim Learn. I will be linking the reviews down below:

So, without further ado, let’s get into my May TBR!

1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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(BEAUTIFUL COVER!)

*Do not read King’s Cage synopsis if you have not read Red Queen!*

Synopsis:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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

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

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


I will be reading this book with my friend over at @thegeekybookgirl. Feel free to join us if you want to and you guys should totally check out her Instagram page! Her pictures are marvelous!


2. Select by Marit Wiesenberg

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Synopsis:

Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?


Actually, I am currently this book and I am very confused with the characters and the world. But anyways, I will finish up this book soon.  


3. Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THIS BOOK! I love the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy by Laini Taylor and therefore, I have high hopes! 


This is the end of my May TBR post!  I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles

April TBR (2017)

Hey People! I read only one book last month which was ‘Heartless’ by Marrisa Meyer. I will be linking my ‘Heartless’ review down below:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

So, without further ado, let’s get into my Apirl TBR list!

1. Select by Marit Wiesenberg

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Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

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I received this book on Netgalley and this is my most anticipated book of the month! I can’t wait to read it!

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2. The Ghosts Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

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A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time.

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This book sounds super intriguing and four-linked stories? COUNT ME IN! (By the way, the cover is gorgeous)

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3. Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children (MPPC #1) by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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I watched the film for ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and it was fantastic! I can’t wait to jump into the book and I was told that there’re creepy pictures in it, which makes me want to read it even more!

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This is the end of my April TBR and I am determined to reach my goal this month! I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you all next time when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Ensnared By Rita Stradling

Hey Guys! I just finished reading Ensnared by Rita Stradling a few minutes ago and I absolutely loved it! Ensnared is a stand-alone novel and it is a retelling of beauty and the beast. This is a spoiler-free review. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review! 

*I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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“My heart beats to love you. That’s not going to change, whether you leave tomorrow or stay with me for the rest of our lives.”- Ensnared, Rita Stradling

Synopsis:

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Writing:

The writing style for this book was rich and also, filled with colors. It’s articulate, crisp and sometimes, emphatic. Rita made the line between villians and heroes so blurry that it will keep you guessing who’s good and who’s bad. I want to state that I didn’t see that plot twist coming until the written words appeared on the screen.

Characters:

*I am not going to talk about the robots because I don’t want to spoil anything!*

Alainn: She’s a strong female lead of the book and she’s willing to give anything in order to save her father. I really love her as a character in this book because she’s just so…lovely. 

Colby: I didn’t actually like him at first, but when I reached the end of the book… Everything changed. I have to say that his character development’s the best!

Lorccan/ Mr. Grabhan: OH! I loved his relationship with Alainn so much! His character development in this book was so good!

Overall:

I give this book a 93.75% rating! I recommend this book to matured reader and fans of The Lunar Chronicles!


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2017 To-Be-Read Piles

March TBR (2017)

Hey Guys! Bad news: I failed my February TBR goal. I read only 2 books last month which were ‘Extracted’ and ‘Carve The Mark’. I will be linking both of the reviews down below: 

Extracted By R.R Haywood Carve The Mark By Veronica Roth

So, without further ado, let’s get into my March TBR list!

1. Ensnared by Rita Stradling 

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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I received this book on Netgalley and I can’t wait read it! This book is a beauty and the beast retelling and I love retellings. Again, I can’t wait to read it!

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2. Desolate By Amy Miles

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?

 

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I received this book yet again, on Netgalley. This book sounds super interesting and I have high expectation for it! I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.

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3. The Fire Sermon By Francesca Haig

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

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This book was in my February TBR list. But I didn’t have the chance to read it…So, I will be reading this book this month! 


This is the end of my March TBR piles! I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you next time with a new article! Bye!

 

 

 

Book Review

Extracted By R.R Haywood

Hey Guys! I am coming to you with a book review today! Extracted by R.R Haywood is the first book in the Extracted trilogy (Extracted #1). This is a spoiler-free review. So without further ado, let’s get into the review! 

*I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Synopsis:

In 2061, a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world.

A desperate plan is formed. Recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all.

‘Mad’ Harry Madden is a World War Two legend. Not only did he complete an impossible mission—to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base—but he also escaped with his life.

Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue, and killed all five.

Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?

Writing:

I am not a fan of the writing style for this book. The amount of ‘f-bombs’ the author used bother me. I was also really confused by some parts of the story. However, I really liked the aspect of the story, the time-traveling and all but, I felt that there should be more to the story…like, a lot more. 

Characters:

Safa Patel: She’s the ‘Strong-female-lead’ for this book and I really enjoyed her as a character in this book. 

Ben Ryder: I don’t know what to think of him. He annoyed me at some point of the book and I just didn’t like him enough as a character in this book.

‘Mad’ Harry Madden: Oh, he’s an interesting one. He fitted perfectly into the story and I really want to know more about him. 

Pacing:

The pacing for this book is so slow.. very slow. There’re actually some unnecessary sentences in this book and it can actually be shorten down to 350 pages. 

Overall:

I give this book a 35% rating.


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