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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Dylan Minnette

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!

Book Review

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and other collective authors

Hey guys! It’s Max here and welcome to probably the longest book review you will find on this blog! Today, I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on a book called ‘Zombies Vs. Unicorns’ by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld and Carrie Ryan. 

Zombies Vs. Unicorns is an anthology of Zombies and Unicorns. Please take note that there isn’t any story regarding to Zombies fighting Unicorns or the other way around. There are short stories of Zombies and short stories of Unicorns only.

So, without further ado, let us get into this already long review.

*Note: All thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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I loved how minimalistic this book cover is!

“If you love someone, you’re not supposed to want them to come back. Better a peaceful sleep in the earth than the life of a zombie–not really dead but not really alive, either.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Cassandra Clare.

Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original, tongue-in-cheek anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of  spectacular short stories. Contributors include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative, laugh-out-loud collection that will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the introduction in each of the story that was presented in the book. Every introduction began with a heated conversation between Holly (Team Unicorn) and Justine (Team Zombie). Their conversations were mostly about how you should switch your team to Team Zombie instead of Team Unicorn or how disgusting zombies really are. While I was reading the book, I looked forward on reading the introduction of each story because I enjoyed them and it made me laughed. I am sure you will laugh as well if you read the book!

The plot of each story was unique and it proved how much time and effort the authors clicked the plot of their stories together! Some of the short stories in the book make me wish for a whole physical book dedicated to the stories I really want to read more about because some of them ended with a cliff-hanger and Oh my goodness, that’s not cool! I need more of them!

The pacing for this book was not at all fast. It was slow in some stories and fast in the others. It took me 7 days to finish the book and this book was definitely worth the time! (Even though I kind of failed my June To-Be-Read Piles…)

Some of the stories in the book dragged and let me tell you this: I did not enjoy the part where it dragged. We, as readers, tend to get bored when a story drags. So.. Yes, I did get bored and yawned a little at some point but I forced myself through those parts and the result is: I loved this book!

But I did not enjoy all the stories in the book. Some stories that were written by Libba Bray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan felt flat to me. The characters did not really appeal to me in any way and there were quite a lot of unexplained things that bothered me throughout their stories. Bu-, but, I loved their writing style which I will talk more about later on, and I will, no doubt, be reading the work they published! 

Now, let us get on with the writing style!

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Writing:

For the writing style section, I will be doing it according to whose story was presented first, second, etc. For example, Garath Nix’s story was the first story that was presented in the book, so, I am going to talk about his writing style first.

Team Unicorn: Garath Nix’s (Story Name: The Highest Justice) writing style for this book was great! It was simplistic, lyrical and articulate. Even though his story felt flat for me, I still want to read more from him and I can’t wait to read his other work beside Zombies Vs. Unicorns!

Team Zombie: Alaya Dawn Johnson’s (Story Name: Love will tear us apart) writing style for this book was simply beautiful! I found her story to be intriguing because she writes like none other authors. She wrote ‘Love will tear us apart’ in second person point of view: you. It was weird and pretty uncomfortable in the beginning, but after a while, my love for the story and her writing style started growing and I ended up really enjoying the POV.

Team Unicorn: Naomi Novik’s (Story name: Purity Test) writing style for this book was fabulous! I don’t think I can form a proper sentence… word, I mean, for her writing style.. So, I will just have to say that her writing style was fabulous.

Team Zombie: Carrie Ryan’s (Story Name: Bougainvillea) writing style was awesome! I am going to read her other work soon. Her story and her writing style pulled me in until her story ended. (And I still cannot believe it ended that way.. [Spoiler])

Team Unicorn: Margo Lanagan’s (Story Name: A Thousand Flowers) writing style was rare, I would say. Rare in saying how she changes point of views so quickly and professionally! Her story felt flat for me but her writing style totally did not!

Team Zombie: Maureen Johnson’s (Story name: The Children Of Revolution) writing style and plot were oddly beautiful and touching. Firstly, Her writing style was as clear as the crystal… If you get what I am trying to say.  Secondly, the plot of the story killed my heart and touched my heart with healing powers at the same time. I just can’t… That ending definitely destroyed me. (Sorry, I can’t tell you guys! I would be spoiling you if I have told you about the ending!)

Team Unicorn: Diana Peterfreund’s (Story name: The care and feeding of your killer baby unicorn) writing style was very lyrical! Her writing style makes me want to read her other work, such as, ‘For Darkness Shows the Stars’ now! Her writing style was truly a work of art!

Team Zombie: Scott Westerfeld’s (Story Name: Inoculata) writing style was not my favorite in this book. His writing style was a little inarticulate and a little too flowery but I am still looking forward on reading his other work even though I didn’t really like his writing style and the story!

Team Unicorn: Meg Cabot’s (Story Name: Princess PrettyPants) writing style was fantastic! I did not really like her writing style in the beginning because I found it to be indirect, but I have grown to love her writing as the story progressed further. 

Team Zombie: Cassandra Clare’s (Story name: Cold Hands) writing style was great.. As always! Her story was bittersweet and I loved it! I will be reading ‘The Mortal Instrument’ Series soon! 

Team Unicorn: Kathleen Duey’s (Story name: The Third Virgin) writing style was clean and articulate. Basically, the plot of her story was about a unicorn becoming suicidal. Kind of weird because I have never thought of unicorns turning suicidal. Now, the story sticks in my head ever since I finished the book.

Team Zombie: Libba Bray’s (Story name: Prom Night) writing style was consistence and fabulous! I loved her writing style, but unfortunately, the story she wrote felt flat for me.. But, I am still looking forward on reading ‘The Diviners’ book trilogy by her!   

Characters:

For the characters section, I am just going to talk about a few characters in the book that I loved! So, let us get on with it!

Jess (From The Highest Justice): She was a character that was brave, badass and kind. She is, no doubt, in my favorite characters list and I wish we can have a physical book fully dedicated to her and her trials in the throne. 

Grayson (From Love will tear us apart): She is definitely the best character in the book! She had a great character growth in a short story. She was not kind and not a good person. That’s all I am going to talk about her because I do not want to spoil the surprise for you guys!

Iza (From Bougainvillea): She had… a great character growth but the character growth came crashing down at the end of the story. To be honest, I kind of died off a little because she had potential but she turned into what her [Spoiler] was. But, all in all, I still loved her.

Wen (From The Care and Feeding of your Baby Killer Unicorn): She was pretty weak in the beginning, but her character growth increased as the story proceeded. Wen was kind, a little annoying, brave and adventurous! I loved her character in this book!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 80% rating. I loved it and I recommend you all to check this book out! 

“She feels like someone has planted a tree in her chest and then pressed fast foward on the world, branches growing and twisting and pushing her apart from the inside.”- Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Carrie Ryan.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Zombies Vs. Unicorns! 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!

Blogger Recognition Award

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’ Book tag today! I was nominated by Danielle from @Lifeofaliterarynerd and Mojo from @BookMojo to do this Award tag! Thank you to both Danielle and Mojo for nominating me! Be sure to check out their articles after you finish mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the award tag!

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

How My Blog Started…

I have been blogging for 5 months now and I started this book blog because of my love for books! I wanted to share my thoughts and feels on a book that I truly enjoyed or share it on a book that I strongly disliked.

I found book blog on Goodreads. I went through several reviews on a book called Gone Girl and I discovered a review by Emily May. I was intrigued by her review and when I opened up her Goodreads page, I realized that there was a link to a website. So, I clicked on it and thus, I discovered book blog! Thank you, Emily!

I will link Emily’s book blog here: http://thebookgeek.org/

Five months from now, I have talked to all of you who read my blog posts and followed my blog and thank you all for reading and following my blog! 


My Advice

I will try my very best to give advice to new bloggers because I am pretty new to book blogging myself so… Let us get on with it!

My advice for new book bloggers is to be yourself and have fun with book blogging and have fun sharing your feels on book(s) you love! 

Book blog is a place where you talk about the books you strongly love or dislike. A place where you share your honest opinions on a book. Oh, and also, do not be afraid to dislike a book everybody else in the world loves or love a book everybody else dislikes! It’s your Point Of View and do not be afraid to share it out into the world! 


I nominate


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