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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).


This is the end of the ‘Unpopular Opinion 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!

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Book Review

New Moon By Stephenie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and before you ask where in the world had I been or you are just entirely curious about whether or not I had been kidnapped. Well, let me just explain them now so we can get the odd announcement out and carry on with our review!

Odd Announcement:

I am not kidnapped. I had my trials in school recently and I had placed all of my focus on that and therefore, I was not able to have any updates on my blog even though I really want to. Please forgive me, I really did not mean to disappear for a month and make all of you frantic! 

However, I am currently having a 2 weeks long holiday so I will definitely be using this precious time to have some constructive reviews and articles up on this blog. Once again, I am so sorry for the late announcement.

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With that aside, let us get into the mini summary of the second novel- New Moon in the Twilight series. 

New Moon is a Paranormal, Romance-heavy novel, following Bella Swan, now seventeen, as she goes through major heartbreak from her recent break up with Edward Cullen who she had found out to be a vampire.

Without further ado, let us get into the review!

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book contains some spoilers. So, read it at your own risk!

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“What a marshmallow. You should hold out for someone with a stronger stomach. Someone who laughs at the gore that makes weaker men vomit.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Synopsis:

I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place. 

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

My thoughts: The Beginning

“Love is irrational, I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

“Can you hear that…? It’s ranting time! Read it at your own peril!”

Let us start off with this review by commenting on the pacing of the novel. I found the pacing for this novel to be rather slow because of how enormously thick this book was. In case you are wondering, this book is 563 pages long and it was quite boring due to the fact that almost nothing had happened in this book except for the last 80 pages. It was as if the author had made a trend out of this series- action scenes in the very last-minute and I am here to tell you that I totally hated this trend because the author had ordered the readers to read through the life of Bella’s awful actions until the very last scene where the plot started accelerating forward and abruptly stopped with no signs of direction for what the next book will set up to be and I am just going to put this here: Through all the action sequences, it still proved Bella to be a useless liability to the Cullens family. Sorry, I had to do it.

Moving on, we have the plot and the plot holes to talk about in this review. The plot which was almost non-existent until yet again the last 80 pages of this novel, was extremely substandard. The beginning of the novel hooked me in which I originally thought was a good sign but the thoughts had evaporated as the endless mopping of Bella’s face continued on for what seemed like forever until the book ended in a happy tone because Edward came back for her and all of that crap. Furthermore, I was probably just disappointed with Bella because of how her character had quickly become moronic in this novel and I know this is a romance-heavy novel but that is totally an excuse for the lack of actions. Thus, my dislike for the plot is totally understandable.

In addition, the number of plot holes in this novel was huge. There were too many things that were left unexplained in this novel that it made my head throbbed and gave me a migraine. Plot holes such as the abilities, how does one gain an extra ability in this world and why does the Volturi want Edward and Alice to be his sidekick? Did he not have enough humans and vampires for him to be as powerful as he seemed to be? Well, those are just some questions that I have for now but I know there will be more if I continue to read the other novels in this series.

Furthermore, we have the world-building and the atmosphere that I would like to talk about in this review. Unlike my previous review for a Twilight novel, this book’s world-building really lack-lustre. Items and places were not described as perspicuously as before. Some of them were skimmed through and those things somehow became a major part of the novel without being properly described. Thus, the world-building was bad and I hope there will have some improvement in the next novel.

In addition, we are now going to talk about the atmosphere of the novel. The atmosphere for this book was not as suspenseful and romantic as prior to its ancestor and the elements did not combine well in this novel. Again, the suspense only starts at the end of the novel which only lasted for an hour- 80 pages long. Thus, I did not enjoy the atmosphere for this novel.

Finally, we have the action sequences in this novel that I would like to discuss. The actions scene were the only ones that I truly enjoyed in this novel. They were suspenseful, scary and stressful. Why is it stressful? You may ask but the scene where Bella was almost being beaten by the vampire was the most stressful period of the entire book. Therefore, I enjoyed the action sequences and how it made my emotions run like a baby asking for ice-cream while whining.

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

Writing: Middle section of this review

“love gave someone the power to break you. 
I’d been broken beyond repair.”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

As usual, this book does not have any quality writing but somehow it irked me even more than the previous book. Well, allow me to have a long and detail explanation:

The author repeated information that readers already knew in the first book. Further on to state my point, she added an information that we do not know in the first few pages and repeated it again in the next few pages and again in the next hundred pages. I kind of pissed me off because how many times do you need to repeat the same thing over and over again so that we would understand!?

Moreover, Bella’s character which I will talk more about later on in the Characters’ review section, was so freaking UGH! Sorry, I need to control my emotions. Let’s rephrase the sentence: Bella’s character was destroyed because she had the desire to kill herself merely because of her boyfriend who broke up with her and all she can think about was him- for 6 freaking months. Just, WHY?

In addition, this book was yet again filled with dialogues and though it was easy to read and also, easy to skim through, it was also pretty annoying. There were more telling than showing and the world surrounding Bella just was not building up well enough for the readers to understand the system and the way it was supposed to be.

Finally, this book should not be as long as it should be because of the points that I had added above and this: Almost 90% of the book was covered with Bella’s self-indulgence for death due to the breakup and it was just so dull. I am sorry to say that but it was dull.

So, let us now get into the characters’ section!

Characters: 4/5 section of this review

“Speaking of which, would you like to explain to me how you’re alive”- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer.

Bella: Hm, who is she? Just kidding. I really did not like her in this novel. I know that heartbreak and disappointments are hard to go through but Bella had taken everything to the next level. Her mind had gone haywire without Edward and all she can think about was what to do next to hurt herself- hard and guess who she had brought in to join her little conquest? Jacob. She used him as a source of happiness and although she really needed it, it was a bad move. After Edward came back for her, she literally abandoned him and stalked off with Edward who dumped her in the first place… So, great character development, I guess… (take note of the sarcasm).  

Jacob: What an arse. I knew Bella was using him as a source of happiness but Jacob was also being a really bad friend to Bella. He exacerbated Bella’s emotions even more than what Edward had done to her and it led her to a point where she really felt the drive to plunge into the ocean and drown. In addition, for a book that centred on Bella and Jacob, Jacob managed to screw the entire book up with his attitude which was the ‘bad-boy demeanour,’ pretty well. So, the character development for this character would be a negative 1000. 

Edward: I hated him in this novel. If it was not for his stubbornness and persistence, this novel and plot would not have existed except for the action scenes which I know Stephenie would be able to amplify them, and Bella’s character would not have been like ‘that’… By the way, he had zero character growth in this book. So, have a damn nice day, Edward.

Alice: She is now my favourite character in this series. For a book so wearisome, this character somehow stood up and although she was not in a lot of scenes in this novel which she should because Bella died doing boring scenes and the readers dwindled reading them, she gave me a vibe of her charisma and I absolutely loved it! She was not annoying and she was strong and capable of whatever she had on her hands. Those characteristics are natures which Bella will never be allowed to get because of her annoyance.

Overall: The Ending

Whatever charm that had worked for the first book in this series- Twilight, was now gone when my eyes settled on this book and its words. So, without any pity scores, because there would be none for this novel, I will give this novel a 15%. 

I am sorry but this book is really, really bad.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for New Moon By Stephenie Meyer! 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!

Favourite Books Of 2017

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my ‘Favorite Books For The Year Of 2017’ today! I am so excited to gush about my favourite books in this article because I feel like I did not talk about them as much as they deserve to be talked about and some of you out there may also have loved these books. Therefore, I cannot wait to show you guys what my favourite books of 2017 are! 

Just like my previous article which is called the ‘Worst Books Of 2017’, I had mentioned about a mini-series that I will be performing on my blog and the only article that I have yet to make is ‘My Most Anticipated Reads Of 2018’ and that article will be out by the 1st of January. So, here is the list of what I will be doing for my blog’s bookish mini-series:

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

Now, let us jump into my favourite books of 2017! 

[Wait, I have some more things to add]

The books in this article are not necessarily the books that had been published this year- some may have been published a few years back or some of them had been published this year, they are just books that I had read this year and loved.

So, we can now officially dive into my ‘Favourite Books Of 2017’ list!

15. Dark Inside By Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to some people. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it. For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive – at any cost!

Me:

I really enjoyed this book and although I gave it 4 solid stars on Goodreads and an 85% rating on my blog, I found myself wondering about the characters and its sequel for a few days until another book swept me away from those thoughts but I still cannot wait to pick the sequel up because this book was so freaking good and I highly recommend you all to give it a go. However, this book has its flaws and I can understand why some of you might not enjoy it but I, personally, loved the book. Therefore, it had made it up to my list!

The Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

14. IT By Stephen King

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I loved this novel. Although it was not as scary as I was hoping it would be, I still found it to be an overall enjoyable read. However, there were some aspects of this book that I did not love. Aspects such as cheating, racism, etc. but other than that, I really liked the book and I cannot wait to read more novels- thick novels from Stephen King! 

My Review: IT By Stephen King

13. To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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I truly appreciate this novel which was given to this planet. I found this novel to be emotional, touching, lovely and there was also a sense of growing up and finding your place in the world. I enjoyed how it had portrayed racism in this novel because racism is an issue that our society today has been facing and I really do not understand why some people have to hate on each other due to their skin colour, should we all not be loving each other? Therefore, I loved this novel and it had made it up to my list of favourite books!

My Review: To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

12. Night Film By Marisha Pessl

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I. Loved. The. Heck. Out. Of. This. Novel.

This novel was my first, I mean the second introduction to thriller novels. The reason why thriller novels do not excite me in my previous years was actually that of the first thriller novel which I had read and disliked, Little Girl Lost. Thereafter, I had not been reading thriller novel until Night Film came along and changed my opinion on that decision that I had willingly made.

Night film was a great gateway for me to move back and read more of thriller novels because of how wonderful and exciting it was when I was reading it. Everything in it was clever and overall, I loved how Marisha Pessl came up with the story. Thus, I will be reading more thriller novels in the future!

My Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

11. Heartless By Marissa Meyer

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This novel was my first introductory novel to Marissa Meyer’s story and writing and I have to say that I really, really, really loved this novel. I loved how whimsical the story was and how all the characters in the book were well-developed. Also, the writing was so beautiful that I cannot wait to read more from this author. 

Finally, I had written a review of this novel on my blog. I will link it down below and feel free to read it!

My Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

10. Ensnared By Rita Stradling

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If you have read my previous article called the Worst Books Of 2017, you will know that I absolutely loathed Rita Stradling’s other novel called Colorless. However, Ensnared was a different case. I loved Ensnared and people on the internet seemed to hate it. Well, I can understand why they hated it but to me, this novel was a special gem because it was my very first NetGalley request and it was also my very first enjoyable NetGalley read (some other NetGalley books that I had requested really disappointed me). Thus, leading me to enjoy the characters and the story even more! 

If you would like to read my review for Ensnared, I will link it down below:

The Review: Ensnared By Rita Stradling

9. Noggin By John Corey Whaley

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I picked this book up because it sounded really weird and unique and I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel not only because of its weirdness but of its character arcs and its heartbreaking setting. I can, again, understand why this book is not for everyone but I feel like this novel is really underrated and not many people know about it. Thus, I am here to say that this novel is remarkable and I highly recommend you to pick it up!

For more information, visit my review page for this book to find out more details that you would love to hear: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

8. The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

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I cherished this book and its clever author because Marcus Sedgwick had such a unique way of creating tales that you would not even guess or know until you read the actual book to find out its distinctive elements. This book is definitely the definition of colliding because the stories and plot points in this book collided so beautifully that you would not even realize that it has already collided. Did I make any sense? I hope so. Therefore, I love Marcus Sedgwick and The Ghost Of Heaven.

My Review: The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J.K Rowling

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Now, do not kill me for not doing a review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and also, do not kill me for putting HP in number seven of the list because I have a good reason for it. 

Firstly, I did not do a review for Harry Potter because I do not know what to actually write in the review without spoilers (that’s how much I loved it) and I, personally, think that it is a beautiful novel, therefore, I did not write the review.

Secondly, I put HP in the seventh’s place of this list is because of the fact that I had read other books which I had enjoyed even more than HP. Thus, the placing.

Still, I loved this book. Therefore, it had made it up to the list.

6. The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas

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Once again, I loved the experience that I had with this book. I cherished how Angie Thomas portrayed racism and friendships in this book and because of that, she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Thus, I highly recommend you to check this book out and if you want to get more information out of this novel, I suggest you read the review that I had posted on my blog. Here is the link to the review:

The Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5. Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick had made another book that he had written up to my favourite books of 2017 again! How remarkably awesome! 

Honestly, I think Marcus Sedgwick is my favourite author of all time because both The Ghost Of Heaven and Midwinterblood were so smart and beautiful that I just cannot stop gushing about them. Therefore, I loved Midwinterblood and he had made it up to the list!

My Review: Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick

4. Monsters of Men By Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness is another awesome writer that I just cannot, not read his books. His novels are always so empowering and adorable that I always anticipate the best in his novels because they are just so good! 

Among the Chaos Walking trilogy, I think the Patrick Ness did his best at Monsters of Men due to the fact that it made me cry. Therefore, I highly recommend you all to read the Chaos Walking Trilogy!

The Reviews:

3. If I Stay By Gayle Forman

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I loved this book so freaking much. Enough said.

If you would like to have more information on this novel, feel free to check my spoiler-free review for the novel out! I will link the review down below:

The Review: If I Stay By Gayle Forman

2. King’s Cage By Victoria Aveyard

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When I was reading this book, I felt like Victoria Aveyard had reached her fullest potential on writing this novel because it was really great to see our protagonist- Mare’s character arc grew and how she redeemed her character’s quality in this book. Also, the world had been expanded into so much more than what we had not been expecting in the first two novels. Therefore, it had made it up to my favourite books of 2017 list and I cannot wait to read the concluding novel to one of my favourite series of all time even though it is sad to say goodbye to our favourite characters in this series!

The review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

1. Days of Blood and Starlight By Laini Taylor

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Need I say more? I gush about this book all the time and I gush about them because I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Personally, I think the second book in this trilogy is the best because it was so political and beautiful and Laini Taylor had such a way in telling the story that you just feel like you have to live in the story she has told forever. Therefore, I loved this novel the most among the trilogy and I cannot wait to read more from Laini Taylor!

The Review: Days Of Blood And Starlight By Laini Taylor


And that concludes my ‘Favourite Books Of 2017!’ Be sure to let me know what your Favourite 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!

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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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!

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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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!