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November TBR

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

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

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

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

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

1. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you’ve never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. 

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon – the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon, the blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.

Me:

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

2. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

3. The Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. Desolate by Amy Miles

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

6. Curse of Stars By Donna Compositor

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

7. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

8. Portraits Of A Faerie Queen by Tay LoRoi

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

10. Lady Of The Shades by Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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


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

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Awesome Blogger Award

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

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

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

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

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The Rules:

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

Tay’s Infinite Thought’s Questions:

  • Favorite song cover?

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

  • Why did you start your blog?

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

  • Kindle, Book, or Audiobook?

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

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

  • Who is the your most favorite person ever?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Favorite genre of music, books, and movies?

Books, of course!

My Questions:

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

My Nominees:


This is the end of my ‘Awesome Blogger Award’ book tag! (By the way, if I did not nominate you, well, you have just been nominated! I cannot wait for you guys to attempt on my questions!) I hope you guys enjoyed this award article as much as I enjoyed making it and follow me with your wordpress account or via email to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

Book Review

The 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!

Book Review

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I bet most of you or maybe all of you knew or have read this book because it is so well-known. If you do not have the general idea of what this book is about, I will be giving you a very brief summary of what this book is about now.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classical fiction following our protagonist- Jean Louise (also known as Scout) and Scout’s brother named Jem as their father, Atticus and them went through a series of mocks, attacks and more for defending an innocent black man who was accused of raping a white girl.

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!*

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”- To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee

Synopsis:

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the topics that had been tackled down in this book. Topics such as: Racism and respecting other people. I will be talking about every one of them down below.

Racism. I loved how racism was portrayed in this book. It was really heart-breaking to read about a race that is going through all these ugly things. We should look at how ugly racism is instead of just brushing it off our shoulders or wherever you can think of. Also, we should treat other races EQUALLY! It is not like this specific race is the superior of other races, we are created equally not… like I have said earlier, this specific race is the superior of other races. Anyway, I loved how the story wrapped up on adults attitude towards other races.

Respecting other people. You might be asking, “Max, what do you mean?” Well, what I meant was to respect other people even if they are rich or poor or anything else you can think of, just respect them. To gain one’s respect is to respect that person first. Thus, it is important to respect other people which I really loved how the book portrayed on this topic.

Now that I have finished the topics that were tackled down by the book. Let us move on to the atmosphere, the plot, the pacing and more that were surrounded in this book.

The pacing. Although I enjoyed almost all of the parts in this book, I did not enjoy the pacing that was put into this book. I know, it was meant to build up what happened before Mr. Ewells… [Spoiler removed]. But I really did not like the pacing. It was slow and the book could have been 50 pages shorter! Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book like.. a ton!

The atmosphere. The atmosphere around this book felt so real! When I was reading this book, it felt like I was back in the country side, walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. It’s just… a beautiful, humorous yet heartbreaking atmosphere to be in. 

World-building. The world-building in this book is perfect! I mean, it is set on earth.. So, of course it is perfect. Okay, well.. Even though the story is set on earth, the places that were mentioned in the book are fictional and therefore, the world-building is fantastic! 

The plot. How do I start? The plot for this book was fantastic! It is about an innocent black man being accused of raping a white girl and it is also about how a lawyer defended the innocent man! I loved how well this book was thought out. Nothing in this book is confusing and if it does, it will be explained by the end of the book. But, I doubt the story will confuse you because this book, in my personal opinion, is very easy to read. 

The relationships. The relationship between Scout and Jem is beautiful. I loved how siblings relationships are included in the story and also, the relationship between Scout and Atticus- her father is also very, very engaging! I loved how Harper connected all of these beautiful characters together! 

Now, let us get into the writing style section!

Writing Style:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

The writing style for this book was enchantingly elegant! The writing style was everything from articulate to crisp and finally, to emphatic. It was emphatic because it showed what the author was trying to voice, trying to speak about the topics that she wanted to speak of. So, yes. Beautiful writing style.

Also, I really liked how Harper had written the flashbacks of some characters, such as Scout and Jem! The flashbacks were clear and it did not confuse me in any way and those flashbacks were great additions to the story. It helps the reader to get to know more about the characters! 

Furthermore, there were different tones that were added to the story which I really liked about. Tones such as sadness, happiness, angry tone and more. I just loved how strong and solid the tones were when I was reading the book and those tones gave me the feelsss.

Finally, I loved how Harper’s writing style wrapped the atmosphere around the book. The atmosphere was written so powerfully that the story came into life. Everything felt so real, like what I have said earlier, it felt like I was walking along at the side of the road while silently watching everything that was happening. At times, the atmosphere felt so real that it made me think, “This cannot be fictional, right?” But, unfortunately, it is. 

Well, that’s the end of this section! Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Jean Louise (Also known as ‘Scout’): I loved her. She was so adorable that I felt the need to pinch her face when she did something wrong. Aside from her cuteness, she was very brave when she faced [Spoiler removed] and she also learned from her mistakes which I really loved when a character learned from her/his mistake. For her character growth, I would say she had an intense growth in her character! 

Jem Finch: I did not like him that much in the beginning because he bullied his sister. But as the story progressed overtime, I began to like him and eventually he made his way up to my favourite character list! I loved how headstrong and brave he was! He would protect his father from all those bad men. His character growth for this book was fantastic! I wished to read more about him in the sequel to ‘To Kill A Mockingbird‘!

Atticus Finch: I loved him! He was compassionate to his children and he did not raise his voice at them for being naughty or whatever. He was also determinant. He was determined to defend and save the innocent man! I really loved how great his character is. I would not say that his character growth shot upwards because his character growth remained constant.. in a good way.

Mr. Ewells: Oh my goodness! I hate him to the mud. I do not wish to spoil you guys so I am going to keep this short. He is one of the most hateful character I have ever laid my eyes on, even Maven from Red Queen is better than him. Well, I hate Maven but not as much as Mr. Ewells. Okay, guys. That is all.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 91.75% rating. I did enjoy everything that was presented in this book but unfortunately, I did not enjoy the pacing.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee! I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be blogging on ‘The Sunshine Blogger’ award book tag. I was nominated by Noriko from Diary of a Bookfiend to do this award tag! Thank you Noriko, for nominating me! I really appreciate it! Guys, be sure to check out her blog article after you finish with mine, her article is extremely beautiful and amazing! Now, let us get into the Award tag, shall we?

Actually no, at least not yet because before we get started, I have an announcement to make!

Announcement: I have recently hit 2200 followers on this blog and thank you everyone for these amazing six months! Without each and every one of you, I will never make it this far! So, I really cannot wait to share more bookish reviews and content with you all!

Now, with everything aside, let us get into the ‘The Sunshine Blogger’ Award book tag!

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions from Noriko:

  • What are your plans for this summer?

Answer: To be honest, I have no plans for this summ-er…Summer. Oh my goodness, I almost spelled ‘Summer’ as ‘Summar’. Well, I will make a rough plan for this summer now, since the question is to answer what are my plans. So, let us begin…

1. Read more books! I am planning to read more books than I always do this summer because I realized that I have been lacking in pace and I really want to catch up with the new releases and finish up all my To-Be-Read books on my shelves.

2. Buy more books? Yep. Buy more books. My birthday is coming up, so I might achieve this goal! I know, I just said I want to finish up my TBR piles. But, I need more books too.. Maybe just teeny bits of them.. Okay, that is a lie. I need all of them.

3. To study more and harder this summer. School is getting tougher and yes, I am stressing out. But I will not give up! I must stay until the very end!

Those are my goals for this summer, let us now move on to the next question!

  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Answer: This question got me thinking. Well, I would like to change many things.. But there is one thing that I really want to change about myself and that is my attitude towards the people who are constantly nagging. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love listening to them but sometimes, it gets frustrating. So, I really want to stay calm and answer their questions.

  • What is your favorite book genre?

Answer: Uhm.. One genre? Pleaseee…No. I have quite a few book genres that I always fanboy over and those book genres are:

1. Fantasy! This genre is, hands down, my favourite genre among this list! It has everything that I enjoy and everything that I want more of.. For example, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a high fantasy book and I love this book, if you have not read it already, do yourself a favour. Go to the bookstore and get yourself a copy of it! You will thank me after that.

2. Paranormal/Supernatural. Definitely my second favourite. I love everything regarding to angels and magic and so on. I love this genre!

3. Dystopian. It has been years since the dystopian crazed and now this genre kind of died off a little. But, nevertheless, I still love this genre. Although the books which contain this genre repeat themselves over and over again, I still love them.

4. Romance. Sweet, contemporary romance. I love a sweet contemporary romance! Sorry, I repeated myself. But, you get what I mean.. Right?

5. Science Fiction. Of course! Science Fiction. I love science fiction books, they make me think about the world and how very small my knowledge about the world really is! I love science fiction, nonetheless.

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  • Who is your recent fictional crush?

Answer: Obviously, Mare from Red Queen.

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  • If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Answer: I would rather not eat because that particular food will make you think of the good ol’ days when you can eat any food you want in the world.. Except for the unaffordable ones though.

  • Coffee or tea drinker?

Answer: I am much more of a tea drinker because only tea can make me feel truly awake. Whereas coffee makes me feel sleepy. I do not know why, but coffee does not work on me.. Does it keep you all awake? I hope not because I do not want to be the only one.. BOOHOOHOO.

  • Night owl or morning person?

Answer: Night Owl. Definitely a night owl person. I would normally read a book until late at night without realizing it is already.. uh.. 1:40 in the morning. Yes. That is me and my life.

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  • What is your superpower?

Answer: I do not think I have one in real life. But in my fictional world, I have telekinesis, speed, able to control everything power.

  • What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Answer: Banana and chocolate. It was fantastic and I need or rather must try it again!

  • What do you most love about YOU?

Answer: What I love most about myself? Being able to be in a fictional world when I am reading and being humble human beings!

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  • What are your passions in life?

Answer: I am still thinking about it! But I would really like to become a Biochemist and a Writer in the future!

My nominees:

My Questions:

Ah. Creating questions, how I love you. This section is going to be hard for me to make.

  • What is your favourite book of all time and why?
  • Would you rather live in a house full of roaches or a house full of mosquitoes?
  • What method(s) did you use to organize your bookshelves?
  • If you despised a book, what would you do with it? Burn it or donate it?
  • What is that one specific Young Adult trope that you hate reading about?
  • What would you do if a friend accidentally drop your book in a pile of mud?
  • Would you lend your friend the book(s) that you held dearly?
  • What is your most comfortable reading position?
  • Have you ever dream of fictional characters?
  • What is that one genre that you hate reading from?
  • Kiss, Kill, Marry. For this question, I would like you all to pick characters that you love. (and please, no cheating!)
  • Do you ever feel.. like a plastic bag? Just kidding guys! That is not a question!

This is the end of my ‘The Sunshine blogger Award’ book tag! (By the way, if I did not nominate you, well, you have just been nominated! I cannot wait for you guys to attempt on my questions!) I hope you guys enjoyed this award article as much as I enjoyed making it and follow me with your wordpress account or via email to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

Bookish Fun!

Booktube-a-thon from Day 1-6 + 24 hours reading challenge

1.32 P.M

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and today I will be doing an update from Day 1 to Day 6 of the Booktube-a-thon 2017. Honestly, I have not been doing very well for this marathon because I have tons of school work to finish but today which is day 6 (a Saturday, Yay!) of the Booktube-a-thon, I will be reading for 24 hours straight. Okay, maybe not straight but a little crooked because I need to sleep and eat as well.

Now, I will give you a brief summary on what I have finished for the past 5 days. Prepare to get shocked. I have finished.. ONLY ONE BOOK FOR THE PAST FIVE DAYS and that book was The battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace which I sadly did not enjoy. I will be doing a book review for The battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace soon.

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My goal for today (Day 6 of the Booktube-a-thon) is to finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I do not think it will be hard to finish this book today because I am really enjoying it so far.

Now, I am going to read instead of rumbling on and I will update you guys later. Bye!

6:35 P.M

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

Hey Guys! I finally hit Page 110 for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The reason why it took me so long to hit that page was because I was called to help out with the house chores which happens frequently when I am reading. 

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Aside from that, I am really enjoying this book so far. It kept me laughing and thinking out loud and also, this book covers important topics such as respecting your elders, etc which is fantastically fabulous. I cannot wait to see how this book ends! 

If I get to finish To Kill A Mockingbird today, I will start reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness right after I finish reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I have read The Knife Of Never Letting Go once and it was very easy to read but unfortunately, I did not enjoy it the first time around was mainly because of the writing style and how the story was told. So, I sincerely hope that this time, the book will blow my mind away instead of the last time!

Okay, I am going to go on reading now and I should probably get a snack and a tea ready so that it can keep me awake. Just to let you all now if you are wondering, coffee does not work on me instead, it will make me sleepier. So, tea is a better choice and I love anything that is related to tea, for example, Green Tea Ice Cream, Green Tea chocolate. Just, yes, I am obsessed with Green Tea. 

Okay, I should probably go now. I will see you guys later!

10:14 P.M

It is currently 10:14 P.M and I have not finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee yet because I was out to take my dinner and when I came home, it was 8:40 P.M already. So, when I came home, I made myself a cup of Green Tea which I am obsessed with it and started reading my book on the bed. 

I stopped at Page 140 which I really do not wish to stop because it is getting better and better as the story progresses. Anyway, back to the topic, I stopped at Page 140 because I have school work to do. So, I will update you guys after I finish my school work!

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12:24 A.M:

Hey Guys! It is currently 12:24 A.M and I just came back from Starbucks. Oh, well. I tried to read there but the coffee which I loved- Caramel Macchiato exhausted me. It made me feel sleepy. That is why, coffee does not work on me. Only Tea does. 

Anyway, I will keep on reading until my eyes fail on me. I cannot give in to the temptation of sleeping until the temptation of sleeping overrun me. So, I must keep reading! I do not know what I am trying to say anymore, sorry guys. My eyes are failing on me.

And guys, have you all noticed something on my blog? I have changed the Bookish Fun menu button to a page instead of a list of drop-downs. I will show you some Before and After examples:

Before Bookish Fun

The above is the drop-down menu I used to use for the Bookish Fun Section. As for now, I have turned everything into a page form:

After Bookish Fun

I changed it to a page form because I find it easier for you guys to look for certain Bookish Fun posts that I have posted on this blog. 

Now, The 24 hours readathon and Day 7 of booktube-a-thon will be continued on my next update which is tomorrow. So, Goodnight everyone and I will see y’all tomorrow!


This is the end of my Booktube-a-thon Day 1-6 and 24 hours challenge update! 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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book.. How.. do I even begin?

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be doing a book review for Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Some of you may know Marisha Pessl from her debut novel called Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I have not read that book yet, but after I finished reading Night Film, I really want to get my hands on a copy of it!

Night film is an Adult Thriller, Mystery and a genre that I do not wish to spill because I do not want to spoil this beautiful book to you! In this book, we follow Scott McGrath, the protagonist, as he seeks vengeance from a man who set him up five years ago. While doing so, he also discovers a secret that the family- Cordova is hiding.

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

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own and this is a SPOILER FREE review!*

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“Because every one of us has our box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart. It contains what you do everything for, strive for, wound everything around you.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

Synopsis:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with this innocent question: Should I read this book which is categorized as Adult if I am a Young Adult reader? The answer to this question is yes! You should definitely give this book a chance because this book reads like a Young Adult book which shocked me because this is an Adult book. 

Now, with that question away, let us talk about the pacing of the book! The pacing for this book was slow in the beginning. But the pacing picked up after I reached about a hundred pages into the book and when you reached the last two hundred pages of the book, that’s where you need to buckle up and enjoy the ride!

I cannot not talk about the pictures and illustrations that were presented in the book! No spoilers here, I just want to show you all a sample of the pictures in the book:

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Aren’t those illustrations cool and chilling? I really loved the pictures in the book even though they are not the best pictures in the world but still, they are a great substitute to the story!

The relationship between Scott and his workmates- Nora and Hopper were fascinating! Although I did not really like Hopper because he kind of frustrated me a little but overall, he had a great character growth throughout the book which I will talk more about later on. Nora is probably the most outstanding character in this book, even though I liked Scott as the protagonist, I cannot help but feel the need for Nora to be the protagonist of the book.

The scenes in this book were action-packed, full of mysteries, twist and turns and finally the plot twists in this book were crazy! I repeat: Crazy Plot Twists which means Mind-Blowing Plot Twists. There is not a second I do not love about the book. All of the mysteries they uncovered intrigued me and when I thought I figured out where the mysteries were leading the story to, a person or thing suddenly popped up and there goes my thinking. 

The atmosphere and feel around the book felt so real and so raw that I actually thought the characters, films, the suicide and the fans called Cordovites were real. When I finished the book, I search the website that was mentioned in the book called Blackboards on the internet and it actually exists. The website is probably created by Penguin Random House Publishing which is exciting! But I have not try it the website out yet.. so… yeah.

Here is the link to the website: TheBlackBoards

All the tiny cracks and unanswered questions were answered by the end of the book. I really loved how the answers were answered and how all the tiny cracks and odd questions were revealed! Just, you guys.. Must READ THIS BOOK! It is truly fantastic!

Now, let us move on to the writing style for this book!

Writing Style:

Another quote from Night film that I would like to share before we beginning this section!

“Just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you realize you’re standing on another trapdoor.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.

The writing style for this book was… Fantastic! Okay, I need to be more precise. It was articulate, crisp, emphatic, epigrammatic and stylistic. Her writing style was very different from the other authors I have read from and plus, this book reads like a Young Adult book!

The atmosphere around the protagonist, like I have said earlier, felt so real. When I was reading the book, the characters and the scenes in the book felt so lively and real that it made me think that they were real.. but not. I wish they were real though! 

The consistency throughout the book was marvelous! Marisha kept her characters and her story to be in a consistent way that it made the story more vivid and clearer which I truly loved! By the way, this is a 606 pages book and the consistency in this book was great!

The tone was different for each characters that were presented in the book. All of them were different from the other characters and that’s where the uniqueness of their characteristics comes in. It was fascinating to see each one of them grow from the bad to the good or the good to the better!

Overall for the writing style of the book, I will give it a 98% rating!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Scott McGrath: I loved him! He had such determination that he will find out what had happened to Ashley and what is the family hiding. He was smart, kind of dumb sometimes, reckless and protective, very protective! He was a great protagonist for the book!

Hopper: I disliked him when the story opened him out like a sunflower in the wild. He was pretty rude when he first started appearing in the story, but he changed after that which is great! He became a brave, smart and kind-hearted person. Overall, he had a great character development!

Nora: loved Loved LOVED her as a character in this book! She was the best and the only one that kept my sanity when I was reading this book! When everything else seemed so crazy, she was the one that chills the readers. She was kind (Very Kind) and very gentle with both humans and things. I have to say, she was pretty weak in the beginning but she grew out of that weakness as the story progressed.. So, splendid character development!

Cordova: He was an interesting character to read about. The director of many horrifying films that scare watchers to the bones. He was horrifying and I cannot go on talking  more about him because I do not want to spoil you! 

Bonus content:

If this book were to be a film, I would want Scott McGrath as Ben Affleck, the guy who played the Batman role in Batman V Superman and the lead role in Gone Girl.

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Ben Affleck
Emma Watson as Nora Holliday. Emma Watson who played belle’s role in Beauty and the beast and she also played the role in the ‘Harry Potter Series’ as Hermione.
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Emma Watson
Finally, I would like to have Dylan Minnette as Hopper. Dylan Minnette who played Clay’s role in ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’.
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Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.5% Rating. I highly recommend you guys to read this book, it is so goood!

“I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.”- Night Film, Marisha Pessl.


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