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Top 8 Book Series That I Haven’t Read Yet

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

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

1. Throne Of Glass By Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

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

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. White Cat by Holly Black 

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

6. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

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

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

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

Me:

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

8. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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


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!

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Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness || Book Review

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

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

*Note:

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, let us get into the writing section!

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Writing Style:

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

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

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

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

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:

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


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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Top 5 books that I will be giving second chances to

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

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

1. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

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

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Synopsis:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

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

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

Me:

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

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

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

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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Synopsis:

What would you do to save someone you love?

Time is slipping away. . . .

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

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

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

Me:

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

Thus, I am planning for a re-read!


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

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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

Another 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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Synopsis:

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.

Me:

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!

Book Review

The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Ask and the Answer’ by Patrick Ness today! The Ask and The Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. The first book being ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go‘ which I had reviewed it on my blog. Of course, if you have read my ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ review, you will know that I loved the book. So, it makes logical sense for me to pick up the sequel for it.

AND OH MY GOSH, GUYSS! I LOOOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK IN THE TRILOGY!  

Well, okay. Back to the topic.  

‘The Ask And The Answer’ picks up right where the first book left off. We follow Todd and Viola as they get separated from each other while a war between men and women rages in between of them. 

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a spoiler-free review but there will be mild spoilers from the first book so.. Beware!*

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“We are the choices we make. And have to make. We aren’t anything else.”- The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.

But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

“The Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

My thoughts: Introduction

This is not supposed to be in this review but I would really like to talk about the ending for book one. What the heck was that ending? That Cliff-Hanger? So, I dived into the next book and guess what? Another fantastic Cliff-Hanger that has me hooked to the story. Patrick Ness writes fantastic cliff hangers, guys! Diving into the last book- Monsters of Men now!

Well, let us begin with the review!!

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. Although it took me approximately two weeks to read this book, it was still a quick read. The elements such as suspense, action, etc. that were presented in this book were equally balanced out and therefore, the pacing was great and nicely balanced.

Moving on, the world-building and the atmospheres around this book had improved and rounded into a more twisted and complex thing that I had first imagined in the first book. Basically, the world was better explained and bigger and political than the what I would call a ‘scope’ in the first book. The atmosphere in this book was even more intense and heart-breaking than the first book. Both of these things had become much more complex and I cannot wait to find out what these things will become in the third book which is the finale to the trilogy.

Moreover, the idea and plot for this book were uniquely different from the first book but not really that different. I do not know how to explain the different but not part but just know that both the plot and the idea were crazily fantastic and unique!

The idea and plot were centre around a upraging war between men and women. Betrayals will certainly be made and they will make you not trust anyone except for Todd and Viola, of course. People will die and cruelty will rise. All of these will arise in the time of war and this book has it all! But that is not it, is it not? There will be things that are much more complex and darker which you will not expect! So… (Not going to spoil, so let us move on!) 

Furthermore, the relationships between Todd and everyone in this book went into another level of hardness? Yes, hardness. Todd and Viola had limited communication with each other because of the war and Todd and Davy became friends! WHAT? But something [Spoiler removed].  

Finally, the tone for this book was, metaphorically, deep and husky. It enlighten my heart as a reader and it enriched the topic and the story on what Patrick Ness is trying to say or rather- to tell. Patrick filled colours into his story and made it popped into life like the story is a life on his own. Therefore, the tone for this book was great!

Now, let us get into the writing section! 

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Writing Style:

“Ah, well, then you’ve never stood on a beach as the waves came crashing in, the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.” – The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Look at that quote. I mean, just read it! Is it not beautiful? Does it not take your breath away? It had already taken mine away so.. it will take yours away soon! Patrick Ness has a way of writing fantastic books with weird but cool and unique ideas that just incorporate with the story well. Everything he writes- including the plot twists and the cliff-hangers are done nicely and not forcefully which makes me believe that Patrick Ness is now an author that I can trust and an author that I will auto-buy if one of his new book pop up in the stores. 

The writing style for this book was done fabulously! It was articulate, informal for Todd’s perspective (which I will tackle on his perspective later on) and epigrammatic. Basically, there are more words to this list but I will stop at epigrammatic because PATRICK NESS’ WRITING IS EVERYTHING and I LOVED HIS WRITING STYLE IN THIS BOOK MORE THAN THE FIRST BOOK! 

There are two different point of views in this book. It switches between Viola and Todd and when I was reading the book, Viola’s perspective was much clearer and comfortable for me to be in because she does not say ‘Police-Stashyun’ or some other stuff whereas, Todd’s perspective had become better and more comfortable for me in this book because I have already gotten used to the way he speaks. So, yes.

I would say that Patrick Ness did a very good job on switching perspectives between Todd and Viola because the story unfolds differently for both of them but they intersect at some point which will make your mind blow and you will grasp the book for more because of it. Thus, it is a great addition to the story. 

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

Characters:

“Dogs don’t got the problems of people. Dogs can be happy any old time.”- The Ask And The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Todd: He had changed drastically. When he was tore apart from Viola, his character sunk a little and sunk even more when [Spoiler removed] happened. So, when they were once again reunited, his character development shot upwards and I would have to say this: WHAT A GREAT FREAKING COMEBACK! But I would also say that he is not my favourite character in this book because of the fall. Anyways, his character development became better and I cannot wait to read more from him in the third book!

Viola: I loved her even more in this book than the first book. She was once again a badass, brave, kick-butt and fierce character that had me hooked when the book introduced her to the story! I mean, her own Perspective! How marvelously cool is that!? Her character development had massive improvements because of a death of a person that she did not like but that person did not deserve to die. So, beautiful character development! 

The Mayor: He was even more complex than what I have first thought in the first book. But I will not spoil his complexity to you because of how mind-blowing and unique it is to me. So, I am not going to spoil.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 98.5% rating which I highly recommend you to read this book after you have finished with The Knife Of Never Letting Go because of that cliff-hanger and the plot twists!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

September TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my September To-Be-Read Piles today! But before we get into my September To-Be-Read Piles, I would like to do a mini wrap up for my August reads.

So, August… Wow? How many books did I read? Well, I have read and finished 3 books which were Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K Rowling, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and last but not least, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I will be linking all the reviews that I have done down below: 

To sum everything up for the books I read last month will be that I loved each and every one of these books! They were marvelous and unique and yup (What?).

So, without further ado, let us get into my September To-Be-Read Piles!

September To-Be-Read Piles:

  • The Ask and the Answer and Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness

Synopsis for the first book- The Knife of Never Letting Go:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?


Me:

I read the first book last month and I really enjoyed it! I am currently reading The Ask and the Answer and Oh My Gosh, I loveeee it! It’s fantastic! You guys must read this trilogy because of how beautiful it is! Moving on:


  • The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

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.


Me:

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Honestly, I requested for this book mainly because of the cover! But after I read the synopsis, I was intrigued and there was a need in me to know where the story is going to go! So, of course I am going to read it this month! Can’t wait!


  • Rebels and Fools by David Michael Williams

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Synopsis:

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. 


Me:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! I am super pump up for this book right now because this book includes Pirate Kings, Renegades and Knighthood and I love to read about those things so I cannot wait to read this book!

*Thank You, David, for sending me the book!*


  • The Blood Mage by Aimee Davis

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Synopsis:

Monster. Murderer. Oathbreaker. 

Three years after the events leading to the deaths of her friend and lover, twenty-one-year-old Alena Kozlov is still trying to outrun her past. But the darkness within her is not something she can simply leave behind. 

The nightmares plaguing her become reality when a familiar face seeks her out in her isolated desert home bearing news that awakens all she’s tried to keep locked inside. There’s a promise she made long ago she’s determined to keep, even if it means she will have to tear what remains of herself, and her world, apart. 

To save her friends, she may have to become the monster once more. But fear is not for the damned.


Me:

After really enjoying the first book in the series, I cannot not read the next book in the series because that ending for book one. OMG! That cliffhanger.

(An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Aimee, for providing me the ARC!)


  • Select by Marit Weisenberg

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Synopsis:

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

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


Me:

I tried reading this once, but I had to put it down because I was not in the mood for it. However, I do plan on starting it all over again because I need to do a review for it so I am going to read it this month! Two Words for this book to sum up my feelings will be: Cannot Wait!


This is the end of my September To-Be-Read list! I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your September 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 Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness today! After I have finished reading this book, I know that Patrick Ness is an author that I can trust because both of these books: The Knife of Never Letting Go and A Monster Calls tore my heart into pieces in a good way. Furthermore, I literally have to put my ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ book review on hold to write this review because this book was so good! Also, I have a fantastic news to share: I loved this book so much more than the first time I had it read! I am so glad that it did not disappoint me for I gave it a second chance. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a Young Adult, Science Fiction + Dystopian novel following Todd, the protagonist as he runs from his town called- Prentisstown which had fed him lies about numerous things from the day he was born.

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

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

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“But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ”- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

Synopsis:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns.

Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? 

My thoughts: Introduction

Let me start off by stating that I had a very.. Very low expectation going into this book because I did not like this book at all when I first started reading it last year. But I am so glad that I had decided to re-read this book because it was so gooood and everything was different from the first time I had it read! Now, let us get into the review, shall we? Yes, we shall.

The pacing for this book was pretty slow in the beginning, even with all those action scenes and those fast-paced materials for the pacing to speed up a little bit, it was still slow. Fortunately, the pacing sped up with more crazy action scenes and also, with more insane plot twists and things that were not being unanswered previously, will be answered after that. I have to say that it did take me awhile to get into this book because of the world-setting and the writing style which I will elaborate more later on, but after you have gotten used to the world and the writing style, you will enjoy the story more and more until you have finished gobbling up the story.

Moving on, the idea for this book was so freaking unique and beautiful that I had to praise the Book Gods for Patrick Ness’ amazing plots for this book. Now, let us go into the specifics. Basically, humans moved from the old world- Earth to another planet called New World which a kind of germ called the Noise lives in the planet. The Noise amplifies the thought of a man and women are not immune to it (or are they? ;)). So, the story starts off by introducing Todd- the protagonist, as he escapes from his town and he finds out some horrible truths that the town has been keeping from him.

Does that not sound good and unique? By the way, this is a dystopian book like none other. It is different, unique and it has a spark of science fiction theme in it. I, definitely, did not read anything like it before. Also, this book does NOT contain any romance which is pretty cool even though I would like to have a little bit of those. I do hope that Patrick Ness will add a few romance scenes in the next book! (A boy could hope, can’t he?)

Furthermore, the world-building and the atmosphere for this book were fantastically written. The world-building was great! It was described nicely and neatly which I am going to give you two examples now: the world has 13 months and two moons. How marvelous is that? The world-building did not just stop there, it went on to elaborate more about the world and the landscapes and the town with the cultures. In my opinion, I think that this is how a world should be built.

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was so suspenseful and horrifying and amazing at the same time that it just made me read more and more of those satisfying words. This book made me feel things that were evolving around the book! Oh, I almost forgot! There’s an unforgivable death in this book that I wept my heart out for that character. I cannot…. 

Moreover, the friendship relationship between Viola and Todd was superb. I rarely read about friendship relationships in Young Adult books mainly because most of them turned into couples. Also, the relationship between Ben, Cillian and Todd was so fabulously written that it made me cry when [Spoiler Removed]

Finally, there is a CLIFFHANGER at the end of the book which I am pretty glad that I have the second and the concluding novels to the trilogy because that CLIFFHANGER was dvisvirbviebwuivb… Crazy. Crazy cliffhanger.

Now, let us move on to the writing section! 

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”- The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

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Writing Style:

“War is like a monster,” he says, almost to himself. “War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows.” He’s looking at me now. “And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.” – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness. 

The writing style for this book was chatty, articulate, crisp and eloquent. It was chatty because this book was written like this when a word ended with this : -tion. “Attenshun” or “Police Stashun”. I did affect me when I was reading this book, to be honest. But I tried not to pay attention to those words and it did not work! So I continued reading it and I have gotten used to it after a while and I did not pay any attention to it anymore which is great!

Oh, another thing that bothered me while I was reading the book was the amount of slang words Patrick used. Normally, I do not like slang words in books such as “Ain’t” or whatnot but I am willing to overlook those words because Todd is an undereducated boy and I understand why Patrick chose to write it that way so… Yeah.

In addition to what I have said previously about the atmosphere and the world-building, Patrick Ness is a very skillful author with both of those things. He made the world come to life and he made all sorts of atmospheres to surround the book so that the reader can feel those feels. Thus, I really enjoyed his world-building and the atmospheres that he had created.

Finally, (and this point is an unfortunate one) I did not enjoy the flashback-free that centre around this book. I would really love to read some of the flashbacks of the day before of his ‘move’.  I would love to read some of the flashbacks about Cillian and Ben. But, unfortunately, the book did not provide that. But I do hope that in the next two installments, there would be some flashbacks about them! 

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“Men lie, and they lie to theirselves worst of all.” – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.

Todd: He was a brave, stubborn and kind boy who does not have anyone else except for Viola. He was stubborn because of the decisions he made. Most of the decisions he made were kind of dumb because people kept hiding things from him! But, when he knew the truth, he was quick to correct all of his mistakes! Thus, I would say that his character growth shot up high!

Viola: I loved Viola. She was badass, smart, sassy and brave. She kicked butts and pulled out her ‘tools’ from her ‘bag’ whenever she see fit to use them. Although she did make some silly mistakes as well, but those mistakes are not as serious as Todd’s. Therefore, her character growth shot upwards but not that high.

Manchee: The Dog! I loved him so much! He was cute and brave and just everything in everything! He does not need any character growth because his character remained constant throughout the book so.. Yeah.

Now, let us move on to the Overall section!

Overall: 

I am giving this book a 89.35%. I enjoyed it more than the first time I had it read and I will definitely be reading the sequel! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!