Book Review

The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Book Of Ralph’ by Christopher Steinsvold today. I will get into the extremely detail review later on, but I would just like to let you all know that this book was phenomenal! I could not put it down and life did get in the way while I was reading this book but still, I could not PUT it down! So, let us now get into the tiny summary for this book that I would like to share before getting into the actual review.

The Book Of Ralph is a Humorous, Science Fiction novel following Markus West as he investigates a message that appears on the moon that pronounces ‘Drink Diet Coke’ which turns the world upside down. 

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


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The audiobook and a copy of the book were sent by the author in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“As much as humans try to avoid falsehood, you embrace it in the fiction of novels and movies. As much as you hate being wrong and being lied to, you love to immerse yourselves in good fiction, to believe the story you know is false.”- The Book Of Ralph, Christopher Steinsvold.


A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us start off with this wondrous review by talking about the pacing that this book had wrapped itself into. The pacing, in my personal opinion, was quick and enduring because the story was so easy to follow and it had taken me somewhere around three days to complete this delightful novel. In addition, I thought the pacing was really fascinating because it kept its reader at a constant speed and the action scenes happened throughout the novel. Plus, everything regarding the pacing allows the readers to follow where the novel is heading completely. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing that was placed in this novel!

Furthermore, we have the scenes that were held in this book that I would like to talk about. The scenes that were played throughout the novel had a constant equilibrium because nothing was a little too much or too less which I thought was pretty amazing due to the fact that the author had made the scenes equally flushed out and exciting! However, there was a specific scene in the book that I would like to discuss with you guys and that was the only scene that I hated in the novel and the scene is: the One-Night stand display. I hated this scene because it had added nothing to the novel and as I moved further into the novel, the supposed ‘love-interest’ did not actually have any feelings towards the protagonist. Therefore, I enjoyed reading about other scenes except for that particular scene.

Moreover, we would now move into another topic that I would like to discuss and that topic is about the atmosphere of the novel. I entirely, wholeheartedly, fancied the atmosphere that this novel had. The atmosphere was depressing, humouring and full of logical thinking questions that I had once dismissed as simple. I thought the atmosphere was amazing due to the fact that the writer made it so flashed out that I could not place the book down to sleep. Thus, I adored the atmosphere that was placed in this book!  

Into the bargain, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to address on. I found this novel to not be as predictable as it had seemed because the story blinded my mind which the mind-blowing plot twist blew my head apart without my acknowledgement. In addition, I thought the author hid the twists and turns in this novel pretty well because with every sub-plot and main-plot going on, everything seemed so one-sided that when the twists came, it came hard. Thus, I loved how unpredictable that this novel was!

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning section of the book that I would like to show in this book review. The beginning sentence which is basically the hook sentence of this novel was pretty captivating because as I read the first paragraph of the story, I was immediately transported into the world of Markus which was pretty engrossing. Thus, I truly enjoyed the art that Christopher had made for his readers to be immersed in the picturesque of his novel.

However, I did not enjoy the ending that this author had provided for his readers to be thrown into. The ending of this novel felt very forced and messy that some parts were actually extremely difficult to understand and the plot holes (which I will talk more about it in the next sentence) at the end were truly vexatious! Therefore, I did not like the ending of this novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes category that I would like to review on before we migrate into the writing section. There were some major and minor plot holes in this novel and they, indeed, did annoy me a little. The major plot hole started at the middle-end of the novel and it was the race of the alien species that confused me. In addition, the minor plot hole originated at the end of the novel which I found annoying even though it was a minor plot hole and that plot hole was ‘the abbreviation’ part that I found disturbing. Therefore, I resented on the plot holes that this book had.

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

Writing: The Middle

The style of writing for this novel was what I enjoyed the most throughout the whole experience that I had with this book! Christopher has a way of writing which makes his reader crave for more of the products that he had yielded and here on in this section, I am going to gush about how wonderful his writing style was in this novel!

Christopher writing style for this novel was crisp, declamatory, articulate and not very clean. The reason why I said it was not clean is that of the sex scenes that was shrouded in this novel. I thought that scene was pretty unnecessary to be placed in the novel because it had taken away the cleanliness that the book had held. In addition, the writing style was declamatory because of the way that Christopher had made the words come alive and how every picture, every scene in the novel does not feel like it is heavy with information but rather, the words that he had produced were pregnant with humour. Therefore, I truly enjoyed how remarkable the writing style was!

Moving on, I would like to talk about how astonishing his descriptions for this book were! I was in shock on how amazing the writer had handled on the description and how he had described the places that his protagonist had been! It was so beautiful and it was as if I was walking along with the characters, feeling what he was sensing and thinking what he was contemplating (all except for that one scene). Plus, the author made his descriptions extra clear that it felt like they may jump up through the pages (Although they technically did, in my head). Therefore, I fancied on the marvellous descriptions that he had installed in this novel. 

Finally, I would like to discuss on the easiness that the writing style had for the author’s readers to read. The way the author had written was superb with continuous prose and colours that had been filled into the initial blank pages of the novel. The style of writing had given his readers a sense of easiness or rather, a sense of comfort because it made his readers feel at home and everything else did not matter unless the pages were flipping by. Thus, I loved how comforting his writing style was!

So, let us now move into the characters section (3/4) of this review!

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Markus West: I thought he was an interesting character to read about because his characterization and the complexity of his flashbacks towards his homeland, although it was not really explained in the book, were interesting enough to drive me across the book- towards the finish line. I loved that the author had made his protagonist learn and grow from his mistakes and I also enjoyed the fact that the author made an evolution of the protagonist in this blockbuster. Thus, I loved Markus as a protagonist in this book.

Ralph: I loved how the author had added this character to the book. He was witty and the way that the writer had fused this funny alien with great knowledge and philosophy was just marvellous. Therefore, I did enjoy how beautifully he was added to this novel!

Samantha: I did not really like her as a character in this novel although it was fun reading about her reactions and what she would take on or rather- take some responsibility towards the alien invasion. I thought her character was not good enough because she does not have that kind of richness in character development and I thought she was very mysterious because the author did not include any flashbacks or something she would learn and rely on which ended up making her character fall flat. Thus, I did not really like her as a character in this novel.

Francis: I loved how the author had placed a gay character into this book because Francis, the character, had added so much into the plot and I enjoyed reading on how he tackled on the alien invasion. Although I thought he was a great character in this novel, his character development was not there. Francis was a diverse yet kind of flat of a character who, just like Samantha, does not have any flashbacks to back up with his character growth. Therefore, I liked the diversity but I did not enjoy how flat he was. 

Overall: The Ending

I thought this book was fantastically written and plotted and hereby, it almost crashed into my favourite book of 2018 list but because of some of its flaws, it did not make it into the list. Still, I am giving this book an 85% rating because it was a great and entertaining read! Thus, I hope you guys would grab yourself a copy of this book and snuggle up in your comfy blanket to read it!

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold! 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

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts By Tes Mekonnen || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts’ By Tes Mekonnen today. Honestly, I did not really enjoy reading this novel because there were lots of flaws in it but we will be going into that in detail later in the review. Now, let us get into the mini-summary of the book!

Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following Lily Marshmellow and Prince Gobbledygook as they venture into areas of the earth to find a possible road into Happyland where sadness and deep sorrows do not exist. So, let us now get into the book review!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • A copy of the book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

Disclaimer from the author:

Readers have brought to my attention. There is an issue with how Lily Marshmellow is represented. Lily Marshmellow is not an object or some weak woman that requires a man to save her. She is Life. Prince Gobbledygook is in some sort of purgatory and she is his mirror. I must emphasize this– Lily Marshmellow is Life and Life doesn’t talk and we all want to fight for it. I tried to infuse my philosophy into Happyland. Prince Gobbledygook is the now. Lily Marshmellow is Life. Adolfo Dumfries is future (a cautionary tale). Leopold Balthazar II is Past. This story might be fictitious, but it explains my journey for seeking happiness.

With those aside, let us now officially get into the book review!

“My wish came true, Lily! I have a pair of tickets to Happyland.” It is the truth, he finds a pair of metal tickets that are bronze and dullish and thay only say: HAPPYLAND.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.


Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?

My thoughts: The Beginning

Before we get into the actual review, I would like to make a review on the gorgeous cover of this book. The gorgeous cover has a perfect blend of colours and I feel how minimalistic it is because it does not really have a lot of art on the cover and the part with the oval and both the princess and the prince is beautiful! Therefore, I enjoyed how beautiful the design for this book cover is!

Let us begin with the actual review by starting off with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was quick as it had taken me thirty minutes to read this book and plus, the novel only has 150 pages contain in it. However, the hardest part to get through this novel, for me, was the writing style which I will talk more about later on but for now, I will only say that the style of writing in this book was rather, unpleasant and tedious. Therefore, I enjoyed the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have both of the atmosphere and the world-building that I would like to speak on in this review. The atmosphere that had clung to this short book was phenomenal. It was suspenseful and sad but not romantic because the romance aspect of this novel was really bad. The characters fell in love with each other too quickly and just.. No. Normally, I would enjoy insta-love in books if it is done unbelievably, but the insta-love in the novel was not good. Therefore, I have my likes and dislikes for this novel.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I thought the world-building of this book was very lack-lustred because the world did not expand throughout the novel and they kept talking about HAPPYLAND but when the protagonist and his bride reached the kingdom, they did not enter through those gates. Plus, there were so many odd-looking characters such as The Dictionary-head character was introduced in the story but there were not any growth in them except for a few odd glimpses of their past. Thus, I disfavour the world-building that was placed in this novel.

Furthermore, we now have the morals that were placed at the end of each chapter that I would like to canvass. I enjoyed what the author had written in the morals section because it had taught and can teach many others on how a person should be kind-hearted and more. Thus, I loved the morals section of the book!

Moving on, we have the relationship that I would like to stress on in this review. The relationships between the characters in this book were not performed greatly because there was a horrible love-triangle in the book and 10+ pages into the book, the prince just married a girl that he had just met out of nowhere in this book world. In addition, there was not any progress in their relationship throughout the book. Therefore, I disliked the relationship aspect of this novel.

Moreover, we have the illustrations in the novel that I would like to address. Just like the cover of this book, the illustrations were equally fantastic as the colours were put together equally and I thought, personally, that they were a great addition in this novel because all of them fit symmetrically into the book. Thus, I loved the illustrations and I will let you guys observe on the illustrations now:

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The above image has most of the characters in the book and guys!!! The illustrations are beautiful… Aren’t they? I loved them and I enjoyed how they were added to the story. Thus, beautiful illustrations.

Finally, we have the predictability of this novel that I would like to discuss. I thought the novel was not as predictable as it seemed which is a good thing because as we flip through the pages of the book, more and more characters spring up and more plots are being served and of course, there were a few scenes in this rather short novel that I had not seen coming. Therefore, it was a great delight to know that this book was not predictable!

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

Writing: The Middle

I did not like the style of writing for this book because it was inarticulate, rambling and diffuse. To make my point, I will pick the first paragraph from the book to demonstrate the writing style to you guys:

“Time upon once, a gentlewoeman is seated underneath a weeping willow tree- atop a donut pillow- in the lotus position.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Although I finished this book in thirty minutes, I thought it was a hard book to get through because the words were all jumbled up together and the author loves to describe the world around the protagonist like this:

“Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily) unbeknownst to this and to the otherworld- this stupefies him. Prince Gobbledygook studies her countenance, counting her sadness. He lifts his portmanteau, hotfoots it to her and executes a ballerino jump about; therefore, he lands before her feet- but not on all fours.”- Happyland: A Fairy Tale In Two Parts, Tes Mekonnen.

Okay, what?

First of all, what otherworld was the author trying to let us know because it was not explained in the novel? Secondly, how does one count sadness? It just does not click with me. Finally, “Lily Marshmellow is a lonely lily (a lonelily)”, what? why did the author add the (lonelily) into the sentence? It was deemed as unnecessary, at least to me.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the vulgar words in this book. The words such as Jackass and something else that I had forgotten were used in a sentence or two in the book which I thought they were unnecessary because those words do not fit into the book at all and they just appeared out of the blue. Therefore, I disliked the use of bad words in this novel.

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Therefore, the conclusion of this section is that I did not like the writing style of this book. So, let us now get into the characters’ review section of this review.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Lily Marshmellow: She was a rather odd character to be placed in the book because she doesn’t speak and as the author had said in the disclaimer: she is life itself. But not many people will acknowledge that fact because it was not written in the book. In addition, I felt like she was instantly loved by everyone that she met which was odd. Therefore, she did not really have any characteristics except for her title as life in human form.

Prince Gobbledygook: I do not even understand what he was trying to say most of the time and he was instantly in love with Lily due to the fact that she cried under a tree. Plus, the prince and the other character, which I would not spoil, fought over who should be in love with Lily. Why? Please, let Lily love who she loves, alright? Therefore, I did not really like his nature in this book.

Enoch Soloman: He watched Lily as she had awoken from her siesta and he literally fell in love with her before she had even awoken from her sleep! In addition, I would like to stress on the fact that he was the only one that had character development by the end of the novel because he finally reunited with his dad after running away from him for so long.Therefore, I liked him more than the other characters in this book but I disliked him for the insta-love. So, yes.

Adolfo Dumfries: He was a character that does not leave my tongue with a good taste. Adolfo was a little weird although I understood and resonate with his sadness, the story that he had captured Lily to tell and replace her as his ex-girlfriend was not at all that good. Therefore, I have no idea why his character had to be placed in the book.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this book a 43.2% rating. I did not really enjoy it but I hope you guys would give it a try! Maybe it will work out for you!

Book Review

The King Of Average By Gary Schwartz || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz today! Gary Schwartz is a debut author who had written many screenplays and appeared in numerous films had written ‘The King Of Average’ which I was mightily surprised that I really enjoyed it wholeheartedly. So, without further ado, let us jump right into my mini-summary for the book!

The King Of Average is a Humorous, Middle Grade- Fantasy novel following a boy named James who was average in everything. Such as his exams, etc. And then one day, he walked around the streets and he was immediately transported into the Kingdom of Average where everything is… Average and the story sets off from there.

Now, let us get into the review for ‘The King Of Average’ By Gary Schwartz!


  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The audiobook and a copy of the book were sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
  • Also, This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“He had longed to have a normal family: a father and mother, a brother and sister. Alas, his mother was all the family he’d ever known.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.


James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average.

He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. When James stumbles into a Shangri-la called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is.

Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle-grade novel The King of Average by debut author Gary Schwartz.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us being with this review by commenting on the cover for this book. I found the cover to be extremely unattractive because the words on the cover are too big and the cover feels very messy with all those wording and pictures. Also, the colours do not blend into one another equally. Therefore, I did not like this cover but the story was pretty good. So, let us get on with the review!

We are now going to discuss the predictability of this book. Yeah, I am going to drop the bomb first before we move to the candy side of this review. So, this book was quite predictable because the author gave too much away at the beginning of the novel and as the plot progressed forward, the predictability became even more intense. It was as if you knew what the whole story was about before you even read it. Therefore, I did not like how predictable the story was.

Moving on, we have a hilarious subject which I would like to talk about and that is ‘a character popped out in the middle of nowhere and our protagonist took him along on the journey to become king.’ Uhm… That is pretty dumb because what if this particular character is a stalker? or a murderer? and the protagonist must have known that the world is quite scary and not everyone can be trusted. Therefore, I did not like this aspect in the book due to the dumbness that it was surrounded with.

Furthermore, we have the pacing that was being held around this book. I found the pacing to be equally placed out because it was not both quick nor slow, it was just in the middle, in other words, neutral and I finished this book in two sittings due to the fact that the story captivated me throughout my reading. Therefore, I really loved the pacing of this novel!

Moreover, we are now going to address on the world building and atmosphere in this book. Personally, I thought the world-building was a little lack-lustre because the tribes in the world were all over the place and the cultures were not really described. However, the landscapes in the world were described perfectly. So, in order to conclude this topic, I am going to say that I did not really enjoy the world-building because the bad outweighs the good.

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere in this book was not really that blend-able because when a character is in danger, the other character just laughs it off by saying some jokes and I do not think the atmosphere blended properly. Therefore, I disliked the atmosphere in this book because of its imbalance and misused of atmospheres. 

Into the bargain, we have the relationships and the tone that were being revolved around this book. The relationships in this blockbuster were really genuine and although the relationship between Kiljoy and James felt a little force, I still think that they were an overall, enjoyable relationships to read about. Thus, I loved the relationships that were being placed on this novel.

In addition to the bargain, the tone of the was chatty, whimsical and righteous. It was chatty and whimsical because the sincerity of the characters towards certain things was really low most of the time and it was righteous because the protagonist knew what had to be done. Thus, I enjoyed the tone of the novel but I did not like how whimsical it was most of the time.

Moving on, I would like to talk about the ending of this novel. I did not like how it had ended because the story did not really close or rather- sealed shut nicely and instead of sealing shut, it opened up to more stories and therefore, leads to a cliffhanger. Thus, the ending was not my cup of tea (sorry!).

On top of that, we have the illustrations which I would like to talk about in this review because the pictures were stunning and I really enjoyed myself while I was reading and listening to the audiobook for this novel! Here is the illustration that the book has contained:

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Gorgeous! Am I right? There are more illustrations in this book which you can find out more by reading this book or checking it out on Google. Thus, I really loved this element in the novel!

Finally, we have the plot holes which I would like to mention on in this book. The plot holes were really bothersome because of how unexplained those plots were and even if they were just minor plots that contributed nothing to the major plot of the book, it was still very… annoying. Therefore, I do not like the unexplained plot points. 

Now, let us get into the audiobook section of this review!


The audiobook was narrated by Gary Schwartz, the author, himself and I think he did a very great job of narrating it! I was not once bored out or find myself wandering off to somewhere else in my brain because the way that he had spoken had captivated me on continuing with the tale of James. 

I would first like to speak on the topic of the way he had spoken with different voices to make his listeners understand who in the world is speaking in the book. He was really good at narrating different voices and I just loved it. There are not any more words that I would like to add-on to this topic. So, let us move on.

Moving on, we have the story itself. The story was fun and I have already spoken on it just now but without the story and its plot, I do not think that the book will be that good and the narration will probably be bad too. Therefore, I really loved the story and the audiobook!

Finally, I loved how the story flowed perfectly with the narration for the book! When I was listening to the audiobook, I was mildly impressed by how fitting it was with the book! Thus, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend all of you to listen to it on audible if you have the time to check the book out!

Now, let us dive into the writing section for this review!


“Good for you. You’ve won. You have me in your power, James. I am yours to command.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

I loved Gary’s writing style for this book. It was beautifully poetic, articulate and lyrical. He had a great way of expressing how the world that he had built worked and the rules in his world which I found mesmerizing because you can see the effort that the author had put into his work to make a beautiful tale for us, readers. Thus, I really loved his style of writing!

Also, the words that were used in this book were descriptive and I truly enjoyed how well written the book was. Therefore, I loved the writing style for this book. 

Now, let us get into the characters section in this book!

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“You do,” replied the monk. “I am you.”- The King Of Average, Gary Schwartz.

James: He was selfless, optimistic and humble. I found out that his characterization is actually a great example for kids nowadays to follow because of how kind of a character he was. Also, his character development was fantastic. Thus, he was an overall perfect protagonist in this book to read about. 

Monsieur W. Roget: I did not really like him as a character because there were not any elements in him other than his humorous nature. Thus, I do not think that he was a necessary character to be added to the story.

Kiljoy: I liked Kiljoy because he was quirky and he loved to make snarky comments in the book which I found hilarious and most of the time, I will find myself laughing out loud. However, there was not much substance in his character and his origin other than how snarky he was. Therefore, he was not very developed as a character in this novel.

Marie: She was a really fun character to read about because Marie was a tenacious, confident and witty character who was stubborn at times but those moments were understandable. However, there was not any development in her character except for the ending which she finally had a boast about her character. Therefore, I liked her as a character in this book but she was really meh due to the lack of developments.

Jerome: I liked Jerome. He was very stubborn and that was one of the reasons why he had more elements in his nature than the others because he had a story to tell and it was an interesting tale. Also, his character development throughout the book was pretty impressive. Thus, I really loved his character in this book!


I am giving this book a solid 68.945% rating! It was a superb read and I highly recommend it to people who would like to have a short, fun and quick book to read!

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The King Of Average By Gary Schwartz! 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

Colorless By Rita Stradling || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stardling today. If you find the name- Rita Stradling familiar, you probably have read one of my review or a few posts regarding to the book ‘Ensnared’ also by Rita Stradling. Although I enjoyed ‘Ensnared’, I found ‘Colorless’ to be rather dull and boring. Thus, we will be heading into the book review for ‘Colorless’ today!

But before we dive into the review, I would like to do a mini summary for this book. So, here goes the summary: Colorless is a Young Adult, Fantasy following Annabelle Klein as her parents died in the beginning of the novel, she finds herself becoming an invisible being and the memories of her existence start to eject from everyone’s life.

Now, let us dive into the review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stradling!


  • The audiobook for ‘Colorless’ was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts. 

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about. 

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more. 

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her. 

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. 

Their only target: Annabelle.

My thoughts: Introduction

Before we get into the review, I would like to apologize for the lack of quotes because I really did not like this book and it irks me to not add any quotes in this review. Also, please take note that this is going to be a rant review because… You-Will-Know-Why. So, without further ado, let’s just jump right in!

The world-building and the atmosphere are the ones that I would like to talk about first. So, the world building for this book was extremely lacklustre. The beginning was great with the world-building although there were a lot of information dumping everywhere but it was still great! However, when the book reached the climax of the story, the world started to crumble down into pieces and nothing was explained, like literally nothing at all! Also, I found myself lost in some places in the book due to the fact that the locations where the protagonist was were not explained. Therefore, I disliked the world-building for this book. 

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere for this book was exceedingly messy. Although I did not get far into the book to annotate if there is any romance factor in the atmosphere, I found that the atmosphere for the mystery, suspense and sadness to jumble up quite badly and the overall atmosphere just was not lively enough to push me to finish the book.

Moving on, the pacing for this book is the next component in the story that I woud like to talk about. I understand that I am a fairly slow reader. For example, four to five days a new book will be in my hands to read. Howbeit, to read a book for two months is a different case and you know something is wrong when it takes a vastly long time for you to finish a book. Just in case you are wondering what all of this is about, the example that I have given above is the vice versa of what had happened to me while I was reading this book. Therefore, I did not like the pacing because of how slow it was.

Furthermore, there are a lot of major plot holes in this novel and I know I did not finish the novel but I went far enough to understand some concepts the story had. Those plot holes really vexed me because I tried very hard to understand and ignore the pits but it just did not work out for me. Therefore, I had to put the book down and (let it go).

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Diving deeper into the review, we will now talk about how the book drags. Oh my.. It dragged a lot, alright. To give an instance, they were walking towards this particular thing and the author started to describe the surrounding, its shape and all those necessary details and then it will just continue on and on until one of the character spoke to the protagonist and it will just stop abruptly, like.. WHAT? Yeah. Thus, I did not enjoy the unnecessary dragging of the story.

Moreover, I was originally intrigued by the plot lines because who would not? The plot lines were about this girl who does not know who murdered her parents (or something else) and why was she changing into an invisible being and also, no one seemed to remember her right after her changes, like they had just woken up from an amnesia. 

And I was fascinated by those plot lines but it disappointed me because it was just so slow and everything else that I have said in the above was what summed up to this downfall. Therefore, I have 23.75% of love for this plot. 

Finally, the relationships factor will be discussed right now. Everything felt false between Annabelle and Dylan because why would Dylan want to help her? and why would he want to get through all of what she was facing with her? I just do not understand. Therefore, it felt like a fictitious relationship. 

Now, let us get into they audiobook review section of this review! 


The audiobook was narrated by Lauri Jo Daniels and I thought she narrated the book perfectly because she unfolded the story with emotions spilled out that made the characters and the story flashed out with bright lights! Although the audiobook was narrated perfectly, I do not plan to finish it due to all the things that I have said above. Therefore, I am giving the audiobook a 90%!

If you are planning to read this book, I highly recommend you to try the audiobook out on audible!


The writing style was what saved the book for me because it was lyrical, clean and crisp and I thought that I really enjoyed the writing style for this book! However, I still cannot bring myself to finish the full-length of this novel even though the writing style was great.

Now, let us move into the characters section of the review!

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Annabelle: I liked her character in the beginning of the book. She was sassy and funny and just overall, a fun character to read about. However, when the book approached the climax of the story, her previous personalities failed on her and she turned into this whinny character who just kept whining. Therefore, I disliked her after the story reached that part of the book.

Dylan: I just do not understand. He was the only one that can see Annabelle and I was not annoyed by him in the (beginning) of the novel but just like what had happened to Annabelle’s character, he turned into something else or rather someone else instead of who he actually was in the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I did not like him although he was better than Annabelle by a little due to the fact that he was not whinny. So, nope.

Tony: Oh God.. He was Annabelle’s cousin and of course, he does not remember her because of whatever magic that had happened to Annabelle. So, to talk about his personalities, I will say that he was such an A-hole in the book and the voice that I imagined for him.. UGH.. so annoying and the voice fitted his character perfectly! Therefore, I did not like him although he was sort of like the villain in the book.


My rating for this book will be a ‘DNF’ because I did not like this book. 

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Colorless By Rita Stradling! 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

Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Choke Hold’ by Gerald Everett Jones today! Gerald Everett Jones is an author who had written many books which Choke Hold is included in the list and he is also an author that you would want to look out for because he discusses huge topics in his books! Now, let us get into my mini summary for this book before we move on to the review! 

Choke Hold is a Fiction, Thrillers or Crime novel following Eli who is an attorney for Henry’s family for Henry was beaten to death due to the disses he gave to the cops- in other words, police brutality. Thus, Eli must serve justice for his family and the community.

Now, let us get into the book review for Choke Hold!


  • This book was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review! 
  • This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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“All anyone owes a cop is respect. Can you give me that?”- Choke Hold, Gerald Everett Jones.


Murdered in his own home for dissing the cops –

Cynical personal-injury attorney Eli Wolff rediscovers his idealism for simple justice when he sues the city for the wrongful death of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of two police officers.

Hank Ellis was killed in his own home, choked to death, after the angry officers stormed in without a warrant, anxious to teach him a lesson for dissing them in front of his neighbors.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start with the topics that were discussed in this book. Some of the topics such as racism, police brutality, etc. that were written in this book are things that are happening in our society today and those topics are not really discussed and talked about in literature until now or maybe a few years back because of how hard it is to talk about. Therefore, I loved how the author included hard topics into his story and how everything turned out well and emotional! 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was fast and it took 2 days to finish half of the book and the other two for the other half of the book even though this book has about 243 pages in it. The reason why it took me four days to finish this book is due to the dragginess which I will talk more about later on and the somewhat minor plot holes that bothered me while I was reading this book. Thus, I enjoyed the overall pacing for this book! 

In addition for the previous paragraph, I would now like to talk about the plot holes and how the story dragged a little. The plots were going smoothly and everything weaved together nicely in the beginning of the book but as the journey continued and more things started crashing together, some details and minor plots started lagging behind and soon, the story had reached its end and none of the minor plots were resolved. Therefore, the plots were a little lacklustre.

As for the dragging part of the story, I found that the beginning of this book was a little draggy with unnecessary details and information. However, the problem continued as we moved into the climax of the story, unnecessary informations continued to bombard in our faces as if they were some kind of plot holder. Other than that, the story was an overall greatness!  

Furthermore, let us talk about the world-building for this book. I liked how the author went into the specifics of each objects and how they were described were fantastic and also, the political aspect and unfairness were well written as well! It was as if I was in the book itself, following the protagonist as he went through all the phases in his life. Thus, the world-building for this book was as real as the real world, the real earth.

As for the continuation of the review, the atmosphere that weaved around the book was suspenseful as the characters were being threatened for getting involved in the case and it was romantic as well because both the protagonist and a side character got to fall in love. However, that is not the main part in the book so.. yeah. Therefore, it had a great atmosphere that revolved around the book nicely and all of them clicked into place!

Finally, the relationships in this book were very well planned out. I loved the friendship between Eli and Bones because friendships are often underdeveloped or underrated in literature and also, I loved the relationship between Eli and Keiko, they made a cute couple and I hope they will live happily after what had sadly happened. Therefore, I loved the relationships in this book!

Now, let us move into the writing part of the review!


The writing style for this book was good but not great due to the overused amount of flowery words. Although some of the words fitted perfectly in the sentences, the others were not really appealing as the story progressed forward because it did not really fit the some of the sentences well. Therefore, I did not like the flowery words that were used in the book.

With that aside, I thought that the book was written articulately and epigrammatically as it sprung the characters into live with the way it was written. Therefore, I liked the way it was written but I disliked the flowery words that were used in the book!

Now, let us move into the characters section of the review! 


Eli: I loved his character in this book! He felt like a real attorney to me as in real life. He was smart and he was also a person who knew how to twist his words and I will not say that he is brave but I will say that he had a little humour in him. He did so much research in the case that I felt that he was so.. hardworking and I really appreciate how well-written his character was. Therefore, I loved his character!

Bones: He is my second favourite character in the book. He was funny, kind-hearted and he had Eli’s back whenever he needed it. He also supported Eli and helped him get through the case without a single scratch. Thus, he was an overall great person and he always help his friends out.

Keiko: I loved how well-crafted her character was! She was sassy, smart and badass. Sometimes she felt like a really bad person but she actually was not because her attitude was how she handled things. However, she was a little whiny and annoying at times and she kept repeating what she said. Therefore, I am giving her character a 10/20% rating. 

Oates & Torres: They were so… wrecked. I have never read any characters that were so cruel and bad before. Both Oates and Torres have almost the same personalities but Torres was a little bit more linear than Oates who was a total assbag. Therefore, they made good villians and I loved how the author represented them this way.

Now, let us move into the overall section of the review!


I am giving this book a 88% rating. I liked most of the aspects of the book but there were some that I really did not like. However, I do recommend all of you to check this book out! I do think that it is an important story and everyone needs to read it. Therefore, it did not reach the 90-100% chart but it is still an overall great story.  

This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Choke Hold by Gerald Everett Jones! 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!

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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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!

This is the end of my ‘Top 8 Book Series That I Haven’t Read Yet’ list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your Top 8 Book Series That You Haven’t Read Yet down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

My Not-Yet-October TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my October To-Be-Read Piles today! You guys may be a little confused with the title because I put it as a Not-Yet-October TBR. Well, it is NOT October yet, right? It is just the 29th of September, so I placed it that way. 

With that aside, I would like to announce something. Something extremely horrible and that is: I only read ONE book this month and that book was ‘The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness‘. I know guys, I am horrible but I have an explanation to why I am lacking behind of my TBRs or rather- this month’s TBR. 

The Explanation is: I have had school assignments and term exams which I cannot really handle all at once so all my reading time were spent studying and doing school assignments. So, yes. But now that my term exams are over and there are finally some ‘space’ for me to breathe, I will be reading more books than I have ever read before! Aka: in the past nine months!

So, without further ado, let us get into this TBR which I wish to tackle down next month!

1. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.


I recently watched the movie with my mother and guess what? I was heart-broken and my mom cried so hard when we were watching the movie. Yes! It was that good. Therefore, I am going to read this book and I have high hopes for it because the books are normally better than the movies!

2. The Gracekeepers by Kristen Logan 

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For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by water.

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

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

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


Yeah. In most of my To-Be-Read articles, I have been saying that I will be reading this book. But did I achieve my goal? No. Did I mange to read it? No. Thus, this month I am going to read this book because of how cool the concept and the cover are. 

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


Another book that has been on my TBR months after months. Also, a book that has caught my attention months after months but did not pick it up. Thus, I will be reading it this month and I have heard that it is very easy to read so, yes.

4. Rebels And Fools by David Michael Williams

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The greatest peace treaty in Altaerran history is unraveling. As civil war threatens the Continent United, two fallen Knights of Superius are forced to join the rebels they once condemned. Hounded by assassins and assailed by doubt, they flee to Capricon in search of answers — only to discover the island harbors dark secrets of its own. 

Alongside a mostly reformed thief, a dethroned pirate king, a mysterious woman with a magical sword, and other would-be heroes, the fugitives encounter a sinister power that has taken root within the Alliance. If the Renegades and Knighthood can’t rise above their bitter rivalry, both factions — and the realm itself — are doomed. 

“Rebels and Fools” is the first volume of The Renegade Chronicles.


Thank You, David. For sending this book to me for review! 

I am going to read this book next month and Oh My Gosh, I cannot wait because of the amazing synopsis and cover so, YASSS.

5. Cadivel: The Complete Tale & A Well Of Dendelions: A Short Story by Eric Margolis

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The ocean rages and the winds howl as Samuel, fleeing fire to the sea, becomes tangled in a web of war, magic, and revolution as fierce as the sea itself.

The uncompromising idealist Samuel and his lazy but kindhearted brother, Owen, move in with their uncle, an ambitious man living in a magnificent medieval castle. When the brothers’ curiosity gets the best of them, they discover he plans a military coup of the town they might call home: idyllic Cadivel, by the rough edges of the sea. Samuel and Owen, a fledgling magician, are eager to stop him but find themselves powerless against his deadly magic. Yet Samuel will not give up the fight for Cadivel after meeting a beautiful girl he cannot leave behind. Though only renowned newcomers from the distant Salt Empire have the strength and resources to shift the tide of the war, Samuel possesses a quality that could save Cadivel from an even greater threat. 

Cadivel tells a story of epic scale and intimate scope: stunning landscapes, scheming politics, and fragile love. It also sings a poem about the sea and the unexpected traits it may possess in a world of magic. The fight to save Cadivel–fought by magicians and spirits, gods and men–continues in Cadivel II.


Thank you, Eric for sending this book to me for review!

I am really looking forward to read this book because the synopsis covers most of the things that I enjoy reading in books. For example, War, magic, love and more. I cannot wait to read this book and I bet it is going to be epic.

6. Desolate by Amy Miles

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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?


I requested for this book on Netgalley months ago and have not read it yet. Therefore, I am going to read it and look at that gorgeous cover and the amazing synopsis which have me hooked! Thus (again), I can’t wait to read this book!

7. Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor

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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.


Another book that I have requested on Netgalley months ago and have not read. YET. Therefore, these books are on my top priority list to read because I need to get them done! So, yeah. 

With that aside, I would like to talk about how beautiful the cover is and how marvellously cool the synopsis sounded. (This is probably the second book that I am going to start after I finish the first book which I will speak more about later on.) 

8. The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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

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

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

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

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


About the first book I said earlier, this is the book I am going to read first because I am intrigued by the cover and the synopsis. So, I am going to read it!

This is the end of my Not-Yet-October TBR list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your October TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!