2017 To-Be-Read Piles, Bookish Fun!

September TBR

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

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

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

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

September To-Be-Read Piles:

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

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

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

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


Me:

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


  • The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

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

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

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

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


Me:

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


  • Rebels and Fools by David Michael Williams

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Synopsis:

The greatest peace treaty in Altaerran history is unraveling. As civil war threatens the Continent United, two fallen Knights of Superius are forced to join the rebels they once condemned. Hounded by assassins and assailed by doubt, they flee to Capricon in search of answers — only to discover the island harbors dark secrets of its own. 

Alongside a mostly reformed thief, a dethroned pirate king, a mysterious woman with a magical sword, and other would-be heroes, the fugitives encounter a sinister power that has taken root within the Alliance. If the Renegades and Knighthood can’t rise above their bitter rivalry, both factions — and the realm itself — are doomed. 


Me:

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

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


  • The Blood Mage by Aimee Davis

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Synopsis:

Monster. Murderer. Oathbreaker. 

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

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

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


Me:

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

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


  • Select by Marit Weisenberg

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Synopsis:

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

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


Me:

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


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

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Bookish Fun!

This-Is-My-Truth-Now Book Tag

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today I will be doing the ‘This-Is-My-Truth-Now’ Book Tag! This tag was created by James from This-Is-My-Truth-Now and I was tagged by both of these lovely people from Heidi @ Bookloverblogs and Adieu @ I-Am-Survivor-Blog to do this beautiful tag! Be sure to check out their blogs and articles after you have finished viewing mine!

Here’s a description of the tag said by James:

“So… I’m calling this the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” or “ThisIsMyTruthNow” tag, and it will be all about telling the truth — my own version of truth or dare… are you scared? Nervous? Jealous that I’m so cool I created my own tag? I know… all in a day’s work. NOT! It’s meant to be fun.”

So, without further ado, let us begin to answer this beautiful tag!

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The Rules

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  • Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to James original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  • Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  • If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

The Questions:

  • You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices:
  1. You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or…
  2. Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author.

Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.


Answer: I will probably attend the birthday dinner that my friends have thrown for me because that dinner must have taken up a whole lot of time for them to prepare and also, I feel a little guilty for abandoning my friends! So, I am going for option (2). As for option (1), I can probably meet the author at a book signing event. Therefore, option (2) is the one that I am going to pick!


  • You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

Answer: Okay, this question creeps me out. I will not let that character to lock the door and spend some ‘alone’ time with me. Who knows what he/she is going to do? Even if that specific character is one of my favourite characters of all time, I will not let he/she to do it.


  • If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Answer: I do not know how to answer this question because I really enjoyed most of the genders from the books that I read from and I do not wish to change any of their genders. So, NO gender swaps here. 


  • What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

Answer: Actually, I admire all of the bloggers out there because they take a lot of effort and time to build-up their blog and make their blog easier for visitors to view. So, yay to all of the bloggers! 


  • If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

Answer: This question is going to contain mild spoilers for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor! So, read it at your own risk!

One of the decision on what I really wish is that Karou did not break the wishbone! But she did and it made me cry like a baby. Either way, it is a great story and I cannot wait to re-read this book over and over again!  


  • If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Answer: I am going to ship Dylan Minnette from ‘thirteen reasons why’ and Mare from ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard to be in a relationship together because I do not know why. But what I do know is that this is a weird shipping and I like it.


  • It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice:
  1. You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or…
  2. You can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book.

Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.


Answer: I will choose…. Option (2). I will let Laini Taylor do the job and I will exist in the book series called ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’, obviously. Because I loved that book series so, so much!


  • If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

Answer: Nah. I mean No. Because it is very bad to steal my friend’s pet to exchange for my own selfish purposes. Furthermore, they love their pets, so why steal them? Therefore, my answer is a big NO.


  • If you could turn someone from real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

Answer: I am going to pass on this question because… I have no idea how to answer this! I am so sorry!


  • Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

Answer: 

  • 2004:

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  • 2017 (Currently reading & loving):

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  • Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Answer: Here’s the story for this question…

Karou wanted to stay with me because we were long-lost best friends that had tried to get in touch for several times but failed owing to the fact of how bad the timing and everything else were. So, she had decided to stay with me for 3 months to try to know me better and also, to try to catch up with every little things that were going around town. I talked to her about it and after three months, she left and said, “I will be back! Max” 

Sorry for how bad the story was and also, I am so sorry for hurting your eyes! 


  • What is one thing you wished you learned but haven’t yet? (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)

Answer: I wish I can acquire the skills of reading faster and also, out of a reading slump in a matter of seconds! But, I have not learned those skills yet and I probably will acquire them in the future! So, yes.. I have hope for my future!


My Nominees:


Truth or Dare:

TRUTH OR DARE: This will be the last part of This-is-my-truth-now book tag. If you choose not to accept the tag, you will have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to say good things such as, ‘I love you, book’ to the books you hated for 30 days! MUAHAHAHAHA! And please, DO NOT cheat!


This is the end of my ‘This-is-my-truth-now’ book tag! 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!

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Mid-Year Freak Out’ Book Tag today! I was tagged by the lovely Azia from @The Uncharted World. Be sure to check out her Mid Year Book Tag after you have finished viewing mine! So, without further ado, let us get into the book tag!

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1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

O-One Best book? Excuse me? No, No! Please.. I have quite a few books to show you all. Below will be a list of them! 

Before you ask, there are actually a lot more books that I really enjoyed this ‘Mid’ year! But, unfortunately, I can’t think of anymore than I already have. So, here’s the list of books that I enjoyed so far this year! I will link all of the book reviews down below: 


2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

King’s Cage is the third book in the ‘Red Queen’ Series which I personally think that it is way better than the previous books- Red Queen and Glass Sword. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is, no doubt, one of my favourite sequel in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s action-packed, full of twist and turns and it was beautifully written! (I highly recommend you to check both of these book series out!)


3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO READ?

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Oh my goodness! I have not picked this book up from the bookstore yet! Why have I not pick this beautiful book up yet? I am looking forward on me, picking this book up from the bookstore and reading it! I bet it’s going to be great because I loved the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy and Laini Taylor has a beautiful writing style.. So, Yes! I am looking forward on reading this!


4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

A list of my most anticipated release of the second half of 2017!

1. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater will be coming out on the 10th of October 2017. To be honest, I have not read any book by Maggie Stiefvater yet, but, this book’s synopsis sounds interesting and look at that beautiful cover, isn’t it gorgeous? Wonder

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, need I say more? This book is coming out on the 29th of August 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because firstly, my birthday is on the 28th of August. And secondly, I have watched the Wonder Woman film and I absolutely loved it! So, yes.. Can’t wait.

3. WarCross by Marie Lu will be coming out on the 12th of September 2017. I can’t wait to read this book because of the synopsis. It intrigued me! 

4. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. It is coming out on the 3rd of October 2017. I really want to read this book because of this:

“In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.”


5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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This book disappointed me. I really thought it was going to be great! But, I was left there, disappointed. I have a review up for this book, I will link you to it if you want to know why I am disappointed with this book:

The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh


6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Noggin By John Corey Whaley! Oh my goodness! I loved this book so much! I really did not expect to like this book because the beginning was a little weird, but…BUT, I have grown to love the story after those beautiful unique weirdness!


7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

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Marissa Meyer who wrote The Lunar Chronicles series also wrote Heartless. I am in love with Marrisa Meyer’s writing style! I can’t believe I have not read The Lunar Chronicles series yet! (I cannot wait to get the box set of it!) & [Regarding to the question above, Marrisa Meyer is one of my new favourite author!]


8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Still Mare from the Red Queen Series, Guys.


9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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Definitely Starr from The Hate U Give! Because she’s so sweet, brave and kind.


10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

None! At least.. Not yet? Wait! Wait! I have one for this: 

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I did cry when I was reading The Hate U Give! It was heartbreaking and it hurt my heart so hard.


11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Ensnared made me happy! I loved that ending so much! I might re-read this book soon. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend you to do so because this book is awesome.


12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I re-watched the movie.. Does it count? I think it does, so… I have re-watched Mocking Jay: Part 2 this January and it was fantastic! I loved both the book and the movie! They are both fabulous unicorns.


13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley’s book review! I absolutely enjoyed the process of writing that review.


14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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The Gracekeppers by Kristy Logan. The synopsis intrigued me and also I bought this book because of the cover. [I am so sorry, I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover but we tend to do that as a human being so… #Sorrynotsorry]


15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

The Twilight Saga, Beautiful Creatures series, Hush,hush series.. Etc!


This is the end of my ‘Mid year Freak Out’ book tag! I am not going to tag anyone so feel free to do it if you want to!

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Bookish Fun!

One Lovely Blogger Award

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing the ‘One Lovely Blogger Award’ book tag today! I was nominated by @Princess Blabbermouth to do this Award tag. Thank you Princess Blabbermouth for nominating me. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 Facts about Me:

  • I love book sales! Whenever there is a book sale near my area or somewhere a little further from my home, I will try my very best to go to it because You can never miss a book sale…Right? And book sales only happen once in a blue moon, like seriously, blue moon.

 

  • I have a book buying problem. I buy books whenever I enter a bookstore because books are my life and I will die kill fish a dollar or two out of my already broken wallet to buy them.

 

  • I am a book nerd. Whenever people call me a nerd, I always say thanks to them because why not? Calling a human being a nerd is not offensive, it’s cool and we, bookworms, live for that beautiful title: NERD!

 

  • I love Money Plants. Money Plants are beautiful and their leaves are very pleasing to the eyeballs because of the amount of chlorophyll in them. I repeat, I LOVE MONEY PLANTS!

 

  • I do not like lending my books out to other people. I mean, they can borrow my books (Oh, my poor babies) but I have some book conditions/policies that they must follow:
  • 1. The book must not be damaged when you return it to me
  • 2. The book must not have words/notes written in it when you return it to me
  • 3. The book must not have wrinkled pages when you return it to me
  • 4. Just, return the book back to me in a perfect condition like before! 
  • 5. Do not break any of the rules or I will take revenge on your stuff.

 

  • On one hand, I love Hardcover and Floppy Paperback books because you can open the book up to the extreme.. If you get what I mean. On the other hand, I do not like Mass Paperback books because there are tiny words in it and you cannot open it up to the extreme or else you will break the spine.

 

  • I love book quotes. Book quotes are amazing and fantastic, for example:
  • “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” ― Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.

One more extra fact about me:

  • I love wishlists and I have finally made one for myself! Visit my wishlist here: Wishlist ❤

My Nominees:


This is the end of my ‘One Lovely Blogger award’ book tag! 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 Giver by Lois Lowry || Book Review

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a review on a book called The Giver by Lois Lowry today. The Giver is a Young Adult, Science Fiction following Jonas as he was assigned to be the Receiver of Memory. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

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

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“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.

Synopsis:

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off by comparing the book to the movie. I think the movie is much more entertaining and exciting than the book. (Oh gosh, I just committed a book sin. How dare me?) But seriously, the movie has much more elements than the book.

The plot of the book was very well-thought out but it lacked luster. There were plot holes here and there and it frustrated me throughout the book.

The world building for this book was great. I really liked how Lois described the things around our protagonist, Jonas. I also liked the idea of the world in black and white, it was fabulous.

The pacing for this book was fast, it took me a day to finish because it is 225 pages long. Although the story did drag a little but the pacing is still, overall, enjoyable.

If you are looking for a quick and science fiction read, I highly recommend you to check out this book.

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Writing:

Firstly, I enjoyed Lois’ writing style! It was crisp, epigrammatic and I wouldn’t say articulate because of the plot holes but still, I loved her writing style. Her writing style was different from the other books I have read and I will, of course, read more of her other work.

Secondly, I really enjoyed the way she described things, it was fascinating and once again, it did also spark my interest on reading more of the books she published.

Thirdly, I loved how Lois’ wrote about the relationship between The Giver and Jonas, Jonas and the memories, Jonas and the community and Jonas and his family members. It was truly a work of a phenomenal art.

Finally, I loved how Lois’ wrote about her imagination of  The Giver transferring the memories of the past to Jonas. It was a really unique way of transferring memories to another which is cool.

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Characters:

Jonas: I loved him. He was decent, kind, intelligent and brave. I really loved his character development in this book and he was the one character who kept me reading this book until I flipped to the last page.

The Giver: He is, no doubt, in my favourite characters list. I have to say, The Giver was a great character and even though we did not get much of his past in this book, I felt like I knew him.

Asher: Well, unlike the movie which contains a lot of scenes of Asher, Fiona and Jonas, the book does not contain a lot of scenes regarding to him. I loved Asher’s character in the movie and I was actually looking forward on reading more of him in the book but it was a let down.

Fiona: Again, Fiona did not really show up much in the book which disappointed me because I shipped Fiona & Jonas so much. 

Baby Gabe: I loved Gabe. He was a cute and playful child. I am glad that Jonas’ Father did not [Spoiler] and I am also glad that Jonas took baby Gabe with him.

Overall:

I am giving this book a 60% rating. I did like it and I am looking forward on reading more of Lois’ other work!

“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”- The Giver, Lois Lowry.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Giver! 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

Noggin by John Corey Whaley||Book Review

I am oddly touched by this book…

Hey Guys, it’s Max here! I will be doing a book review for ‘Noggin’ by John Corey Whaley today. Noggin is a young adult, contemporary novel following our protagonist, Travis, who had cancer five years before his head was sliced off from his body and five years after his head was reattached to some other guy’s body. So, without further ado, let’s get into the book review! 

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! And, also note that this is a spoiler-free review!*

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“Maybe we all just exist, all versions of us exist at times, and we have to figure out a way to get to each of them, to find each one and tell that version that it’s okay, that it’s all just the way it works, a concept too powerful to ignore but too complicated to explain.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley.

Synopsis:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the plot of the book. The plot of the book was very well-thought out and super unique in a way that meteorites are unique. While I was reading this book, I kept guessing something will happen, or something is going to happen, but, the plot of the book took a different turn and I was awed by it!

This book was quick, light and easy to read. It does not require much thinking but it requires reading and understanding, that’s all. Also, this book is a perfect summer read. Actually, it’s perfect for anytime of the year.

The pacing for this book was quick, like I have said earlier. I read this book in three-days time and I was really surprised by that because I have not been reading-well [Something like a reading slump? I guess?] for quite sometime until this book destroyed that little thing and I can finally read-well again!

The Family/Friendship aspect of the book was very well-seasoned! John doesn’t just put the idea of Family/Friendship aside like no biggie, he made the story much more interesting with them in it. 

[Just to let you know, this is an emotional read and prepare for a rollercoaster ride with this book!]

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Writing:

The writing style for this book was fantastic! It was crisp, declamatory, eloquent and sometimes, a little diffuse. Yes, I said it: A little diffuse. Not much, though. Just a few sentences and you will be back on track with the story.

I liked the flashback techniques that John used in this book. For example, a few chapters from the past and then a few more chapters back to the present day and then repeat.

I also liked how easy we get to follow the story. The story flows nicely and it doesn’t confuse the readers and like I have said earlier, it doesn’t require much thinking, so, I really liked the flow of the story. 

[This is going to be weird, but I also really liked the shocked faces of the people in the book. I don’t know why, but I find it funny]

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Characters:

Travis: He was a funny, smart and decent person. I felt bad for him while I was reading the book especially when [Spoiler]. He did make some stupid decisions sometimes, but considering the events that happened to him, I forgave him for doing so.

Kyle: I really liked his character development in the book! He was a kind and loving boy and he is no doubt in my favorite characters list! 

Hatton: He was a humorous and kind person and his character development in this book was really great as well. But, I really wish we have more in-depth with this character.

Cate: She was a great character. [I am not going to elaborate on in fear I would spoil something..]

Overall:

I am giving this book a solid 90%. It was a quick and light read and I highly recommend you all to give this book a try! 

“But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.”- Noggin, John Corey Whaley


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Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas || Book Review

Hey People! I am going to do a book review for ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas today! The Hate U Give is a Realistic, Contemporary fiction, following a sixteen-year-old Starr Carter after she witnessed her childhood best friend, Khalil who was unarmed, at the hands of a police officer. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!

*Note: All thoughts and Opinions are on my own! Also, this is a spoiler free review.*

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“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let’s start off with the family aspect of the story. I loved the way Angie wrote about Starr’s family. The strong bonding between Starr and her family members. The family aspect of the story is very realistic and I loved this book because of the love between Starr and her family members. 

Secondly, the pacing for this book was in medium speed. Not too fast, not too slow, just right which I really thank Angie for doing it because this book.. People.. This book pulled me out of my Reading Slump like a professional!

Thirdly, this was an impactful read. I cried at page 66 and I can’t stop crying since then. I did learn a lot of things from this book that I can apply into my life. (I am not going to spoil anything but I think you should read this book and find out about it yourself!) 

Finally, the friendship/boyfriend bond between Starr and her friends (Except Hailey) and Starr’s boyfriend. The friendship and boyfriend aspect of the story was very well thought out! I really loved how the friendship/boyfriend aspect was played out. 

Writing:

I didn’t really like the writing style for this book in the beginning because of the slangs. But, after some time, I have gotten used to the slangs and when it does not bother me anymore, I started to fall in love with Angie’s writing style! The writing style for this book was crisp and articulate and just… MARVELOUS!

Angie kept her writing consistence throughout the book! I love it when authors keep their writing consistence because consistency plays a huge part in books.

There’s some wonderful magic in Angie’s writing style too, it can make you cry in a second and laugh in another. It’s magical, seriously. I need more of Angie’s writing in my life. 

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Characters:

Starr: I loved her. She’s one of my favorite fictional characters now! Starr’s strong, brave and kind. Just, everything about her is wonderful and the fact that she’s a little afraid of her mother is hilarious. 

Hailey: She sure got on my nerves! I hate Hailey! Yes, Hate instead of hated. Starr treated her as a friend but Hailey? Ha! She did not! She’s an annoying child who does not know how to say ‘SORRY’ and.. (Okay, I should stop here before things get out of hand)

Seven: I loved his love for his sisters. He protected them with his life. Although Seven may be a little annoying at time, I found him to be hilarious and I loved his character development in this book!

Maya: Starr’s Best Friend. She’s pretty cool actually. I liked how she said all those stuff to Hailey and how she backed up Starr. I loved her character development in this book as well!

Chris (A.K.A Starr’s BF): I loved him! I loved his character development in this book too! He’s funny and he cared about Starr…like a lot. (Chris is also in one of my favorite characters list)

Overall:

I am giving this book a 99.75%. It was a well-written book and I think everyone should read it! (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ IT)

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