Book Review

Rodham By Curtis Sittenfeld | Book Review

Hello Everyone! I am Max and I will be manufacturing a book review for a book christened Rodham By Curtis Sittenfeld today. Before we dive into the review section of this article, I would like to thank Times Reads for sending a copy of this novel to me!

So, without further ado, let us get into the review section of this article!

Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Politics

Synopsis:

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. And then she meets Bill Clinton. A handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, Bill is already planning his political career. In each other, the two find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced.

In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times; although she said no more than once, as we all know, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.

But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour-de-force of fiction, Hillary takes a different road. Feeling doubt about the prospective marriage, she endures their devastating breakup and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that involves crossing paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.

Review:

The edition that I currently have in my possession for this novel has a whooping 417 pages and the first 200 pages bored me to tears. It does not have a clear plot in the beginning or rather, it is under a veil that does not want to be shredded apart to expose what is within. The first 150 pages or so could have been cut shorter to ease the pacing and make the flow of the story better because nothing much happens in between of those pages. However, after getting past that hurdle that is the first 200 pages, the story gets more delightful and more delectable but not a lot of people will stick around to read that because of how utterly dull the first 200 pages are.

The pacing for this novel is what I would say ‘atrocious’ and to sum it all up in two words: train wreck. Not a lot of indispensable events transpire in the first 200 pages that would help to advance the plot and only a handful of vital information appear in the first 200 pages will be referenced towards the end of the novel. I strongly believe that if an editor were to whack off a myriad of scenes from the story, the story will remain the same. The pacing gradually eases into itself after that and the story becomes more pleasant to read and it percolates better. The conspicuous flaw of the pacing is just in the beginning. It is way too slow without any reason of being that slow and because of that, it reduced my reading pace as well. It took me a month to finish this because I do not have the motivation to pick it up and continue. 

I thought the writing style was a little dry in the beginning but as I continued to endeavour through the forest of words that this book encompasses, the writing style gradually grew on me and by the end of the book, I found myself enjoying the writing and the ample of word choices that the author uses for this novel. If you find the writing style stolid in the beginning, I would urge you to continue reading it because as soon as you hit a certain point in the novel, the author adds distinct flavours to the writing that makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

To add on to the paragraph above, after I got past the stolid first 200 pages of this book, I found the writing to be humorous and entertaining. There is a scene in this novel about Hillary Rodham not knowing what GTFO means and she surfs the internet to find out the meaning of GTFO. I laughed for God knows how long and I had to mentally and physically collect myself before continuing. The novel contains many more instances on these type of situations and they are hilarious and it absolutely made my day when I read those scenes. 

Perhaps this is a “me” thing but I have a small complaint to make and I would like to disclose it to all of you: there’s an excessive amount of scenes on copulation and I do not enjoy reading about it. Those sections are written stolidly and some of those scenes can be cut and if it were to be curtailed, it will, again, not change anything. I am okay with a handful of scenes on that but that is not the case with this book and thus, it severely diminished my enjoyment for the novel.

The ending of the novel is one of the best endings I have ever read. The plot ascends slowly into a fantastic climax as the book progresses and it boils down to the ending to not mess up the flow of things and the author definitely did not besmirch the work that she has done before the ending. I felt really satisfied with the ending and I could not imagine any other alternate endings other than the ending that the author provides us with.

In conclusion, I am proffering this novel with a 63% (C) score. It could have been better if the first 200 pages were to be filtered and edited down to the core of its being to accentuate the vital segments of the story but it is what it is.


This is the end of my review for Rodham By Curtis Sittenfeld! 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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Worst Books Of 2020

Hey Guys! I am Max and I will be attempting to construct one of the articles in my “end of the year series” today. This series consists of Worst Books of 2020, Best Books of 2020 and Most Anticipated Releases of 2020. Today, I will be manufacturing the most controversial article in this series and that is the Worst Books I’ve read in 2020.

Disclaimer: Please do not get offended if some of your favourite books are on this list. The books that are mentioned on this list are based solely on my own opinions and taste and please, just take my words with a grain of salt.

*Side Note: this list will go according to my least disliked to my most disliked books of 2020. So, we will start off with my least disliked and make our way down to my most disliked.

So, without further ado, let us dive right into the list!


9. Blue Ticket By Sophie Mackintosh

Blue Ticket is more of a disappointment than a straight-up egregious book. I had high hopes going into this novel because I really thought that it would blow me away with the story and the writing as the synopsis of this novel suggested that I can and should put all my expectations on it as it has everything that I love: notions on feminism, dystopian society, discussion on body rights, segregated society and it is written in a literary fiction style and instead of getting those, the final product of this novel is a confusing and convoluted plot, the lack of world-building and a plethora of chances for the story to swirl in the right direction but the author decided to let the story bite its tail. Therefore, it made it on my Worst Books of 2020 list.

Here’s the full review for this novel that I had constructed in July if you are curious to see the ups and downs of this novel.

Final Verdict: 50% (D)

8. Midnight’s Twins By Holly Race

Young Adult fiction has been a hit or miss for me this year and this is, no doubt, a miss for me. The characters in this book, other than the protagonist and the protagonist’s brother, have zero character trait and radically, they are just caricatures and their foremost objective there is to advance the plot. Also, I did not say this in my review but the names of the characters, especially the name of the protagonist’s mom, are way too fantasy-like. They are supposed to live in our world not in some fantasy world with unique sounding names. In addition, the world-building for the dreamscape land called Annwn is very weak and it does not make sense on several levels. Therefore, it is number 8 on the list.

Here’s the full review for this novel that I had constructed in mid-December if you are curious to see the ups and downs of this novel.

Final Verdict: 45% (E)

7. The Other Americans By Laila Lalami

The writing style for this novel is, no doubt, beautiful and easy to absorb. The story, however, is a different situation altogether. It is extremely forgettable and it does not have re-read value. The characters in this novel have different motivations and most of the time, I do not understand why they do the things they did. The pacing is atrocious; it is a hybrid of both slow and fast and it is very unevenly distributed. Every time I put this book down, I do not have the urge to pick it back up. Besides, there’s a drug abuse scene where the protagonist’s sister is about to confess to her but did not manage to do so and it is never brought up in the novel again. This can be potentially triggering to people with a history of drug abuse and I do not fancy how the author executed this element in the story. Moreover, topics on racism are brushed under rug so often in this novel. I do not understand why the author would bring it up and put it aside as quickly as possible.

Oh, let’s not forget that I thought this book was a literary thriller but apparently, it is not. The synopsis of this novel makes this book sound like it is a literary thriller and I think it is purely for marketing purposes only. If you want to read this book, keep in mind that it is more of a character study (although the characters are not that exceptional to study anyways) than a thriller/mystery.

Final Verdict: 40% (E)

6. In The Shadow Of The Wolves By Alvydas Slepikas

Going into this book, I was expecting to love it and instead of enjoying it, it made it on this list. The writing style for this novel is both beautiful and over-the-top. It is beautiful when it has amazing quotes like:-

“Lotte poured some boiled water from the teapot into a cup, and gave it to Helmut. There hadn’t been any wolves around for a long time; these days they existed only in fairy tales. People were like wolves now.”

-but the author had to switch it up and made it over-the-top without any reason. Sometimes, the children in this novel do not even sound like children. They sound like dramatic poets in the making.

Although everything in this book is morbid, I do not feel attached to anyone or anything in the novel because of how inordinate the author had written this book. I tried really hard to get into the right headspace and to immerse myself into the story but I could not do it. The writing style made it impossible for me to get into the story and therefore, it is on this list.

Final Verdict: 38% (E)

5. The Ghost Bride By Yangsze Choo

Are we even surprised The Ghost Bride made it on this list?

I had not thought about it ever since I finished writing the review in May and I could not really remember the story (but have a vague idea of it) and that shows how utterly forgettable it is.

The romance in this novel is laughable. It is purely ‘love at first sight’ material and the protagonist of this novel is a dumbass. Like what I commented in my review: “He could be a kidnapper or an en masse murderer and I bet Li Lan will still be languishing over him and not see the facet he is wearing.” The pacing of this novel is an abomination and it should never have seen the light of day. 

I have a full rant review up on my blog and if you are interested in that, you should click into it. What I wrote above is just the icing on the cake and there’s a more in-depth review of this book on that rant review article.

Final Verdict: 35% (E)

4. Vanishing Girls By Lauren Oliver

The only pro in Vanishing Girls is the astounding writing style. Other than that, it is all cons.

First of all, that closing is one of the worst closings I’ve ever read in my entire life. The conundrum or rather, the centre of the mystery falls flat towards the end of the novel. It is inconceivably anti-climatic and it is eminently predictable as well. When I read a thriller, I want to be pleasantly startled by the plot twists and the structure of the story but this did not assuage any of that. 

Second of all, the pacing of this novel is disastrous. Normally I am okay with slow-paced books but this novel is so slow from start to finish and nothing happens for about 70% of the way through this book and things only pick up towards the end and even that can’t save the book. Note that this book is only under 300 pages.

Lastly, the young adult characters are the exact image of any other thriller novels you will find under the sky and they are one-dimensional characters. I expected better from Lauren Oliver because she wrote one of the best Young Adult books I’ve ever laid my eyes on and that book is Before I Fall. For that book, she manages to capture the essence of a teenager but for Vanishing Girls, the essence is gone and it is replaced by amateur character structure.

Final Verdict: 25% (E)

3. Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt

To summarize my review for this novel, it would be:-

-the writing style has more “tells than shows”, this book promotes pedophilia despite being a classic children novel, the pacing is shambolic, the messages the author is trying to convey are not evergreen and they have been talked about time and again in recent years.

Here’s the full review for this novel that I had constructed in 3 days ago if you are curious to see the ups and downs of this novel.

Final Verdict: 15% (F)

2. Angels’ Blood By Nalini Singh

Where do I even begin?

This book is, undisputedly, smut. It does not really have a plot. The author makes it seem like the plot of this novel is secondary and the smut is the primary focus of the novel. Everything else is tertiary and not important. The ‘everything else’ includes character development, world-building, writing style and atmosphere. None of those is present in the story, the only thing that the author wants you to know is that there are smut and an overabundance of sex in this book and those are the primary focus. 

The plot of this novel is quite absurd and it does not make a lot of sense. Characters that got together do not have any chemistry or anything in common and do not even get me started on the number of times the protagonist screams “NO!” to the mind-controlling thing that her alpha-angel-boyfriend does to her. I cringed inside every time she says “NO!”. Consent is basically non-existent in this novel.

The ending of this novel is another one of the worst endings I’ve ever deposited my eyes on. It does not make any sense! How did they surgically sew a pair of angel wings on the protagonist’s back when no one in this world knows that that is a possibility? It is remarkably ludicrous and it made me laugh like a horse.

Final Verdict: 10% (F)

1. The Cheat By Marita A. Hansen

The only reason I requested for this book on Netgalley is because I want to read a book that is from a genre I’ve not explored before to get out of my comfort zone but… I would pretty much like to go back to my comfort zone now.

Both of the protagonists of this novel do not have the basic knowledge of consent. There’s a ridiculously large amount of fatphobia in this book which is absolutely infuriating to read about. The scene where the mother of the female protagonist who is frantically watching the male protagonist stripping and practicing onanism by his window scarred my eyeballs. There’s cheating in a relationship in this novel which did not get resolve by the end because this is a 4-part series. Also, the female protagonist watching the male protagonist strip by his window is weird (she thinks he doesn’t know she is watching) but what’s weirder is that the male protagonist does it on purpose and he did it with pride and he knows she is watching so he does it. *allow me to retch in the toilet.*

The writing style of this novel is amateur at best. It does not have the most ludicrous writing style and it does not have the most lucrative writing style either. It is just… there.

Final Verdict: 5% (F)


And that concludes my ‘Worst Books Of 2020!’ Be sure to let me know what your worst books of 2020 are in the comment section below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt | Book Review

Hey Everyone! I am Max and I will be conducting a book review for Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt today! Tuck Everlasting is classified as a classic of modern children’s literature. I would like to thank Pansing for sending a copy of this novel to me in exchange for a review!

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

Synopsis:

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Review:

Since this is not an exceptionally long book (this edition of the novel that I owned has 215 pages and the font is pretty huge), this will not be a long review as well because I do not want to give anything away if you are attempting to read the novel. Therefore, we will start the review by elucidating on the writing style of the novel.

The writing style of this novel is pretty straightforward which is fine for a children novel but it does not have anything distinctive going for it. It is not saturated with purple prose nor is it written seamlessly. Some of the sentences did indeed fall short while a modicum of them extend beyond what is necessary. Besides, there is more telling instead of showing. For example, “The constable was fat, and he was sleepy. He wheezed when he spoke. And he spoke quite a bit as they started off, he and the man in yellow suit.” I did not fancy the way it is written, I thought it would be better if the author were to switch it up and describe the scenes instead of taking the easy way out. However, the word selections and the composition of the writing are easily digestible and it can be read comfortably by a child. 

Now, I would like to express my distaste for the so-called “romance” in this novel although, it did not head to that stage (thank goodness!). Winnie, the protagonist of this novel, is an innocent ten-year-old child who is out wandering in the woods one afternoon, comes across this pond that will proffer immortality if you drink its content. The Tuck Family is a family of immortals because they drank from the pond decades before decides to abduct Winnie and tries to reason with her on humanity and whatnot to obstruct her from drinking from the pond. Here is where the book promotes paedophilia. Jesse Tuck who is an immortalized seventeen-year-old likes Winnie and he gives her the water and tells her to drink it when she gets older so that they can be together forever. When I read this, I was absolutely disgusted and it boggled (and it still boggles) my mind as to how the author thinks this behaviour is acceptable and put it into a children book where it will probably go unnoticed. I cannot tell if this is done intentionally because later in the novel, Winnie grows up and dies without drinking the water from the pond, but it did not sit well with me.

Although I did capture the messages that the author is trying to convey through this novel, I feel like the messages are quite stale and they are also messages that are ratiocinated in the world. It did not bring anything new to the table and if it had indeed brought something innovative once upon a time, then I will safely say that this book is not evergreen in terms of the lessons that the author would like us to learn.

The pacing of this novel makes everything bearable for once. Since it is written like a piece of old tackle and it has more ‘tells than shows’, the pacing of this novel quickens with ease. I read this novel in 2 hours because there’s something happening in almost every scene and it held my attention until the very end of the book but unfortunately, it just isn’t a good book.

Thus, my final verdict for this novel is 15% (F). Normally I love reading children classics because they are such a delight to read to children or to read by yourself but this is just not it.


This is the end of my review for Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt! 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

Midnight’s Twins By Holly Race | Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing Midnight’s Twins By Holly Race today! I would like to thank Pansing for sending a copy of this novel to me! Before we dive into the review, I would like to bestow the prerequisites upon you.

Genre: Young Adult Portal Fantasy

Page count: 352

So, without further ado, let us get into the review section of this article!

Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Londoner Fern is about to uncover a place that she could not have imagined in all her wildest dreams. Annwn is the dream mirror of our world, a place where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them. An enchanted, mysterious place that feeds our own world – as without dreams, without a place where our imaginations and minds can be nourished, what kind of humans would we be?

But Annwn is a place as full of dangers as it is wonders: it is a place where dreams can kill you. Annwn and its Dreamers are protected by an ancient order known as the Knights – and when Fern’s hated twin Ollie is chosen to join their ranks, Fern will have to do whatever she can to prove she is one of them too.

But the world Fern discovers in Annwn, in this dream mirror of her London, is a fragile one, threatened by vicious nightmares. Nightmares that are harder and harder for the Knights to defeat. Something dark is jeopardising the peace and stability of Annwn, something that must be rooted out at all costs. And gradually, Fern realises that the danger lurking inside our sleep is more insidious and terrifying than any nightmare. Because if you can influence someone’s dreams, you can control their thoughts.

Review:

In this novel, we are introduced to the lead character christened Fern King, her twin brother – Ollie King, their common friend – Ramesh and a few other friends. Ramesh and a few other friends that I could not for the life of me remember are forgettable characters. I did not, in any way, find myself getting attached to them and I wish the author would craft multiple layers upon these characters because I did not even care when one is hurt or the other is dead. Their characterizations do not feel authentic to me, it felt like they were just there to propel the plot forward.

However, Fern and Ollie do indeed feel like people you would meet in real life. Ollie is such an asshole and every time he appears in a scene, I will get extremely annoyed because he bullies his sister with his crowd of “friends” which leads to her getting tied to a tree and the fire searing her skin. Well, why did they do that? Because she has red eyes and they think she is a witch. What the actual fuck. I did not like that the author tries to redeem Ollie as a character because how can you redeem someone who almost killed his own sister albeit, accidentally letting the fire go?

With all that egregious stuff done to her, Fern tries to distance herself from humans in general because she does not want anyone to use her or bully her so she keeps to herself most of the time. She becomes spiteful of her brother, jealous of the discrepancies between the love her father gives her brother and her (their mother is dead), grows extremely dubious to anyone who treats her well and she also becomes duplicitous in every way possible to survive. I found myself rooting for Fern with my whole being because she is a believable character and she exudes such confidence when she is proficient at something and ugh, I just loved her as a character in this novel.

If you know, portal fantasy has been gone for quite some time and now, it is making a comeback with a few well-known novels like Burn By Patrick Ness and I have not had any fluke with portal fantasy ever since I finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy 3 years back and this is no exception. Although the world is fascinating, it is not well-built. It lacks flavor and the details that the author has provided are not intricate enough for me to picture it in my mind. I am still confused by the power that Fern wields called –inspyre – and how did that power make an army of people that cannot feel fear? In addition, the world – Annwn – does not make sense on several occasions in the novel. For example, why didn’t the old buildings change in shape in Annwn when the landscape is already different in Ithr (our world), are they not meant to coexist? Also, how did the villain build his own “fortress” using his inspyre when the landscape in Annwn still lingers in the past?

Moreover, I kind of wish the author would have lingered a little longer on the school-setting section of the novel and let the readers learn more of the world through the eyes of the protagonist because it seems a little too soon for them to go out into the world to fight all those nightmares.

However, this novel is well-paced. It does not drag the story or take the story through a tantivy speed. With that, it is engaging and it makes you flip through the pages in expeditiously and before you know it, you have already reached the final pages of the novel.

The writing style for this novel does not have anything special but it is definitely readable and it has more “showing than telling” which I absolutely enjoyed.

In conclusion, I am proffering this novel with a rating of 45% (E). I wish some things are done differently in this novel and if the things I described in my review are right up to your alley, you should give it a try. If it is not, I would not recommend it.


This is the end of my review for Midnight’s Twin By Holly Race! 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

Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng | Book Review

Hey Guys! I am Max and I will be reviewing Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng today! If you do not know who Celeste Ng is, she is the author of Little Fires Everywhere, a book which I absolutely adored and Everything I Never Told You is her debut novel.

So, without further ado, let us get into the review section of this article!

Synopsis:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Review:

Where do I even begin, Miss Ng? You annihilated me with this novel and I am immensely grateful that you did because this turns out to be one of my favourite books of all time. I cannot stop thinking about this book ever since I had finished it because it left an enormous impact on me that I do not think that it will get off me anytime soon. In other words, this novel is a masterpiece that leeches on your brain after you finish and I am about to explain to you the ‘why’ and the ‘how’s.

Although this book may sound like an exciting thriller with a pace faster than the maturity of an instant noodle packet from the synopsis, it is not what it seems. In fact, it is the polar opposite of what this book is. This novel is categorized in the literary fiction genre and it is slow-paced. It is a character-driven story that focuses on the everyday life of the Lee family and how the very core or essence of the family crumbles as they face the death of a loved one and how the family recovers from this tragic event when all hope of recovery seems lost amid grief.

The writing style of this book is similar to what she did in Little Fires Everywhere but, it is milder and more natural in every way possible and let me illustrate why. In Little Fires Everywhere, we get perspective from everyone and by everyone, I mean people who are not even that relevant to the story and they have mini flashbacks that we, the readers, do not fret about. In Everything I Never Told You, there are only flashbacks and perspectives from the Lee family and it does not only make the story progress better, but it also makes the story less saturated with insignificant narratives. With that aside, the writing style is elegant with sentences twine together effortlessly which is stunning to witness.

This book consolidates racism, sexism, challenges of interracial marriage. Although it has all of those, none of them is the prime focus of the novel however, they are tied deeply into the story. For example, Lydia’s mother – Marilyn – faces sexism in her University and at her mother’s house that she vows to teach Lydia not to become her mother and to be a doctor in a field dominated by men. With that comes parental pressure and parental expectations which send Lydia spiralling down a dark path. As with racism and interracial marriages, there’s negative stereotyping, open intimidation, friendless as they stand out in a school filled with white people, disapproval of a family member and insults such as racial slurs.

The book has its prime focus on loneliness, resentment and jealousy. Loneliness befalls due to the lack of friends the Lee children experience. Resentment and jealousy transpire as the parents focus more on Lydia than Nath and Hannah. For example, every time Nath – the son – has something distinctive to declare like getting admitted into Harvard, it is proclaimed promptly with reactions that are short-lived from the parents and the focus will expeditiously return to Lydia instead. Hannah (the youngest daughter), however, has little to no reaction from the parents as they often forget that she even exists. These three qualities fuel this novel with rich family drama that forms cracks in a broken family that did not know they are crumbling from the inside.

The first 15 pages of this novel managed to evoke emotions from me and towards the end of the novel, I was bawling my ass off because of how incredibly relatable the characters are and how the story almost hit too close to home for me. So, if you are looking for a good cry, do pick this book up to read.

My final verdict for this book would be a whopping 100% (A+). Going into this novel, I did not expect it to leave as much of an impact than it did on me and that’s what makes this book so special to me because the characters are deeply relatable, there’s realistic flaws in the characters, the deep character study that Celeste Ng explores and the focus on the crumbling of a family after the death of a loved one and the recovery of a broken family.


This is the end of my review for Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng! 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

Burn By Patrick Ness | Book Review

Hey Everyone! My name is Max and I will be reviewing a novel christened Burn by Patrick Ness today! If you do not know who Patrick Ness is, he is the author of The Chaos Walking trilogy which comprises of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer and Monsters of Men. He has also written A Monster Calls, More than this and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Burn is the latest novel he had written and published.

I would like to thank Definitely Books for sending a copy of this novel to me in exchange for a review!

Well, without further ado, let us get into this review!

Synopsis:

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Review:

Before we commence this review, I would like to state that Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors of all time. Although this novel is not his most immeasurable work to date, it is still entertaining and fun. It does not have that emotional punch that A Monster Calls and Monster of Men have but it has cardinal topics on racial inequality and sexual orientation and I wish Patrick Ness had veered in that direction of the story instead of what has actually transpired in the story but we will speak more on that later on.

“He was the thing the world had suffered from most in her four billion years of existence: a stupid man with power.” – Burn, Patrick Ness.

Patrick Ness’ writing style is freaking beautiful. The way he weaves one sentence to the next and the word choices are astounding. He allows the story to flow seamlessly with his writing and it certainly feels like silk reading his books and Burn is no different. I will provide a quote below for you to witness the beauty of it yourself: 

“Prophecy is slippery, dangerous, open to fatal misinterpretation.” – Burn, Patrick Ness.

However, towards the third quarter of the novel, the writing style does not feel as natural as the first two quarters. Perhaps the perspective from the Goddess makes the writing style asperous due to a plethora of exclamation points used. I thought that the Goddess’s perspective could have been completely discarded from the novel or the author should have made her more of a villain instead because she literally confabulates like an eight-year-old trying to destroy her brother’s Lego set. Thank you, next.

The pacing for this novel is flawless. It does not dawdle too long on a scene or breeze right through a scene like nobody’s business. I read it in a few days and it kept me entertained throughout the days that I was reading it. If you want something that you can read in a few days, you should pick this book up.

The characters in this novel consist of Kazimer (the Russian dragon), Malcolm, Sarah, Jason and Sarah’s father. I delight in the fact that the parents of the teenage characters except Malcolm’s are actively present in the story because usually, parents are absent in YA books which does not make any sense whatsoever. Therefore, I am delighted to tell you that they have huge roles in this novel.

Kazimer is hired by Sarah’s father to help with the farm as they are running out of money to maintain the farm and he thought that he could trick the dragon with the payment, therefore, he pays one-quarter of the agreed value before the work inaugurates to make the dragon trust him. Although it might seem that Sarah’s father is deceitful, he is not. He is very loving and protective of his daughter. His character growth up until he [spoiler] is very conspicuous.

My favourite perspective is from Malcolm. Initially, he is an assassin from a dragon cult and he is assigned to kill this girl from the farm – Sarah – to “save” the world. Well, without spoiling anything, I would like to say that I love his relationship with Nelson even though it is pretty insta-lovey but I would disregard that because I like the way they converse and how both of them teach each other to love. Malcolm has an exponential character growth throughout the novel, he learns from his mistakes and decides to go against the lies he has been fed and ultimately, becoming a hero.

Sarah and Jason have solid characterization but it is a little more slumbrous compare to Malcolm’s characterization. The discussion on racism revolves around Sarah and Jason. Sarah is mixed race – half black, half white – and Jason is a Japanese. The amount of racial attack they got from people in town is enraging. Jason is brave and Sarah is headstrong. These two characters did not really grow as much as I would have loved to see, they pretty much remain congruent throughout the novel.

The discussions on topics like racism, interracial marriage and sexual orientation are some of the most fascinating parts of the book. If you take out the dragons and the urban fantasy elements, these topics will illuminate the most in the book. If the story were to diverge more into this direction, it would probably gain more accolades from me because I love discussions on these topics and the author shows that he is capable of handling these topics well in this novel. For example, under sexual orientation, there is self-loathing as the characters could not love the way they wanted due to societal “views” which infuriates me because people should be able to love whoever they want. Under interracial marriage and racism, there is negative stereotyping, open hostility and intimidation and isolation. I absolutely adore the way the topics are handled in this novel and I hope the author would write more stories on these topics without the fantasy elements in the future.

In conclusion, my final verdict for this novel is 70% (B). I did enjoy some parts of this but there are also several segments that I did not particularly enjoy. I will still read Release which was his 2019 release by the end of this year and a review will head your way soon for that. 


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Book Review

It is wood, it is stone By Gabriella Burnham | Book Review

Hey Everyone! My name is Max and, I am finally back from a long hiatus. The reason for my departure is that I was having my A-levels exams and I wanted to place all my attention upon it. Therefore, I sincerely apologize for not publishing new content on my blog.

Anyway, I will be reviewing a novel called “It is wood, it is stone” by Gabriella Burnham today. “It is Wood, It is Stone” is her debut novel and, I would like to thank Times reads for sending a copy of this novel to me in exchange for a review!

Well, without further ado, let us get into the review section of this article.

Synopsis:

With sharp, gorgeous prose, It Is Wood, It Is Stone takes place over the course of a year in São Paulo, Brazil, in which two women’s lives intersect.

Linda, an anxious and restless American, has moved to São Paulo, with her husband, Dennis, who has accepted a yearlong professorship. As Dennis submerges himself in his work, Linda finds herself unmoored and adrift, feeling increasingly disassociated from her own body. Linda’s unwavering and skilled maid, Marta, has more claim to Linda’s home than Linda can fathom. Marta, who is struggling to make sense of complicated history and its racial tensions, is exasperated by Linda’s instability. One day, Linda leaves home with a charismatic and beguiling artist, whom she joins on a fervent adventure that causes reverberations felt by everyone, and ultimately binds Marta and Linda in a profoundly human, and tender, way.

Review:

The cover design for this novel is pulchritudinous. The leaves and the perennials surrounding the two women are, intricately drawn and I adore how the shirts on both the women merge with the colour of the background. Not only that, you can see the outline of the shirts so, it does not camouflage in the backdrop colour. Overall, this cover is just a total eye-candy.

“I had lost my job.
I didn’t have my own money.
All of our friends were your friends from the university.” –
It is wood, It is Stone, Gabriella Burnham.

The protagonist of this novel is christened Linda. From the quote above, you would discern that she has lost her sense of direction and goal in life and this novel follows a series of events of her finding herself and in doing so, the repercussions that follow after. At the beginning of the novel, she has plans to leave her husband, Dennis, as she wishes to have some space to find herself but she decides against it and starts anew in Sao Paulo with her husband (Dennis is positioned there for work) as she assumes that she could not survive without him due to financial concerns. Therefore, she stays. However, in doing so, she faces boredom and desolation in this new country as she does not have anyone to talk to when Dennis is away and her maid, Marta, did not seem to fancy her as much. Her ennui has gotten to a point where she intentionally discharges ink on Dennis’ work clothes with the university’s insignia and washing and scrubbing it but it is already beyond repair.* Then, she decides to head out to the bar and that is where she meets Celia. 

Celia is a character Linda admires. With her, Linda can finally express herself and they quickly become best friends. Celia is courageous, headstrong and has an air of freedom that Linda craves. She has a backstory that is rather appealing and it adds a lot to her character. However, she is also “the other woman” and I do not really like that even though it added an extra layer to the story. Linda enshrouds this newly found friendship from Dennis as she wants something to keep for herself. Thus, she fibs about her whereabouts and the only person that knows about this friendship is Marta.

Dennis is associated with The Provost and his wife, Melinda through his work and they belong to the upper-class citizens. Melinda is a racist that looks down on people like Marta (she is a black woman) and makes senseless accusations that Marta performs voodoo on them and steals their jewelry even though nothing of that sort happens. Dennis feels the need to add on to what Melinda’s proposing and he chimes in by saying that the shirt damaged by ink was destroyed by Marta even though it is not true.

Without spoiling anything, Marta and Linda’s relationship with each other consolidates towards the end of the novel. Marta shares her backstory and it enumerates so many more layers to her character which I absolutely adore but I wish her backstory is longer instead of resorting to 20 pages of character arc.

From what I have written above, you may notice that this novel deals with loneliness and what it brings, racism and classism. Although this novel has managed to present these themes, the author did not actually execute them well. Especially the topics on racism and classism. Both of those topics go nowhere in the novel and our protagonist, Linda still hangs out with Melinda even though she knows she is a racist. The topic on classism manages to present itself throughout the novel but it is never actually discussed which irritates me because I would like to comprehend the repercussion of both classes clashing. Loneliness and what it brings are done pretty well since it is consistently mentioned throughout the novel.

The writing style for this novel is a little complicated but I will attempt to explain it to the best of my ability. The protagonist’s husband, Dennis, is termed as ‘you’ in the novel. Therefore, the writing style may seem like it is addressing the readers but it is actually addressing Dennis and you can actually think of the whole book as a long letter with excruciatingly long details. When a character other than the protagonist’s backstory is being written, it will be bolded and the font will be smaller to indicate that their backstory is currently being told. Other than that, I thought the writing style was beautifully poetic and the author can string sentences together with ease and the purple prose is beautiful to witness.

I have 2 criticisms about the novel and those are the pacing of the novel and my inclination to pick the novel back up to read. Every time I put this book down, I do not have the urge to pick this novel back up to read and I have to physically force myself to do it so that I can get through the novel. I still cannot place my finger on why that is the case but I can confirm right now that this book has no reread value for me personally. The pacing for this novel is a little off. I find myself speeding through several sections of the book and slowing down in others. It is inconsistent and I wish that is not the case.

In conclusion, I would proffer this novel a 65% (C). Overall, it is a pretty mediocre read and I would not go around recommending this novel to anyone unless they want to read about loneliness and what it results in.


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Book Review

Harrow Lake By Kat Ellis | Book Review

Hey Guys! My name is Max and I will be manufacturing a book review for a book christened Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis today. I would like to thank Times Read for sending a copy of this novel to me. So, without further ado, let us get into the book review section!

Genre(s): Young Adult, Horror.

Page count: 305

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Synopsis:

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her…

My Introspections:

If I were to write a blurb for this novel, it would be this: “Kat Ellis has created a richly-filled landscape of 80’s horror films and it lingers on your skin long after you finish the novel”. I adored this novel and as an avid fan of horror movies, I think this novel does justice for that genre as this novel has a lot of that good stuff in it eg. Diminutive town, estranged family, a character going insane and crazy town with ghastly notions. However, I do have some criticisms to make and I will write extensively on that matter later. 

The writing style of this novel is atmospheric and gloomy with every shade of grey in it. The author has a way of incorporating words to craft a scene to make an innocuous scene seem ominous. In addition, I really enjoyed the references to horror films in this novel, it made my little horror heart leapt with happiness. Furthermore, I thought this novel was very well-paced as the author did not drag a scene out too long (which would make it boring) or cut short a scene during the horror scenes and that definitely made me adore the novel even more. However, the author uses the word – optimum – a lot and over time, it becomes repetitive and slightly annoying.

The atmosphere of the novel has a haunting inflexion to it and I thought that was the strongest point of the novel because it shows that the author has the ability to transport the readers to the head of the protagonist and allows the protagonist’s fears to be projected to the readers.

With aspects like the protagonist’s imaginary friend manifesting to life, a miniature-town which managed to make me feel claustrophobic, a town filled with superstitions and remarkably irrational people and most of all, Mr Jitters, it terrified me. However, I thought the horror aspect and the atmosphere faltered towards the end of the novel because it felt like the monster – Mr Jitters – did not add anything to the story but its main purpose is to terrorize the protagonist throughout the novel with literally no reason. BUT, I thought the people and their thinking and what they did were ten times more formidable than the actual monster of the novel so, those are the aspects that swooped in to save the ending of the novel for me.

The characters in this novel are multi-dimensional and complex. In this novel, there are Lola and Carter. Of course, there are more characters in this novel but we will only be focusing on both of these key characters in this review. Lola has a tendency to steal objects from strangers and write down her confessions on a paper and hide them in places where no one will look for but her. I thought the introduction to Lola was phenomenal and she has an amazing backbone to her character, for example, we learn in the novel that she adheres to her father like a leased dog with no freedom and as the story progresses, we see her character development and her flaws shining through the pages like a mirrorball and I adored it. Carter is a gentle person who assists people even though they insulted him with infuriating words. I thought his character arch was astonishing as well. Honestly, can Carter be my friend? He doesn’t even get mad when people insulted him.

Finally, there are several unexplained ideas that are thrust into the novel that make it seem like the author put them there for aesthetic purpose. For example, why does time slip away faster when Mr Jitters is around, why does Mr Jitters terrorize Lola since day one, is the urban legend about Mr Jitters real? The novel did provide some explanation to certain questions that I had posted but I do not think it is enough to justify Mr Jitters actions and his forces. Thus, I did not fancy the unexplained justifications of the novel.

Final Verdict: 80% (A)


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Book Review

The Book Of Longings By Sue Monk Kidd | Book Review

Hey Guys! My name is Max and I will be manufacturing a book review for a novel called The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd today. A very big thank you to Times.Read for sending a copy of this book to me. Well, without further ado, let us get into the review! 

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Synopsis:

“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.”

Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life but finds no outlet for her considerable talents. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other’s spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart.

Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humour and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. Here, Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to the Roman occupation of Israel, partially led by her charismatic adopted brother, Judas. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana’s impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus’s public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings.

My introspect:

I did not know what to expect when I started reading this novel because all I knew about this book was that it follows the perspective of Jesus’s Wife and colour me surprised when I fell in love with the novel. The content of this novel still stuck with me after a week of finishing it and I have a feeling that it would cling with me for a long time.

If the synopsis confuses you, don’t worry, I am here to assist you. So, this novel is about Ana who is the wife of Jesus and it follows her life from 16 CE to 60 CE. Ana is a girl who loves writing and reading and her mom disapproves of her passions. Her parents then tried to marry her off to some farmer, hoping to gain a piece of land even though they are rich as hell. Her resistance to the marriage to safeguard her passions shows how strong of a person she is. Everything occurs from then on. I am trying to give you as little information as possible because I am trying not to spoil the novel but some of the quotes below might spoil the novel but it is minimal so don’t worry. 

“I’ve heard these reasons tenfold. Traipsing about the countryside exposes us to dangers and hardships. We cause dissension among the men. We are temptations. We are distractions. It’s thought we’re too weak to face dangers and hardship. But do we not give birth? Do we not work day and night? Are we not ordered about and silenced? What are robbers and rainstorm compared to these things”

The writing style of this novel is fucking phenomenal. It is lyrical, poetic and daring. The wordplay in this novel is so beautifully crafted that it makes me want to pick up the author’s other works just to see if I would like it as much as the rest of the books in her catalogue. The only problem I have with the writing style is that the author uses a lot of the word – shit – in her writing and correct me if I am wrong but the word – shit – is not used in the 16th BC so… I am confused? Either way, her writing style is still phenomenal and this novel definitely shows where her strength lies. Oh, I almost forgot, you can visualize everything the author has written on the page clearly in your head. 

This novel is definitely well-paced. It does not linger too long or too short on each scene that the author has set out to craft. However, I thought the third act suffered as the pace has quickened and there are also some unresolved questions that the author has presented but not answered by the end of the novel. Other than that, I thought the pacing was astonishing. 

There are a few important characters in this novel that I would like to share with you and those are Ana, Yaltha, and Tabitha. Ana is headstrong and she is such a feminist and I love that about her. She fights for what is right and she speaks her mind and does not flinch back in the face of adversity. In addition, she writes stories of women who had gone through terrible things to preserve their stories so it will not get lost in history. Her character growth throughout the novel was phenomenal. Every time she is beaten down by terrible men in the novel, she comes back up stronger and smarter. Ana is definitely going to be a figure that will remain in my mind for a long time. Yaltha is Ana’s aunt and she is headstrong like Ana but she hides a secret that will change the course of the event in the novel. Her growth throughout the novel is phenomenal too because we see her vulnerable side as much as we see her strong side. Tabitha has one of the saddest storylines in this novel and I will show you some quotes to give you a glimpse of her story below but just know that I love her.

“She’d misunderstood me I wasn’t wondering why Tabitha shouted her outrage on the street. I was glad she accused her rapist. What I didn’t understand was why such horrors happened at all. Why did men inflict these atrocities? I wiped my face with my sleeve. Through my shock, I pictured Tabitha on the first day of her renewed visits when I’d been rude to her. My father says my mind is weak, and my tongue, weaker, she’d told me then. It seemed now her tongue was not weak, but the fiercest part of her.” (part 1/3)

“Mother, however, was not done rebuking her. “It wasn’t enough that she made a show of cursing the soldier, she cursed her father for trying to seal her lips. She cursed those who passed by and closed their ears to her. She was distraught, and I’m sorry for her, but she shamed herself. She brought dishonour to her father and to her betrothed, who will surely divorce her now.” (part 2/3)

“Rage shredded my breath. It clawed straight through my chest. “What crime did your daughter commit to cause her father to cut her tongue from her mouth? Is it a sin to stand on the street and cry out one’s anguish and beg for justice?” “She brought shame on her father and this house!” her mother viciously exclaimed. “Her punishment is spoken of in Scripture the perverse tongue shall be cut out.” (part 3/3)

The feminism theme in this novel is done ten times better than it did in Blue Ticket By Sophie Mackintosh because it captivates the women living in the 16th BC and how Ana goes against the stereotype and tries to change the views of the women and the men in this novel. This novel has so many sexist imageries and it infuriates me how all these men treat women at that time, as objects of desire and nothing more. Some of the women are sexist against their own sex as well which is just… *sighs*. Sexism is still ever-present in the world we live in today and it seems we have not learned from the mistakes of our ancestors and it is time to change as this has been going on for far too long. 

In conclusion, my final verdict for this novel would be 95% (A+). I enjoyed the themes presented in this novel and how impactful and powerful these characters when they looked into the face of the atrocity that is the world they lived in. So, do pick this book up during your free time! 


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Book Review

Blue Ticket By Sophie Mackintosh | Book Review

Hey Guys! I am Max and I will be reviewing a book called Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh today. Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure and Blue Ticket is a new novel that she had published in June. Before we get into the review, I would like to thank Times.Read for sending this novel to me in exchange for a review. Without further ado, let us dive right into the book review section! 

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Synopsis:

Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you children. A blue ticket grants you freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And, once you’ve taken your ticket, there is no going back.

But what if the life you’re given is the wrong one?

Blue Ticket is a devastating enquiry into free will and the fraught space of motherhood. Bold and chilling, it pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies.

My Introspection:

“My husband found out. He didn’t believe it was an accident. He was disgusted with me. But it wasn’t his body.” – Blue Ticket, Sophie Mackintosh.

So, I was expecting to savour this novel like I savour the taste of Mcdonald’s French Fries but alas, I did not. I was severely disappointed in the content of the novel that the author had handed to me because I can recognise so much potential in the idea and the world the author was trying to create but somehow, both of them managed to get lost in the pages of the novel.

If you enjoy a dystopian world without any world-building or history as to why the system works the way it did, this might be the book for you but it definitely isn’t the book for me. There are only a couple of information thrown around in the novel that could give me a grasp on the system of the world and those are:

(1) There is a lottery that dictates women’s entire life. You may get a Blue-Ticket which signifies freedom BUT you are not to get pregnant. You may get a White-Ticket and your only purpose is to give birth? I think? It is not very clear on that end.

(2) If you get pregnant as a Blue-Ticket, you are instantly an exile and your fellow Blue-Tickets will hate on you and try to murder you?

(3) Men hate getting Blue-Ticket women pregnant and will not hold any responsibility for that matter?

(4) White-Ticket women hate Blue-Ticket women who have gotten themselves pregnant.

(5) If you have done good in the community, the emissaries will give you a head start – 12 hours – to run away and hide before they come to find you.

(6) Oh, I almost forgot, when you get your first bleed, you are required to go to the town you have in mind without any help from the adults. So, yeah that is basically it. Those question marks gave nods to my very confused brain. 

“I told him instead that I’d had agency over the things I had done all through my life, even if not over everything that had been done to me. I told him I was not a branch being broken in a stream, carried along by the water until it snapped. I told him he should give my baby back to me.” – Blue Ticket, Sophie Mackintosh.

We follow Calla’s perspective throughout the novel and I thought the beginning was interesting because it shows the desperation of Calla trying to shed her childhood by taking lots of milk and peanut butter to get her first bleed. It was as if she is trying to get away from her father but at the same time, not trying to get away from her father because the first page of the novel shows how much her father loves her. It is very confusing and I don’t know how to feel. Then, in her adult life, she drinks a lot, smokes a lot and starts developing this ‘dark feeling’ which is to have her own baby and family. She proceeds to use this dude, who is an asshole to say the least, to get the baby. She then turns into a fugitive and she is on the run from the emissaries. I thought everything was interesting up until I reached the section where she decides to settle in the cabin. That section manages to slow everything down. Almost nothing happens most of the time during her stay in the cabin and that made me want to rip my eyeballs out. 

This novel should have gotten multiple perspectives to give a wider view on the world. For example, a perspective from a White-Ticket woman, a perspective from the emissary and a perspective from a man in a high position. This would have provided an insight on the world and also, enhance our perception on how brain-washed everyone is. I thought it was not particularly right to limit the perspective to Calla alone because she is not that interesting of a character and her motives are confusing and most of the time, I do not understand why she did what she did. In addition, there isn’t any character development in the novel which further proves the point of getting more POVs. 

The author has a readable writing style that will make you read the novel compulsively  as you have the urge to know what is coming next. Other than that, the writing style is also very beautiful which will make you crave for more of it but unfortunately, the story isn’t very good and I wish there is a better ending for this novel because I did not like that ending because the ending makes it seem like Calla would conveniently give up stuff instead of fighting for it and also, it makes it seem like the book is pointless.

Ultimately, I understand the message the author is trying to convey. She wants us to perceive the misogyny in the world where women have no control over their freedom, their body and their choice and how extremely infuriating it is. This dystopian world that she has created intersects with the real world albeit the weak world-building. Several quotes in this novel perfectly showcase the real world and it is so frustrating to see how we are living in 2020 and yet, misogyny is still a thing. Thus, I thought the message was delivered well.  

Final Verdict: 50% (D)


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