Book Review

Book Review: The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review on ‘The Crimson Guild’ by Allan Walsh today! The Crimson Guild is the first book in the Blood Rage series and it is a YA fantasy novel following a main character called Conall as a thief. So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you Allan for sending me this book!)*

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

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“Stop it Conall! Don’t let your anger and hate make you like them. You’re better than that. We need to change them, not the other way around.”- The Crimson Guild, Allan Walsh.

Synopsis:

Conall O’Lorcan has a rage within him, a rage he doesn’t know how to control. Cast out of his village when he becomes a danger, he must seek a new life where nobody knows his secrets. When he is recruited into a guild of thieves, his secrets become hard to hide.

Writing:

I didn’t like the writing style for this book. It was informal and inarticulate. For example,

“It’s alright for you, you’ve got bigger balls than most men,” Chuck replied.

Kat gave him a shove. “Everyone’s got bigger balls than you.”

WHAT!? They were in a very dangerous situation.. and both of these characters were talking about balls.  

And the author didn’t really describe the characters and the surroundings in detail. The author described the characters and the things around the protagonist like a breeze, which is bad because sometimes it is hard to know where the main character is. 

However, the pacing for this book was really fast! It is 113 pages long and I finished this book in three hours. So, if you are in a reading slump, I recommend you to read this book!

Plot:

The idea for this book is awesome- it is about a boy who was chased away from his home and the next thing he knew was that he joined a group of thieves called the guild- But, when I finished this book, I came to a realization that nothing much happened.

Characters:

Conall: I loved Conall. He is the best character in this book! The story progresses as we follow him through his grief and sorrow. I have to say that he may be annoying at time, but, his character will still be very lively and flash-out. 

Kat: I didn’t like her as a character in this book, maybe it is because of the lack of character development or it’s just that I couldn’t connect with this character. 

Little Mick: Again, the lack of character development. But this is different from the character I have talked about previously which is that I didn’t like Little Mick.. at all because he [Spoiler].

Overall:

I do be lying if I say I didn’t like this book. I liked it, but there were a lot of things that I really didn’t enjoy. So, I am giving this book a 41%.


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Bookish Fun!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Goodreads Book Tag’ today! I was nominated by icebreaker694 at icebreaker694 to do this tag. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

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The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick! I highly recommend you all to check out this gorgeous book! I will be linking my review for this book down below:

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I am currently reading ‘The Crimson Guild’ by Allan Walsh!

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I will be reading King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Klubbe The Turkle and The Golden Star Coracle by Philip Dodd next. 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes, I do. But, I didn’t use the ‘The Star’ Rating System. I use The Percentages Rating System instead! 

My ‘Percentages’ Rating System page:

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes! But, uhhh… I am falling behind of my reading challenge. (Actually, I am doing badly). 

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

No, at least, not yet.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I am planning to buy City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich next.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES?

Favorite Quotes:

“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.


“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor.


“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.”- Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor.


“I will give them nightmares to haunt their dreams long after I’m gone.”- Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor.


“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”- Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard.


“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”- Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard.


“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”- Heartless, Marissa Meyer.


“Stuff and nonsense. Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?”- Heartless, Marissa Meyer.


WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Merrisa Meyer
  • Laini Taylor
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Veronica Roth
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Pittacus Lore
  • Patrick Ness
  • Amanda Hocking
  • and more…

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Yes, I have. I am in Booktastic BookaholicRead RunnersBookworms AnonymousPerustopia Book ClubBook A Month and All Things Happy Read-a-thon.


This is the end of my ‘Goodreads’ Book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this tag, feel free to do it!

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Bookish Fun!

May TBR

Hey Guys! I am actually quite proud of myself because I finished reading 3 books last month which were: The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis, The Ghost Of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick and Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang by Tim Learn. I will be linking the reviews down below:

So, without further ado, let’s get into my May TBR!

1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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(BEAUTIFUL COVER!)

*Do not read King’s Cage synopsis if you have not read Red Queen!*

Synopsis:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.


I will be reading this book with my friend over at @thegeekybookgirl. Feel free to join us if you want to and you guys should totally check out her Instagram page! Her pictures are marvelous!


2. Select by Marit Wiesenberg

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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?


Actually, I am currently this book and I am very confused with the characters and the world. But anyways, I will finish up this book soon.  


3. Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor

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(GORGEOUS COVER!)

Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THIS BOOK! I love the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy by Laini Taylor and therefore, I have high hopes! 


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Book Review

The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

Hey Guys! I will be doing a book review on ‘The Ghost Of Heaven’ By Marcus Sedgwick today! The Ghost of Heaven is a YA fantasy, standalone novel following four different perspectives and timelines. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!  

*Note: This is a spoiler free review and all thoughts and opinions are on my own.*

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I love this book cover so much!

“It is their soul, crying for peace. It appears in their eyes, like a ghost resurfacing, crying for help. And then, when I stop reading, the mad waters rush in, and wash it away once more.”- The Ghost Of Heaven (Quarter 3), Marcus Sedgwick.

Synopsis

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time.

Writing

The writing style was crisp, epigrammatic and very well-seasoned. Marcus described the things around the characters in the book perfectly. Even though the first story in the book is not my favourite, the others definitely made up to it!

The plot for this book was very well thought out. All four stories in the book are linked in a very interesting way. For example, Past-Past-Present-Future. You guys probably don’t understand what I’m trying to say but it’s better to go into the book without knowing anything.

The pacing for this book was fast. It will keep you up all night because when you put the book down, your brain will wonder, “What is going to happen to the character?” 

Characters

*I am not going to talk about the villians in the book because… They’re unexpected.*

Anna: She’s the main character in the  second story. She’s kind and she will do anything for her brother. Her story almost made me cry because she doesn’t deserve to be treated the way people treated her to be.  

Doctor James: OH MY GOSH! I loved this character in the book! He’s the main character in the third story and he’s super cool and kind. He treated his patients like gold and that’s what I liked about him. 

Bowman: He’s the main character in the fourth story and um.. Unlike the other two characters I have talked about previously, he’s not so kind and he’s actually a [Spoiler]

In conclusion for the characters section, Marcus has created wonderful and unique characters.

Overall

I give this book a 89.5%. It’s a beautifully written book and I think that everyone should get their hands on it!


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Bookish Fun!

The Book Cake Tag

Hey Guys! I will be doing a bookish fun book tag today! It’s called: ‘The Book Cake’ Tag.  I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I really want to try this delicious book tag out! So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

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*The Book Cake Tag was originally started on BookTube by Suddenlylorna, be sure to check their video out after you finish reading my article!*

The Ingredients For the Book Cake:

  • Flour: A book that was slow in the beginning, but then really picked up.

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Answer: Heartless by Marrisa Meyer. It’s slow in the beginning of the book, but after you finish the first 100 pages of the book, the story gets interesting and BOOM! YOU WILL LOVE IT! 

Here’s my review for Heartless: Heartless by Marissa Meyer


  • Butter or Margarine: A book that has a really good rich plot.

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Answer: The ‘Daughter Of Smoke and Bone’. This book’s plot is unique and this book will hit you hard in the feels. 

My Reviews For The Book Trilogy: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor


  • Eggs: A book you thought you weren’t going to like but ended up loving.

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Answer: The Grimm Legacy. I wasn’t expecting to like the book but I ended up loving the world, the characters and the plot of the book. 


  • Sweet: A super sweet book.

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Answer: Fangirl! It’s such a sweet and beautifully written book! It definitely fits the sweet category. 


  • Icing: A book that covers everything you enjoy in a book (sad, funny, action,…etc.)

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Answer: Red……Red…. (Guess What?) RED QUEEN! I love Love LOVE THIS BOOK! The characters are lovable and it covers everything I enjoy.

Here’s my review for Red Queen: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


  • Sprinkles: A book that you can turn to to make you feel better

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Answer: The Hunger Games! I am not a gruesome person, guys. Maybe a little, but this was the first dystopian novel I have read and I love re-reading it. It makes me feel better.


  • Cherry on Top: The best book you’ve read so far this year.

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Answer: Dreams Of Gods and Monster by Laini Taylor! You guys must read it! It’s beautiful and unique and OMG! Just read it! 

Here’s a book review for Dreams Of Gods and Monsters: Dreams Of Gods And Monsters By Laini Taylor


This is the end of the book tag! I am not going to tag anyone, so if you would like to do this tag. Feel free to do it! Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this article and follow me via email/wordpress account to get notifications when I upload a new article! Bye!

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hey Guys! I will be doing the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ book tag today! I was tagged by Kayla and Catherine from @ to do this tag. Thank you Kayla and Catherine for nominating me!

So, without further ado, let’s get into it! 

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The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

This incredible award tag was created by Okoto Enigma at @Okoto Enigma. Go check out their blog!

Best Post:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has the most views! It’s actually the very first book I have reviewed.

5 questions from @:

  • Least favorite book you have read and why

Answer: I am going for a book that I have recently finished, and that is: Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang By Tim Learn. I really didn’t like this book, the main character in this book annoyed me a lot and just no, please.

  • Favorite genre and why

Answer: My favorite genre is Young Adult Fantasy/High Fantasy because this genre pulls you into the world and it makes you concentrate at the world’s surrounding.   

  • Should hamsters be allowed to rule the world?

Answer: Seriously? Yes! Hamsters are cute animals and I think we should let them rule the world! 

  • What’s your passion outside of books?

Answer: Passion outside of books…? Hmmm… I love taking pictures with my books and I enjoy posting those pictures on my instagram account called: Maxxesbooktopia.

  • If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Answer: Czech Republic. I really want to visit Czech Republic because I am drawn to the architecture and the culture there.

3 Things About Me:

  • I am a bookaholic. I can never leave a bookstore without buying a book. (Even when I am broke, I will still fish out a dollar or two from my pocket to buy a book) 
  • I love the word ‘Azure’. It’s really satisfying to speak that word out from your mouth. 
  • I love Love LOVE Fried Rice! I crave for it everyday. It’s marvelous and just, there is no word to describe how it tasted.   

My Nominations:

– and if you want to do this tag. Feel free to do it! 

My Questions For You Guys:

  1. Your favorite book and why?
  2. Your least favorite genre and why?
  3. Your guilty pleasure reads
  4. Your least favorite book and why? (Would you sacrifice it to the fire?) 
  5. What would you do if you were in a ‘Reading-Slump’? 

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Book Review

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

Hey Guys! I will be doing a spoiler-free book review on “Chewy Noh and The Fall of The Mu-Dang” by Tim Learn today! Chewy Noh and The Fall of The Mu-Dang is the first book in the Chewy Noh series and it’s a Middle-Grade Fantasy. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions.

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

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“My parents must feel the same way,” he caught Chewy’s eyes, moving on, “Having their only child wrapped up in metal just to walk and watching him afraid to take a bath – probably not what they expected to be like either.”- Tim Learn, Chewy Noh and The Fall Of The Mu-Dang

Synopsis:

Chewy Noh has problems. He was born with them. Two weeks after his birth, the family fortune-teller saw bad things in his future…and she was right. The school bully hates him and will stop at nothing to get rid of him. His mother suddenly can’t get out of bed, complaining of horrible headaches. And worst of all, the secret his grandmother is hiding may be at the root of it all. But why should he worry? He’s a superhero with a power no one’s ever seen before!

Writing:

I didn’t like the writing style for this book. The writing style for this book was inarticulate and sometimes, parenthetical. But I really loved the way Tim explained the things in this book. 

Pacing:

This book was, surprisingly, fast-paced and if you are stuck in a reading slump, I highly recommend you to read this book!

Characters:

Chewy: I couldn’t connect anything with this character in the book. He’s cranky and at some point of the book, he really annoyed me.

Clint: I loved Clint as a character in this book! His character development went up as I drove deeper into the book, he’s my favourite character in this book! 

Kent: The school bully. I hated him at the beginning of the book because he bullied people who are better than him but at the end of the book, I can’t help but feel a little sad for him.

Overall:

I give this book a 54% rating. 


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