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January Reading Wrap Up | 2019

The first month of the year of 2019 is coming to an end and I have decided to share a snippet- no, not a snippet. I have unequivocally chosen to bestow my January reading Wrap Up with you all! 

Before you comment on why I had vanished from the face of the planet, hear me out. Sorry that I had been gone for a while, I was (still am) looking for colleges and clearing out hedges for courses that I have divine interest on applying and it’s been keeping me away from my blog for some time. Well, I missed interacting with you all so I decided to come back with an article. Hope you guys wouldn’t mind the minimal amount of articles that I had composed this month.

Furthermore, when I had dissipated from the blogosphere, I reached 4,023 followers! That is amazing and heartwarming! Thank you, each and every one of you, for reading my articles and sticking by even when I am not present. Thank You!

Oh, what the heck? I misremembered to introduce myself. If you are new here: Hi, I am Max and we will be performing my January Wrap Up for the year of 2019. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the January Wrap Up list!

1. The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

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The Stars Never Rise is the first book that I had read this year and I, originally, thought this was going to be a great reading year because I really enjoyed myself while I went through the whirlwind of this book. Everything from the characters to the plots to the sub-plots to the jurisdiction of the community, this book seemed to be ideal until it took a nosedive at the end. However, that does not take away from the enjoyment that I had from the first 3/4 of the book. It’s just the last 1/4 that did the novel fraudulent. 

If you want to know more about my thoughts and what this title is regarding, you may want to take a sneak peek at my in-depth review which I had posted on my blog a few weeks prior to this instance.

Here’s the link to that particular review: The Stars Never Rise By Rachel Vincent

All in all, I would urge you to read this book if you are into demons operating nefarious deeds and a dystopian set future.

2. Feed By M.T Anderson

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As you can see, I had tabulated a plethora of stickers on the book with the intention of composing a book review. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

I am soooo amazing. – said the inner-me.

Not to worry, I will be constructing a review for this book soon because I have so much to discuss. More like, so much of distaste for this novel. Look, you can already see how my initial success with the first book being such a good read crumbling into pieces. There will definitely be more books which will bequeath me with a sense of calamity like this one and by then, I will be settled. 

I am going to give you a summary of what this book is about:

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-gravity at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

Here is the thing, the summary of the novel appeared to be stabler than its substantive content and here’s why: The crazy hacker’s aim was not explained in the novel so I would take that as a plot-hole, the book lacked a consecutive plot, the characters do not know how to discourse properly (most of the time, I do not know what they were conversing about) except for Violet (I liked Violet only), the writing style was a mess, etc.

I ended up giving the book 1.5 stars on Goodreads as the ending intoxicated me and made me sniffle a sob. So, I will not endorse this book to anyone if you despise the things that I had noted above.

3. Matched By Ally Condie

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My reading experience this month just kept getting worse and worse because Matched is another one of those books that had received a bad rating from me: 1.5 stars. 

This book is just sheer tedium alright. From the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel, the protagonist of the novel just kept cheating on her boyfriend by hanging out and making out with some other guy. I know this book is basically a utopia: a community where the society decides who you get married to and whatever, they just control everything and it is about this one girl flouting everything and to regulate her own destiny. It is empowering but that could not exclude the fact that this book is monotonous. 

It took me a week or so to conclude this book and honestly, that week was the worst reading week I had ever experienced. I had to keep up with dull characters discharging acts that were the works of an imbecile, a tedious plotline that could easily be shortened by a hundred plus pages and the writing style was not anything special either. The only reason why I gave it an extra 0.5 star is because of that ending which took me by surprise. Otherwise, it would just be a one-star read.

*For your information, I bought the book in this condition since it was half-priced.*  

4. Under Rose-Tainted Skies By Louise Gornall

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Again, you may already be observing the shades of pink entwined with purple tabs on the book as some kind of torture device and also, maybe asking: “Why in the world have I not done a review for this novel?”

Well, the first reason is the one that I had stated at the antecedent of this article and the other is: I procrastinate a lot. Well, it is not that I dislike this novel or anything, I actually really adored this novel! It had received a scintillating 4.5 stars from me and I really aspire to compose an article devoted to this craft right after I had concluded the novel but I was not in the right state of mind to write a review and I do not want to ruin anything about this novel for you all. However, now that I had snapped out from that zone, I will be publishing the review for it soon. So, stay tuned.

This book is the turning point of my reading experience this month. After two disappointing novels, I presumed all hope was lost but this book swooped in and inadvertently saved the day. Everything from the plot to the characters’ structures to the mental illness representation makes me happy. This book deserves more recognition as the novel is well-written and elegantly crafted.

Thus, I recommend this to anyone who admires the things that I had mentioned above.

5. Percy Jackson Series (First 3 books)

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I am currently reading the fourth book in the series and I am telling y’all this: Each book gets better and better in this series. The characters who you thought you would hate, you will end up adoring them. These books are prodigious with its actions, characters, friendships, revenge, love, hatred, loyalty, etc. Just, too many and so good. Perhaps, overly immeasurable. 

I am planning on doing a mini ‘vlog’ style read-with-me article for the last book in the series and keep in mind that it will be spoiler filled! I have the urge to do it because the last time I devised it on my Harry Potter marathon, you guys seemed to love it. Thus, I shall return the article scheme from the dead.

That concludes the seven books that I had read this month! Just to let you know, Goodreads told me that I am a book behind schedule to my 100 books goal so, I have got to buckle up and consume more novels as I am determined to reach my goal this year.


This is the end of my ‘January Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up were down in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

 

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Best Books Of 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be producing an article called ‘Best Books Of 2018’ for my 3-part series towards the end of the year- 31st of December. Below will be a list of articles I will be producing for this 3-part series:

  1. Worst Books Of 2018
  2. Best Books Of 2018
  3. Most Anticipated Reads Of 2019

Now, just like the last article, Best Books of 2018 does not mean that I will limit only to the books that were published this year, I will take the books that I read in 2018 and compare the result of my overall reading experience for this year.

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

10. History Of Wolves By Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves

Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as the last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr Grierson. When Mr Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgeling desires and craving to belong. 

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has a purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love.

Me:

This story is not for everybody because of how the story was unfurled. 

The main character was odd and she had an obsession with stalking this particular girl called Lily and if you think she was an antagonist of the novel, you are wrong because of the plot twists at the end.

I thought this novel was cleverly written because it twisted the story and made everything seemed very grey. So, if you are into slow pacing and great character building novels, I recommend you to pick this one up.

9. Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

Synopsis:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Me:

Okay … Okay … Okay …

There are many things to love about this novel and if you would like to check out my review for this book, here’s the link to it: Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

8.The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold 

The Book of Ralph

Synopsis:

A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

Me:

I am literally so glad that an ARC of this novel was sent to me by the author, himself because I loved this novel so much. If you would like to know more about this book, you may click on this link as it is an in-depth review that I had produced on my blog: The Book Of Ralph By Christopher Steinsvold

7. The Curse Workers Series By Holly Black

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Synopsis for White Cat:

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behaviour of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Me:

I will not speak much on this series here as I loved it to the core of my being and I had also made a whole series (full-scope) review on this book… So, if you would like to give it a read, click on this link: Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black

6. The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace

The Slave Prince

Synopsis:

For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. But one day his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: he learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched slave.

In a kingdom where ruthlessness is part of everyday life, Thom fears this new truth could be deadly. He takes flight, running from the life he knew and the one he despises, but the call to free his people beckons him home. Armed with a magic stone that instructs him through surreal visions, he must topple his once beloved brother who has since become a tyrannical king.

A fantastical retelling of the story of Moses, Thom’s adventure forces him to question if he can succeed in his quest without truly understanding who he is. He must unravel his past, present, and future before he can set his people free.

Me:

I am so glad I gave Ms Grace another chance (Did not like her other book called The Battle Of Oz) because I absolutely adored this novel… More thoughts on it here: The Slave Prince By Jeyna Grace

5. Crooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Synopsis:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fight for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Me:

I did not exactly enjoy my rocky process of reading Six Of Crows… It might be my fault on that part because I was again, under stress. BUT, I LOVED THE HECK OUT OF THIS NOVEL.

I do not want to comment on anything about this because this is the sequel to Six Of Crows and I do not want to spoil you so, go and do yourself a favour: Pick this duology up in your local bookstore or library and start, Freaking, reading them.

4. The Nest By Kenneth Oppel

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Synopsis:

Steve just wants to save his baby brother but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel s (“Silverwing,” “The Boundless”) haunting gothic tale for fans of “Coraline,” is one of the most acclaimed books of the year, receiving six starred reviews. Illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. For some kids, summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries.

Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to fix the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. 

All he has to do is say Yes. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? 

Me:

I have just written a review for this novel a few days back and it discussed the feelings that I had when I was reading this novel… More like my eyes being glued to the novel. So, if you would like to read the review, scroll down on the homepage of my blog and you will find it there.

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Synopsis:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Me:

Here’s my review for this novel: The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith

2. Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

Lady of the Shades

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:

Yes, please? It’s so good.

Here’s my review for this novel: Lady Of The Shades By Darren Shan

1. Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling

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Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Me:

Duh? Of course, Harry Potter, my beloved books, will be held at the first in this placing. I made 2 articles on this series and if you would like to view them, do click on the links below:

  1. ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS
  2. READING HARRY POTTER FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

And that concludes my ‘Best Books Of 2018!’ Be sure to let me know what your Best Books of 2018 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

Book Review

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS || BOOK REVIEW

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be doing a long-awaited review on a book called ‘The Girl On The Train’ By Paula Hawkins. This is a highly-acclaimed novel and it was frequently compared to ‘Gone Girl’, another screw the pooch book that I had yet to read. Truth to be told, I did not like this book as much as everyone else seemed to enjoy and I will tell you why later in the review.

To be honest with you, I do not know how to summarize this book but all I can tell you is that this is an ‘Adult, Psychological Thriller’ novel that will make you either addle your brain with a concussion as a friend or make you dispute yourself on why you even read this book in the first place. I am the latter.

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

Disclaimers:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and,
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

My Thoughts: The Beginning

This novel was frequently compared to Gone Girl for its plot twists and messed out plotlines. However, after I had experienced reading this book, I do not know or I highly doubt that I would enjoy the process of reading Gone Girl because I did not exactly relish on how the story was unfurled here and I shall let you all know why.

By the way, this review will not consist of the usual segments such as Writing Styles and Characters as I would like to try combining both of those segments in this section. Furthermore, this review will be kept short because it is a twisted thriller novel and I do not wish to spoil you with the knowledge of this novel that I had in my mind. Thus, let us begin! 

➵ Pros

I savoured the writing style that the author had provided for us in this novel because not only was it easy to read and get through because of the addictive element that the author had annexed into the making of this novel which of course, made this novel entertaining but the author’s writing style was perfect for concealing some facts about certain characters and later used it to confuse the reader and ultimately, reveal her genius plan to make everything right. I thought it was well done and I would, honestly, give Ms Hawkins another chance on reading her latest work if not for the ‘Cons’ which I will later share with you all. 

Moving on, I would like to converse on the atmosphere of the novel. I enjoyed the ambience of anticipation, suspense (as long as it lived) and the feeling of desire in this novel. The air of perplexity will be spoken more about later in the Cons section and as for now, I would state that I appreciated it while it lasted because it commenced dispersing when the book progressed. However, the ambience of anticipation and the feeling of desire were there throughout the novel and I thought it was blended conscientiously and agilely. The constant hit of the atmosphere would have you wanting to feel bad for the characters and thus, I enjoyed the ambience of the novel.

Now, I would fancy addressing the idea of the novel. The idea was immeasurable albeit, the execution of the novel was amateurish. I loved the fact that this was included: A random passerby witnessed a ‘crime-scene’ and thought she was to be involved as she had valuable information to provide to the police but little does she know that she was actually involved in the whole situation. 

The idea was great alright! I thought it could do the idea justice if the execution was not half as bad as what this book had provided. Oh, wells, another idea had gone to waste, at least, that is what I thought. 

Finally, I savoured on the pacing of the novel. This novel was fast-paced and thrilling in the first 100 pages as you would like to acquire information on what in the living world is going on and in the last 200 pages of the novel, certain scenes were dragged and thus, it tarnished the golden plate of being ‘fast-paced’ but still, it went on decent speed. If it was not for the pacing, I thought I would end up DNF-ing the novel right there on the spot because the characters did not hold my attention as they do not have anything special to share and bestow on their readers. So, if you would love to read a thriller that is fast-paced, do give this novel a read, I guess?

➵ Cons

The characters’ developments in this novel were almost non-existent. We had three narratives in this novel: Rachel, Anna and Megan. One is a drunk, another is a cheat and the last is a liar. None of them is reliable which I thought, when I was reading the first 200 pages of the novel, was the strongest point of the novel but as the story proceeded, my mind started to wonder whether it is actually the most influential point of it all and here is why I thought it was not as mighty as it had appeared:

Anna, who was regarded as the third protagonist of the novel had the least page count and therefore, I dismissed the fact that she was a protagonist and placed her, in my mind, as a side character. Now, side characters in novels can grow too but Anna only had a minimum development when the last page was disclosed. Her attitude towards Rachel had a slight improvement and I thought that was great to see but that does not terminate the fact that she almost had no development. Also, her character was not as well-built as I initially thought it would. Her character was just there to play the role as a cheat and that’s all it is. No dwelling into her family history and her life before she became a cheat, just purely her cheating self.

Rachel, who was the main protagonist of the novel had the most page count and we are mostly in her head. Gosh, she was such an imbecile. I enjoyed her flaws, initially, as it made the characters more fleshed out and real but as the story progressed forwards, I thought otherwise. Here’s a question: If someone understands that they require full attention on something, they would not- first thing, run to drink alcohol, that would only make the situation worse as it would cause drowsiness if one does not handle the amount of liquor they consume. This person is, with no doubt in mind, Rachel! She was conscious that she should not drink when she is going out to ‘interrogate’ someone but she did it anyways! When I thought she would quit drinking, like what she had said in the book, she went out and disappointed me. Clearly, she continued drinking until the novel ended. So, there was not any character development. However, she was better built than Anna, her history and experiences were written on the page and we could somehow sympathize with her but that is it. No character development in sight.

Megan, who was the liar that had ill intentions. I will not go in-depth with her character as she was twisted and you had got to read the novel to understand her but I would say that she does see the light in the end. She understood what she did was wrong and somehow made a really minor character development by rectifying her past mistakes. By mistakes, I meant to say lots of them. Her history was clearly written on the pages as well, perhaps even more in-depth than our main protagonist’s history. So, if I were to choose one character to root for, not that I liked any of them, I would have to choose Megan as she was the most developed character in this novel.

Moving on, I hated the fact that I knew who the killer was even before it was revealed. Now, I am not an avid reader of the genre of thriller, I tend to gravitate towards Fantasy and Young Adult Fiction novels and even I seem to notice who the killer was before it was unveiled. I thought this was to be blamed on certain plot details that were exposed in the first 100 pages of the novel which was when the book switched protagonist to Megan’s. I cannot help but kept some important points in my head and when the killer was revealed to be this ‘person’, I completely lost interest from this book because of how noticeable it was. So, in truth, the plot twist did not surprise me at all and I hope it does not do the same to you.

The relationship was something that I absolutely despised in this novel. Again, the first 100 pages of this novel, the author allowed us glimpses of the broken relationships and the abuses that some of the characters took on from their partners but after a while, everything just suspended. The bonding between characters does not mend, not that I want them to, but realistically, if you have been through something traumatic with someone and they shared the burden with you, you would find the bond between this human being to strengthen but in this novel, it does not. So, that is all I am going to say.

Moreover, there was some plot hole in this novel and it hindered my mind that it was so prominent. I do not want to spoil the book but the plot hole is about: one of the main characters in the book is cheating on her husband with 2 guys and when the killer was revealed, everything had gotten muddied. If you have read the book, you would know what plot hole I am conversing on.

Finally, I would like to discuss the atmosphere specifically, the air of suspense of this novel. The air of suspense was thick when this novel first introduced us that one of the prominent figures in this novel had died. It kept us reading to find out how the plot would escalate from therein. However, as the story progresses, the ambience of the novel started thinning and that made the ending flat because the air of suspense just evaporated. It happened because there was not much plot to support the backbone of the story and somewhere in the middle, the story dragged with Rachel being a drunk. Therefore, I did not really like the ambience of the novel except for certain parts of it.

Overall: The Ending

With my flaming hatred for this novel, I shall award this book with a 29% rating as it had some redeeming qualities and I thought it was not half as bad as some books that I had read this year. Thus, the result for this novel is uttered.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins! 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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DECEMBER TBR 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and today, I will be sharing my December To-Be-Read piles with you guys! I promise you that this TBR will not get too ambitious as I am going to travel to another country on a plane for the first time! 

If you are wondering where I will be heading to, I am going to visit Australia and I cannot wait to feel the wondrous atmosphere there! 

Sorry for babbling on but we shall now dive into the TBR pile for December 2018!

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1. The Kiss Of Deception By Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

Synopsis:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Me:

I am going to read this on the plane when I am heading to Australia since it is a 7hr+ flight in order to release myself from the boredom and kill some time. Mind you, I will be taking notes when I am reading this novel to compose a review for it on my blog to allow you guys to observe if it is worth the read or not.

So, stay tuned for that!

2. Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Synopsis:

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads to the colours of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster or heartbreak.

Me:

I will be reading this novel on the way back home from Australia because, again, it is a 7hrs+ flight and I do not want to get bored so, stay tuned for the review!

3. The Nowhere Girls By Amy Reeds

The Nowhere Girls

Synopsis:

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

Me:

I will read this novel in Australia when I have some time off from having fun and visiting picturesque places/locations. So, if I am not able to finish this novel there which I highly doubt, I will read it on the plane, alongside Little Fires Everywhere.

4. Rebels and Fools By David Michael Williams

Rebels and Fools (The Renegade Chronicles, #1)

Synopsis:

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

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

Me:

I am currently reading this novel and I thought what I was reading was really pleasant because the story unfurled properly although I am just at Page 69, could not really say much of anything but I am truly enjoying the process of this book’s cycle.

Again, stay tuned for the review!


Now, there’s a bridge between this section and the section above because the above is the books that I want to read and this section will be the books that I had already read in December. So, let us begin!

1. The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Synopsis:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

Me:

Meh. I did not really like this novel. A review will be coming on my blog soon so, we shall discuss my likes and dislikes for this novel there! 

2. Witch Hill By Marcus Sedgwick

Witch Hill

Synopsis:

The fire was a family tragedy that Jamie can’t forget, even in his dreams. Now something terrifying involving a witch and a frightened girl is happening to Jamie in Crownhill, the village where he’s been sent to get over his problems.

Me:

Again, a really ‘Meh’ read. I did not like the execution of this novel and thought it could improve? A review will, again, be up on this channel really soon so we shall discuss the novel there.

3. Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman

Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble (Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve, #1)

Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS.

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission.

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword.

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions:

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me:

A review for this book is already up on my blog and if you have read that review, you would get the idea that I pretty much spurned this novel so, do examine it if you have the time to read it!

4. The Nest By Kenneth Oppel

The Nest

Synopsis:

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

Me:

I freaking love this novel! I thought it was such a cute read and again, if you have the time, do check out the review that I had composed for this book!

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Synopsis:

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

Me:

I. FREAKING. LOVE. THE. HECK. OUT. OF. THIS. BOOK.

This book is literally a sob fest. So many people died and so many people saved like I was glad that certain characters did not die but the others, their lives. Oh my gosh, what a sad conclusion. I cannot even grasp the fact that this is the concluding novel.

If you would like to see my ranking for each of the Harry Potter Books, here’s the link to the article: ALIGNING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVOURED HARRY POTTER BOOKS


This is the end of my December TBR list! 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

THE NEST BY KENNETH OPPEL || BOOK REVIEW

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will be reviewing a book called ‘The Nest’ By Kenneth Oppel today! I found this novel randomly in a book sale and the cover had latched itself on to my brain and before I knew what I was doing, I placed it in the cart. And thank goodness I placed it in the cart and did not have second thoughts about it because I enjoyed this novel immensely!

The Nest is a Middle-Grade, Magical Realism novel that follows a boy named Steve whose family is going through a depressing period due to their New Born baby’s health condition and how it affects Steve’s mood as this sort of thing continues to occur.

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

Disclaimer:

  • All thoughts and opinions are on my own and…
  • The review for this book is spoiler-proof. So, feel free to stay until the very end of this article!

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Synopsis:

For some kids, summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us initiate this review by conversing on the World-building and the atmosphere of this novel. There, honestly, was not any need for world-building as this world coalesced with the real world but the landscape which I will talk more about later on in the review, was described beautifully and every scene was crafted as if they were canvases filled with wonderful art. 

In addition, the atmosphere of the novel was dark and sometimes, fun. It was dark because of the materials that the author had resolved to annexe to the book and the insane approach behind new specimens producing a baby using their own way and letting the baby eat odd viands to fill their stomach to provide minerals for the body to function. It was fun because it is a middle-grade novel and the characters’ have an obnoxious and naive mindset that allows its readers to Laugh Out Loud. Therefore, I truly enjoyed the combination of dark and fun surrounding the ambience of the novel.

Furthermore, I would like to converse on the pacing of the novel. The pacing was expeditious because of the darkness and the addictive quality that the book has to it. The darkness of the book, like what we had discussed earlier, had a ting of what felt death and pain and the addictive quality of the novel had made the pages to fly through faster than it ought to be. The fonts for this novel was gigantic and the writing was easy to read and if you are a fast reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 2 hours. If you are a slow reader, the estimated time to finish reading this novel is 3.5 hours.

Before we move into the final paragraph, I would like to discuss the relationship factor in the novel. The relationships between the characters are a little broken and disconnected. For example, the broken relationship between the protagonist and his family members due to the baby’s illness. Also, when Steve finally connected with someone or something that he thought was at his side to make amends to his sad life, the ‘thing’ went and stabbed him in the back. I enjoyed the portrayal of this kind of relationships in books, it showed a side of the world and widen the horizon of our imaginations.

Finally, I would appreciate bestowing some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“The baby was warm against my chest. I knew I was broken too. I wasn’t like other people. I was scared and weird and anxious and sad lots of the time, and I didn’t know why. My parents thought I was abnormal, I was pretty sure. They said I wasn’t, but you don’t get sent to a therapist if you’re normal.

Sometimes we really aren’t supposed to be the way we are. It’s not good for us. And people don’t like it. You’ve got to change. You’ve got to try harder and do deep breathing and maybe one day take pills and learn tricks so you can pretend to be more like other people. Normal people. But maybe Vanessa was right, and all those other people were broken too in their own ways. Maybe we all spent too much time pretending we weren’t.”

The above Quote is important as I will be talking more about it later in the review…

And…  

“A feeling is not a fact.” 

Writing: Middle Section Of The Review

The style of writing for this novel was conversational, emphatically and articulate. Like the review that I had posted before this, we shall break down each of the styles that were used to compose this book. 

↠ Conversational

This novel had more ‘tell than show’. Most of the information that we garner comes from the conversation or speech that the protagonist has with a person other than himself. I thought it was easy to read and was swiftly glimpsed through and it would appeal to a child in Primary school to easily grasp what the book was prattling about. 

Furthermore, I thought this type of writing style was fantastic for a middle-grade novel and it could easily hold a child, who has no love for reading, to start reading! Thus, I enjoyed the conversational style of writing for this novel.

Emphatically

Here’s the definition of this distinct writing style:

Making your meaning very clear because you have very strong feelings about a situation or subject.

I had placed ‘Emphatically’ here because I thought the story was written clearly and the meaning and feelings behind the story had a clear indication and would allow younger readers to get the message on what the author was trying to say.

↠ Articulate

The description of the protagonist’s surrounding and landscape was well described. You can totally picture the main character’s house, the Queen’s nest and what the baby was feeding on. With those images in mind, it radiates off a sense of excitement and horror that will make you both squirm and widen your pupils with delight. 

The writing style articulates the feelings and allows us, readers, to feel the landscape and to find it authentic. Thus, I enjoyed the writing style for this novel.

Character: 4/5 Section Of The Review

Steve

He is an eleven-year-old kid who suffered from OCD even though it was just briefly glimpsed through in the novel, it was clear that he was suffering from it because of this sentence:

At school, I drank only from some certain water fountain, and I washed my hands between every class. I also had hand sanitizer with me, just in case.

The thing that I did not really relish this novel was the fact that the mental illness was just quoted once in the book, and never again. I thought it would be ampler, since it was a children’s book, to elucidate what it is to adequately understand the terminology.

Other than that, I thought he was a strong boy who was going through the process of family depression and the battle with his mental illness. Although he did break down sometimes because it was too much for him to handle, he still continued to rise back up to his feet to fight for what is right and proceeded to live on with his life! Thus, I thought Steve was a great role model in this novel.

The Queen

She was a complex character, alright. Initially, she was a warm and kind-hearted ‘angel’ or ‘wasp’, whatever, but the thing was that her motive had gradually changed over the course of the months to so-called ‘repair’ the baby so that it will be healthier and livelier. 

I thought her characteristics were really well planned because it was unexpected that she was a two-faced wasp and actually did not give a crap about other people’s feelings and expectations except her own. Therefore, I enjoyed her as a character in this book!

 Parents

In the course of this 244 pages novel, the parents were present most of the time and spent those page time being depressed, disappointed and afraid and it was realistic as I responded the equivalent behaviour when the baby was first acquainted as sick due to a congenital disease that threatened the child’s life.

Their sorrows and frustrations were understandable and reasonable. For example, the dad being short-tempered with Steve because he was going on about a bee sting and how it hurt and more. However, he always made up to him and announced that he was sorry for being so mean.

The mom, on the other hand, had sorrows too but was coping better than the dad. She was not short-tempered but she had times where the mention of the baby caused her to go rigid and spin which was, again, understandable, given a child of her own circumstances.

Thus, I liked the portrayal and the roles that the parents had in the book.

Venessa

She is the babysitter of Steve and I thought she had a wonderfully rich history about her university life and more but it was, unfortunately, not explored. However, she did discuss her organ failures and how it might, possibly, happen again and she taught us a valuable lesson with it: 

All I’m saying is, sooner or later we’re all busted-up in some way.

It meant to say that we will eventually come to an old age and our bodies will die. No matter what diseases a person had, that person is still a human and that is all that matters. No one is perfect and that’s ok. 

Venessa is pretty much this only one in the novel that teaches such valuable lessons to the children and I thought it was a great way to drive the plot forward! Thus, I enjoyed her characteristic.

Overall: The Ending

I am very much in love with this novel and even though it had some minor flaws, I am willing to overlook it due to the hard-to-get enjoyment that I had experienced with this book. Thus, I shall award this novel with 90%.


This is the end of my spoiler-free review for The Nest By Kenneth Oppel! 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!

March To-Be-Read 2018

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will, ironically, be doing my very first TBR of the year and do not even get me started on the lack of articles that I have been putting up since the beginning of this year. But, I have a good reason for it. I did not really produce many articles on my blog this year due to the stressful amount of homework that I am currently having in my school. In addition, I am having my finals this year which is frightening that my new life in college is going to start soon which is next year. 

So, with those things aside, I would like to dive head-on into my March TBR 2018 list. I probably would not be able to read all of them, but I will most certainly try! Now, the first on my To-Be-Read list is:

1. Curse Workers Trilogy By Holly Black

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Synopsis:

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behaviour of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Me, speaking:

Oh my goodness, you guys. I already finished the first book which I am planning on doing a full non-spoiler but will contain some mini spoilers book review on this blog and I am currently reading the second book- Red Gloves which is equally as charming as the first novel! I can’t wait to finish this trilogy! And I highly recommend all of you to check this gorgeous book out! 

My rating for White Cat on Goodreads: ✶✶✶✶✶

Red Gloves Page Count: 104/325

2. City Of Bones, City Of Ashes and City Of Glass By Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

Me, speaking (again):

Again, I finished the first book- City Of Bones this month and I thought it was rather mediocre. Initially, I thought it would be an extremely fantastic book since this book had been adapted into films and a television series… However, I found the beginning of the book to be rather anti-climatic and if you would like to know more about what I had in mind for this book, do visit my City Of Bones review! I will be linking it down below for you guys to check it out:

Review: City Of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Also, because I thought the ending for book one in the Shadowhunters series was absolutely fabulous (unlike the beginning of the novel), I had decided to continue on with this series! And with that being said, I am currently reading City Of Ashes along with Red Gloves which I thought both of them are entertaining me enough to not distract the chemicals in my brain to another novel. 

My rating for City Of Bones on Goodreads: ✶✶✶⋆

City Of Ashes Page Count: 125/411

3. Angelfall By Susan Ee

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Synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Travelling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Me, Speaking (x2 again):

I bought Angelfall By Susan Ee recently due to the fact that I have Book Two and Book Three on my bookshelf without book one to join the collection which led to a problem… I cannot read this trilogy without reading book one. Therefore, the purchases. However, I have been eyeing on this novel before I have gotten the second and third book! And in time, it has sparked something in me which has gotten me curious on what it is about! Thus, I cannot wait to read it this month!

4. Agent Darcy & Ninja Steve: Tiger Trouble By Grant Goodman

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Synopsis:

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS. 

Thirteen-year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. 

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve-year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. 

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: 

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the grey mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? 

Me, Speaking (x3 again):

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a middle-grade novel and it is pretty short which I am planning on reading over the weekend. So, I am sure the review for this novel will be out soon! And I had read some pretty good reviews on Goodreads about this book that I could not wait to get my eyes on those words beneath the cover! Therefore, I am excited to read this novel!

5. Rebels and Fools David Michael Williams

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Synopsis:

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

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

Me, Speaking (x4 again):

I had been putting this book off most my TBR because of how unmotivated I was at the time when I was extremely stressful and do not wish to read any fantasy novels. I would not say that I am not very stress now, but I am in the mood for some fantasy to invade into my brain. Thus, I cannot wait to read this novel- soon! 

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

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Synopsis:

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

Me, Speaking (x5 again):

I finished this screenplay in a sitting and I thought it was a magical journey to be in the wizarding world again! Although I have absolutely 0 idea on how I should annotate and what kind of style I should perform for this review, I will still try my best to do it anyways. Therefore, I enjoyed reading this beautiful book!

My Rating for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling on Goodreads: ✶✶✶✶


Before I end this exciting TBR article that I just made, I would like to share an announcement with you guys! I have yet to review the following books down below:

  • Ocean at the end of the lane By Neil Gaiman
  • Viral Spark By Martin McConnell
  • White Cat By Holly Black
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

The thing is, I have not had the time to review them which is a bummer because I would really like to release my thoughts on all of these books to you guys! However, I would be reviewing them soon but it will be a tedious process because I can only be stringing up reviews when I have some time off from homework and revision and all that stuff. So, sorry for all the wait and sorry again!


This is the end of my March 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 March 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

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver || Book Review

Hey Guys! It is Max here and I will officially be doing my very first book review of 2018 and that book is called ‘Before I Fall’ By Lauren Oliver! My 2018 book reading starts off on a good note because I absolutely enjoyed reading Lauren Oliver’s debut novel- Before I Fall! So, I sincerely hope that the books that I read in 2018 will all be great and fantastic! Now, let us jump right into my mini-summary of the novel!

Before I Fall is a Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction following Samantha Kingston as she relived the day of her death over and over again and discovered that everything led to everything and also, she found out that she had hurt the people who cared for her.

So, without further ado, let us jump right into the book review for the novel!

Disclaimers:

  • 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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“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Synopsis:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: The Beginning

Let us hit off the high note with this review by complimenting on the book cover (movie edition)! It is so beautiful with all of its glass effects and Zoey Deutch is in them which makes the cover 10 times more gorgeous than it already is. Plus, the blueness and the font of the book title are perfect in their positions! Therefore, I love this cover more than the original one!

Now, with the cover review aside, let us get into the actual book review.

Let us kick off the book review with the pacing of the novel. The pacing of the novel was really quick and it, surprisingly, kept me going page after page as the book does not bore me to death and instead, it made me energetic and curious to know and understand what is going to happen next or rather- the next scene. Thus, I enjoyed the pacing of the book and I am sure that you will enjoy it too as the pacing had a perfect equilibrium on both ends.

Moving on, we have the atmosphere that revolved around this novel. The atmosphere for this novel was really creepy and sad because what would you do if you have to relive the day of your death over and over again? What would you do to change? To be a better person in a day? And those are the creepy portions of the novel. The sad part is the death that the protagonist had to go through day after day after day but still on the same day. Therefore, I loved the atmosphere of this novel!

Furthermore, the tone of the novel was really deep which made the topics that the author wanted to discuss with her readers even more meaningful because not only the book itself is dark, the meaning of the novel is dark as well. Therefore, I enjoyed the tone that the author had added to the story.

Now, to the question that we have all been waiting for: Is it well constructed? No plot holes?

The answer to that question is yes! I thought that the novel was very well constructed because there were not any plot holes and everything that the author was trying to say was clearly presented in the book. Also, the characters in the book were also very well developed! Thus, I loved how the book was constructed!

Moving on, we have my favourite and most relatable quote in the book and that marvellous quote is:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

I can relate to this quote because you will never know when you are going to die or pass on. Therefore, we must be grateful for everything that we have on earth.

Moving on, we have the ending and the beginning of the novel that I would like to discuss with all of you here. I thought the beginning of the novel was very good because the very first sentence in page one had already hooked me into the story by making me desperate to find out what has transpired in her life or the days of her life.

In addition, the ending was tear-jerking because not only she had changed and made herself a better person to be reflected on, she had also shown the true beauty inside of her instead of the meanness that she had put up at the beginning of the novel. Therefore, I loved both the ending and the beginning sentences!

Finally, we have the relationship topic that I would like to discuss in this review. The relationship that Samantha and Kent had by the end of the novel was, in my personal opinion, really forced because you cannot just fall in love with someone that kissed you on the lips for no apparent reason. However, I found the relationship that she had, again by the end of the novel, with her parents to be extremely genuine because of the changes that she had brought about. Thus, I some sort liked the relationships in this novel.

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

Writing: The Middle

The writing style for this novel was a phenomenon because Lauren Oliver not only able to make the writing style descriptive but also poetic and lyrical at the same time. She entwined all the characters and the scenes perfectly that made the readers captured every single one of the pictures that she wanted to put into her readers’ head.

In addition, she made the story so devastating and so full of rage that readers’ would crave for more of the life of Samantha and the way that she experiences and changes throughout the course of the days that she has relived.

Furthermore, I found out that some readers’ on the internet said that the book was very repetitive. Well, I would not really disagree on that because the first three days that she had relived were quite similar to one another. However, as you dive deeper into the novel, it would not be the actions on the same days will not be the same anymore. Therefore, I enjoyed the way that Lauren Oliver had written this wonderful and crafty novel!

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

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Characters: The 3/4 Section Of The Review

“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”- Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.

Kent McFuller: I did not like him as much as I would have thought because he was a little forced to be with Samantha and there was not actually a bunch of chemistry between the two. However, I liked how he was always so straight-forward with his words and never had a second thought about them. Therefore, I am giving his character a percentage of 45/100%.

Samantha Kingston: I disliked her at the beginning of the novel because she was extremely bitchy and mean to other people. Also, the meanness was up to a point where a character that she bullied attempted to commit suicide. However, her character developed as the book moved forward and I came to a sense that I started liking or rather- loving Samantha because she had changed from meanness to a kind-hearted loving girl. Thus, I liked the development that Lauren had deposited into her.

Lindsay Edgecomb: I did not like her at all. She does not give a shit about what she had done to hurt others’ feelings and she was just an overall mean person but there was a scene which presented her as a redeemable character and although the book had ended, I still had some hope for her to change to a better person. Thus, I am not going to rate her or anything but her character had hope.

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

Overall: The Ending

Substantially, I am giving this book a 90% rating! It did really change me as a person and I would highly recommend all of you to give this novel an attempt to see if you like it or not! 


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