Book Review

Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be producing a book review for a book that had recently managed to burst my brain with hot glue and made me never trust an author ever again (Just Kidding) and that book is called ‘Lady Of The Shades’ By Darren Shan.

Lady Of The Shades is an adult horror story woven with the essences of a thriller novel that follows a writer named Edward Sievieking who travelled to London to get inspiration from the said-to-be haunted places for his next novel but instead, he was driven into the crazy world of lies and manipulation.

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

Disclaimers:

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

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“I know that no matter how lonely I get, I’ll never be truly alone again. Our loved ones don’t leave us. They just move out of sight for a while, and wait…in the shades.”- Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

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…

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us commence on this review by conversing on the fact that this book is extremely underrated and underappreciated. Honestly, this is a book that deserves many readers because of the amount of effort and work put into it. Everything from the storytelling to the writing to the structure of the characters stood out among the pile of the books that are in the similar genre and I will be ticking off the list today on why you should read this wondrous novel.

The ambience around this novel had the azure of suspense, excitement and most of all, goosebumps plummeting down on your skin. My reading experience for this novel was enhanced by these determinants and it will give you all an assistance on interpreting the novel and concede its readers to be addicted to it until the very end of the novel. However, the first 30 pages or so had a dearth of atmosphere but from there on, it swells up and steers the ambience into your eyes.

The pacing for this novel which we will be talking about next had a quintessential balance between the segments of the story where the author felt should take it slow and other parts where the author took the story in a rollercoaster ride. This book took me two days to finish due to how addicted I was to the story and how fast the pages and words flew passed my eyes and brains. Genuinely,  I wonder how my brain cells were able to take in the information but either way, it was a pleasant ride to be in. 

Diving further into the review, I would like to discourse on the world building that this book had bestowed upon itself. The world, like what the synopsis of the blockbuster had stated, was set in London and there were not any real ‘world-building’ needed as it was set in our world, however, the description of the streets and the pavements were described marvellously, it felt as though I was a visitor of London, pondering on its streets and looking for direction from locals. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed how the author set up and described its location and surrounding.

Now, we will be counterbalancing on the plot, the plot twists and the plot holes of the novel. The plot centres around a writer who has disembarked on a trip to London to acquire ideas from the surrounding to receive new information that would be useful for his upcoming novel. However, as time passes by, he fell in love with a woman named ‘Daleena’ and slowly but surely, he uncovers the truth beneath her and understands that she has a sort of motivation getting close to him. 

Even that mini description of the book makes me wary of delivering the foremost plot and its plot twists away. So, I have decided to stop describing and move on with the segment where I confer on the plot twists.

The plot twists which were the most consequential strength of the novel, mess with your brain until you challenge yourself on which is valid and which is altered. The complexity of the well-crafted plot twists was astutely managed and they were strung together and tied to a knot in the end. It was pretty bizarre how they all tied up perfectly because there were so many plot twists and it launches readers off their tracks and oftentimes when I thought I had the flimsiest idea of what was going on and Darren accomplished to twist the story around again. The writer contrived to keep track of all the twists and turns he had inscribed and therefore, we shall applause Darren for such crazy twists.

Before we reach the final paragraph of this section, I would like to discuss the relationships factor of this novel. Ed and Daleena affection for each other was too much of an insta-love for me considering the fact that the author described the main character as secretive and ‘keep-to-himself’ type of person. However, I enjoyed the friendship between Ed and Joe (not going to spoil but something definitely happen here) and thought that Joe was a good friend for Ed’s mental health. I, for once, loved the bad blood between Ed and Dash, it definitely was entertaining to see the sub-plot driving the story forward and provided such a significant amount of work for the primary plot. Therefore, I enjoyed the relationship factor of the novel.

Finally, I will be giving out some iconic quotes that I found in the novel that are instantly my favourite as my eyes landed on them:

“John Nilson dos Linos was brushing dandruff from his hair when he was executed.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

“I’ve been grinding away on the plot of the book, trying to figure out why my lead character was killed. It can’t be random. The story is crying out for a reason that will drive the narrative forward, but I can’t decide what it should be.”– Darren Shan, Lady Of The Shades.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

Just a side note, I would not recommend people who are under the age of 15 to read this novel as it contained a plethora of vulgar language and plenty of ‘scenes’ that were unpleasant to the children poor eyes. So, do keep that in mind if you are picking this novel up.

The style of writing for this novel was lyrical, easy to read and sometimes, messy. It was lyrical and easy-to-read because of the way it was written. I should now present to you a snippet of the passages from the novel to allow you all to view on the wondrous writing style:

‘Oh stop.’ I grimace, and lay my free hands over hers. ‘How’d you like to become my agent?’

‘What’s the starting salary?’

‘Nothing.’

‘I’ll take it.’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This conversation made me laugh out loud and it was such a good time between the characters and the interaction was marvellous before everything began to fall between them, starting from the trust factor to the relationship factor.

Simon Dale?’ I gasped.

‘Wait,’ Andeanna interrupts. ‘The guy who killed your friend in the army?’

‘Yes.’

‘What the hell was he doing there?’- Lady Of The Shades, Darren Shan.

This was amusing as well but the tone of the novel had eclipsed over here. The story went from all sunbeams to a cryptic and dreary day in London. They were conversing on their past and the number of deaths that the characters were responsible for and how in the world they would be able to live and cope with it and what would their future hold for them?

However, the writing style was a little all over the place due to the phonetics used. Sometimes, I had to grasp what the author was trying to shed light on but other than that, I thought it was a very well-written novel.

Finally, I would love to discuss the ending of the novel. I did not like the epilogue of this novel because it ended on a note that does not make sense and it almost ruined the story for me but I thought 95% of the novel was gorgeous and the last 5% messed it up for me. Therefore, I am taking 10% away from the rating mainly because the epilogue frustrated me to no end.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Edward was a reticent person who had an obscure history and he could perceive the horrifying spirits that delved and loitered around him. He would sometimes be an absolutely vicious person when he dissed on Joe’s scars that were caught from the fire and threatened to murder the humans that were getting in his way. He had also loomed on the fact that he aspired to maltreat Daleena, a person that he loved, for not showing up on a specific occasion. I would add that he was a grey character as he knew what was wrong when it was performed and sworn not to do it again unless it was necessary. Given his violent history, it would not be surprising to see it being re-enacted on the people he loved but he definitely had some character arc that was perfect for the story.

Joe and Daleena, uprightly, I do not even know how to speak about their characters because these characters screwed me up so badly that they made everything hard to converse on. Well, I’ll try!

*sips ginger tea*

Joe was smart, witty and is obsessed with Ed’s books. He was a friend that Ed made in London and they loved to exchange plot devices and discussed on the places where Ed could visit to make a new perspective on his book. He was covered in beard because he wanted to conceal the scars that burned his body when he was younger. He does not have a character arc because he does not need it because at the end of the novel, everything will be explained and you will understand what I meant by it.

Daleena was a beautiful young lady who was also obsessed with Ed’s books, was very ‘said-to-be-naive’ and pressured. Her abusive husband often laid hands on her and she could not get away because he was part of the mafia and would find her if she had gotten away. She had a son named Greygo and would risk anything to protect him until Ed came along and she fell unconditionally in love with him and if you thought that was the end of the story, well, it’s not. Daleena was manipulative and would do anything to get what she had wanted- revenge. She plotted everything to allow her husband to be killed and framed on innocent people to escape from the crime that she had produced. Thus, I would call her a grey character as well.

Overall: The Ending

I am giving this novel an 80% rating for its combination of excitement, suspense and how clever this novel was created. However, it has its flaws and therefore, the rating. I will be checking out more of Darren Shan works as he is an absolutely fantastic writer. I think you guys should check this novel out as well! 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan! 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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Bookish Fun! · Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition

Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, we will be doing the ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition’ article where I seep some personalities into my blog and enable you guys to have an insight prospect of what my past was like and how I ended up building a book blog to where I have been in the past three months. Well, I think we should inaugurate now as I have a plethora of erudition that I would like to bestow it upon all of your shoulders.

Before we commence, I would love to tag a few other elegant book bloggers in this community to do this ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition’ article. Here goes:

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Life~

I was born on the 28th of August 2002 and into a family of six. I am the third child in my family (my little brother comes next in line- 2004). I will now caper ahead to the division where I was 5 years old as my brain cells could not retrieve anything before that. Sorry 😜

When I was somewhere around 5 years old, I used to be notably obsessed with these television series which I will be naming some of them down below:

  • Teen Titans series (2003-2006)
  • Codename: Kids next door 
  • The PowerPuff Girls
  • Totally Spies 
  • Winx Club

There definitely are more to the list but they have slipped off of my mind and I will spare you guys the details of each of the shows except for ‘Totally Spies’ because something occurred and I would like to elucidate it to you all in the next paragraph.

When a new episode of ‘Totally Spies’ emerged on the television, my mom was about to depart from the house to fetch both of my sisters home from primary school so, she questioned if I want to accompany her to summon them home. I rejected without a second thought and watched the episode. Well, things had gotten a little nasty when my mother had not gotten back in around 30 minutes.

As the episode had ended, I examined the window in my living room (we were living in an apartment, by the way) and discerned that her car was not in her conventional parking locality and that was when I started to bawl like a big fat baby. Promise me you will not gag and unfollow my blog in this next section:

I regurgitated on the floor for absolutely no reason and my eyes were red. Tears proceeded to cascade down from my eyes to my cheeks, then the floor. I rushed to the window again to check for my mother and siblings but all I saw was a worker, cleaning up the road so that it will be unoccupied by dry leaves. 

I was living on the first floor of the apartment so as I was crying, he was desperately attempting to brighten my mood and at the same time, he squealed from where he was standing and questioned why I was weeping. I told him about my mother and her car and he glanced around and sought for the car.

Finally, he broke the news to me that he had not seen the vehicle that I had described and told me that he had to go back to work. I cried even louder this time and told him to stay (oh my gosh, this is embarrassing) and his features told me that he was contemplating on lingering but he sojourned anyway.

Eventually, my mom’s car came into the parking lodge and my tears immediately dissipated. The man who had waited with me gave me a wave and he left to resume on his job.

My mother entered the hallway of the house and saw the puke on the floor. I cannot remember anything after that but I could remember that she used tissues to clean up my disgusting vomit.

If you are the worker who tried to cheer me up while my mother was not around and you are reading this article, I am thanking you from the bottom of my heart

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Flash forward a few years when I reached my seventh year on earth. We moved into a terrace house as our family members were expanding and we could no longer fit into an apartment. My brother and I, we shared a room while both of my sisters shared another room. It was a perfect room for both me and my brother because I adore the colour green which we later painted the room light green and we had a plethora of storage to place our toys into. We made a few friends around the residential area which until today, our lattice bonding with our friends is still there. Ultimately, they became our best friends forever. I love them: we talked about random things all the time and it always took us hours upon hours to finally run out of topics to converse on

(One of my best friends would love to get featured on this article so here she is: Elena Seow)

Eventually, the primary school had opened and we had to attend the classes as children do. Primary school was fun! I had made a few friends and joined many competitions such as public speaking competition, rope jumping and more. However, when it came to the fourth year of burrowing in the school, I was being bullied.

(This part is hard) This boy who I did not anger nor have I ever laid a finger on came up to me and punch me in you-know-where. I was shocked, of course, loss of words even. Here’s my theory on why he picked on me: I was thin and fragile, he probably took advantage on that to bully me. Eventually, I had enough of it and went to the teacher’s office. My school-friend who was right beside of me told me to let-it-go, we do not have to look for the teachers but I insisted so we went and exposed every single layer of it. After this incident, he had never laid a hand on me ever again. 

On my fifth year in primary school, we were having our third term examination. We had to place our bags outside of the class in order to prevent students from cheating. My school bag, unfortunately, was being pickpocketed. Annoyed, sad and confused, I thought I had misplaced it somewhere because my parents will slaughter me if I lost my wallet. I continued my hunt for my wallet for a few days and finally, a parent came into our classroom a few days after the incident and called me out to speak with me personally.

She returned the wallet back to me and bought a few other goodies for apologies of her son’s behaviour. I noticed that her son was a friend of mine and I went over to ply on his reasons for stealing my wallet, but he did not respond and I did not communicate with him (unless it’s necessary) ever again.

***

I switched school and studied in a homeschool which is now metamorphosed into an international school and I had a blast for the first few months except for this one student who always flaunted about his study skills which annoyed the heck out of not only me but many other students as he enjoyed looking into other people’s privacy without any permission. Privacy such as our results and our personal lives. 

As for my academics, I did quite well and was pleased when I was offered to jump to a higher grade. Clearly, I accepted the offer as it was only presented once in a lifetime. My friends missed me and I missed them as well, so I told them that we will be able to converse with one another during break and lunchtime and unmistakably, we did.

Gradually, I made new friends in my new classroom and I realized that my new classmates had a lot in common with me than I originally thought but unfortunately, not a lot of them read but some do. 

When I was in Grade 9, I started my book blogging channel to share my thoughts and love for books.  I found this platform through Youtube but I was not ready to show my ‘face’ to the world as I have major insecurities and anxiety for doing so. Therefore, I made a book blogging channel where I can write and share my opinions freely without showing my face. However, I would love to change that from now onwards, so… I would post pictures of me reading on this channel sometime soon and slowly impel pass from the insecurities. Hope you guys would not mind me doing that 😊

Also, when I was in Grade 9, I suggested to my class teacher that we should open up a book club in our school and she agreed wholeheartedly. I spread the news to my friends and asked if they would like to join but most of them turned me down. I remained optimistic and in the end, I had recruited a group of 7 students and from therein, we did what we could to make the club interesting. Unfortunately, a few months later, the book club started disintegrating down to rubbles and everyone left the group as we were too busy minding on our own studies.

Back to the topic of my school: As my best friends and I trudged together towards the end of Grade 10, we took our GCSE exams. The lecturers in our school had been a sanctification for us, students, as they encouraged and moulded us on the topics that we were not familiarized on. Hereby, I would like to thank the teachers, if it were not for them, we would not be where we are at today.

P.S I had been withdrawn for three months due to the fact that I was converging on my studies (I was so stressed out during that period of time, with sleepless nights and delirium) and I yearned to interact with you guys so much during those torturous and barbaric three months but I had to put everything I cherish (even reading) on hold so, sorry.

Now, I am back to book blogging and I will make sure to pump out a plethora of contents for you all as I am now on my holidays for a few months before college consumes me. That sentence scares me: college consumes me. A new environment with strangers and no one to rely on. Well, we will face it next year, not now.

This paragraph is totally unrelated to the article but if you are wondering what I am currently reading and what I have recently finished, I will let you know now. I am currently reading ‘Harry Potter and the chambers of secrets’ by J.K Rowling, a book which everybody had been pressuring me to read since the dawn of my existence:

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I have recently finished a book called ‘Lady of the shades’ by Darren Shan and OMG, what in the world, I LOVE IT! A review will be coming very soon so stay tuned for that!

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This is the end of my ‘Word My Life: Book Blogger Edition‘ article. If you are still here, be sure to give me a like, follow and comment ‘Still here down in the comment section below. I hope you guys enjoyed this random article and hope you all are having a great day! Bye!

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Book Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a widely cherished and a novel which was famously published called ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ By Ransom Riggs today! I know, it has been some time (3 months, Max) since I last posted a book review and likewise, a blog post, however, I would clarify my disappearance and ‘existence’ in my next blog post named ‘Word My Life: Blog edition’ where you will be fully immersed into my life? I guess. So, stay tuned for that! 

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel which follows a 16-years-old teenage boy named Jacob as he deliberated through the somewhat ‘ambiguous’ demise of his grandfather and what his remaining last statements actually meant.

Without further ado, let us dive right into the book review!

Disclaimer:

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

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“Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.” – Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Synopsis:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

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

My thoughts: Introduction

I would like to commence with this discussion by elucidating on the cover of the canto. The cover resembles the genre of horror and it initially reeled me away from purchasing the novel, but as time had passed, voyeurism had gotten the best of me and I had decided to acquire the volume and read it. Now, for people who are leery of the horror genre, you need not fear to read this novel as it does not slither or show an abundance of tactile sensation in the novel except for the vintage photographs which I will be presenting in the later paragraph as it requires a section of its own. So, do not be deliberated and pick this novel up if you have undergone the obligation to study it.

To begin with this review officially, I would like to talk about the lack of plot that this book had contained. There was enough action to move the plot along in the last 25% and personally, I thought the last 25% was not as exciting as I had hoped it would be. I thought the middle chunk of the novel was interesting as we learnt about the world and the magic system. The first 25% lack serious plotlines which in turn, made the pacing run at a slower pace and lose its readers. Therefore, I personally thought that there should be more action and plot to move the story along instead of staying stagnant and repeat timelines that were already described and explained.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere and world-building of the novel. The ambience of the novel was empyreal and it had a stainless discretion of the dream-like state, fantastical element and dilemma. The writer had a way to juggle around with the atmosphere and not lose grip from it. Therefore, I had to give props to the author for creating such a wondrous atmosphere.

The world-building was really well formulated as well. The scenery and the parcel of the estate were falsified consistently and the dialect and the physiques around the sphere were also expedited and fleshed out which made the world building so phenomenal. The dwellings and the children were also well represented. Thus, I enjoyed both the world-building and the ambience of the novel.

Now, we will pontificate on the plot-holes before we sink into my favourite quotes paragraphs. There definitely were several instances where I went ‘huh?’ and ‘wait what?’ and I caught myself laughing because of the confusion but here are some questions I covet it will be answered in the next book:

  1. Do the items that they have acquired from the market goes back to the market as the day restarts?
  2. How did they create the timeloop?
  3. Why are there other loops in the B.C years and who had them created?

My favourite quotes from the book will be listed below as I had a feeling that they will either get stuck with me for a while or I just thought they were iconic and fancy to be read by my face:

“Wait here.
Hell I am. Why?
Because you’re six-five and have green hair and my grandfather doesn’t know you and owns lots of guns.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“The day that lay before (was) full of infinite possibilities, though in a million superficial ways it was identical to the day before.” – ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

“Though I imagine we’re killing ourselves right now in all manner of ways that’ll seem insane to people in the future. And as doors to the next world go, a bog ain’t a bad choice. It’s not quite water and it’s not quite land – it’s an in-between place.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The writing style for this novel was a little lack-lustre, uninspired and a little dull like a knife or a pencil that had not been sharpened in a long time. To clarify the dullness, the writing had a sense that I was plodding through the forest, eagerly trying to grind through the ground that was surrounded by altitudinous grass and daddy-long-legs. Perhaps I should give you all a glimpse of the writing style?

“Will you quit shouting and let me bleed in peace!” 

First of all, if a person is bleeding and is an adult in a child’s body, I do not think that they will speak like that unless they are extremely frustrated with the blood dispersing from their body. In this case, he was not frustrated: just trying to act tough which will always end in a bad way because right after this sentence, if my memory serves me right, he fainted. 

Secondly, the use of the exclamation marks… I know it was to emphasize that they are children and had not experienced whatever that was beyond the 3rd of September 1940 but it was pretty annoying to have exclamation marks to be thrown at your face at all corners of the book. It pretty much shows the writer’s insincerity in his writing. I just hope that in the next instalment of this series, the author reduces the use of exclamation marks.

The style that the writer had acquired and adapted to were the ones which I was not comfortable with due to the excessive use of exclamation marks which I had already explained above and the sluggish writing such as expressing objects or ideas that were already known in order to stretch out the sentences to hit the word limit and carefully enhance the number of pages which could have easily been condensed down to a quick 318 pages novel. *Sob* an overabundance of trees perished for the sake of lengthening the novel.  

However, there are two major highlights in the author’s writing that I would wish to discourse upon: the tone and the description that he had endorsed in his writing style.

The author set the tone which is interrelated to the atmosphere and settings of the novel perfectly. With a classic surplus of magic and silent ‘drop n’ go’ information about the world and its system, it kept its readers such as I, to venture deeper into the novel to snoop for the obscure quality of the writer’s intellectual invention.

The description of the novel which again intersects with the settings of the novel, allows readers to survey the panorama and the grace in its world and also, the aversion that was concealed behind of the blinds. The author described the architectures and the contemporary lives of people living in that specific domain wonderfully and further on defined the behaviours of the humans surrounding the range without a particular flaw. In addition, the writer delicately apprehended the daily talks and the accent they spoke in and knitted into the story flawlessly. Therefore, I enjoyed these 2 major aspects of the writing style.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Jacob was the protagonist that was depicted to be good but he had a lot of flaws such as being spoilt by his parents and had the need to live an extraordinary life- with or without his parents’ care and I thought this made him independent but being wealthily spoilt and rude to other fellow colleagues at his workplace was inexcusable and that, I thought, made him a genuine human that was crafted by an author. 

Although he had qualities such as the supposed ‘bravery’ and used mostly the right words to speak to his peculiars, that does not excuse him for being rude which leads to my next point. His character growth was exponential throughout the novel. He grew out from the ways he had spoken and he slowly but surely gained the momentum for being a brave teenage kid which I thought was remarkable.

However, his love interest named Emma was his grandfather’s admirer which actually sounds kind of wrong to me because you are practically stealing your grandfather’s suitor and I do not understand why Emma had to fall for Jacob instead of being just friends. Well, that leads to the next character that we will be bestowing the responsibility of this review on: Emma.

Emma is a stubborn-headed, narcissistic and rude adult who is stuck in a child’s body. She was obstinate because she does not listen to factual testimony that laid unadorned before her eyes, she was narcissistic because she only weighed on herself and how safe it was in order to protect the peculiar children instead of conversing on the fact that Jacob still have a life and a family which he had a responsibility to be right by their side to soother their family dynamics and not present them with anxiety instead of making them fret about Jacob’s well-being. Worst of all, she DOES NOT have a character growth and does not learn from her gosh darn mistakes. Oh well, finger-crossed for the next book.

This review is really shimmering my skin with ferocity. I think I should drink a cup of water before I continue…

*drinks cup*

Miss Peregrine is my favourite character in this book. She had an ambience of love for her peculiar children and gave them everything to make their lives much more interesting due to the fact that they lived on the same day over and over again. However, the children had a taste of depreciation and it saddened me to see Miss Peregrine being heartbroken over her achievements and ultimately, led to the disappointment of her own making. Miss Peregrine, I thought, was the motherly figure to these children as she protects them from danger like a mother chick and her babies. I hope they will get a taste of appreciation once again as Miss Peregrine is such an astonishing parent to the children.

Enoch is the worst character that I had ever laid my eyes on. He had ill intentions on making the children cry, a dark sense of humour and a torture device in human form. Just to give you an overall idea of the torture device thing I just said, he had the power to revive an inanimate object which means that he can also revive a dead person, if only he has enough supplies of animal organs. Victor, who is dead has a sister named Wyn and Enoch teases Wyn on her brother’s death by saying that he is going to revive him, but he did not do so which leads to Wyn‘s bawling. 

What in the… who in the world does that? I hope Hollow City has a character arc for Enoch. He can’t be this mean.

Overall: The Ending

I would award this book a 50% rating. Yes, right in the midst of my grading system. It had a plethora of blemishes which I did not personally appreciate. If you are reading or you have read it, I hope you have a pleasant experience with it. I, unfortunately, lack the experience of pleasantness when I was reading this novel. By the way, I will be reading the next book to see if the flaws have diminished, so stay tuned (again) to read my review for Hollow City!


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Unpopular Opinion || Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I am here today to formulate a book tag called ‘The Unpopular Opinion’ Book Tag! As you are browsing and scanning through words that are bestowed in this article, please do keep in cognizance that this book tag that I am addressing will get a little nasty- well, not a little but very nasty and I am not here to alter anyone’s opinions on the books that I will be discoursing on and I hope you will respect my opinions as I value yours.

Furthermore, I would like to name the originator who had invented this tag and the creator for this tag is The Book Archer who is a Booktuber on YouTube. So, with all of the things that I had mentioned above, we should commence with the tag and the controversy that I am certain will take place in the comment box below!

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What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

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Angelfall by Susan Ee shall take the spot for this question for the time being. Wow, I can already hear people screaming in my direction for placing this novel here. Well, I definitely have to explain myself or else things will get worse and I do not wish for any of that.

The acumen on why I assigned this novel for this catechism is because of the content in it. Mind you, I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads but I am contemplating with myself on modifying it because I did not actually relish on it to the level of that grading that I had furnished. So, back to the question on why I did not cherish it as much as everyone else seems to admire.

The content in it did not grab me as much as it should have because I tend to enjoy angel/demons types of novel and in other cases, we called it the paranormal genre of books. I think I should address it properly: I did not connect with the characters in this novel and their struggles seemed like they were fumbling and squabbling over a pastime to me. In addition, the tensions and actions did not make me feel scared or have emotions flying everywhere. All I felt was boredom when I was reading this novel.

I will be doing a full review on this trilogy when I have the time but as for now, this will be my little rant section for this novel that did not do justice for me.

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

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As for this inquisition and the deeds that it had required, I will go with The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick. Now, don’t get me wrong, not everyone eschews this novel. I just felt that with this novel and the content or plot in it is either everything you have ever wanted or it is a thing that you condemn. To condense what I had just said: It is either you love this novel or you dislike it, there isn’t an in-between or grey spot for it.

For me, I thought this book was very well-plotted and it made my sentiments circumnavigate everywhere. In addition, the characters that were manifested in this novel were very relatable and the actions that had led to what they had the desire to do were smart and unlike many novels, the characters here do not make feeble-minded resolutions and that was the key point to my utmost appreciation for this novel.

If you would like to read my review for this wondrous novel, feel free to click on this link: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

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For this question, I am proceeding to install a novel called I am number four here. If you have not read this series yet, I would recommend you to skip to another question because I am going to spoil some important plot points here. So, skip this and come back when you have finished? Also, if you have no desire to read this book series or you had read and perfected all 7 books in this series… Feel free to read what I am going to state.

I did not want Sam to end up with anyone. Honestly speaking, I wanted John to have a developed penchant for Six instead of Sarah. I was a little sad when Sarah departed and John lost her and all but still, I was a little jovial. Goodness, I am atrocious. Well, back to the topic. So, at that period in their lives, Six is already with Sam and they were couples so there would not be any probabilities for John and Six to be together and I had already given up at that point. But the ending, 2 ladies kissed John. The first one being Six and the second one being Seven. I was so confused. Six just cheated on Sam with a kiss on John’s lips and Seven who in no way would have advanced on an affection for John that quickly since Eight’s death.

In the end, I ship no one with John and to this day, I am still disoriented.

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

For this proposal, I am going to go with the answer of Young Adult Historical Fiction. That genre does not appeal to me in any way and I have absolutely zero interests on reading anything that has to do with the genre. But, I will probably read it in the future just not the near future as I do not see myself reading anything from that genre any time soon.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

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Ah. This is where this provision is going to get remarkably controversial.

For this question, I am going to go with the answer of Kaz Brekker from the Six Of Crows duology. Ouch, I can hear people wishing to bash the crap out of me for stating that. Well, I know most of you adore Kaz Brekker from the inception like he had stolen your essence or something but I do not like him. I know he is an anti-hero and everything but he just does not intrigue me like the rest of the personas in this novel do.

Why does he not appeal to me like the others do? Well, number one being he is too manipulative and number two, his character arc only hastened up somewhither about the end of the novel and it sort of pestered me because he is supposed to be the main character of this novel. Thus, concludes my dislikes for this character.

I will have a review for this novel up on my blog soon which I will discuss everything in detail but as for forthwith, this will be my limited source of spitefulness.

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

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George R.R Martin should be the appropriate option for this inquisition. It’s growing sultry in here with hostile grimaces glancing at me.
This author is just not for me. The novels that he has written are in the genre of Fantasy which I cherish but the books are just too compact and it might take me millennial years to conclude them. In addition, the papers used are slim, delicate papers. Furthermore, the font is so freaking tiny. Thus, I will not be reading his novels anytime soon.

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Genuinely, I do not have an answer for this question but if this catechism is obliged to be acknowledged to actuate to the next, I will persist with the ‘I am special’ trope.

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

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For this question, the answer will definitely go to the Fifty Shades trilogy. I have unquestionably zero enthusiasm on reading these books and after every single detailed analysis that I had read to perceive what transpires in this story, I have no intention on registering it and that is all I am going to elucidate on for this trilogy.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

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The reason why I picked A Monster Calls for this question is that of the love I have for the movie. Of course, I love the book as well- I even cried reading this novel but the movie, in my personal opinion, is even better than the book because it has extra elements in it that would make you feel for the characters and their struggles. Furthermore, there are more scenes in the movie that are not exploited in the book. Therefore, I enjoyed the movie more than the novel (even though the novel is still one of my favourites of all time).


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Book Review

The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers:

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

*Sob* It’s over.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

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

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


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

Book Review

The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold || Book Review

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

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

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

Disclaimers: 

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

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

Synopsis:

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

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

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

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

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

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

My thoughts: The Beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing: The Middle

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

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

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

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

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

Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

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

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

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

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

Overall: The Ending

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


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

Bookish Fun!

Worst Books Of 2017

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a controversial article today and that article is the worst books I had read in 2017.

Now, I am open to what I dislike and like more so to what you like and dislike. Therefore, do not give me any hate comments on your favourite books that I found distasteful because I am prompted to my own personal opinion. Also, do keep in mind that not all of these are published in 2017. They are just books that I read in 2017 that I disliked.

Furthermore, I will be doing a mini-series for these types of articles because let us not hide it, we enjoy these types of contents. So, the plan for this series is to make four, I mean- three types of articles and those articles are:

  1. Worst Books Of 2017
  2. Favourite Books Of 2017
  3. Most Anticipated Books Of 2017

Each of them will be out on my blog page until January 1st which is New Year’s Day. Thus, I hope you guys will enjoy these types of contents as much as I love making them.

So, without further ado, let us get into the worst books of 2017!

9. The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Now, I would not say that this is my absolute worse read of 2017 because I gave this book 3 solid stars on my Goodreads page and I gave it a 60% rating on my blog review. Therefore, it was not a really bad read. However, I did not like it as much as I was expecting to and it just let me down by a 1000% due to the hype and before I put out a link where you can read my review I had posted on my blog, I would like to say that the overall story just did not grab my attention fully and you can now read the other complaints that I had had with this book by clicking on the link down below:

The review: The Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review 

So, I apologize for disliking this book because a lot of you loved it and now, let us move into the next book that I had read and disliked this year.

8. The Isle Of The Lost By Melissa De La Cruz

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I cannot even… This book was everything that I thought I would enjoy but unfortunately, it failed and I disliked it so much that I could not even fully comprehend what I am going to write further on the topic of the worst books of 2017. dsfbaewuibgfoqwrbgourwbguibrwbg. Sorry about that, I just had to get it out of my chest or else my head will blow out of rage. So, this book was the prequel to the Disney descendants movie and I thought it would be cool but I hated it due to the fact that the characters and their stories sounded so ridicule and it just does not make any logical sense. 

In addition to my previous paragraph, I originally thought that it would be nice because of the beautiful cover. Unfortunately, that was not how this book worked. Thus, we will now move on to the next book and I will be linking my review down below so you can read my rant review:

The Review: The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

7. The Battle for Oz By Jeyna Grace

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This book was actually extremely promising. It is a mix between Alice in Wonderland and Oz which Oz is under attack by the Queen Of Hearts and Alice and Dorothy must find a way to defeat her in order to save the land of Oz. Did it sound cool to you? Because it does to me and thus, it led me to believe that the book was going to be good. Unfortunately, the result for it was not good and I had a rant review of this novel. So, feel free to read it. I will link it down below:

The Review: The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

6. Colorless By Rita Stradling

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This novel was disappointing and bad because I really loved Rita Stradling’s other work which is called Ensnared and I enjoyed how she wrote the story. However, Colorless was a different situation. I did not like it because the characters in it were annoying and they had the lack of substances in them. Also, the story was all over the place. Thus, leading me to DNF the book and getting disappointed. 

If you would like to read my rant review for Colorless, it will be linked down below:

The Review: Colorless By Rita Stradling

5. Extracted R. R. Haywood

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Beautiful. Cover. Disappointing. Book.

I thought it would be great to achieve an ARC on the topic of time travel and all those awesome stuff about space. Unfortunately, the characters went back to the time where there were dinosaurs and they just stayed there… Until the end of the book. Basically, they did nothing and there were not any actions to be presented in this book. Plus, there were a bunch of ‘F-bombs’ in this book which I did not enjoy because the author misused that word. Therefore, I disliked this book and there is a rant review that I have posted on my blog. I will link it down below for you guys:

The review: Extracted By R.R Haywood

4. The Crimson Guild By Allan Walsh

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I do think this would be a great novel if it were to be a thicker book because there were many elements in this book that had so much potential to be phenomenal but unfortunately, it was such a thin book- around 100+ pages long that it could not be developed properly. Therefore, I was mildly disappointed by this book and it had made it up to my list of worst books of 2017.

The review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

3. Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

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This book had, regretfully, made it up to the list. The reason why I said regretfully is that of the concept of the novel in general. The concept was interesting and I loved the diversity that had been centred around in this book. However, the book had a sense of lacking in plot and I actually wished that I could enjoy this novel but woefully, that is not the case for this book. Therefore, it had made it up to my top 3rd most unpleasant read of 2017.

The review: Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn

2. Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle By Phillip Dodd

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I disliked this book even though the rating scale on Goodreads is high, like 4.3 out of 5 stars high. I understood why people might like this book but to me, it had the lack of actions and there were not any up and downs going on in this book. It had just gone into a peaceful mood and although the writing style was gorgeous and some characters had great elements in them, I just could not finish it. Thus, making it the top 2nd worst books I have read this year!

The review: Klubbe The Turkle And The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd

1. War Horse By Michael Morpurgo

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The. Worst. Book. I. Have. Read. In. 2017. With. An. Absolutely. Stunning. Cover.

This novel was hands down, the worst book I had read in 2017. It was even worse than the books that I had DNF because not only does it disappoint me, it had enraged me. It enraged me due to the simple fact that it does not describe a war as it actually was. Instead of doing so, it opened up to a peaceful setting until the end of the novel which the synopsis and the title suggested otherwise. 

Furthermore, most of the characters in this novel had minimal substances in them that it made them disinteresting and unimportant. Thus, I thoroughly disliked this book and if you would like to take a second to read my rant review, feel free to do so. I will link it down below:

The Review: War Horse By Michael Morpurgo


And that concludes my ‘Worst Books Of 2017!’ Be sure to let me know what your worst books of 2017 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!