Book Review

IT By Stephen King || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a review for ‘IT’ by Stephen King today! I bet most or maybe all of you know who Stephen King is, unless you live under a rock. So, if you really have no idea who Stephen King is, he is the author of numerous famous horror books such as The Running Man, Carrie, The Shining, etc. and all of them are successful horror novels which I originally thought that I will not read… until ‘IT’ came along and changed my mind about that thought. So, let us jump into my mini summary for ‘IT’ before we dive into the review!

IT is a Horror novel following seven kids who were named Bill, Ben, Beverly, Stan, Richie, Eddie and Mike as the place- Derry, they were living in was haunted by a creature which killed children every 27 years and it was up to them to destroy that thing- IT, they called.

Now, without further ado, let us get into the review for ‘IT’!

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • This is a spoiler-free review. So, feel free to stay until the end!

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“Kill you all!” The clown was laughing and screaming. “Try to stop me and I’ll kill you all! Drive you crazy and then kill you all! You can’t stop me!”- IT, Stephen King.

Synopsis:

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the pacing of the book. I would not say that the beginning of this novel, let’s say 300+ pages of the novel, is fast paced because those pages are for you to learn about each of the characters and how they will react to the monstrous nightmare of their childhood. However, as you venture deeper into the novel, for example: 400-500+ pages, the pacing will start to pick up and eventually, it will become neutral again. Therefore, I did not like the pacing in the beginning but loved the others besides of the beginning of the novel.

Moving on, we are now going to talk about the tone of the book. The tone which is very underrated in reviews, was very complexed and sometimes demeaning because it contained a bunch of slurs directed towards black, Jewish, and gay people which was hard to read at times but other than that, I found the book to be a great read.

Furthermore, we are now going to discuss about the scary portion of this novel. Personally, I do not find this novel to be the ‘scared-the-crap-out-of-me’ type of horror books because I have watched numerous horror movies with my family since I was a child and I am now very hard to be scared due to the reason that I have stated above. However, some scenes in the book really did scare me and I found those scenes to be fantastically written! Therefore, I am a little disappointed with the scary segment of this novel. 

Moreover, it is time to talk about the atmosphere and world building that this blockbuster had contained within its pages. So, the atmosphere of this novel was filled with mysteries of the deaths of the children in Derry and it also had this chilling vibe to it that will make you turn and look at your back while you are reading this book because you cannot stop thinking about IT in your house. Therefore, I liked how well-rounded the atmosphere of the book was.

In addition, the world-building for this book was executed perfectly! Stephen King described the town with words that appeared to be springing into live and it actually felt like I was in there with those characters instead of reading about them! Therefore, I loved how well executed the world-building was.

Moreover, we will now give voice to the plot of the novel. I found the book to be extremely intriguing because it is about this town which children are murdered every 27 years. I did, in fact, enjoy everything that was placed in this story. However, the ending set me off a little because it felt like a weak ending and there were some unexplained things, also known as plot holes, that were a major part of the story left unexplained. Therefore, I did not enjoy the plot holes but the overall plot of the book was great!

On top of that, we have the relationships that were presented in this book. Everyone in this book had a great relationship and I was glad that it was so because I really loved it when all of them were happy together. However, when I read the ending for this novel.. *sigh*… I felt that the relationships were forced and it just does not sum up to what I was expecting and I know I sound like an old man saying this but the ending felt disjointed from the rest of the novel. Therefore, I did enjoy the relationships in this book except for the ending. 

Diving deeper into the review, I discovered that there were mini illustrations in the book that I really loved because they were a great substitution to the story which I also meant by saying: making the book more livelier than it already was. So, if you have no idea what illustrations I am talking about, I will display a photo to you now:

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Unfortunately, I cannot find the mini-illustrations that I wanted to show you all on the internet but the above picture is a 25th anniversary edition of ‘IT’ with colourful illustrations that I, personally, think that they are beautiful. So, I am sorry that I cannot find what I have originally intended to show you all.

Finally, I would like to share an iconic quote (which I loved) that this book had contained within its pages and the quote starts and closes off with:

“Want your boat, Georgie?’ Pennywise asked. ‘I only repeat myself because you really do not seem that eager.’ He held it up, smiling. He was wearing a baggy silk suit with great big orange buttons. A bright tie, electric-blue, flopped down his front, and on his hands were big white gloves, like the kind Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck always wore.

Yes, sure,’ George said, looking into the stormdrain.

And a balloon? I’ve got red and green and yellow and blue…’

Do they float?’

Float?’ The clown’s grin widened. ‘Oh yes, indeed they do. They float! And there’s cotton candy…’”- IT, Stephen King.

Is that quote not iconic? To me, it is and I loved it! And… Now, let us move into the audiobook section of this review!

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Sorry guys! I know I have already stated that ‘Finally’ word out, but I have one more topic that I would like to discuss before we move on with the review and what I would like to debate is the cheating element in this novel.

[Minor Spoiler coming your way]

Well, I disliked it because Bill cheated on his wife by having *a thing* with Beverly and as you can see, cheating is never a good thing and I do not see why this element had to be in the book because it just does not fit the overall story. Therefore, I am wholly dissatisfied with this element in the book.

Now, let us proceed into the Audiobook section of this review!

Audiobook:

The audiobook which was narrated by Steven Weber was fantastic! He had all sorts of emotions poured out while he was narrating the book. For example, when Beverly cried and mumbled a few words, Steven Weber was able to capture the emotions perfectly!

Also, his accents for the book were rich and strong. It just held on until the novel ended. Therefore, I loved the audiobook and I highly recommend you to listen to it while you are reading this thick novel or listen to it while you are doing the chores but I would also like to say this: The narration for Pennywise the dancing clown voice was freaking freaky and scary.

So, I will say this again, listen to the audiobook on audible!

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

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Writing:

“No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.”- IT, Stephen King.

I, for once, am really surprised by the style of writing in this book! It was able to capture every scene perfectly in my mind and the visualizations in my brain were so clear that I found myself reading page after page and just.. Not stopping. Also, the descriptions were fantastic and they were part of what kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading the book because it felt like I was there, with the characters even though I was sitting on the sofa, reading.

Furthermore, I loved the flip between their childhood and adulthood. It was truly magical because it was not confusing and everything fell right into place except for a few scenes but still, all the scenes clicked together easily with a nice clicking sound.

In addition, the writing style was not clean because there were sex scenes and a huge amount of vulgar words which did not add much to the story but they are there. So, if you are below 15 or so, you should not read this book or if you still insist on reading the book, just keep in mind that the writing style is not clean. That is all. 

Finally, I found the writing style to be very articulate and descriptive because as I have said earlier, all the scenes were represented clearly and due to the fact that they were encapsulated clearly, everything felt real. Therefore, I really liked the Stephen King’s writing style!

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

Characters:

“Eddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.”- IT, Stephen King.

Bill: I do think that he was the perfect leader and the perfect protagonist because he had one of the most memorable personality among all the other personalities that he had and it was his focus and trust. Everything that he did was all according to the focus and trust of his friends because if you do not trust your friends, how are you going to defeat Pennywise? Therefore, I loved his character in this book!

Beverly: She is one of my favourite character in this book! I loved how brave she was and how she fought for her rights and although some actions that were brought out by her were stupid and inexcusable but she learned from her mistakes and that was what it took me to love her more than ever. However, there was a scene near the end of the book that she had suggested doing that I really cannot understand why and if you have read the book, you will know what scene I am talking about so.. Just a tip for the scene: pleasure. 

Eddie: I liked him enough although I think that he was the softest among his friends and he was, also, very obedient to his mother which I loved because many books had shy away from parents love for their children in the book’s plot line and I am glad that Stephen King brought it breathe life into Eddie’s mother. Therefore, I do think that he had a great personality and character!  

Richie: He was hilarious and I think, at least to me, he is the third most likable character in this book because his sincerity for Pennywise and his friends were always wandering off to somewhere and due to that fact, he had a special personality which some of you guys can relate to. So, I liked his characterization in this book! 

Mike: I did not appear until 500 pages or so into the book because Stephen King wanted to show how Bill buddies’ lives intersect with Mike and the intersection was a great part of the story (which I will not spoil). To comment more on his personalities, I thought he was friendly and sometimes, awkward because the no one was talking. Therefore, he was a remarkable character in this book!

Ben: He was gentle, curious and the only thing I did not like about him was the jealousy that he had between Bill and Beverly. I felt pretty unnecessary and I know that he liked Beverly very much but sometimes, you just have to let it go. Other than that, he was a great character! Therefore, I will give a 45/50% rating for his character.

Stanly: He did not appear much in this gigantic novel but I relished his character nevertheless because he had a down-to-earth personality that I rejoiced about in books! Thus, great element to his character!

Henry: Ew. I hated him. He was a mischievous, sinister, brutal bully who enjoyed watching people fall and he also adored abusing animals which disgusted me so badly because those people and animals were innocent and Henry just… UGH. Thus, I hated him in this book!

Pennywise: Need I say more? Okay, fine. I will just say that it had so many layers of evil personalities under its many appearances in the same skin. So, yeah. 

Overall:

I really loved the book although there were a few unnecessary scenes and some actions in which the characters had taken that I disliked but still, I  loved the book! So, my rating for IT will be given as a solid 80% and I highly recommend you to read this book if you have yet to read it!

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This is the end of my spoiler-free review for IT By Stephen King! 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

Colorless By Rita Stradling || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stardling today. If you find the name- Rita Stradling familiar, you probably have read one of my review or a few posts regarding to the book ‘Ensnared’ also by Rita Stradling. Although I enjoyed ‘Ensnared’, I found ‘Colorless’ to be rather dull and boring. Thus, we will be heading into the book review for ‘Colorless’ today!

But before we dive into the review, I would like to do a mini summary for this book. So, here goes the summary: Colorless is a Young Adult, Fantasy following Annabelle Klein as her parents died in the beginning of the novel, she finds herself becoming an invisible being and the memories of her existence start to eject from everyone’s life.

Now, let us dive into the review for ‘Colorless’ by Rita Stradling!

Disclaimers:

  • The audiobook for ‘Colorless’ was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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Synopsis:

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts. 

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about. 

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more. 

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her. 

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. 

Their only target: Annabelle.

My thoughts: Introduction

Before we get into the review, I would like to apologize for the lack of quotes because I really did not like this book and it irks me to not add any quotes in this review. Also, please take note that this is going to be a rant review because… You-Will-Know-Why. So, without further ado, let’s just jump right in!

The world-building and the atmosphere are the ones that I would like to talk about first. So, the world building for this book was extremely lacklustre. The beginning was great with the world-building although there were a lot of information dumping everywhere but it was still great! However, when the book reached the climax of the story, the world started to crumble down into pieces and nothing was explained, like literally nothing at all! Also, I found myself lost in some places in the book due to the fact that the locations where the protagonist was were not explained. Therefore, I disliked the world-building for this book. 

In addition to the previous paragraph, the atmosphere for this book was exceedingly messy. Although I did not get far into the book to annotate if there is any romance factor in the atmosphere, I found that the atmosphere for the mystery, suspense and sadness to jumble up quite badly and the overall atmosphere just was not lively enough to push me to finish the book.

Moving on, the pacing for this book is the next component in the story that I woud like to talk about. I understand that I am a fairly slow reader. For example, four to five days a new book will be in my hands to read. Howbeit, to read a book for two months is a different case and you know something is wrong when it takes a vastly long time for you to finish a book. Just in case you are wondering what all of this is about, the example that I have given above is the vice versa of what had happened to me while I was reading this book. Therefore, I did not like the pacing because of how slow it was.

Furthermore, there are a lot of major plot holes in this novel and I know I did not finish the novel but I went far enough to understand some concepts the story had. Those plot holes really vexed me because I tried very hard to understand and ignore the pits but it just did not work out for me. Therefore, I had to put the book down and (let it go).

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Diving deeper into the review, we will now talk about how the book drags. Oh my.. It dragged a lot, alright. To give an instance, they were walking towards this particular thing and the author started to describe the surrounding, its shape and all those necessary details and then it will just continue on and on until one of the character spoke to the protagonist and it will just stop abruptly, like.. WHAT? Yeah. Thus, I did not enjoy the unnecessary dragging of the story.

Moreover, I was originally intrigued by the plot lines because who would not? The plot lines were about this girl who does not know who murdered her parents (or something else) and why was she changing into an invisible being and also, no one seemed to remember her right after her changes, like they had just woken up from an amnesia. 

And I was fascinated by those plot lines but it disappointed me because it was just so slow and everything else that I have said in the above was what summed up to this downfall. Therefore, I have 23.75% of love for this plot. 

Finally, the relationships factor will be discussed right now. Everything felt false between Annabelle and Dylan because why would Dylan want to help her? and why would he want to get through all of what she was facing with her? I just do not understand. Therefore, it felt like a fictitious relationship. 

Now, let us get into they audiobook review section of this review! 

Audiobook:

The audiobook was narrated by Lauri Jo Daniels and I thought she narrated the book perfectly because she unfolded the story with emotions spilled out that made the characters and the story flashed out with bright lights! Although the audiobook was narrated perfectly, I do not plan to finish it due to all the things that I have said above. Therefore, I am giving the audiobook a 90%!

If you are planning to read this book, I highly recommend you to try the audiobook out on audible!

Writing:

The writing style was what saved the book for me because it was lyrical, clean and crisp and I thought that I really enjoyed the writing style for this book! However, I still cannot bring myself to finish the full-length of this novel even though the writing style was great.

Now, let us move into the characters section of the review!

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Characters:

Annabelle: I liked her character in the beginning of the book. She was sassy and funny and just overall, a fun character to read about. However, when the book approached the climax of the story, her previous personalities failed on her and she turned into this whinny character who just kept whining. Therefore, I disliked her after the story reached that part of the book.

Dylan: I just do not understand. He was the only one that can see Annabelle and I was not annoyed by him in the (beginning) of the novel but just like what had happened to Annabelle’s character, he turned into something else or rather someone else instead of who he actually was in the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I did not like him although he was better than Annabelle by a little due to the fact that he was not whinny. So, nope.

Tony: Oh God.. He was Annabelle’s cousin and of course, he does not remember her because of whatever magic that had happened to Annabelle. So, to talk about his personalities, I will say that he was such an A-hole in the book and the voice that I imagined for him.. UGH.. so annoying and the voice fitted his character perfectly! Therefore, I did not like him although he was sort of like the villain in the book.

Overall:

My rating for this book will be a ‘DNF’ because I did not like this book. 


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Colorless By Rita Stradling! I hope you all enjoyed it 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!

December TBR

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing my monthly To-Be-Read Piles today. This time, we will be doing my December To-Be-Read books. Thus, let us get into the To-Be-Read Piles! 

Wait, before we get on with what we are going to do, I need to do my wrap-up for november. So, in november, I have read a total of three books which were Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, Choke Hold by Geral Everett Jones and Colorless by Rita Stardling. I will link all of the books that I had reviewed and mentioned down below:

Now, let us get into my December To-Be-Read Piles!

1. IT by Stephen King 

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Synopsis:

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Me:

I am currently reading this book and I have to say that I am enjoying it so far. Although the back stories for each of the characters have yet to be done, I find myself getting curious with how all of these are going to play out in the book. Thus, I can already predict that this is going to be a 90% and up read.

If you are curious on where I am at now, I am currently on page 213 out of 1395. So, it is going to take me awhile to finish.

2. The King Of Average by Gary Schwartz

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Synopsis:

James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average.

He’s joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. When James stumbles into a Shangri-la called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is.

Me:

This book sounds very cool and I know this is a middle grade novel and I do not really review middle grade books on my blog anymore because I have no interest on reading them. But, this book came around and I have decided to read it because the synopsis intrigued me! So, I am going to read it this month!

3. The Thief and The Demon by Roderick T. MacDonald

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Synopsis:

“Bargain with a wizard, or wrestle a lion? Wrestle the lion, my child, for then you have a chance at life. A wizard’s bargain is death.”

Fistmar was living the good life, a successful thief in the glittering city of Aranvail. Then he got cocky.

Now everyone wants him dead. His old Guildmaster, enraged over a theft too far. The duke who believes Fistmar killed his son. The demon he became bound to by opening a spell-shrouded door.

Who framed him for the prince’s murder? And who would want to set the demon free?

Fistmar desperately searches for answers, and allies, to help him escape his fate. But no matter how far he runs, the demon is drawn ever closer by their bond, a curse Fistmar does not know how to break.

Wizards offer help, at a price, but can Fistmar risk making a wizard’s bargain?

Welcome to a new world of epic fantasy adventure. Welcome to the World Belt.

Me:

This is a book that I am going to read this month because the synopsis peaked my interest on how this book is going to play out and the cover is a gorgeous piece of art as well! Thus, I cannot wait to read this book!

4. After You By Jojo Moyes

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Synopsis:

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Me:

I read Me Before You last year and I absolutely loved the freak out of that book. However, I am not so sure as to what I will feel after I finish reading After You. Will I feel disappointment? or happiness? I guess we will have to find out! Therefore, this is a book that I will definitely get to this month!

5. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

Me:

I will probably read this book this month… Or probably not. It all depends on the mood, to be honest because I would probably want to read a lighter book during the holidays! So, let us see if I will pick this book up.. Or not.

6. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Me:

I am giving this book a second chance because when I read this book with fresh eyes and mind for the first time, I did not find this book fascinating and it let me down. So, if it did not work out the second time around, I am going to DNF this book and call it a day. However, I hope that will never happen because I really want to like this book! So, wish me luck, guys!

7. The Fire Sermon Francesca Haig

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Synopsis:

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

Me:

Remember my February To-Be-Read piles? Yeah. This book was one of them among the list of books that I said that I will be reading but failed. So, this time, I am determined to not fail for reading this book. Thus, wish me luck for finishing this book this month!

8. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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Synopsis:

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance. 

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives – offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

Me:

I cannot wait to read this book and the cover is gorgeous. Therefore, I am going to read this book soon!


This is the end of my spontaneous December TBR list and I will probably add a few more books onto the list but as for now, I am going to stick to whatever books that I have put onto the list of books that I am going to read this month! Therefore, I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know your December TBR down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘Dark Inside’ by Jeyn Roberts today. Jeyn Roberts is the author of many novels and one of her novel called ‘The Bodies We Wear’ intrigued and peaked my interest and I cannot wait to pick that novel up! But, that is a story for another day. 

As for now, I am going to give you guys a little summary on what this book is actually about and of course, the genre of it as well. So, Dark Inside is a Young Adult, apocalyptic and a dystopian novel following four teenagers named Aries, Michael, Clementine and Mason as the world around them crumbled and the monsters which killed humans exposed themselves into the face of the earth.

Thus, let us get into the book review! 

Disclaimer: 

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!

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“The stranger smiled at her. “Humanity has found a cure to a disease they never new existed.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.

Synopsis:

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

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the world-building and the atmosphere of this book. The atmosphere throughout this novel was crazily suspenseful. The constant pressure among the characters in the book filled the atmosphere with suspense- like I have said earlier, streams of tear-jerking tears and a spark of romantic vibes. All the atmosphere clung well together and that was what made the book great with all the mixed elements.   

However, the world-building in this novel was a little lacklustre. It was actually going very well in the beginning, with no info-dumps and the story just flowed like how it was supposed to be. Then, the story came to the middle of the story and everything became confusing from there. It was as if the story went 90 degrees downhill but was able to save itself. Besides the middle part, I thought the ending saved the story for me because the world-building went back to normal. Therefore, I am going to give a 15 out of 25% for the world-building. 

Moving on, let us talk about the pacing of the book. The pacing for this book was extremely quick with the constant action and the ongoing thoughts of the characters with their hopes and survival instincts to stay alive in a world that had gone mad. Although it was quick, it took me a couple of days to finish due to my school work and many other things that I had to accomplish during my days with this book. Thus, I was not able to finish it in 2 days. 

Furthermore, there are quite a number of unexplained plots in this book and those unexplained plots led to plot holes. The plot holes started off with the gap between the time of the scenes the character were facing. For example, they were running from the monsters and out of the blue, ‘three weeks later’ appeared and nothing was really explained on how they managed to escape the monsters. Then, from that particular plot hole onwards, the same thing happened again near the end of the book. Therefore, I did not really enjoy this factor of the story. 

In addition, I loved the way on how Jeyn managed to make the characters to intersect in their lives and although the scene of union between the characters was short, I still really loved it. Therefore, the score for the union between the characters is 10% out of 10% for me!

Moreover, there is a quote that I really loved and I would like to share it with you guys, right here, right now, of course. Here’s the quote:

“There are different types of people in the world. There are people who accept what’s in front of them unquestioningly.

The live in the dark. In defeat. Ignoring what the future might bring or how they might help to make things happen.

Then there are people like me. Optimists. They too live in the dark, in times like these, but dream of the light.

I trust in the possibilities of betterness. I believe there is more to life than this. I have to. There’s no other choices for me.” 

Oh my gosh! This quote. Okay. Some characters did not have hope in the new world but this particular character named Chickadee stood up to me as a glowing star in this book. She was full of hope, full of happiness in the darkest time and it was not fair that she had to go through all those crappy things in the past. Thus, this quote will forever have a place in my heart!

As for the continuation of the review, I found the tone for this book to be very dark because there were a lot of killing and the author actually went to the length of describing the murder of a person including children as young as five years old. So, if you do not like those kind of things, I do not recommend you to pick this book up.

Finally, let us talk about the relationships between all the characters in this book. I thought the relationships in this book were very well planned and rounded as they were very compassionate about each other although they were not as nice as they were in the beginning. Thus, I would say that they have a great character improvement!

Now, let us move on to the writing section of the review!

Writing:

“There are so many empty people walking around on this little planet. Lonely people. Angry people. Bitter. Forgotten.”- Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.

The writing style was crisp, articulate, flowery at times and mundane when it came to certain part of the story. It was crisp and articulate because it was easy to read and the story flowed smoothly along the trail.

However, when it came to the romance part of the novel the writing style turned all flowery and I did not like that because the writing style did not stay constant. Plus, when it came to certain part of the attacking element in the story, the writing style transformed into something milky and mundane. Therefore, I have many thoughts on the writing style of the book.

Other than those things above, I enjoyed the alternate point of views between the characters and I thought that it was a great addition to the story due to the fact that we, as readers, are able to capture the whole world and the struggles of each of the characters in the book. Therefore, a 5% out of 5% for the alternate point of views element!

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

Colin: He was the worse character in this book. He was a selfish little coward who does nothing to help up with his group of friends even if he voted to sacrifice himself to help them to get the food from the outside world. He was also a liar and an egocentric person who only thought for what is good for himself and not the others. Therefore, I disliked him and I will not care for this character.

Aries: I loved her. She was thoughtful of others and was careful enough not to provide conflict into her and others lives. Plus, she was a leader with all the best qualities and therefore, she was my favourite character in this book and as for her character development, I would say that it shot upwards like a seed to a plant.

Mason: The thing is, I did not really like Mason in the beginning. He was an alcoholic teenager with a mean personality that made him looked like a bully but as the story progressed forward, he started to realize that he was being an ass to everyone around him and when he opened up himself, it was the saddest and the most emotional scene in the book. Therefore, he had a great character development! 

Michael: I loved him in the beginning. He was helpful, brave and careful at first but unfortunately the author destroyed his character (Why?) and made him a coward that could not believe that he betrayed his own group. However, that scene was what made his character shone again. He helped Clementine and began searching for his brother and that was where he learned his mistake. Therefore, I still enjoyed his character!

Clementine: She was in the middle of hilarious, smart and dumb. Everything she does make me laugh but sometimes it does not because she was going through a hard time and the action scenes between her and the crazies were not funny but scary. Therefore, I loved her character! 

Daniel: I do not really know what to say about him because he comes and goes with absolutely no reason and he was hiding something. Something he knows but would not want to share and the author did not reveal what he was hiding from the crowd and the things he knew. Therefore, I have absolutely no idea what to talk about his character!

Overall:

I am giving this book an 85% rating. I liked the book but it had its flaws and therefore, it did not make it up to the 90% list.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts! 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

Midwinterblood By Marcus Sedgwick || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Midwinterblood’ by Marcus Sedgwick today. Marcus Sedgwick is the author of many books, for example, The Ghosts Of Heaven (which is a great book and I have a full review on it on my blog, so check it out if you are interested!), Revolver, She Is Not Invisible, etc. The books that I have read from Marcus were fantastic and I cannot wait to gobble up more of them! 

Besides of gushing about my love for Marcus Sedgwick’s books, let us move on to the little summary that I am going to make for this book! 

Midwinterblood is a very hard book to be classified in any of the genre other than Young Adult. So, Young Adult it is. There are 8 parts to the story in this book and everything links through each story with both of these people whose lives are drastically sad. 

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

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“If a life can be ruined in a single moment, a moment of betrayal, or violence, or ill luck, then why can a life not also be saved, be worth living, be made, by just a few pure moments of perfection?”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Synopsis:

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

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

My thoughts: Introduction

“And none of you stand so tall, a pink moon gonna get you all.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was quick to the core and everything happened as fast as a rabbit. It was a book that did not go wrong with fast pacing and the actions were taken down rapidly. It took me a two days to finish this book due to the fact that I cannot put this book down without thinking of what will happen next or what is going to happen to the characters. Therefore, this book made me think and the pacing was fantastic! 

Moving on, the world-building for this book was absolutely stunning. It revolved around an island that evolved throughout the centuries and I, personally, think that the island was very well described with different types of seasons and different types of moons and therefore, led to a great world-building.

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was very mysterious. It had a very chilling atmosphere that will make you think of how all of these plots are going to end or wrap-up in the end. Thus, it had an atmosphere with a chilling and mysterious atmosphere. (P.S: The story ends in the least expected way!) 

Furthermore, the tone for this book was very heavy with topics that were not normally exaggerated or discussed in a novel and I am definitely glad that Marcus Sedgwick took this chance to write it in his book and I would also like to shout out the fact that this book is only length 264 pages and the topics it had given was heavy therefore, I liked the tone of the book!

Finally, the relationships between the characters felt very real and their actions were very realistic and they were what we would do in the real world when those actions in the book were described to us and therefore, I loved the chemistry between Eric and Melle.

Now, let us move into the writing section of the review!

Writing:

“He wonders if a few moments of utter and total joy can be worth a lifetime of struggle.

Maybe, he thinks. Maybe, if they’re the right moments.”- Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick.

Marcus Sedgwick had a very odd writing style for this book. The writing style for this book was clean, articulate and crisp. Everything was described and presented very well in this book and none of the details that were put out in the book were left with no answers. Therefore, an articulate and crisp writing style.

For the mentioning of clean writing style, I meant to say that there were not any sexual contents or the mention of it in this book which makes it a suitable book for children and adults, of course, to read. 

Moving on, I found Marcus Sedgwick’s storytelling to be very unique. He unfolded the story with an introduction that sucked the readers in and left them there until the end of the book while the readers were frantically holding their breath to trade for the knowledge of what is to happen next. He had also splitted the story into 8 parts which was a clever idea because he hid things up nicely until that ending which will make your mind-blown if you have not figured it out by then.  

Finally, the way he wrote the flashbacks for the characters was beautiful! He made the characters shone with much ferocity that made me cared for the characters and the story never falters as the story progressed with flashbacks of the characters. Therefore, Marcus Sedgwick had a great writing style! 

Now, let us move on to the characters section!

Characters:

Eric: I loved Eric! He was such a well crafted character that the author had created! He was a funny, ambitious and a curious cat who lived through many lives but still had the same personalities and flaws! I do also like to say that he did many mistakes but he was quick to correct them and he was a bright character in the book. Thus, he had a great character growth throughout the book!

Melle: I loved Melle as well! She was smart, quick and thoughtful. Everything about her was just as bright as Eric and they really loved each other in each of the story. Melle was just as mysterious as a character as Eric, they both had secrets but the ending explains everything. Therefore, I loved Melle as a character in this book!

Tor: I hate him! He was selfish, not funny and evil. He ruined everything and I am glad that the ending served him well [Spoiler] [Spoiler]

Now, let us move into the overall section of the review!

Overall:

I am giving this book a 95.85% rating. It was such a great book and it will always hold a place in my heart therefore, I highly recommend all of you to give this book a try!


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick! I hope you all enjoyed it 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!

November TBR

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

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

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

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

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

1. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

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

2. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

3. The Goblins Of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

4. Desolate by Amy Miles

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

5. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

6. Curse of Stars By Donna Compositor

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

7. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

8. Portraits Of A Faerie Queen by Tay LoRoi

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

Me:

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

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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

10. Lady Of The Shades by Darren Shan

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Synopsis:

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

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

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

Me:

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


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

Book Review

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a book review for ‘Twilight By Stephanie Meyer’ today. All of you probably already know what Twilight is about but I am still going to give a brief summary before we move on into the actual review. In addition, Stephanie Meyer has written a number of books since the Twilight saga, which those books are called ‘The Chemist’ and ‘The Host’ and I cannot wait to read both of them because I really liked ‘Twilight’. Now, let us move into the brief review.

Twilight is a Young Adult, Paranormal Romance novel following Isabelle- Also known as Bella, as she discovered that her boyfriend was a vampire and how there were other vampires that were trying to kill them. 

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

*Note:

This is a spoiler-free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own!*

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“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Synopsis:

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.

The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My thoughts: Introduction

“What is she to me? Except a menace — a danger you’ve chosen to inflict on all of us.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Let us start off with the pacing of this book. The pacing for this book was fast and the book was remotely easy to read. It had a type of writing style that was not good but easy to read that enabled me to zoom through the book fast. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, I highly recommend you to read this book! However, if you are looking for a book that has good writing style and an overall story with no plot holes, I do not recommend you to read this book.

Speaking of plot holes, this book had a few unresolved plot that had no explanation or reason and most parts of the book were filled with theories. Therefore, I sincerely hope that the plot holes will be resolved in the next book instead of theories in every corner of the book. 

Moving on, the world-building and atmosphere for this book were fantastically described and written. There were not much to describe for the world because it is set in our world, but with two types of Vampires that walk among the humans. I thought that the world that revolved around the types of Vampires were pretty unique and cool. Thus, the world building was great!

In addition, the atmosphere for this book was suspenseful and romantic in a way that the elements combined together equally. However, the suspense did not start until the last 130 pages of the book. Thus, I was a little disappointed but I, again, hope that the next book will not let the suspense start at the last 100 pages of the book.

Furthermore, the plot for this book dragged a little too much. For example, it repeated what we had already known and it just dragged on for the next hundred of pages and when it stopped, a new question arisen and the cycle continued which did tick something off of me but I still enjoyed the process of reading this book even though it frustrated me in a bad way sometimes. 

Moving on (yet again), the relationships that were centered around this book were outstanding. The characters had a great relationships together and especially Edward and his adopted family. They remained as one even though they quarrelled sometimes and I, personally, find that as an extraordinary element in the story because not many YA books out there featured this kind of relationships. Thus, a thumbs-up for the relationships. 

Finally, the tone for this book was pretty light and heavy when it came to the suspenseful part of the story. The tone was light because of the romance element in this book. Therefore, an easy book to read with both light and heavy tones.

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

Writing:

“The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

The writing for this book was not good. I realized that Stephanie used a lot of dialogues in this book that just made it chatty and informal. Although this book was easy to read, I just found the dialogues to be overused and the places and features of the person or the thing was not described very well and what I meant to say was this: There were to much of telling instead of showing.  

Furthermore, the author rambled on when we already knew what the thing was or what was going on and because of that, it made the characters felt kind of… dumb? It was like turning an extremely smart and awesome character into an imbecile. But, fortunately, they were likable characters. 

In addition, I noticed that there were some parts in the writing that were vague. Some of the things were not explained properly and it just made plot holes. Thus, it was a vague piece of writing. 

Finally, let us move on to the characters section!

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Characters:

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.

Bella (Also Known As Isabelle): She was a character that was quite #relatable to. Sorry for the hashtag but I have to, so.. Sorry again? She was sassy, funny and dumb at time but she learned from her mistakes and thus, that gave her a thumbs up and a character growth.

Edward: He was the mysterious, brooding, bad boy who had been living for centuries and had also been living in his own lonely square until Bella came into his life. As Bella made her way into his life, his character had changed into a total kind-hearted person. Thus, he had a great character growth!

Alice: We did not get to see her much in this book but I do believe that she will appear more often in the following books because there are many layers to her character that this book had yet to deliver. Thus, I will not say that she has a character growth.

Mike: I hated him. He was an annoying, self-pitied and selfish character that I just could not stand. His character did not even improve as the story progresses, it just remained over there like a predator waiting for its prey. Thus, zero character growth to his character.

Jacob: He was a fine character. There was not anything much about him and he was not special or anything but I liked how he treated Bella as his friend though. Therefore, I look forward on his character in the next book.

Overall:

I am giving this book an 81%. I liked it but it had some flaws that I, personally, did not give it a 90%. Thus, the rating and PS. I will be reading the next book.


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