Book Review

Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be composing a review for a book called ‘Tiger Trouble’ by Grant Goodman today. Just a side note, this review might mature into, a little or more, ranty and rumbling side of me so… beware? Because I really did not enjoy the process of reading this novel.

‘Tiger Trouble’ is a Middle Grade, Fantasy novel that centres around two protagonists named Steve and Darcy and they are both from different departments: one is a Ninja and the other is an Agent. Both of their lives collide together when they accidentally release an ancient evil from a vase.

So, without further ado, let us dive right into the review!

Disclaimers:

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

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen-year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve-year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the grey mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Time to read and find out!

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us commence with this review by addressing the pacing of the novel. The pacing was prominently agile in this book. It was agile because it was a noticeably diminutive book, at the length of 179 pages. It took me 2 hours to finish this novel and if you are a fast reader, you would have completed this book in about an hour time because the font of the novel is quite huge. Furthermore, it was swift because the writing style is extremely easy to be read as it is written for a younger audience. Therefore, I thought the pacing was excellent if you would like to have a quick read.

Next, I would love to chat about the atmosphere of the novel and its world-building. The ambience of the novel had a sense of giddiness and care-free kind of demeanour. Well, I thought the giddiness of the novel was easily spotted as it is in no way camouflaging in the background because this is a middle-grade novel and a sense of fun should be expressed for a younger crowd to make them feel at home. The care-free ambience was arduous to recognise, at least for me, because you had to read around the sentences to detect them. For example, the way that Steve and Sam talked to each other as if nothing had drifted between them and also, the way that Sam encouraged Steve for kicking the ‘ghost’ in the butt like nothing is going to happen to Steve. Those are the ‘care-free’ moments and ambience.

In addition, the world-building of the novel was, unfortunately, lack-lustre. This intersected with the writing style of the book which I will go into detail later on but as for now, the world-building was not well built. There were instances where I went from ‘huh?’ to ‘What?’ because the places that we glimpsed through were not well described and there were not any rich history to the location of the places where the characters were at. Therefore, I detested the world-building of this novel.

Furthermore, I would like to converse on the relationship of the novel. I, for once, was pleasantly surprised with this element in the novel! The relationship that was conveyed between a brother and a sister was very accurate and it showed a kind of personal and special bonding between the siblings to understand that they will do anything to protect one another from anyone or anything. The novel also covered on the friendship aspect which I remarkably enjoyed! It showed the value of a friendship and how, when one is angry with the other, they feel great remorse and the bonding tightens around them again. Therefore, I savoured the relationship aspect of the novel!

Moreover, I would like to comment on the action sequences in the novel. The action sequences were all pushed towards the end of the novel which was vexatious. That was not the only part which was bothersome, it was also because the sequences did not feel as exciting and enticing as it should be. I found myself getting fatigued as they were attempting to restrain the ghost into the vase. Everything just felt … really monotonous. Thus, I did not appreciate the action sequences as much as I should be.

Finally, I would appreciate conversing on the romance aspect of the novel. Thank Goodness this novel does not have any romance aspect in it! I figured if this book contained romance, it would be even graver than it already is. However, there were some hints on romance on certain characters and I think that was good enough. Not more is needed. 

Writing: The Middle

I did not sufficiently fancy the writing style for this book. The style of writing for this book was informal, ponderous and vague. We will break down each of the styles that were used actively to write this novel:

↬ Vague

The writing style for this novel was vague due to how the description of the landscape was written. This feature is connected to the world-building which we had discussed in the above section. The description of the landscape and the surrounding were mere glimpses from the character’s eyes and it was only described when the characters pondered on something and presumed it was refreshing to be recognised. 

With that, we are left with limited knowledge of the world that the author had thrown us in and insufficient ideas on the landscape of the school and how it works which will lead to the deficit of world-building and thus, it falters at the footstep of a crumbling world description.

↬ Ponderous

Allow me to demonstrate the ponderous writing that was instilled in this novel:

Steve begged his father to reconsider his decision to ground him. Steve did the unthinkable and told him about this afternoon with Kelly. Steve had never talked to his father about stuff like that. After all, what would his dad know about dates?

and there are more…

They walked home after that. Arjun’s house was on the same street as Steve’s. They didn’t say much. They were too tired and still angry at each other.

More…

Steve was looking at Ninja Kelly’s number. Steve was thinking about texting Ninja Kelly. Steve had been doing this for the past thirty minutes.

Steve … steve … STEVE! I thought these sentences could be condensed into a string of sentence that ripples placidly but unfortunately, it was written in this kind of mode and it pretty much irritated me. The use of full-stops and the lack of commas are astonishingly prominent in the writing! It was, as if, the author was trying to hit a word count or something.  

↬ Informal

With the mini demonstration above, you could see that the writing was both ponderous and informal. Informality in writing is sometimes a good thing but too much of it makes it worse and that is what had occurred here. 

Another sentence that I would like to demonstrate:

Darcy stopped taking her laptop to classes. None of the classrooms had internet access. The entire village, it turned out, had limited internet, had almost no wifi. She had never realized that schools could be built without internet access. And she never would have dreamed that an entire society of people could exist without a constant link to Worldopedia or Metube.

The biggest turn-off that I had when I read this book was this sentence that laid above of this paragraph. Not only because a character is an ignorant person, but it is also because of this: Worldopedia or Metube.

What makes me fall-out-of-love with a book is when authors try to link their stories to the real world and names such as Whatsapp and all the other apps’ names but change the names a little bit to obtain it as their own product.

That’s exactly what happened here.

Metube = Youtube

Worldopedia = Encyclopedia 

Enough said.

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

Steve is such a lack-lustre character! Most of the time, I questioned his intentions on certain moves and actions that he had taken that do not seem to coincide with whatever situation that they were in? Also, his character does not seem to have a single flaw which made him a little boring because he is ‘perfect’. Due to the fact that this character lacks flaws, he does not have a single string of character development. Furthermore, his character does not seem to make a mistake except for breaking the vase. Moreover, he seemed a little naive for believing that everything will be alright and we will be invincible … even though it’s totally not alright and invincibility always faltered.   

Darcy is a character that felt like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. If I have not read Harry Potter prior to reading this novel, I would not see the similarity between both of them but I spotted it and that’s that. However, unlike Hermione, Darcy was a really simple character that does not really have any other characteristic except for her excessive predilection for studying and her, being a head-strong person. If her character has more elements, she would be marked off as a good character that’s complex but unfortunately, those elements failed to show up. 

Sam is Steve’s best friend and he does not play a huge role in the novel. He just played a minor role to drive the plot forward. Honestly, he was not really needed to be included in the novel if the plot changes a little bit because apparently, he was supposed to ‘fall-in-love’ with a girl he barely knew in order to lead her to a secret passage in the museum to inadvertently break a vase filled with a dangerous being. Honestly, I do not even see a flaw or a characteristic in his characterization that I could point on. He just felt a little dull to me.

Nora is a remarkably forgettable character because right after this book had ended, I had already disremembered that she played a huge role in the novel. I reckon part of the reason why she was forgettable is that her character does not have much depth to the core of her being and all we knew about her was: she’s smart and cunning. However, the portrayal of her relationship with Steve, who is her brother, was really accurate as siblings always tease one another. If, only if, her character has more flaws and depth, it will make for a better novel and a more advanced character development.

Serena is a character who I despised in the commencement of the novel but as the book proceeded, I leisurely built to appreciate her persona. What had made me detest her character in the beginning? Her shortage of skills for addressing the right thing, in other words, rudeness that would make people weep because they think that they are not worthy in the eyes of their colleagues. She was a bully, as well, because of the way that she had chosen her choice of words and employed them to exploit others who were feeling with great compunction about themselves. And those above are the flaws that she had, gradually, improved and removed as the story advanced forwards. Therefore, character development occurred and that’s what made her a memorable character, unlike Nora.

Overall: The Ending

I was notably disappointed with this novel. Although it had some elements that I enjoyed such as the value of friendship and a string of connection with a person that the characters barely knew of, I thought the rest of the elements were shallow and sometimes, misstate itself in some places in the novel and therefore, I shall furnish this novel with a 25% rating.


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

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To Be Read Piles

Makeshift July Book TBR | 2018 Series

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be doing the July Book TBR article today! As you can tell from the heading, this is a makeshift TBR as all of the books that are persisting to be listed on this fascinating article would presumably and plausibly not going to be read this month. So, before we get into the TBR, I would fancy sharing with all of you what I had read this foregoing 2 month and they will be stated below:

  1. The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace
  2. New Moon By Stephenie Meyer
  3. Eclipse By Stephenie Meyer (Review to come)
  4. Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia and Margaret Stole (Review to come)
  5. Angelfall Trilogy (Review to come)

With that aside, we will now proceed with the TBR pile!

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Me:

I had actually completed this duology this month and I thought it was a phenomenal read. If you are like me who thought the first book was okay and a little ‘meh’ read, I highly recommend you to push yourself to read the next book in the series as there are more character development and devastating backstories to be told. Also, this duology will be analyzed on my blog soon!

Six Of Crows: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Crooked Kingdom: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. War Storm By Victoria Aveyard

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Synopsis:

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

Me:

I am currently reading this novel and I am on page 56/662. To be honest, I have the lowest expectation going into this novel because I had read some reviews discharging on how they despise the ending of the novel so… We will see what happens when I finish it.

3. Tiger Trouble by Grant Goodman

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me:

This is a book that I must read by the end of this month because it gauges like something I would enjoy and other middle graders will too! I cannot wait to read this book and share my thoughts with all of you! 

Also, this is a pretty short novel so I am sure I will be able to finish it by the end of this month.

2. Matched By Ally Condie

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Synopsis:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Me:

This is a novel that I am excited to read because of the controversy encompassing this book. Some people hardcore adore this book whereas the others disliked it very much. Honestly, I am just excited to see which side I am on- love or hate or will I be in the middle of it all?

Also, the cover is absolutely sumptuous like it is some blessings from the Gods.

1. Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

I actually started this novel last week but did not manage to finish it because there are just too many distractions- for example, a new release that I am dying to read or the blaring of social media notifications. So, I have decided to place this novel here so that I can force myself to get through the book. 

Also, I am not saying ‘force’ in a mean way like I am not enjoying the novel, I am actually loving it very much. It’s just the distractions that hurled me off the hook.  


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

Book Review

The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be bringing all of you along with me to review a book called ‘The Slave Prince’ by Jeyna Grace. Some of you may know who Jeyna is as I had a review of her book called ‘The Battle Of Oz’ up on my blog which I totally despised. Despite my dislikes for that book, this brand new novel that Jeyna had written caught me completely off guard. And yes, you are right. This book was… no words can describe how beautiful this book was, so I will just go with the word fabulous!

The Slave Prince is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel following a character named Thom who is a young prince of Alpenwhist as he discovered his true identity and ran for his life due to the King’s threads of murdering him alive.

So, without further ado, let us get into the review for this wonderful novel!

Disclaimers:

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

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“As the smoke absorbed within itself, a white-scaled, chimerical form of a dragon materialized.”- The Slave Prince, Jeyna Grace.

Synopsis:

For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. But one day his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: he learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched slave.

In a kingdom where ruthlessness is part of everyday life, Thom fears this new truth could be deadly. He takes flight, running from the life he knew and the one he despises, but the call to free his people beckons him home. Armed with a magic stone that instructs him through surreal visions, he must topple his once beloved brother who has since become a tyrannical king.

A fantastical retelling of the story of Moses, Thom’s adventure forces him to question if he can succeed in his quest without truly understanding who he is. He must unravel his past, present, and future before he can set his people free.

My thoughts: The Beginning

*Sob* It’s over.

Before we get into the review, I would like to do an official cover review for this beautiful novel. This novel has one of the most stunning covers that I have seen in my entire life. First of all, the colours that were added to the making of this novel’s cover were vibrant and it seemed pleasantly alive. Secondly, the mini shadow of the boy’s back who I assume is Thom, is minimalistic and simple which leads to it being beautiful. Thirdly, the font for the title of the novel and the mini crown on top of it all is just perfect. Everything blends in without a flaw and thus, I enjoy- and still do- the cover of this book!

Let us begin with this book review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. This is a short novel which has a page count of 280. The pacing was quick and the sequences that followed afterwards were even quicker and it does not have any flaw in it. Everything worked out well and it had coalesced together with the right chemicals and the right equations to slog with. It took me 1.25 days to finish this novel and yes, that is how quick the pacing was and how I was entirely glued to the book to find out what was happening next. Thus, I loved the pacing and the way it was presented! 

Moving on, we have the world-building and the atmosphere of the novel that I would like to talk about. The world-building for this novel was great in the beginning, it was described distinctly and readers’ alike would have a clear picture of the world and the characters that were in it but it was muddled a little at the end of the novel where the actions were taking place. For example, there were places in the kingdom where the author did not touch on and it would be salubrious if she did and the expanse of the world will be bigger and therefore, more stories to be unfolded. Thus, I enjoyed the world-building for this novel but it would be better if it was expanded.

In addition to the previous paragraph, I would now like to approach the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere had a nice blend of suspense, love, pride and faith. It was suspenseful because of the war between the princes, it had an air of love because of their mother’s death over the longing of her child, it had an atmosphere of pride due to the King’s relentless order and finally, it had an ambience of faith which put each of the characters to test for how credence they were in their magical stone. Therefore, I liked the atmosphere of the novel. 

Moreover, I would like to prattle on the topic that this novel had addressed on. The topic which this novel had sat upon was racial prejudice. The inequality for the people in this novel shimmered my skin with ferocity and I thought it was very well done because it captured the way our society is as of this very day. Therefore, I wholeheartedly relished on this book for starting a conversation for the people who are in this prejudice.

Furthermore, I would like to give a voice on the romance in this novel. I enjoyed how there were not any romance in this novel even though the author was hinting at the feelings that Thom felt when he hugged and was around Seanna. Although I root for them to be together, I- ultimately- thought that it would be a better book if the romance is non-existent in this novel and it was! Therefore, I enjoyed this book which does not contain any romance in it! 

Into the bargain, we have the plot, plot holes and the predictability of the novel that I would like to talk about. As many of you know- if you have read the synopsis that this book is a retelling of Moses from the Bible. Thom and Moses were in the same situation but Thom’s story was a little different from Moses because Magic was appended in the story. The plot which I would not expose as I would like you to experience what I have had an insight of the novel for yourself. However, what I would say is that the plot was sewn up nicely in the end and it does not have an abrupt ending and also, it does not have any plot holes, to begin with. In addition, the novel was not predictable and it had a lot of plot twists and it had all started on page 10! Therefore, I enjoyed the plot and the hypothetical plot holes of this blockbuster!

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would love to speak on. The actions in this book were awesome! Everything felt very real and the magic which had made extinct species come alive was yet again, being felt as factual. I know I am exaggerating here but if you are reading the novel or you had read the novel, you will be able to decipher what I am trying to say. 

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

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was crisp, articulate and lyrical. You can totally see the difference between the style of writing for The Battle for Oz compare to The Slave Prince. The quality of Jeyna’s writing had become better and you can perceive the way of how Jeyna had grown as an author. Now, let us talk about the way this book was written.

The lyrical writing style. I cannot help but fall in love with how wonderful the author’s writing style was. Every corner of the pages and its lines were filled with imaginative descriptions and the words- you all- the choices of words were the best part, they were all filled with purple prose and adjectives that I devoured the lyrical style of writing for this novel! Every single sentence in this book filled me with joy and I cannot wait to have more of this type of writing style in my delightful life!

Articulate writing style. The story was written in a way that was easy to follow and even if you missed some words, you will still be able to grasp on the details and information that the author required you to know. A simpler way of explaining this segment of the writing style is: It does not require a lot of focus even though it is a fantasy novel. And therefore, I liked how articulate and tranquil the writing style was to provide the readers with ease.

Crisp writing style. The verbs that the author had provided was strong and it had an everlasting impression that enabled the readers to visualize the sublime of the world and the characters that were in it. In addition, the writing style had a clear language which delivered a story which we will hold dearly. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style being clear and crisp.

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Thom: His characterization in this book was so well-built. His actions and the causes that followed after were also, well thought out. Although he had some illogical decisions and mistakes that he had done that should not be dismissed as nothing, I still thought that it was realistic because we, as a human being, make mistakes all the time, so I liked how the author had added this element into his character. In addition, I liked how he replied the other characters with sarcasm which of course, was not a good thing but in this novel, it was a good thing because it was humorous. Furthermore, his character arc from the beginning until the ending of the novel had sprouted throughout the story- for example, in the beginning, he was a show-off and he was mean to so many human beings but as the story went on, those traits started disappearing and were replaced by kindness. Thus, I loved this character and he probably will be on my list of the favourite character of all time.  

Dedric: I really enjoyed- again, how well-built this character was. Although he was the villain of the story, you will somehow commiserate with the way he acted and the actions that he had taken which had led him to the downfall of his pitiful life. In the beginning, you will see a child who wanted happiness and pride in everything that he put his focus on but those were bashfully taken away by his father who was the King due to his love for a commoner. And following the events of Thom’s absconding, we can see that his temperament was slowing slipping away and that had engendered the decisions that he had taken which were discussed later in the novel. Thus, I enjoyed reading about a villain which I empathize with.

Seanna: She was a character that I enjoyed but do not know much about. I understand that the story is not about her but I thought that the characters besides Thom and Dedric should be well-developed as well. We meet her in the middle of the novel where Thom stayed in her house and worked for her family and as you might have expected, they quickly became friends. But other than the friends part that drove the character arc, everything else for the elements in her nature remained untouched and unexplored. For example, there was a scene in this book that anecdote on the event of the sand puppies and she was extremely upset and refused to talk to Thom about it. Why was she depressed? The question will remain unknown forever. Oh, I forgot. There was a part where she talked about her past- her mother’s death. That was devastating and I thought it impelled her character arc alongside her friendship with Thom as well! But all in all, her character was still not that well-developed

Reid: His characterization was not well-developed as well. I had similar issues with his character as I had with Seanna’s. He was Thom’s long-lost brother and I thought the author would touch on the topic of their past- like how was life before he was being taken away but the author did not touch on the topic and I was a little disappointed but still, there were enough details of the past and how the slaves- Eklaysians, were treated with racial prejudice and therefore, I would let it go. However, I felt that Reid was only there to assists Thom and not to do anything other than that and thus, I did not really feel a strong emotional connection for them to be together whatsoever. 

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel a 90% rating. It was such a fantastic story and I thought all of you would enjoy it if you give this wondrous novel a try. I am definitely looking forward to the books that Jeyna would be publishing in the future!


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

Book Review

Viral Spark By Martin Mcconnell || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and it had almost been a month since I last posted a book review and I am truly sorry for all the waiting that all of you had been enduring. But today, I am finally posting a book review and the book that I will be reviewing is called Viral Spark by Martin Mcconnell.

Viral Spark is a Young Adult, Futuristic Science Fiction following Robert- our male protagonist of the story as he tries to fix all the glitches that are destroying the community. 

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

Disclaimers:

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

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“Robots get to see the worst of the human condition on a daily basis. Good thing they don’t have feelings.”- Viral Spark, Martin Mcconnell.

Synopsis:

The world has become a place of comfort, where a shopping trip means heading to the first floor to collect new food tubes for the printer. Menial tasks, like cleaning up or cooking, are relegated to robots, and Robert’s job while finishing school is to maintain them. With only three classes remaining, he’s hoping for something better. 

Then everything starts to glitch: 
the robots, the building, and even the people. 

What starts as glitchy videos, misbehaving touch-screens, and random fighting, grows into a race against time to fix the problem before it escalates. Maybe he can land a cushy programming job in the process, but this virus is more than it appears…

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us begin with this review by speaking on the pacing that this book had contained itself in. As much as I would like to say that the pacing was great, it was not because I found it to be extremely slow and it took a long time for me to finish. In addition, the pacing was not very consistent as it was like the waves in the ocean or rather- the graph of a transverse wave, going up and down all the time without ever being straight or flat. Furthermore, the pacing had caused a lot of flaws and it definitely did jumble up the story a little. Thus, I did not like the pacing of this book.

Moving on, we have the action-filled thingamajig that I would like to speak on in this review. The actions, which were almost non-existent until the last 15% of the novel, were not as exciting as I would like it to be and it did not make my heart pumped three times harder whatsoever. Plus, there were supposed to be a few scenes which would cause an emotional rollercoaster for me, as the reader but it kind of… sort of… Well, let me rephrase it: It did not work out well for me. Enough said, let’s move on.

Furthermore, I would like to talk about the world-building that was added to this book now. The world-building had lacked a lot of substances in it, for example: descriptions of the human features, rules of the world, the chips that were installed into the human’s brains and so much more. There were so much of things that had been lacking in this novel that it led to another topic that I would like to have a discourse upon: Plot holes. But as for now, I still have a little more to the topic of world-building. The world-building was also very messy because the building of the world which intersected with the writing (will talk more about later on) was all over the place. Thus, I did not enjoy the very bad world-building for this novel.  

Coming to the subject regarding plot holes, this novel was filled with a lot of holes that were tied along with the world-building. The holes came mainly from the idea of how humans meddled among the robots and who actually created the virus in the first place because there was a paragraph in the book talking about the source of the virus came from the ‘outside’ and that led to another hole in the plot, what outside and what location? In addition, there was a death in the novel that does not make any sense because I really do not understand why he killed himself and if the character that committed suicide predicted that the robots will ‘come alive’, why did he place the chips in the human brains in the first place? There are a lot more minor plot holes in the novel but I will just go through the ones that really bothered me when I was reading this novel and those holes that I had discussed are the major ones. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes in this novel.

Diving deeper into the review, I have an issue with the atmosphere of the novel. Normally, the atmosphere of a science fiction novel should be heart-jerkingly scary because of its robots/aliens that are contained in it but this book does not give me the vibe of scary robots although some scenes in the book that had featured haywire robots attacking people and people turning on people were supposed to make me feel… scared but it does not. However, I liked the sense of pressure in the environment around the protagonist as he searched for a solution for the glitching people and robots. Thus, I liked but did not love the atmosphere.

Into the bargain, we have come to a point where I would like to have a chat on the predictability of the novel. The novel was not predictable and it had some shocking factors in it which I enjoyed. This point saved the novel for me as it gave me a little twist in my mind and it made me think for all I can. Thus, I loved how unpredictable this novel was!

Furthermore, we have the tone of the novel which I would love to speak on. The tone was surprisingly good because normally, if the atmosphere had gone bad, the tone would not be that great either but this novel had lit a different candle. The tone was enthusiastic, lively and vibrant. I really enjoyed how the author had instilled this factor into the novel! Thus, my enjoyment of this novel had been saved yet again by this favourable factor.

Finally, I would like to voice up on the relationship factor of this review. The relationships between the characters were not my favourite factor for this novel. None of them connected in a certain level and the protagonist had a love interest which I could not get more annoyed about because they do not have that kind of spark that would light up the chemistry between them and it felt forced… As if gravity wants them to be bonded together forever and ever. Thus, I did not like the relationship factor for this novel.

 

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

Unlike other readers who had problems with the style of writing for this book, I loved the writing style for this novel because it was unique and beautiful in its own way. Just by saying that, let us dive deep into why I thought it was a great way of writing.

First and foremost, I thought the writing style was articulate, clean and epigrammatic. It was epigrammatic because it gave a clear picture of what the protagonist had in mind. Furthermore, the writing style was clean because there was not any talk about sex and finally, it was articulate because the information came easily and readers would know what is going on as easy as ABC.

Finally, the descriptions of some landscapes were really clear and the pictures formed easily in my brain and with that element that was instilled in the novel, I thought it would give readers a better understanding of the world (even though the world-building was lacking) and also a greater variation for the readers to imagine the extremities of the world. Thus, I enjoyed the descriptions that it sometimes had in the novel.

However, speaking on the topic of ‘sometimes’, I thought the writing style for this novel was not very consistent as the landscapes were sometimes described and often times not described. In addition, the characters’ images such as their facial expression… well, to simplify that, their features were not described as much as I would have liked. Thus, I did not like the inconsistency in the novel.

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

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

Robert: I did not feel the connection that I should have had with him. In other novels, I often felt the connection with the protagonist but unfortunately, this protagonist in the story does not provide that. He was enthusiastic and smart but his character was also… boring. While I was reading the book, I just ‘watched’ him going through his daily routine day after day until my brain just snapped and I had to put the book down for a while. However, we have a thing in common. Both the character and I love Physics. That’s all. Next.

Amanda: Honestly, I knew she was going to be Robert’s love interest but I did not root for them to be together because the chemistry between them was not as genuine as it should be. However, I did like her as a character in the novel more than I liked Robert. Amanda was a sweet-heart and she always put others in mind before she had decided an action that she should take. Thus, I enjoyed this character in the story.

Paul: A character that I quite enjoyed but the scenes in the book that had him in them were limited. He was quirky and I liked the way that he had dealt with stubborn-Robert which I’ll not be talking about because of some spoilers. Other than his quirkiness, I had nothing else to say about his characterization. Next.

Tom: I did not like him. I, personally, found him to be annoying because he kept repeating the things that he had said and he was such a show-off. Thus, I did not enjoy his nature in the story. 

Overall: The Ending

My rating for this book would be 53%. I thought the book was not that bad nor was it amazing. It just fell somewhere in the middle and thus, the decision had been made and the rating had been formed. 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Viral Spark By Martin Mcconnell! 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

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!

Disclaimers: 

  • 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.

Synopsis:

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!

Disclaimer:

  • 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.

Synopsis:

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!

Disclaimers: 

  • 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.

Synopsis:

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!

Audiobook:

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!

Writing:

“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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Characters:

“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!

Overall:

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!